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.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers check Twitter.
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.
''Click to play video.''
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?