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FBI claims default use of HTTPS by Google and Facebook has made it difficult to wiretape

FBI claims default use of HTTPS by Google and Facebook has made it difficult to wiretape

A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Face­book and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept online communications as they occur, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort. Driven by FBI concerns that it is unable to tap the Internet communications of [...]

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 [...]

HOWTO: Be A Dick To Your Wife At 80 MPH

Not everyone is great at math. But this woman trying to explain how many miles you can travel in an hour when driving 80 MPH takes math skills to a new low. Since it's a little sad, it has, predictably, blown up on Facebook overnight. But the mathematically-challenged passenger is not actually the one who sucks here. Nor is she the idiot in this [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

As you already suspected, the CIA is reading your tweets and Facebook status updates

As you already suspected, the CIA is reading your tweets and Facebook status updates

According to this Associated Press story, the tinfoil beanie hat crowd was right all along: In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets — up to 5 million a day. At the agency's Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the 'vengeful librarians' also pores over Facebook, [...]

Blackberry announces new BBX operating system

Blackberry announces new BBX operating system

Live from BlackBerry DevCon 2011 in San Francisco, where RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has the stage, and he’s just revealed the company’s latest operating system: BBX. “It’ll be for phones, it’ll be for tablets, and it’ll be for embedded devices,” says QNX founder Dan Dodge. The “whole company is aligning behind a single platform [...]

Facebook vs. Google+ Inforgraphic

Facebook vs. Google+ Inforgraphic

Google+ is Awesome. Facebook Maimed, Twitter Mortally Wounded?

Google+ is Awesome. Facebook Maimed, Twitter Mortally Wounded?

A lot of people are joining because it's "new" and it's the "in thing" for the hipsters to have a Google+ invite, but let's wait a bit and see if it has any staying power, shall we? Anyone remember Google Wave? Yeah, that was hot for a few minutes once, too. I've spent the last week playing with the new Google+, and I´m here to tell you the [...]

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 [...]

Teen suspended for outing porn star school secretary

Teen suspended for outing porn star school secretary

A teenager has been suspended from classes after revealing on a Facebook page that an office assistant at his Quebec City-area high school was moonlighting as porn star in her off-hours. According to news reports, the 14-year-old alleged administrators at Etchemins Secondary School in Levis, Que., also threatened him with criminal [...]

App called “Creepy” pinpoints people’s location based on their social networking activity

App called “Creepy” pinpoints people’s location based on their social networking activity

The creator of Creepy, Yiannis Kakavas, calls his application a "geolocation information aggregator." It analyzes a person's tweets, Facebook posts, and Flickr stream to generate a map of where that person is and where he or she goes. You can enter a Twitter or Flickr username into the software's interface, or use the in-built search utility [...]

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 [...]

Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

Is reading your wife’s e-mail a crime?

A Rochester Hills man faces up to 5 years in prison -- for reading his wife's e-mail. Oakland County prosecutors, relying on a Michigan statute typically used to prosecute crimes such as identity theft or stealing trade secrets, have charged Leon Walker, 33, with a felony after he logged onto a laptop in the home he shared with his wife, Clara [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

HOWTO: Add Facebook “Like” Buttons to Your Website

HOWTO: Add Facebook “Like” Buttons to Your Website

I want to offer a quick look inside the technology behind Facebook’s Open Graph initiative to show how easy it is to mark up your site and let Facebook users interact with it. This is only a part of the broad Open Graph strategy the company announced at its 2010 F8 developer conference. Basically, Facebook is offering up a set of widgets [...]

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 [...]