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MySpace – The rise, greed, and fall of a social media giant.

In 2015, Sean Percival is a partner at Silicon Valley seed accelerator 500 Startups, but from 2009 to 2011, he was working at MySpace as its vice president of online marketing – just as the social network lost its crown to Facebook.

In a speech at the By:Larm conference in Oslo this week, Percival gave an insider’s view of what went wrong at MySpace, from the “massive spaghetti-ball mess” of its website and the “politics, greed” of parent company News Corporation to a doomed attempt to acquire music streaming service Spotify.

His talk was aimed at startups looking to learn the lessons from MySpace’s decline, but it seemed as relevant for the largest internet companies today, such as Facebook, as they seek to avoid a similar fate. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading