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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

'Verify my account' spam targets Facebook users ABS CBN News

'Verify my account' spam targets Facebook users
MANILA, Philippines - Facebook walls were flooded with spam posts on
Thursday after some users were tricked into "verifying" their accounts. The
application, which appears as a status message, suggests that a user click
"VERIFY MY ACCOUNT," a link ...

Why Facebook Needs Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook HQ: Sandberg in the user operations department. Facebook plans to
move into Sun Microsystems' old campus later this year Photographs by Robyn
Twomey By Brad Stone On a Tuesday afternoon in late April, 30 managers of
Facebook's various business ...

Facebook trashes Symantec report on data breach
International Business Times
By IB Times Staff Reporter | May 12, 2011 12:50 AM EDT Facebook on
Wednesday trashed a stunning revelation made by security software firm a
Symantec that third parties like advertisers had access to sensitive data
of millions of Facebook users for ...

Facebook Photo Tags For Pages Let Users Show Their Love For Brands (PHOTO)
Huffington Post
On Wednesday, Facebook announced a new photo-tagging feature that lets
users identify people or objects that have their own Facebook Pages.
Previously, users could tag only their friends. For example, if you've
recently uploaded a photo of yourself ...

Front-Row Seat As Founders of Renren and Kaixin001 Face Off
Forbes (blog)
By REBECCA FANNIN If it's the entrepreneur who really matters more than the
money or the model behind a startup's success or failure, then the match
between the two founders of competing Facebook sites in China - Renren
and Kaixin001 - is going to be ...

Suspect in Facebook case responds to arrest
People do lie about there age on facebook. I had no intention of meeting
her when I found out she was 16. What they were looking for was not found
on the only computer I used and they did not have messages about who was
asking to meet who or my reply ...

Incentive Marketing Programs Coming to Facebook With New App Created by Taraci ...
NEW YORK -- Taraci Motivation today unveiled the Taraci Social MediaMgr(tm),
the world's first incentive marketing application for Facebook. With the
revolutionary new app, corporations can now run their incentive marketing
programs, including sales, ...

Facebook Civilization should debut "this summer"
He said the long development cycle stemmed from having to combine the
turn-based gameplay mechanic of a standard Civilization game with the more
gradual pace of a Facebook title. Having various players contribute to a
game at different times ...

Players notes: Glover's beard has a following
St. Augustine Record
By JUSTIN BARNEY At last count on Wednesday, the Facebook page "Lucas
Glover's beard" was liked by 349 people. That's 349 more than Glover, who
said that he's not on the social networking site. "I did find out (Tuesday)
that my beard has a Facebook ...

You Got That Wrong, Say Google And Facebook
Ghacks Technology News
Symantec published research on the company blog yesterday that revealed
information about an access vulnerability discovered on the social
networking site Facebook. According to Symantec's research, Facebook
applications may leak access keys to ...

Lawsuit Against Facebook Over "Like" Button
Technorati (blog)
It looks as though the "Like" button is generating some legal buzz that
Facebook isn't clicking the "Like" button on. Thomson Reuters reported
that a group of internet users based out of California are suing Facebook
over the supposed activity behind ...

Facebook key in chop shop case
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Investigators used pictures on Facebook to help link a
suspected chop shop operator to a stolen motorcycle, police said Wednesday.
Gwinnett police on Tuesday arrested Lawrenceville resident Dwight Harmon,
25, on charges of theft by ...

Facebook seeks exemption from ad disclosures
California Watch
Palo Alto-based social networking giant Facebook is seeking an exemption to
rules that would require political advertisements on the site to disclose
the source of their funds, according to a letter submitted to federal
regulators by company attorneys. ...

InsideDeal! WebMediaBrands Acquires Inside Network For $14 Million
When it comes to in-depth news about Facebook, there has been no better
site than Inside Facebook. In fact, the flagship site of Inside Network
became so successful alongside the meteoric rise of Facebook that they
launched several other vertical sites ...

Blanket America Gives Facebook Fans New Incentive to Buy Blankets with ... (press release)
Blanket America has expanded its Facebook presence with a second page,
created specifically to provide its fans with daily deals on blankets and
other products. New York, NY, May 12, 2011 --( Charitable
organization Blanket America has created ...

Google to launch +1 to rival Facebook Like
Times of India
NEW DELHI: Google's counterpart to the Facebook Like Button is all set to
make its debut "in the coming weeks," according to Google's development
team. The company gave the attendees at its Google I/O developer conference
in San Francisco a sneak peek ...



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Facebook Leaks Access Tokens, Exposes Private User Data to Advertisers

Facebook Leaks Access Tokens, Exposes Private User Data to Advertisers
Symantec researchers have uncovered a serious flaw in how Facebook
applications are handling authentication that gives third-parties access to
user-profile data. Facebook may have unintentionally leaked users' personal
information to third parties, ...

Facebook Gives the Other Mark Zuckerberg the Boot
PC Magazine
The Indianapolis lawyer with nearly the same name as Facebook founder Mark
E. Zuckerberg has reportedly been kicked off the social networking site
with "identity fraud" cited as the reason. Meanwhile, Cameron and Tyler
Winklevoss, the Harvard alums who ...

Authorities: 4 Indicted in Texas Bank Robbery After Bragging on Facebook
Fox News
AP HOUSTON -- Authorities say four people were indicted in a Houston bank
robbery after bragging about it on Facebook. Federal prosecutors say two
former tellers at the International Bank of Commerce recruited a boyfriend
and a brother to steal more ...

Congressmen Press Facebook On Privacy (Again)
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Geoffrey A. Fowler How Facebook polices its wide world of apps is once
again under the spotlight in Washington. On Wednesday, US Reps. Edward
Markey and Joe Barton sent Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a two-page letter
with questions about a security ...

Civilization on Facebook aiming for summer launch
by Alexander Sliwinski on May 11th 2011 9:30PM Civilization World, the
Facebook incarnation of the epic strategy series, is expected to launch
this summer. A recent piece by CNN, in which Firaxis emperor Sid Meier
called Civ World "the most dramatic ...

Don't fall for 'First Exposure: iPhone 5' Facebook scam
by Elinor Mills Facebook users are being duped into unwittingly spreading
spam by clicking on what looks like a link to news entitled "First
Exposure: iPhone 5." A version of the scam, exploiting peoples' interest in
the next-generation iPhone, ...

Parents shocked after arrest, connected to Facebook
State police are looking for more possible victims after arresting a man
they say was trying to meet an underage girl on Facebook. State police say
25-year-old Allen Reed of Rotterdam sent his cell phone number to a
16-year-old girl he met on Facebook. ...

Commerce Casino will Host a Facebook Fan Exclusive Tournament
by Ryan Lucchesi | Published: May 11, 2011 | Poker players who are also
fans of Facebook will be happy to learn that there's a poker tournament
just for them taking place at Commerce Casino. If you "Like" the
Commerce Casino Facebook page you will get ...

On Facebook, nurses cry quietly for better deal
Wonder not if you see the face of Florence Nightingale in the Facebook
accounts of your online nurse friends. A silent campaign is ongoing in the
Internet to protest the exploitation and abuse of Filipino nurses by
Philippine hospitals. ...

Guadalupe County prosecutor fined for Facebook comments
San Antonio Express
Wednesday, Steel got an update about a Facebook update. For most of the
morning, defense attorneys and their clients were paraded before the bench
to file motions, schedule hearings and enter plea agreements. Running point
for the state was First ...

Lawmakers Want Answers About Facebook Security Flaw
National Journal
Mark Pryor, D-Ark., called on the Federal Trade Commission Wednesday to
investigate a security flaw in applications available on Facebook that may
have put user data at risk. In a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz,
Pryor said his concerns stem from ...

What was Bin Laden's Last Facebook post?
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(, or post a comment on my blog at For those of you that connect in the social media world,
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Teen Arrested for Home-Made "Hot or Not" List on Facebook

Teen Arrested for Home-Made "Hot or Not" List on Facebook

Escapist Magazine

A high school kid was arrested earlier this week for making a list ranking

50 female students at his school "by their sexual characteristics and

alleged sexual behaviors" and posting it on Facebook. The former student at

Oak Park-River Forest High ...


Facebook denies privacy breach allegations by Symantec


By Jaikumar Vijayan Computerworld - Facebook today denied that it may have

accidentally exposed personal user data to advertisers and other third

parties for several years, as claimed this week by two security researchers

at Symantec Corp. ...


Facebook Opens Photo Feature to Product Placement

The Atlantic

By Nicholas Jackson Facebook's latest change is subtle (no, your News Feed

isn't getting another overhaul), but could have a significant impact on how

we use the social networking service -- and how the company monetizes its

hundreds of millions of ...


BranchOut Nabs $18 Million For Facebook Business Networking

Forbes (blog)

By TOMIO GERON BranchOut has raised $18 million in Series B funding for its

business social networking within Facebook, trying to turn the place for

friends into a place for jobs. Redpoint Ventures led the round and existing

investors Accel Partners, ...


Google vs. Facebook – Who Should You Spend Your Advertising Dollars With?

International Business Times

By Talor Zamir | May 11, 2011 5:25 PM EDT You've probably heard the buzz

recently about how Facebook has overtaken Google and now gets more total

page views. However, from a business owner perspective, the question still

lingers as to which is the best ...


FarmVille: Facebook game gets Lady Gaga makeover

Daily Mail

By Daily Mail Reporter FarmVille is a hit with 46 million Facebook users

around the world. But fans might be surprised to learn of the launch of a

new Lady Gaga-themed version. The interactive online game, which requires

people to harvest fruits, ...


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International Business Times

Everywhere you look you see advertisers, television shows, and

personalities are urging you to "like" them on Facebook or "follow"

them on Twitter. Even more importantly… strategizing, launching, and

maintaining a relevant and dynamic social media ...


Microsoft's Skype Scoop: What's in It for Facebook?

E-Commerce Times

By Richard Adhikari Microsoft's move to purchase Skype on Tuesday follows

rumors that both Google and Facebook were also interested in buying the

VoIP provider. If that was true, it appears that Google's lost its chance.

For Facebook, though, it could ...


Abomination! Facebook, Twitter Fail To Drive Traffic


Here's a story Facebook won't "like". A recent study by

suggests that social media doesn't drive website traffic as well as

traditional mediums. The study, which looked at traffic patterns from 100

million sessions across more than 100 ...


Saudi Women Use Facebook To Urge Defiance Of Driving Ban

The Car Connection (blog)

The campaign, called "I will drive starting June 17" on Facebook (it is

also being promoted on Twitter), is not a coordinated effort, said one

organizer, who spoke to Bloomberg News using only her first name. Women in

Saudi Arabia aren't allowed to be ...


Motivating Employees Through Facebook

Forbes (blog)

By JIM NICHOLS Acceptance of social media, especially Facebook, runs

similar to the political spectrum. There are extremists on both sides:

those who live on Facebook and those who want nothing to do with it. I,

along with the rest of the American ...


Twitter Users Are Way Bolder Than Facebook Users [INFOGRAPHIC]


Have you ever noticed that the phrase "Follow me on Twitter" seems a

lot more common than "Friend me on Facebook"? Alterian and Sevans

Strategy decided to look into this phenomenon. The two tracked 3.3 million

such "asks" in March by running keyword ...


Common Weighs in on Facebook

ABC News (blog)

"Politics is politics and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I

respect that," hip hop performer Common wrote on his Facebook page today,

in light of the controversy about his appearance at White House poetry

night. "The one thing that shouldn't ...


Trolls deface Emily Longley tribute page

A tribute page to Kiwi teen Emily Longley with nearly 16000 members has

been removed from Facebook after it was defaced with lewd photos and nasty

comments. Emily, 17, a former Westlake Girls' student and aspiring model,

was found dead at her ...





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35 Percent Use Mobile Apps Before Getting out of Bed

35 Percent Use Mobile Apps Before Getting out of Bed

PCWorld (blog)

By Mikael Ricknäs, IDG News Thirty-five percent of Android and iPhone

owners in the US use apps such as Facebook on their smartphone before even

getting out of bed, according to a survey conducted by telecommunications

equipment vendor Ericsson. ...


Facebook admits hiring PR firm to smear Google


By Amar Toor posted May 12th 2011 7:33AM It seems like the ongoing rivalry

between Facebook and Google has taken a turn for the subversive. Last

night, a spokesman for the social network confirmed to the Daily Beast that

Facebook paid a top PR firm to ...


"Mark Zuckerberg" being allowed back on Facebook

CBS News

It took some doing, but the Facebook account of an Indianapolis bankruptcy

lawyer is being reactivated. According to CBS affiliate WISH-TV in

Indianapolis, the giant social media website barred the attorney Monday,

thinking the name he was giving was ...


Why Facebook Photo Tags Are The New (And Possibly More Powerful) Likes

Fast Company

BY EB Boyd Today Yesterday Facebook rolled out a seemingly minor

enhancement to their Photos feature. For a while now, users have been able

to tag friends in their photos and have that tag link to the friends'

profile pages. Now, however, users can do ...


Nearly 40-percent of Facebook's minors are below age requirements

The Tech Herald

by Steve Ragan - May 12 2011, 09:00 According to Consumer Reports, nearly

40-percent of the 20 million minors who were active on Facebook last year

failed to meet minimum age requirements. When it comes to the social media

behemoth, one must be at ...


Facebook 'planking' craze under fire in Australia

Facebook page Planking Australia currently has almost 10000 fans and

hundreds of photos of people lying on train tracks, escalators, fire

hydrants, motorbikes, and other objects. The craze, though, has landed one

20-year-old in court in Queensland ...


Soon, log-in to Facebook with your eye using an iris-scanner!

Economic Times

Once the accompanying software package is installed and configured, all the

user then has to do to is wave the scanner in front of her eye to

automatically log in to any password-protected application or website -

whether that's Facebook , Twitter, ...


Facebook spam prevention scam spreading like wildfire


By John Leyden • Get more from this author The growing prevalence of junk

messages on Facebook is been used to bait a new scam doing the rounds on

the social network. Prospective marks in receipt of the fraudulent messages

are invited to "verify" their ...


WebMediaBrands Announces Acquisition of Inside Network and its Social Media ...

Business Wire (press release)

Inside Network publishes the well-known blogs Inside Facebook, Inside

Social Games and Inside Mobile Apps; industry-leading research services

focused on the Facebook platform and social gaming ecosystem including

Inside Facebook Gold, Inside Virtual ...


Teen Arrested For Ranking Girls On Facebook According To Hotness


By Kris Holt May 11, 2011 8:04 pm EST View Comments Police have arrested a

17-year-old boy for allegedly ranking 50 female classmates by their facial

features, body types and reported sexual exploits on Facebook. The list —

which was spread on ...


Facebook page with pictures of cat shot with arrow has raised $1000 for feral ...

The Grand Rapids Press -

Manos, who was notified about the animal, set up a Facebook page called

"Justice for Bow"; on Wednesday to create awareness about animal

cruelty and the plight of feral cats. By Wednesday evening, hundreds of

people had posted comments on the page and ...


Princess Beatrice Sends Royal Wedding Hat to Auction

JOSIC: News, Sports, Style, Culture & Technology

Princess Beatrice's wedding hat was an instant Facebook sensation with

pages posted entitled "The reindeer at Will & Kate's wedding-LOL JK, it

was Beatrice's hat" having over 136493 "likes" thus far. The designer

behind this extreme fashion accessory, ...





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Facebook's mobile website more popular than its apps

Facebook's mobile website more popular than its apps
CNN International
By Amy Gahran, Special to CNN A social media researcher has found that
one-third of all Facebook posts are made from mobile devices. Editor's
note: Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for She is a San
Francisco Bay Area writer and media ...

 Why Matt Drudge Still Beats Mark Zuckerberg
17, 2011, 4:00pm PT No Comments Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg might be
Time's reigning Person of the Year, but when it comes to influencing the
distribution of online news, he's still no match for Matt Drudge. Facebook
is closing in on 700 million users ...

Facebook, Google Call Social Networking Bill Unnecessary
International Business Times
By Gabriel Perna | May 17, 2011 6:32 PM EDT Facebook and other social
networking companies including its rival Google, are joining forces against
a privacy favored bill in California. The bill, SB 242 or the Social
Networking Privacy Act, ...

Unlike: Couple Names Their Baby After Facebook's 'Like' Button
PC Magazine
But the news that an Israeli couple named their baby girl after Facebook's
"Like" button is drawing plenty of criticism on Mashable, which spotted the
item at the Hebrew-language Israeli news site Galgaletz earlier this week.

Microsoft Bing`s Facebook Alliance Offers Social Data Galore
By Nicholas Kolakowski on 2011-05-17 Microsoft likes Facebook. Microsoft
likes Facebook to the point where it's incorporated the social network's
"Like" button into a broad swath of its Bing search engine's search
results and applications. ...

Making Sense of SecondMarket's Trading Numbers
With fast-growing hot companies like Facebook staying private, savvy
accredited investors are increasingly looking to SecondMarket, which trades
private company shares, for a piece of the action. SecondMarket released
its first-quarter trading numbers ...

Facebook simulated entire data center prior to launch
Before turning on its new custom-built data center in Prineville, Oregon,
Facebook simulated the facility inside one of its two existing data center
regions. Known as Project Triforce, the simulation was designed to pinpoint
places where engineers had ...

Remaining Trio of UFC 130 Prelims to Stream on Facebook
by Mike Whitman ( Three preliminary bouts will stream
live on social networking site Facebook prior to the UFC 130 pay-per-view
and Spike TV "Prelims Live" broadcasts. UFC 130, which goes down May 28
at MGM Grand Garden Arena in ...

Mining Facebook to Make a Real Photo Album
Wall Street Journal
By KATHERINE BOEHRET As kids, we're taught to share and share alike, and
nowhere is this more clear than on Facebook, where some 600 million users
share private details about their lives—and a lot of that sharing
involves photos. ...

Do Facebook and Google Control Too Much Personal Information?
The Atlantic
By Nicholas Jackson More than three-quarters (76 percent) of Americans
believe that online companies, such as Facebook and Google, know too much
about our browsing habits and control too much of our personal information,
according to a recent ...

How to Protect Android Devices From Newly Discovered Facebook, Calendar Exploit
To avoid getting your account illegally accessed, avoid the Facebook and
Twitter apps for Android when on an open Wi-Fi connection. Simply use your
browser of choice and navigate to the https version of these pages. Kill
the Calendar app while you're ...

Facebook Security: You're the Problem
PC Magazine
What is it about Facebook that makes it such a magnet for attacks? I can
list 500 million reasons. By Lance Ulanoff Roughly twice a month I tweet a
warning about a new Facebook scam. Earlier this month, it was the
admonishment not to click on links ...

AusCERT demo piques police interest
ZDNet Australia
Queensland Police is conducting an investigation following a Facebook
demonstration at the AusCERT security conference this week, having already
approached a journalist on the matter. Fairfax Journalist Ben Grubb
published an article today on a ...

Is Facebook the Next MySpace? For Media Sales, Maybe.
17, 2011, 4:37pm PT No Comments Facebook is becoming more and more like
MySpace, and that's not a good thing for the media business. But don't
worry — I'm not gonna predict that millions and millions of people are
ready to abandon Facebook for the ...

Pizarro: Symphony Silicon Valley seeking Facebook votes to help spark arts ...
San Jose Mercury News
By Sal Pizarro Symphony Silicon Valley wants to send every elementary
school student in Santa Clara County to a professional arts event, and it
hopes its Facebook friends can help make that happen. The program, ArtSpark
Silicon Valley, is aimed at kids ...

Facebook Dislike Button Scam Gets More Sophisticated [WARNING]
Facebook does not have a dislike button, but that hasn't stopped spammers
from trying to use it to scam users. Online security firm Sophos rang the
security alarm Monday with a post warning users about a scam that asks
people to enable the dislike ...

Why Facebook's 'Whisper Campaign' Against Google Isn't Okay
SF Weekly (blog)
That's the case -- somewhat -- with his latest column, wherein he wonders
why people are so shocked that Facebook hired a PR firm to plant negative
stories about Google. His message seems to be: well, that's what PR firms
do. ...

Will Square Enix Resort To Facebook Games?
Gaming Union
There's no doubt that the mobile/social scene will likely generate some
form of income as there remains no loss in republishing older games, not to
mention there are a number of creatives that have earned plenty of income
through Facebook apps. ...

Taking your Facebook information to the streets
By Drew Grant For all our complaining about Facebook privacy issues, has it
ever occurred to anyone to just not put up every personal detail and
debaucherous Saturday night photo on the social networking site? After all,
you wouldn't tell a total ...

UFC 130 Continues Facebook Trend, All Non-Televised Prelims Will Stream on ...
After announcing two UFC 130 preliminary bouts on Spike TV, in addition to
the five main card bouts on pay-per-view already announced, the UFC
confirmed that the three remaining preliminary bouts would stream live on
its Facebook page. ...

Facebook City
New York Observer
It included plans to put important city news on a Facebook page,
reinvigorate the city's home page, build additional public wi-fi and create
a .nyc domain name. Combined with the mayor's plan to create a new
applied-sciences college campus, ...

Today in the news: Israel couple name baby 'Like' after Facebook
Ag Journal
By Anonymous A couple in Israel like Facebook so much, they decided to name
their baby "Like," after the Facebook tool. Watch the report below. The
reason for the split of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver became
clear on Tuesday after it was ...

Celebrating the next netboom
IT Business Net
By GrabNetworks Investor interest in dot-com entities like Facebook, Zynga,
Groupon, and LinkedIn is reaching a fever pitch. Unlike the earlier net
boom - these websites have recognizable revenues, but analysts wonder if
investors are repeating the ...



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