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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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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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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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