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Smartphone News Byte: Industry Agrees to New Mobile App Guidelines

Industry groups and privacy advocates are nearing an agreement on new guidelines for mobile apps, making it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked... More Industry groups and privacy advocates are nearing an agreement on new guidelines for mobile apps, making it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers. BlackBerry eliminated 5,000 jobs in fiscal 2013, but it looks like the struggling smartphone vendor isn't done. Reuters is reporting that BlackBerry has laid off about 250 workers at its Waterloo, Ontario headquarters. "This is part of the next stage of our turnaround plan to increase efficiencies and scale our company," a BlackBerry spokeswoman told reporters. Despite the months of speculation that the future of Apple hinges on a rumored "cheap iPhone," it turns out this magic device already exists: when given the option to buy the brand newest, fastest, sleekest version of the iPhone, a lot of people choose a cheaper, totally decent version instead. During this week's earnings report, Apple posted better-than-expected phone sales not because of the fancy newish iPhone 5, but because of the iPhone 4 ? the cheapest and worst performing of the three Apple phones for sale these days. Less

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