ByLeopold Epstein:Now that Apple's (AAPL) growth trend has been broken, the world is no longer in denial about how the smartphone market is competitive. There are many companies that will increase competition based on price and new features.
A free service launched on Wednesday called PrivateSky lets Internet users shield email, Facebook updates, and other online exchanges from hackers or other unwanted snoops.The service from startup CertiVox comes as hackers appear to be rampaging through the Internet, cracking defenses at companies, attacking public websites, and tricking their way into email accounts to spy on contents.PrivateSky works with Internet Explorer (IE) browsers to provide encryption for whatever people type into message boxes and decodes it only for those they chose.
By Dana Blankenhorn: The Web has traditionally supported "free" products and services through advertising.Can Amazon (AMZN) or Google (GOOG) turn this into smartphone market share?Take our ads, we'll give it to you. (That's how we do it here, come to think of it.)
Undisclosed gathering of smartphone users' address book data by Twitter and other social networking companies brings heightened scrutiny by privacy advocates and lawmakers.A new furor has erupted over digital privacy concerns following disclosures that Twitter Inc.