TechCrunch: Users dump AccuWeather iPhone app after learning it sends location data to a third party

TechCrunch: Users dump AccuWeather iPhone app after learning it sends location data to a third party . “AccuWeather’s iOS app may be up to something fishy. Security researcher Will Strafach published a warning about the popular weather app’s behavior on Medium and users appear to be paying attention.”

Phys.org: Detecting dangers with crowdsourcing

Phys.org: Detecting dangers with crowdsourcing. “By the time officials in Flint, Mich., declared a state of emergency in response dangerously high levels of lead in the city’s drinking water in mid-December of 2015, residents had been complaining to each other about discolored and foul-smelling drinking water for more than a year. That time lag, between residents identifying a potential hazard and government officials taking action, shocked Pooja Chandrashekar, A.B. ’18, a biomedical engineering concentrator at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.”

NDTV: Reddit Is Testing Country-Specific Home Pages That Highlight ‘Geo Popular’ Content

NDTV: Reddit Is Testing Country-Specific Home Pages That Highlight ‘Geo Popular’ Content . “Reddit is exploring a new way to make its front page more relevant to its readers. The social aggregation and discussion website is testing tailored home pages based on a reader’s location in select places, Gadgets 360 spotted on Wednesday. The company has confirmed to us that it is indeed testing ‘geo popular’ home pages.”

TechCrunch: Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map

TechCrunch: Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map. “Snapchat’s next big feature wants to get you to meet up with friends in real life rather than just watching each other’s lives on your phones. Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat. It’s rolling out today to all iOS and Android users globally.”

Think Disaster: a basic twitter geocode search how-to

This is from last December, but a) I think it’s important and b) it was blogged by someone whose interest is in disaster prep and response: a basic twitter geocode search how-to. “I just re-wrote and simplified my instructions for creating a fast, simple twitter geocode search, as my previous blog post has links in the instructions that don’t work anymore.”