It seems Silicon Valley has once again found a way to profit off of taxpayer funded technology. The drone industry, which has had massive amounts of R&D provided by US taxpayers, is taking off and now TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook wants in. As part of its effort to bring in new customers Facebook helped [...]
|By: Synoia Friday February 21, 2014 4:30 pm|
You thought that WhatsApp texting technology for $0.99/year was a good deal? Time to re-evaluate! Facebook seems to think that you are worth about $45, or, more precisely, that the information they can get about your social network is worth $45. Now, they can use your phone list (and every other user’s list) to link you to friends, and friends of friends, and even friends of friends of friends! Remember the old proverb: “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who YOU are.”
|By: DSWright Wednesday February 12, 2014 2:00 pm|
According to Gawker, a piece that included a critique of Buzzfeed’s notoriously sketchy business model at Business Insider written by Nicholas Carlson was changed, without notice, to reflect a more favorable view after Buzzfeed’s CEO contacted BI to complain
|By: Brian Sonenstein Monday February 10, 2014 11:55 am|
We have some exciting news to share with you all today: you can now log in and/or register for a MyFDL account using your Facebook and Google+ profile!
|By: Lisa Derrick Friday February 7, 2014 8:10 am|
With the Sochi Olympics upon us full of fail and homophobia–and apparently no toothpaste or Chobani yogurt–some wag has created a parody of Facebook’s Lookback video featuring
high low points of Putin’s life. From pictures of Putin riding a bear and pointing high powered rifles to photographs of Pussy Riot behind bars and LGBTQ demonstrators getting beaten, this video is pointed and effective.
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday February 1, 2014 10:30 am|
With over gajillion users, and as useful tool of law enforcement, the NSA, marketers, cats and their humans, Facebook is a huge part of everyday life, and fraught with complex social rules and seemingly arbitrary community standards. Usually Facebook’s actions don’t affect me personally, but pro-dog fighting pages will get me riled up, and Facebook censoring art, legitimate journalism and editorials ticks me off. Especially when they ban a journalist (full disclosure: who happens to be my housemate), for posting a link to photo essay about drug abuse which (oh noes!) shows a naked breast in a non-porny context, and when Facebook takes down a post calling out racism in the Academy Awards process as a violation of community standards, yet allow an absolutely vile page about “Jewish ritual murder” to stay up.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday January 21, 2014 10:10 am|
This is an interesting article on using Facebook to try to predict elections. Apparently in 2012 higher Facebook fan engagement was correlated with winning close elections, so political scientists are looking what this might mean for 2014.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Tuesday December 24, 2013 6:17 pm|
Welcome to the future where your Holiday mischief and mishaps run the risk of trending on Twitter, bringing joy to the masses and/or ruin to your life.
Be warned, kids– this year and every year moving forward, Santa’s not the only one making lists.
In fact he’s joined by BuzzFeed all the time.
|By: DSWright Tuesday December 24, 2013 11:50 am|
In DC, it’s been a hell of a year. DC residents are enjoying a personal income boom thanks to the kind of patronage found in the Ryan-Murray budget. Special interests are getting rich off of near endless taxpayer money.
|By: Jon Walker Monday December 9, 2013 7:48 am|
Large countries like Brazil, India and Germany are seriously looking at ways to reduce American influence over their own Internet communications to cut the NSA out. This would not just reduce the reach of the NSA it would also hurt American internet companies and our nation’s economy.