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Congress Sends Letter to Apple Over Path Debacle

Having been the subject of  questions regarding its collection of user locations in the past, Apple has been sent a letter over concerns that developers may be accessing and storing user data on its products.

Congressmen have addressed a letter directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook, regarding transmission of user data, and the privacy safeguards in the app store. This, in response to the recent Path privacy debacle, and realization that the problem is more endemic to the app industry than many users are aware of. Check out the extensive (if not terribly well written) list of questions, perhaps even demands, they propose, after the jump:

Scheming Intentions | TechCrunch

If we actually had a reliable source of app intent/scheme bindings, then a whole lot of interesting possibilities would arise. Instead of silently failing when an app tries to call up a recipient app that isn’t installed, the OS could request to download and install it. You could have apps rely on each other, so that downloading and installing one implies automatically downloading and installing its prerequisite building-block sub-apps.

Most of all, you’d be able to reliably link to and from other apps, almost as if they were web sites. It would be so easy to do — yet Apple and Google have both let this possibility languish untouched for years. I’m on record as predicting that HTML5 apps will take over from native apps in a couple years’ time. The ability to link to and from them — in other words, to partially restore the hypertext dream — isn’t the main reason why, but it’s definitely a contributing factor.

Interoperability can only benefit the (well-informed) user. As someone recently looking into the iOS development game, I’m surprised at the moves Apple has made to limit and not-list the various types of open URL chemes already available.

Stop the presses: Facebook CTO says news next in social revolution

We’ve seen the Facebook platform really take off in the gaming industry. Zynga for example is a company based in San Francisco. It currently has a market cap that exceeds that of Electronic Arts, which was the incumbent game company before Zynga.

The company is completely defined by social gaming – games that you play with your friends. All of their games are Facebook-enabled.

This is a really meaningful thing for us, as it really represents the potential of Facebook as a platform.

We haven’t seen tons of other industries as impacted as games by Facebook, and we think that the next big change is seeing the next few industries being disrupted by social platforms in the same way gaming has been.

If we had to guess, it’s probably going to be orientated around media or news, because they are so social. When you watch a television show with your friend, it’s such an engaging social activity.

We think that there’s a next generation of startups that are developing social versions of these applications, where what Zynga is to gaming, they will be to media and news, and we’re really excited about that.

Is this news revolution really news? maybe I’m just too embroiled in it already, with my job and love of interactive media, but isn’t this kind of old-hat by now?