Deadly serious about user profiles.
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) announced on Friday it has dearly departed from its policy of changing deceased user profiles to "friends-only", choosing instead to leave profile settings "as-is." Also on offer is a "Look Back" video, intended for viewing by whoever has permission to peruse a loved one's profile.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers live for the weekend.
Silicon Valley’s wealth may be concentrating in firms that only hire people with ultra high-end skills. WhatsApp is a good example.
Under the gun and a microscope, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) are rushing to out-do one another in releasing their inaugural FISA reports to the public. FISA -- the pleasant-to-the-ears acronym of the dread Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- is a law that requires IT firms to hand users' data to a secretive U.S. court upon request.
Now eager to reverse negative perception, IT companies are spreading their FISA request numbers far and wide. That's fine with bloggers, as long as they aren't a favorite request.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers read between the lines.
Conmen will trade malware for mobile apps to fool the innocent into giving up personal information.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s concern for citizen privacy following reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) may have broken into the company’s data streams is ironic considering the Internet giant’s own spotty record on privacy.
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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) can't make its mind up. Is this video of a woman being beheaded 'for cheating' OK -- because it condemns the act and thus promotes the 'right' kind of discourse? Or is it unacceptable -- because it might be seen by the 'wrong' kind of people? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers think of the children.
A Pew study shows that 15% of adult Americans don't use the Internet or email. What?
With Apple’s new iPhone 5S and 5C, will we finally get what we were promised with the iPhone 5?
Zuck won't stop 'til he's got underpants. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and six friends want to bring the Internet to the unwashed, unconnected masses. The Internet.org consortium seeks to make net access cheap and ubiquitous, all over the planet. A noble cause, for sure, but does anyone trust the movement's figurehead, Mark Zuckerberg? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers question the gnomes' plan. Not to mention: What's phase two?...
How much snooping do government agencies actually do on people and businesses? Judging by the surveillance requests they ask of Microsoft, quite a bit. Microsoft reports that for the second half of last year, it had received requests on between 31,000 and 32,000 customers. And Google, Facebook, and Apple have had many tens of thousands others.