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Facebook has become too crowded and too mundane. With around 1.3 billion Facebook users, it’s understandable to be overwhelmed by everything and want to get away from it all. However, unlike Facebook which is looking to connect everyone to the internet, there is a new site called Netropolitan that focuses more on exclusivity and privacy. The site, which launched today, was founded by composer and former conductor of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra James Touchi-Peters who wanted to provide a social media site for affluent and accomplished individuals. People wishing to join need only... Read more...
We're all pretty proud to admit that we've watched Citizen Kane or any other legendary classic, but those late-night cartoons and goofy sob stories? Not so much. Part of the digital economy is sharing. If you've got a product, it's really only to grow so much as folks will talk about it online. Obviously, Netflix stands to gain a lot (new subscribers, keeping existing ones interested, etc.) by having you share your viewing habits with others on social media. But up until this week, that sharing was public by default, which caused many to pause before blasting to the entire world what they were... Read more...
College is supposed to be a place of higher learning and where attendees are given their freedom to decide what they want to do. However, Northern Illinois University is restricting some of that freedom when it enacted an Acceptable Use Policy that bans torrents and denies students access to social media sites and content deemed “unethical” or “obscene.” A student attending NIU posted about the policy, which was enacted on July 25, on reddit under the username darkf and how he had discovered the new policy when trying to access a Wikipedia page for the Westboro Baptist Church.... Read more...
Not long after Apple unveiled its iPhone 5c, which is available in a variety of attractive colors, Nokia took to Twitter to give a shout-out. On top of a picture showing off its own recent Lumia line, which also comes in a variety of attractive colors, it says, "Imitation Is The Best Form of Flattery". Shots were fired, and for the most part, it seemed to get a chuckle out of a lot of people. Clearly, however, the fact that Nokia took a jab at Apple in this way struck some as a bit odd, given Apple enjoys a huge piece of the smartphone marketshare pie, while Nokia's share is so small, it'd be equivalent... Read more...
The New York Times’ website is having a rough month. Only a couple weeks after maintenance troubles caused several hours of downtime, the iconic paper has again experienced a major disruption. This time, the outage is clearly the result of an attack. The hacker group known as SyrianElectronicArmy claimed responsibility for the attack, as well as attacks on Twitter and The Huffington Post UK. The attack took place Tuesday afternoon, knocking out the site for readers. As a precaution, The New York Times limited email use for its staff and journalists. In the case of each website, the hacker... Read more...
When it comes to advertising, many companies are understandably picky about where their ads appear. That plug for a minivan makes sense in a mainstream magazine, but it’s a little odd if the same ad shows up near adult content. So Facebook announced today that it’s going to begin pulling ads from Groups and Pages that have sexual content. Pages with violent content also won’t be able to display pages anymore. The Facebook ads that will be getting pulled from certain pages are the ones that appear on the right side of the window, and only on pages or groups that have controversial... Read more...
Netflix on Wednesday announced that its subscribers living in the U.S. can link their streaming account to their Facebook profiles. In doing so, Netflix members can see what their friends and family have watched via new "Friends' Favorites" and "Watched by your friends" rows to Netflix. If you link your account, movies and TV shows will automatically be shared within Netflix, and optionally posted to Facebook. "There are few better ways to find a movie or TV series you'll love than hearing about it from your friends," said Tom Willerer , vice president of product innovation at Netflix. "Facebook... Read more...
Yesterday, NBC.com was hacked and the site was infected with malicious software. Several security experts advised users to avoid the site due to the fact that it had been compromised. Since many users presume large organizations such as NBC.com are free from malware, a hack such as this has the potential to reach a large number of people in a relatively short amount of time. According to reports, an iframe on NBC's site loaded a webpage that attempted to download and execute malicious Java and PDF files. As the HitmanPro blog explains, "The exploit drops the Citadel Trojan which is used for... Read more...
NVIDIA has a message for its Facebook followers: It's Coming. Two simple words, one of which is a contraction (so three words if you want to count it that way), with no accompanying explanation as to what exactly is on the horizon. A new model graphics card perhaps? Possibly. Could it be a computer case? Judging by the faint outline in the picture (see below), that's also a possibility. Speculation in the comments section of NVIDIA's post is all over the place. Some of the guesses include a GeForce GTX 667, a dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690, a chassis, an NVIDIA brand laptop, Transformer 4 tablet, new... Read more...
The folks at NMA (Next Media Animation) News have done it again, with another animated parody using their normal animation style. Their latest subject is the set of new developments in the Paul Ceglia and Facebook / Mark Zuckerberg dust-up. Ceglia sued Zuckerberg in July of 2010. He claimed that in 2003, Zuckerberg had agreed to give him a 50 percent ownership in the project that became Facebook [Ceglia and the Winklevoss twins should talk; this may end up being "The Social Network 2"]. Ceglia also said that due to a provision in the deal, Ceglia "would acquire an additional 1 percent interest... Read more...
Former rapper Will Smith had it completely wrong when he waxed poetic about how parents just don't understand. It's the principal who has it all backwards, or at least that's what you'll hear if you talk to the students of Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. So what is it that has students in an uproar? In an email to parents earlier this week, Anthony Orsini, the school principal, pleaded with parents to turn their children away from social networking and to more closely monitor their text messaging. Here's part of what he wrote: Please do the following: sit down with your... Read more...
On Sunday, the Telegraph posted a story that stated that Twitter was about to introduce video tweeting. However, it looks like this can be filed under unfounded rumor, as noted by a quote from Twitter founder Biz Stone. In fact, the Telegraph story is pretty sparse, mostly being about Twitter in general and some high-profile celebrities who have left of late (such as Miley Cyrus). The functionality, if implemented, would have duplicated the features of third party sites Twiddeo and Tweetube which allow Twitter users to post video tweets by creating links to their own sites. Here's what Biz Stone... Read more...
It's pretty amazing, really. While Blockbuster has withered as the world shifted from in-store DVD rentals to by-mail rentals and now to streaming rentals, Netflix has managed to keep itself relevant by staying one step ahead of the curve. Rather than pushing out its own proprietary "Netflix box," it instead created software and an API that could bring Watch Instantly functionality to a whole slew of devices already in the home -- pure brilliance, we say. The mega-successful rental company is making intelligent decisions once more, this time by adding integration to Facebook Connect and launching... Read more...
You may recall that Chris Avenir, a first-year chemical engineering student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, faced expulsion after it came to light that he had created a Facebook-based chemistry study group.  The horror, the horror!Chris Avenir's apparent exhortation to fellow Ryerson University engineering students to "input solutions" to assignment problems on the social networking site raised the ire of a professor.On Tuesday, the 18-year-old was told that while he wouldn't be expelled he would receive a zero on the assignment section of the chemistry course, which was worth 10... Read more...
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