The study of interactions in online game recently proved an 80-year-old psychological theory, confirming the idea that "a friend of my enemy, is my enemy." The theory is known as Structural Balance theory, which means "individuals tend to avoid stress-causing relationships when they develop a society resulting in more stable social networks," according to an Imperial College London [URL="http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_20-7-2010-10-22-28"]press release[/URL]. The study analyzed the relationships between 300,000 players in the online game [URL="http://www.pardus.at/"]Pardus[/URL], an open-ended virtual universe game. In this simulated society, players make friends and enemies, fight and trade. [ATTACH]16123[/ATTACH]"I find it fascinating to understand how we all interact …

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With Twitter now more than 100 million accounts strong, and with 50 million Tweets per day, you might be excused for thinking there's no stopping the micro-blogging network. Until, that is, you start exploring the darkside of Twitter. But is Twitter evil? [attach]16201[/attach]You only have to look at the IT news headlines over the last year to realise that Twitter has something of a security problem. [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story299145.html"]Hacking the NASA Twitter Account[/URL], [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story290742.html"]Tory Twitter account hacked[/URL], [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/12/10/first-tweet-bombing-is-a-twitter-denial-of-service-attack-next/"]First Tweet Bombing, is a Twitter Denial of Service attack next?[/URL] and [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story229498.html"]Twitter gets knickers in a twist over security scare[/URL] being just a small …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16792[/ATTACH]Popular social news site Digg.com's parent company Digg Inc. is still looking for a new CEO, but the end of the search is near. In an interview, Digg co-founder Kevin Rose revealed that the field of candidates has been narrowed down to three possibilities and that he expects that the new CEO of the San Francisco-based company will be announced in another week. At the same time, Digg will reveal a major overhaul of its site. Recently news of a conservative group that had organized in order to promote stories with a conservative slant and bury stories posted by liberal …

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Hi, I'm researching social networks and their privacy issues with data as part of an assignment. I've found a few papers that are useful, but i wondered if anyone knew of any relevant good ones that are also accessible? I also have to analyse the paper in terms of how good it is based on factors such as how old it is, the author, relevancy etc. Any help would be much appreciated. I have been looking everyday. Thanks.

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Facebook users have been making a lot of use of the new 'like' feature which allows users to link to webpages that they, well, like funnily enough. Not so funny when Facebook users are claiming to like a site called "101 Hottest Women in the World" which features an image of Jessica Alba. But don't be seduced... Not that I've got anything against the Hollywood actress and sex symbol, but I do have a dislike for clickjacking (or Likejacking if you prefer) and that's what is happening here. According to security experts at [URL="http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2010/06/14/facebook-users-clickjacked-101-hottest-women-world/"]Sophos[/URL] as soon as anyone who is …

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Last year saw the overall volume of email delivered spam drop for the first, which has to be good news. Or it would be were it not for the fact that spammers have not gone away, they have merely moved with the times and adapted their business so as to exploit the best marketing opportunities for their unsolicited and unwanted, erm, marketing opportunities. Because spam filtering at both the client and server ends of the market has improved to the point where, for many people at least, emailed spam has become all but invisible the bad guys are turning to …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16322[/ATTACH]This week players of Facebook games found themselves unexpectedly rewarded for their playtime. The frequent messages that Facebook has awarded the gamer with credits signals Facebook's push to implement [URL="http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=837"]Facebook Credits[/URL], a virtual currency intended to standardize payments across the multitude of Facebook applications. The push of the credits program has also signaled [URL="http://technorati.com/blogging/article/warning-facebook-free-credit-scam/"]a rise in the number of scams centered around it.[/URL] The credits can be used for virtual items, gifts, and power-ups in games such as Bejeweled Blitz, Farmville, Mafia Wars and Treasure Madness. Facebook is using a "first taste is free" approach to hook users on credits. …

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hi people. i am building a simple social network for my CAS (i am doing IB diploma) and when i came to the home page where i all the friends statuses are viewd i got a problem here is my home page's code: [CODE] <?php if(!isset($_COOKIE['ln'])) { header("location : index.php"); } else { ?> <html> <head> <title>Welcome Home <?php $md = $_COOKIE['ln']; include_once "classes/class_lib.php"; $db = new db(); $db->connect(); mysql_select_db("gha_link") or die("cant select the gha link"); $q = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM members WHERE md5='$md'") or die("cant do the sql query"); while($row = mysql_fetch_array($q)){ echo $row['name']; } $db->close(); ?></title> <script src="../../SpryAssets/SpryValidationTextField.js" …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16444[/ATTACH]Japanese mobile social gaming company DeNA, traded publicly on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, is reported massive first quarter profits yesterday (August 5th), with heavy implications that there may soon be a new social sheriff in town. Revenue for their first fiscal quarter reached $279 million, up 175% year-over-year. In comparison with leading U.S. competitor Zynga, who’s first [I][I]half[/I][/I] of 2010 saw $350 million in revenue, DeNA is well on track to not only topple their empire, but to see $1 billion in sales before the year’s end. “Becoming the premier social gaming company appears extremely feasible,” said Tomoko Namba, DeNA …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16532[/ATTACH]Yet [URL="http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/09/google-aquires-jambool-social-gold/"]another target of Google's shopping list has been revealed[/URL], this time [URL="http://www.jambool.com/"]Jambool[/URL], the producer of Social Gold, a payment product that allows developers to build a payment system directly into their applications. The purchase price is a rumored $55 million dollars, with an additional sum on earnout. Founded in 2006, San Francisco-based Jambool is the brainchild of [URL="http://www.crunchbase.com/person/vikas-gupta"]Vikas Gupta[/URL], a former Amazon employee whose creations include the Send Good Karma and Hug Me apps. Jambool's Social Gold provides three APIs: Virtual Currency, with which developers can create virtual currencies for transactions and payments in virtual economies; Payments, which handles …

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The demand for compromised social network accounts is now so big on the cybercrime black market that, according to the latest research, just one such underground site has 1.5 million of them for sale. The international reach of social networks has meant that these sites have become the de facto target for cyber criminals today. As I mentioned previously, they have become popular [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story277390.html"]homes to malware mules[/URL]. Now [URL="http://labs.idefense.com/"]iDefense[/URL], the cyber security intelligence arm of VeriSign, has uncovered one user called 'kirllos' at a particularly popular crime marketplace site that advertises social networking login details who claims to have 1.5 …

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The latest research from security vendor Symantec would appear to suggest that cybercrime gangs are now applying drug smuggling techniques to their trade, and are actively using 'malware mules' in order to distribute threats within social friendship networks. According to the latest Internet Security Threat Report, email accounts are now being sold for just 65p on the underground web black market, and these are then used to distribute spam or malware via people’s trusted network of contacts. The advertised prices of email accounts in 2009 ranged between 65p and £13 for each account. Most advertisements listed a flat rate, although …

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In March, Facebook proposed that there should be a number of changes to its privacy policy in order to allow it eventually share personal data with 'pre-approved' third party websites. Such information, should you be logged into Facebook and then connect to a third party website, as your name, gender, friends and connections, username, profile picture and not forgetting any content that you have marked to share as per your 'everyone' privacy setting configuration. These pre-approved data leaks are not proving popular amongst Facebook users. When Sophos [URL="http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2010/04/07/95-support-facebook-privacy"]conducted a poll[/URL] to see how popular this chjange might be amongst Facebook …

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When [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/10/18/twitter-finds-its-voice-and-roars/"]Twitter gets it right[/URL], it beats all the major news gathering organisations to the punch with the really big news. I heard about the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story253604.html"]Haiti earthquake[/URL] first on Twitter, and it took a fair while for the traditional news networks to catch up. But what happens when Twitter gets it wrong? Well you get silly rumours such as the death of Johnny Depp becoming the hottest trending topic, as has happened overnight. The trouble being, because Twitter is getting a reputation for breaking big stories so quickly, people are starting to believe whatever is trending. So when right at …

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