Ever since Facebook first started pushing users over to its standalone messaging app (whether they liked it or not), there have been cries of outrage over what's seemed like an inordinately large amount of required permissions.
A restaurant that got its funding on Facebook may be sued by the social network for using a slogan using its name. Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan, who owns the Nang Ganh restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, has been advertising her business as "the first restaurant built on Facebook", Thanh Nien News reports. She managed to raise $30,000 (£18,000) from 160 people by posting her business plan on the social network. "My proposal got 100 responses overnight," Ms Nhan says. " I chose that slogan to pay tribute to those Facebook users." But Nhan recently got a letter from Facebook's legal representative in Vietnam telling her she was misusing the company's intellectual property and threatening to sue her if she didn't come up with another slogan. Nhan says she was "surprised and embarrassed" by the letter, but she can't revamp her advertising yet as she's already spent a lot of money on signboards, leaflets, bags and menus featuring the disputed phrase. Facebook says it's worried its reputation could suffer if the restaurant closed. "Facebook is very supportive of local businesses who succeed," says Nguyen Dieu Cam, who heads T&A Ogilvy, Facebook's media representative in Vietnam. But she says combining a trademark with the Facebook name could cause misunderstanding. "If anything happens to the restaurant, Facebook will be affected." Use #NewsfromElsewhere to stay up-to-date with our reports via Twitter.
WASHINGTON -- Just hours after Facebook officially went public on the New York Stock Exchange on May 18, 2012, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) signed a bill that granted the multibillion-dollar company an enormous tax break on its data center in Prineville, Oregon. The legislation, dubbed the "Facebook bill" by local media, changed the way taxes were assessed on tech companies' data centers. The move saved the social media giant millions of dollars.
Yesterday, Facebook tweaked its Platform Policies, and while some of the changes are subtle, there's one which is very welcome: from now, the concept of offering access to apps or content in return for Likes is banned.
Facebook announced this morning it has acquired PrivateCore, a Palo Alto-based secure server technology company. The deal does not appear to be solely an acqui-hire, as Facebook says that it plans to deploy PrivateCore’s technology into Facebook’s server stack in order to better protect its own servers and customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but PrivateCore was backed by $2.3 million in funding from TEEC Angel Fund and Foundation Capital, according to Crunchbase. “PrivateCore and Facebook share a vision of a more connected, secure world,” a Facebook spokesperson stated. “We plan to deploy PrivateCore’s groundbreaking technology into Facebook’s server stack to help further our mission to protect the people who use our service.” Founded in late 2011/early 2012, the startup offered something it called the “vCage solution” which allowed PrivateCore to validate the integrity of remote servers, while also protecting data-in-use. Its software protected any application in use on commodity x86 servers, which would help combine the security that comes with an on-premise solution with the flexibility of the cloud, the company’s website explains. Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, Joe Sullivan, explained in more detail the value of a company like PrivateCore to Facebook, as part of the company’s focus on increased security. Like many other technology companies, Facebook has also been ramping up its rollout of HTTPS encryption by default, and is also working to secure all its data centers with additional protections. He notes that PrivateCore’s vCage technology was the big draw for Facebook, as well as the PrivateCore team. “Their vCage technology protects servers from persistent malware, unauthorized physical access, and malicious hardware devices, making it safer to run any application in outsourced, hosted or cloud environments,” says Sullivan. “The team at PrivateCore is also made up of top-notch security veterans with a lot of experience.”
Facebook users about to join the work force for the first time: The photo above is not a wise choice for your profile picture on Facebook (and probably shouldn’t be posted at all, but that’s another argument for another day), and you should...
Recently, I announced that I am going to stop filtering myself. Yes, readers, I HAVE been holding back. I know this is frightening. It frightens me, too, but I do need to be more honest in my writing. I've already been pretty honest when speaking. I have seen people's faces twitch when I say something brutally honest. It gives me that warm Christmas feeling. So, in the spirit of communicating like Sophia on The Golden Girls, here are some Facebook friend clichés, along with sample statuses, found in EVERYONE'S friend list. Concrete Charisma Nothing but eight pack ab gym selfies all the time. They also post "facts" about how carbs are evil and everyone should eat an entire cow every day. He or she always has a recipe for brownies made out of organic cat sh*t and black beans. "Just ate a quarter of a teaspoon of mashed potatoes. I need to do a complete colon cleanse and double my gym time." Sportsy McSports Sports Every damn day there's another post about "the game" or "that player who got traded" or "tickets to the game." "Somebody smack the ref. WE had the ball on the 29th down. Beer!" We? I don't remember you getting off the couch, suiting up and playing, Mr. Sportsmeister. Lookin' for Love in all the Wrong Places You know this person; you may be related to him or her. You very well may BE this person. There are tell-tale signs, like a lot of baby mammas/daddies, hangovers and a few court dates. These people are always in love -- for real this time. "After years of procreating with psychos, I have finally found the one. He has 13 kids with 19 women, no teeth and he's unemployed. Cupid has hit me hard with this magical arrow." Because Jesus We all have that religious friend who is always asking for "prayer warriors," or posting the, "Share if you are not afraid to say you believe in God," memes. I'm not afraid; I just don't believe. And what the heck do prayer warriors look like, anyway? Do they wear suits made out of gold-plated Bible pages? Is there glittering war paint involved? "Praise Jesus for these wonderful tater tots. Truly blessed." Yeah, about 40 people are going to unfriend me for that one. Speak and Spell This person needs a first grade grammar primer, STAT! For the love of Dick and Jane, have they stopped teaching basic punctuation and spelling here in 'Murica? "ru going to county fare if so cn u give rid" WTF does that even mean? Crazy Cat Lady She is just one cat picture short of having whiskers tattooed on her face. You know the woman sits on her couch day and night, stroking cats and talking to herself. "Andre has a Hitler mustache but he is still mama's baby." [Raises hand and hides face in shame.] The Baconator All this person posts about is -- wait for it -- bacon. That is all. He (it's almost always a he) probably eats ice cream out of a bacon bowl, with bacon bits on top. "Here's my recipe for salad. Bacon, bacon and bacon. Lol" Mr. President This person blames the President for everything from gas prices to erectile dysfunction. "Mr. President" should just run for president since he has the same know-it-all attitude of your average 16-year-old mall rat. "I just stubbed my toe and spilled my Mountain Dew on my unemployment check. Thanks, Obama." Monsanto Warrior You swear this person probably never eats because EVERY food is toxic. He or she probably pulls around an IV pole to avoid any GMOs or pesticides, ignoring the possibility of toxins from the plastic IV bag. "DO NOT eat carrots. Monsanto has created carrots that will make you grow goat ears and squeal like a pig." Manic Mom This mom has her kids in AT LEAST 27 strange activities, and that is just on Tuesdays. "I'm painting my nails and sipping a quad espresso, skinny, vanilla latte while the kids are at their trapeze artistry with watercolors lesson. Today, they're hanging upside down and re-creating a Monet." Well, I'm off to check my friends list. I'm sure at least nine people have defriended me already. The others haven't figured out how to defriend on the Facebook phone app. What other types of Facebook friends do you have? I know I missed some. Let me hear from you in the comments section. Mama's kitty loves a bone.
If you’re like much of America, you use Facebook as a means of keeping up with family, friends and Hollywood. One of the perks of using the Facebook app is the instant messaging portion in ‘Messages’ which allows you to talk freely with others. It’s always been an option to download their third-party app Facebook Messenger to chat, but soon it will be mandatory if you want to converse with your friends via Facebook. What many people don’t realize is by downloading the app, you grant Facebook permission to do a multitude of things like call phone numbers, send SMS messages, record audio, take pictures and read personal profile information stored on your phone. These are snippets of the Terms of Service for the new Facebook Messenger app, via Huffington Post: Allows the app to change the state of network connectivity – The app can turn your phone connections on and off without telling you. Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation – The app can call phone numbers within your call log without your permission. If you have paid minutes, this will count against them. Allows the app to send SMS messages. This may result in unexpected charges. Malicious apps may cost you money by sending messages without your confirmation – The app can message anyone it likes without asking your permission and cost you money if you don’t have a texting plan. Allows the app to record audio with microphone – This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera – This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation. Allows the app to read you phone’s call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. This permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge. Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others. Allows the app to access the phone features of the device – This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call. Allows the app to get a list of accounts known by the phone – This may include any accounts created by applications you have installed, such as Instagram, Vine, Twitter and more. Using free apps has always been a popular feature for smartphones, but these “free” apps use your personal information to sell location, geo-targetting and more in order to target ads to the phone. Millions of Facebook users have already downloaded the app either without reading the Terms of Service or not caring about the invasion of privacy. Ultimately, the decision is up to the user on whether or not to use the app.