iPhone app allows you to stalk on women gets pulled out

An iPhone app that seems to be developed to stalk women using Foursquare has been pulled out of the iTunes app store by its developer after hoards of criticisms plagued the app.

The “Girls Around Me” app uses data from the check-in service of the location based social networking service Foursquare. The app tells you where women had checked in within your area. Foursquare initially yanked banned the app from accessing their data. The developer then decided to pull it out of the app store afterwards.

Foursquare spokesperson Laura Covington said, “This is a violation of our API policy, so we’ve reached out to the developer and shut off their API access.”

The app also enables the user to view the Facebook information of those ladies that checked-in Foursquare.

Gizmodo called the “Girls Around Me” app the world’s creepiest.

According to Fairfax Media, the app was first publicized in the Cult of Mac Blog in March 30. The editor of the blog, John Brownlee said it was “as innocent as it is insidious”.

He said, “It is just as likely to be reacted to with laughter as it is with tears. It is as much of a novelty as it has the potential to be used a tool for rapists and stalkers.”

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Facebook Page numbers set to nose dive

Facebook has announced that Page admins are about to see radical changes in their numbers. According to the company, the metric that is based on Facebook check-ins will nose dive in the next few weeks.

This is due to the social networking site changing the way they tally the Page mentions on the social network. They are limiting users to one check-in for every page per 12 hours.

Facebook released this statement pertaining the change:

“We will be revising the total check-in number on Facebook pages to provide a more accurate picture of how people are visiting your business. If someone checks into your business multiple times within a 12-hour period, that action will be counted as one unique check-in. previously, if an individual checked into your business multiple times, each check-in was tallied toward your page’s total number of check-ins.

When people tag their friends at your business location and upload a photo, those photo tags will be counted in aggregate. For example, if someone uploaded 20 photos to an album from a specific location, we’ll now count that as a single check-in. but if someone checks in to a location and tags five friends in the photo they upload with the check-in, the total check-ins number will be six – that person’s check-in plus those for their five friends.”

This seems to be a fair, reasonable and logical choice for the social networking magnate.

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