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App data in insurance: Admiral & Facebook

Yesterday began with news of British insurance company Admiral’s move to enhance their insurance pricing using app data collected from the Facebook platform. Within three hours of the service’s launch, Facebook had turned around and blocked the scheme. The principle at stake here isn't whether an insurance company can use this data, but whether the it is individuals or Facebook who can control how it is used.

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App data in the real world: Everalbum aggregating cloud-based photo services, including iMessage

Everalbum are building machine learning technology to surface photos around important moments of users’ lives. Their new Everalbum Explore platform -- available on iOS and Android -- aggregates photo content from a deep range of sources, using app data feeds into services including Dropbox, Google Photos, Instagram, Facebook, iMessage, Flickr, and Amazon. The company’s pitch is to protect one's life's photos so ones never have to worry about losing them.

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CIA ramps investment in critical app data access

Glenn Greenwald’s online magazine, the Intercept broke a story this month cataloguing a number of the tech firms that CIA-affiliated venture capital firm In-Q-Tel has invested in. These investments reflect the CIA’s increasing interest in accessing and interpreting app data for matters of global intelligence and security. All four of the companies disclosed have mechanisms for pulling data from platforms including Twitter.

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Extracting data from iOS 9 iCloud backups

I’m proud to announce that our company, Reincubate, has scored another first: we’ve released iPhone Backup Extractor 6 with support for iOS 9 iCloud backups. Currently, even Apple don’t support accessing these.

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On the Apple Watch

I’ve spent some weeks now with some Apple Watch Sport models and with the classic Apple Watch. The Monday Note, as ever, managed to condense a lot of insight into their piece on the device, rounding up a number of other good articles.

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