Facebook Privacy Settings Tweaks

Facebook is rolling out privacy-guarding features for a change

By on April 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Facebook is rolling out privacy-guarding features for a change

Facebook has long been slammed for breaching the privacy of its customers in the past, but the company seems to be interested in introducing more privacy-guarding features that should help users better protect the things they share on the social network while also making sure Facebook still runs as it’s expected to. More →

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Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android

Facebook will force you to install another one of its apps

By on April 10, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Facebook will force you to install another one of its apps

Facebook plans to remove the chat features from its main mobile app and force users to install Messenger on their iOS and Android phones in order to keep chatting with their friends. TechCrunch reports the company has already started notifying users in Europe about the change, which is coming whether they want it or not. More →

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Facebook Ads on Desktop

Facebook thinks you want even bigger ads on your news feed

By on April 9, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

Facebook thinks you want even bigger ads on your news feed

Facebook on Wednesday announced new changes to the way it displays ads – its bread and butter – on the desktop, revealing it wants to show its users fewer ads in the right-hand column as before, but make them bigger than their predecessors. The bigger ads will start rolling out later this month, but Facebook will keep supporting both small and big ads in the right-hand column during the transition.This is one of Facebook’s latest changes when it comes the way it displays its ads, after recently deciding to feature autoplay ads in the News Feed. More →

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Facebook Apps Instagram WhatsApp FB Messenger

How Facebook is grinding its mobile app rivals into dust

By on March 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM.

How Facebook is grinding its mobile app rivals into dust

Yahoo keeps grimly churning through acquisitions; buying and shutting down small tech firms with mechanical fervor. Facebook is buying far bigger, far more expensive companies and with fairly stunning results. Instagram is the most dazzling example. More →

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Facebook Android App Permissions

Facebook’s Android app wants to do strange things to your phone

By on March 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Facebook’s Android app wants to do strange things to your phone

In a post on Geektime, My Permissions CEO Olivier Amar points us to the new permissions in the Facebook Android application that are a bit uncommon, and appear to be related to the $19 billion WhatsApp purchase. More →

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How Rich Are WhatsApp's Founders

Facebook employees tell us how they really feel about WhatsApp

By on February 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Facebook employees tell us how they really feel about WhatsApp

When Facebook bought WhatsApp last week, only a few executives besides CEO Mark Zuckerberg were aware of the deal, which is similar to what happened when Facebook bought Instagram. So when regular Facebook employees heard about the deal it came as quite the shock. More →

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Facebook Postmortem Privacy Settings

Here’s why you should double-check your Facebook privacy settings before you die

By on February 21, 2014 at 11:45 PM.

Here’s why you should double-check your Facebook privacy settings before you die

Facebook on Friday announced a new privacy change that will affect the accounts of users who pass away. Instead of only letting deceased users’ friends access their accounts as it did before, Facebook will now keep those accounts’ default privacy settings unchanged. In other words, a dead person who had a public profile will have their profile stay public even after death, Facebook revealed. More →

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Why Is Google Pushing Google+

There will be no escaping Google+

By on February 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

There will be no escaping Google+

Google’s attempts to more aggressively push its Google+ social network have been controversial but we shouldn’t expect them to stop anytime soon. The New York Times has a nice explanation of why Google+ is so vital to Google’s future advertising revenues and why it’s willing to risk annoying its user base to help get Google+ more regular visitors. More →

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How Much Does Facebook Know About Me

Undeniable proof that Facebook knows way too much about your life

By on February 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

Undeniable proof that Facebook knows way too much about your life

There are times when we think that Google and Facebook really want to be Santa Claus, i.e., they see you when you’re sleeping, they know when you’re awake, they know when you’ve been bad or good, etc. Facebook data scientist Carlos Diuk late last week revealed that Facebook has come up with a way to predict when you’re about to get into a relationship with someone based just on the number of interactions with them leading up to the time when you change your status from “single” to “in a relationship.” More →

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Baby Names Facebook

Another sign of the apocalypse: Couple names their baby ‘Facebook’

By on February 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM.

Another sign of the apocalypse: Couple names their baby ‘Facebook’

New evidence that not everyone is cut out to be a parent emerged recently when a couple in Mexico named their newborn baby “Facebook.” The poor child, which will someday be the target of endless ridicule, is also now the target of a new federal law in Mexico that has banned parents from using any one of a collection of 61 different names when naming their children. The law banning the names went into effect on Monday after officials scoured baby registries across the country for the best of the worst. Among the banned names are “Facebook,” “Rambo,” “Juan Panties,” “Lady Di” and “Circuncision,” which translates to “Circumcision.” The Associated Press reports that the goal of the law is to help protect children from being ridiculed and bullied, and the very fact that such a law has to exist should frighten us all.

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Naked Snapchat Videos

This iOS app promises to keep the naked Valentine’s Day videos you send from being shared

By on February 12, 2014 at 2:56 PM.

This iOS app promises to keep the naked Valentine’s Day videos you send from being shared

As Snapchat has grown more and more popular, it has increasingly become a target for hackers and developers looking to help users save messages that are supposed to be deleted once they are viewed. In other words, those looking to keep their naked Valentine’s Day sexts from being shared should probably look elsewhere if they want to avoid having their illicit V-Day messages spread like wildfire the next time they have a fight with their significant other. Enter ZipaClip, one of many private text, video and picture messaging services that promise to do what Snapchat no longer can: do what Snapchat is supposed to do and keep your private messages private. More →

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Secret App iPhone

Viral hit ‘Secret’ is the stupidest app I have ever seen… and I can’t stop using it

By on February 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM.

Viral hit ‘Secret’ is the stupidest app I have ever seen… and I can’t stop using it

I cannot tell you how much I dislike Secret, the latest social iPhone app to “go viral” and spread through the handsets of early adopters across the country. In a nutshell, it’s anonymous subtweeting, but without Twitter (if you don’t understand what I mean by that, consider yourself lucky). The app was created by Square’s former technical lead David Byttow and others, and it allows iPhone owners to share text posts and images completely anonymously with their circle of friends and associates.

I hate it. And I can’t put it down. More →

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