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FBI makes arrest in bank robbery; suspect had posted claim of responsibility on Facebook

FBI makes arrest in bank robbery; suspect had posted claim of responsibility on Facebook

The FBI says it has made an arrest in an Oregon bank robbery after the suspect posted a claim of responsibility on Facebook. Spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele says Ryan Homsley was arrested Friday. She says investigators filed a complaint Wednesday in federal court, charging Homsley with Tuesday's robbery at a Key Bank branch in suburban [...]

Can Diaspora win anything but publicity?

Can Diaspora win anything but publicity?

The press is in love with Diaspora. With Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg having gone from start-up, to MySpace contender, to leader, to domination, to movie villain faster than most people can get through college, the search is on for the next big thing. Diaspora combines the promise of open source with privacy guarantees. As such it [...]

Damning Zuckerberg IMs confirmed

Damning Zuckerberg IMs confirmed

A series of "embarrassing and damaging" IMs from Mark Zuckerberg have been confirmed as real by The New Yorker, and by the Facebook founder himself. Among them, an exchange once leaked to Silicon Alley Insider in which Zuckerberg explains to a friend that his control of Facebook affords him access to any personal information he might care [...]

Facebook to kill IE6 support for Chat on IE9 beta day

Facebook to kill IE6 support for Chat on IE9 beta day

I am torn between my hate of IE6 as a web developer and my hate for Facebook as a human. Facebook has announced that it will soon end Internet Explorer 6 support for Facebook Chat. The kill date is September 15—the same day Microsoft plans to release the first IE9 beta. Today's announcement comes just a week after Microsoft launched a beta [...]

HOWTO: Disable Facebook “Places” Tagging

HOWTO: Disable Facebook “Places” Tagging

Facebook yesterday announced a new geolocation tagging feature, called "Places," an  app which enables people to send updates about where they are right now to their FB friends. Here's how to turn it off. (more…)

Who does Google know that you know?

Who does Google know that you know?

This link will show you who Google knows that you know is the network of connections Google uses to identify relevant social search results. It is based on a combination of the following:• Direct connections from your Google chat buddies and contacts • Direct connections from links that appear on your Google profile • Secondary [...]

Facebook typo squatting

Facebook typo squatting

A domain registered in a tiny town in Georgia is presenting fumble-fingered Facebook fans with few fun-filled hours of diversion: (more…)

Faux femme fatale finds flaws in social networking security

Faux femme fatale finds flaws in social networking security

Security researcher Thomas Ryan wanted to demonstrate the vulnerability of social networks, so he created a fictional analyst alter-ego named "Robin Sage." She was a hot 25-year-old with an MIT degree, a résumé that included a job at the Naval Network Warfare Command, and "over 10 years" of hacking experience (she started at age 14.) She [...]

Google’s Facebook Killer “Google Me” Confirmed By Former Facebook CTO

Google’s Facebook Killer “Google Me” Confirmed By Former Facebook CTO

When Digg founder Kevin Rose tweeted about the existence of "Google Me," Google's supposed "Facebook killer" social-networking site, I'd love to know whether he expected Facebook's former-CTO to jump into the fray and confirm it, saying it's a "real project." Adam D'Angelo, who has since left Facebook to found Quora, wrote on his Q&A [...]

Facebook wants access to sex offender registers

Facebook wants access to sex offender registers

This is another example of a corporation wanting rights that the AU citizens don't even have. Facebook wants access to Australia's sex offender registers to help it keep pedophiles and sex predators off its social networking site. And Victorian Police Minister Bob Cameron says he is happy to discuss the idea, sending departmental officials to [...]

Canadian border guard used private info to stalk women on Facebook

Canadian border guard used private info to stalk women on Facebook

VANCOUVER — A B.C. border guard e-mailed himself the passport details of attractive women who came through his inspection line so he could hit on them later on Facebook, according to an internal government investigation obtained by the Vancouver Sun. The woman told CBSA investigators she came into Canada on Oct. 18, 2009 at around 5 p.m. Four [...]

Facebook search hax!

Facebook search hax!

The admins at Facebook are concerned with your personal information: weekend call me sex delete sad facebook party slut new pics

I wish this guy the best

I wish this guy the best

I think we should observe the fact that this fellow failed to make his "get-together" private. The only question is what to click? Attending, not attending, or maybe?

Facebook caught sharing secret data with advertisers

Facebook caught sharing secret data with advertisers

The privacy issues that have been hounding Facebook may be coming to a head. A report in the Wall Street Journal indicates that the Facebook, along with MySpace, Digg, and a handful of other social-networking sites, have been sharing users' personal data with advertisers without users' knowledge or consent. The data shared includes names, user [...]

Facebook Rolls Out New Login Security Features

Facebook Rolls Out New Login Security Features

Facebook is now one of the most popular targets for phishers, hackers and scammers. According to the Associated Press, however, Facebook is in the process of rolling out some new security features that will protect its users from malicious attacks, spam and phishing scams. For a while now, Facebook already offered users the ability to be notified [...]

Facebook’s “anti-privacy monopoly”

Facebook’s “anti-privacy monopoly”

In an essay and handy infographic, DeObfuscate lays out the inverse relationship between Facebook's growing market share and the erosion of user privacy. Words of wisdom tweeted by Tim Spalding over the weekend: Why do free social networks tilt inevitably toward user exploitation? Because you're not their customer, you're their product. [...]

Timeline of Facebook privacy policy: From reasonable (2005) to apocalyptic (2010)

Timeline of Facebook privacy policy: From reasonable (2005) to apocalyptic (2010)

Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Kurt Opsahl has gone spelunking in the history of Facebook's privacy policies over the past five years, presenting a timeline that starts with something fairly moderate and reasonable in 2005 and moves to the current 2010 version which basically says, "By using Facebook, you agree to let us film your life [...]

What data does Facebook publish about you?

What data does Facebook publish about you?

Find out what personal data Facebook publishes about people by entering their Facebook username here: zesty.ca/facebook. Background here. Related: another privacy hole has been discovered which apparently leaks information about events you plan to attend to people outside your "friend" network, regardless of your privacy settings. I don't know [...]

Poor woman gets over 50,000 people invited to her private house party on Facebook

Poor woman gets over 50,000 people invited to her private house party on Facebook

This sort of thing is so immature... I just invited all my friends.

High-Tech Frenemies: Twitter turns on its partners.

High-Tech Frenemies: Twitter turns on its partners.

Twitter turns out to be just like every other venture-backed company, under pressure to deliver a payback to investors. To accomplish that, it may have to hurt some of its partners. Should anyone be surprised? But the really cool thing about Twitter has been its business model. Instead of trying to do everything itself, the company threw open its [...]

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