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Facebook is making it easier to recover your Facebook account in the event that you ever forget your password (which, let’s be honest, we’ve all done once or twice). Instead of going through the rigamarole of resetting your password and answering a bunch of security questions to do so, the social network announced the new Trusted Contacts feature, which is the polished and rebranded version of the Trusted Friends tool that Facebook started testing in 2011. Basically, you can choose three to five of your Facebook contacts who will receive a security code and instructions on how to help you in the event you need help logging in. You can easily set up and manage your Trusted Contacts... Read more...
These days, the old "when, not if" saying applies to websites getting hacked just as much as it does for the likelihood of getting into a car accident. LivingSocial is the latest site to fall victim to an attack, but the Amazon-backed company has clearly learned from the mistakes of others and rushed to get out in front of the issue. Anyone visiting the site right now is greeted with a message that encourages users to change their passwords and links to a page that goes into detail about the attack. Customers have also received emails from LivingSocial. Notice anything different about LivingSocial's main page? The site is going out of its way to alert customers that it has been breached. Although... Read more...
Listing likes and dislikes, favorite movies, and other similar traits is completely optional on Facebook. Disclaiming crimes of a sexual nature, however, is not for residents of Louisiana. A new law sponsored by Louisiana state rep. Jeff Thompson requires sex offenders and child predators to list their crimes on Facebook and other social networking sites. Thompson said he hopes the Louisiana law, which goes into effect August 1, 2012, will set a precedent that other states will follow, provided it stands up to what's expected to be a constitutional challenge. "I don't want to leave in the hands of social network or Facebook administrators, 'Gee, I hope someone is telling the truth," Thompson... Read more...
The sexiest social network on the block right now has got to be Google+, and you probably spent the last several days either trying to secure an invite, or tossing friends and family into Circles. Facebook is still the most popular social hangout, and MySpace recently made headlines for changing hands for a much lower price than News Corp. originally paid for it. But why isn't anyone talking about LinkedIn? Perhaps they should be. According to new data from comScore, LinkedIn had 33.9 million unique U.S. visitors in June, an increase of around 500,000 from one month prior. That was enough for LinkedIn to leapfrog MySpace and become the second most popular social hangout on the Web in the U.S.... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 devices began to hit retail stores in America this week, and we suspect that the flood of applications will follow shortly. Just as the Apple App Store and Android Market blossomed shortly after phones began to fall into the hands of end-users, the Windows Phone 7 app store should also begin to grow in due time. But there's one flagship app that you won't have to wait for: Loopt. This is a hugely popular social networking/location-based app on other mobile platforms, and now the company is announcing that the Loopt app will also be available for Windows Phone 7. Even better, this version isn't just a straight port, it's a tweaked version that takes advantage of certain WP7 features... Read more...
Facebook and MySpace perform important functions for their users. But when you get right down to it, they exist and are popular because they are amusements. Serious business is not discussed on a page with glitter fonts and Linkin Park music videos that auto-play. There is a social site that's all business --LinkedIn-- and it's received an infusion of $53 million dollars from Bain Capital, who've valued the company overall at a cool $1 billion. Not bad for a site with no videos and hardly any pictures on it. LinkedIn gives professionals, even the most hopeless wallflower, a painless way to follow the advice of every career counselor: build a network. Users maintain online résumés, establish links... Read more...
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