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.
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.