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Groupon Eyes Further Growth with Personalized Deals (Mashable)
...With Personalized Deals, Groupon subscribers in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle and New York City will receive deals tailored to their personal tastes and previous purchase behaviors.
Google Alarm plug-in notifies you when info is sent to Google (geek.com)
...The Firefox add-in even keeps a running stat about the percentage of websites you visit that include Google tracking bugs.
Details of 100m Facebook users collected and published (BBC)
...Ron Bowes used a piece of code to scan Facebook profiles, collecting data not hidden by the user's privacy settings. The list, which has been shared as a downloadable file, contains the URL of every searchable Facebook user's profile, their name and unique ID.
Android wallpaper app that steals your data was downloaded by millions (MobileBeat)
...The app in question came from Jackeey Wallpaper, and it was uploaded to the Android Market, where users can download it and use it to decorate their phones that run the Google Android operating system. It includes branded wallpapers from My Little Pony and Star Wars, to name just a couple.
Car thieves: Not too bright, please! (VOX)
...This column presents evidence from the Netherlands suggesting that car thieves stay away from cars in unpopular colours because of their relatively low resale value. It argues that driving a car in a bright, uncommon colour such as yellow is a highly effective deterrent against car theft – about as effective as an expensive security device.