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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Watch Dogs Facebook Privacy Settings

Here’s how to see everything that Facebook knows about you

By on April 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Here’s how to see everything that Facebook knows about you

Watch Dogs is already one of the most hyped game releases of the spring, but Ubisoft’s clever marketing campaign might convince a whole new crowd to check the game out. Digital Shadow is a website being run by Ubisoft which allows Facebook users to see just how vulnerable their information could be to an outside source. By allowing the site to access your account, Digital Shadow will let you know within seconds which contacts you regularly interact with, which words you use most often in status updates and when you’re active on the social network. More →

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Facebook mobile ad network

Facebook ads are about to invade mobile apps from other developers

By on April 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Facebook ads are about to invade mobile apps from other developers

Facebook is about to launch a mobile advertising network that could potentially take on Google’s. According to Re/code, Facebook will launch its mobile advertising network at the end of this month during the annual F8 developer conference. Re/code didn’t have much more information about the network, but the move makes sense for Facebook. Facebook has incredibly rich data on its users, allowing advertisers to target specific segments of the population. More →

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Android malware targets Facebook users

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

By on April 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

Android users have yet another piece of malware to worry about. PC World points out a technique that is specifically targeting Facebook users who use mobile banking. On computers infected with this trojan, users will see a message when visiting Facebook’s website alerting them that “due to a rising number of attempts in order to gain unlawful access to the personal information of our users and to prevent corrupted page data to spread Facebook administration introduces new extra safety protection system.” 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 Money Transfer Service

Would you trust Facebook to be your bank?

By on April 14, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Would you trust Facebook to be your bank?

It’s been a long time since Facebook was just a social media platform, and now the empire is looking to expand into yet another field. The Financial Times reports that Facebook is just weeks from obtaining regulatory approval in Ireland to offer services that would let users store their money, as well as pay and exchange that money with other users. Facebook would become an “e-money” institution, making the virtual currency valid throughout Europe. More →

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