A number of the nation's biggest media sites were hit with a lawsuit last week, claiming that they are violating federal eavesdropping and hacking laws by using "zombie cookies." [ATTACH=right]16245[/ATTACH]The technology, created by Quantcast, allows sites to use Adobe's Flash player to reproduce tracking files, even after a user has deleted them, according to [URL="http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/big-media-sites-sued-over-use-of-zombie-cookies/37301?tag=mantle_skin;content"]ZDNet[/URL]. The class action suit names ABC, ESPN, Hulu, MTV, MySpace and NBC as defendants, as well as Quantcast. The lawsuit calls Internet users "fish in a fishbowl," completely exposed to Web sites' all-encompassing and wholesale collection of data, which could then be bought and sold. …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]21542[/ATTACH]Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced today that there are going to be a few changes to Facebook. The big story is that Facebook has teamed up with Skype to deliver video chat so that you can talk to your friends through Facebook. This is no surprise considering the partnerships Facebook has forged within the past 5 years. If you recall, Microsoft bought a small stake in Facebook for $240 million in 2007. This past May, Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion. You would imagine that Microsoft would utilize one of their largest assets to help power one of their best …

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[URL="http://twitter.com"]Twitter[/URL] founder Biz Stone has confirmed that the network might take advertising at some stage. More specifically he's refused to say it won't. The company has just revised its terms and conditions and as part of the overhaul Mr. Stone has said on a blog that he's keeping the door open to advertising. So he's not saying no, he's not saying yes. This is an entirely sensible view to take since neither he nor anyone else can predict the direction a company will take at only two years old. Markets change, conditions change so of course he's keeping an open …

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I just read on a blog that Facebook advertising revenue is quickly surpassing Myspace's. It is no surprise since Facebook seems to be more widely accepted than Myspace. [url]http://www.clickz.com/3635971?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+clickz+%28ClickZ+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader[/url] I personally would advise clients to advertise on Facebook for most tactics unless the business wants to target musicians or teeny boppers. What do you think?

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Yesterday ReadWriteWeb reported that Facebook CEO Mark [URL="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/facebooks_zuckerberg_says_the_age_of_privacy_is_ov.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:%20readwriteweb%20%28ReadWriteWeb%29"]Zuckerberg told TechCrunch's Michael Arrington[/URL] people are not only OK with publicly exposing certain information on the open web such as their pictures and pages they subscribe to, Zuckerberg believes they are ready to give up privacy. [B]Really Mark?![/B] Amy Pohler and Seth Meyer of SNL used to do a regular segment called "[URL="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/clips/really-gov-blagojevich/881482/"]Really!?[/URL]!" This is one of those "Really" moments. Really?! Mark, have you ever talked to an actual Facebook user? Really?! Oh, people definitely want to control their information, Mark, really. The question that hangs out there is what we can …

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Believe it or not, many visitors to YouTube or Myspace are actually tapping those sites to listen music. Yup, rather than going to Pandora or buying the song on iTunes, visitors are using YouTube as a music radio stop. I know I sometimes do it while I know some co-workers who often do this. So what do you think about this? Are you one of them?

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Seems like a basic question for this forum but I wasn't certain if it had been asked. We all know how MySpace was and how Facebook improved on it. What would you build into the perfect next generation social media community if you knew you were the one chosen to do it?

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Mashable is reporting that despite recent innovations and a new CEO, MySpace has lost almost 20% of their unique US visitor traffic since June. This equate to a serious loss of income for their parent company and while Mashable states that the site will probably not disappear totally it is losing its relevance (or whats left of it). Can anything else be done to stop the freefall and restore some of its lustre? Admittedly, I have never used MySpace but I would like to hear from people who have or still are.

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We al know that now a days, the majority of internet marketing sites discuss social media. That said, let's say, a business does launch a social media tactic, then what? What is the one take away you want your client to learn? One take-away I say about social media is that a client does not have to use every single social media tactic out there since it may not be the right venue. For experience, a B2B product may not benefit at all to launch a presence on Myspace. So what do you think?

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As [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3596.html"]predicted[/URL], a number of cyberbullying laws were put into effect after the suicide of Megan Meier last fall, which left prosecutors unable to charge the Missouri woman who created a fake MySpace person to mock the 13-year-old girl with anything other than violating MySpace's terms of service. Not surprisingly, Missouri was one of the states, and now Elizabeth Thrasher has been the first person charged with felony cyberbullying, for allegedly posting photos and personal information of a teenage girl on the "Casual Encounters" section of Craigslist According to a story by the [URL="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/19/MNH119A84O.DTL"]Associated Press[/URL], the victim is the 17-year-old …

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Many UK participants in Daniweb will be aware of the various social media that carry music. They will have been delighted by the free stuff that you can listen to on [URL="http://www.lastfm.com"]Last.FM[/URL], [URL="http://www.spotify.com"]Spotify[/URL] and [URL="http://www.youtube.com"]YouTube[/URL] - you can even get the Beatles on YouTube, which is pretty much unique among online providers. Except that cracks are starting to appear. Yesterday the holders of the rights to music in the UK had a [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7933565.stm"]falling-out with YouTube[/URL] so we can expect some of the music to be taken down. Last month Spotify had to start restricting its music along regional lines. I'm …

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MySpace is many different things to many different people. To the young it is an online home where they can hang out, chat and discover new music for example. To Mum and Dad it is often seen as being something of a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1304.html"]parental nightmare[/URL]. To the tabloid media it is a hunting ground for perverts. Of course, the tabloid press have never really had what you might call a firm grip on the realities of the Internet since the get go, so that kind of attitude is often treated with a large measure of incredulity. However, now it would appear …

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A few months ago News Corporation announced that it was taking on Apple in the music downloads marketplace. Chris DeWolfe, the CEO of MySpace, said it would be starting up a [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/03/technology/03cnd-myspace.html?_r=1&oref=slogin"]one-stop music shop[/URL] by spinning out the existing MySpace Music service to become an independent joint venture. The interesting thing about this, at the time, was that the joint venture would be with Universal Music, Sony BMG and Warner Music Group. All of whom would be minority shareholders and major content providers, with their entire back catalogs online. Combining free streaming music that is sponsored by advertising, allowing shared …

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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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MySpace Tuesday announced some changes to its developer program, fine-tuning its policies about the way member applications are allowed to communicate with users. It also leaked news of enhancements to its messaging API set to be available in June. The [URL=http://developer.myspace.com/Community/blogs/devteam/archive/2008/05/20/new-app-guidelines-must-read.aspx]new guidelines[/URL] were outlined in a blog post by the MySpace Developer Team. In essence, they’re looking to curb spam and other forms of unsolicited invitations and enticements. Here’s the essence of what’s new in the [URL= http://developer.myspace.com/community/myspace/applicationguidelines.aspx]Developer Guidelines[/URL]: [INDENT][I]• No incentives may be given to a member for sending a message, bulletin, comment, or any other form of communication. …

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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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If you’re developing applications for MySpace or just thinking about it, the social networking company has made it easier to get the word out about and popularize your apps. An update to the fledgling [URL="http://developer.myspace.com"] MySpace Developer Platform [/URL] released last week lets app builders add messaging and posting capabilities to their MySpace apps. Implemented in a “Post To” function, the new feature “lets apps provide content to users—anything from text, to markup, to media—and allows them to post it in a bulletin or blog,” said a MySpace spokesperson in an e-mail to me on Monday. The content also can …

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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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The social networking site MySpace has added a new feature that brings MySpace into the journalism world: [URL="http://news.myspace.com/"]MySpace News Beta[/URL]. It has a system very similar to Digg, that is, it allows users to rate and promote content to the front page. With over 160 million users, a feature like this surely does not take long to use. Seeing that MySpace is extremely popular with younger-type people, it seems that one thing that the MySpace designer(s) overlooked is the target audience. Of course, MySpace isn't expecting a huge percentage of users to be journalists, so they have set up a …

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[URL="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=security&articleId=9013481&taxonomyId=17&intsrc=kc_top"]According to ComputerWorld[/URL], MySpace seems like the next target for the now-famous "month of bugs" project. The hackers are of course, anonymous, which is perhaps part of the fun of doing such a project. They say that they're going to expose a new bug every day for a whole month, just like the other "month of bugs" projects have done (for example: Month of Apple Bugs and Month of Kernel bugs). As much fun as it seems, I'm skeptical on how successful and how much of an impact this project is going to have on MySpace. One point that I …

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So a US Federal Judge says that [URL="http://www.myspace.com/"]MySpace [/URL]is legally protected from any liability as a result of external criminal acts that have been committed by people misrepresenting themselves to other MySpace users. Judge Sam Sparks of the U.S. District Court for the Western district of Texas ruled that the 1996 Communications Decency Act excludes web providers and ‘information intermediaries’ from the action of their members when it comes to criminal acts involving content. This is, of course, intended to protect service providers from being put out of business by never ending lawsuits resulting from the actions of people over …

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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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The End.