networking

Facebook to allow edits to 'A Look Back' videos

Facebook A Look Back videos are everywhere on the social network right now. But users have found that they can't edit the videos. That will soon change.

Speaking to TechCrunch on Wednesday, Facebook said that users will soon be able to edit the videos to change moments included in the clips. The company's spokesperson said that Facebook doesn't yet "have exact timing" on the edit launch.

"This will enable people to remove a post from the movie that was pre-selected and change it to a different one," the spokesperson told Facebook.

Interestingly, Facebook'… Read more

Read the news alongside your friends' social statuses

Paper, from the people at Facebook, lets you browse statuses and other news categories using a new, more visual interface than what you're used to with the official Facebook app. Mysteriously, the app is iPhone-only at the time of this writing, but it seems like it would be a great fit for iPad.

Taking a page from Flipboard, Facebook Paper delivers a tiled interface that shows your standard Facebook news feed, but also gives you curated news content organized by category. That combination makes Facebook Paper a distinct and more robust product that's meant to complement, rather than … Read more

Super Bowl may have stunk, but wireless traffic soars

The Denver Broncos' pummeling by the Seattle Seahawks didn't dampen the number of selfies, video uploads, and text messages sent from the Super Bowl, with the wireless carriers reporting a significant spike in traffic.

Verizon Wireless saw an explosion of data usage. At the busiest hour, the carrier saw the number of data connections rise by a mind-boggling 800 percent versus a year ago in New Orleans. Verizon said it shattered its record for data usage in a single hour during the half-time show with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

AT&T, meanwhile, said it … Read more

Apple said to build its own content delivery network

Apple may soon control even more of the user experience.

The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant may be building its own content delivery network to deliver apps, software updates, and iTunes content to consumers, according to Dan Rayburn, principal analyst at business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

Details are pretty limited at this point, but Rayburn said Apple is in the process of building its network. It has hired many people experienced in building out large-scale networks, he said. It's unclear what type of content Apple's network will deliver, what areas it will service, and other factors.

Currently, Akamai … Read more

FCC votes to begin testing an overhaul of US phone system

The country's traditional copper wire telephone networks could soon go the way of payphones -- becoming nearly obsolete.

The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted on Thursday to launch a series of trials to investigate how best to update the nation's telephone system. The idea is to replace the system's traditional phone lines with networks that are based on Internet Protocol.

Phone providers like AT&T and Verizon have been pushing the FCC to begin experiments on the transition to an IP-based system and will likely be involved in the testing. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has also … Read more

Facebook shares soar on solid 2013 financial results

Facebook has hit a new high on Thursday after posting better-than-expected results during the fourth quarter of 2013.

In early trading on Thursday, Facebook shares jumped to $62.28, a new 52-week high for the company's shares. As of this writing, Facebook's stock has cooled off a bit to $61.19 -- a 14 percent gain.

The strong showing this morning is largely the result of Facebook's strong performance last year. Facebook said Wednesday that it generated $7.9 billion revenue last year, up from the $5.1 billion the company tallied in 2012. Facebook also grew its profitsRead more

How Verizon is bracing for Super Bowl insanity

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Like the millions of people tuning in during the Super Bowl, Michele White will be glued to her monitor.

But unlike everyone else, the big game won't be on her screen. Instead, White, the head of network operations and engineering in the New York metropolitan region for Verizon Wireless, will be staring at and stressing over something else altogether: the status of her network's ability to handle the estimated 82,000 people who will be in attendance at the game.

While the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will be vying for the Vince … Read more

Prevent unauthorized use of material you share on social networks

"Going viral" is a sure sign of success for a video, image, or other post to a Web sharing service. But what happens when someone starts making money from the unauthorized use of your creation?

You establish your copyright on the material you create the moment you publish it. The simplest approach to enforcing your copyright on your creations is to send the infringing party a cease-and-desist notice. That's usually all that is required to have the item removed from the offending site.

However, if you seek to recover damages for the unauthorized use of your copyrighted … Read more

Twitter suspends Hamas' armed wing account, report says

Twitter has suspended an account for Hamas' armed wing, the organization reportedly said on Thursday.

Speaking to the AFP in an interview, a spokesman for the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades said that the alleged takedown was a form of censorship on the part of Twitter, adding that the company was falling prey to Israel's agenda. The person went on to say that the takedown "is a clear violation of Twitter's rules and regulations."

Twitter has removed certain accounts from its service from time to time for a host of reasons. The company, however, does not comment on … Read more

Jelly taps your social network to get answers to any question

Part Snapchat, part Quora, Jelly (Android|iOS) is an photo-focused Q&A app that lets you ask any question of your friends and extended social network to get answers. You can ask any question you want, from, "Is that Thai restaurant is any good?" to, "What kind of weed is this?"

The app was built by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, who describes Jelly as a new social search engine. Instead of heading to Google, Stone's goal is to get you to ask you friends and family for help, just as you would before the … Read more