Seeking Crowd Engagement, Startup Stumbles On New Tool For Crowd Control

When CrowdOptic, a Silicon Valley, venture funded startup, developed a cool application that could stream real-time, context-aware information streams to mobile devices, the applications seemed straight-forward (and lucrative) enough: a blend of advertising and broadcasting that sports franchises and concert promoters might use to create an enhanced and “immersive experience” for fans attending live events. Along the way, however, the company discovered another, even more powerful use for their technology: crowd control.

Tyler Shields on Mobile App Privacy and Security

Dennis Fisher talks with Tyler Shields of Veracode about his research on the Pandora Android app and the data it collects and sends to advertisers, as well as the security and privacy concerns related to iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps in general.

With Autos At CES, Are Vehicle Hacks Far Behind?

Sometimes news events just come together in a way that opens a window
– even if its a kind of cloudy window – onto the future. So it was this
week, as stories about a coming generation of wired automobiles
collided with some thought-provoking reports on the vulnerability of
said cars to traditional kinds of wireless attacks.

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