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Facebook Facts (some of which) You Probably Didn’t Know

Love it or hate it, you have probably heard of Facebook. You have visited the site, seen if it’s for you, and made the decision to either try it out or dismiss it as a fad or worthless time-drain.

Regardless of your feelings, here are some facts that are interesting to some, unknown by most, and will enhance your knowledge of the largest social network in the world.

  1. Facebook was originally bankrolled by a co-founder of Paypal for $500,000
  2. There is evidence that founder Mark Zuckerberg stole many of the ideas and much of the code from ConnectU. They sued Facebook and settled for an undisclosed amount.
  3. 400,000,000 people log into their profile at least once a month
  4. Half of those people log in every day.
  5. 70% of Facebook users live outside of the US.
  6. 44.1% of Denmark has an active Facebook profile.
  7. Only Google gets more traffic.
  8. Yahoo! tried to buy Facebook in 2006 for $1,000,000,000.
  9. 8,300,000,000 hours are spent on Facebook monthly.
  10. The fastest growing demographic in America on Facebook: Women 55+.
  11. FAD is a mental disorder – Facebook Addiction Disorder. FAD. Ironic.
  12. Court notices and summons sent through Facebook are legal and binding in Australia.

Click here for a visual of those facts as well as more info…(Socialblade.com)

3-D Without the Glasses – A new type of display from Microsoft produces multiple images and tracks the viewers’ eyes.

Today’s 3-D movies are far more spectacular than the first ones screened more than 50 years ago, but watching them–both at the movie theater and at home–still means donning a pair of dorky, oversized glasses. Now a new type of lens developed by researchers in Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group could help make glasses-free 3-D displays more practical.

The new lens, which is thinner at the bottom than at the top, steers light to a viewer’s eyes by switching light-emitting diodes along its bottom edge on and off. Combined with a backlight, this makes it possible to show different images to different viewers, or to create a stereoscopic (3-D) effect by presenting different images to a person’s left and right eye. “What’s so special about this lens is that it allows us to control where the light goes,” says Steven Bathiche, director of Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group.

3-D technology has seen a renaissance recently. Thanks to the success of movies like Coraline, Up, and Avatar, Hollywood is spending more money than ever to give audiences a stereoscopic experience. And electronics manufacturers are racing to replicate the 3-D theater experience in the home. The market for 3-D-capable televisions is expected to grow from 2.5 million sets shipped in 2010 to 27 million in 2013, according to the research firm DisplaySearch. However, the glasses required to watch 3-D video is a turnoff for many would-be early adopters.

Read more here… (TechnologyReviewer.com)

Google Seeks Consolidation of Wi-Fi Snooping Cases

Peppered with lawsuits over its collection of Web traffic data from wireless networks, Google wants all the cases consolidated into one, and for that single case to be heard by a court near its Mountain View, California, headquarters.

Artwork: Chip Taylor

In a motion this week with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, Google requests that the eight “Wi-Fi” lawsuits, as well as any future ones, be rolled into one at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Google argues that all complaints make similar allegations and that consolidating pretrial proceedings will be convenient for all parties involved, including the courts.

“All of the complaints in the Google Wi-Fi Cases assert claims under the federal Wiretap Act. Some cases involve other, similar claims, including state law claims subject to preemption arguments under federal law. All of the complaints make very similar factual allegations, and thus any necessary discovery will be of common facts,” the motion reads.

Read more at here…(PCWorld.com)

Are We Too Complacent About Cloud Computing? [VIDEO]

Let’s have a little midweek reality check: Almost all of us have almost no control over our own computing.

And for most of us, that fact causes very little mental or emotional distress.

Sure, we might raise hell when a few blogs get contentious about Facebook privacy, and we might shake our heads whenGoogleGoogle gets caught collecting user data from its Street View vehicles. But even when it comes to our business practices, very few of us know or care about what it really means to have control over our online activities, identities and data.

And why should we care? Letting others control our computing is inexpensive, convenient and mostly safe… right? Have a look at what Richard Stallman has to say. He started the Free Software Foundation, and he knows a thing or two about what users should be able to do with their own apps and programs.

As a refresher in Free Software 101, Stallman believes the following four tenets hold true for all software you’d need to use to perform everyday work:

  1. Information, such as computer software, should be freely accessible.
  2. The information should be free to modify.
  3. The information should be free to share with others.
  4. The information should be free to change and redistribute copies of the changed software.

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TiS # 16 Today In Security Niko Depofi – Chris Pope

New issues with Adobe Flash, Google search links could compromise your [WoW] account

Microsoft finally fixes Pwn2Own browser flaw

A swarm of Safari security holes: Mac and Windows users told to update

Olympus apologises after shipping malware-laced cameras in Japan

Banks increase information security budgets as threats evolve

BP ‘manipulating search results’ on Google following oil spill

Ecuador Government Web Site Attack

Researchers: Poor password practices hurt security for all

Make Windows leaner, cleaner and faster

Here’s the shocking truth: dubious default settings, wrong configurations and wasteful processes are sapping many of your PC’s valuable resources. And what’s to blame? Windows.

Windows is deceptive. After you’ve installed it, the OS happily connects to the internet, downloads all the necessary drivers, configures itself and there you go – one stable PC all ready to roll. It couldn’t be easier or more convenient.

But the problem is, Windows doesn’t come optimised for performance. And it’s much the same story for most of your applications: they’re all set up to work, not roar along.

So what’s the answer? We say take control and don’t trust Windows’ default settings. Sure, they’ll yield a machine that is stable and dependable, and to a degree that’s the point. That’s what the average user wants, and it’s what Microsoft and PC makers need. By keeping configurations nicely conservative they’ll keep PCs the world over ticking along happily and calls to their technical support divisions low.

But we aren’t average users. We’re demanding users who want to squeeze every drop of performance out of our computers. So, join us as we declare war on default settings and automatic configurations. Take control of your PC and release its full potential!

Read more: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/make-windows-leaner-cleaner-and-faster-693833#ixzz0qHMLlk2O

Nicktoons Ready to Form Voltron

Hot on the heels of word that a new ThunderCats series is in the works at Cartoon Network comes the anouncement that another ’80s cartoon, Voltron, is getting its own new series for Nickelodeon’s Nicktoons channel.

Yes, that’s right — the cartoon about five guys (and later four guys and one girl) who pilot different lion-esque robots that combine to form one large robot called Voltron, charged with defending the entire universe.  And a kid who owned all five robots and thus could create their own Voltron pretty much ruled their entire neighborhood.

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Bye Bye Birdie: Why Twitter is On the Outs

Like it or not, Twitter has become an unavoidable part of our online lives. Created by Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone in 2006, the social networking platform’s reach has grown remarkably over the past four years.

According to a recent study conducted by Edison Research, 87 percent of the U.S. population is now aware of its existence. Surprising? Not really. Forget about Twitter’s overwhelming online presence, the site is constantly being thrown in our face throughout every media outlet imaginable. From CNN toESPN, we’re constantly exposed to the endless stream of thoughts that Twitter encompasses.

While Twitter’s presence is undeniable, its future lacks certainty. Will Twitter continue to grow and thrive? In short, no. Why? Allow me to explain…

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Apple’s WWDC kicks off today, and what should we expect?

Today the Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) is set to kick off and Steve Jobs is swearing to deliver!
Could we be witnessing the birth of the new iPhone 4G? I’d say theres a pretty darn good chance of that.
What about the new iPhone 4.0 OS? This of course is another hope that Apple fan boys are waiting for and constantly meditating making silent prayers to their Apple gods for.
Whats that? AT&T is switching up it’s orginal data agreements and is moving towards a fee for a certain amount of data per month plan? or as I call it “You’ve drank the Apple cool aid mixed with some special AT&T sweetener, that bitter tingeling feeling means it’s working!”
No the cool aid has nothing to do with the suicides at Foxconn located over in China, but maybe we’ll hear if Steve Jobs plans to somehow make us all feel better about whats happening over there, or actually put something in place to help the situation as promised.
Only time will tell, Tech Jives will be on top of things and you can read some of whats happening by following me on Twitter as I’ll be posting away the annoucements as they come in!
http://Twitter.com/theChrisPope
By:  Chris Pope – Tech Jives Network

Microsoft To End Bing Cashback

The service only showed marginal growth in two yearsMicrosoft has announced that it will end its Bing Cashback program due to a lukewarm response.

The program, which was launched with Live Search back in May 2008, offered cash rebates to online shoppers who bought items by searching them on Bing. It initially attracted more than a 1000 sellers offering rebates.

The technology was originally developed by Jellyfish.com, which Microsoft acquired in 2007.

Microsoft also launched a strong marketing campaign to promote the feature and claimed that it was “showing traction with advertisers and consumers”, but the program kept facing financial issues.

In a blog post, Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President, wrote , “When we originally began to offer the cashback feature, it was designed to help advertisers reach you with compelling offers, and to provide a new type of shopping experience that would change user behavior and attract a bunch of new users to Bing”.

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