January 2, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is being sued over allegations it monitors private messages on the social network to surreptitiously gather even more information on its users and share the data with marketers. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in San Jose, Facebook scans the contents of private messages including links to other websites "to improve its marketing algorithms and increase its ability to profit from data about Facebook users. " The links to third-party websites are interpreted as a "like" of that website and contribute to a profile of the sender's activity on the Web for the purpose of targeting advertising, the lawsuit alleges.
November 26, 2012 |
Following a hoax post that went viral, Facebook has reassured its users that they, not the company, own the copyright to the content they post on the social network. This weekend, a number of users on the site began re-posting the viral status update proclaiming that users, not Facebook, own the copyrights to their content. The viral post implies that Facebook owns the copyright. "In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details," the viral post says.
December 10, 2012 |
Let's get ready to grumble -- Twitter has announced it will be forcing its latest profile page redesign onto all users starting Wednesday. Users have been able to opt into Twitter's latest profile page design since September , but now the San Francisco-based social network will be bringing the design to all of its users -- regardless of whether they want it. The new design emphasizes Twitter's header photo feature, which places a large picture...
November 27, 2012 |
Google has begun asking users wishing to leave reviews on Google Play to start using their Google+ names. Previously, users could leave anonymous reviews for content sold on the digital store, including apps, movies, books and songs, but no more. Now, if you try to leave a review for a product, Google will send you a message saying "From now on, reviews you write will be posted publicly using your Google+ name and picture. " To go ahead and write a review, you are prompted to either press "Continue" or sign up for a Google+ account if you don't already have one. Google might be making this change for two reasons.
April 4, 2012 |
Do you have Instagram? Well, pick a team -- #TeamAndroid or #TeamiPhone ? Now that Instagram has launched its Android app, many iPhone app users with a not-in-my-backyard approach are crying, "There goes the neighborhood!" Can you blame them? For the past year and a half, iPhone users have graduated through the stages of development with Instagram. First, you shoot and share everything you see -- food and pets, mostly -- but without any discipline. Eventually, you develop an eye, a style, a flair, if you will.
July 2, 2013 |
A database containing email addresses and passwords belonging to users of the website for Ubisoft, the video game developer behind the hit "Assassin's Creed," was accessed illegally in a hack. The French company said someone used "stolen credentials" to access its “online network.” The company didn't disclose how many of its users were hit, but it has sold more than 55 million of its top game. Ubisoft said on its website Tuesday that no credit card information is stored with the company and thus users' financial information was not at risk.
April 9, 2012 |
Maybe Instagram needs a better filter for how it announces its deals. Its user base seems to have a twitchy reaction with every announcement. Last week, it was the end of the world as they knew it for iPhone users, who had the Instagram universe all to themselves until Android users were given the keys. It seemed a photo joust might have been in order. And now Facebook has announced it's buying the super popular photo-sharing app and social network for $1 billion. As @HmSeb put it on Twitter, Instagram is in a relationship now, and it's complicated.
June 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Looking to shield itself from a growing public backlash over damaging revelations that it turned over user data to the National Security Agency's clandestine Internet surveillance program Prism, Facebook said late Friday it had reached an agreement to divulge some details about the government requests it receives for information about its users. Ted Ullyot, Facebook's general counsel, said the company had urged authorities "to allow more transparency and flexibility around national security-related orders we are required to comply with.
April 12, 2012 |
If smartphones could talk, they'd probably tell of how much smarter they are than their owners. We users put them through all the elements and then some. Fire, water, wind, snow, safari -- they've seen it all. Consumer electronics warranty provider SquareTrade asked owners to post on Facebook some of the trials and tribulations their phones endured. Several met their demise by car -- either sliding off the top of the car into traffic or just being dropped by overwhelmed or clumsy hands and getting run over as the car backed out. Some got dunked in a coffee bath like a biscotti at breakfast.
April 27, 2012 |
Most cloud-service privacy policies address how they deal with your personal information and data about your usage, but less clear is whether they would tell you when and if law enforcement sought access to your files residing on their servers. As the virtual reality online storage wars gear up, many consumers and privacy advocates have expressed concern about the policies that will be applied to the content that they would be moving into remote servers. All of the services include a clause expressing that they will act in accordance with legal requests for data.