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Android popularity soars- Facebook privacy row – Fine for tweeting NASCAR driver

Android accounts for almost two thirds of smartphones

A report into smartphone sales has shown that the Android operating system is significantly ahead of all other competitors, accounting for 72.4 per cent of all smartphones around the world. This is a significant increase from the last time these figures were released, when Android accounted for 52.5 per cent of devices.

It was previously revealed that Android had been making as many as 900,000 activations daily, with this number now almost certain to be far higher.

One of the main factors behind the continuing success of Android are the substantial sales figures for Samsung, with over 55 million devices sold in a year. Almost all of these run on the Android platform.

Apple sales also increased, with 23.5 million sales in 2012 to date. However, the iOS format used by Apple devices saw its share of the operating market fall from 15 per cent last year to 13.9 per cent this time around. The Samsung and Apple court battle is still raging fiercely, but Samsung have a clear advantage in this area at least.


Major Facebook privacy dispute rages in Austria

Facebook privacy settings have been a contentious issue for many years, with a number of users expressing unease at the large amount of information kept on file by the incredibly popular social media site.

Max Schrems is an Austrian law student who discovered the extent of information held on each Facebook user, receiving a 1000-page document after making a request for a physical copy of his own information. He is now planning a huge legal battle with Facebook in an attempt to force the company to redefine their privacy rules.

It is clear that the campaign has had some impact already, as Facebook has disabled the option on their website which allows users to request their data. This is reportedly due to an extremely high number of requests in the last two weeks, with thousands of users curious to see just what information Facebook is holding about them.

Mr Schrems has entitled the campaign Europe v Facebook, making the website available in many different languages and encouraging as many people as possible to join his fight against Facebook.


NASCAR driver fined for tweets during race

Brad Keselowski became an overnight Twitter sensation in February, after tweeting a picture of a spectacular crash taking from his car during a race. His picture and subsequent reaction tweets gained him an extra 100,000 followers in one evening, as his messages were widely retweeted.

With such a positive reaction from the majority of users, it is perhaps no surprise that he repeated the trick last Sunday, again tweeting from his car during the latest NASCAR outing. However, while he again gained a significant amount of followers, he was hit by a $25,000 fine for breaking the rules about smartphone use in cars. Ironically, this legislation was only brought in as a result of Keselowki's initial tweets in February.

NASCAR were quick to point out they were not against social media in general, stating: "We encourage our drivers to participate. We feel we have the most liberal social media policy in all of sports, and the access we provide is the best". The spokeswoman went on to say that Keselowski's initial tweets had been the sports first glimpse of the 'phenomena' of social media in sports.

Despite this fine, Keselowski is the current NASCAR championship leader leader, and will be looking to secure his first ever title when the season concludes on Sunday.

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