Is Facebook’s Revamped Safety Center Good Enough?


Facebook has announced an overhaul of its online safety measures that include the redesign of its abuse reporting system. But British users are concerned the new features still don’t go far enough.

Facebook’s “Safety Center” features new tools for parents, teachers, teens and law enforcement; it’s the first major endeavor from the social networking site and its four-month-old global safety advisory board.

Some new features of the safety center include four times more content on staying safe, such as dealing with bullying online, an interactive portal and a simpler design. But the company has not announced the installation of a panic button on every page as British officials had urged it to do.

CEOP’s Jim Gamble said the Web site did not agree to his demands at the meeting. But he felt Facebook was moving in the right direction.

“I am more optimistic than when I came. They are not saying, ‘No,’ that is very clear. But they were equally direct and they came with their own agenda. There is no doubt they are looking to improve their position around child safety and we recognize that. What I am looking for is turning words into action.”

Read more at Fox News Scitech

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Mobile app developers tackle Africa’s biggest problems

By John D. Sutter, CNN – April 12, 2010 1:49 p.m. EDT

(CNN) — Growing up on a dairy farm in central Kenya, Amos Gichamba says he watched farmers be exploited by the people who bought their cows’ milk and sold it to dairy companies.

“The price of milk at the farmer level is very low compared to how much it’s sold to consumers. So they end up getting very little money for a lot of work,” he said by phone.

The problem, he thought, was one of information. The rural farmers didn’t know how much they could charge for their cows’ milk. They didn’t know what rates dairy farmers other villages were being paid. And without a sense of current market conditions, they weren’t sure when to ramp up or slow down production. All of this made them easy targets for scams.

So, with all that in mind, Gichamba, 26, decided to create what he sees as the perfect technological solution for the farmers: a mobile phone app.

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Steve Jobs Debates Developers Over Apple’s New App Policy

By Brian X. Chen – April 12, 2010 – 5:20 pm

Controversy erupted around a change Apple made last week to its iPhone developer agreement, and now even company CEO Steve Jobs has waded into the fray.

A new clause in the iPhone developer agreement (clause 3.3.1) stipulates that iPhone apps may not be written with anything except Apple’s approved programming languages, including Objective C and C++. The rule would effectively ban apps that were written on third-party platforms, such as Adobe Flash, and subsequently converted into native iPhone code.

Apple and its supporters claim that the policy change will ensure long-term quality of apps in the App Store, while critics argue that Apple is attempting to hold software developers hostage in order to stifle the growth of competing platforms such as Google Android.

“It’s an obvious lock-in strategy,” said Greg Slepak, CEO of iPhone development house Tao Effect, in an interview with today. “They are locking [developers] in by making it difficult to convert their applications from a different platform. I think that is not a smart move. It’s going to piss people off or drive developers away.”

Slepak was mad enough about the policy that he wrote Jobs directly to complain. Over the weekend, the CEO replied.

“We’ve been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform,” Jobs wrote in an e-mail response to Slepak’s inquiry about the new clause.

Read more at’s Gadget Lab

Three free programs improve Windows 7

by Dennis O’Reilly – April 7, 2010 12:25 PM PDT

If you’ve got more than one PC, you probably also use more than one operating system. For instance, the PC I use at work runs XP, the machine in my home office uses Vista, and my laptop dual-boots Vista and Windows 7. Of the three, I’ll take Win7 any day of the week and twice on Mondays, but if you prefer XP’s look and features, a free program lets you make all three operating systems appear and act like XP.

Two other freebies improve two other Windows 7 weak spots: its built-in firewall and word processor.

Maximize your interface options with Classic Shell
It’s always a challenge to acclimate to the inevitable interface changes that accompany a new operating system. The Vista Start menu and Explorer windows bear little resemblance to their equivalents in XP. The changes in those features between Windows 7 and Vista are more subtle but still enervating for some people making the switch.

With the free Classic Shell program, you can flip between the look of XP, Vista, and Windows 7 with just a few clicks. (Unfortunately, you can switch XP’s look.)

Read the full article at Dennis O’Reilly’s “Worker’s Edge” blog on

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