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A wanted man who taunted police on their own Facebook page, saying “catch me if you can”, has been arrested.

Logan Rhys James, 19, from Caerphilly, South Wales UK, had been on the run, a week after being released early from his prison sentence for street knife attack.

Gwent Police posted his mug shot on social media with an appeal for any information about his whereabouts.

But underneath James wrote a comment saying: “Haha catch me if you can wont see me slipping”.

Police said James was arrested in Caerphilly at about 17:50 GMT and was being held in police custody. Continue reading

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To Death, and Beyond with Facebook

Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their Facebook pages after they die.

Users should see a new option pop up in their security settings that will let them choose whether they want to pass their information and account management over to someone else when the time comes.

This is not something that people like to talk about. But the truth is that what happens to your data after death is as big a question now as what happens to your physical property. Continue reading

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Facebook Messenger App Creates Massive Controversy

First off, lets face it, no one reads the terms of service on anything. If you did, every app would scare you.

Second, the majority of the concerns are related to Android. Apple doesn’t let apps make phone calls or text people without your intervention.

Third, Messenger can do a lot of things like make phone calls and send text messages, so it needs your permission to do that. It’s not a one trick pony.

Fourth… just stop bitching about Facebook privacy. Either deal with it and use it, or close your account and use something else.

You give Facebook the power it needs to do whatever it wants by using it all the time. Without you, they’re nothing.
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The WORST Twitter Fails Blamed On Interns And Aides

Turns out that if you outsource your Twitter and Facebook status updates to people you pay very little to, and probably treat like crap, they’ll eventually turn on you. Who could see that coming?! Seriously, social media is an extension of your PR or marketing department. It’s not for some intern.

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Facebook is spying on you

Facebook is studying everything about you and it’s all your fault.

Run for the hills! Facebook, and well the whole internet, is tracking you! How do they get all this personal information? Oh, that’s right, you gave it to them willingly.

Facebook users and privacy advocates erupted in anger recently after New Scientist drew attention to a 2012 study in which Facebook researchers had attempted to manipulate users’ moods. “The company purposefully messed with people’s minds,” one privacy group complained to the Federal Trade Commission. Continue reading

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Facebook wants to replace Google Reader with Flipboard style app

Facebook reportedly is working on a news reading app similar to Flipboard, as it looks to cash in on Google Reader’s demise.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook has been working on the project known internally as Reader for over a year, which means that the social network was planning the service before Google announced that it would shut down its identically named service.

ull details of the Facebook Reader service are still to be revealed, but it apparently will resemble Flipboard, aggregating stories from multiple sources and presenting them in a magazine style format. It apparently will arrive as an iOS and Android smartphone and tablet app first, rather than as an online service. It’s unclear whether a web version is also in development.

There’s no word on when Facebook is planning to announce the service, and there’s a chance that the project might not reach the market.

As well as looking to lure Google Reader users following its shutdown in one week, much like Digg, the report suggests that Facebook is continuing its push into the mobile market to impress its investors. Most recently, the firm tried to do this with the launch of its Facebook Home custom Android user interface, but reports suggest that this hasn’t gone down well with consumers.

While Facebook likely will struggle to compete with Flipboard, which already has around 50 million users, such a move could make sense for the social network. Rather than scrolling through their news feeds and leaving the app, Facebookers could use its news reading feature and spend more time browsing, enabling the firm to make more cash from ads.

Facebook said it does not comment on rumour or speculation.

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Facebook Hashtags: Time to Go Over Those Privacy Settings Again

This week Facebook announced a relatively small tweak. Any phrase with the # symbol before it would become clickable. Yes, it officially brought the hashtag, typically associated with Twitter, to its social network.

It’s a small feature change, sure, but it has far-reaching implications, especially in making what you say on Facebook more widely visible to others. Now, including a hashtag in your post will make it more easily discoverable by others. Facebook itself has said it is looking to make more public conversations on the service.

To that end, Facebook has clarified to ABC News that the new feature respects Facebook’s current privacy settings, similar to how its Graph Search works. Still, the fact that hashtags will make your status updates more visible across the network can be a bit disconcerting to some. As hashtags begin to roll out on the site, here are some privacy and safety items to keep in mind.

Review status update privacy settings. 
Just like when Graph Search was introduced, it’s more important now to look at who you are sharing your posts with, especially if you have included a hashtag in it. Underneath any status or update is a small toggle that allows you to select the group of people you would like to share your update with, including friends, friends of friends, the public, etc.

Public posts have always appeared to anyone on Facebook, but there haven’t been easy ways to find them. Now, with hashtags, it will be very easy for people to look for posts on specific topics. For instance, a public post like “I’m so excited for #madmen” will appear to anyone who looks for the term “#madmen” on the service.

So what does it all mean? You want to be extra vigilant now at making sure you are only sharing posts with the people you intend to share them with. You can also set it so that it defaults to just your friends: Switch the toggle to “Friends” and it will automatically default to that setting on anything you share.

Review older posts with hashtags. 
When Facebook turns on the hashtag functionality, it will automatically make hashtags from previous posts clickable. If you have previously said something with a hashtag that you might not want to be surfaced to a group of friends, you might want to delete that old post. Depending on how particular you are, you might want to consider going back and making sure that you’re O.K. with your old posts becoming more discoverable to your Facebook friends or to the public.

Review your friends and lists. 
Now’s a very good time to review your settings and friends lists in general. As you likely know, you can create different lists of people, which can be given different access to your information. For instance, you might not want your coworkers to be able to see your frustrated updates during the day with the #ihatemyjob hashtag.

Go to your Friends list from your Timeline and you can see which of your friends is on which list. You can even create new lists and permissions for each list. With more precise lists, you can better control who will see your posts that include hashtags.

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Why Facebook Feels a Lot Like High School

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A report released last week from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that Facebook remains the leading social network among US teenagers. It’s also the most reviled. While some teenagers interviewed by Pew claimed they “enjoyed using it”, the majority complained of “an increasing adult presence, high-pressure or otherwise negative social interactions (‘drama’), or feeling overwhelmed by others who share too much.”

In other words, Facebook – as any adult with a profile knows – feels a lot like high school. “I think Facebook can be fun, but also it’s drama central,” one 14-year-old girl said. “On Facebook, people imply things and say things, even just by a ‘like’, that they wouldn’t say in real life.”

Facebook is the living dead: the most popular, least relevant social network where teenagers and adults alike gather out of fear of missing out on things that don’t even make them happy.

“It’s so competitive to get the most likes [on a Facebook picture]. It’s like your social position,” said another.

Ninety-four percent of US teenagers maintain a Facebook profile, but that doesn’t mean they have to like it. “Honestly,” one 15-year-old girl told Pew, “I’m on it constantly but I hate it so much.”

If Facebook is high school, other social media platforms can function as opportunities to escape from Facebook’s pervasive social structure – the online equivalent to cutting class and hanging out beneath the bleachers. “While ‘drama’ is the result of normal teenage dynamics rather than anything specific to Facebook, teens are sometimes resentful toward Facebook from this negative association,” Pew reports.

Online spaces outside of Facebook – all of which attract just a fraction of Facebook’s teen user base – become places “where teens seek out spaces free of adults, and teens who want to avoid the drama of teenage life try to inhabit alternative social spaces.”

On Instagram, which is used by 11 per cent of teenagers, “people tend to not come off so mean,” one 13-year-old girl told Pew. “Because all they really want is for people [to] like their photos.” And the medium can influence the message: Instagram is perceived as a supportive environment, but on Facebook, “if they say something mean, it hurts more.”

Twitter, used by 26 per cent of US teens, can help cut through the drama of Facebook because “there’s only so much you can say,” one 18-year-old boy said. “On Facebook, they say so many details of things that you don’t want to know.”

Snapchat, which Pew didn’t collect subscription rates for, can help relieve teenagers of the identity maintenance pressures of Facebook, which logs users’ photos and comments for instant recall. “It’s better because I could pick the most embarrassing photo, and know that they’ll see it for 10 seconds, and then I’m done,” said one 13-year-old.

And Tumblr, used by 5 per cent of US teens, helps teenagers detach entirely from Facebook’s imposed social structure: “I like Tumblr because I don’t have to present a specific or false image of myself and I don’t have to interact with people I don’t necessarily want to talk to,” one 15-year-old girl said.

A 16-year-old boy told Pew he signed up for Twitter because “everyone’s saying Facebook’s dead.” But despite reports of a mass exodus, most people aren’t leaving. In fact, teenage Facebook usage climbed one percentage point between 2011 and 2012.

Facebook is the living dead: the most popular, least relevant social network where teenagers and adults alike gather out of fear of missing out on things that don’t even make them happy.

Facebook is “a major centre of teenage social interactions, both with the positives of friendship and social support and the negatives of drama and social expectations,” Pew reports. And without it, what would they make fun of on Tumblr?


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Facebook Home – Addressing Privacy Concerns – Official Responses

Last week, Facebook announced Facebook Home , software which will make Android devices put the social network front and center, essentially turning a variety of smartphones into the long-rumored “Facebook phone.” Matters of privacy quickly became a focus of attention as GigaOm’s Om Malik and others questioned the possibility of increased access to personal information the social network’s new software would provide.

“Home doesn’t change anything related to your privacy settings on Facebook, and your privacy controls work the same with Home as they do everywhere else on Facebook,” according to blog post by Facebook staff addressing the concerns.

So, it’s the same, only different … right? Not entirely. Since Home does take over your Android phone, it also gains access to some things which hadn’t been previously touched by the social network.

“For example, Facebook maintains a list of the apps that you have in the Home app launcher,” the social network’s blog post offers. “Facebook could see that you launched a map application using the app launcher, but Facebook would not receive information about what directions you searched for or any other activity within the app itself.”

In the case of devices which come with Home preinstalled — the HTC First is the, well, first of these devices — Home is also able to display system notifications. This means further there are further details to take into consideration. “Since these notifications appear in Home, Facebook collects information about the notification (such as which app is generating them) but not the content of the notification itself,” Facebook’s Home FAQ page breaks down. Like the app information, these details are personally identifiable for 90 days. Then they are anonymized.

“We use this information for diagnostic purposes and to learn more about how people use our products so we can make improvements in the future,” a Facebook spokesperson clarified to NBC News. “For some of the system notifications, we need this information so we can serve the experience to users.” In plainer terms: How on earth can Facebook Home show you notifications unless it knows what the notifications are about.

Not all critics are placated by the explanation, however. Ars Technica speculated, “that while Home may not use location data any differently (than the Facebook app), it certainly has more opportunities to collect it.”

It’s not possible to opt out of having information collected for these purposes. If you want Facebook to delete whatever it has collected from you right away, you’d have to delete your Facebook account. If you just want to get rid of Facebook Home or some features, you can play around in its settings or uninstall it entirely.

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Viewership And Social Media Help March Madness Beat The Super Bowl In Ad Revenue Generation

The exciting 67 games spread across the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament are enough to bring weeks of joy to any college basketball fan. The same can likely be said for companies, whose marketing potential is greatly expanded during the course of March Madness as a result of the event’s significant viewership numbers.

When it comes to sporting events, March Madness may best be described as the “Super Bowl” of college sports. According to the NCAA, 181 million viewers tune in throughout the tournament across television, online and out-of-home platforms. 149 million people view the tournament via in-home television. That number exceeds the in-home viewership numbers of the five BCS bowl games combined, which reach 80 million in-home television viewers. Given these numbers, there is no shortage of advertisers salivating at the chance to have their product showcased during March Madness.

In addition to reaching hundreds of millions of viewers, March Madness’ particular target audience makes investing in ad space during the tournament more attractive to certain companies than others. 42 percent of all adults who watch the tournament on television are men between the ages of 25 and 54. This statistic motivated companies like Unilever Skincare to develop advertising campaigns specifically targeted at reaching this audience. “We know that men ages 25-54 are 57 percent more likely to watch the tournament than the average adult, which is why the tournament remains such an effective platform for us—we can connect with men in a hyper-relevant fashion with content that resonates,” said Unilever Skincare’s vice president of marketing, Rob Candelino.

Along with a wide television viewership opportunity, March Madness presents advertisers with the possibility of making a significant digital impact. According to the NCAA, 7.7 million social media comments about the tournament are made during telecasts. This social media dialogue extends beyond the game, to discussions about the NCAA’s March Madness corporate partners. The NCAA reports that there are 1.5 billion online conversations that occur about corporate partners throughout the tournament.

Seeing the possibility to gain an even greater reach through social media impressions, companies like Unilever Skincare integrated social media campaigns around their March Madness advertising. “Guys can engage with our NCAA relevant ‘Real Moments’ campaign across our Twitter, Facebook and Youtube channels, as well as through digital and mobile platforms. Our NCAA partnership helps our brands connect with men when they are plugged into and engaged in tournament action,” Candelino said.

With the perks corporations gain from March Madness advertising, it’s arguably not surprising that corporations spend more these days on March Madness ad buys than Super Bowl ad buys. According to Kantar Media , 266 different marketers have spent more than $5.9 billion on advertising during March Madness over the last decade. The biggest ad spend was seen during last year’s tournament, when advertisers spent just over $1 billion. This year’s Super Bowl raked in $976.3 million in advertising revenue. The social media reach of March Madness is arguably driving the increase in ad spends during March Madness, as ad spending has increased by 64 percent over the last two years.

Over the next few years, it will be worth watching to see if this March Madness ad spending trend continues. With the influx of social media over wider audiences, corporations will likely continue to see an increasing value in March Madness advertising. As such, the NCAA and its broadcasting partner, CBS, likely will see no limit to their advertising revenue generating potential.

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