Social Networking, Internet Lifestyle And Security News

Passionate about net neutrality? Facebook privacy issues freaking you out? Want to know more about the latest security breach? Here we'll cover the headlines that matter in our ever evolving digitally-connected lives and lifestyles around the world.

Nice try. In July Twitter wrote that it was trying to trademark "Tweet." Not for the reason you might think, though: the request has been provisionally denied on the grounds that other companies had filed for trademarks of very similar words.You might think that "Tweet" was a generic term, and that would be the reason for the denial, but the... Read more...
Twitter can, or will, be able to tell where you tweet from, the company announced on Thursday. The company is giving third-party developers access before they enable the feature on Twitter.com. They will, however add the feature, and it will, most importantly, be opt-in. That's important, because there are privacy implications. And that’s... Read more...
Oh, Facebook. You bring us so much joy, and you help us to waste so much valuable time. But you're useful in so many ways, and you keep us connected (at arm's reach, anyway) with a vast array of high school sweethearts that we'd otherwise never even bother to look for. But can you be more than that?It's obvious that its creators think so,... Read more...
Samsung unveiled three new compact digital cameras designed with social networking in mind. The new TL225 and TL220 are DualView cameras that have two LCDs—one on the front of the camera and another on the back. Samsung’s new CL65 provides numerous means of connectivity, offering geotagging, Bluetooth 2.0, DLNA, and Wi-Fi capabilities. Samsung... Read more...
Facebook is in the process of testing a simplified version of its social network service called Facebook Lite. The Lite version offers faster load times and a slimmed-down user interface with basic functionality including the ability to make comments, accept friend requests, write on walls, and view photos. Facebook Lite is similar to the... Read more...
Facebook has acquired FriendFeed, a Silicon Valley company that lets Facebook members see what their friends are doing online and share content. For the time being, FriendFeed will continue to operate as normal until both teams determine longer term plans for the product. The acquisition provides Facebook with an opportunity to expand into... Read more...
A distributed denial-of-service attack on one (yes, one) person yesterday left news media in a quandary. With no Twitter, and no Facebook either, how was the news to be obtained? Seriously, however, the outage was the result of attacks across several services aimed directly at a blogger named Cyxymu from the Eastern... Read more...
Verizon's betting that more and more television viewers want to Tweet and update Facebook while watching their favorite shows, movies and sporting events.  Now FiOS customers can do just that through widgets developed for Verizon's TV services.With this new addition, perhaps Comcast will have one less "don't fall for FiOS" FUD point that... Read more...
Do you know what happens when you sell millions upon millions of units with no signs of slowing down? A couple of things, really. First off, your investors rejoice. Secondly, the planet's most pervasive social networks wants everything to do with you. Starting this week, proud Nintendo DSi owners here in American and in Japan can access Facebook... Read more...
The rise of social networking has given rise to a whole new species of cyber criminals, experts warn.When people sign up on Facebook, for example, they tend not to think twice about putting in their birth date. But combine that with all sorts of other personal data in your profile — contact info including phone numbers and e-mail addresses,... Read more...
Is there such a thing as being too popular? Having too many friends? If you're Bill Gates, we guess the answer is "yes." The famed Microsoft co-founder has recently admitted to giving up Facebook after "too many" people wanted to befriend him. Of course, we find it kind of silly that Mr. Gates expected anything other than an onslaught of friend... Read more...
When Facebook allowed users to choose their own usernames, which could be then used to produce URLs for your profile and pages associated with it that made sense (the so-called Facebook Vanity URL Landrush), they warned users to "choose carefully," as it was a one-time choice. They now appear to have backtracked slightly on that issue. Slightly... Read more...
Companies that allow employees to sign into Facebook on the clock are losing 1.5 percent of total employee productivity.So says a survey by Nucleus Research Inc., which interviewed 237 randomly selected office workers about their Facebook use. Admittedly, that's not the most scientific sample, but it does give a snapshot.Of those interviewed:•... Read more...
For the third time this year, Twitter was the victim of a security breach that stemmed from a simple attack. In the most recent case, a hacker simply guessed an employee’s personal email account password and then worked from there to steal confidential company documents. This most recent attack brings to light some of the problems associated... Read more...
As we've said before, you need to be careful what you post on social networking sites like Facebook. It can get you fired, or in this case, expose the personal details of the new head of the U.K.'s MI6. And the culprit? His own wife. Sir John Sawers will take over as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (or MI60 in November. However, his... Read more...
There’s been an ongoing discussion in the search community regarding the value of content on Twitter and how to capitalize on it, particularly since Twitter content can reflect instant public reactions and newsworthy events. As a way to add more real time data into its search results, Microsoft has started adding some Twitter posts to the... Read more...
Hey, Twitter -- you know that business model you've been searching for? Yeah, this may be it. In a new report from NYTimes' 'Bits' blog, Dell has admitted to generating around $3 million in sales that could be directly attributed to Twitter. $3 million! That's the amount that Dell has garnered since it began using Twitter in 2007, using its... Read more...
Twitter is huge. Facebook is enormous. MySpace is still a serious powerhouse. The bottom line? Social networks are a force to be reckoned with, and Americans are spending lots and lots of time on them. In a new study released this week, Nielsen reveled that United States citizens are spending more time than over on these sites. In fact, it... Read more...
Is this the business plan that Twitter has been searching for? At the very least, it's something. On Monday, Twitter, Reveille Productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners announced a plan to develop an unscripted (i.e. reality) series based on the service. Few details about the series have emerged. We know that it’s going to be a “competitive... Read more...
The Pope has embraced social networking. No, you can't poke him or send him a private message, but the Vatican has indeed launched a Facebook page for the Pope as well as a Facebook application called "The Pope meets you on Facebook" which will allow users to "receive the messages of Pope Benedict XVI through the most important social network... Read more...
We wrote earlier that Facebook was going to allow site users to vote on its new Terms of Service. Well, the polls are now open, and users can start voiting. You probably remember the massive explosion that happened when Facebook modified its Terms of Service (ToS) such that it implied Facebook owned all your content, forever. They eventually... Read more...
Just when you thought it was safe to tweet again, another Twitter worm has reared its ugly head. In case you were busy hunting for Easter eggs or biting the heads off chocolate bunnies this weekend, and didn't have a chance to tweet or read other folks' tweets on Twitter, the micro-blogging social-networking site was hit with no less than... Read more...
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