Sandberg: Have you heard about my book?
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) desperately wants to repeat its "happy mood" News Feed experiment. Why? For reasons unknown, many users haven't cottoned on to the idea they've been treated with the same kind of regard normally given to albino lab rats. Time for spin control, and so enters Facebook COO and self-promotion expert, Sheryl Sandberg. If anyone should know how to handle the press and fix Facebook's problem, it should be her, right?
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers lean in another direction.
Zuck pegs our creep-out meters.
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) exceeding expectations once again -- has managed the impossible -- discovering how to creep-out: clowns, possessed toys, and that person you know that never blinks -- all at the same time. How? The social media company recently allowed a team of psychology researchers to validate a theory that happy and sad emotions can spread like a contagion on social networks.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers have had enough social media to last a lifetime.
Is it good management to run a service that’s used by millions but so little liked? You tell me.
Location sharing with Facebook notifications.
For anyone using Facebook who has ever felt the need to go off somewhere and be left alone, there is good news! A new Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) feature called Nearby Friends -- which notifies friends of your current location -- is optional (for now).
Facebook is one of the world's most popular smartphone apps so why, just why, is the Facebook app devouring iPhone battery life?
Zuckerberg: Droning on.
Train, bus, bike, or automobile? Regularly, most of us choose one in this list to get us where we need to go. If you are Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) -- you likely include drones, satellites, and lasers in your "go to" list. Not quite satiated with WhatsApp and Oculus Rift, we find Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg snacking on Ascenta: A UK company specializing in solar-powered drones...
NSA: Riding on Facebook's horse tail.
The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) is once again close to denying reports that it is indiscriminately monitoring every computer on planet Earth. This time, the freshest, newest, most recent report of NSA mass-surreptitiousness (courtesy Edward Snowden -- ta) alleges the sneaky agency infects computers with malware via a fake Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) login page.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers play keep-away with the man-in-the-middle.
Good designers make all the difference.
After a year of hard work, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has just deployed changes to the desktop version of its "News Feed." Bloggers -- on the whole -- seem pleased with the changes. No problems, everything is great. Still, the "new look" has many bloggers scratching their heads, unsure of what has changed exactly.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers want to keep things the way they are.
It's hard to beleive the change that's happened over the last 20 years. Consider:
Digital Equipment Corp, Sun Microsystems and Data General were leading hardware manufactures.
Compaq was the fastest growing PC vendor.
Google didn’t exist.
Mark Zuckerberg was 9 years old.
Amazon.com hadn’t launched yet
There was no e-commerce, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.
Digital glasses were what Geordi La Forge wore in Star Trek.
WhatsApp deal: Thumbs down?
High fives and thumbs up. That's what celebrating CEO Jan Koum of instant messaging company WhatsApp was doing after Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) decided to buy his company for 19 billion dollars. Not everybody is in cheer though: privacy groups Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) are determined to crash the party.
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