New York Times Reviews Suite of Toca Boca Apps

Toca Boca, the Swedish app developer that makes digital products for children, is slowly building a formidable library of apps.

Check out the NY Times review of the apps here.


Angry Birds Made into Spying Birds by Hackers

The “Angry Birds” game website was defaced by hackers following reports that U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies have been collecting user information from the game and other popular mobile apps. Visitors to were greeted with the text “Spying Birds.”

More from PCWorld here.

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Kids Subscription E-Book Service Launches Today

From the Publishers Weekly post:

Founded by a group of gaming developers looking to provide quality book content for kids, Epic! is a newly launched subscription e-book service offering access to a curated selection of children’s e-books for $9.99 a month.  The service offers a book recommendation engine, offline reading and launches its free iPad app today with a one-month free trial and a one-year discount rate of $79.99.\

Check out the video here.

NSA Tries Appealing to Kids

The National Security Agency (NSA) is using cartoon characters to try to teach young people about its work, and to encourage them to someday join the agency.

From the NY Times article:

“The turtle wearing a hat backward, baggy jeans and purple sunglasses looks just like other cartoon characters that marketers use to make products like cereal and toys appealing to children.

But the reptile, known as T. Top, who says creating and breaking codes is really “kewl,” is pushing something far weightier: the benefits of the National Security Agency.”

Kindle FreeTime Lets Parents Set Limits on Cartoons

In case you missed it…Amazon released a new version of Kindle FreeTime, its Kindle subscription service for kids. The update brings new features that let parents limit media consumption as they see fit. For example, a parent can set limited hours that FreeTime will work so that kids can only access cartoon, say between 7am and 7pm. Parents can also set weekend and weekday limit times, so that kids can have broader access on certain days, if the parent chooses.

“C” is for Cookie: Google, Viacom Seek Dismissal of Privacy Case

Google and Viacom have asked a federal judge to dismiss a potential class-action lawsuit accusing the companies of violating privacy laws at, and The suit stems from charges that the companies place cookies on sites visited by kids.  Read more via MediaPost here.