Liz Gannes

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Johnny Foursquare (No More Johnny F.) Has Checked In at a New Privacy Policy

Foursquare told users via email that as of Jan. 28 it will show their full names by default, instead of first name/last initial, and that business locations will be able to see more than the current three-hour history of their visitors’ check-ins. Both privacy policy changes make the service more friendly to businesses, and the first clears up inconsistency in how names were displayed throughout the product. The company is trying to be uber-careful about rolling out privacy changes in light of other services’ recent screwups.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik