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FoodEssentials, aimed at solving food label data problems through technology, launched the LabelAPI. The API allows developers to integrate the most comprehensive, up-to-date food and drink product label database into apps and websites. Since 2004, FoodEssentials has dedicated itself to enlightening the food choice process.
Location-based social media analytics company GeoFeedia attempted to abuse the public data streams it receives from other social media platforms by monitoring the public, according to documents revealed by the ACLU. This article on Techdirt discusses the issue, and how the major platforms responded.
Apple revealed its intent to enter the healthcare market by adding two new components to iOS: Health, a separate companion app, and HealthKit, a hub for third-party apps related to health and well-being. Health is Apple's own application meant to help iPhone and iPad owners keep track of their health and fitness statistics, such as calories burned, weight fluctuations, and sleep patterns. HealthKit is for developers - who need to be careful about staying on the right side of the law when it comes to the privacy of healthcare information.