FaceBook

Facebook's New Friend

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Facebook is expanding; and as always, its friends come at a price.

Earlier this week the social media giant announced it was buying face.com. This is the small start-up company that currently provides the site with its facial recognition software.

Right now Facebook uses face.com to scan a user’s newly uploaded photos. The software compares faces in the new pictures with old photos then tries to match faces and suggest name tags. When a match is found Facebook alerts the user and invites them to tag or identify the person. This is meant to make it faster and easier for you to identify who is in your pictures and share them with those specific people. And if you don’t like the idea you can opt out of using the technology on your profile.  read more »

Facebook's New Friend

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Facebook is losing friends on the stock market; now it’s hoping a slice of Apple will change that.

Since it went public Facebook’s stock has dropped to under $30 a share. This is down almost 25% from its initial public offering. So to help give the social site a boost apple is building Facebook into its iPhone and iPad software. The announcement was made earlier this week at the Apple developer’s conference in San Francisco.

With the next version of this software users will be able to update their Facebook friends on their every move by talking directly to their phones. The new operating system will also allow people to “like” various movies and apps in the iTunes store.  read more »

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Pulling the Plug

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We may be living in a digital world; but don’t forget there’s an off button.

Jim Steyer is the author of “Talking Back to Facebook; The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age.” He says the point of the book is to start a national conversation about the pros and cons of our new online reality.

“We need to make this a positive aspect of our lives. It’s here to stay but how it’s here to stay is up to us.”

Steyer says in today’s world most young people are interacting more with devices than with people. But they aren’t the only ones. Steyer says parenting in the digital age starts with yourself and your own habits.  read more »

Privacy Please

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Facebook has gone public; but you don’t have to go with it.

Jim Steyer is the founder and CEO of San Francisco based Common Sense Media. Recently I spoke to him about his new book “Talking Back to Facebook: The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age.” Steyer says we’re living in a digital revolution and while everyone wants to be a part of it; some might not be ready for it.

“Many kids today self reveal before they self reflect. They put stuff up on the web on their Facebook page or even in a text message before they really think about the consequences. And unfortunately today there’s no eraser button yet.”  read more »

Online Organ Donors

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Facebook is expanding its network to the medical field.

Starting now users in the U.S. and Britain can enroll as organ donors via links to official registries on the site. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he hopes this will make it easier and more convenient for people to sign up to be donors. And if someone is already a registered donor they can add that information to their profile page, now known as their timeline.

Zuckerberg says his friendship with late Apple founder Steve Jobs who received a liver transplant before he died helped spark the idea. He says his longtime girlfriend who is a medical student also contributed to the donor program. And with 800 million users spreading the word this is good news for everyone on the transplant list.  read more »

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Looking for some online privacy; don’t apply for a job.

Last year a Yahoo tech blog reported that a North Carolina police department was requiring job applicants to provide the passwords to their social network sites. Now it seems the practice is spreading.

Anyone applying at the Maryland Department of Corrections is being asked to log into their Facebook accounts. Their potential employer then clicks through their profile to locate anything they consider inappropriate. The company says this is a voluntary part of its application process but because of the economy people are desperate for a job. And that desperation is causing them to drop their privacy walls and let anybody in.  read more »

Most Hated Companies

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These days big time corporations aren’t getting the popular vote; and some are more despised than others.

Cities all across the country are being occupied by people angry at large companies. And according to the blog 24/7 Wall Street, a partner of MSN Money there complaints might have merit. The blog put together the five most hated companies of 2011 based on two areas; public research such as customer satisfaction and pricing and financial information such as profit forecasts and product quality.  read more »

Now Hiring

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Looking for a job; because Facebook is looking for some more friends.

Facebook co-creator Mark Zuckerberg is on the road looking for some new talent. Earlier this week he made his pitch to students at Harvard, the university he dropped out of after launching the billion dollar company. The visit to Harvard followed a similar scouting trip to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  read more »

Hacking Facebook

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Facebook wants to be hacked; and they’re going to pay you to do it.

Under its new bug bounty, Facebook is inviting professional security researchers and hackers to send the company details about any vulnerable areas. And if you find something Facebook will make it worth your while. So far the company has paid out more than $40,000 to people who have found some weak spots.

Facebook’s chief security officer says one person was given a $5,000 bounty for one exceptional report. Another person has earned more than $7,000 for flagging down six different issues. People from more than sixteen countries have successfully submitted bounty bugs. And Facebook is now keeping a public thank you list in recognition of their efforts.  read more »

A Social Business

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Is someone else running your online social life; they could be ruining your reputation.

Social media is a powerful business tool because it’s personal, fast and unfiltered. Unfortunately a lot of businesses place that power in the hands of the inexperienced; and it becomes that company’s downfall. According to MSN Business most business executives allow junior employees or interns to manage Facebook pages and twitter feeds. But while those people might have grown up with the social sites they don’t have the business background to make their knowledge meaningful. And their lack of experience could mean bad things for your company and your career. Instead the younger more internet savvy employees should work with the business minded to put their best online foot forward.  read more »