I think I'm going to start compiling a list of these. Last week we had complaints from people not wanting Apple or Facebook to do stuff they didn't like to their websites - excluding content and the like. Now we have [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7609555.stm"]this story[/URL] about Facebook's redesign going ahead regardless of some vocal criticism. OK, there's such a thing as market forces and if enough people think it sucks they'll leave and the whole shebang will go down. (Yes, that's an Englishman attempting to talk American). In the meantime, though, public though it might look, it's someone else's playground and if …

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So I'm scrolling through the features rather than the news and I come across [URL="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10031076-93.html?tag=mncol"]this[/URL]. Software developers, apparently, are under threat from censors. Apple is refusing to put violent games onto its iTunes store and Facebook is going to refuse to distribute some applications. I'm interested mostly in the psychology that makes this idea offensive. It's rooted, quite deeply, in the original picure of the Internet as promoted by, I suppose, the original geek community who set it up. It was going to be the ultimate free for all, the great leveller - if you wanted to put something on …

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For the past couple of years I volunteered at my son's elementary school to set up blogs for his classroom, but the projects never got off the ground. Nervous school IT staff unable to find a platform that offered them the privacy and control they wanted, and knew parents would demand, always nixed the deal. [URL="http://elgg.org/index.php"]Elgg[/URL], a new open source social networking platform aimed specifically at the education market, solves this problem by providing a safe, open source alternative to the popular blogging platforms such as LiveJournal and Blogger, and the even scarier (at least to them) Facebook and MySpace. …

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And that word is: S-U-N-K. Although not entirely without trace it must be said. Yeah, yeah. I know that you guys in North America had already lost Scrabulous after Hasbro had taken legal action to take down the popular Facebook application there. Now Mattel, which has the rights to Scrabble outside of North America, has achieved the same result for the rest of the world. It seems that Facebook has decided to jump overboard and abandon the Facebook application ship before a court in India could push them. Which is more than a little odd, as usually you might expect …

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Web 2.0 came crashing into the enterprise a couple of years ago and was given the new moniker: Enterprise 2.0 (which was coined by Harvard Business School Professor [URL="http://blog.hbs.edu/faculty/amcafee/"]Andrew McAfee[/URL]). While business has come a long way when it comes to understanding social networking tools and how to use them in the enterprise to manage knowledge and foster collaboration (see [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2592.html"]Spooks 2.0: The CIA Turns to Wiki Technology[/URL]), many businesses still don't have a clue about how enterprises can take advantage of this technology inside the corporation. This is a multi-dimensional problem because employees (especially younger ones) want to transfer …

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According to [URL="http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/07/25/microsoft-inks-deal-facebook"]reports[/URL] it looks like Facebook and Microsoft have agreed a deal which will see Microsoft Live Search integrated into the Facebook service. Along with the related advertising of course. This should come as no great surprise to anyone who watches the technology market for trends, as Microsoft had already 'expressed an interest' in Facebook when it bought $240 million worth of shares in the social networking giant last year. OK, so $240 million only got it a measly little 1.6 percent Facebook stake, but it did enable Microsoft to get an exclusive deal on advertising outside of the …

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[I]Even on a slow day, I can have a three-way chat with two women at the same time -- Brad Paisley, [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GcVnhNjWV0"]Cooler Online[/URL][/I] But what if you work for the government? Particularly if you're a teacher? A number of [URL="http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flpfacebook0601pnjun01,0,7309360.story?page=1&track=facebook"]teachers in Palm Beach County[/URL], Fla. -- some of them 20somethings but at least one of them a 54-year-old -- discovered that their FaceBook pages weren't as private as they'd thought, with the newspaper doing a search on teachers' pages to reveal their interests went beyond Romeo & Juliet and algebra to drinking and sex. Now comes the real question: So? …

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A year ago last week, Facebook released the Facebook Platform, enabling users of the social network to create their own applications. Today, 400,000 developers and 24,000 applications later, the company introduced the [URL= http://developers.facebook.com/fbopen/] Facebook Open Platform[/URL], which releases much of the Facebook Platform source code to the development community. The so-called [URL= http://developers.facebook.com/fbopen/] fbOpen[/URL] is now among [URL= http://developers.facebook.com/opensource.php/] several Facebook open source projects[/URL]. In essence, fbOpen delivers a “snapshot of the infrastructure that runs Facebook Platform,” according to a project Web page. By downloading this snapshot, developers can launch an instance of the platform and test their applications …

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of Facebook Platform, which has had a rough childhood and now bears the pimples of adolescence. On the eve of the platform’s birthday, the company gave developers a [URL= http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php]sandbox [/URL]in which to apply the Clearasil of its redesigned profile. Before entering the sandbox, be sure to visit the [URL= http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/Sandbox_Status]Sandbox Status page[/URL] for news and other known issues. At the moment, the sandbox is for developers’ eyes only. “We believe that the new design makes profiles cleaner and simpler, gives users more control over their profiles, and emphasizes recent and relevant information,” wrote Facebook’s …

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[I]I can’t stand this indecision married with a lack of vision Everybody wants to rule the world ~Tears for Fears, Everybody Wants to Rule the World. [/I] There has certainly been a lot of gamesmanship going on in the computer industry these past few weeks as the industry’s biggest players try to maneuver to gain the upper-hand in the ever-shifting landscape of our industry. If you have been paying attention, what seems like a list of random headlines is really about gaining world domination. We can only hope that the wrestling match continues unabated. Let’s take a look at a …

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In the past few weeks, we have seen Microsoft trying to acquire Yahoo! for some $46-odd billion dollars. They failed. So, moving on, they are [URL="http://furrier.org/2008/05/19/silicon-valley-rumor-microsoft-to-buy-yahoo-search-and-then-facebook/"]trying to acquire Facebook now[/URL]. Mark Zuckerberg is standing firm on this one though. They are decisively saying "no" to the acquisition. [URL="http://www.ginside.com/2008/1589/google-to-buy-facebook/"]Facebook is not seeking to be acquired anytime soon[/URL]. With rumors of Microsoft offering anywhere from $15-$20Bn to Facebook. But what kind of complications would this have for Yahoo! or Google? The primary factor is the data available to the search engines. Right now, for the most part, Facebook data is confidential and …

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Google on Monday [URL= http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2439.html ] launched[/URL] Friend Connect, APIs for accessing data from Facebook and other social networks. By Thursday, Facebook banned the access, saying the tools don’t let its users know their data is being scanned. A [URL= http://developers.facebook.com/news.php?blog=1&story=111] post[/URL] by Facebook’s [URL= http://www.facebook.com/people/Charlie_Cheever/1160]Charlie Cheever[/URL] on the Facebook Developers blog Thursday morning explained the position. “We’ve found that [Friend Connect] redistributes user information from Facebook to other developers without users’ knowledge, which doesn’t respect the privacy standards our users have come to expect and is a violation of our Terms of Service.” It will suspend Friend Connect access …

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If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. According to Web reports over the weekend, Google today is expected to launch Friend Connect, a set of APIs for pulling personal data from social networks that comply with the [URL= http://code.google.com/apis/opensocial/]OpenSocial[/URL] common interface specifications it published in October. The move would follow news from [URL= http://developers.facebook.com/news.php?blog=1&story=108] Facebook[/URL] and [URL= http://forums.myspace.com/t/3945804.aspx?fuseaction=forums.viewthread]MySpace[/URL], which made similar announcements last week. New from Facebook is Facebook Connect, which builds on the [URL=http://developers.facebook.com/get_started.php]Facebook Platform [/URL]it launched in May 2007. The release adds trusted authentication between Web sites; portability of real identity, including names, profiles, friends and photos; friends …

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[URL="http://www.fortiguardcenter.com"]According to unified threat management specialist Fortinet[/URL] Facebook users had better start paying attention to the postings that appear on their message wall within the popular social networking site. It appears that spammers are moving away from targeting third party applications, as evidenced in the recent 'Secret Crush' case, and are instead turning their attentions to posting deceptive message containing links to spam sites on the wall instead. Fortinet warns that by using genuine profiles to distribute these messages, spammers are able to overcome the trust issues that exist when renting or buying identities from underworld types. The full advisory …

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[URL="http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/facebook-friends-not-real-judge/2008/03/27/1206207279597.html"]According to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald[/URL] a UK judge has ruled, as part of a harassment case, that being a Facebook friend is not the same as being a real friend. The case revolved around a woman claiming that the act of sending a Facebook friend request was enough to prove that her ex-boyfriend was in fact harassing her. The former boyfriend countered the claim by arguing that a popular British radio DJ, Chris Moyles, has 1 million Facebook friends but probably knows very few, if any, of them intimately. How refreshing, of late, to read a …

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File under: shock, horror or perhaps irony. According to a press release from [URL="http://www.gss.co.uk"]Global Secure Systems[/URL] that I received today, it has "uncovered the alarming reality that UK school children are studying social networking websites during their lessons instead of what they should be concentrating on." In fact, the release goes on to reveal that a "staggering" 52 percent of the 1000 children surveyed confessed to visiting Facebook and similar sites during lesson time. OK, first things first, the results are slightly twisted in favour of a high response as the survey itself was conducted through Facebook so the people …

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According to [URL="http://www.myWorkLight.com"]WorkLight[/URL] newly published [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/mar/05/digitalmedia.youtube?gusrc=rss&feed=networkfront"]research[/URL] into the success of social networking sites such as Facebook released this week proves the business interaction case for using these portals at work. Given that WorkLight have the audacity to describe itself as an 'Enterprise 2.0 Company' my gut reaction is to think: file under Many Rice-Davies Applies, or well it would say that. The Nielsen Online research did indeed show that two thirds of people online in the UK, or 20.8 million of us, visited at least one of the top ten social networking sites during January this year. However, when you …

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Well, not as rich as you might think. Well, not as rich as Warren Buffet anyway. In fact, not even as rich as Carlos Slim Helu. The Boy God, co-founder of Microsoft, has lost the richest man on the planet crown, a position he held for the last 13 years according to Forbes magazine. I guess it was only a matter of time before Warrant Buffet inherited the title, a man who rather ironically has pledged a large swathe of his own fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation charity. His $62 billion is really rather impressive, as is …

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Who could forget [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Lech_Johansen"]DVD Jon[/URL], the Linux guru who was co-author of DeCSS? This Linux application 'unlocked' DVDs with content otherwise protected by Content Scrambling System (CSS) encryption and landed DVD Jon in front of a judge. Which did not stop him from continuing his quest to free audiovisual content from the chains of whatever encryption is being used to tie it to the original format. Perhaps most notoriously with his uncanny ability to quickly break new DRM systems such as the Fairplay wrapper for iTunes music for example. DVD Jon has now moved on from his Linux PC and …

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[URL="http://www.truphone.com"]Truphone[/URL] has announced the first free telephone application for Facebook users. The Call Me application does not require a Truphone account, l nor a special phone, just a Facebook account. It works by enabling the user to choose a number on which they want to take inbound calls, and the Call Me button in their profile can then be used to make free calls. But, as with all such things, you need to read beyond the marketing hype and headlines to reveal the devil hiding in the detail. Much is being made of this being a 'free' Facebook phone system, …

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According to analysis from web security company [URL="http://www.scansafe.com"]ScanSafe[/URL], a third of employers are now blocking social networking sites to prevent staff poking each other in the workplace. Amongst its corporate customer base it has seen the number blocking such sites rise by 17 percent from this time last year. Poking has become something of a global obsession ever since Facebook threw its doors open to the general public rather than being strictly a plaything of academia. In fact, ScanSafe says that Facebook usage grew by 270 percent during the last year, with 52 million users worldwide. Although MySpace still heads …

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If you are a user of the popular social networking site Facebook you might have noticed the recent redesign along with the new features that they added. You also might have noticed the response from the users of Facebook whom find the new site creepy. The new home page lists every little action that your friends have done on the site including things like who they added, comments they have written, changes on their profile, pictures they have added, and so on. In my experience the whole appeal of facebook was that it wasnt as open as myspace and not …

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Last month it was revealed that the [URL="http://www.nsa.gov"]National Security Agency[/URL] had been logging telephone calls since 9/11. This month, the right to privacy debate is set to ignite even further after a report in the [URL="http://www.newscientisttech.com"]New Scientist[/URL] claims that the NSA is funding research into the harvesting of personal information from social networks such as [URL="http://www.myspace.com"]MySpace[/URL]. This might not sound like such a big deal, until you step back and realize quite how much personal information gets posted on social networking services: who you know, what blogs you read, your political allegiances, sexual preferences and more. Things heat up when …

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One of Google’s most promising features is its brand new global mapping software, dubbed Google Maps. New API access is taking it to the next level. The web-based interface to Google Maps allows users to perform powerful mapping functions – locating points, creating driving directions, viewing aerial photographs, and even combining aerial photographs with streets in a hybrid view. But it isn’t these functions that truly show off the power of Google’s technology. In June 2005, Google made available a developer toolkit, allowing 3rd party users the ability to directly interact with the powerful mapping engine. ## Extremely Flexible Developers …

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I have personally heard so many stories of people saying they will quit Facebook - mostly for time or professional reasons - but at the same time, there are also many others who join Facebook every day. Thus, as an online marketer, are you worried or concerned about Facebook quitters and not being able to reach your target segmentation?

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The End.