THE NEWS WRAP: Twitter now monitors which other apps you have installed

Twitter has added a new feature called “app graph”, which collects a list of all the other apps you have installed on your smartphone.

 

“To help build a more personal Twitter experience for you, we are collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device so we can deliver tailored content that you might be interested in,” Twitter states on its website.

 

The social media giant claims the list will “help build a more tailored experience for you on Twitter” and that it does not collect information stored within third party apps, just which apps you have installed.

 

To switch off the feature, Twitter advises users to switch off the “Tailor Twitter based on my apps” option in Settings, with the option appearing under “Other” in the Android version of the Twitter app or “Privacy” on the iPhone version.

Uber suspends operations in Nevada

Uber has suspended its operations in the US state of Nevada following a court injunction.

 

Reuters reports the Washoe County District Court issued a preliminary injunction against the ridesharing startup conducting its services in the state.

 

Uber claims the injunction will cost nearly 1000 jobs.

Sony blames North Korea for hack attack

Sony is investigating whether the North Korean government is to blame for an attack that has seen Sony Pictures employees locked out of their work computers.

 

A group named “Guardians of Peace,” or #GOP, is claiming credit for the attack, with the media conglomerate and its outside security consultants investigating whether the attack was carried out by hackers in China on North Korea’s behalf.

 

According to Re/Code, the attack comes ahead of the release of an upcoming film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, titled The Interview, in which a pair of journalists are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Overnight

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 0.49 points to 17828.2. The Aussie dollar is down to US84.70 cents.

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