Perhaps the most damning critique of Facebook's recent controversial moves has been that a group of programmers have been raising money to create an alternative--and people are donating.
Diaspora, a social-networking project hatched by four New York University programming students in their early 20s, is set to hit $100,000 on Thursday in its quest to raise enough funding from the public to spend the summer building "an open source personal web server that will put individuals in control of their data," using a fundraising platform start-up called Kickstarter. Their original goal was to raise $10,000 … Read more
Would you ask your entire Facebook friend base this question:
"Do these jeans make me look fat?"
I wouldn't. At seven months pregnant, everything makes me look fat. But I digress.
Diesel stores in Spain are using something called the Diesel Cam to let people take photos of themselves in potential purchases and upload them over Facebook Connect to crowdsource whether they are worthy of Diesel's hefty price tag.
I can see this going all kinds of wrong.
First off, if you ask me what I think of those jeans, I'll tell you. Publicly. On … Read more
In the tech industry, a company like Facebook likes to say that it "iterates." Old products are killed. New ones are rolled out one at a time, rather than bundled together in a huge annual relaunch. Experimental features emerge and disappear. This is one of the main reasons why Facebook's been so successful: it's kept up with the times.
And an iterative product, rather than one that plods out in occasional, finely-honed editions like a textbook, will invariably see many of its mistakes and foibles played out in the public eye. In Facebook's history some … Read more
This should be fun. Public fun, one hopes.
According to AllFacebook.com, all those with hearts, hands, and minds at Facebook are being called together for a mutual poking session on the increasingly troubling subject of privacy. This is said to be taking place Thursday at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.
While Eilliot Schrage, the company's vice president of public policy, tried to answer some questions about privacy posed by readers of The New York Times this week, it appears that some at Facebook, as well as those in the real world, might be feeling a tad queasy.
Schrage'… Read more
Facebook has joined the ranks of the most popular sites targeted by phishers, according to a study released Wednesday by Kaspersky Lab.
Facebook's share of the phishing attacks that occurred from January through March this year was 5.7 percent, while more than 52 percent were masquerading as PayPal, 13.3 percent targeted eBay users, and 7.8 percent were fake HSBC messages. The rest of the top 10 listed in the report were Google, the Internal Revenue Service, Web-hosting site RapidShare, Bank of America, UBI credit union, and Brazilian bank Bradesco, followed by a category called "other.&… Read more
In the Soviet Union oil leaks get nuked. That's not a Yakov Smirnoff joke, it's apparently history. So we discuss whether we should do that in the Gulf of Mexico. But Steve in the chat room points out it might summon Cthullu. We also discuss the impending release of Office 2010, and the appearance of a second lost Apple iPhone 4G prototype. Those people can't keep anything in the lab anymore can they?Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1226
Microsoft Office 2010 takes aim at … Read more
The bigger a company becomes on the Web, the more likely it is to be accused of privacy violations. Google has been fending off privacy concerns for years, but it's now Facebook's time in the limelight.
Enter the Diaspora project, an open-source social network that eliminates the midddleman, the "anti-Facebook."
In the U.S., more banner ads are seen on Facebook than any other site on the Web, according to new numbers released Wednesday by research firm ComScore. This, for the first time, puts the massive social network ahead of Yahoo's portfolio of sites.
Facebook's total U.S. display ad count for the first quarter of this year was 176.3 billion, according to ComScore, followed by Yahoo with 131.5 billion and Microsoft with 60.1 billion. For the first quarter of last year, Facebook had trailed Yahoo but also Fox Interactive Media (parent company of MySpace), … Read more