(Raymond Bryson)

Facebook Quietly Retires That Email Service You Probably Forgot Even Existed

After years of trying to get its users to hop on the “@Facebook.com” email address chain, the social network has stuck a fork in its email service, because it’s pretty much done. Once users switched their email addresses away from @facebook.com as the default back in 2012 though, it’s likely that many people won’t even remember that such a thing existed. [More]

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WhatsApp Adding Voice Communications In First Big Move Since Facebook Buyout

Oh, hello there, traditional telecommunications company relying a lot on voice and SMS services for revenue, is that a new little thorn in your side, courtesy of WhatsApp? The app already offered free text messages for a year (and only $1 per year after that) via a Wi-Fi or mobile network connection, and now in a move that could serve to take a bigger slice of the pie, it says it’ll start offering voice calls this spring. [More]

Facebook Buys Popular Messaging Service WhatsApp In $19 Billion Deal

Facebook Buys Popular Messaging Service WhatsApp In $19 Billion Deal

In an end-of-the workday surprise, Facebook just announced that it bought messaging service WhatsApp in a $19 billion deal. Yes, $19 billion. For those of you WhatsApp users already freaking out that you’ll be forced to use Facebook messenger, shhh, now. It sounds like everything could be just fine. [More]

Child Protection Advocacy Group Rejects Facebook Privacy Lawsuit Settlement, Asks Court To Reconsider

Child Protection Advocacy Group Rejects Facebook Privacy Lawsuit Settlement, Asks Court To Reconsider

Facebook is notorious at this stage for playing fast and loose with users’ privacy. In 2013, the social sharing behemoth faced and settled a class-action lawsuit regarding its privacy practices. Today, one of the advocacy groups awarded a share of the settlement has reversed their stance, refused the payment, and is asking the court to reconsider the deal. [More]

Facebook Now Allows Users To Customize Gender Description

Facebook Now Allows Users To Customize Gender Description

In a response to requests from users whose gender identity may not fall within the traditional male/female mold, Facebook announced this afternoon that users will now have the ability to list a customized gender on their Facebook profiles. [More]

Knowing Your Facebook Number Might Be Pointless, But Here’s How To Find It Anyway

Knowing Your Facebook Number Might Be Pointless, But Here’s How To Find It Anyway

In a world where people will post anything from “What Weather Phenomenon Are You?” (I’m a cirrus cloud!) to “Which Journey Song (From The Steve Perry Years, Of Course) Are You?” on Facebook, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen posts touting your so-called “Facebook Number,” ostensibly, the number that designates when you became a user. But what’s the point? [More]

Feds To Allow Tech Companies To Provide More Transparent Info On Data Requests

Feds To Allow Tech Companies To Provide More Transparent Info On Data Requests

While a number of the largest websites and telecom companies have recently published transparency data detailing the number of data requests made about consumers, these companies have been very limited with regard to what they could say about federal requests that fall under the header of national security. In response to a call for more transparency from several major Internet businesses, the government is changing its restrictions. [More]

Researchers Claim The Disease That Is Facebook Will Fade Out In A Matter Of Years

Researchers Claim The Disease That Is Facebook Will Fade Out In A Matter Of Years

While we’ve all been sitting here worried about the coming zombie apocalypse, the truth is we’ve already been infected. But instead of rotting flesh and vacant eyes, we’ve been infected by Facebook (which also is known to cause vacant eyes and drooling if you stare at it too long). Researchers say the cure is coming, or at least this infectious disease will fade out in the coming years. [More]

In tests of Facebook's private messaging system, researchers claim that sending a link to a web page may be counted as a "like" for that page, whether the sender liked it or not.

Facebook Sued For Allegedly Selling Private Message Info To Marketers

Facebook, never exactly a paragon of privacy, has once again been sued by users over allegations of profiting off users’ personal data. This time, the plaintiffs claim that the website is turning links shared in private messages into public “likes,” from which Facebook earns ad revenue. [More]

(Raymond Bryson)

Facebook: Again, It Is Impossible For Old Messages To Be Republished As Wall Posts

At first upon reading the account of a blogger who believed that old, private messages between her and her Facebook friends were showing up publicly on her timeline, there was that same icky, familiar feeling many Facebook users had last year: Were our most private exchanges suddenly being aired out in a crazy, awful security breach? [More]

(Source: The Journal of Consumer Research)

Easy Public Displays Of Support For Charities Lead To Slacktivism

Scroll through your Facebook timeline and you’ll no doubt see any number of people passing on links, photos, stories, invites to groups… all for allegedly good causes. It’s become increasingly simple to say you support things like ending world hunger or providing shelter to victims of natural disaster, while at the same time doing absolutely nothing that actually helps to solve those problems. Such behavior has earned the name “slacktivism,” and a new study aims to show how many people can trick themselves into thinking they have done enough by simply putting on a ribbon or liking a Facebook page. [More]

This Christmas, Fend Off Bad Guys Disguised As Santa With Your New TASER

This Christmas, Fend Off Bad Guys Disguised As Santa With Your New TASER

If we posted every ridiculous or terrible ad that popped up on Facebook, we’d have no pixels left to post anything else. But Patrick encountered this ad for TASER flashlights that is simultaneously strange and scaremongering, and features a balaclava-clad man in a Santa hat meant to scare Facebookers into ordering a handy stun gun flashlight. [More]

Ginormous Hack Targets 2 Million Accounts Spread Over 93,000 Websites Worldwide

Ginormous Hack Targets 2 Million Accounts Spread Over 93,000 Websites Worldwide

About two million people should be checking your social media accounts and anything else one might have a login and password for: Hackers have snagged usernames and passwords for millions of Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and other sites accounts, according to a new report. [More]

Google Mocks Opacity Of National Security Requests While Feds Try To Hide Court Action From Public

In a transparency report from last year, Google thumbed its nose at the federal laws that limit what can be said about national security requests.

For quite some time, Google and other Internet biggies have argued that they should be able to reveal relatively detailed data to the public about user-information requests from federal law enforcement agencies, and specifically those that fall under that black umbrella of national security. In its latest transparency report, Google uses a visual to show its distaste for this opacity. Meanwhile, the federal government is attempting to argue its case for the lack of transparency behind doors closed so tight that even the others involved in the request won’t be privy to what’s said. [More]

Facebook Wants To Track Where You Move Your Cursor While You Ignore Your Friends’ Posts

Facebook Wants To Track Where You Move Your Cursor While You Ignore Your Friends’ Posts

Because there is nothing that can’t be tracked, quantified, and turned into rad-looking chart/diagram/map, Facebook is now testing its ability to track where users move their cursors while browsing the site, presumably so it can visualize how frequently you click “hide” on all those game invites that never stop. [More]

(RaymondBryson)

Facebook Advertisers Rubbing Hands With Glee Now That Teens Can Post Publicly

While Facebook’s announcement yesterday that teens 13-17 will now be able to join the adult masses in sharing their posts publicly is touted by the company as a way to give youngsters more choices, it probably has a lot more to do with money. When advertisers see teens, after all, they’re basically seeing piles and piles of cash futzing around on social media all day with their pals, just waiting to be marketed to. [More]

This is the notice that users still employing the old search opt-out will receive.

You’ll Need To Change Your Settings To Avoid Showing Up In Facebook Search

Back when Facebook introduced its Graph Search functionality, it took away the old “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” setting for people who weren’t using it, but kept it on for users who still wanted to avoid showing up in search results. Now, that grandfathered option is going away for everyone. [More]

Examples of what Google's  "Shared Endorsements" look like.

Google Gives Itself The Right To Make Money Off Users’ Names & Photos

If you’re a Google user, be prepared to possibly have your name, photos, and any comments you might have made using that account used in ads that Google will make money from. The company quietly announced a change to its Terms of Service this morning, giving itself the ability to exploits user profiles in “Shared Endorsements.” [More]