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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, job details and sometimes even an address — and someone with less-than-good intentions could possibly wreak havoc in your name.Agence Presse-France reported on the Campus Party gathering of "Internet enthusiasts" in Valencia, Spain. Asier Martinez, a security specialist at global IT solutions provider Panda Security, told the crowd gathered that they weren't... Read more...
In an attempt to arrest MySpace's ever-faster decline into irrelevance, News Corp. is transforming the social network into an online gaming destination.The company, owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, had to do something, after all, once MySpace lost major ground to Facebook in June, posting smaller U.S. numbers than the latter — Comscore reported MySpace had 68 million compared with Facebook's 74 million uniques (just from the U.S. Internet audience, the gap is even wider when looking at worldwide figures).News Corp owns the Fox empire — the cable news network and the film and television studio — but hasn't entered into the video gaming industry. News Corp digital chief Jonathan Miller said... 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 requests, but we digress. The face of Microsoft recently told an audience in India that he gave Facebook a shot but ended up throwing his hands in the air after "10,000 people" attempted to become one of his online friends. The issue? He had trouble figuring out if he knew the people that were hitting him up for friendship, and he noted that the whole... 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 is the correct term, we think, because while you can now go into your settings and change your username, you can only do it one time. While this allows people who chose goofy names to change their username, it also (and 23 think this is the real reason behind the change) allows those who marry or otherwise change their names to make a one-time modification.... 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:• Seventy-seven percent had a Facebook account. • Of those with Facebook accounts, nearly two-thirds accessed Facebook during working hours. • Those who accessed Facebook at work did so for an average of 15 minutes each  day. • Eighty-seven percent of those who accessed Facebook at work couldn’t define a clear business reason... 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 wife, Lady Shelley Sawers posted details about their personal lives on Facebook. Not just that, she had almost no privacy protections on their account. Besides the obvious question of: why would someone in such a sensitive position have a Facebook account, there is the obvious question of why someone in such a sensitive position not have privacy controls... 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 found that the number of minutes that Americans spent on these sites doubled (doubled!) in the past year. Crazier still, Nielsen Online discovered that "the number of minutes Americans spent on social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Blogger, Tagged, Twitter and LinkedIn grew 83 percent from April 2008 to April of this year." Year-over-year, Facebook has... Read more...
Remember the big bruhaha when Facebook tried to change its Terms of Service (TOS)? Well, the Electronic Frontier (DFF) Foundation has developed a service, TOSBack, to help you track the TOS of sites you use, to make sure you're not surprised in the future. In the case of Facebook, users became so incensed that FB eventually backed down on the ToS changes, then moved to democratize them. EFF Activism and Technology Manager Tim Jones said: "Terms of service form the foundation of your relationship with social networking sites, online businesses, and other Internet communities, but most people become aware of these terms only when there's a problem. We created TOSBack to help consumers monitor terms... Read more...
It's not as though the Internet is totally open in China, and in fact many users don't realize what they are missing, just that they can't reach certain sites. However, as the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, or what China likes to refer to as the June Fourth Incident, approaches, China has pumped up its censorship of the Web. According to multiple media sources, China has blocked Twitter, Flickr, Hotmail, and other sites, starting on Monday. According to the Associated Press, China has been blocking college and university-affiliated websites, as well as media sharing sites. Authorities targeted message boards on more than 6,000 Web sites affiliated with colleges and universities,... 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 of the world" (MySpace, you've been dissed).  It's an interesting move, because earlier this year, Pope Benedict XVI warned against the dangers of possibly becoming addicted to technology, specifically social networking. His warning then was: "It would be sad if our desire to sustain and develop online friendships were to be at the cost of our availability... 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 backed down, reverting to the prior ToS, but the damage was done. As Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said when they first announced the vote: "Companies like ours need to develop new models of governance. Rather than simply reissue a new Terms of Use, the changes we’re announcing today are designed to open up Facebook so that users can participate... Read more...
While one study indicates that a little Internet leisure time at work can increase productivity, a second study now shows college students who regularly use social networking site Facebook have lower GPAs than those who do not. My comment, or rather question: they actually found college students who didn't use Facebook? Researcher Aryn Karpinski conducted the study with a colleague at Ohio State University. They questioned 219 undergraduate and graduate students about their study habits and Internet use, as well as their specific use of Facebook. The study showed that 68% of the students who used Facebook had a "significantly" lower GPA than those who did not use the site. Karpinski said: "Every... Read more...
200 million. Just let that sink in. That huge, immense number is how many Facebook members the social networking site has, and it took less than half a decade to make it happen. CEO Mark Zuckerberg proudly proclaimed that his site would meet and exceed the 200 million member mark today, and if you just so happened to finally jump in after years of resisting, you may have very well been the one to push things over the edge. could be used to change the world. After all, President Mark's celebratory post had a very insightful, almost philanthropic tone to it. Rather than simply boasting of Facebook's dominance and influence in the world, he took the opportunity to showcase just how FacebookObama... 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 a new slate of nifty personalization features. On the former, the Facebook Connect tie-in enables... Read more...
Facebook has begun to respond to the criticism over the recent redesign of its home page. While it's unlikely they will make wholescale revisions (like returning to the prior version), they outlined some tweaks they are going to make in response to feedback. Live updating: Automatic updating of the stream (yes, that Twitter-like stream that's been at the heart of many criticisms). No more refreshing (unless you really want to). Photo tags: Photos tagged of your friends will be added to your stream.More choices for applications: Tools to control and reduce application content that your friends share into your stream.'More frequent highlights updating: This will more closely mirror the content... Read more...
Facebook announced the new Facebook Connect for iPhone service at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, TX today. Facebook Connect for iPhone is now available with several participating applications. This new Connect service lets users link their apps with their Facebook profile to share data with friends, just as Facebook Connect currently enables for Web sites. In other words, your iPhone apps can now have friends of their own. This means an application developer who has created an app for both the iPhone and for Facebook can enable you to invite players to interact with one another cross-platform. During the conference, representatives from Playfish, Tapulous, Zynga, and Social Gaming... Read more...
For Facebook users who might have noticed that some previously-uploaded photos were mysteriously missing from their Facebook pages, Facebook wants you to know that it is aware of the problem, it is fixing the problem right now, and perhaps most importantly: "Don't worry: Your photos are safe." Apparently, while Facebook engineers were performing a "routine software upgrade" this last Friday night, several hard drives that store user photos experienced "simultaneous hardware failures." The Facebook engineers are still a bit baffled by this, as such multiple, simultaneous drive failures are not very common. (Note to Facebook engineers: Make sure you check the drive controllers for hardware failures... Read more...
The Internet is a wondrous thing, but it's also made teasing and bullying, formerly restricted to schoolyards, something you can do online for all the world to see. A Long Island teenager is suing her tormentors, their parents, and Facebook over a Facebook group "calculated to hold the plaintiff up to public hatred, ridicule and disgrace." Denise Finkel, 18 and now a student at the University of Albany, filed suit in Manhattan for $3 million. Finkel alleges that four former Oceanside High School classmates (Michael Dauber, Jeffrey Schwartz, Leah Herz and Melinda Danowitz) created the password-protected Facebook group "90 Cents Short Of A Dollar" to bully her. In her complaint, Finkel claims that... Read more...
So as not to give companies more excuses to kick employees to the curb in this tough economy, we've warned before about watching what you post to your social networking site. After all, MySpace photos have gotten an Oregon mayor recalled, and now a Facebook post about how boring her job was has gotten Kimberley Swann of Clacton on Sea in England fired from her job at Ivell Marketing and Logistics Limited. Kimberley Swann, 16, came home one day and typical of a 16-year-old, posted what she later called a "throw-away comment" on Facebook. Thing is, while that's what she told the BBC, there was more than one update on Facebook about how boring her job was: first day at work. omg!! So dull!!all i... Read more...
Facebook is doing something unheard of, announcing at a press conference on Thursday that it is giving its users the right to weigh in on changes to its policies and Terms of Service (ToS), in effect creating what some have called a virtual "Bill of Rights." 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 backed down, reverting to the prior ToS, but the damage was done. Out of that fiasco has come a new initiative, though, one never before seen. In their press release, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook said: "As people share more information on... Read more...
Facebook's Terms of Service (TOS) changed a couple of weeks ago, but wasn't noticed until brought to people's attention by the site Consumerist. Despite some fast tap-dancing by Facebook, the cat's out of the bag, and it's not going back in. In fact, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is preparing a formal complaint to be sent to the FTC. EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg said: "We think that Facebook should go back to its original terms of service"Facebook made changes to their TOS which seemed to imply they owned you information in perpetuity. While denying it in a blog post and explaining it in a way that made sense:One of the questions about our new terms of use is whether... Read more...
There's a big kerfuffle brewing over on Facebook over the posting of photos showing moms breastfeeding their babies. Apparently, Facebook has not only pulled some of these photos, but it has also sent warnings to some users who posted the photos; and even terminated the account of at least one user. Facebook claims that the pictures it pulled were obscene. The ensuing response has been both a growing virtual protest and well as a physical protest that took place just this last weekend. On Saturday a "handful" of protesters showed up outside of the Facebook headquarters in downtown Palo Alto, California, to "sing, chant and breast-feed," to protest Facebook's actions. But what has drawn far more... Read more...
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