Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on apps tracking smartphone users - apps had access to people's unique device identifiers - it's like a serial number for your phone, like a social security number. Now, Apple and the makers of apps like Pandora, The Weather Channel and more are slapped with a suit in Northern California that seeks both monetary damages as well as a stop to the practice of tracking users. In January, the Mobile Marketing Association will start to develop mobile privacy guidelines.

“I think the best compliment I can give is not to say how much your programs have taught me (a ton), but how much Marketplace has motivated me to go out and teach myself.” – Michael in Arlington, VA

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial decisions or just encouraged you to think differently, we’re asking you to give a little something back.

Become a Marketplace Investor today – in whatever amount is right for you – and keep public service journalism strong. We’re grateful for your support.

Follow John Moe at @johnmoe