Facebook updates follow smooth moves and pitfalls — sometimes the ones users never see! This edition has some shocking new developments you may or may not like
* Yoga Teacher Fired for Telling Facebook Employee ‘No Phones’
* Facebook Totally Demolished Yahoo In The Patent Fight
* Facebook scans chats and posts for criminal activity
* Facebook Security ‘Checkpoint’ Hits Roadblock
* Facebook ‘likes’ and adverts’ value doubted
* Facebook Didn’t Kill Digg, Reddit Did
. . . and more
Facebook Security ‘Checkpoint’ Hits Roadblock
Facebook’s recently launched Malware Checkpoint, which prompts users to scan and clean their personal computers, has drawn criticism from users who claim it has locked them out of their accounts.
The checkpoint, which takes people to the Facebook Security site, provides links to McAfee’s Scan and Repair and Microsoft’s Security Essentials at no charge.
Full story : PCWorld
Yoga Teacher Fired for Telling Facebook Employee ‘No Phones’
At least one Facebook employee couldn’t put down her cell phone in June, even when the yoga teacher made a point of asking students to stop texting during class.
The 35-year-old yoga teacher who has been teaching since 2006 was fired, allegedly because she didn’t sit idly by while the Facebook employee texted in class.
Full story : www.reuters.com
Facebook Didn’t Kill Digg, Reddit Did
Yesterday’s news that social media site Digg had been sold for $500K was both shocking, and not surprising at all.
The news was somewhat expected at some point given the site’s steep decline in popularity and visitors over the past few years. It’s shocking because Digg used to be valued at close to $200M, and it goes to show that even giants of the web are vulnerable to complete and utter collapse.
Full story : Forbes
Facebook Totally Demolished Yahoo In The Patent Fight
Let’s be clear: Facebook absolutely wiped the floor with Yahoo in the patent fight that just ended.
There is one reason why: In the end, Yahoo’s interim CEO Ross Levinsohn could not undo the screw-ups of his predecessor, Scott Thompson.
Before he was tossed for lying about his educational background, Thompson started a springtime war with Facebook over patents. Claiming Facebook copied Yahoo innovations in social networking and online advertising, first he threatened to sue and then … he actually sued.
Full story : www.sfgate.com
Facebook scans chats and posts for criminal activity
Facebook has added sleuthing to its array of data-mining capabilities, scanning your posts and chats for criminal activity. If the social-networking giant detects suspicious behavior, it flags the content and determines if further steps, such as informing the police, are required.
A man in his early 30s was chatting about sex with a 13-year-old South Florida girl and planned to meet her after middle-school classes the next day. Facebook’s extensive but little-discussed technology for scanning postings and chats for criminal activity automatically flagged the conversation for employees, who read it and quickly called police. Officers took control of the teenager’s computer and arrested the man the next day.
Full story : CNET
Facebook ‘likes’ and adverts’ value doubted
A BBC investigation suggests companies are wasting large sums of money on adverts to gain “likes” from Facebook members who have no real interest in their products.
It also appears many account holders who click on the links have lied about their personal details.
Full story : BBC News
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