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Uber can now track your location after you've been dropped off

A new update on the ride-sharing app Uber has some users upset and creeped out.

BuzzFeed News reported that a number of Uber users are not comfortable with the app's update in which it announced that it will collect users' location data for up to five minutes after they arrive at their destinations..

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NPR reported that users became aware of the update via a prompt to accept the change through a pop-up notification on their phones.

According to the Uber website, the data collection will only occur occasionally and not for every trip.

"We do this to improve pickups, drop-offs, customer service and to enhance safety," the site said, adding that the information is collected when users are using the app and it is visible on their phone screens, during trips even if the app is not visible on screens, and up to five minutes after the Uber driver ends a trip, even if the app is in the background and not being actively used on the phone.

"If you want to turn off collection, you can disable location services through your device settings," the site said.

NPR reported that Uber used to have the option to access user's location "Never" or "While using the app." The latter has been replaced by "Always."

Bloomberg reported in June 2015 that the Electronic Privacy Information Center, digital-privacy group, filed a complaint against Uber with the Federal Trade Commission when Uber updated its privacy policy. The updated policy asked users for permission to collect location and address book information when the app is running.

"The FTC failed to act and Uber is now tracking users non-stop," EPIC said in response to the latest Uber update on its website.

Krispy Kreme, UberEats bring doughnuts to your door

You can now get Krispy Kreme doughnuts without leaving your home.

Krispy Kreme is delivering through UberEats, according to UberEats' Nov. 21 twitter post.

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The doughnut chain announced the news Friday on Facebook.

 Posted by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on Friday, December 2, 2016

The offer isn't available for all UberEats users, but if you live in  Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; the District of Columbia; Los Angeles; Nashville; Orlando; Phoenix; San Antonio; or the San Francisco Bay area, you can order the sweet treats through the app.

Those  in other cities may not need to fret. According to the meal-delivery app, it may expand the option to other locations.

Netflix enables offline access to content

What began as a mail-order rental outlet has gone almost entirely digital. Netflix has moved into making its own shows and feature films. And with growing mobile consumption, Netflix conquered the app world as well. 

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Though the streaming service has not previously let users download programs to watch offline, that's all about to change.

The California-based company announced in a news release Wednesday that it will begin allowing customers to download shows to watch on the go. 

Eddy Wu, Netflix's director of product innovation, wrote, "While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we've often heard they also want to continue their 'Stranger Things' binge while on airplanes and other places, where internet is expensive or limited."

Netflix will soon roll out a new version of the app with the download feature available, and several shows, including "Narcos," "Orange is the New Black" and "The Crown," are already available for download.

The new feature is included in all plans and available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS.

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Apple to offer free replacement batteries for select iPhone 6s

Apple has announced it will be working with some consumers who have iPhone 6s that unexpectedly shut down with no warning or reason.

Devices made between September and October 2015 are affected Apple announced Monday and will offer free replacement batteries, CNN reported.

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The tech giant did not say what is causing the phones to turn off.

Recently, a consumer watch group in China investigated the problem after iPhone users in the country said their iPhone 6 and 6s would turn off on it's own even with a charged battery. The phones would not power back up when plugged into chargers, CNN reported.

Apple stressed it was not a safety issue.

Last week, Apple admitted that iPhone 6 Plus phones can suffer from what is been dubbed "Touch Disease." The touchscreen stops working when it has been bent or dropped repeatedly. Apple will fix phones with "Touch Disease" with a $149 service.

To find out if your iPhone 6s is on the list for a new battery, click here. The repair will be handled by Apple, not the wireless companies that feature the device, Apple announced.

Students found a fix for fake news on Facebook

Following criticism of fake news and misinformation circulating on Facebook, some students have a fix for the social-media site.

The Washington Post reported that Nabanita De, an international second-year master's student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has contributed to a solution.

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De participated in a hackathon at Princeton University and when tasked with creating a technology project in 36 hours, she pitched an algorithm to determine real from fake articles on Facebook.

Purdue University freshman Anant Goel and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign sophomores Mark Craft and Qinglin Chen made FiB, a Google Chrome internet browser extension.

Related: Fake Facebook news writer: Trump won 'because of me'

The Post reported that the extension tags Facebook posts "verified" or "not verified" The distinction is made by an algorithm that analyzes the content of the story with other similar stories and the credibility of the website reporting the story.

Related: Facebook curators suppressed conservative news, former staff members say

Goel told the post that if Facebook used FiB, it would be a third-party relationship so that outside developers can verify the data determined by the algorithm.

That approach is an attempt to avoid previous accusations Facebook faced that it was biased against conservative websites.

The extension is open source, which means other, more experienced developers can contribute to the tool.

Such a simple solution can be helpful, but for now, it's up to the user to implement a verification tool such as FiB.

Mark Zuckerberg loses $3 billion in one day as Facebook stock stumbles

In a single day, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg lost more than $3 billion as the company's stock slumped, marking what might be the largest single-day loss ever seen by an investor, according to multiple reports.

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Zuckerberg lost $3.7 billion last week when the company's stock price fell about 6 percent, Forbes reported. The fall came one day after Facebook CFO David Wehner warned investors that the company expects a slow-down in ad revenue growth in the coming year, despite the company's report of $7 billion in quarterly revenues -- up 56 percent from revenues at the same time last year.

>> Related: How Mark Zuckerberg made $6 billion in one day

The company has consistently beat revenue and earnings expectations. However, Wehner warned during an earnings call Wednesday that Facebook's expenses will increase next year as users share more videos, driving up network costs, according to Forbes.

Zuckerberg owns 418 million shares of Facebook stock, according to CNN Money, worth about $50.2 billion. Despite last week's loss, Zuckerberg is still listed as the fifth richest person in the world behind Warren Buffett, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index, with a net worth of $52.2 billion.

New app allows you to hear baby's heartbeat

A new app and device promises to let you hear your developing baby's heartbeat without the use of a doctor's ultrasound device.

It's called Shell, and it was developed by Bellabeat.

The free app, available now on Apple's App store, uses the microphone on your cellphone to listen to the baby's heart. 

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It allows parents to listen to the baby's heart, record it and share on social media or email.

There's an add-on device that snaps onto the phone to help amplify the sound. 

The device has sold out, according to the Bellabeat website, but the company says the app works without it.

The website Digital Trends says the Shell add-on will be available on the Bellabeat website in mid-December and retails for $70.

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Coming soon to iOS: Facepalm, shrugs and more

Are you frustrated by the upcoming presidential election? Did the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians make a bone-headed move during the World Series? Did your kid back his junker car out of the garage and into your brand-new SUV?

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Daily events beg for instant, accurate emotions, and Apple is providing new emojis that cover a wide range of them — a shrug, crossed fingers, and the facepalm. 

On Tuesday, Apple released its first beta version of its iOS 10.2 software update for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch products. The developer preview will include 72 new emojis. Other additions include job descriptions like teacher, astronaut, scientist, firefighter and pilot. 

Apple has not announced an official release date for the iOS 10.2 software, but the new symbols, approved as part of Unicode 9.0 in June, are expected to be available later this month. 

So when you hear something ridiculous that makes you want to roll on the floor laughing, well, Apple will have the emoji available for you to express your feelings.

Buzzfeed compiled a complete list of the new emoji, covering the bases from clown faces to avocados.

Why are Facebook users checking in to Standing Rock Indian Reservation?

If you've been on Facebook Monday, you might have noticed an influx of friends who are suddenly checking in to North Dakota's Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Hundreds of people took to the social media site to stand in digital solidarity with demonstrators protesting the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline in Morton County, North Dakota.  Authorities dressed in riot gear last week arrested more than 140 protesters, NPR reported.

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The check-ins appear to stem from rumors that the Morton County Sheriff's Department has been using Facebook's check-in feature to identify the protesters in an attempt to disrupt their demonstrations. It's unclear whether deputies are using social media to identify people, although the tactic is not unheard of in law enforcement.

A viral plea posted on Facebook asked users to help stymie police efforts with a simple check-in:

"The Morton County Sheriff's Department has been using Facebook check-ins to find out who is at Standing Rock in order to target them in attempts to disrupt the prayer camps. SO Water Protectors are calling on EVERYONE to check in at Standing Rock, ND, to overwhelm and confuse them. This is concrete action that can protect people putting their bodies and well-beings on the line that we can do without leaving our homes. Will you join me in Standing Rock? "If you're sharing your location at Standing Stock: 1) Make it public. 2) Make the clarification post SEPARATE, and limit post visibility to your friends only. 3) Don't clarify on your check-in post; privately message friends who say "Stay safe!" to let them know what's up. 4) Copy/paste to share clarification messages (like this one) because making it public blows our cover. 5) Use an alternate name in clarification posts so that when they filter out/search those terms, your post is visible to the right people."

Whether the post will have any effect on the protests remains to be seen.

Sheriff's deputies said in a Facebook post Monday that they do not follow Facebook check-ins as part of their duties.

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 Authorities told Snopes the posts contribute nothing to investigations.

"Check-ins were voluntary, and there was no reason to believe folks would continue to check in if it presented that risk," according to Snopes.

The myth-busting site also contacted Sacred Stone Camp, a large camp housing protesters, to determine whether organizers from the campsite were responsible for the viral post.

 "There is no solid line between 'organizers' and 'others' -- this is a movement, not an organization," a representative told Snopes. "There are many camps and points of contact. We can only verify that it did not originate from the Sacred Stone Camp FB page. We support the tactic, and think it is a great way to express solidarity."

The Facebook check-in can show solidarity, but it's unlikely to have any effect on protests on the ground.

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