Speculation has already started over what the world's largest social network will do with Instagram. Skeptical users took to Twitter to decry the deal, even threatening to delete the app.Continue »
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(CBS News) Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg announced Monday that the social network has agreed to acquire Instagram, the popular photo-sharing mobile app.Continue »
The University of Gothenburg in Sweden surveyed 1,011 people (335 men and 676 women) with an average age of 32.6 years.Continue »
(CBS News) Ready or not, Facebook Pages is rolling out today for all businesses and public figures.
Facebook announced Timeline for Pages in February, but it wasn't mandatory until now. ZDNET got confirmation of the rollout today from Facebook via email.Continue »
(CNET) The controversial - if not exactly common - practice of requiring job applicants to disclose their Facebook passwords briefly became ammunition for an unsuccessful Democratic effort to block an unrelated regulatory reform plan.
During the House of Representatives floor debate yesterday over a proposal (PDF) to reform the Federal Communications Commission, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, proposed that the bill be sent back to committee.Continue »
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(CBS News) Facebook released emails from chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg while he was a student at Harvard University to counter claims that entrepreneur Paul Ceglia was owed a 50 percent stake of the social network.
Facebook has filed a motion to dismiss a 2010 case filed by Ceglia in New York state.Continue »
This morning's 120-page report instead asks Congress to enact a new law that "would provide consumers with access to information about them held by a data broker" such as Lexis Nexis, US Search, or Reed Elsevier subsidiary Choicepoint -- many of which have been the subject of FTC enforcement actions in the last few years.
But when it comes to a Do Not Track law targeting Web companies, which was proposed by legislation introduced last year, the FTC is more cautious, saying that "industry has made significant progress."Continue »
(CNET) Privacy advocates in the U.S. and the European Union are on edge over changes Facebook is enacting in its language governing its terms of service.
Their upset comes as Facebook is proposing modifications to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (PDF) that, at least on the surface, seem fairly minor and don't indicate any radical shift in thinking or practice in terms of privacy.Continue »
(CBS News) A recent study finds a new link between one's abundance of Facebook friends and narcissism.
The study titled "Narcissism on Facebook: Self-promotional and anti-social behavior" by Christopher J. Carpenter was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. The purpose of the research was to identify "socially disruptive" personality types on Facebook.Continue »
(CNET) AUSTIN, Texas - Representatives from opposite sides in the "big data" privacy debate tangled Sunday over whether a proposed White House "privacy bill of rights" is necessary to keep Americans safe online.
During a "big data" panel sponsored by CNET at South by Southwest, Brian Szoka, president of the non-partisan, non-profit, tech policy think tank, argued that states and the federal government might have better results at providing privacy protections for Americans by enforcing existing laws than they would if they adopted new regulations.Continue »
(CBS News) If you're on Facebook, chances are a link titled "Kony 2012" has appeared on your news feed this week.
The video, which was uploaded to YouTube on March 5, tells the story of filmmaker Jason Russell's personal mission to take down Joseph Kony, the Ugandan leader of the guerrilla group Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).Continue »