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GPS, smartphones and the dumbing down of personal navigation

from The Atlantic Cities

Let's get one thing straight: Microsoft wasn't actually stupid enough to call its new GPS feature the "avoid ghetto" app when they applied for a patent. That term was apparently coined by a Seattle TV station. But it immediately became the name of choice for a smartphone function that mines violent crime stats to help users avoid an "unsafe neighborhood." The app isn't on the market yet, but it didn't take long for the Internet to come down hard on Microsoft. more

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