There's only been one story in most of the UK National papers this year so far, apart from 'Apple releases some fairly dull equipment', and that's been Twitter. Last year everyone was talking about [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL], with one firm of lawyers over here banning its use before it took over the bandwidth completely. This time around it's [URL="http://twitter.com"]Twitter[/URL] that's got us all a-twitter. This one is actually proving livelier than Facebook because more fake celebrities are cropping up - you can have as many people libelling each other or wasting time on Facebook as you want, but if someone purporting to …

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A simmering Facebook controversy came to a...head? Female Facebook users are up in....arms? Sigh. It's hard to write about this seriously. Today was the live and virtual nurse-in on Facebook, as a protest against the social networking site's policy forbidding pictures of nursing moms (reports vary on whether it's when the whole breast is exposed, the areola, or what). Participants were supposed to change their profile picture to show themselves nursing, while a group of women also planned to hold a live protest at Facebook headquarters, which [URL="http://www.mercurynews.com/localnewsheadlines/ci_11321458"]reportedly[/URL] only a handful of women attended. According to the [URL="http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=39521488436"]event's page[/URL] on …

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Facebook can claim many things, from [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3523.html"]defeating the Nazis[/URL] to [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20914/53/"]recruiting spies[/URL] and even helping to [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20618/53/"]elect Barack Obama[/URL]. Now it can add serving legal papers to the list. These days, it would appear, the legal process is catching up with the technological reality of the world we live in. Being served with legal papers has already, in some parts of the world, become less about throwing a document at someone and more to do with clicking a mouse button and sending an email. Nowhere is this change more obvious than Australia where the courts have even given permission to …

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[I]Too much information running through my brain Too much information driving me insane ~Police, Too Much Information. [/I] Yesterday, Seth Godin wrote a post in his blog called, [URL="http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/12/warning-the-int.html"]Warning: The Internet is almost full[/URL]. It's not of course, and he had is his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, but he brought up the very serious idea of information overload. It's hard not to feel it--there is just so much going on online, so much to see, so many people to connect with, so many blogs to read and comment on. Then there's Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn (oh my!), …

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[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2289.html"]Facebook spam[/URL] is nothing news, nor for that matter is [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2008/01/03/one-million-facebook-users-exposed-to-zango-worm/"]Facebook malware[/URL]. While we are on a nothing new about Facebook theme, ever [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/editorial-blogs/davey-winder/922815/grownups-invade-facebook.thtml"]since grown-ups started to invade[/URL] the social network has suffered a tad from 'phoney friend syndrome.' I mean, come on, do you really think that [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20618/53/"]Barack Obama is your friend[/URL] just because a social network says so? This problem of collecting Facebook fends like some weird hobby is starting to cause real problem, not least because the bad guys have hooked onto the fact that it makes for a great way to spread malware. And that's exactly …

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Facebook is many [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/21230/53/"]different[/URL] things to many [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20059/53/"]different[/URL] people, but surely a social networking should be just that, social. Sure, there will always the odd group with a less than pleasant agenda, although usually these take the humour route rather than being downright nasty. So while an anti-Microsoft group might not be all hugs and flowers in intent, it is not in the same league as one proclaiming that members should 'Turn Gypsies into Fuel' for example. The renowned Paris-based anti-nazi organisation, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, recently had cause to write [URL="http://www.wiesenthal.com/site/apps/s/content.asp?c=fwLYKnN8LzH&b=253162&ct=6323837"]an official complaint[/URL] to Facebook under the title of …

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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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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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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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[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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The End.