Tool Reveals iPad and iPhone User Locations
mask.of.sanity writes "A researcher has found that Apple user locations can be potentially determined by tapping into Apple Maps and he has created a Python tool to make the process easier. iSniff GPS accesses Apple's database of wireless access points, which is collected by iPhones and iPads that have GPS and Wi-Fi location services enabled. Apple uses this crowd-sourced data to run its location services; however, the location database is not meant to be public. You can download the tool via Giuthub."
Apple Acquires Indoor GPS Startup WiFiSlam For $20M
The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Apple has acquired WiFiSlam, an indoor GPS startup that enables smartphones to pinpoint its location -- along with that of your friends -- in realtime up to 2.5 meters in accuracy.
Russian Mobile Payment Startup uBank Raises $8M Series A From Runa Capital, Targets “Global” Expansion
After co-investing in Mambu, a SaaS for alternative finance providers, earlier in the month, today sees Runa Capital fund another finance-related startup: An $8 million Series A round for uBank, a mobile payment service that currently targets Russia and the wider CIS region. The new capital will be used to "accelerate" product development and marketing, and for further global expansion. The startup is also planning to add new features to its mobile/web-based service such as enabling payments in cafés and restaurants, and peep-to-peer money loans, along with developing apps for BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone to add to its current support for Google's Android and Apple's iOS.
Nav App Waze Says 36M Users Shared 900M Reports, While 65K Users Made 500M Map Edits
At the beginning of this year, social GPS app Waze was the rumored target of an Apple acquisition. Had the linkup happened, it would have been a rare case of the Cupertino company acquiring a startup. But, as it turns out, there wasn't a deal, even though Waze is a data partner for Apple's mapping software. January might not have started out with as huge a bang for Waze as some people had hoped, but the company's 2012 roundup shows it still had a pretty good year.
Apple Now Hiring For A New Online Store In Russia, Ramping Up Emerging Market Strategy
Apple appears to be inching closer to opening an online store in Russia to manage direct sales to customers, adding one more store to its growing portfolio of localized operations: the company has posted a job ad for a Russian Chat Team Manager, specifically for an Apple Online Store in Russia.