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Lately, there appears to have been an escalation when it comes to harassment online. While Twitter’s stance is that users “may not engage in targeted abuse or harassment,” a lot of the harassment has been taking place on the social media network itself. More specifically, the targeting and harassment of female users across various mediums, platforms, and professions has led to an escalation that involves death threats, exposure of private information, doxxing, and a plethora of sexist hate speech. One only has to look at Zelda Williams, the daughter of actor Robin Williams, who... Read more...
Have you fed and loved on your pets today? It's a valid question, especially for people who use Facebook. A new survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that the average American spends around 40 minutes per day flipping through his or her Facebook feed. That doesn't sound obscene, especially when compared to television, of which Americans spend more than five hours of their day watching, but you might be surprised at which activities we spend less time doing than Facebook. For example, taking care of pets. The average American spends 39 minutes daily caring for Fido and Shadow (or whatever... Read more...
Have you ever stopped to really think about you're throwing out there in the social stratosphere? On the surface, they may appear to be a bunch of silly posts and status updates about your weekend or where you went for lunch, but on a deeper level, perhaps posting to Facebook reveals more about yourself than you thought. That's the general premise behind Five Labs, a new service that analyzes your Facebook activity to determine your personality. More than just a fun exercise, the method of predicting your personality is actually based on real-world research -- specifically, a study published by... Read more...
A new website sponsored by Ubisoft as part of its advertising campaign for the upcoming hacking-themed game Watch Dogs isn't just a plug for the title -- it's a chilling example of exactly how easy it is for companies to mine your data. While I'm normally averse to giving any application or service access to my Facebook account, I also take some effort to lock down my settings and posts. I decided to make an exception to this policy and give the application access to my account data. What it came back with is interesting, scary, and informative by turns. There are precious few photos of me online,... Read more...
Facebook isn't afraid to make a splash, hence the decision back in February of this year to scoop up WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock options. It remains Facebook's largest transaction to date, though it could prove a brilliant move in the long run, especially as WhatsApp keeps attracting more users. As of right now, WhatsApp is home to 500 million active users. "Thanks to all of you, half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users. In the last few months, we've grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing... Read more...
All is fair in wireless and war, especially now that mobile has become such an important part of so many people's daily lives. In the U.S., there are four major wireless carriers looking to serve our mobile needs, the bottom two of which are Sprint and T-Mobile. Though both have bigger rivals in AT&T and Verizon, they're just as willing to take swings at one another, as T-Mobile CEO John Legere did to Sprint via Twitter. It's more of an all-out assault, really. What drew Legere's ire is Sprint's decision to cover pay off early termination fees (ETFs), up to $650, for customers who jump ship... Read more...
Oh, so that’s why. Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp was big news, primarily as it left many of us wondering why exactly the company would spend such an unbelievable sum of money on it. After a speech at MWC in which WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum stated that WhatsApp will soon offer free voice calls, it all makes much more sense. Effectively, when WhatsApp rolls out voice calling capabilities--Android and iPhone this spring and then BlackBerry, Nokia phones, and Windows Phone at some point, too--it, and by proxy Facebook, will be a sort of mobile carrier.... Read more...
One has to wonder if Facebook is feeling any buyer’s remorse, as the messaging service the company just dropped $19 billion to acquire experienced an outage on Saturday, according to reports. WhatsApp didn’t provide much in the way of details beyond a pair of tweets that acknowledged the outage and then stated that service had been restored. “Sorry we currently experiencing server issues. we hope to be back up and recovered shortly,” reads the first. The second tweet, posted two and a half hours later, reads “WhatsApp service has been restored. We are so sorry for... Read more...
If you’ve been on Facebook for the last several days, you’ve been inundated with your friends’ Lookback videos. In honor of its 10th anniversary of existence, Facebook created a nifty little tool that automatically creates a one-minute video looking back on your life on Facebook. As we noted, some of what Lookback pulled in is spot-on, strumming the ‘ol heartstrings, while others items don’t really fit. Fortunately, you can now edit your Lookback video to more closely resemble the happy memories that you remember. All you have to do it visit the Lookback page and note... Read more...
It’s too early to tell if Facebook Home is going to be a success or not; it’s only available on a few devices, and it’s only been out for a few days. However, Facebook Home is really designed as an aggressive product, aimed at securing hearts and minds in the mobile market (which should be a fascinating development to watch). Of course, it’s only available on Android devices so far. According to Bloomberg, though, Facebook is in talks with Apple and Microsoft to implement Home (or a version of Home) on iOS and Windows Phone devices. Facebook Home “It may or may not... Read more...
Twitter started as a social network. Now, it's both a communication tool and a news delivery service. But what will it evolve into? As the company strives to pick up revenues, the sky seems to be the limit. This week, Twitter acquired a unique company with a unique name: We Are Hunted. In a nutshell, We Are Hunted was a music discovery engine, and we use the term "was" because We Are Hunted is shutting things down immediately in order to work with its new overlord. The team intends to continue creating new products in the music arena, but they'll be channeled via Twitter -- in other words, you... Read more...
Hobbit game publisher Kabam announced that it secured investments from Warner Bros. Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM). Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though it should be noted that Warner Bros. owns the rights to the upcoming trilogy of Hobbit films. "Partnering with Warner Bros. and MGM is a natural fit for Kabam as we create new story lines and extensions of Hollywood studios’ intellectual properties for millions of gamers worldwide," said Kabam co-founder and CEO Kevin Chou. "Either Kevin Tsujihara or Gary Barber would be a tremendous addition to any growing entertainment... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Google adding birthday reminders to Google+, Bing has announced another feature you didn’t know you can’t live without: Bing can now help you quickly find photos of your Facebook friends. Because you know, when you’re kicking around Facebook, speed is everything. All kidding aside, Friends’ Photos Beta looks like a pretty slick tool, and one that may come in handy if you’re trying to hunt down a particular photo from your friends’ many albums. Log into Facebook from Bing’s Friends’ Photos page, and you’re ready... Read more...
At long last, Facebook has finally unveiled a new mobile ad platform for app developers to grow their business and "reach and re-engage their users," the social networking site announced on its developers page. For the time being, only a select set of beta partners have access to the mobile ad network while Facebook works out the kinks. "Facebook has increasingly become a way for iOS and Android developers to grow their apps. In the past 30 days, we have sent people to the Apple App Store and Google Play 146 million times, via clicks from channels such as news feed, timeline, bookmarks and App... Read more...
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