A.M. UPDATE: Mother dies in fire; apps collect kids' personal info
FIRE CLAIMS MOTHER OF 4
Early this morning, a fire to a home in Fruitvale took the life a mother of 4. A 16-year-old boy heroically saved his 14-year-old sister, while two other children of the woman, ages 18 and 20 were able to flee the fire unharmed. The names the victims have not been released at this time, pending notification of family. It has been determined that the cause of the fire was an unattended space heater.
APPS FAIL PARENT TEST
A new federal report that says hundreds of the most popular educational and game mobile apps for children fail to give parents basic explanations about what kinds of personal information the apps collect from children, who can see that data and what they use it for. The apps often transmit the phone number, precise location or unique serial code of a mobile device to app developers, advertising networks or other companies, according to the report released on Monday by the Federal Trade Commission. The agency reviewed 400 of the most popular children's apps available on Google and Apple platforms, and reported that only 20 percent disclosed their data collection practices.
CHRISTMAS PARADE PHOTO GALLERY
See photos from Mineola's Christmas parade taken by our Sandi Cintron by visiting our Focus In On dot Me website. All are available for gift purchases. With 13 days left in the Christmas shopping season, what better way to commemorate your family's 2012 Christmas than a photo of your loved ones participating in a celebration of their community? Just go to TylerPaper.com and look for the Focus In On dot Me link in the upper right hand corner.
Today's local weather forecast from the Tyler Morning Telegraph free mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android is for a mostly sunny day with a high of 50 and a low tonight of 27.
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