Facebook Targeted Ads

Facebook started using your history for targeted ads – here’s how to stop it

By on June 12, 2014 at 11:31 AM.

Facebook started using your history for targeted ads – here’s how to stop it

Good news, Facebook users: the ads Facebook shows you are about to hit much closer to home now that Facebook is using your history to display targeted ads. Don’t worry, though — if that doesn’t actually sound like “good news” to you, there are ways to prevent it. More →

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Social Media Negativity

A great idea, ruined: Perpetual negativity is driving me away from social

By on June 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM.

A great idea, ruined: Perpetual negativity is driving me away from social

I’m spending far less time on social media these days than I once did. A combination of factors have led to this. First off, there’s the inherent risk of saying something that ends up crossing an esoteric line and gets you fired while you’re high above the Atlantic en route to Africa. Second, it’s simply too noisy to make sense of in any sane amount of time. And third, I’ve found that focusing more on my surroundings — things that I choose to take enjoyment in — leaves less time for negativity to find its way into my soul via someone else’s keystroke. More →

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Facebook WhatsApp Deal EU

Facebook’s WhatsApp deal hits a self-imposed snag

By on May 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Facebook’s WhatsApp deal hits a self-imposed snag

Back in February, Facebook announced it was buying WhatsApp for $19 billion. This was a surprising move, given WhatsApp’s reputation for ensuring privacy and Facebook’s not-so-great reputation for privacy, but the two companies insisted that WhatsApp would remain independent, ad-free, and committed to privacy.  More →

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Best Places To Work Tech Companies

Aspiring techies: Join these companies if you want to get paid

By on May 23, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

Aspiring techies: Join these companies if you want to get paid

If you’re a computer science major in college right now and you’re looking to land at a place that will help you pay off your student loan bills the fastest, then you should really check out Glassdoor’s new list of the 25 best companies for compensation and benefits. Google was the No. 1 company on the list, which isn’t too surprising since other employee surveys have shown that Google employees are the happiest of any others in the tech industry. However, Google wasn’t the only big tech company to make Glassdoor’s list — in fact, tech companies seem to be disproportionately represented on the list and account for 14 of the top 25. More →

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Facebook Privacy Checkup Tool

Does Facebook finally care about your privacy?

By on May 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM.

Does Facebook finally care about your privacy?

Facebook on Thursday announced new privacy-related features that apply to both existing and new users interested in joining the platforms. The company has apparently acknowledged the fact that not all things should be shared with the public, and Facebook users should be able to only share stuff with their friends. More →

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Facebook Ask Button Feature

Facebook wants your friends to force you to reveal more details about yourself

By on May 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM.

Facebook wants your friends to force you to reveal more details about yourself

In its non-stop quest for personal data, Facebook is rolling out a rather ingenious feature that could help it gather even more info about you. In addition to constantly harassing users to fill in personal data on their profile pages, Facebook will now offer an “ask” button that will appear on a user’s page in the top left About box, for those cases where personal details aren’t filled in. The new button will give people’s Facebook friends a chance to actually ask them for more details. More →

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“Facebook has made it impossible to see a connected friend 10 years later and feel as if any time has passed.”
— Darren Murph
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Facebook High School Reunion

Facebook killed my high school reunion

By on May 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM.

Facebook killed my high school reunion

In a way, the high school reunion is as unashamedly American as apple pie and Chevrolet. Go on — ask your parents if they had one. I’d wager that the majority of them would say that they did, and in fact, they probably retain quite a few memories. Someone was shockingly large; someone was stunningly beautiful; someone had completely fallen off of the wagon. The high school reunion’s primary allure was the possibility — nay, the probability — of a few shockers, coupled with the underlying desire to show up and impress the folks who ragged on you with devilish persistence back in the day. Seeing anyone, let alone someone you once spent a great deal of time with, after a decade of absence is sure to be an interesting occasion.

Unfortunately for this generation, such a spectacle is nearly impossible to still find. More →

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Moves iPhone App Privacy Policy

‘Moves’ iPhone app changes privacy policy after being acquired by Facebook

By on May 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

‘Moves’ iPhone app changes privacy policy after being acquired by Facebook

We have covered Moves a few times here on BGR. The sleek and smart iPhone app counts your steps each day using the iPhone 5s’s in-built M7 motion co-processor, and it collects and presents that data in a great-looking minimalistic interface. Not long ago, the company behind Moves was acquired by Facebook. On the plus side, Facebook instantly made the app free following the acquisition. But as many had feared, the company also changed the app’s privacy policy. More →

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OAuth and OpenID Security Flaw

Major security hole found in popular login protocols – and it won’t be fixed anytime soon

By on May 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM.

Major security hole found in popular login protocols – and it won’t be fixed anytime soon

Following the major Heartbleed security issue that affected millions of websites, a different vulnerability has been discovered that could have allowed hackers to steal certain personal data from users. CNET reports that a security flaw in the OAuth and OpenID online login protocols could be used to steal data and redirect users to malicious websites. More →

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How To Stop Facebook Ads

This is how far you have to go to stop Facebook from learning you’re pregnant

By on May 2, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

This is how far you have to go to stop Facebook from learning you’re pregnant

If you’re pregnant and you don’t want to be subjected to countless ads reminding you of your pregnancy, then you may want to avoid using the Internet for the next 9 months or so. ThinkProgress has an interview with Janet Vertesi, an assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University who tried her best to conceal her pregnancy from Facebook and other social networks’ ad algorithms and found that it was so difficult that it wasn’t even worth doing unless you’re willing to basically send and receive any messages about your pregnancy through a carrier pigeon. More →

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Facebook Anonymous Login Third-Party Apps

Facebook is taking a major step to give you your privacy back

By on April 30, 2014 at 2:18 PM.

Facebook is taking a major step to give you your privacy back

Facebook has been the centerpiece of the online privacy debate for years, but the biggest social network in the world just unveiled a new policy that might be the first step to restoring users’ trust. Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Facebook’s f8 event on Wednesday to announce that Facebook users will be able to sign into third-party apps anonymously in the near future, without revealing the contents of their accounts. More →

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How to Disable Facebook.com Email Address

Here’s how easily you can kill your Facebook email address

By on April 28, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

Here’s how easily you can kill your Facebook email address

One of the more annoying features Facebook still offers to users is a special Facebook.com email address that never really took off as a viable email alternative for Facebook users. While it’s not clear whether the company plans to discontinue it, what Facebook has done is to limit its use to forwarding any messages to a user’s primary email address. More →

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Moves iPhone Free Download

Download this app right now: Step-tracking app Moves for iPhone is now free

By on April 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM.

Download this app right now: Step-tracking app Moves for iPhone is now free

The new motion-tracking features in Apple’s iPhone 5s are pretty nifty, but they’re only of value if you have an app that can collect all the data recorded by Apple’s M7 motion co-processor and present it in a useful way. The Moves app does just that, along with the added bonus of presenting all that step data in a beautiful and minimalistic interface. More →

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