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Fri
24
Aug
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Facebook Censors Internet to Prevent Violence

Freedom of speech online is once again the topic of heated debate, this time in India. That country's government has now urged major sites like Facebook to remove threatening material that may have provoked a mass exodus from some regions. The issue ... stems from religious disputes in Assam, a region in the northeast of India where long-time residents have clashed with immigrants from nearby Bangladesh, leading to dozens of deaths. In the past week, angry residents of Assam have used the Internet to threaten the immigrants with violence. The threats have reportedly caused "tens of thousands" of ... (view more)

Wed
08
Aug
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McAfee App Blurs Sensitive Facebook Photos

McAfee has released a new browser add-on that allows Facebook users to more privately post personal pictures. The app reportedly prevents strangers from viewing these images. Called Social Protection, it's a plug-in that offers two viewing features: ... First, it allows users to blur all their uploaded photos, and allow only the contacts the user selects to see them clearly. Second, the software allows a user to select which images will be blurred. This allows all the other photographs to remain visible to Facebook friends, by default. Images Blurred in Timeline, News Feed Using this new system, ... (view more)

Fri
03
Aug
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Facebook: 83 Million User Accounts are Fake

Facebook has acknowledged that almost one in ten user accounts registered with the social networking site are fake. Facebook says these 83 million accounts include duplicates, those set up for users' pets, or those registered for organizations ... rather than for actual individuals. Facebook officials made this startling admission in the company's very first quarterly report to American financial regulators. Specifically, the company revealed that about 8.7 per cent of its 955 million global users fall into these and other questionable categories. (Source: abcnews.com ) Duplicates Account for ... (view more)

Wed
01
Aug
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Facebook Advertising May Be a Scam: Report

Facebook's business model is based on advertising. But one disgruntled advertiser claims 80 per cent of the "people" clicking on its advertisements aren't humans at all. Limited Run is a website that lets musicians create an online store in which ... they can sell both physical CDs and digital content. Like many businesses, Limited Run created a promotional page on Facebook and then began advertising on the social networking site to attract visitors to its own home page. According to the company, however, it became suspicious that something was amiss when the details associated with the number of ... (view more)

Wed
11
Jul
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Facebook Expands User Tracking to Boost Revenue

Facebook may begin snooping on smartphone users in order to target them with more relevant advertisements. The strategy could prove a huge money-maker, but may be a step too far for some of the social network's users. The massive social network ... currently makes most of its revenue from advertising. However, it has struggled to cash in when people visit the site using a smartphone. In recent financial filings, Facebook admitted this could become a serious handicap as more and more people choose to access the social media site from their phones instead of their computers. Facebook had already ... (view more)

Tue
03
Jul
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Facebook Wipes Out User Messages, Contact Lists

After quietly changing the default email addresses of all its users to @facebook.com, on their profile pages, Facebook is now being blamed for causing multiple unwanted (and unwarranted) address book changes. The end result: an even fiercer backlash ... from Facebook's member base than we saw just a few days ago. It was bad enough when Facebook decided to overstep its boundaries and force an email change on all its users, whether or not they had agreed to sign on for the new email service. But further tensions arose when the company also decided to splash those new email addresses across each ... (view more)

Tue
26
Jun
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Facebook Bullies Users into Adopting Email Address

That sneaky Facebook. For years, the social networking site tracked its users' online activity and sold the information to third-party advertisers. Now the company has decided to force a new @facebook.com email address on all its users, even those ... who have not signed on for the service. Worst yet, the social media company has plonked its new email address right onto its users' main Facebook page. According to reports, the email address now appears on everyone's main Facebook page and cannot be deleted. However, users can choose to hide the @facebook.com email address from public visitors, as ... (view more)

Fri
22
Jun
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Facebook Users to Pay Monthly Fee for Apps, Games

Facebook plans to allow companies to charge monthly fees for the use of applications on the popular social media website. This new policy could create a lucrative market for Facebook versions of newspapers, magazines, and more. At the moment, it's ... not possible for software developers to charge people who like and use their applications on Facebook. Instead, they can charge only for one-off purchases that people make within the application itself. The best known example of this is Zynga's Farmville. Currently, users can play the app free-of-charge. But if they want to get an extra advantage ... (view more)

Wed
06
Jun
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Facebook Stock Down 32%; Site Dead by 2020?

Two weeks ago, social networking site Facebook made headline news by taking its stock public . Immediately afterwards, analysts began debating whether the stock was a winner or a loser. Now, one analyst says people should stay away from Facebook ... stock; in fact, he has gone so far as to suggest that the entire Facebook enterprise could disappear by the year 2020. According to Ironfire Capital founder Eric Jackson, Facebook's difficulties in making the transition into the mobile market will prove to be its undoing. In Facebook's place will arise entirely new companies that will succeed by more ... (view more)

Tue
05
Jun
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Microsoft Adds Facebook-Style Social Search to Bing

Microsoft has made significant changes to its Bing search engine, incorporating certain aspects of Facebook and Twitter to make its product a better social search platform. The company promises several improvements to the site layout, including ... features that offer users the ability to exchange ideas and share opinions. Microsoft likens this concept to bouncing ideas off a trusted friend. Facebook to Help Validate, Speed-Up Search According to the Bing community search blog, a recently conducted internal poll found that 75 per cent of respondents spend more time searching online for ... (view more)

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