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16
Jul
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Facebook Adds Child Safety Button, But Opt-In Only

After a lengthy dispute, Facebook has agreed to include a "panic button" for children to report threatening behavior. However, critics suggest that the voluntary scheme doesn't go far enough for child safety campaigners. Demands for the button came ... from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) in the United Kingdom. The group has produced a clickable button which can be added to Internet Explorer: clicking the button takes the user straight to a page where they can report unsuitable material or inappropriate behavior CEOP estimates an average of four youngsters who click the ... (view more)

Wed
23
Jun
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Facebook 2009 Revenue Tops $800 Million: Report

According to a recent report, it appears Facebook had a very, very good year in 2009. It seems the social networking site saw revenue climb $100 million over its revenue plateau for 2008, reaching a figure listed at $800 million. Reuters cites ... unnamed sources in its report. These same sources also note Facebook net profits in the tens of millions of dollars, although more specific figures have not been made available. Facebook CEO: Little Motivation to Go Public Because it's a private company, Facebook doesn't reveal specific revenue figures. Pressure to sell Facebook shares publically hasn't ... (view more)

Fri
18
Jun
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Email to be Phased Out, Says Facebook Exec

With almost a half-billion users worldwide, the popularity of the social networking medium Facebook is at an all-time high. In reflecting upon the success of her company, Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has made a rather bold ... statement, claiming that it is only a matter of time before traditional email goes the way of the floppy disk and cassette tape. Texting and Social Networks Outpace Email While it might be hard to imagine a world without Hotmail or Gmail, the demographics tell a different story. According to Sandberg, only 11 percent of teenagers continue to use ... (view more)

Mon
07
Jun
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Mom Finds Kidnapped Kids Using Facebook

It turns out Facebook can be useful for more than hunting down your high school buddies and long-lost sweethearts. According to a recent report, it seems one woman used the popular social networking site to find two of her children, kidnapped in ... 1995. The woman, who lives in San Bernardino, California, has not yet been named. However, what we do know is that she used Facebook to find her children, who in 1995 were abducted by her then-husband. The tykes were just two and three years old when they were taken from their mother. New Technologies Make Staying Hidden Harder Back in the mid-90s, ... (view more)

Fri
28
May
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Facebook Privacy Changes Under Attack

Even as Facebook constantly adjusts its privacy settings to make critics happy, privacy groups remain convinced that the site can do much more to protect the personal information of its many, many members. In a series of recent interviews, Facebook ... critics have launched new but familiar tirades against the site. Criticism of Facebook has been mounting over the past year. Privacy groups have sent a reported three letters to federal regulators claiming the site's executives are guilty of illegal activity -- including exposing user information to third parties without consent -- and they promise ... (view more)

Tue
18
May
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Lax Facebook Privacy Makes Pages Open to Public Search

A new site aims to demonstrate Facebook's lax security and privacy by exposing some of the more embarrassing messages which users have posted. However, Facebook users appear to have undermined the site by posting intentionally bogus messages. The ... new site is known as Openbook and is intended to highlight changes made last month which made the search facility on Facebook much more public, even to non-users. It's even possible for status updates and other user info to appear on public search engines. This was particularly problematic as there have been several changes to Facebook's privacy ... (view more)

Tue
11
May
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Facebook Glitch Exposes Chat Conversations

Facebook users are generally trusting when it comes to their privacy, but some issues push them right over the edge. Take a recent glitch that allowed outsiders to view private user information, including friend names and the content of their chat ... conversations. The glitch emerged late last week, and has once again brought scrutiny and anger down upon the heads of Facebook brass. Users of the social networking site discovered that they were able to find out more about their friends than had been the case in the past, and some could even uncover chat conversations between other people. (Source ... (view more)

Mon
03
May
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Microsoft Readies Windows Live Messenger Upgrade

Users of Microsoft's popular Windows Messenger will soon notice the company has given the service a dramatic facelift. In a recent preview, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed off several of Messenger's new features, ranging from tabbed conversations ... to high-definition video chat. "The new Messenger will provide a great way to have more meaningful conversations with the people you care about most while also bringing together your social networks and sharing updates, cutting through the clutter, and staying up to date with your favorite friends," Microsoft noted in a recent statement. (Source: ... (view more)

Wed
28
Apr
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MS Office Apps Debut Online using Cloud Technology

As part of its ongoing battle with Google for the Cloud computing crown, Microsoft is bringing a version of its Office suite to Facebook, as well as 'Docs.com'. It appears to be a way of promoting the online edition of Office 2010, which includes MS ... Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. (Source: latimes.com ) The Facebook app will simply be known as Docs; a somewhat cheeky title given that's also the name of Google's free spreadsheet application. Microsoft's new tool will be a specially adapted version of Office 2010 designed to work within the social networking system. The idea appears to be to offer ... (view more)

Tue
27
Apr
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Hacker Sells 1.5 Million Stolen Facebook Accounts Online

Most people believe that hackers are tech-savvy, evil geniuses who toil away hours designing sophisticated pieces of malware. In actuality, spam and other virus tactics can be simplified thanks to illicit services like those offered by a Russian ... hacker named 'Kirllos,' who claims to have up to 1.5 million hacked Facebook accounts in his possession. The typical asking price for such criminal services range from US $25-$45 per 1,000 accounts, depending on the total number of accounts hacked. Still, security researchers at Verisign's iDefense are not entirely sure if the Kirllos accounts are ... (view more)

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