Facebook Messenger tracks your location by default

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If you use Facebook Messenger on an Android phone you might want to check your settings. The app tracks and sends your location to everyone you chat with — by default.

You can turn off location tracking and sharing by clicking the compass icon above the Like button in your chat threads. If the icon is blue, the feature is on.

A Facebook spokesman told CNNMoney the app only tracks you if the app is open, and if you’re in a specific conversation thread.

He said the app does not track location if Messenger is running in the background.

If you want to be safe, open the Settings tab within the Android app and disable location completely. Though the default is “off” on an iPhone, you can also disable location tracking in iOS by going into SettingsPrivacyLocationServices, and set the option to “Never.”

Many people were not aware of the default setting until this week, when a Harvard computer science student launched a Chrome extension that can plot Messenger location data on a map.

“The latitude and longitude coordinates of the message locations have more than 5 decimal places of precision, making it possible to pinpoint the sender’s location to less than a meter,” Aran Khanna wrote on his Medium blog.

The other problem, he adds, is the subtle placement of the feature within the app, making it easy for people to forget

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Free ‘Obama phone’ program expanding to broadband

The real story behind free 'Obama phones'

Low-income households that benefit from the so-called “Obama phone” program could get free broadband service.

The phone service has been in place since the Reagan administration but has become politicized in recent years, due partly to the offering becoming known as “Obama phones.” The technical name of the program is “Lifeline.”

Talk radio and conservative commentators have become harsh critics of a program that used to have broad bipartisan support. It provides phone service to 12 million households at or near the the poverty line, at a cost of $9.25 per household a month.

The proposal to expand the service to broadband, which has been under study through a pilot program, would not raise the monthly cost. It is possible that the households which use it for broadband will have to pay part of the cost if it’s more than $9.25 a month, according to a senior FCC staffer who briefed reporters on the proposal Thursday.

The plan also would keep the limit of one subsidized service per household in place, making users chose between a phone or broadband service.

Related: FCC adopts historic Internet rules

The details of the expansion of the program will be determined as it moves through the process and comes up for a vote of the full FCC. But with three Democrats

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Google announces big mobile updates

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The stage at Google’s annual developers conference in San Francisco, right before Thursday’s big keynote address.

Google’s latest version of Android will remind you to pick up your dry cleaning, it will turn on your dishwasher, and it will replace your credit card.

The company announced the new operating system, codenamed “Android M,” on Thursday at its annual Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco.

It also announced a new app called Google Photos, which will give you unlimited online photo and video storage.

Android M

Android M focuses on subtle improvements to the user experience, including squashing a ton of bugs and overhauling basic features, according to Dave Burke, Google’s VP of engineering.

The biggest news is Android Pay, Google’s (GOOGL, Tech30) latest take on mobile payments. It’s pretty similar to Apple (AAPL, Tech30) Pay, and a big improvement over Google Wallet, the companies earlier attempt at a mobile wallet. Just unlock your phone and tap on a reader — no need to open an app.

Google has been working with major credit cards and U.S. mobile carriers on Android Pay. The open platform works with any other device with NFC and users can pay for goods at more than 700,000 stores across the United States.

Third-party apps can also use Android Pay inside their apps, so you can pay for your

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My biggest investing regret

High expectations on Wall Street

The Motley Fool’s experts know what they’re talking about when it comes to saving and investing, but a lot of that knowledge comes from making mistakes along the way.

Whether it’s selling a stock too early, not taking advantage of excellent buying opportunities, or cashing out of a retirement account, we’ve done it all and learned valuable lessons from our mistakes. In order to prevent you from making these mistakes, here are three Fools to share their stories.

Matt Frankel: When people ask me my biggest investing regret, the answer is easy — I bought shares of Tesla (TSLA) while the stock was trading in the $20’s and sold when it spiked to the $70-range thinking I had made an excellent move. We all know how that turned out, as Tesla is trading for $244 per share as I write this, just a few years later.

However, I learned a valuable lesson from this mistake. When a stock rises, no matter how much, ask yourself if the reasons you bought it in the first place still apply. In Tesla’s case, I still believed in the company’s vision and product on a long-term basis. And even at the higher price, I didn’t consider the stock to be overvalued.

Share your story: What was your biggest investing mistake?

In short,

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U.S. green energy use highest since 1930s

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Renewables now account for 9.8% of U.S. energy use, the highest level since the 1930s, when people used a lot more wood.

Renewable energy use in the United States hit its highest level last year since the 1930s.

The country used green energy to meet 9.8% of its total energy needs, the Energy Information Administration reported Thursday. Total energy includes power used for homes, buildings, industry, vehicles and other uses.

It was the highest percent of green energy in 85 years when people relied on wood on a much greater scale to heat their homes. Renewable use has grown 5% a year since 2001.

Wind energy has seen the largest growth rate, but it’s sill old-school technologies that dominate green energy production. The top seven and the share of the country’s overall energy use they make up are:

1. Hydro — 2.5%

2. Wood — 2.2%

3. Biofuels — 2.1%

4. Wind — 1.8%

5. Waste — 0.5%

6. Solar — 0.4%

7. Geothermal — 0.2%

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iPhones and Androids to hit the road in GM cars

Meet the all-new Chevy Camaro

Soon drivers will be able to easily control some of the features on their smartphones from their car’s dashboard.

By the end of this year, 14 of Chevrolet’s 2016 car models will be able to support Apple and Google’s vehicle software systems.

At the moment, however, you still can’t buy any car that supports both iPhone and Android smartphones at once.

Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto platforms allow drivers to connect their smartphones to a car’s existing infotainment system and control certain apps through the car’s dashboard system. Typically these apps are limited to streaming audio services and maps.

No other car company will have more models that are compatible with both software systems, Chevrolet parent company GM (GM) says.

The technology will be available in the fall starting with the 2016 Chevy Cruze, and expand to include the Spark, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Corvette, Colorado, Silverado, Tahoe and the Suburban.

On Tuesday Hyundai became the first to support Android Auto.

Apple (AAPL, Tech30) and Google (GOOGL, Tech30) launched their vehicle software platforms in 2014, and while all major car makers have said they would adopt the technology, they’ve been slow in doing it.

More than 52% of U.S. smartphones run on Android, and

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’19 Kids and Counting’ sees sponsor exodus amid scandal

TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' over Duggar scandal

TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” has lost more than a dozen sponsors since one of the show’s stars, Josh Duggar, admitted last week that he had molested several girls when he was a teenager.

Companies including Ace Hardware, ConAgra foods, Party City, BEHR Paint, Pure Leaf Ice Tea, Ricola, Firehouse Subs, Pizza Hut, Sherwin-Williams paint, Crayola, Allstate Insurance, and King’s Hawaiian have pulled their sponsorship from the reality TV show, which has run on the network since 2008.

Those companies join Walgreens, General Mills, Payless ShoeSource, and Choice Hotels who have previously said they were yanking their ads from the show.

Each of these companies took to social media to explain to fans and consumers that they were ending sponsorship of the show.

“We share your concern for the safety of children and have no plans to air Crayola commercials during future episodes,” Crayola tweeted Wednesday.

Duggar, who is now 27, apologized last week following an In Touch Magazine report about the molesations.

Related: ’19 Kids and Counting’ episodes yanked over scandal

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I

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Tracy Morgan settles with Walmart over car crash

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Comedian Tracy Morgan settled with Walmart over the 2014 crash involving one of the company’s trucks.

Comedian Tracy Morgan has settled with Walmart for an undisclosed amount over the deadly car crash that left him seriously injured.

“Walmart took full responsibility for the accident, which we greatly appreciate,” said Morgan’s attorney Benedict Morelli in a statement.

A Walmart tractor-trailer rear-ended the limo bus Morgan was riding in on the New Jersey Turnpike in June of 2014. Comedian Ardley Fuqua and Morgan’s personal assistant Jeffrey Millea were also injured in the crash. Both were also represented by Morelli in the settlement.

The collision killed Morgan’s friend and fellow comedian James McNair. His family settled with Walmart earlier this year, also for an undisclosed amount.

The Walmart (WMT) truck was traveling 20 mph over the speed limit and its driver Kevin Roper was almost at his drive time limit, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Officials say Roper had been awake for more than 24 consecutive hours before the crash.

Walmart has said that Roper did not break any rules.

Related: Truckers’ rest is issue after Tracy Morgan crash

“We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved,” said Walmart U.S. president Greg Foran Wednesday.

“While we know there is nothing that can change what happened, Walmart has been committed to doing what’s right

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Charter to play ball with LA by airing Dodger games

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Dodgers game may have a wide TV audience again with Charter deal.

When cable companies merge, people at home wonder “how’s it going to affect me?” and the answers aren’t always obvious.

But in the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger, there’s one benefit that will be apparent almost immediately: Charter customers in southern California will suddenly be able to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers again.

Most Dodgers games are currently only available on SportsNet LA, a local sports channel set up at great cost by Time Warner Cable.

Other cable providers in the region, like Charter, have been unwilling to pay the high fees that Time Warner Cable is trying to charge for access to the channel. (Just how high? More than $4 per month per subscriber, partly because it cost Time Warner Cable more than $8 billion to obtain the rights to Dodgers games for the next 25 years.)

Now that Charter and Time Warner Cable want to be part of the same company, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge is telling Californians that the Dodgers are coming to Charter’s channel lineup.

“We have promised to bring it to our California subscribers in the next couple of weeks,” a Charter spokesman said Wednesday.

The company is taking action before the Time Warner Cable merger is completed, which might not happen until the end of the year. (Government regulators have to review the merger proposal.)

Charter’s move

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NFL linebacker moonlights as men’s grooming guru

karlos dansby

Cleveland Browns’ linebacker Karlos Dansby is trained to keep his eyes on the ball and execute successful plays.

Those lessons from the football field are coming in handy as the NFL player sharpens his entrepreneurial chops.

Dansby, 34, and business partner Chris Butler, 35, want to corner the market for men’s high-end grooming products and services.

Together they invested $250,000 and launched a men’s-only salon — Butler’s Grooming Club — in their hometown of Birmingham, Ala., in 2009.

The idea was to create a “man cave where guys can get away and be comfortable among their own,” said Dansby. “They can relax, drink, play pool and get a haircut, shave, manicure, facial, even get waxed.”

Today the salon takes walk-in customers and also has 300 members who pay $90 a month for grooming packages and unlimited shoe shines.

Related: Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba power his startups

Dansby and Butler played football together at Auburn University. While Dansby got drafted into the NFL, Butler became a banker.

The two stayed in touch and seven years ago, Butler floated the idea of a men’s grooming salon.

“I knew he was on to something,” said Dansby. “There are many guys like me and Chris who understand the importance of being well groomed. But the only places we had around us were run of the mill barber shops.”

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