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TidBITS#1104/28-Nov-2011

If you’re worrying about what will happen to your photos in MobileMe Gallery come June 2012, there’s a new migration option — to the photo sharing site ZangZing that Adam has been using heavily. Also this week, Matt Neuburg explains Appalicious’s morphing into Appcuity in time for finding Mac App Store deals during the holiday shopping season, and Glenn Fleishman looks at how Amazon’s Kindle Fire provides a more coherent interface for finding and playing purchased media than Apple’s iOS apps. Finally, Adam explains how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 is teaching children to lie about their ages online, often with the help of their parents. Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.2 and Nisus Writer Express 3.4.1, VMware Fusion 4.1.1, SpamSieve 2.8.8, and MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0 (Snow Leopard).

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How COPPA Teaches Children to Lie

Children are getting online at ever-younger ages these days, sometimes with sites like Facebook, and sometimes for school requirements. But did you know that many major online services, including those from Google, Apple, and Facebook, don’t allow children under 13 to join at all, thanks to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act? The end result is that parents are being forced to teach their children to lie online.

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ExtraBITS for 28 November 2011

If you have some podcast-listening time, you can queue up a couple of Adam’s recent appearances, and for quiet time reading, we link to an academic paper talking about the cost of patent trolls and a Macworld article explaining what the iTunes Match status messages mean.