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A roundup of the latest high-tech news from The Associated Press:
• Web site by Stanford experts monitors app security
PALO ALTO, Calif — With Apple Inc.’s iPad having rolled out over the weekend, developers are scrambling to create new applications — or apps.
But are they safe? That’s the question hopes to help answer.
Internet security experts at Stanford University launched a site Friday that reviews how well certain Web and mobile applications protect users’ privacy.
Dozens of the more that 200 apps listed on WhatApp have already been reviewed by a team of lawyers, computer scientists, and privacy and security experts from Stanford and other institutions. Shoppers and developers can add their opinions and request reviews.
Stanford Law fellow M. Ryan Calo says the site provides a way to monitor what’s being done with collected information and drive the app market toward better practices.
• Google gets Episodic in fifth acquisition of year
SAN FRANCISCO — Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is bringing in some extra help for its YouTube video service with the acquisition of another startup.
The purchase of Episodic marks Google’s fifth acquisition so far this year. Terms of the deal announced Friday weren’t disclosed.
Episodic, based in San Francisco, provides a platform for streaming live video on the Web. YouTube recently has been showing more live video besides the more than 500 million clips that are continuously available on its site.
Google has said it intends to buy at least one company per month this year as part of its effort to develop more products and import more talented engineers. The company is drawing upon its cash hoard of $24.5 billion to pay for the shopping spree.
• Facebook snaps up photo sharing site Divvyshot
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has acquired a startup called Divvyshot to create more ways for its 400 million users to share their photos online.
Terms of the deal announced Friday weren’t disclosed.
Divvyshot, a year-old startup based in San Francisco, runs a service that makes it easier for more people to contribute to the same online photo album.
More than 3 billion photos are already uploaded each month to Facebook, one of the Internet’s most popular hangouts.
Divvyshot said Friday that it is no longer accepting new accounts and will move all its existing users to Facebook within the next six weeks.