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Snowden advocates at SXSW for improved data security
Encryption technologies can be a powerful tool against government surveillance, but the most effective techniques are still largely out of reach to the average Internet user, Edward Snowden said Monday.
Despite sagging hardware sales, confidence in tech remains high
Confidence in the underlying strength of the tech sector as a whole appears to be solid despite some dispiriting news on the hardware front.
Facebook launches redesign with a bit of the old, a bit of the new
If you didn't like Facebook's News Feed redesign last year, you're in luck: The social network is trying to change what you don't like with another redesign.
Trust issue looms large for tech companies capitalizing on personal data
As tech companies increasingly rely on analyzing and selling user data to boost revenue, trust is emerging as one of the defining issues of the year for the IT sector.
Groups ask FTC to investigate Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should investigate Facebook's proposed $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging app WhatsApp -- and possibly block it -- because of the potential impact on users' privacy, two privacy groups said in a complaint.
Facebook goes thumbs-down on illegal gun sales
Facebook announced a set of new restrictions designed to curb the illegal sale of guns and other restricted items on its site, a phenomenon that had become vexing problem for the social network.
Facebook's Messenger app now supports Windows Phone
Facebook has made its Messenger app available for Windows Phone 8, a bonus for Microsoft as it seeks to increase the number of applications available for its smartphone OS.
Hands on: Apple's Mac Pro is the fastest Mac ever
One thing is certain: You won't mistake Apple's powerful new Mac Pro for any other desktop computer. And it has the computing chops to match its high-style look.
Yahoo services to cut Facebook, Google sign-ins
Users of Yahoo services will down the line have to use a Yahoo username to sign on to its services, as the company plans to phase out signing up to these services using Facebook and Google credentials.
Facebook eyes solar-powered drone company
Facebook is reportedly buying Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based company known for making solar-powered drones.
The paranoid's survival guide, part 1: How to protect your personal data
We've rounded up a bunch of experts' tips about how to retain your privacy -- as much as possible, anyway -- and how to surf the Web silently, among other things.
Jonny Evans: So WhatsApp, Facebook?
At the heart of the $19B WhatsApp acquisition may be Facebook's continuing desire to take over your mobile phone.
Did you get the message? Facebook to shutter its email service
Facebook will shutter its email service next month, and it's likely that not many people will even notice.
Facebook's Zuckerberg Envisions a 'Dial Tone for the Internet'
Calling it an 'on-ramp to the Internet,' Mark Zuckerberg advocates for carriers and other gatekeepers to provide free basic services for all in his first-ever keynote at Mobile World Congress.
With voice calls, WhatsApp can tap new growth
WhatsApp's voice calling service, planned for later this year to augment its hot text-message offering, could yield an influx of customers and strengthen the service's already firm standing in mobile messaging.
Google's Schmidt offers $1M in grants, talks WhatsApp and Motorola
Got great ideas to solve world problems? Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just might give you a lot of money for them.
Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be the world's Internet on-ramp
If Marc Zuckerberg has his way, Facebook will become the "on ramp" for the two-thirds of the world's population not yet connected to the Internet.
Facebook expands user memorial page access
What will happen to your Facebook account when you die? Facebook has been giving it some thought, and it's come up with what it hopes is a better way to deal with a sensitive issue.
Tip of the Hat: WhatsApp users are the big losers in Facebook deal
It's easy to pick out the winners in the $19 billion Facebook-WhatsApp. Computerworld offers a Tip of the Hat to ReadWrite's Selena Larson for pointing out the deal's potential losers.
Wall Street Beat: After Facebook buy of WhatsApp, tech M&A set for strong year
Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp may end up being just one milestone in a strong year for tech mergers and acquisitions.
Facebook Open Sources Thrift Protocol ... Again
After more than six years of internal development of its branch of the cross-language framework that powers its internal services, Facebook has released that branch to open source and hopes to work with the Apache Thrift community to incorporate the work.
Facebook coughs up $19B for WhatsApp's younger users
Facebook may be shelling out $19 billion in cash and stock for the messaging company WhatsApp to stanch the departure of younger users from the social network.
Facebook buying WhatsApp for $16 billion
Facebook has agreed to buy mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and stock, the social network said Wednesday.
Personal Websites Give Job Seekers Greater Control
If you are looking to land your next tech job, creating and promoting a personal website can help you control Google search results, better highlight relevant skills and provide an edge in a competitive job market.
Apple takes top spot in brand value computation
Apple was appointed the world's highest-valued brand today by Brand Finance, which said the Cupertino, Calif. company's brand is worth nearly $105 billion.
Evan Schuman: Your data exposed -- Delta, Facebook, others latest to fall into mobile app trap
Match.com and eHarmony also among those now saying, 'We didn't know our mobile apps did that.'
Facebook offers more ways to express gender beyond 'male' and 'female'
Facebook, in a move that acknowledges the social issues around gender identity, updated its site to give users more ways to express their gender.
Privacy, consumer groups ask court to reject Facebook ads settlement
A coalition of consumer and privacy groups will ask a U.S. court to reject a settlement that allows Facebook to use minors' pictures in advertisements on the site without their parents' consent.
Twitter tests Facebook-like profile page redesign
Twitter is reportedly working to redesign its profile pages, making them more visual, with bigger images, and looking a lot more like social rivals Facebook and Google+.
Couples use, negotiate over and fight about their tech
Technology is becoming a major player in romantic relationships, according to a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Facebook's birthday present: A look back at your social life
Facebook marked its 10th year as a company on Tuesday and to celebrate, the social network offered its 1.2 billion users around the world a feature called Look Back movies, made up of photos and activities that users have shared.
Hackers try to hijack Facebook, other high profile domains through registrar
The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of hackers that has hijacked other high-profile domain names, managed to change the domain registration information for Facebook.com, but failed to redirect the domain to a different server.
Get ready to tweet your questions for Twitter's first earnings call
Twitter is opening up access to company executives today during the firm's first earnings calls as a public company.
At 10, Facebook strives not to be your granny's social network
Facebook, the company that defines social networking, is turning 10 years old and looking into a future where it must evolve or risk becoming the next MySpace -- a company Facebook eclipsed years ago.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft show steady rise in surveillance data requests
Google, Facebook and Microsoft were among the technology companies to release new figures showing a rising number of requests for their users' data coming from a secretive U.S. surveillance court.
Facebook to celebrate 10th birthday on Tuesday
Facebook will celebrate its 10th birthday on Tuesday, an occasion likely to spur an outpouring of reflection on its past and speculation about its future.
Facebook launches mobile news app Paper for iPhone
Facebook has introduced Paper, a mobile app that mixes content from a user's own feed with articles from "well-known publications" and displays it all with a new interface.
Facebook sees apps in its future ... lots of apps
Imagine using a separate Facebook app just for sharing status updates with your closest friends, or maybe co-workers. In the next few years, such an app could exist.
Facebook asserts its success on mobile with another strong quarter
More than half of Facebook's ad sales came from mobile devices in the fourth quarter, showing continued strength in the site's ability to monetize its service on smaller screens.
Facebook puts 10,000 Blu-ray discs in low-power storage system
If you thought Netflix and iTunes would make optical discs a thing of the past, think again. Facebook has built a storage system from 10,000 Blu-ray discs that holds a petabyte of data and is highly energy-efficient, the company said.
Obama administration forges deal with tech firms on data requests
Technology companies will be allowed to reveal more details about government data requests under a tentative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Spy agencies collude to extract personal data from mobile apps
Spy agencies including the U.S. National Security Agency have been working together to extract personal information, including location data and address books, from mobile apps as part of a globe-spanning effort to thwart terrorist plots, according to newly disclosed documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Why Facebook and Google+ are headed in opposite directions
The two major social sites, Facebook and Google+, are embracing opposite strategies for the future, but they are heading to the same place: To add social intelligence to everything you do.
Tech and telecom vendors spend millions on lobbying in DC
Google, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon Communications ranked among the top spenders on U.S. government lobbying in 2013, with Apple and Facebook increasing their lobbying expenses significantly, according to year-end lobbying reports released this week.
Ouch -- Facebook called a 'twit' for Twitter-like trending feature
A new feature on Facebook designed to keep people abreast of certain topics has sparked criticism from some users who want it gone, calling it nothing more than a cheap Twitter knock-off.
Facebook testing its ads in third-party mobile apps
Facebook is testing its advertisements on outside mobile applications, calling it a new way for app developers to monetize their creations.
Evan Schuman: Hijacked by social media
Why would anyone be comfortable with social networking sites sending out messages in their name?
Facebook hijacks Trending feature from rival Twitter
Taking another page from social rival Twitter, Facebook launched a new Trending feature that will show users the most popular topics being discussed on the social network.
Facebook acquires Branch, Potluck
Facebook has acquired Branch Media, makers of the Branch and Potluck online conversation-sharing software packages, a founder of Branch announced.
Facebook to kill off one kind of ad some users hated
Facebook is pulling the plug on a controversial advertising program that served ads to people based on the activity of their friends, such as "Likes" and check-ins.
Yahoo email encryption standard needs work
Yahoo has started to automatically encrypt connections between users and its email service, adding an important security layer that rival Gmail has had for almost four years, but its implementation needs work, according to at least one security expert.
Facebook acquires app optimization tool developer Little Eye Labs
Facebook is acquiring Little Eye Labs, an Indian developer of a tool for performance analysis and monitoring of Android apps, the startup said.
What to Look for When Hiring Social Media Tech Talent in 2014
Social media professionals need to have a specific set of communication and technical skills as well as varied experience if you expect them to be a strategic part of your business in 2014.
Facebook uses a seasoned Chef to keep servers simmering
When it comes to keeping its thousands of servers running smoothly, Facebook relies on the open source Chef configuration manager, modified slightly to handle the size of the social networking giant's huge infrastructure.
Facebook made of Teflon when it comes to privacy
Facebook is being sued for allegedly intercepting users' private messages, following links and sharing the information with advertisers and marketers, but analysts doubt the accusations will be enough to make users abandon the social networking site.
Lawsuit charges that Facebook scanned private messages
Facebook has been accused of intercepting private messages of its users to provide data to marketers, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in a federal court in California.
Facebook tops U.S. social networking charts, but users eye other sites, too
Facebook remained the most popular social networking destination among U.S. adults online, but users are also turning to other websites for their daily social fix.
The security industry finds a dream enemy -- government spy agencies
2013 was the year we learned we must encrypt our data if we don't want the likes of the U.S. National Security Agency or the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters reading it as it crosses the Internet.
How to track Santa's big trip with NORAD, Google
As Santa Claus and his elves prepare for their biggest night of the year, NORAD and Google are getting ready to track his big Christmas Eve ride.
10 Stories That Shaped Tech Policy in 2013
From the NSA surveillance revelations to the troubled government healthcare website to a variety of issues that didn't make the mainstream news, here are the top tech policy stories that played out in 2013.
Facebook's news feed gets more commercial with video ads
Facebook, in a move poised to give a major boost to its position as a mass media platform, will soon start placing video ads into users' feeds.
Show us a better way than collecting metadata, NSA director says to critics
Critics of the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. residents' telephone records should offer a better way to track terrorists and protect the country against attacks, the agency's director said Wednesday.
How to Sell on Facebook: Promote, Personalize and Engage
From letting Facebook users simply comment 'sold' to buy an item to engaging your customers, CIO.com looks at how a small business should invest in Facebook as a social commerce channel.
Goldman Sachs, with 10,000 tech workers, embraces open computing
A surprising thing about Goldman Sachs, one of the globe's most influential investment banks, may be the sheer size of its technology organization. It makes up a major part of its workforce.
Here's what Facebook users were liking and linking to in 2013
Facebook users spent much of 2013 talking about the new pope, elections around the world and, of course, relationships.
8 big tech firms call for government surveillance reforms
Eight top tech companies in the U.S. have asked governments around the world to reform surveillance laws and practices, and asked the U.S. to take the lead.
Should Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter really judge what's news?
Where did you first learn about Amazon's crazy plan to deliver packages via drone? "60 Minutes"? The New York Times? Increasingly, the answer is likely to be Twitter, Facebook or Yahoo, and that's just how the online giants like it.
Only 30% of top CEOs use social networks
Only 30% of the CEOs at the top companies traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange are active on social media sites, gathering spots for millions of potential customers.
House passes bill to curb patent trolls
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill meant to discourage so-called patent trolls from filing multiple infringement lawsuits or demanding licensing deals over the objections of some groups representing small inventors.
Facebook highlights news with updated rankings
Facebook is retooling its ranking system to make some news articles appear more prominently at the expense of other content such as certain photos, the company announced Monday.
The latest move to kill bad patents divides tech industry
Technology users -- retailers, in particular -- are being snared in patent infringement lawsuits, prompting Congress to eye reforms that could change how lawsuits are filed and who pays if they're frivolous.
Why smartphone food photos look horrible
Martha Stewart wants to show you horrible pictures of nauseating-looking food for some reason. Mike Elgan finds this personally vexing.
Facebook's Sandberg says teen decline exaggerated
Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg said rumors that the social media company is falling out of favor with teenagers have been greatly exaggerated.
One out of seven people use social networks, study shows
About one in seven people around the globe use a social networking site at least once a month, and that number is expected to see grow significantly over the next several years, according to eMarketer.
Perspective: Twitter's success opens up IPO pipeline
Twitter's IPO launch two weeks ago could be a sign that the market is ripe for other social networks to launch their own efforts to go public.
By the numbers: Twitter vs. Facebook IPOs
Facebook's IPO was considered an early bust while Twitter's has been deemed a success. In terms of orderly market activity, that's without question. But what about prices?
Snap! 'Selfie' becomes International Word of the Year
If you posted selfies on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter this past year, you helped make "selfie" the Oxford Dictionaries' international Word of the Year for 2013
Google, Facebook join white-spaces advocacy group
Google and Facebook have joined the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, an international group advocating access to unused spectrum for broadband networks based on so-called "white spaces" technology.
Here comes the age of ambient everything
Trends in social, search, mobile, wearable and the Internet of things will alter our perception of reality. Change is in the air, says columnist Mike Elgan.
Facebook says yes, your posts can be used for ads
Facebook on Friday moved ahead with some proposed changes to its privacy policies to clarify that users' posts on the site can be used in advertisements, but that users have controls to limit their appearance.
Google says users deserve to know more about surge in gov't data requests
The number of government requests for user information received by Google has doubled since 2010, not including requests made under the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which the company is not allowed to disclose.
Facebook's redesigned Messenger takes aim at WhatsApp, Snapchat
Facebook is hoping to gain a stronger foothold in the competitive mobile messaging space with an updated version of its Messenger app, which now lets people message each other even if they aren't Facebook friends.
Tech firms furious after denied full view of government reply to FISA court
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and LinkedIn are objecting to the U.S. government's decision to provide them only a redacted version of its response to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Facebook forces some users to reset passwords because of Adobe data breach
Facebook locked some users out of their accounts after determining that their log-in credentials were exposed as a result of a security breach at Adobe. The company is asking users who used the same log-in credentials for Adobe's online services and Facebook to verify their identity and change their password.
Let's put a brake on the real snoopers
The outcry over the NSA/GCHQ Internet surveillance scandal can't hide the fact that huge corporations won't say what they know.
Security researchers laud Microsoft, Facebook bug bounty programs
Facebook and Microsoft are winning plaudits from security researchers for launching an initiative to offer bounties to bug hunters who discover and report vulnerabilities in widely used products.
Twitter rides high on IPO in stark contrast to rival Facebook
Twitter's first day of trading as a public company sits in sharp contrast to Facebook's troubled and disappointing IPO a year and a half ago.
Update: Twitter goes public at $45 a share
Twitter is now a publicly traded company and opening at a price of $45.10 a share, 73% higher than its initial IPO price.
Bug bounty program pays researchers that find flaws in widely-used software
A new bug bounty program sponsored by Microsoft and Facebook will reward security researchers for finding and reporting vulnerabilities in widely used software that have the potential to affect a large number of Internet users.
With IPO cash influx, Twitter could be bigger threat to Facebook
If Twitter's IPO succeeds and the social network is showered with a new stockpile of cash, the site could become an even bigger threat to social media giants Facebook and Google+.
Instagram wants to use photos to keep people informed about world events
Although Instagram users do not commonly turn to the site to find out what's happening in the world, CEO Kevin Systrom hopes that will change.
Facebook goes open source with query engine for big data
Potentially raising the bar on SQL scalability, Facebook has released as open source a SQL query engine it developed called Presto that was built to work with petabyte-sized data warehouses.
Twitter's news junkies are younger, more educated
Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults say they get their news through Twitter, and that has to be good news for the social media company that's days from launching its IPO.
Is Twitter emulating Facebook with pre-IPO price bump?
With a move that harkens back to the days before Facebook's IPO, Twitter has upped its opening stock price to a range of $23 to $25 a share.
Facebook, the NSA and the Screwy Ethics of Corporate Analytics
CIO.com columnist Rob Enderle suffered a brutal beating after police broke up an illegal rave next door to his house. The rave attracted hundreds of teens who saw the party invite on Facebook. The incident left Enderle to wonder why Facebook, other social sites and even government agencies are so reluctant to use their data to prevent bad things from happening.
Facebook loses the cool factor with bored teens
Somewhere along the way, Facebook apparently became your father's social network. And that could be a problem for the popular social networking site.
Tech industry calls for 'oversight and accountability' of NSA surveillance
Internet companies are demanding reforms to U.S. government surveillance practices to enhance privacy protections and provide "appropriate oversight and accountability mechanisms."
Ahead of IPO, Twitter shines up multimedia image
Just a week before its IPO, Twitter moved to go from mainly snippets and quips to a more visual social network
Some teens may indeed be anti-Facebook
Facebook's popularity might be on the decline among some teenagers, the company signaled Wednesday.
Facebook strengthens its grip on mobile, latest earnings show
Facebook made new gains in its efforts to monetize its mobile business in the third quarter, reporting Wednesday that those devices drove nearly 50 percent of its advertising sales.
Our blogs about Facebook
Facebook's new design is an oldie, but a goodie.
Good designers make all the difference.
After a year of hard work, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has just deployed changes to the desktop version of its "News Feed." Bloggers -- on the whole -- seem pleased with the changes. No problems, everything is great. Still, the "new look" has many bloggers scratching their heads, unsure of what has changed exactly.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers want to keep things the way they are.
20 years a tech journalist: Shift happens at warp speed
It's hard to beleive the change that's happened over the last 20 years. Consider:
Digital Equipment Corp, Sun Microsystems and Data General were leading hardware manufactures.
Compaq was the fastest growing PC vendor.
Google didn’t exist.
Mark Zuckerberg was 9 years old.
Amazon.com hadn’t launched yet
There was no e-commerce, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.
Digital glasses were what Geordi La Forge wore in Star Trek.
WhatsApp's Facebook status is unclear
WhatsApp deal: Thumbs down?
High fives and thumbs up. That's what celebrating CEO Jan Koum of instant messaging company WhatsApp was doing after Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) decided to buy his company for 19 billion dollars. Not everybody is in cheer though: privacy groups Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) are determined to crash the party.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers check Twitter.
Facebook of the dead changes profile policies
Deadly serious about user profiles.
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) announced on Friday it has dearly departed from its policy of changing deceased user profiles to "friends-only", choosing instead to leave profile settings "as-is." Also on offer is a "Look Back" video, intended for viewing by whoever has permission to peruse a loved one's profile.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers live for the weekend.
The downside of Silicon Valley's focus on ultra high-end skills
Silicon Valley’s wealth may be concentrating in firms that only hire people with ultra high-end skills. WhatsApp is a good example.
Closely examined IT companies disclose FISA requests
Under the gun and a microscope, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) are rushing to out-do one another in releasing their inaugural FISA reports to the public. FISA -- the pleasant-to-the-ears acronym of the dread Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- is a law that requires IT firms to hand users' data to a secretive U.S. court upon request.
Now eager to reverse negative perception, IT companies are spreading their FISA request numbers far and wide. That's fine with bloggers, as long as they aren't a favorite request.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers read between the lines.
How swindlers use apps to trick the gullible
Conmen will trade malware for mobile apps to fool the innocent into giving up personal information.
Eric Schmidt’s outrage at the NSA: The pot calling the kettle black?
Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s concern for citizen privacy following reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) may have broken into the company’s data streams is ironic considering the Internet giant’s own spotty record on privacy.
Facebook beheading video is/isn't/is/isn't OK: smh
''Click to play video.''
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) can't make its mind up. Is this video of a woman being beheaded 'for cheating' OK -- because it condemns the act and thus promotes the 'right' kind of discourse? Or is it unacceptable -- because it might be seen by the 'wrong' kind of people? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers think of the children.
15% of Americans say they don’t need no stinking Internet
A Pew study shows that 15% of adult Americans don't use the Internet or email. What?
The iPhone camera can improve your (supposed) life
With Apple’s new iPhone 5S and 5C, will we finally get what we were promised with the iPhone 5?
Zuckerberg wants to #ConnectTheWorld but trust is an issue
Zuck won't stop 'til he's got underpants. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and six friends want to bring the Internet to the unwashed, unconnected masses. The Internet.org consortium seeks to make net access cheap and ubiquitous, all over the planet. A noble cause, for sure, but does anyone trust the movement's figurehead, Mark Zuckerberg? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers question the gnomes' plan. Not to mention: What's phase two?...
Microsoft: We've had surveillance requests on over 31,000 customers
How much snooping do government agencies actually do on people and businesses? Judging by the surveillance requests they ask of Microsoft, quite a bit. Microsoft reports that for the second half of last year, it had received requests on between 31,000 and 32,000 customers. And Google, Facebook, and Apple have had many tens of thousands others.
Microsoft leads the way into massive NSA, FBI privacy invasion
One of Microsoft's latest ad campaigns promises "Your Privacy Is Our Priority," but Microsoft led the way for companies to open up their servers and massive data warehouses to NSA and FBI data snooping. Microsoft was the first company to cooperate in the data-gathering program, and information grabbed from Skype is skyrocketing.
Facebook loses millions of users, Guardian claims. True?
'Independent data suggests' that Facebook is hemorrhaging, the story says. But the source of that data disagrees.