Liking a Company on Facebook Could Surrender Your Right to Sue

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 12:47 pm

Buyer beware has now extended to social networking, beware what you click. Of course then the question becomes what constitutes entering into one of these agreements. If liking on Facebook is enough what about merely visiting website?

 

Could Facebook End the Cable Companies’ Chokehold on Broadband Access With Its New Solar Powered Drones?

By: Friday March 28, 2014 11:20 am

Many will feel a great sense of schadenfreude to read today that Facebook announced its plans to bring wireless internet to rural communities with the acquisition of British-based aerospace company Ascenta.

IBM Develops Algorithm to Predict Where You Live Based on Your Last 200 Tweets

By: Friday March 21, 2014 1:18 pm

BM researchers have developed an algorithm they claim can determine your home location with 70% accuracy, based on your last 200 tweets.

Facebook Getting Into The Drone Business

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 10:02 am

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 [...]

Facebook Buys WhatsApp for $19 billion, and You for $45

By: 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.”

Business Insider Compromises Integrity On Buzzfeed Story

By: 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

Introducing Facebook, Google+ Login at Firedoglake

By: 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!

On Eve of Olympics, Vladimir Putin’s “Facebook Lookback” Movie

By: 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.

Facebook Says “Jewish Ritual Murder” Page Is Not Hate

By: 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.

Who Facebook Indicates Will Control the Senate

By: 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.

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