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Facebook Reportedly Tells Employees to Replace iPhones with Android Devices

Posted on 03 November 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Facebook has literally taken over the lives of many people who consume the social network for hours on end every day, and they don’t even realize it. As it turns out, Facebook wants to dictate to their employees on what smartphone they should also be using as they reportedly tell workers to replace their iPhones with cheap Android devices.

As with anything, there is reason to the rhyme, as such, Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, said in an interview with Wired that company employees were asked to give up on their iPhones and start using Android phones. His reason for this is that they need to try out the Android Facebook app and optimize it for emerging markets, where Android is believed to have a larger market share than iOS.

The fanboys are going to have a field day with this news to come out of Facebook on both ends of the iPhone iOS and Android spectrum.

iPhones have undoubtedly had some major success in many markets across the globe. When it comes to emerging markets, ones that are steadily adopting the use of Facebook, iOS may not have such a grasp on the population where Android is the dominating platform for smartphones and other mobile devices. Facebook knows this all-to-well and is thriving on making the Facebook app for Android the best yet so that there is seamless transition for markets that Facebook looks to grow in.

“I am mandating a switch of a whole bunch of my team over to Android, just because people, when left up to their own devices, will often prefer an iPhone,” Chris Cox is quoted as saying. “They can be reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today.”

The statement made by Chris Cox doesn’t necessary mandate that all employees should forget about the iOS version of the Facebook app. Facebook just has a plan to increase focus on Android and testing other methods that the public may access Facebook, such as through a slower 2G network.

Facebook is covering all angles with their growth, even with well over 1 billion estimated users. Sometimes giants want to have it all, and Facebook may just be the one to get it all.

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Facebook Aims To Relay News Faster with Instant Articles Feature

Posted on 13 May 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Let’s face it, Facebook is taking over whatever little bit of free that that we have through the day. The over-1-billion-strong social network giant is aiming to replace your daily news feed by promising faster news on its mobile apps using their service called Instant Articles.

The modern Internet has amazing ways of relaying information to us nearly at the speed of light. Media outlets have their sites and tools that send you alerts or sometimes pop-ups of new stories or breaking news throughout the world. Facebook, as you may have already noticed, has its choice news feed that runs through the day in a column. As it turns out, the heads at Facebook believe that news isn’t fast enough and their needs to be something that is lightning fast to deliver your news, an Instant Articles features.

In a blog post this week, Facebook said that Instant Articles promise to change the “slow” 8 seconds to load up new news stories, which is considered as unacceptable.

Through the new Instant Articles feature launching on Facebook for iPhone, there will be a special set of stories published by The New York Times, BuzzFeed, National Geographic, NBC and The Atlantic. Among others, there will be published stories from BBC News, The Guardian, Bild, and Spiegel.

The goal for Facebook in their Instant Articles feature is to get users to come back more often to its app and not just view the walls to see what their friends are doing or posting. From the latest calculations, Facebook is said to have about 85% of its total number of users accessing the social network from a mobile device. In total, Facebook has about 798 million mobile users, up 31% year-on-year. The growth rate we are looking at from the last year’s number is about 17%. WHOA!

“Communication and information at the speed of light,” a statement that used to be a pipe dream is becoming a reality and Facebook is attempting to lead the way. Instant Articles is just another prime example of how the new social world of the Internet is reshaping our lives and the progression of technology as a whole. With a new Instant Articles platform, Facebook could rake in additional revenue from ads that surround such services. Additionally, other entities like Verizon are capitalizing on rollouts of Instant Articles, as it will only heighten data transfer and register a larger revenue flow for “providers.”

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DDoS Attacks on Rivals of Facebook & WhatsApp

Posted on 30 September 2014 by SlimboCA

In the last weekend of September two of the technology companies, believed to be more secure alternatives of the giants Facebook and WhatsApp, fell victims of severe DDoS attacks. Recently Telegram and Ello were pronounced to be the latest rivals of the social media company Facebook and the recently acquired WhatsApp app for instant messaging.

The Nature of Ello

Ello is a social network with anti-Facebook nature, which is an ad-free platform that accepts new members only if they have an invitation. The new network does not sell data to third parties. The data that is collected by the new social network is aggregated and anonymous, which makes it useless to Google and the companies’ advertising purposes.

The Nature of Telegram

Telegram is an application for instant messaging, which is based in Russia and is famous for its privacy. The users consider it a great alternative to the WhatsApp platform. Telegram is based on a custom MTProto encryption protocol and applies end-to-end encryption for the secret chats. Telegram became even more popular after Facebook acquired WhatsApp since the company has been strongly criticized for lack of data privacy.
Telegram application is available for Google Android and Apple’s iOS.

DDoS Attack

Both Ello and Telegram were hit by independent distributed denial of service on the last weekend of September. The DDoS attack against Telegram lasted for two days. During the attack, the service was normal in most of the countries, though in some places people lost connections and were not able to send outgoing messages. The user data had not been compromised despite the attack.

There were speculations by some of the social media users that the DDoS attacks and the disruption of service might be associated with the situation in China, since these attacks coincided with the reports that the government of China has hacked WhatsApp as it believed that activists are exchanging messages through that application.

On the same day, Ello also reported that it underwent a DDoS attack that lasted for 45 minutes. The situation was fixed when Ello blocked the IP addresses that were associated with the attack.

The Security Experts

The security expert Martin McKeay from Akamai Technologies stated in front of the SCMagazineUK.com that both Telegram and Ello are targets for two main reasons: they have limited security support and they are growing in popularity. These two reasons make Telegram and Ello the perfect targets for the DDoS attacks.

The security professionals further pointed the fact that the popularity of the communication channel Ello increased overnight, and that brought negative attention as well. The experts further say that the volumetric attacks are now becoming the norm, and they advise all organizations that do business on the Internet to be prepared for such attacks.

The cyber criminals find it easy to carry out DDoS attacks up to 100Gbps, 200Gbps, 300Gbps. That is why the companies have to be active in defending their data from the malicious attacks using mitigation and real-time detection.

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How Social Media Is Ruling Your Life

Posted on 23 September 2010 by SlimboCA

Does social media enhance or stifle your ability to be productive?

Does social media enhance or stifle your ability to be productive?

Being constantly connected to social media can cause users a whole host of problems, a new study has revealed.

Increased stress, strain on personal relationships, and even loss of sleep, are but a few of the shortcomings caused by social media. A United States university took a week-long break from Facebook, Twitter, Instant Messaging (IM) and other social media, and found that the pervasive technology had hidden pitfalls.

Students at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in central Pennsylvania have realized that social media, particularly Facebook and IM, can take over their lives. College Provost Eric Darr called for the ban to see how the technology affects students and the various faculties.

Most students complied with the week-long experiment and found how easy it is for technology to rule their lives. One student checked Facebook 21 hours a day and blocked posts between 2 and 5 in the morning just to get some rest. Students or faculty staff who felt forced to feed their social media addiction did so via smartphones, but most complied, and some were quite surprised by their finds.

The majority of students behaved much like smokers who sneak cigarettes after class, says Darr. He says many would sneak off to check their updates on smart phones. Darr reveals that many students found more time to do constructive things and discovered that they were less stressed because they were not able to constantly check their status updates.

The week-long ban also encouraged face-to-face meetings instead of communicating exclusively via social media. Student Amanda Zuck says she isn’t a heavy user of Facebook but was “a little irritated” by not being able to use the site.

Zuck wrote in an email that she didn’t see much advantage in the project for herself but she added that it had probably helped her facebook addict friend catch up on college work. The project allowed all members of the college community to reflect on how social media tools affect their lives.

Many workers are also getting fired for either abusing social networks during work time, or posting harmful comments about their employers online.

Does social media enhance or stifle your ability to be productive? Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.

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Successful Failure: Facebook Employees Challenged to Crack Security

Posted on 07 July 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

Facebook Security Challenge was a Successful Failure

Facebook Security Challenge was a Successful Failure

The guys at TechCrunch.com recently posted that employees challenged to crack facebook’s security succeeded in doing so. After all of the privacy concerns within Facebook lately, it is no wonder that their employees are in the process of making sure Facebook is up-to-par on the security front.

One of the engineers at Facebook responsible for site reliability, I didn’t know there was such a thing, recently challenged Facebook employees to try and compromise him and gain access to Facebook’s administrative system. They thought they could do this through information gathered from the engineer. After 2 weeks the employees were able to successfully able to hack into his home WiFi network and then monitor his internet activity allowing them to obtain passwords and one to his personal Facebook account.

Although in the end the employees were able to comprise his home WiFi and access his personal Facebook account, they were not able to hack into Facebook’s administrative or corporate systems. Bottom line is, Facebook is secure enough to the point that employees set-out to compromise administrative systems were not able to accomplish that specific task so they resorted to hacking the engineers home network to get a password thinking then they could get access. Even with the passwords in hand, the employees could not access any of Facebook’s admin or corporate portals.

What does this prove? According to the engineer who made up the challenge, it proves that Facebook’s security systems are effective enough to deny access to any administrative or corporate systems.

Facebook engineer Pedram Keyani, who setup this challenge, responded to Techcrunch in the comments with the following statement:

I’m the engineer who made the challenge and I want to clear up some
misunderstandings. First, we perform tests on the integrity and security of
our site all the time. Second, in this particular case, the challenge
demonstrated the effectiveness of Facebook’s security systems, not the
opposite, Despite months of work and hundreds of hours of effort by a team
of specialized security engineers, the team was NOT able to access
Facebook’s administrative or corporate systems. While they were able to
access my personal Facebook account, they were not able to use this
information to access any other account on Facebook. Finally, challenges
like this are a great way for us to apply our best thinking and skills to
identify risks to our systems. We think our efforts should give users
greater confidence in Facebook and its administrative systems, not less.

Does this make you feel any better about the information that you trust Facebook with?

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Facebook vs. Google: Commencing a Social Network or Search Engine War?

Posted on 29 June 2010 by SlimboCA

Facebook and Google Commencing a Social Network or Search Engine War?

Facebook and Google Commencing a Social Network or Search Engine War?

More than likely you are already one of the almost 500 million users of Facebook, the largest online social network, and you have probably wondered if there is any competition for Facebook in sight.

You do not have to look too far to find a potential future competitor to Facebook, you may be using one of their products right now if you are “searching” the internet.

As far as immediate competition there really isn’t any unless you consider Twitter a type of competition or maybe the dwindling Myspace.com social site “old” competition. On the horizon you have Google which everyone knows is “THE SEARCH ENGINE” for the whole internet but did you know they are planning a Google social network, codenamed “Google Me”?

According to certain sources from a former Facebook CTO and Quora (a social networking site that aggregates questions and answers on various topics) co-founder, Google is modeling a “first-class social network” off of Facebook. The project comes has a high priority matter as Google expects Facebook’s growth to taper off. If you look at recent statistics, Facebook’s growth has done everything but taper off. That may push Google to roll out their “ultimate” social network sooner than we think.

Why a Google social network?

Why not have a social network built by Google, the search engine giant? Facebook needs some type of competition considering that now outside websites are popping up in Facebook internet search results. That’s right, if you perform searches via Facebook’s Open Graph protocol (Graph API) you may discover over 50,000 sites had those new “Like” buttons within three weeks of their inception.

Those new Facebook “Like” buttons are really beefing up Facebook’s ability to query search results of external sites which gives the social networking giant some “search engine power”. Of course this is nothing (think of it as only 2% of what Google can do) compared to what Google provides but it is a start and one that could provide very customized and detailed search results. Such search results within Facebook could be more customized based on user preferences. Just think, Google would be Coca-Cola and Facebook would be Pepsi, both are a type of soda but they offer totally different flavors in their line of products.

Facebook would unlikely rival Google but the idea of Google creating a type of social network to jump ahead of Facebook on a type of socialistic-customized search will be an interesting thing to witness. Of course all of the buzz and rumors about a battle between Google and Facebook are starting to circulate it could turn very ugly before it gets pretty.

What have you heard about a feat between Google and Facebook? Do you even think it would be feasible to compare the two since they are totally different in this present day? Do you think Google will create a social network to rival Facebook?

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Tech Wars: Facebook CEO slates iPhone

Posted on 15 June 2010 by SlimboCA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has an iPhone, but apparently he’s not very happy with it.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has slated Apple's iPhone on Facebook.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has slated Apple's iPhone on Facebook.

The cyber boss says the mobile phone is not very mobile, and not much of a phone. In a post to his Facebook wall Zuckerberg says he bought the phone and within one week he already had to buy landline phone service in order to make calls, and a whole mess of chargers in order to move the Apple device from place to place.

The iPhone’s groundbreaking form factor and operating system is of course undeniable, which is probably why Zuckerberg wants to keep his iPhone. The iPhone carrier AT&T’s problems with phone calls are well known, but Zuckerberg’s battery life issues are not normal. The 26-year-old social network chief definitely uses more power than usual, and he’s already been scolded by a flight attendant for overusing his new iPhone on a flight.

Apple better give Zuckeerberg a longer-lasting iPhone 4 to replace his 3GS before he switches allegiance to your dreaded rival Google. Maybe Zuckerberg wants one for free, that’s why he made that post.

Here is the post Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page:


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Cyber Doors Open for ‘Little People’

Posted on 19 May 2010 by SlimboCA

Togetherville is a new social media platform for kids.

Togetherville is a new social media platform for kids.

Social media platforms are taking over the Internet and everyone wants to part of the action – even the little people.

The Internet can be a scary place though, especially for minors whose innocence can quickly be preyed on by hordes of sickos laying desperately in wait. The general feeling is that kids should stay as far away from the Internet for as long as possible. Easier said than done. With more than half the American population logging on everyday, it is be near impossible to keep the kids’ grubby finger off your keyboard.

Don’t fret. There is a solution to this cyber nightmare and it comes in the form of Togetherville. Togetherville is aimed at kids aged between 10 and 13 and the parents (grown-ups) in their lives. Founder Mandeep Singh Dhillon says Togetherville is “the first platform that really integrates young children’s ability to use the Web with their grownups close by.” Anonymity is not allowed on the site.

Kids sign up as themselves, without even an avatar to use. Parents control every aspect of the experience, right down to who is allowed to be a child’s friend. The site encourages parents “to create neighborhoods of the real people in their child’s life to be around their kid as they grow up online.”

The free site will let kids play games and watch videos. They can also create and share artwork. The chat feature doesn’t work the same as a normal one would. Kids cannot type something into the chat box. They have to instead choose one of the prescreened “quips” that the staff has come up with. This will reduce the risk of a kid accidentally revealing personal information. Videos that are available have also been screened before being added to the site, and deemed appropriate for the age group.

Another feature is that parents must be Facebook members to sign up their children for the service. Parents sign in with their Facebook user name and password. Children’s information is never sent to Facebook so the only way information about a child can get onto Facebook is if the parent or another adult enters it–just as is the case with offline activities. Parents can also chose to allow adult or teenage Facebook friends to interact with their child but all of the interaction takes place on Togetherville, not on Facebook.

What do you think about Togetherville? Let us know your thoughts below.

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Spam and Cybercrime Attacks on Twitter and Facebook Have Tripled in 2009

Posted on 02 February 2010 by SlimboCA

Malware, spam and spyware attacks are on the rise on social networks such as Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn.

In the last year, 57 percent of users report they have been spammed via social networking sites, an increase of 70.6 percent compared to last year. Furthermore, 36 percent of users claim they’ve been sent spyware via social networking sites, which is a rise of 69.8 percent from last year.

On the other hand, CEOs of companies are concerned that their employees’ usage of social networks is posing a security risk for their company. Sophos has surveyed more than 500 organizations, discovering that 72 percent of them think social networks are a danger for their companies, with 60 percent of them tagging Facebook as the biggest security risk, followed by MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Facebook is the biggest threat because it’s the biggest social network out there, but some of the blame can be placed on Facebook’s own privacy rules. When Facebook rolled-out its new recommended privacy settings late last year, it was seen largely a backwards step, encouraging many users to share their information with everybody on the Internet.

Cyber-criminals are now also selling hacked usernames and passwords online to make hundreds of dollars. One Twitter account was offered at $1 000 in an underground hacker forum.

Hackers have maliciously been creating Internet data-stealing spyware since 2005. Now it’s becoming a growing problem on the Internet as these programs become more sophisticated. Some corrupt programs seek banking passwords, others hunt for online gaming credentials. But according to online security experts, the fastest-growing data stealers are generic spying programs which steal as much information as possible from their victims.

Cybercrooks are starting to realize that they can do more than simply swipe credit card numbers. In 2009 about 70,000 of these programs were identified, twice as many as the year before, and almost three times the number of banking password stealing programs.

Gmail accounts have been compromised and are put up for sale on Russian hacker forums, asking price 2500 rubles, or $82. RapidShare accounts going for $5 per month, as well as Skype, instant messaging and Facebook credentials being offered. The prices vary depending on the one who owns the account and the number of followers the person has. Attackers usually look for a trusted stepping stone from which to send malicious Twitter messages and infect more machines. A Twitter account, with just over 320 followers, has been offered at $1,000 in an underground hacker forum. Compared to MSN accounts, which have been seen priced at €1 (USD$1.40), the price for Twitter accounts is really high.

When the value of stolen credit cards and other types of credentials are added up, hackers can easily take in $1,000 worth of data after hacking just one computer.

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