Facebook One Billion

Facebook just reached an amazing milestone, and you were probably a part of it

By on August 28, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Facebook just reached an amazing milestone, and you were probably a part of it

Late on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a post announcing that the world’s largest social network had reached an impressive new milestone: on Monday, August 24,  for the first time in site history, one billion users used Facebook in a single day.

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Facebook Messenger M Virtual Assistant

Facebook launches M: Not James Bond’s boss, but a Siri-like virtual assistant with a huge twist

By on August 27, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Facebook launches M: Not James Bond’s boss, but a Siri-like virtual assistant with a huge twist

Facebook’s mobile Messenger app is arguably one of the most used messaging apps out there, being available to both registered and unregistered Facebook users. The app offers VoIP and video calls on top of regular instant messaging, and a slew of other features. Facebook, however, is not done pimping out Messenger, and the company has created its own virtual assistant that’s supposed to take on competitors, including Siri, Google Now and Cortana, but with a huge twist.

And no, the fact that it’s called M has nothing to do with James Bond’s boss, who happens to be the head of the MI6. More →

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Facebook Virtual Reality Jimmy Kimmel Video

Video: Jimmy Kimmel shows why virtual reality Facebook will be an absolute nightmare

By on August 25, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Video: Jimmy Kimmel shows why virtual reality Facebook will be an absolute nightmare

We all know that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is fascinated by virtual reality, which he sees as the next big platform for social networking. But what would a virtual reality version of Facebook really be like? Jimmy Kimmel on Monday pondered how the typical Facebook experience would translate to a VR setting and the results were truly a nightmare that we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies. More →

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Target Gender Neutral Facebook Troll

Facebook user creates fake Target customer support profile, trolls angry idiots

By on August 13, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Facebook user creates fake Target customer support profile, trolls angry idiots

Last Friday, Target announced that it would be doing away with gender-based signs in its stores. That means no more displays featuring girls playing with Barbies and boys duking it out with Nerf guns.

It’s a smart, sensitive move on the part of Target, refusing to propagate gender norms and letting kids decide who they want to be, but as you might expect when literally anything happens to help make people feel more comfortable, some customers were outraged. More →

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Facebook Messenger

Facebook boots intern after he pointed out a massive FB Messenger privacy flaw

By on August 13, 2015 at 6:09 PM.

Facebook boots intern after he pointed out a massive FB Messenger privacy flaw

It’s become increasingly common over the past few years for tech companies to reward hackers with cold hard cash whenever they discover and promptly report critical software bugs. Some companies, with Google and Microsoft being two prime examples, even officiate hacker contests to help squash as many bugs as possible.

With that as a backdrop, one would think that Facebook would have been a bit more forgiving when dealing with an intern who discovered a security flaw affecting the company’s Messenger app. Coming straight out of Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg’s alma mater, intern Aran Khanna was on the verge of starting an internship with the social networking giant this summer before having the offer withdrawn.

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Twitter Contest Robot Automated Entries

A man built a Twitter bot that automatically entered and won 1,000 contests

By on August 13, 2015 at 9:40 AM.

A man built a Twitter bot that automatically entered and won 1,000 contests

Social networks like Twitter and Facebook are often used for marketing, and many accounts hold contests to generate buzz around a product or event. Anyone can enter them and win the prizes, but one man took it upon himself to create a Twitter bot that would automatically enter every contest it could find, without raising any flags.

The robot entered 165,000 contests over the course of nine months, and it won prizes 1,000 of them. More →

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Facebook Privacy Settings Setup Guide

Do this now: Manage Facebook’s privacy settings without killing key features

By on August 11, 2015 at 11:38 AM.

Do this now: Manage Facebook’s privacy settings without killing key features

Some 1.5 billion people use Facebook, yet many of them have no idea how to protect their accounts and make sure that others can’t take advantage of their data. Facebook is constantly trying to ensure its customers that it has their privacy in mind, but that doesn’t mean your data is always safe, as one security researcher has recently proven. More →

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Facebook Phone Number Link Profile

Do this now: Change this crucial Facebook privacy setting so hackers can’t abuse it

By on August 10, 2015 at 7:10 AM.

Do this now: Change this crucial Facebook privacy setting so hackers can’t abuse it

A security researcher has found a way to exploit a Facebook feature to harvest personal data belonging to thousands of users. With a simple trick that takes advantage of one of Facebook’s default privacy settings, the researcher was able to link thousands of phone numbers to Facebook accounts. Hackers with malicious intentions could replicate the procedure to collect data belonging to even more users, and then try to sell it on the black market. More →

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Google Facebook Health Information Privacy

It’s almost impossible to stop Google and Facebook from knowing about your health-related searches

By on August 3, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

It’s almost impossible to stop Google and Facebook from knowing about your health-related searches

Keeping Google and Facebook from knowing about your health-related Internet searches is not easy. SciLogs directs our attention to a new study conducted by Tim Libert at the Annenberg School for Communication that found “91% of health-related pages relay the URL to third parties, often unbeknownst to the user, and in 70% of the cases, the URL contains sensitive information such as ‘HIV’ or ‘cancer’ which is sufficient to tip off these third parties that you have been searching for information related to a specific disease.” More →

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Windows 10 Wi-Fi Sense Password Sharing Facebook

Windows 10 shares your Wi-Fi password with all your friends – stop it using this guide

By on July 31, 2015 at 12:25 PM.

Windows 10 shares your Wi-Fi password with all your friends – stop it using this guide

Windows 10 is the much-needed upgrade that PC users have been waiting for ever since Microsoft promised it would fix its numerous blunders in Windows 8. But that doesn’t mean Windows 10 is perfect. In fact, there are plenty of issues that need correcting, and a Day One patch might fix some of them. On top of that, there are certain privacy issues you need to be aware of, and the fact that Windows 10 is spying on you by default.

On top of that, Windows 10 will also share your Wi-Fi passwords with others by default, but that can also be fixed relatively easily. More →

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Working Facebook Worst Things List

The awful things you have to do to survive at Facebook

By on July 10, 2015 at 5:59 PM.

The awful things you have to do to survive at Facebook

Some people may describe Facebook as the best places to work in the tech industry, but that’s not always the case, as not everyone who’s been hired by Mark Zuckerberg and Co. has been thrilled with the experience. In fact, many former employees have revealed some of the annoying things they had to put up with to stay at Facebook, which has been voted by others as the No. 1 company to work for. More →

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Instagram Free the Nipple Anti Censorship Campaign

Instagram: Why Are Male Nipples Going Viral?

By on July 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

Instagram: Why Are Male Nipples Going Viral?

If you’ve started noticing more and more male nipples plastered on all sorts of pictures of naked or partially undressed women, you’re probably wondering why it’s happening. The answer is pretty straightforward: Instagram and other social networks can tell the differences between male and female nipples, and only the former is allowed to appear in images. More →

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