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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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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