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Facebook rolled out a new mobile feature that uses your device’s microphone to “hear” a song you’re listening to or a TV show you’re watching so you can append that item to a status post. Predictably, a lot of people believe that this is a feature designed for snooping and are not happy that it exists. They’re so unhappy, in fact, that they’ve created an online petition to get Facebook to remove the feature from the Facebook app. To date, there are over 580,000 signatures. “Facebook just announced a new feature to its app, which will let it listen... Read more...
Twitter's job over the course of the next six months is to figure out how to inject 15 new ad types into its microblogging service without turning users away. Reportedly that's the plan, as Twitter finds itself under increased pressure to prove to investors that it can leverage a successful ad platform and become a profitable company. The social network also must convince businesses and mobile game developers that Twitter is a viable vehicle for advertising goods. That chance will come soon, as the first batch of ads will be released in just a few weeks, The Wall Street Journal reports. Those initial... Read more...
This isn’t about cool virtual reality games anymore. When the news first broke of Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, the knee-jerk reaction from many fans of the Oculus Rift was to feel betrayed that this grassroots tech company, funded in part by its individual supporters, was going to be part of a huge, lumbering entity that mines data and sells it. People were worried that the Oculus Rift would no longer be “cool”, like if your favorite band signed up to exclusively write commercial jingles. But with some time to process things more, it’s clear that... Read more...
Snapchat's founders evidently have some big things planned for their startup, and it doesn't involve selling to Facebook for $1 billion. It takes some mighty big you-know-what to scoff at that kind of cash, especially when you're in your early twenties as co-founders Evan Spiegal (23 years old) and Bobby Murphy (25 years old), but these guys believe in their product. So much, in fact, that they reportedly turned down another offer from Facebook, one that's said to have been around $3 billion. Take a moment to clean the coffee off your monitor, we'll wait. Got it all wiped up? Okay, let's continue.... Read more...
The most surefire way to make teenagers disinterested in something is for their parents to adopt it, and it appears that Facebook is having just such a problem. Facebook has finally admitted that there has been a dip in teen usage--although the company hasn’t provided any numbers. This is a sharp turnaround from Facebook’s position on the matter in Q2, when CFO David Ebersman used the term “urban legend” to describe the assertions that teens aren’t as into Facebook as they used to be. Of course, for as fickle as kids can be and how quickly their interests shift, it’s... Read more...
Privacy and security have been steaming-hot topics these past few months, and as evidenced in comment sections around the Web, they're topics not everyone can agree on. This latest story, of a school district in Glendale, California, is likely to have the same divided opinion. To help keep an eye on student goings-on for the sake of "student safety", the Glendale Unified School District has hired a company called Geo Listening that specializes in monitoring the social networking accounts of students. The company is clear to state that it monitors only public posts, which would make sense given... Read more...
It's another day, so that means only one thing: another Twitter account hijack. This latest incident comes courtesy of the "Syrian Electronic Army", a group that actively hijacks websites and accounts of entities that produce Syrian-related news that it deems hostile or inaccurate. Not one, but two accounts have been affected; @60Minutes, which has over 300,000 followers, and @CBSDenver, one with close to 25,000. As of the time of writing, @60Minutes remains inaccessible, with Twitter citing an account suspension. Twitter itself hasn't disclosed any information regarding the hijacking, and for... Read more...
It's a telling sign when the co-founder of a company can't offload his shares quick enough. That's sort of what's happening with Dustin Moskovitz, the billionaire Internet whiz kid not named Mark Zuckerberg. Like Zuckerberg, Moskovitz had a hand in founding Facebook, but unlike his cohort, Moskovitz is selling his shares at a steady clip. According to reports, he's been steadily offloading falling Facebook shares every day, having now sold 450,000 Class A stock for anywhere between $19.19 to $19.22 a pop. That's about half of Facebook's debut price of $38 back in May. To put the sales into perspective,... Read more...
Kudos to California's state Assembly for passing a bill that would make it illegal for employers to pry Facebook usernames and passwords from employees and potential job candidates. Assembly Bill 1844, sponsored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose), would put all private content on social networks out of reach of employers, though the suits in charge would still have free range to check a employee's public activity on Facebook and other social networking sites, the Los Angeles Times reports. Specifically, the bill as written would "prohibit an employer from requiring an employee or prospective... Read more...
Is it any wonder that the iPad owns the lion's share of the tablet market? It's all about the apps, and the apps are making the iPad look better and better these days. ConnecTV just launched a highly comprehensive social TV service into public beta, and naturally, the iPad is at the forefront. The iPad already has a number of TV viewing options, and you can add another. It'll offer over 250 national channels, and will soon roll out exclusive content to more than 200 local affiliates and 26 regional sports networks. ConnecTV's social platform lets users instantly see what their friends are watching... Read more...
One in three college grads said that access to social media sites like Facebook and the ability to choose their own devices was more important to them than salary when considering a job offer. This according to a study of 2,800 college students and young professionals worldwide conducted by Cisco. More than 40% went so far as to say that they would accept less money for a job that was down with social media at work on a device of their choosing if it also included telework. The study was intended to determine what the Millennium Generation wants from employers and what they consider to be an equitable... Read more...
Google+, the Internet giant's new social networking project, is still in "field test" mode, but Facebook is already learning from it. A group of Facebook engineers has apparently been inspired by the method that Google+ uses to create groups of friends, Circles. In Google+, to add a friend to a Circle, which is just a group of friends, you simply drag the friend into a Circle. That's a lot more user-friendly than Facebook's method, which involves going into your Friends, clicking on “Edit Friends,” then on “Create a List” and adding friends manually. Well, what is it they... Read more...
Apple's App Store seems to be exploding with new content, and this week it's gaining yet another notable mention: CloudTalk. As both the cloud and IM become hot topics of conversation, the two are combining in a new social messaging app for iPhone and Android, claiming to "bring voice back" to social interactions. The new version of the CloudTalk app includes rich social and multi-media capabilities and a more intuitive user interface, all built around the idea that people need to be able to use their voice to communicate. Users can use the app to add photos and videos to your messages when words... Read more...
Charlie Sheen has said that his multiple appearances on various talk shows like "The Today Show," "20/20" and "Piers Morgan Tonight" have all been about spreading the "truth." What better way, however, to spread it, than via Twitter. In fact, the Charlie Sheen Twitter account, which was created on March 1st, already has over 1.2M followers, in less than two days. His initial set of those he followed was a short list of 10 people, including porn star Bree Olsen, Piers Morgan (who seemed to soft pedal questions to Sheen on Monday night when he interviewed Sheen on CNN), Howard Stern, Alyssa Milano,... Read more...
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