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Fri
31
Dec
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Facebook Tops Google as Most-Visted Website: Report

It seems most people don't need Google to look up their favorite social networking web site. According to a recent report, Facebook has surpassed the search giant's main site as the most-visited web page in the United States for 2010. The report ... comes courtesy of industry analysts at Experian Hitwise, which finds that in the past year Facebook eclipsed both Google and Yahoo in popularity. Of all visits to web sites made by American Internet users this past year (at least, between January and November), 8.9 per cent were associated with Facebook. By comparison, 7.2 per cent of website visits ... (view more)

Tue
28
Dec
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Facebook CEO Looks to Crack Chinese Market

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has had a private meeting with the head of China's largest search engine, Baidu. It's prompted speculation Facebook is trying to find a way past that country's ban on the site. Zuckerberg had lunch with Robin Li, ... head of Baidu, while making a visit to China officially described ad as a holiday. However, a Baidu spokesman said he thought Zuckerberg wanted to "get the advice of someone who knows the Internet landscape well here." (google.com) The Great Firewall of China At the moment, Chinese users are blocked from accessing Facebook by a government filtering ... (view more)

Thu
16
Dec
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Facebook CEO Named 'Person of the Year' for 2010

Millions saw the critically-acclaimed film based on Facebook's rise from dorm-room foolery to international sensation. Even more significant may be the number of people (approximately 500 million) that own accounts on Facebook's web site. No wonder, ... then, that its controversial CEO has been named Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2010. Mark Zuckerberg is one of the world's youngest billionaires; he's also now the youngest Time Person of the Year since 1927, when aviator Charles Lindbergh won the award. Queen Elizabeth was also quite young when Time Magazine gave her the honor, but ... (view more)

Thu
09
Dec
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Facebook 'Evil' For Married Couples, Says NJ Preacher

The recently-released film The Social Network explores (and exaggerates) the rise of Facebook.com, sparing none of the gory (or in this case, sleazy) details about the messed-up relationships of its founders, particularly Mark Zuckerberg, Sean ... Parker, and Eduardo Saverin. But it's the impact Facebook can have on the relationships of its users that is at the heart of the most recent debate involving the site. If You're Married, Get Off of Facebook New Jersey-based Reverend Cedric Miller says that, if you're married, it's time to get the heck off Facebook. Miller cites the social networking ... (view more)

Tue
30
Nov
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Facebook Brings Enhanced Messaging, @facebook.com Emails

Facebook recently confirmed its enhanced messaging system, Facebook Messages. Officially launched November 15th, the system is designed to channel email, instant messaging and SMS text messages (cell phone messages) into a single @facebook.com email ... address so that users can manage their communications through a single inbox. (Source: eweek.com ) @Facebook.Com On-the-Way The idea of the service, which builds on the existing Facebook messaging feature, is to break down the barriers between different forms of communication such as email, site messaging, live chat, instant-messaging and the text ... (view more)

Thu
25
Nov
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Security Report: Beware Facebook 'News' Feeds

Security firm BitDefender suggests that one in five users using its 'safego' product have been exposed to malicious threats through Facebook. The report reinforces the position held by many industry experts that Facebook needs to do more to protect ... its users from privacy or security threats. Safego is a BitDefender security product specially designed for frequent social networking users. It is built to detect malware and prevent users from getting spammed because they use these sites. (Source: bitdefender.com ) Safego is in its beta stages, and BitDefender is thoroughly analyzing the tool ... (view more)

Fri
12
Nov
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Google Battles Facebook Over Email Contacts

Google plans to bar other companies from accessing information in its Gmail service, even with user permission. There's suspicion the scheme is designed to increase competition between Google and social media services such as Facebook. Facebook is ... actually one the best examples of how the change will apply in action. At the moment, when a new user signs up to the site, Facebook asks if they want to import their contacts list from their email account. If they do so, Facebook then cross-references this list, finds anyone who is already on Facebook, and asks if the user wants to add them as an ... (view more)

Tue
02
Nov
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Facebook Bans Developers for Selling User Info

Facebook says it has discovered that some application ("app") developers have been deliberately selling user information for the intention of third-party marketing, and has responded by banning a list of developers from the site for six months. A ... similar breach was reported in a Facebook investigation last month . In that case, a technical error in the way developers used the information provided by Facebook meant they were revealing the user IDs of members who used the relevant applications, such as games. It's important to note this is simply Facebook's own reference number for ... (view more)

Tue
26
Oct
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MySpace Accused of 2-for-1 Data Breach, WSJ Reports

Like Facebook before it, MySpace has been accused of privacy violations by sharing user details with third-party advertisers. The new story, published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), came after claims the newspaper had kept the article under wraps ... for business reasons. The claims about MySpace are similar to those involving Facebook. For example, last week it was reported that the companies behind games and other add-on applications on the site were sharing user data with advertisers, a breach of Facebook rules. Facebook itself believes this was done inadvertently through a technical ... (view more)

Wed
20
Oct
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Facebook Admits Unintended Privacy Breach

Facebook has confirmed that user details have been revealed to advertisers inappropriately. Unlike many previous privacy disputes on the site, this appears to be a genuine error. The issue involves applications, the add-on games and tools that run ... on the site but are controlled by third-party companies. The most popular examples include games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars. Generally, when users install such an application, they grant specific permissions for the app's creators to access their accounts in some fashion; for example to automatically post on the user's page when they achieve a ... (view more)

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