AM Affiliate: NYC Gets Silicon Alley, Google and Apple Are Both Tracking You, + More

– As the tech boom from the West Coast spills over to New York City, the Flatiron and Chelsea neighborhoods are emerging to comprise “Silicon Alley,” an off-shoot of “Silicon Valley.” [New York Times]

– If you’re an Android user who was smugly chiding your iPhone-using friends about Apple’s location-tracking antics, know that your smartphone’s doing the same thing with your data. And worse: They’re sending it back to Google with additional identifiers like the name and signal strength of nearby wireless networks and unique phone identifiers. Makes you long for one of these Cingular gems, doesn’t it? []

– How to set a fire to your company blog and make things exciting. [Outspoken Media]

– And it’s Earth Day, so here’s some news about Mars: They found an entire atmosphere’s worth of dry ice on the planet. [USA Today]