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Facebook Ignored Whitehat’s Bug Report, Then Gets Owned

Facebook Ignored Whitehat’s Bug Report, Then Gets Owned

Khalil, a Palestinian white hat hacker, submitted bug reports to Facebook about a vulnerability that allowed him to post on anyone's wall. But Facebook's security team didn't do anything. So Khalil wrote on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall about it and was generally reasonable. Khalil explains on his blog that he submitted a full description of the [...]

Facebook in talks to buy WhatsApp

Facebook in talks to buy WhatsApp

Could Facebook be in the mood for purchasing another messaging company? The social network giant bought popular mobile messaging client Beluga last year, and rumors suggest Facebook could add WhatsApp to its portfolio. Techcrunch reports that unnamed sources close to the deal say that Facebook and WhatsApp have been in talks about a possible [...]

Facebook Buys Instagram For $1 Billion

Facebook Buys Instagram For $1 Billion

Facebook just bought Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. Instagram is a mobile-only photo-sharing app. It grew from 1 million users in January 2011 to 15 million in December 2011. It has 30 million users now. What's great about it is that it is very fast... especially compared to Facebook. With the Facebook iPhone app, there are [...]

The Zuckerberg Tax

The Zuckerberg Tax

Since taxes are charged or then refunded depending on whether a share appreciates or depreciates in value, all that's changing in this system versus the current one is when the tax is applied (that is, they pay capital gains before selling the shares rather than after). The argument for this is that it prevents families from profiting off of [...]

David Choe Just Made 200 Million USD for Painting the Facebook Office

David Choe Just Made 200 Million USD for Painting the Facebook Office

In 2005 artist David Choe was asked by Facebook to paint their headquarters at the time. With the filing for IPO by Facebook, it turns out that painting the offices of the then Internet start-up, will make him one of the richest living artists one day. This week Facebook announced that they will be going public in the near future. Along with [...]

A Look Back At Paulina Gretzky’s Racy Twitter Account, Which Was Shut Down This Weekend

A Look Back At Paulina Gretzky’s Racy Twitter Account, Which Was Shut Down This Weekend

Over the weekend, the 22-year-old daughter of Wayne Gretzky stopped using her ultra-popular Twitter account, possibly at the behest of her famous, hockey-playing father. Paulina Gretzky deleted her account after telling fans she was, “Having a nice sit down dinner with my dad about social media..haha,” which has led many to speculate that [...]

ICanStalkU twitterbot nags Twitter users about disclosing their location

ICanStalkU twitterbot nags Twitter users about disclosing their location

ICanStalkU is a twitterbot Twitter-analyzing servicethat seeks out Twitter users who transmit their location in the photos they tweet and generates responses like "ICanStalkU was able to stalk @XXXXXXXX at http://maps.google.com/?q=35.5371666667,139.510166667," with the stated purpose of "Raising awareness about inadvertent information [...]

Facebook “flaw” lets anyone see your private photos

Facebook “flaw” lets anyone see your private photos

Features in Facebook give users access to personal, private and hidden photos that would normally be hidden from view. The flaw, spotted by members of a body building forum, no less, allows Facebook users to access photos revealed by the report abuse tool. This flaw appears to expose private photos of any person on Facebook. We tried this out for [...]

Facebook vs. Google+ Inforgraphic

Facebook vs. Google+ Inforgraphic

Facebook’s IPO will be the worst investment in tech history

Facebook’s IPO will be the worst investment in tech history

The social network has its fingers in a majority of websites in one way or another. Businesses promote their Facebook pages on the homepage of their websites. Blogs, bloggers, journalists, and mainstream publications often have several different Facebook widgets littered everywhere on every page. In less than a month, Facebook will have over [...]

The Taliban is Tweeting

The Taliban is Tweeting

If this Guardian article is to be believed, the screengrab you're looking at is that of an "official" Twitter feed for the Taliban. I wonder if they'll be able to get that little blue "Verified" account badge. Their Twitter feed, @alemarahweb, pumps out several messages each day, keeping 224 followers up to date with often highly [...]

Why using Facebook doesn’t mean you don’t value privacy

Why using Facebook doesn’t mean you don’t value privacy

Microsoft Research Group researchers Danah Boyd and Alice Marwick have posted a draft paper entitled "Social Privacy in Networked Publics: Teens' Attitudes, Practices, and Strategies" that reports on fieldwork interviewing teenagers about how they view privacy. It rebuts the cynical, easy dismissal of online privacy issues that says that kids [...]

Social Network Users Could Be A Click Away From Infection, Researchers Say

Social Network Users Could Be A Click Away From Infection, Researchers Say

Most social networks will allow the posting of URLs and advertisements that might be infected with malware, according to a report published today. In their new "Q4 Malware Update," researchers at anti-malware firm Dasient outlined the results of experiments conducted on 12 social networks to show their vulnerability to malware [...]

What does Libyan revolution mean for bit.ly?

What does Libyan revolution mean for bit.ly?

DomainWire asks what will happen to the popular bit.ly URL shortener if Libya shuts down its Internet service (.ly is the country code for Libya). Several people have noted that no matter how cute the .ly suffix is to us in a domain name, it is ultimately controlled for a loony dictator, and therefore perhaps not suitable as a piece of global [...]

How Facebook Ships Code

How Facebook Ships Code

I’m fascinated by the way Facebook operates.  It’s a very unique environment, not easily replicated (nor would their system work for all companies, even if they tried). These are notes gathered from talking with many friends at Facebook about how the company develops and release software. It’s been over six months since I assembled these [...]

Twitter’s Response to WikiLeaks Subpoena Should Be the Industry Standard

Twitter’s Response to WikiLeaks Subpoena Should Be the Industry Standard

This may be the first time I ever gave a shit about Twitter. The request was approved by a magistrate judge in Alexandria, Virginia where a federal grand jury is looking into charges against WikiLeaks related to its acquisition and publishing of U.S. government classified information. The court order came with a gag order that prevented Twitter [...]

Peak Break-Up Times Infographic

Peak Break-Up Times Infographic

Taken from the infographic ultrabook: The Visual Miscellaneum.

Is Facebook about to launch a Gmail-slaying Titan?

Is Facebook about to launch a Gmail-slaying Titan?

Oh no, Facebook's hosting another event? The invite to this new shindig is adorned with some pretty obvious visual hints at mail and messaging, which (along with a few well placed sources) has led the industry to speculate that Zuckerberg and crew are about to unveil their Project Titan email client. Rumored to have been in the works since at [...]

HOWTO: Block Sites from Using Your Facebook Login with Adblock Plus

HOWTO: Block Sites from Using Your Facebook Login with Adblock Plus

Facebook's new Instant Personalization Program allows other sites to access your Facebook data and connect you with people on those sites. Not only can you turn this feature off, but you can keep sites from retrieving your Facebook information with Adblock filters. Not only does Facebook have an agreement with sites like Yelp and Pandora, [...]

Beware the “friending” feds: Is the US government snooping on your Facebook profile?

Beware the “friending” feds: Is the US government snooping on your Facebook profile?

Need a new reason to be creeped out by Facebook? Big news this week from The Electronic Frontier Foundation: the digital rights group FOIA'd some disturbing documents for its lawsuit on the US goverment's surveillance of social networks which show that feds sometimes attempt to "friend" people applying for citizenship, or people that fit [...]

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