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To Settle Suit, Facebook Alters Policies for Like Button

To Settle Suit, Facebook Alters Policies for Like Button | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
To resolve a class-action suit, Facebook has agreed to give its users the choice to avoid potentially appearing in advertisements just for clicking the social network’s like button.

 

SAN FRANCISCO — Complicating its efforts to accelerate advertising revenue, Facebook has agreed to make it clear to users that when they click to like a product on Facebook, their names and photos can be used to plug the product. They will also be given a chance to decline the opportunity to be unpaid endorsers.

 

The changes are part of a settlement for a class-action lawsuit against Facebook in Federal District Court in California. The agreement compels the company to change one of its most effective advertising tools, known as Sponsored Stories.

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Facebook Closes at $38.23, Nearly Flat on Day

Facebook Closes at $38.23, Nearly Flat on Day | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
Investors may have really wanted to like Facebook, but many appeared to have changed their minds, as its stock price ends the day nearly flat Trading volume was extremely heavy, even as it was marred by technical glitches.
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How Facebook became the world's biggest social network - animation

How did the social network get so big - and can it possibly get any bigger? [ANIMATION] 

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InfoGraphic: Great Trends in Mobile | Social Media Today

InfoGraphic: Great Trends in Mobile | Social Media Today | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
 The folks at CultureLabel.com recently put out this fabulous infographic that shows how quickly mobile has become a mainstay of our everyday reality.
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Circle of Moms Top 25 Contest

Circle of Moms Top 25 Contest | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
Top 25 Tech Moms - 2012 - Are you a tech-savvy mom? We’re looking for mom bloggers who are passionate about everything from gadgets and...
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Impatient Web Users Flee Slow-Loading Sites

Impatient Web Users Flee Slow-Loading Sites | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
The tech industry is doubling down on efforts to speed up the Web as people refuse to wait even 250 milliseconds for a page to load.

 

By STEVE LOHR
Published: February 29, 2012

 

Wait a second.

 

No, that’s too long.

Remember when you were willing to wait a few seconds for a computer to respond to a click on a Web site or a tap on a keyboard? These days, even 400 milliseconds — literally the blink of an eye — is too long, as Google engineers have discovered. That barely perceptible delay causes people to search less.

 

 

“Subconsciously, you don’t like to wait,” said Arvind Jain, a Google engineer who is the company’s resident speed maestro. “Every millisecond matters.”

 

 

Google and other tech companies are on a new quest for speed, challenging the likes of Mr. Jain to make fast go faster. The reason is that data-hungry smartphones and tablets are creating frustrating digital traffic jams, as people download maps, video clips of sports highlights, news updates or recommendations for nearby restaurants. The competition to be the quickest is fierce.

People will visit a Web site less often if it is slower than a close competitor by more than 250 milliseconds (a millisecond is a thousandth of a second)...continued...

 

 

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Digital Skills Can Be Quickly Acquired

Digital Skills Can Be Quickly Acquired | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
Knowing how to use Twitter, update Facebook, check in on Foursquare and upload images on Instagram are among the digital skills some employers expect in a job candidate.
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Car-Sharing Companies Link Owners With Renters

Car-Sharing Companies Link Owners With Renters | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
In a new twist on peer-to-peer sharing, several companies are matching car owners with prospective renters.
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Facebook and Twitter Posts on Whitney Houston Overran Sites Early On

Facebook and Twitter Posts on Whitney Houston Overran Sites Early On | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
A compulsion to weigh in on a news event is endemic among people who use social media, according to one professor who has studied it.
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New Facebook Policy on Made-Up Names Lets Gaga Be Gaga

New Facebook Policy on Made-Up Names Lets Gaga Be Gaga | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
A new policy allows some celebrities to use their stage names, even on their personal accounts.
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Start-Ups Aim to Help Users Put a Price on Their Personal Data

Start-Ups Aim to Help Users Put a Price on Their Personal Data | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
Personal data management has none of the obvious appeal of social networks or smartphones, but concerns about privacy may be changing that.

 

By JOSHUA BRUSTEIN
Published: February 12, 2012

 

Facebook’s pending initial public offering gives credence to the argument that personal data is the oil of the digital age. The company was built on a formula common to the technology industry: offer people a service, collect information about them as they use that service and use that information to sell advertising...CONTINUED...

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Digital Services Seek a Captive Consumer

Digital Services Seek a Captive Consumer | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
The new strategy for technology companies is to build a device, sell it to consumers and then sell them the content to play on it — and maybe some ads too.

 

By DAVID STREITFELD
Published: February 12, 2012

 

SAN FRANCISCO — Technology used to be so simple.

 

In the old days, you listened to music on your iPod while exercising. During an idle moment at the office you might use Google on your Microsoft Windows PC to search for the latest celebrity implosion. Maybe you would post an update on Facebook. After dinner, you could watch a DVD from Netflix or sink into a new page-turner that had arrived that day from Amazon.

 

That vision, where every company and every device had its separate role, is so 2011...CONTINUED...

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GigaOM

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GigaOM delivers breaking news and in-depth analysis on the business of technology. Our reporters investigate trends, examine emerging business models, and profile startups.
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Facebook Tries, Tries Again on a Smartphone

Facebook Tries, Tries Again on a Smartphone | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
Can a software company build its own smartphone? We may well find out soon. This past week, Google completed its acquisition of the hardware maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, which could lead to the search giant's making its own smartphone.
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Twitter Implements Do Not Track Privacy Option

Twitter Implements Do Not Track Privacy Option | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
In stark comparison to Facebook, Twitter said Thursday that it will begin implementing the Mozilla Do Not Track feature in the Firefox Web browser that allows users to opt-out of cookies that collect personal information and any third-party...

 

It’s no secret that Facebook is worth about $100 billion because it collected personal data about its users. A lot of data.

 

Although Twitter tracks its users too — albeit in a much less aggressive way — the company has decided to take a different route. It announced Thursday that it is joining Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox Web browser, and giving its users the ability to opt-out of being tracked in any way through Twitter.

 

Twitter is doing this by enabling the Do Not Track feature in the Firefox browser that enables people to opt-out of cookies that collect personal information and any third-party cookies, including those used for advertising. The Do Not Track functionality will only work if a Web site agrees to acknowledge it...continued...

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Pebble Smartwatch Tops Out at $10 Million on Kickstarter

Pebble Smartwatch Tops Out at $10 Million on Kickstarter | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
The Pebble smartwatch, a project on Kickstarter to build wristwatch that can interact with a smartphone, has raised a significant amount of money through the crowd-funding platform after being turned down by venture capitalists.

 

The Pebble smartwatch, a wristwatch that connects wirelessly to a smartphone to show updates like text messages, has raised more than $10 million on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding platform.

 

The project, which is the most-financed project of Kickstarter in its history, attracted 85,000 buyers and $10.1 million. The project has been so success that the founders decided to stop the funding-raising even though it still had another week to go before it was officially closed.

 

The project first went up on the Kickstarter site in late April and had a modest goal of raising $100,000 in a month. But in the first day, the watch met its goal and has climbed steadily ever since. continued...

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Viral By Design: Teams in the Networked World

Viral By Design: Teams in the Networked World | Social Media Report | Scoop.it

With almost a billion friends on Facebook, six billion cell phone accounts globally, and twenty billion "things" from refrigerators to bridge spans to micro-medical devices soon to be wired by Internet, the digital age is upon us in full force...continued...

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Apple Study on Job Creation Spurs an Economic Debate

Apple Study on Job Creation Spurs an Economic Debate | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
In an effort to show its benefit to the American job market, Apple on Friday published the results of a study it commissioned saying that it had “created or supported” 514,000 American jobs.
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Apple Loophole Gives Developers Access to Photos

Apple Loophole Gives Developers Access to Photos | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
After a user allows an application on an Apple mobile device to have access to location information, the app can copy the user's entire photo library, without any further notification or warning, according to app developers.

 

By NICK BILTON | February 28, 2012, 2:31  

 

8:19 p.m. | Updated

SAN FRANCISCO — The private photos on your phone may not be as private as you think.

Developers of applications for Apple’s mobile devices, along with Apple itself, came under scrutiny this month after reports that some apps were taking people’s address book information without their knowledge.

As it turns out, address books are not the only things up for grabs. Photos are also vulnerable. After a user allows an application on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to have access to location information, the app can copy the user’s entire photo library, without any further notification or warning, according to app developers...continued...

 

 

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Get It and Forget It: Smartphone Users' Fickle Taste for Their Apps

Get It and Forget It: Smartphone Users' Fickle Taste for Their Apps | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
People with iPhones or Android phones may download a lot of apps, but they tend to use very few of them after a while.
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Retailers Shut Facebook Storefonts Amid Apathy

Retailers Shut Facebook Storefonts Amid Apathy | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
Last April, Gamestop Corp. opened a store on Facebook to generate sales among the 3.5 million-plus customers who’d declared themselves “fans” of the video game retailer. Six months later, the store was quietly shuttered.
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Oxford Nanopore Unveils Tiny DNA Sequencing Device

Oxford Nanopore Unveils Tiny DNA Sequencing Device | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
A British company plans to sell a disposable gene sequencing device that is the size of a USB memory stick and plugs into a laptop computer to deliver its results.
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The Social Media Salary Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Social Media Salary Guide [INFOGRAPHIC] | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
Check out salary stats for various positions in the top 20 markets -- you can make more than $117,000 as a social media marketing manager in New York.
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Apple Announces Independent Factory Inspections

Apple Announces Independent Factory Inspections | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
Apple said an independent labor rights organization had begun auditing working conditions at Chinese factories where Apple products are made. The first inspections involved a Shenzhen factory known as Foxconn City.
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Big Data’s Impact in the World

Big Data’s Impact in the World | Social Media Report | Scoop.it
For those who can make sense of the explosion of data, there are job opportunities in fields as diverse as crime, retail and dating.

 

By STEVE LOHR
Published: February 11, 2012

 

Mo Zhou was snapped up by I.B.M. last summer, as a freshly minted Yale M.B.A., to join the technology company’s fast-growing ranks of data consultants. They help businesses make sense of an explosion of data — Web traffic and social network comments, as well as software and sensors that monitor shipments, suppliers and customers — to guide decisions, trim costs and lift sales. “I’ve always had a love of numbers,” says Ms. Zhou, whose job as a data analyst suits her skills...CONTINUED...

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