Category Archives: Web 2.0

Facebook Graph Search – What it means for you.

These photos? No, these are not my photos.

On Tuesday morning  Facebook announced the imminent launch of Graph Search, a natural language search platform allowing you to query the mind-bogglingly vast amounts of data that have been “shared with you” on the social network.

Of course in the context of Facebook “shared with you” means “stuff you can see” whether shared directly with you or just inadequately protected, as is most often the cause. In the vast majority of cases you would never see all the data which is actually visible to you on Facebook, sometimes because Facebook tries to anticipate what you will find interesting and edits your News Feed accordingly, but mostly because you simply don’t know it’s there. Graph Search is set to change all that!
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Are Instagram users dumb f*cks too?

Instagram's Suicide Note

Instagram’s Suicide Note

UPDATE 19th Dec: Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom posted a blog last night pledging to reword the offending policies. My original blog post follow.Just over two years ago, in May 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was accused of calling his first few thousand users “dumb f*cks” for the trust they placed in him (before you ask why I censor this, my nine year-old boy reads this stuff sometimes). It seems that perhaps someone else in the corporate machine that is now Facebook could be hoping for similar from their recently acquired Instagram user base.

Last night Instagram announced a change to its Privacy Policy and Terms of Use agreements, that essentially gives itself the right to share any photo, posted publicly by any user for any purpose. Instagram reserve the right to profit financially from the sale of such photos and makes it very clear that the originator of the work will receive no compensation whatsoever. They further clarify that none of the content you provide to them is under any obligation of confidentiality.
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Triskaidekaphobia? Predictions for 2013

Happy New Year?It’s that time of year again; snow thick on the ground, mistletoe in my back pocket, mulled wine to warm your hands and of course security predictions for 2013.

Trend Micro today released Security Threats to Business, the Digital Lifestyle, and the Cloud, our security predictions for 2013 and beyond. At first glance, the headline prediction may sound surprising; the volume of malicious and high-risk Android apps will hit 1 million in 2013. However, when you consider that our prediction for total Android malware by the end of 2012 has been constantly revised up throughout the year and now stands at over a quarter of a million, maybe it no longer sounds so fanciful.
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