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To get work done, BYOD shouldn’t mean ‘Bring Your Own Decoder’

Let’s say you just got a spiffy new smartphone, which means that the line between your personal life and your work life just got erased. But the universe often seeks balance, so making your work life easier could make the IT department’s more difficult.

Path is grabbing names, numbers, and emails from users’ phones

A brief post from Arun Thampi, an iOS developer based in Singapore, has sparked an outcry among Path users. Thampi was poking around the Path API for a hackathon when he stumbled on request which sent his entire contact list including names, emails and phone numbers to Path.
“Now I don’t remember having given permission to Path to access my address book and send its contents to its servers, so I created a completely new “Path” and repeated the experiment and I got the same result – my address book was in Path’s hands,” he wrote on his blog.

Facebook’s simplified data-sharing: A mixed blessing

Facebook has made it easier than it used to be for users to understand what kinds of personal data applications need in order to work. From now on, users will get a single dialog box explaining all of the data a third-party app is requesting before they install it.