Mac News: Ad Networks Bypass iPhone Privacy Rules
Mobile ad networks are using new techniques to target iPhone users by circumventing Apple Inc.’s earlier efforts to protect user privacy. Apple last summer said it would stop allowing app makers to use a unique identifier embedded in iPhones and iPads to track users as they move from app to app, which is an important way for advertisers to position their ads for appropriate audiences.
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Technology News: Patent trolls beware: app makers partnering up with legal community
When we talk about the so-called “patent wars,” we are usually talking about legal swipes by major companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and others over technologies involved in their phones, tablets, and various services. It’s not very often we talk about the little guys. They’re not usually very involved in the circus that has become the US patent system. That changed last year when patent holding firm Lodsys—apparently owned by another patent holding firm, Intellectual Ventures—began targeting independent developers for patent violations.
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Programming News: Clustering in Ruby
Clustering algorithms play a very important role in the current ecosystem of web applications. If you’re at all interested in automated data grouping/sorting you should at least be familiar with one or two types of these algorithms (in addition to more advanced Machine Learning topics, but this serves a good start). In this article, I’m going to go through the process of implementing a very simple Ruby program that can group a set of 2D coordinates into clusters, where each group is composed of a center point, and all of the data points closest to it.
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Other News: ISO publishes new standard for business continuity management
ISO has published the first International Standard addressing business continuity management to contribute making organizations in both public and private sectors more resilient. ISO 22301:2012, Societal security – Business continuity management systems – Requirements, will help organizations, regardless of their size, location or activity, to be better prepared and more confident to handle disruption of any type.
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