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Facebook paid users to track smartphone use

WASHINGTON DC: Facebook paid users, including teens, to track their smartphone activity as part of an effort to glean more data that could help the social network’s competition efforts, according to a new report that may raise fresh privacy concerns. An investigation by the online news site TechCrunch said the effort, which had been known as the Onavo Project and later rebaptised as Facebook Research, was used to gather data on usage habits. The news could be a further embarrassment for Facebook, which has been under…