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Monday, December 17, 2007

Post #100: Analyst: Consumerism to blend with social networks in 2008

Post #100: Analyst: Consumerism to blend with social networks in 2008

Excerpt:
"Where traditional Web sites provide content to visitors, social networking sites tend to offer sets of tools that allow "the consumers to become the content," a lead Parks Associates analyst told BetaNews this afternoon."
http://www.betanews.com/article/Analyst_Consumerism_to_blend_with_social_networks_in_2008/1197499314

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Russian computer program fakes chatroom flirting

Russian computer program fakes chatroom flirting
Excerpt:
"A Russian website called CyberLover.ru is advertising a software tool that, it says, can simulate flirtatious chatroom exchanges. It boasts that it can chat up as many as 10 women at the same time and persuade them to hand over phone numbers.

An Australian anti-virus software firm, PC Tools, has warned that the software could be abused by identity fraudsters trying to harvest people's personal details online. The Russian site denied it was intended for identity fraud."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071213/wr_nm/russia_internet_dc

Facebook to License its Social Networking Platform

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,140529-pg,1/article.html

Facebook outmaneuvers Google; Bebo launches FB-compatible platform

Facebook outmaneuvers Google; Bebo launches FB-compatible platform

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Facebook to let other sites access platform code

Facebook to let other sites access platform code

Facebook Stirring Up Anger For Disabling Accounts

Facebook Stirring Up Anger For Disabling Accounts

The Next Social Network: WordPress - GigaOm

Excerpt:
"Why blogs and not Facebook or MySpace

In contrast to social networking, blogging offers a person-centric way for individuals to come online. A social network like Facebook gives you your own place online, but it’s not really your own place. As Copyblogger Brian Clark recently said in a blog post, “For me, there’s really no appeal in spending a lot of time creating ‘user-generated’ content via a social networking application. That’s like remodeling the kitchen in a house you rent.”"
http://gigaom.com/2007/12/11/the-next-social-network-wordpress/

Penthouse Buys Group of Social-Networking Sites - New York Times

Excerpt:
"While the influx of free and low-cost video has hurt the sale of pornographic videos, the chief executive of the Penthouse Media Group remains so bullish on the sex-related entertainment industry that he is investing $500 million in a group of social networking sites."
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/12/technology/12penthouse.html?ex=1355115600&en=f03c66d46164de60&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Mark Zuckerberg Cashes Out - Valleyway

Mark Zuckerberg Cashes Out - Valleyway

Excerpt:
"We hear Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has cashed out -- before an IPO, before a sale, and before his investors. In the company's recent financing round, insiders believe, he sold about $40 million worth of stock. A tiny portion of his $5 billion stake, but in cash rather than on paper, and "enough that he never has to think about money for the rest of his life," says a person made privy to details of the sale. On the Sand Hill Road of old, this is simply not how things are done."

http://valleywag.com/tech/scoop/mark-zuckerberg-cashes-out-331589.php

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

LA Times Takes A Stake In Mixx

LA Times Takes A Stake In Mixx

Zuckerberg writes long post about Beacon

Zuckerberg writes long post about Beacon

Excerpt 1:
"About a month ago, we released a new feature called Beacon to try to help people share information with their friends about things they do on the web. We've made a lot of mistakes building this feature, but we've made even more with how we've handled them. We simply did a bad job with this release, and I apologize for it."

Excerpt 2:
" Last week we changed Beacon to be an opt-in system, and today we're releasing a privacy control to turn off Beacon completely. You can find it here. If you select that you don't want to share some Beacon actions or if you turn off Beacon, then Facebook won't store those actions even when partners send them to Facebook."

http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=7584397130

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Flux Launches Self Service Product; Full On Ning Competitor

Flux Launches Self Service Product; Full On Ning Competitor

NYT: Facebook's Zuckerberg Lied To Us; Coke: Ditto

NYT: Facebook's Zuckerberg Lied To Us; Coke: Ditto

Excerpt:
"The "Beacon" fallout continues. The New York Times' Louise Story essentially accuses Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg of lying to her about Beacon's being "opt-in." Coca-Cola got a similar impression from the company--and, having learned the truth, is holding off on using the program. Meanwhile, Facebook's spokesman attempts to explain to the NYT's Louise Story what Zuckerberg really meant--and makes matters worse."

http://www.alleyinsider.com/2007/12/nyt-facebooks-zuckerberg-lied-to-us-coke-ditto.html
See also: Facebook's Misrepresentation of Beacon's Threat to Privacy: Tracking users who opt out or are not logged in.
Excerpt:
"As follow-up to Ben's look at Facebook's Beacon system, I began investigating the extent of its privacy implications. What I found is extremely disconcerting. Facebook is collecting information about user actions on affiliate sites regardless of whether or not the user chose to opt out, and regardless of whether or not the user is logged into Facebook at that time. The evidence I present below directly contradicts both public statements made by Facebook, and direct email correspondence from their privacy department, demonstrating that Beacon is a serious threat to user privacy."
http://community.ca.com/blogs/securityadvisor/archive/2007/11/29/facebook-s-misrepresentation-of-beacon-s-threat-to-privacy-tracking-users-who-opt-out-or-are-not-logged-in.aspx

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