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Facing Backlash, Instagram Backpedals On Terms Of Service Changes But Doesn’t Appease Everyone

via David Strreitfeld and Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times Facebook may have quelled a full-scale rebellion by quickly dumping the contentious new terms of use for Instagram, its photo-sharing service. But even as the social network furiously backpedaled, some users said Friday they were carrying through on plans to leave. Ryan Cox, a 29-year-old … Continue reading

Instagram Now Has The Right To Sell Your Photos Without Telling You

via Declan McCullagh, CNET News Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry. The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing … Continue reading

New Messenger App Might Be The Path To Facebook’s Next Billion Users

via Paul Sloan, CNET News It may seem odd to talk about user growth for Facebook, which with 1 billion-plus members is already more than three times the size of the entire U.S. population. But much of what the company does boils down to just that: How to add the next billion users? And then … Continue reading

Facebook Begins Switching All Users To Secure HTTPS Connections, Connections Slow

via John Constine, TechCrunch When you’re dealing with 1 billion people’s personal info, security is critical. But Facebook didn’t want to sacrifice speed. That’s why it spent the last two years making infrastructure improvements so that its transition of all its users to HTTPS which starts this week will “slow down connections only slightly.” People … Continue reading

Facebook “All” Link Unfilters Your News Feed, But It Might Not Last

via John Constine, TechCrunch Facebook filters the news feed so you only see the 15% or so of stories it thinks you’ll find most interesting. But a newly discovered “All” link shows you almost everything posted by your friends and Pages you Like. Facebook confirmed to me that http://www.facebook.com/?sk=nf_all ”is an old link that allows … Continue reading

China Blocks New York Times Website

via Keith Bradsher, The New York Times The Chinese government swiftly blocked access Friday morning to the English-language and Chinese-language Web sites of The New York Times from computers in mainland China in response to an article in both languages describing wealth accumulated by the family of the country’s prime minister. The authorities were also blocking … Continue reading

Twitter Is Starting To Look A Lot Like Facebook

via Jeff Ward-Bailey, Christian Science Monitor Last month, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo unveiled the social media company’s new design, and there’s no point in beating around the bush here: Twitter looks a lot more like Facebook now. The biggest design change is that pages now have a big header image at the top — similar … Continue reading

Facebook Users Can Promote Posts For $7, To Get More Visibility

via John Constine, TechCrunch Facebook is expanding to the U.S. the controversial Promoted Posts feature that lets users pay to get their posts more visibility in the news feed. It will cost $7 per post and Facebook hopes it will be used for garage sales, parties, wedding photos and other important announcements. Promoted Posts has … Continue reading

Facebook Tops 1 Billion Users Per Month

via AP, USA Today Facebook has topped 1 billion users, but the past few months have not been easy. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that the company is going through a bit of a rough patch following its rocky initial public offering. Zuckerberg updated his Facebook status on Thursday to announce that the social networking site … Continue reading

Facebook Introduces Gift Service

via Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times Could Facebook Inc.’s new gift service be the early Christmas present that Wall Street has been waiting for? After its disastrous debut as a public company in May, the social networking giant has come under increasing pressure from investors not just to squeeze more advertising dollars from its nearly … Continue reading

Facebook Can ID Faces, But Using Them Is A Matter Of Privacy

via Somini Sengupta and Kevin J. O’Brien, The New York Times Facebook on Friday confronted a new obstacle over what to do with one of its most vital assets — pictures. The company promised European regulators that it would forgo using facial recognition software and delete the data used to identify Facebook users by their … Continue reading

Court Ruling: What You Share On Facebook Is Admissible As Evidence

via Fox Van Allen, Tecca Did you know that what you say on Facebook can be used against you in a court of law? If you’re sharing something with your friends, you may as well be sharing directly with the judge and jury: A recent ruling in a U.S. federal court says that if you post … Continue reading

Facebook Finally Deletes Your ‘Deleted’ Photos

via Dino Grandoni, The Huffington Post Facebook has finally forgotten about that drunken night in college when you vomited on that one friend who never talked to you again. Any deleted photo from that episode, or any photo deleted by users for whatever reason, has finally been removed from the social network’s servers, it appears. … Continue reading

Man Suffering From Amnesia Uses Facebook, Social Media To Piece Life Back Together

via Ryan Grenoble, The Huffington Post Most people view Facebook as an ideal time-waster, a way to step back from the hustle and bustle of daily life and click around idly. Need a mental breather at work? Scroll through the News Feed. Insufferable urge to gossip? There’s a relationship rumor out there, somewhere. In one … Continue reading

Facebook Estimates Over 83 Million Fake User Accounts

via Graham Cluley, Naked Security Facebook has released statistics showing that it believes there are more than 83 million fake accounts on its social network. Some 8.7% of the site’s 955 million users are believed to be bogus, according to documents that the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier this week. … Continue reading

Facebook Will Switch All Users To Timeline By Fall

via Josh Constine, Tech Crunch Over the next few months, anyone still refusing to voluntarily switch to the Timeline profile redesign will be automatically migrated, Facebook tells me. Users could choose to adopt the redesign starting in January, but there have been some hold-outs who didn’t want their whole life becoming easier to access, or … Continue reading

Facebook Adds Gay Marriage Timeline Icons For Same-Sex Couples

via The Huffington Post Facebook is adding to its ever-growing list of gay accolades with the introduction of new marriage icons that depict same-sex couples. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) notes that the new icons follow a number of notable lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion efforts put forth by the … Continue reading

N.Y. Court Rules That Your Tweets Are Not Your Own

via Mary Long, Media Bistro The City of New York sent a subpoena to Twitter in February demanding it release all of Occupy Wall Street protestor Malcolm Harris’ tweets between September 15 and December 31 2011, as well as his email address and any other user information associated with his account. Well, after a lot … Continue reading

Study Finds Facebook Sharing Comparable To Enjoyment From Sex, Food

via CBS News Food, sex and Facebook posting views. It’s what your brain likes best. The reward given by a person’s brain when a Facebook posting of theirs is viewed, liked and commented on has proven to be comparable in pleasure to the response from food and sex, according to a recent Harvard University study. … Continue reading

Surprise! Facebook Changed Your Email to @Facebook.com; Here’s How to Fix It

via Whitson Gordon, LifeHacker Facebook just removed everyone’s email address from their profile and replaced it with an @facebook.com email address without asking you. Here’s how to easily fix the problem. Long ago, Facebook launched its own email service, which was promptly forgotten by everyone. Recently, they removed everyone’s email addresses from their profile, replacing … Continue reading

FINALLY! Facebook Introduces ‘Edit’ Feature: Change Your Status Updates, Comments

via Britney Fitzgerald, The Huffington Post How many times have you posted a brilliant Facebook comment, only to realize that you made a ridiculous spelling mistake? Facebook took note of this predicament and started rolling out a new feature today, allowing users to edit their comments without deleting them. While only select groups of people … Continue reading

Facebook Acquires Face.com To Bolster Its Facial Recognition Technology

via Alexis Tsotsis, TechCrunch After about a month of speculation, Facebook has finally announced its acquisition of Israeli facial recognition technology Face.com. We’ve heard from multiple sources that the acquisition price was around $100m, with others reporting that the price was between $80m-$100m. (Update: We’re now hearing from a source familiar with the matter that … Continue reading

Digital Afterlife: What Happens To Your Online Accounts When You Die?

via Jessica Hopper, NBC Rock Center When Helen and Jay Stassen’s 21-year-old son, Benjamin, committed suicide 19 months ago, he did not leave a note. If it had been 20 years ago, the Stassens might have looked through diaries, letters or other personal items in an attempt to find clues as to why he decided … Continue reading

Facebook Doesn’t Need To Make A Phone

via Dan Costa, PC Mag There have been a number of theories explaining Facebook’s lackluster IPO performance. Perhaps it’s the social network’s dependence on advertising or just a general sense that no company can live up to the colossal hype generated by Facebook. Personally, I see Facebook’s mobile offerings as its primary weakness. The world … Continue reading

Facebook Is Getting Killed – By Itself

via Mark Hachman, PC Mag Facebook’s strength—that it has evolved beyond a social network, into a platform—appears to be its greatest weakness, at least in the mobile market. Much has been made in the last week about Facebook’s inability to derive revenue from or otherwise monetize its mobile business. That may be one of the … Continue reading

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