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Court backs Apple in online credit card privacy case

Apple and other online retailers did not break the law by requiring consumers to provide their addresses and phone numberes to make credit card payments, the California Supreme Court ruled on Monday, noting that state privacy protections for credit cards don’t apply to downloaded online purchases. Consumer David Krescent had sued Apple after making purchases from iTunes, which sells content exclusively online. Notably, the same court ruled in 2011 that the privacy protections apply to brick-and-mortar retailers, which would not be allowed to request a ZIP code during a credit card transaction. In this case, four California Supreme Court justices backed Apple, while three said that the ruling was “a major loss for consumers.” [via Reuters]

Report: Apple supplier working on mini Retina display

Apple supplier AU Optronics is guiding the production of a Retina display for the second-generation iPad mini, according to a new report. In an item translated from a Chinese tech website, the new iPad mini is reported to have the widely-expected iPad-matching resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, which translates at 7.9” to a pixel density of 324 ppi. The report is further confirmation of everything we’ve been hearing, with all signs pointing to the next iPad mini iteration containing a Retina display. [via Brightwire]

Appstore.com links appear during Super Bowl ad

Third-party developers can now use Apple-provided Appstore.com links to make shortened URL links to their apps, as was demonstrated this weekend. An Appstore.com short link appeared briefly at the end of the commercial for the upcoming film “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which read, “For details and ticket information go to AppStore.com/StarTrekApp.”  The Appstore.com domain name, which was given to Steve Jobs as a personal gift by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, has been used as the official website for the App Store Twitter account since its launch in January 2011.

FTC report makes mobile privacy recommendations

A new Federal Trade Commission report offers suggestions to “the major participants in the mobile ecosystem” on providing privacy information and transparency to customers. Titled “Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency,” the report makes a number of recommendations to developers of apps and operating system providers. The suggestions for system providers, such as Apple, include “developing icons to depict the transmission of user data,” making a “Do Not Track” mechanism available that allows consumers to stop third-party tracking, and providing “just-in-time disclosures” to consumers before apps can “access sensitive contact like geolocation,” among other recommendations. App developers are urged to provide similar disclosures while making privacy policies easily accessible within app stores. The FTC recently amended its rules for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Apple negotiating for HBO Go on Apple TV

Apple is negotiating to carry Time Warner’s HBO Go app on Apple TV by mid-year, according to a report. HBO subscribers would have access to more than 600 hours of TV shows and movies on Apple TV. There are already HBO Go apps for iPad and iPhone, but this would be the first Apple TV app requiring pay-TV authentication. [via Bloomberg]

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