Social Networking - Infoworld en Facebook is trying to make its News Feed less spammy <p>Posts on Facebook that repeatedly urge users to like, share or comment on them are being targeted in a new effort to reduce News Feed spam, Facebook said Thursday.</p> <p>Many of those posts are published by <a href="" target="_blank">Pages</a> that deliberately try to game Facebook to get wider distribution, the company said. The changes are designed to make more prominent the content people actually want to see, while better detecting and demoting other posts.</p> Applications Security Facebook Anti-spam Social Networking Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:34:29 +0000 admin 240322 at Yahoo turns on encryption between data centers <p>Yahoo said Wednesday it was encrypting traffic flowing between its data centers, several months after leaked documents revealed the government had been sniffing those links.</p> Networking Security Yahoo Internet Data Loss Prevention Data Security Encryption Internet Privacy Web Services Search Engines Social Networking Video Conferencing Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:19:19 +0000 admin 239756 at Canonical and Secret: The dot-com bubble springs two slow leaks <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="Canonical and Secret: The dot-com bubble springs two slow leaks" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: brokenchopstick/Flicker</p></em></div> Applications Application Development Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Ubuntu Cringely Application Development Startups Open Source Software Social Networking Cloud Computing Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 239744 at 'Hi, my name is Mark, and I'm a Silicon Valley shopaholic' <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="'Hi, my name is Mark, and I'm a Silicon Valley shopaholic'" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Ireneusz Skorupa</p> Facebook Cringely Consumer Electronics M&A Social Networking Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 239181 at Zuckerberg sees virtual reality as next major computing platform <p>Mark Zuckerberg has seen the future, and it's inside a virtual-reality headset.</p> <p><a href="">Facebook's $2 billion deal to buy Oculus VR</a>, announced on Tuesday, is about a lot more than gaming. The social network's founder and CEO sees virtual reality as one of -- if not the -- next major computing platform, he said, one that will be a vehicle for communication, shopping, education, and more.</p> The Industry Standard Facebook M&A Social Networking Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:17:20 +0000 admin 239115 at Turkey blocks access to Twitter over content <p>Twitter offered workarounds to users in Turkey after the country blocked Twitter over its alleged refusal to remove some Web links.</p> <p>The move by the Turkish government was confirmed Friday by the country's telecommunications <a href="" target="_blank">regulator</a> and its <a href="" target="_blank">state news agency</a> Anadolu.</p> Networking The Industry Standard Twitter Internet Social Networking Government Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:57:08 +0000 admin 238863 at The Linux security spell is broken <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="The Linux security spell is broken" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>I've been dipping into the <a href="">coming-technology</a>-<a href="</p> Applications Computer Hardware Data Center Open Source Software Security Facebook Cringely Servers Open Source Software Network Security Social Networking Data Center Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 238717 at Stupid user tricks: The most embarrassing flubs yet <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 172px;"><img src="" alt="Stupid user tricks: The most embarrassing flubs yet" width="243" height="162" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Andy Dean</p> </em></div><p>Technology has made it easier than ever to communicate with colleagues and customers from all over the world. It's also made it easier than ever to make ourselves look very, very stupid.</p> Applications Mobile Technology Facebook Misadventures Email Software Smartphones Social Networking Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jason Snyder 238173 at NSA denies Facebook snooping as Zuckerberg lays into Obama <p>An article that accused the National Security Agency of impersonating Facebook to spy on U.S. citizens has triggered a denial from the NSA and a reprimand for the U.S. president from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.</p> Security Facebook Internet Privacy Malware Social Networking Government Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:10:32 +0000 admin 238382 at Yahoo gets help from Yelp to fight Google <p>Searching on Yahoo will now deliver local business reviews from Yelp, through a partnership that could help Yahoo search compete against Google, or at least make it more useful.</p> <p>Yahoo <a href="" target="_blank">said</a> Wednesday that it had partnered with Yelp, as part of its efforts to provide a richer experience to its users. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.</p> Applications The Industry Standard Google Yahoo Internet Search Engines Social Networking Technology Business Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:26:46 +0000 admin 238268 at Facebook walks on optical networking's wild side <p>As a company that draws more than 2 billion eyeballs per month, Facebook was a fitting harbinger of trends to come at an optical networking conference.</p> <p>The social networking goliath is lighting up its own optical fiber, deploying 100Gbps links in its data centers and looking towards emerging silicon photonics technology, Facebook Director of Technical Operations Najam Ahmad said on Monday at an Optical Society of America meeting held alongside the annual OFC (Optical Fiber Communications) Conference in San Francisco.</p> Networking Social Networking Networking Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:48:51 +0000 admin 238141 at Facebook redesign mixes a bit of the old, a bit of the new <p>If you, like a lot of people, didn't like Facebook's News Feed redesign last year, you're in luck. The social network is trying to change what you don't like -- with another redesign.</p><p>Facebook announced Thursday afternoon that it's launching another redesign of its News Feed and it's going to be a mix of the old design and the <a href="">revamp launched a year ago</a>.</p> Applications Facebook Social Networking Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:17:28 +0000 admin 237925 at No Internet? Facebook could fix that with drones <p>Facebook's grand scheme to bring Internet access to underserved parts of the world could soon get off the ground, literally, with drones flying high overhead.</p> <p>The social network is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace, a company developing solar-powered, unmanned aircraft that can be used to build a data services network in the air, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">report</a> in TechCrunch, which cited an unnamed source. It put the value of the deal at $60 million.</p> Networking The Industry Standard Facebook Internet M&A Web Services Social Networking Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:15:10 +0000 admin 237695 at Meetup site down after hacker sought to extort $300 from CEO <p>Meetup's website remained offline Monday, the victim of a massive DDoS attack, which began last week with an email asking the company's CEO to cough up $300 -- or else.</p><p>The social networking site and its mobile apps have been largely inactive since last Thursday, when the distributed denial-of-service attack began on its servers. At least several attacks have been launched at the site, causing many hours of downtime over several days, which the company says is its first such experience since it was founded 12 years ago.</p> Security Cyber Crime Social Networking Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:03:40 +0000 ccraig 237604 at Mark Zuckerberg wants to friend the whole world via <p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a victory lap through Mobile World Congress Monday, right on the heels of <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook's $16 billion purchase of WhatsApp</a> -- and WhatsApp's announcement that it would roll out <a href="" target="_blank">free phone calls</a> to all of its 465 million users.</p> Applications Facebook Social Networking Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:24:17 +0000 admin 237087 at Surprise! Gen X and millennials share similar views on security <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="Surprise! Gen X and millennials share similar views on security" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Alexander Shirokov</p> </em></div><p>What do 40 percent of folks aged between 18 and 48 never do unless they don't have a choice? Change their passwords.</p> Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology Security Mobile Security Smartphones Internet Privacy Social Networking Password Security Consumerization of IT Security Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 236873 at Facebook fleeced -- er, lured by WhatsApp's promise of fresh data <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="Facebook fleeced -- er, lured by WhatsApp's promise of fresh data" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Andrew Feinberg</p></em></div> The Industry Standard Facebook Cringely M&A Startups Social Networking Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 236799 at With $16B WhatsApp deal, Facebook aims for immediacy <p>When's the last time you replied, promptly, to a message sent through Facebook? Aren't sure? Well Facebook, craving more real-time usage of its service, hopes to change that.</p><p>On Wednesday the company said it was <a href="" target="_blank">acquiring WhatsApp</a>, a leading mobile messaging service used by people as an alternative to telecommunications carriers like AT&amp;T and Verizon. Facebook said it was paying $16 billion for the five-year-old buzzy upstart.</p> The Industry Standard Facebook M&A Startups Social Networking Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:56:10 +0000 ccraig 236730 at Google Chromebox wants in on enterprise meetings <p>Google is looking to open the door wider to the enterprise, launching a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and cheaper to have face-to-face meetings with far-flung coworkers.</p> <p>The new meeting tool also could help push Google further into the enterprise, as well as create new interest in <a href="" target="_blank">Google+ Hangouts</a>.</p> Applications Computer Hardware Networking Google Google Apps Google+ Chrome OS Social Networking Video Conferencing Networking Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:47:51 +0000 admin 235960 at Twitter's slipping user growth spooks investors <p>Twitter Wednesday reported that fourth quarter sales more than doubled over the past year, but the company nevertheless spooked investors by acknowledging a slowdown in new user growth and in user engagement.</p> <p>The day after <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter's first financial report</a> since becoming a public company, its share price went from closing at $65.97 on Wednesday to $50.03 on Thursday.</p> Applications The Industry Standard Twitter Social Networking Technology Business Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:05:47 +0000 admin 235918 at