Facebook Privacy Checkup Tool

Facebook’s new privacy tool makes sure you share your naughty selfies only with the right people

By on September 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

Facebook’s new privacy tool makes sure you share your naughty selfies only with the right people

It’s been a busy week for privacy and security related to personal data, obviously caused by a certain celebrities’ nudes hack, so it’s not entirely surprising to see Facebook double down on privacy at this time. The company on Thursday announced that its Privacy Checkup tool – which was first mentioned a few months ago – is finally rolling out to users in order to help them make sure they’re sharing status updates, posts and other things only with the people they want. More →

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Facebook Internet.org Internet Expansion

The hidden cost of Facebook’s Internet.org project

By on August 4, 2014 at 5:55 PM.

The hidden cost of Facebook’s Internet.org project

Facebook has joined forces with other tech companies to create Internet.org, an organization that wants to bring the Internet to developing markets. The social network believes that it’s doing the world a great service by trying to bring more people online, but the move will also help out with its quarterly bottom line, as the company would force more people to create Facebook accounts to enjoy Internet services in these markets. Author and New York Times journalist Evgeny Morozov doesn’t think that Internet.org is necessarily the best solution, as it ultimately comes with certain terms and conditions that may not be as obvious as first. More →

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Indiegogo Jibo Social Robot

Meet Jibo, the incredible (and cute) personal robot assistant

By on July 16, 2014 at 2:30 PM.

Meet Jibo, the incredible (and cute) personal robot assistant

Jibo is a very cute, and apparently very intelligent, family friendly robot that will ship to your door at some point in late 2015 to become your home-based personal assistant, assuming you’re ready to pre-order one from Indiegogo right now. The project, led by MIT Robotics pioneer Cynthia Breazeal, is quite interesting, offering users a device that’s able to understand their requests and help out with daily activities and chores. More →

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Brazil vs Germany Twitter Record

Brazil’s horrific World Cup humiliation is now the most tweeted sports event ever

By on July 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Brazil’s horrific World Cup humiliation is now the most tweeted sports event ever

Germany on Tuesday crushed Brazil in a World Cup semi-final game that will remain in the history of the sport for breaking numerous records – the European team scored five goals in the first half, with the game ending 7-1 – but also in Twitter’s history. The Next Web reports the Brazil vs Germany semi-final match registered 35.6 million tweets, becoming the most tweeted sports event ever. More →

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Facebook at Work FB@Work

Facebook wants you using its apps at work even more than you already do

By on June 25, 2014 at 6:10 PM.

Facebook wants you using its apps at work even more than you already do

Facebook is interested in users relying more on its services while they work, TechCrunch reports, although not for time-wasting activities. Instead, Facebook’s London division is working on a “FB@Work” initiative that would turn some of Facebook’s existing assets into productivity tools meant to improve daily activities at work. More →

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Facebook Vs. Snapchat Daily Usage

You may hate Facebook but it’s still the future of social networks

By on June 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

You may hate Facebook but it’s still the future of social networks

Some people would like you to think that Facebook has a “teenager” problem. You shouldn’t listen to them. VentureBeat directs our attention to a new study conducted by curator startup Niche, which surveyed roughly 7,000 teenagers and found 61% of them used Facebook on a daily basis, more than any other social networking service. More →

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20 Days Stranger

This might be the coolest (or creepiest) new social app we’ve seen in months

By on June 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM.

This might be the coolest (or creepiest) new social app we’ve seen in months

It seems like each new social app that launches pushes us further apart as a society. Thousands of users posting minutia impossible to care about… ridiculous secrets anonymously posted with zero accountabilitystupid apps designed to do little more than annoy us… it’s all becoming overwhelming. Every so often, however, something different emerges that finds novel ways to bring us closer together — and 20 Days Stranger is perhaps the most poetic new social app we have seen in quite some time. More →

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Facebook Privacy Update: what it knows about you

5 things you probably don’t realize Facebook knows about you

By on June 16, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

5 things you probably don’t realize Facebook knows about you

When it comes to privacy, Facebook is hardly a shining beacon. Despite efforts in the past few months to clear up its image, it continues to upset privacy advocates, most recently with its decision to use your browsing history to show you more targeted ads. Of course, Facebook wants all this information to serve better ads, which in turn allows it to keep the social network we’re all addicted to free. After decisions like this, though, it’s worth being reminded about just how much Facebook knows about you, which is exactly what The Wall Street Journal did with its list of the most important things that you’re sharing with Facebook. Here’s just a taste: More →

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Google I/O Schedule Google+

Here’s more evidence that Google+ is on the chopping block

By on May 16, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Here’s more evidence that Google+ is on the chopping block

It might be time to start playing a mournful bugle melody for Google+. Google’s social network, which for a while became the Clippy of social networks because of its annoying efforts to insert itself into every other Google service, will not be featured at any panels at Google’s I/O developers conference next month, Droid Life notices. In contrast, Google held several panels on Google+ at its 2012 and 2013 I/O conferences, which really does make it seem as though Google is starting to ease off promoting its polarizing social network. More →

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Best Twitter Accounts To Follow Conversnitch

You won’t be able to stop reading this Twitter account that sends out random bits of overheard conversations in NYC

By on May 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

You won’t be able to stop reading this Twitter account that sends out random bits of overheard conversations in NYC

Ever wanted to spend a day as a fly on the wall in a public place and just listen in to what people are talking about as they passed you by? Well now you have a Twitter account you can follow that’s doing it for you. @Conversnitch is an account that has been set up to listen in on and then tweet out bits of conversations of people who are walking through a particular area in New York City. The Guardian informs us that the account has been set up by two artists who used “only a credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer, a microphone and a Wi-Fi card hacked into a lightbulb fitting, and a piece of open source software hosted at Github” to create a snooping device that is virtually undetectable. More →

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Why Is Google Forcing Google+

Google will reportedly stop trying to force everyone to use Google+

By on April 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM.

Google will reportedly stop trying to force everyone to use Google+

Google+, which was starting to acquire a reputation as the Clippy of social networks, is apparently getting its wings clipped. Unnamed sources tell TechCrunch that the departure of longtime Google+ boss Vic Gundotra this week signals the start of major changes ahead for Google’s social network. More →

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Facebook Nearby Friends Feature

You can see exactly where your Facebook friends are in real time, but only if they let you

By on April 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

You can see exactly where your Facebook friends are in real time, but only if they let you

Facebook on Thursday took the wraps off of a new feature that, depending on your perspective, is either incredibly cool or incredibly creepy. For this reason, the company has wisely decided to make this new feature strictly an opt-in affair to avoid completely freaking out users who are sensitive to privacy. More →

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