Since protests began spreading on May 27—after police used tear gas on a few dozen environmentalists occupying Istanbul's Gezi Park—Turkish media have remained largely silent. Instead, videos of police violence in Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Eskişehir, İzmit, and Bursa have circulated widely on Turkish social media...
From the Turkish People to their Government:
This is not just about a park...
Facebook and Twitter reported to have been blocked in run-up to protests, with people turning to VPNs to broadcast content...
People in Turkey have been increasingly downloading software that hides their connections to the internet. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan recently called Twitter "a menace", adding "the best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society."
The range of the protesters was noted as being broad, encompassing both right and left-wing individuals. The protesters' complaints ranged from the original local environmental concerns to such issues as authoritarianism of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, curbs on alcohol, a recent row about kissing in public, and the war in Syria...
Main articles: Secularism in Turkey, Human rights in Turkey, and Economy of Turkey
... We want the world to support us as we push for true democracy in our country.
In responding to the global economic crisis, Ms Albright believes co-operatives have the advantage over shareholder companies. Co-operatives have "ethics" and "principles that guide" the movement. She commented: "When one system works and another screws up, my view would be to look closely to the one that works."
Ms Albright said the unavoidable explanation for the financial collapse was "greed" and that with co-operatives being local and not global they have much better oversight from stakeholders in the business...
end ofSearch as We Know It
Time as a metaphor may seem obvious now. Especially because it’s natural for us to see our lives as stories, organized by time.
Yet it took us more than 20 years in computing to get here. The field has finally moved from conserving resources ingeniously to squandering them creatively. In this new environment, we can focus on the best way — instead of the cheapest, most conservative way — for the internet to work...
Sure as hell not the searcher.
Right now, that's just not possible though.
I want to run searches that cut out BS results
What people really want is to tune in to information.
Searching content in a time stream is a matter of stream algebra, which is easier than the algebra of space-based structures like today's web... The simple, practical features of stream algebra have one huge benefit: giving us made-to-order information.
Worldstreams thus let us blend and tune our information any way we like...
Does this sort of precise control limit the serendipitous nature of the web? In a way, yes. But it’s about time: “Bring me what I want” is almost always more useful than “Let me rummage around and see what I can find.” No matter how fast it seems, most search is a waste of time. In a way, we are using time (i.e., the time-based structure) to gain time.
Instead of doing an endless series of separate searches, we tune the knobs on our stream-browser to continuously feed us just the information we need...
Cyber threats, hacker attacks and laws officially aiming to tackle internet piracy, but in fact infringing people's rights to online privacy. It's an increasingly topical subject - and the world's most famous whistleblower is aiming to get to the heart of it. In this edition of his interview program here on RT, Julian Assange gets together with activists from the Cypherpunk movement - Andy Müller-Maguhn, Jeremie Zimmermann, and Jacob Appelbaum.
Here, we give you our Field Guide to Facial Topiary in the Tech Workplace...Classic example... RMS
Mama, put my guns in the ground
I can't shoot them anymore.
That long black cloud is comin' down
I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door...
tidbits that have impressed experts
... but that only comes back to this server, not to me.That's what everybody thinks... right up until this happens...
It's easy for the government to check your email -- even when you're head of the CIA. So, how can regular people keep their private emails private? CNET editor-at-large Brian Cooley has some advice.► Email Privacy and the Petraeus Affair
For some civil-liberty activists, the real scandal behind the whole Gen. David Petraeus debacle is how the FBI can apparently snoop around someone's private email correspondence without evidence of a crime...- When Will our Email Betray Us? An Email Privacy Primer in Light of the Petraeus Saga (EFF)
Photos of storms and flooding are popping up all over Twitter, and while many are real, some of them -- especially the really eye-popping ones -- are fake.
This post, which will be updated over the next couple of days, is an effort to sort the real from the unreal. It's a photograph verification service, you might say, or a pictorial investigation bureau...
1100 AM EDT WED OCT 31 2012Final NHC advisory issued on SANDY
....WINDS...ACCUMULATING SNOWS...AND RAIN FROM THE REMNANTS OF SANDY CONTINUE TO DIMINISH...
THIS WILL BE THE LAST PUBLIC ADVISORY ISSUED BY THE HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER FOR THIS SYSTEM.
Skyfall... will be the first James Bond film to be released in IMAX venues. The film's release (on October 23rd, 2012) will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the series, which began with Dr. No in 1962 (on October 5th).
Democracy Now! broke the sound barrier by pausing after Obama's and Romney's answers to get real-time responses from candidates Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party...► Washington Journal: Relevance of third parties
- Viewer commentary on the relevance of third parties.● http://www.youtube.com/user/politics
- Dr. Jill Stein discussed her candidacy for president on the Green Party ticket...
- Former Congressman Virgil Goode discussed his candidacy for President on the Constitution party ticket...
- Donald J. Green, author of the book, Third-Party Matters: Politics, Presidents, and Third Parties in American History...
Today we expand the debate by including the voices of three presidential candidates shut out of the official debate. We are joined by Jill Stein of the Green Party, Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson. We re-air parts of last night’s presidential debate, pausing the video tape to give third party candidates a chance to respond to the same questions put to the major party candidates.
As Obama and Romney faced off for the last time before the general election, we once again broke the sound barrier by inserting Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party into the discussion... Before a live audience in San Rafael, California, we aired the Obama-Romney debate and paused the tape to give Stein and Anderson a chance to respond in real time to the same questions put to the major party candidates.
Do you feel like the choice between Obama and Romney is a question of “six of one, half a dozen of the other” (or, “frying pan, fire” if you prefer)? If the response to last night’s third-party candidates’ presidential debate is any indication, you are not alone...
An idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. And even the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.
Moderator: William V. Harris, William R. Shepherd Professor of History and Director, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University
Speaker 1: L. Randall Wray, Research Director of the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability and Professor of Economics, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Speaker 2: Michael Hudson, President, Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends and Distinguished Research Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Economics Professor Randy Wray answers the questions:♲ Mike Goldman
What is Money?
Why is at accepted?
What is the relationship between money & government?
What backs up our money?
Can the US government run out of money?
You may be surprised by the answers!
Wall St. Financial Analyst & Economics Professor Michael Hudson on the history of debt and economic imperialism.link
According to the report, the remainder of the 950 million people registered with Facebook, despite using the site on a regular basis, take no joy in doing so, and in fact feel a profound sense of hopelessness and despair immediately upon logging in...
At press time, the number of users who enjoy Facebook had reportedly dropped to 3.
Greg Miernicki Yesterday 11:18 PM (edited) +1BTW, fun facts:
I setup a site that tracks the total number of people and pages on G+ (its much easier to track them combined than separately) http://plus.miernicki.com
Mike Elgan 3:23 AM
+Greg Miernicki Where does your data come from?
Greg Miernicki 8:44 AM
+Mike Elgan I developed a tool myself that scans/polls periodically and I believe it to be pretty accurate.
... Facebook had 1 million users at the end of 2004, 5.5 million at the end of 2005, 12 million at the end of 2006, 20 million in April 2007, 100 million in August 2008, 150 million in January 2009, 400 million in February 2010, 750 million in July 2011 and 955 million in June 2012.I suppose I can understand why many get sentimental about FB.
"The numbers at I/O were google+ users all across Google. So gmail users who used circles, or Android users who plus oned an app etc were included. Today's number of 100m is just on our plus.google.com destination site and the mobile app."Vic Gundotra - Google+ - Welcome Nik Software! Today I’m excited to welcome +Nik…
Express yourself by adding a beautiful new header photo to your new profile. It appears consistently above your Tweets on iPad, mobile apps and twitter.com, and you can change it anytime. You can also remember the moments you’ve shared on Twitter by swiping through your photo stream on your profile or tapping photos to go fullscreen.Much like Facebook did with its Timeline profile, Twitter will automatically switch everyone over to the new profile over the coming months, though you’ll be able to access it starting today.
It had already been clear from our first bite of rubber chicken in Kirkland House that there were a lot of things Mark didn't understand, aside from intellectual property. He didn't understand how to speak like a mature person his age. He didn't understand why his earlier creation, Facemash, might have offended people (including me). He didn't really understand why anyone would be interested in a site as useful as houseSYSTEM. And he shockingly did not understand why information privacy might be a controversial issue. As Facebook's routine privacy scandals aptly demonstrate, he still doesn't. While it is true that all of these traits were crucial to Facebook's rise, it's equally true that they have hastened its descent immensely.That's everything people need to know about FB, in one tidy little nutshell.
For the shareholder today who owns common shares of Facebook, Inc. the financial side effects of Mark's modus operandi should be setting off alarm bells, and loud ones at that. There was a time not too long ago when people believed that Mark Zuckerberg's "genius" alone would be enough to propel Facebook, Inc. to the top of the technology industry. Now that the company has lost something like $70 billion of shareholder wealth in a matter of months, making its IPO the worst on record according to Bloomberg, it's clear that the "genius" label is exactly the kind of empty hype that Mark specifically calculated would be necessary to launch his endeavor in the first place when he said, " [i]think it requires some hype."
The press deserves a collective slap across the face for its eagerness in fueling that hype, starting with the smug and obnoxious editors at The Harvard Crimson. Crimson editors presided over and directly encouraged the site's early growth without disclosing their connections to the founders; failed to report on Mark's illegal activity breaking into Crimson e-mail accounts when he was concerned about his portrayal relative to the Winklevosses; and denied houseSYSTEM any positive news coverage for months...[/i]
Thousands of youth are expected to swarm the town of Haren after an invite for a 16 year old's party on Facebook went viral because she forgot to mark it private...- Dutch police on alert after Facebook party invite goes viral
Partygoers are congregating on the street in front of the home of the 16-year-old who created the original public Facebook invitation, but the family has reportedly gone into hiding...
De Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper, reported that more than 23,000 people were invited, with 2,400 of them RSVPing as attending. The commuter city of Haren, two hours northeast of Amsterdam, has a population of 18,000.- The two paths of Facebook advertising
However, the Project X Haren website claims that more than 150,000 people have been invited. A Facebook link on the site to the party's invite has been deleted...
Facebook has confirmed with me that it’s currently purging fake accounts and Page Likes as it implements site integrity improvements announced last month...I'm really gonna enjoy watching FB try to go legit.
That Wall Street's new-found appreciation of Google's charms has followed closely on Facebook's disastrous initial public offering hardly seems coincidental. The problems some other internet companies have had in making money from mobile have led investors to shift their money into Google instead, said Mr DiClemente, though he did not single out Facebook by name.
At Facebook's IPO in May, the social network's market value of $104bn was slightly more than half that of Google, even though the search company is expected to notch up 10 times as much gross revenue this year...
But you can't fix a problem that doesn't exist...• Big Advertisers Are Saying Lots Of Things About Facebook This Morning And Few Of Them Are Good
Meanwhile, the outrage is real, even if the problem is not.
Perception is reality, and Facebook users perceive that Facebook is screwing them over.
Facebook has a global problem on its hands. There is no solution because there is no problem. So it's going to fester on and on.
The message we've heard over and over again this morning is that the social platforms are excellent (critical) tools with which advertisers can interact with customers and potential customers, but that this is not the result of the advertisers spending money advertising on the platforms...• Consumer Groups Ask FTC to Investigate Facebook-Datalogix Data-Matching Arrangement
Facebook is matching the personal information of users with personal information held by Datalogix. The settlement, adopted in August, prohibits Facebook from changing privacy settings without the affirmative consent of users or misrepresenting the privacy or security of users’ personal information...
So maybe Facebook, we're just not that into you like we once were. We may still use you, but not with the same ferocity we once did. Let's just say the passion has died and we are openly looking for other suitors. Until something better comes along, guess we'll just have to settle, with you.- How many of them are not fake accounts, accounts for babies, and game accounts to gift yourself more gifts in a game???
+Chris Pirillo Active and "real" aren't necessarily the same thing. I knew people with active accounts for themselves, as well as various stage names, pets, babies, etc... And they were all active.- Fears for internet safety after man, 19, charged with raping a 13-year-old he allegedly met on Facebook
+Margie Hearron I'm going to say the numbers are inflated anywhere from 30-50% of actual count. That's somewhat true of all social networks, I'd guess G+ slightly less because of the notable absence of baby and pet profiles (in my experience) at least, but they're all bloated.
Police have issued a warning about internet safety after a 19-year-old man was charged with raping a 13-year-old girl he met on Facebook.
Investigators in North Carolina arrested Robert Weaver on Tuesday morning after a family member of the teen reported a rape.
As those come online, Facebook will be able to handle more Likes, pictures, and status updates, and the ads that go along with them. “There is this Facebook equivalent of Moore’s Law,” Zuckerberg says. “Each year the amount of stuff that each individual shares is growing at this exponential rate. And that lets us project into the future and say, ‘OK, two years from now people are going to be sharing twice as much, [in]three years, four times [as much], four years, eight times as much.’”- Facebook's 'Next Billion': A Q&A With Mark Zuckerberg
The more Facebook grows, the more expansive its services can become. “We are trying to map out the graph of everything in the world and how it relates to each other,” says Mike Vernal, one of the company’s top engineers. The goal, he says, is to record every book, film, and song a person has ever consumed, then build a spectacular model of other things that person could enjoy. Take that vision to its logical end: You show up in a strange city and Facebook tells you what bar to go to. When you get there the bartender has your favorite drink waiting, and you’re able to look around the room and see if anyone there went to your college or likes the San Francisco Giants. You may find this kind of universal social mapping exciting, or creepy. Zuckerberg describes it as inevitable. “At some point,” he says, “that will start to be a better map of how you navigate the Web than the traditional link structure.” By “traditional link structure,” he clearly means the basis of Google searches...
The big thing we’ve focused on is getting everyone connected and assembling this map of who people know. That way we can start to build interesting products like News Feed, or show who’s online for chat, or rank your friends so they’re in the right order for a search. But even when we were at half a billion people, you got these large-scale services like Skype or Netflix (NFLX) that also had big user bases. And we weren’t yet at the point where the majority of their users were Facebook users, so they couldn’t really rely on us as a piece of critical infrastructure for registration. A lot of startups did, but the bigger companies couldn’t. Now really everyone can start to rely on us as infrastructure. That’s a pretty big shift.
So for the next five or 10 years the question isn’t going to be, does Facebook get to 2 billion or 3 billion? I mean, that’s obviously one question. But the bigger question is, what services can get built now that every company can assume they can get access to knowing who everyone’s friends are. I think that’s going to be really transformative. We’ve already seen some of that in games and media, music, TV, video, that type of stuff. But I think there’s about to be a big push in commerce...
People at Facebook stress the company’s culture of moving fast and breaking things. At some point are you moving fast just for the sake of moving fast?
I actually think as we’ve gotten more mature, we’ve focused a little bit less on the “break things” part of “break things and move fast.” I would like Facebook to always operate as fast as a company that’s 10 times smaller than we are. So if we’re at 1,000 engineers, I’d like us to be moving as fast as a company that has 100 engineers. If we can do that sustainably, then when we get to the size of some of the biggest companies in the space, we’ll be moving at a much faster clip than them. It’s also more fun and it means you can learn more.
Microsoft and Google would say they move fast, too.
Different companies have different goals. Obviously nobody wants to move slowly, but that doesn’t mean everyone is as focused on moving fast as we are. That means we’re trading off other things. We make more mistakes than other companies do. You can’t have everything so you just have to choose what your values are and where you want to be. For example, Microsoft has a huge focus on really rigorous, bug-free code. That’s cool. I think that’s the right decision for a lot of the markets they’re in. But for us, this is the right way to go...
In the era of social networks like Facebook and Google Inc.'s Google+, companies that catalog people's activities for a profit routinely share, store and broadcast everyday details of people's lives. This creates a challenge for individuals navigating the personal-data economy: how to keep anything private in an era when it is difficult to predict where your information will end up...
The bottom line is that Facebook is cutting back on the amount of updates people see from brands and it is probably to do with increasing its own revenues...This is a real shocker. I totally didn't see it coming. ... ... ...
Few new buyers will likely step in at the current price given the previous wave of insider selling, several resignations of top Facebook officers, security holes, potential double counting of mobile users who also access Facebook from computers, potentially inflated user counts due to phony profiles and imposters, pressure on Facebook's margins and profitability, questions about its strategy, serious failures to protect users' privacy, advertiser complaints of bots clicking on ads and inflating their costs, Facebook's sudden changing of algorithms to the detriment of advertisers, multiple lawsuits, and price to earnings multiples that are extremely high versus other technology stocks and other stocks in the S&P.- INFOGRAPHIC: Majestic Media’s Comprehensive Guide To Facebook’s Ad Offerings
The infographic below (click image for full-sized version) offers details on specifications for images and text, and other details, for the following types of Facebook ads:
Mobile app install
Page post link
Page post photo
Page post text
Page post video
The Facebook Promote story is just now beginning to pick up speed and will soon reach critical mass...
Google would simply be crazy not to try to capitalize on these head-scratching missteps every way they can. If anything can boost Google+, it’s Facebook’s management team. All Google has to do is sit back and wait.
I'm quite curious to see when the vast majority of FB users spot this scam too.
Jesse Stay - Nick Nerbonne make sure you check your Facebook Insights. Also, get to know the interests of your fans. Tools like Blitzmetrics (by my friend Dennis Yu) can help you evaluate this. As long as you are posting content that is relevant to your fans, that they have interest in, and then engage them to comment more and like more and share more, you'll see greater reach. Experiment. Try images. Try video. Try fill-in-the-blank and other forms of content. The more comments and likes you can get, the greater your reach will grow. Follow those Insights though, and keep measuring, because just like SEO, this is a continually evolving space!IOW, on FB in order to see stuff (that I've already indicated I want to see) I've gotta be on there all day, every day clicking on everything.
... Facebook actively prevents most of your friends from seeing your posts on their news feeds. They use an algorithm called EdgeRank, which judges how close you are with each of your friends based on how much activity you each have on the other's profiles, then delivers the posts only to people Facebook software decides should see it.
Each of your posts on Facebook is blocked from appearing on an unknown majority of your friends' News Feeds.
Facebook "tweaks" this algorithm constantly.
So what Facebook is doing is blocking your posts on the one hand and charging you to deliver them on the other.
Facebook’s news feed makes the most of the time a person spends on Facebook by serving up information that is most meaningful to them. It ranks information from people, apps, and Pages based on what that person interacts with the most (i.e. the level of engagement certain posts get), and how frequently the person visits Facebook. That way, they see a customized “home page” that’s tailored to the things that are most relevant to them each time they log in – whether that be every few hours or every few weeks...
It’s important to note that we constantly monitor signals from people in news feed, not only when they engage with a story or ad, but also when they hide a person’s story or a Page’s ad that they might not want to see or report a story as spam. Taking these signals into account, from time to time we make adjustments to the ranking system of news feed to ensure that news feed stories continue to be as engaging as possible. We have done this in the past and will continue to make adjustments so that people see the most relevant stories to them, every time they log in.
This doesn’t change the fundamental goal of what Pages should optimize for and what news feed surfaces: engaging stories, organic and paid. Regardless of whether you’re paying to promote a story or just posting one to your Page, the news feed will always optimize for stories that generate high levels of user engagement and filter out ones that don’t. So in Page Insights you may see that the organic reach of not-so-engaging posts is lower. Posts that get good organic engagement, however, should continue to achieve healthy reach...
♲ Daily Dot
Is Facebook holding your audience for ransom with Promoted Posts?
If you believe a slew of Facebook fan page managers, the audiences they’ve worked so hard to build and maintain are not worth as much as they once were.
That’s because—according to some of the people behind popular pages— Facebook is limiting fan pages’ social reach for the sake of making a quick buck through promoted posts. And, starting this month, a similar policy began affecting users’ personal Facebook pages, too.
For the unfamiliar, promoted posts is a feature available to pages that have more than 400 subscribers. According to Facebook Product Direct of Ads Gokul Rajaram, most companies currently reach between 15 and 20 percent of their Facebook fans with an average post on their pages. But brands can reach the remaining 80 to 85 percent by paying for promoted posts. The price varies depending on how large an audience a company wants to reach.
Some are arguing that the social network deliberately reduced pages’ reach—by anywhere from 24 to 63 percent—starting in September, so that brands would be forced to pay to get their content across to a significant audience
The latest to take up the cause is the blog Dangerous Minds, which published a tome of an article on Wednesday morning explaining how it was wronged by Facebook.
“It’s perhaps the most understated stick-up line in history,” wrote Richard Metzger, the author of the article, “worthy of a James Bond villain calmly demanding that a $365 million dollar [sic]ransom gets collected from all the Mom & Pop businesses who use Facebook.”
Hyperbole aside, Metzger makes a strong case and backs it up with a actual figures for how much it would cost the site each year to if they chose to push every piece of content to the entirety of their audience via promoted post. According to his calculations, Dangerous Minds would have to pay $200 for each post. Given that the site shares around 10 stories daily, that would come out to $2,000 a day. Per week, that figure jumps to $14,000. Monthly, it would cost them $36,000. For the entire year, it would be $672,000.
Metzger & Co. aren’t alone. The New York Observer ran an op-ed by Ryan Holiday—a public relations strategist and author previously profiled by the Daily Dot—claiming that Facebook is intentionally limiting the reach of unpromoted posts for the sake of profit.
“The worse the platform performs, the more advertisers need to use Sponsored Stories. In a way, it means that Facebook is broken, on purpose, in order to extract more money from users. In the case of Sponsored Stories, it has meant raking in nearly $1M a day,” Holiday wrote.
It’s not just companies who are complaining. Actor and Facebook celebrity George Takei took issue with the fact that his posts on the social network—often comedic gems that get shared by tens of thousands of fans—were reaching fewer and fewer of his more than 2.8 million followers.
“For community pages such as this, though, FB recently decided that only certain fans will see certain posts, and it plans to ask me to pay for more fan views,” he wrote on June 13.
“I understand that FB has to make money, especially now that it is public, but in my view this development turns the notion of ‘fans’ on its head. So I encourage all friends and fans to visit my page regularly to make sure they share in all the fun.”
Facebook, for their part, not only claims no wrongdoing but also stresses that this isn’t a new practice. This latter point is most certainly true. Facebook first introduced Promoted Posts back in May 2012.
“This change was made to discourage content that wasn’t engaging (and was being reported as spam by users) because we want to ensure people aren’t seeing what they might consider spam in their feeds,” Facebook spokesperson Gwendolyn Belomy told the Daily Dot via email.
“If a page has a piece of content that it feels will be very engaging... we recommend using paid media to make sure [they]get more distribution by ‘boosting’ that post to fans in news feed.”
Essentially, the social network is saying that if its mysterious EdgeRank algorithm deems your content not engaging enough, it’s going to cost you to promote it.
The company’s official response would carry more water if there wasn’t evidence that promoted posts might not actually work. On Monday, blogger Cecilyk of Momcrunch detailed in a screengrab-heavy post how there was very little return on investment when a brand caved in and used promoted posts.
Yet another indication that the claims against Facebook might be legitimate is the fact that the company announced earlier this month that they are extending promoted posts to users, not just brands and fan pages. For roughly $7, you can make sure that your latest vacation pictures will show up in more of your friends’ feeds.
Whether these charges against the social network behemoth are fair, one thing is certain: the company, which went public on May 18, 2012, is looking to increase revenue any way it can.
Photo via Dangerous Minds
Good luck trying to get people to stay away from any of G's services...Do ya see what I mean? lol
"Fred Daniels" is a pseudonym; his real name has been cloaked to avoid potential repercussions from Facebook. But his story is being repeated thousands of times a day across every major social network – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, even Pinterest. An arms race for Internet popularity has resulted in millions of false followers, fictional fans, and bogus endorsements, many of then generated by software bots...- Computer Scientist Warns of Social Media Manipulation in U.S. Election
Twitter bombs, microtargeting, and astroturfed journalists...- Media Manipulator Ryan Holiday Finally Comes Clean
Holiday comes clean in his new book, Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, chronicling his exploits in frightening detail. Using his own tricks as examples, Holiday shows how easy it is to fake the news—and alter reality as a result. The PR strategist, who recently moved to New Orleans to finish the memoir, has been scamming the media professionally since age 18...- Justin Bieber Fans Shave Heads After Internet Cancer Hoax (Doin' it for teh lulz)
Plus, lately there are lots of tragic stories about FB users. It's really sad...So sickening... 12 years old FFS!
Digital footprints on social media have helped police arrest two teenagers in connection to the death of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl.
Justin and Donte Robinson, 15 and 17, have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, improperly disposing of a body, tampering with evidence, and theft after police discovered incriminating Facebook messages sent by the brothers...
Two teen brothers have been charged with killing Autumn Pasquale and stuffing her body in a recycling bin. The teen's own mother saw a suspicious Facebook post and called police.- Suspects in Autumn Pasquale's shocking murder wanted girl's bike, police say
Twelve-year-old Autumn Pasquale owned a bike like that. White, with maroon handlebars. She lived up the street and around a corner, 17 houses away. She rode that bike through the neighborhood all the time. She was riding it Saturday afternoon, the last time anyone saw her alive...- Facebook conversation between Autumn Pasquale, suspect came 4 days before killing
Without going into detail, Dalton said the mother discovered suspicious Facebook postings on an account held by one of her sons. With that in hand, investigators developed additional evidence leading to the recycling bin, Dalton said...
It was unclear how well Autumn knew the Robinson brothers. Her Facebook page shows she was friends with Justin Robinson, but the prosecutor declined to discuss any relationship.
He also provided little information about how the teen allegedly lured Autumn to his house, what happened inside or whether any kind of weapon was used in the strangulation...
Justin Robinson, who was the one apparently communicating with Autumn through Facebook, was also charged with luring.- Residents say accused killer of Autumn Pasquale attended vigil, 'liked' memorial Facebook page
Jason Green, 20, a Glassboro resident who said he was heavily involved in the search for Autumn, said he had seen the Facebook posts and that the bike in the photo had not even been Justin Robinson's...
And just hours before Autumn's body was found late Monday, (Justin) Robinson apparently posted a single name on the Facebook wall of the girl's older brother.- Teen suspects in Autumn Pasquale's murder kept in juvenile detention
"Autumn," was all he wrote.
"What bout her?" A.J. Pasquale asked.
"why post her name then nothing else?" added a woman who called herself "Ann Rush."
In response, Robinson then wrote: "It was an accident the cop waz here & my brother did it," according to a copy of the Facebook post.
It remains unclear whether Robinson was referring to the word "autumn" he posted on Pasquale's wall or, more chillingly, the crime itself...
Investigators focused on the house after the teens' mother reported a suspicious Facebook post on her son's page to the police...Autumn Pasquale murder: Prosecutor seeks adult court for teen suspects
The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said he lured Autumn to the house on the premise of buying bike parts for her beloved white BMX bike. According to Facebook posts obtained by The Star- Ledger, Justin and Autumn talked online about a BMX bike he claimed was his.
Residents and neighbors said Justin and Donte were known for stealing bikes in the area...
The medical examiner reported the cause of death as blunt force trauma, consistent with strangulation...
Autumn would have turned 13 on Monday.
Detectives with the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office found her body in a recycling bin behind a Clayton house the night of Oct. 22 after a massive search involving over 200 law enforcement personnel from municipal, county, state and federal agencies.■ Complete Autumn Pasquale coverage
Investigators focused on the house after the teens' mother reported a suspicious Facebook post on her son's page to the police.
Note: Facebook requires individuals to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account.
An exchange between suspect Justin Robinson and Autumn Pasquale dated Oct. 16. Autumn commented on a photo of a BMX bike that Justin posted to Facebook.
In Latin “pros and cons” is a shortening of “pro et contra”, which means “for and against”.I'm constantly evaluating the pros & cons of whatever seems interesting on the net. Just a habit I suppose.
From a national sample of 1,007 U.S. parents who have children living with them between the ages of 10-14 conducted July 5-14, 2011, we found:- Calming Parental Anxiety While Empowering Our Digital Youth (Sept 2012 / PDF)
* Although Facebook's minimum age is 13, parents of 13- and 14-year-olds report that, on average, their child joined Facebook at age 12.
* Half (55%) of parents of 12-year-olds report their child has a Facebook account, and most (82%) of these parents knew when their child signed up. Most (76%) also assisted their 12-year old in creating the account.
* A third (36%) of all parents surveyed reported that their child joined Facebook before the age of 13, and two-thirds of them (68%) helped their child create the account.
* Half (53%) of parents surveyed think Facebook has a minimum age and a third (35%) of these parents think that this is a recommendation and not a requirement.
* Most (78%) parents think it is acceptable for their child to violate minimum age restrictions on online services.
3. Family Accounts. For the youngest of online users, we need a dynamic that doesn't encourage kids to lie about their age and, in some cases, cause their parents to help them break the rules. Researcher Danah Boyd found that 93 percent of parents believe that they should be the ones to decide whether or not a child can access Web sites and online service. These wishes should be respected.
Computer scientists show that social networks help overcome some of the security weaknesses of anonymity networks like Tor. But only at a price...
In essence, NGI is a nationwide database of mugshots, iris scans, DNA records, voice samples, and other biometrics, that will help the FBI identify and catch criminals — but it is how this biometric data is captured, through a nationwide network of cameras and photo databases, that is raising the eyebrows of privacy advocates...(EOTS - 1998)
The FBI plans to move forward with a facial recognition system that's set to be fully implemented by 2014. Facial recognition is just one part of many biometric tools the FBI eventually plans to use to gather and store intelligence information, including fingerprint searches and iris scans.
Malicious code apparently used by governments to spy on, harass, and sabotage one another has grabbed headlines in recent years, yet the highly targeted nature of such attacks have meant ordinary Web users have so far had little to fear. That may now be changing as some experts say the techniques used in sophisticated, state-backed malware are trickling down to less-skilled programmers who target regular Web users and their online accounts or credit card details...
New information suggests that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom may have been spied on for weeks longer than the authorities have admitted. Last October Dotcom noticed an unusual lag in the 100 megabit fiber connection he had installed for optimal Modern Warfare 3 gameplay. At the time technicians couldn’t find a source for the connection problems, but Dotcom is now convinced that GCSB, the Kiwi equivalent of the CIA, was already spying on him.#WhatchaGonnaDo
The ISP did promise to keep looking for the source of the problem, but went silent. In hindsight, however, things start to fall into place.
“At the time we thought they were just incompetent and that they didn’t know how to manage a network,” Dotcom says. “But today, in light of this GCSB spying, we understand that the traffic of my Internet connection was rerouted, probably through equipment that the GCSB controlled.”
I don't know much about the Dotcom case...
This year's findings indicate that restrictions on internet freedom in many countries have continued to grow, though the methods of control are slowly evolving, becoming more sophisticated and less visible. Brutal attacks against bloggers, politically motivated surveillance, proactive manipulation of web content, and restrictive laws regulating speech online are among the diverse threats to internet freedom emerging over the past two years. Nevertheless, several notable victories have also occurred as a result of greater activism by civil society, technology companies, and independent courts, illustrating that efforts to advance internet freedom can yield results.link