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Facebook Banking on a Cashless Society


Monday, 16 July 2012

‘As if the current methods of evaporating privacy and pushing a world toward the Cashless Society were not moving fast enough, Facebook is now developing and beta testing an app that would allow users to “pay their utility bills, balance their checkbooks, and transfer money at the same time they upload vacation photos to the site for friends to see.”

Essentially, the new application which is currently in beta phase with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, allows for interactions regarding banking and financial services over alleged secure and private connections.’

Read more: Facebook Banking on a Cashless Society

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Black Boxes to Monitor All UK Internet and Phone Data


Tuesday, 03 July 2012

‘Internet and phone firms are preparing to install “black boxes” to monitor UK internet and phone traffic, and decode encrypted messages – including Facebook and GMail messages.

As part of the Home Office’s communications data bill, internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile phone companies will be obliged to collect communications records and keep them for a year, writes Channel 4 News Technology Producer Geoff White.

The government has insisted that the actual content of messages won’t be stored, but until now it has not been clear how communications companies will be able to separate content from “header data”, such as the sender and recipient of a message, and the date it was sent.’

Read more: Black Boxes to Monitor All UK Internet and Phone Data

Now Facebook Tries to ‘Hijack’ Users’ Email Addresses by Forcing Them to Submit to Own Service


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

‘Facebook is trying to force its 900million users to switch to its own email service.

It is removing the personal email address displayed on an individual user’s profile pages and replacing it with a @facebook.com address – even if the member never uses it.

The social networking site’s email service was launched two years ago but has failed to take off, possibly because most people do not like having multiple mail accounts.’

Read more: Now Facebook Tries to ‘Hijack’ Users’ Email Addresses by Forcing Them to Submit to Own Service

Facebook Purchases Israeli Facial Recognition Company

June 20, 2012 2 comments

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

‘Facebook has acquired Face.com!

Our mission is and has always been to find new and exciting ways to make face recognition a fun, engaging part of people’s lives, and incorporate remarkable technology into everyday consumer products.

If you’re anything like us, Facebook is a part of your life every single day. We keep up with our friends and family, share interesting (or mundane) experiences from our daily lives, and perhaps most importantly for us, we share a LOT of photos.’

Read more: Facebook Purchases Israeli Facial Recognition Company

Who owns your stuff in the cloud?


By Michelle Maltais, Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2012

Who owns your stuff in the cloud?Google’s recently unveiled Google Drive is among the cloud-based data storage services available. Google says you retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. But where the Google policy may read a bit murky is what you entitle Google to do with your stuff. Above, at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Paul Sakuma, Associated Press / April 12, 2012)

As more people look to the cloud for digital storage, such as the recently unveiled Google Drive, the era of being able to mindlessly click “OK” or “Agree” may be over.

When your stuff is stored on your computer at home, you alone are responsible for keeping it safe, secure and backed up. Your roof, your rules. But when you shift from local storage to remote, you live by terms set by someone else — and it’s best to read them.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-tech-savvy-cloud-services-20120426,0,3241271.story

Facebook Now Lets You Advertise Your Organs on Your Profile


By Clay DillowPosted 05.01.2012 at 1:03

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-05/facebook-now-lets-you-list-your-organ-donor-status-your-profile

There are currently 114,000 people waiting for organ transplants in the U.S., and roughly 7,000 of them die every year while awaiting a donor organ to become available. Meanwhile, there are 161 million Americans on Facebook. That math must have seemed pretty simple to Mark Zuckerberg and company at Facebook HQ, where the team has just added organ donation status to its users’ profiles.