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  1. Citizens within the European Union (EU) have been advised to close their Facebook accounts if they wish to keep their private information away from the prying eyes of the US security services. In a hearing that could have significant bearing on the future of the EU-US Safe Harbor agreement, European Commission attorney Bernhard Schima as good as admitted that the current agreement was not fit for purpose, telling attorney-general Yves Bot: Schima's remark came during a case brought by Austrian law student Max Schrems following complaints filed against Facebook and four other US companies - Apple, Microsoft, Skype, and Yahoo - with the relevant data protection authorities in Ireland, Luxembourg and Germany. After Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes refused to investigate Schrems' claims surrounding the mass transfer of Facebook users' data to the US's National Security Agency (NSA), citing Safe Harbor rules, the case was elevated firstly to the Irish High Court and now to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Schrems, and his crowd-funded 'Europe v Facebook' group, began campaigning after Edward Snowden revealed how the Prism data-gathering program gave US intelligence services access to data held by nine US firms, including the five named above. That, the case argues, breaches the EU's Data Protection Directive, which outlaws the transfer of citizens' personal data to countries outside of the EU unless they meet an "adequacy" standard for privacy protection. On that point Schrems, who was live tweeting the proceedings from Luxembourg, seized on the fact that the European Commission said: The International Association of Privacy Professionals reports, however, that the Commission maintained that Safe Harbor remains a necessity, arguing that: The negotiations over Safe Harbor - which allows US tech firms such as Facebook and Google to deliver targeted adverts to EU citizens - have been underway since November 2013 with no end to the discussions in sight. In the meantime, the ECJ was asked to consider whether individual national data protection authorities (DPAs) have the authority to block data transfers where deemed necessary. The Commission's stance is that it is simply not possible because the DPAs "are in principle not empowered" to suspend data transfers to the United States. Schrems, however, found backing not only from advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland, which argued that the existing Safe Harbor agreement couldn't protect citizens' data, but also from national representatives from countries including Austria and Poland. Representatives from Ireland said they would welcome further guidance on the matter. If the outcome of the case is the nullification of the Safe Harbor agreement, US companies would still be able to apply to transfer data out of the EU but, Schrems explains via Europe-v-Facebook, doing so may prove more challenging than at present: The Advocate General of the ECJ will give his opinion on the Safe Harbor framework on 24 June 2015.
  2. Trading standards officers and police are carrying out a crackdown across England, Wales and Northern Ireland against those who offer pirate and counterfeit products via Facebook. Interestingly, 'pirate' Android boxes have been targeted again, not only for streaming content illegally, but also for having "dangerous" chargers. Due to their prevalence among citizens of the UK, Facebook accounts have grown out to become much more than just a place to manage social lives. For some they’re providing a great way to distribute infringing content and this hasn’t gone unnoticed by the authorities. Over the past several weeks enforcement officers have raided a dozen separate locations and are still involved in 22 investigations as part of a Facebook crackdown across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Operated by the National Trading Standards eCrime Team alongside the National Markets Group (with members the BPI, Federation against Copyright Theft and the Alliance for Intellectual Property Theft) Operation Jasper is manned by officers from police and government agencies and is reportedly the largest operation of its type. It is targeted at “criminals†who exploit social media to commit “copyright theft†and sell “dangerous and counterfeit†goods. In the past several weeks officers say they have raided 12 addresses although at this stage there are no reports of any arrests. Facebook itself has also been hit, with 4,300 listings and 20 profiles removed. Authorities say they have sent more than 200 warning letters and 24 cease and desist letters to those they accuse of infringement offenses carried out on Facebook. In addition to the usual counterfeit items such as t-shirts, tablets and mobile phones, ‘pirate’ Android ‘streaming’ boxes were targeted yet again. Earlier this month police and trading standards raided addresses in the north of England in search of the movie and TV show streaming devices, making at least one arrest in the process. This time around, however, officers appear to have another string to their enforcement bow. While noting that the Android boxes in question do indeed allow the illegal streaming of movies and sports channels, authorities say they also being targeted because they are supplied with ‘unsafe’ mains chargers. Lord Toby Harris, Chair of National Trading Standards, said that his officers have taken important action, especially against those who believe they can operate anonymously online. “Operation Jasper has struck an important psychological blow against criminals who believe they can operate with impunity on social media platforms without getting caught,†Harris said. “It shows we can track them down, enter their homes, seize their goods and computers and arrest and prosecute them, even if they are operating anonymously online. I commend the National Trading Standards e-Crime team and all other parties involved in this operation.†Nick Boles, Minister at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said that consumers need to be wary of consuming pirate content. “Counterfeiting and piracy of trademarked and copyrighted materials harms legitimate businesses, threatens jobs and pose a real danger to consumers. That’s why we are taking strong action to stop these criminals through the Government’s funding of the National Trading Standards E-Crime Team,†Boles said. According to the government’s latest IP Crime Report, social media has become the “channel of choice†for online ‘pirate’ activity. In the past several months several of the leading torrent sites have had issues with their Facebook accounts. The Pirate Bay’s account was shuttered in December 2014 and in May and June 2015, ExtraTorrent and RARBG had their accounts suspended on copyright infringement grounds. https://torrentfreak.com/uk-authorities-launch-facebook-piracy-crackdown-150625/
  3. Without any prior warning, Facebook has removed the official page of popular torrent site RARBG after a complaint from a copyright holder. The operator of the site scolds Facebook for the takedown, noting that they never posted any copyright infringing content on the social network. With millions of regular visitors RARBG is one of the most popular torrent sites on the Internet. Like most sites of its size, RARBG also has a Facebook presence where it keeps its users informed about the latest developments, including new features and the occasional outage. However, a few hours ago RARBG’s official Facebook page suddenly disappeared. Initially, the operator assumed that there was some kind of error, but after logging into Facebook he was presented with the following message. “We have disabled or removed access to the following content you posted on Facebook because we received a report from a third party that the content infringes their copyright(s).†TF spoke with the operator of the torrent site who informed us that they were careful not to link to any infringing material. In fact, until now they have never received any copyright complaints from Facebook. According to RARBG, Facebook simply took a copyright holder complaint for granted without any further investigation. “Once again Facebook proved that they are not fighting for freedom of speech and they will bend over to any company that makes any copyright complaint without even taking the time to send a warning or properly investigate the issue,†RARBG’s admin says. This isn’t the first time that Facebook has shut down a torrent site fanpage. Previously, the same happened to The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents and ExtraTorrent. For RARBG the removal was the last straw. The torrent site doesn’t plan to make a new Facebook page just to risk starting all over again a few months from now, so will simply be a little less social instead. https://torrentfreak.com/facebook-removes-rarbg-page-after-copyright-complaint-150605/
  4. Facebook has removed the official page of ExtraTorrent after complaints from copyright holders. With more than 350,000 fans ExtraTorrent had one of the largest fan pages of all torrent sites on the social network. But despite the setback, ExtraTorrent's operator are not giving up on Facebook just yet. With regular competitions and frequent status updates ExtraTorrent has a very active community on Facebook. Or had, we should say. After sailing clear for nearly three years, Facebook decided to pull the plug on the site this morning citing a third-party copyright complaint. “We have removed or disabled access to the following content that you have posted on Facebook because we received a notice from a third-party that the content infringes their copyright(s),†Facebook wrote. According to Facebook the ExtraTorrent page was considered to be a repeat copyright infringer, but the staff of the torrent site refutes this characterization. ExtraTorrent’s staff tells TF that they were careful not to link directly to infringing content after Facebook warned them two years ago. However, Google cache does show occasional links to pages that list pirated movies. Facebook’s takedown message The last notice ExtraTorrent received from Facebook came in yesterday. This takedown notice complained about a post from two years ago which linked to a torrent of the film Elysium. “This post was published in 2013. It’s very curious. Looks like Facebook removed the ExtraTorrent Page because of a post from 2013,†ET’s staff tells us. This is not the first time that ExtraTorrent has been kicked from Facebook. The same happened three years ago when the site’s official page had roughly 140,000 fans. Despite the new setback, the torrent site is not giving up on Facebook just yet. They quickly launched a new page which quickly gathered thousands of followers, and many more are sure to follow. Extratorrent’s new Facebook page https://torrentfreak.com/facebook-shuts-down-extratorrents-official-page-150515/
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  6. Global tech firms including Google, Facebook & Microsoft have rejected calls for a graduated response to online piracy in Australia. Slamming bogus piracy stats and describing copyright as a "moral hazard" that can stifle innovation, the group says that offering easy access to content at a fair price is the only solution. As more of the submissions to the Australian Federal Government’s call for input on online copyright infringement are published, it’s becoming clear that the move and movie industries have a battle on their hands. Hollywood in particular is seeking a tightening of the law which would hold ISPs more responsible for the actions of their users, while introducing a graduated response to deal with persistent domestic file-sharers. Still can’t agree In 2012, movie and recording companies fought a bloody battle with tech companies over SOPA in the United States but more than two years on its evident that the divide over what should be done about piracy is as wide as ever. In a submission to the Government, a group of tech companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, eBay, Samsung, Motorola and BT largely oppose the wish-list of the entertainment industries. Mirroring the tendency of Hollywood to state how important its members are to the economy, the Computer & Communications Industry Association begin by stating that its members employ more than 600,000 workers who generate more than $200 billion in revenue. Launching its key observations, CCIA say that rather than pushing for the introduction of a so-called graduated response scheme, policy makers could achieve better results by focusing on the issues that encourage people to pirate in the first place. No graduated response: provide content in a timely manner at a fair price The group describes “high prices†and a “lack of availability of lawful content†as key domestic and international market barriers for consuming online content. But the problems don’t end there. “Naturally, from this follows that access to on-demand/online content across territories becomes even more cumbersome and restrictive due to territorial copyright restrictions, licensing conduct, geo-blocking, price discrimination holdback and windowing,†CCIA explains. Noting that there is “an inverted relationship†between lawful and unlawful access to content, the tech group underlines their point with a quote from Kevin Spacey. “Audience wants the freedom.. they want control…give consumers what they want, when they want it and in the format they want it and at reasonable price,†they write. Don’t believe their lies A couple of points raised by the CCIA will sting their entertainment industry adversaries more than most. Noting that there “is little or no evidence†that graduated response schemes are successful (but plenty to the contrary), enforcement policies should be based only on facts, not on the claims of those determined to introduce them. “It is also absolutely essential that enforcement debate and policy is not based on manufactured claims, exaggerations and deceptions that will in the long run risk resulting in a negative public sentiment concerning intellectual property,†CCIA writes. “Empirical data on the impact of copyright infringement over the last two decades is deeply contested and in some cases to such a level that it is being ridiculed. This is a highly undesirable development for the perception of copyright and by extension intellectual property in general by the broader public.†Copyright is a “moral hazard†In another interesting statement the CCIA suggest that when supported by legislation, companies will fall back on that to maintain business models that are no longer viable. “Economists have expressed concerns that copyright has a moral hazard effect on incumbent creative firms, by encouraging them to rely on enforcement of the law rather than adopt new technologies and business models to deal with new technologies,†the tech firms continue. “Hence, enforcement should not become a tool to protect businesses from competition, changing business realities and changes in consumer exactions, hereby allowing them to continue to hold on to outdated business models.†Conclusion Summing up, CCIA director Jakob Kucharczyk says that any new scheme should employ a “holistic end-to-end approach†and be coupled with efforts by content providers to give customers the content they need at a fair price. On the issue of ISPs, the CCIA is clear. There must be a level playing field, legal protection from liability must be enshrined in law, and rightsholders must be held responsible for their actions when making allegations of infringement. “If all parties are willing to look at equitable, cooperative programs that include a focus on the key issues outlined above, we believe that a better, more balanced and more effective outcome is achievable than that which is likely to result from the Government’s present proposals,†Kucharczyk concludes. How the conflicting approaches of the technology companies, ISPs and the entertainment industries can ever be reconciled will be a topic for heated debate in the coming months, not only in Australia, but across the world.
  7. Amazon’s built a successful online retail business, as can be seen by Google’s own Shopping Express shipping business that has expanded in recent weeks to include Barnes & Noble local retail stores. But the new front today in the race to the top is mobile ads: mobile ads are a booming business, and search engine giant Google happens to be in an advantageous position to rise to the top. While Google still dominates the mobile ad space, the company’s mobile ad share is being chipped away by Facebook, whose 1.2 billion+ user base gives the social networking company more users to target, more data to catch, and more ads to send. With all the “likes†registered at Facebook on a daily basis, and all the photos, statuses, and discussions carried on at Facebook, the social networking site is poised to rise to the top to prevent Google from having all of the glory for itself. Well, Facebook may need to worry about a new company now: Amazon. In a report provided by the Wall Street Journal, Amazon has decided to enter into the mobile ad business with a new service called Amazon Sponsored Links. The new service aims to provide sponsored links (hence the name) from those who seek to advertise or promote their products or services. Whereas Google’s mobile ad share stems from its search engine and user searches, Amazon’s mobile ad share, and profits would come from the company’s data behind user buying activity and searches. When consumers use Amazon to search for and buy items, the company collects data behind their interests. This type of demographic, interest, and shopping and buying information can be used to target ads for the right users and thus, bring in more money. After all, a customer who likes shopping for shoe bargains will find shoe ads much more appealing than an ad about buying a smartphone or tablet. Someone who’s interested in books may also have an interest in cooking, so Amazon could appeal to consumers with multiple interests and increase the chances of user clicks on a sponsored ad at the online retailer’s website. Amazon’s already taking advantage of its massive user base, and the Amazon Fire phone now makes it easy to use the Fire phone’s “FireFly†feature to help a customer find any item in a local store on Amazon’s online retail site (and purchase it) within a matter of seconds. Amazon’s Sponsored Links will operate similar to the Google Adwords campaign, and Jeff Bezos and his company will roll out the service as early as the end of this year. Amazon just entered the smartphone race with its Fire phone offering that provides a 13MP camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), as well as a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass display with HD resolution and four parallax cameras that provide a faux-3D motion that mimics that of Apple’s parallax motion in iOS 7. The Fire phone is currently available in the US exclusively through AT&T for $199 with a two-year agreement, and those who want to purchase the phone can buy it off-contract for around $649.
  8. Ever wondered why anti-virus programs detect malware apps along with viruses? Many believe that the malware because it’s not a virus, isn’t that harmful. However, a new study shows that the malware is more harmful than many believe it to be. The study, done by University of Michigan and California-Riverside researchers, found that one single malware app is all it takes to reduce the security of the remaining apps on the device. The team used a malware-ridden app to hack into popular apps on Android devices, and in so doing, found that Google’s email app, Gmail, was the easiest app to hack into. The team tested seven apps, with Gmail being the easiest to hack (92% success rate), tying with H&R Block (92%), followed by Newegg (86%), WebMD (85%), Chase Bank & Hotels.com (83%), and Amazon (48%). Despite how hard it is for hackers to access Amazon.com, a 48% success rate is still a bad sign for Android. And Gmail, as the default email app for Android users, is sadly unprotected from malware and hackers – which is the most unfortunate part of the study. This likely explains why Google looks to integrate Samsung’s KNOX business security into the upcoming Android L update. Google shouldn’t stop there, however – ordinary customers should receive access to KNOX security as well, even if they’re not business professionals. The researchers also seemed certain that the same hacks could be replicated on iOS and Windows Phone, although they hadn’t tested this hypothesis at the time of the study. The key to the hack involves accessing the app at the same time that a user attempts to enter into the app to check email (Gmail) or deposit a check (Chase). “By design, Android allows apps to be preempted or hijacked. But the thing is you have to do it at the right time, so the user doesn’t notice. We do that, and that’s what makes our attack unique,†said the University of California-Riverside researcher Zhiyun Quian. For Quian and his team, shared memory is the cause of successful malware hacks: shared memory is tied to public side channels that can be accessed by anyone – including hackers. Hopefully, studies such as this will show Google that Android still needs more internet security protection safeguards in the future. Google has started scanning apps for malware (which is a good sign), but the search engine giant also needs to find ways to prevent malware-ridden apps from arriving in the Google Play Store in the first place. Although some consumers have never come into contact with malware-ridden apps, some of us here at Inferse have – and it pays to have an anti-virus app that scans your device thoroughly in such cases. There’s always danger in mobile, and you can’t discredit the testimonies of others because you’ve never encountered it yourself. Thefts and robberies exist in the world, and you can’t say that they don’t exist because a thief has never arrived at your doorstep. Here’s to hoping that we get to a place one day where malware apps no longer appear in the Google Play Store – and stories such as this become irrelevant.
  9. Facebook, like all other social media sites, is always up to something, but the company’s latest test will give you nothing short of a good laugh. Facebook is now adding a “satire†tag to posts that report funny stories that aren’t true, and the test has been verified for a satirical site such as The Onion. Some may ponder why Facebook would do such a thing, particularly if the best part of the satire is that people seem to believe it’s true, but the company likely wants to prevent the same response that it discovered when the algorithm deception on 700,000 users became public recently. To add to that would be to say that there are some stories that seem unlikely, although it’s often hard to decipher the fact from fiction. If you’ve ever heard of the Washington Post’s report on Sarah Palin joining the Al-Jazeera network, Stephen Colbert’s report on the Tacocopter, or a daily prank site known as The Daily Current, you’ll understand that prank news is a booming business (unfortunately). So far, Facebook has only gone so far as to verify the new satire label and its use for prank sites: “We are running a small test which shows the text ‘[satire]’ in front of links to satirical articles in the related articles unit in News Feed. This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units,†said a Facebook representative. Interestingly enough, only posts from The Onion are bearing the “satire†label at the moment, and only after you return to the browser will you see a “related articles†list that bears the label. The original post that moved you to click on the URL won’t bear the “satire†label, but Facebook will likely improve this feature – if it becomes useful to Facebook users. The feature has been in testing for a month now, and we don’t know how much longer Facebook will conduct testing on the feature until it decides to release it to the Facebook user base. It’s a good measure to prevent reporters and journalists from running wild with cleverly-concocted hoax stories, but what is even more laughable is that fake news sites are allowed to continue to provide publication to fictional events.
  10. Around 92 percent of more than 64,000 Facebook users have given the Messenger app a one-star rating on App Annie over the past month. Facebook's Messenger app, which has shifted the social network's instant-messaging features off the main mobile app and onto its own standalone program, has found its niche -- among critics. App Annie, an analytics-tracking site that gathers the collective wisdom of app users, shows that Facebook's Messenger app has received nearly 59,000 one-star ratings from users over the past month, dwarfing the nearly 2,700 five-star ratings the app has received from users. That said, it's possible that not all of the reviews came from actual Facebook Messenger users. App Annie users can review apps without proving they had actually used the programs. Facebook announced at the end of last month that it was beginning the final phaseout of mobile messaging within its main app. The company rolled out the Messenger-only app in Europe in April, but has since rolled it out globally. In a statement to CNET last month, Facebook said that while it might seem unorthodox to break out a feature, the move is designed to "focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences." When users now try to send messages through Facebook's standalone mobile app, they are prompted to download Messenger. Upon doing so, users will still be able to see pending messages in the Facebook main app, but when they decide to respond, they are sent to the standalone Messenger. Not surprisingly, there has been some outcry among people who were previously accustomed to sending messages through the standard Facebook app. Facebook, however, has largely stayed out of the ongoing criticisms hitting the Web, deciding instead to focus on its data points that show using the Messenger app would make communicating with others 20 percent faster and more reliable than using the main app. App Annie is by no means is the last word on overall Facebook user sentiment. The compiled data does not come from a traditional survey. It is compiled from people actively choosing to vote. Thus App Annie can be a lightning rod for critics. At the same time, this is a large-scale reaction to Facebook's recent switch. Out of the more than 64,000 reviews of Facebook's Messenger in the past month, the app has only been able to garner a 1.2-star average rating. "I hate this app," one user wrote on App Annie's comments section. "Why make everything harder? Just don't understand that." Another user wrote: "I hate it! I delete it every day because Facebook force me to download that awful app every day." Another reason not to lend too much credence to the App Annie findings: while the opinions of 64,000 people is nothing to ignore, Facebook has well over 1 billion users worldwide and 200 million using its Messenger app. That leaves many, many people who haven't shared their opinions via App Annie. Still, the comments address the fact that at least some, very vocal people don't appreciate the transition or the new app. "We're focused on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and have recently added features like new ways to send photos and videos, group conversations, free voice calls, quick voice-based messages, and stickers," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET in an e-mailed statement. "Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we'll keep working to make it an even faster and more engaging way to connect with people." http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-users-share-messenger-displeasure-in-online-pool/
  11. A New York privacy lawsuit has Google, Microsoft, Dropbox, Twitter, Yelp, Kickstarter, Meetup, and Tumblr supporting Facebook in court. Facebook Chief Deputy General Chris Sonderby informed Facebook users of the situation earlier this summer: “Since last summer, we’ve been fighting hard against a set of sweeping search warrants issued by a court in New York that demanded we turn over nearly all data from the accounts of 381 people who use our service, including photos, private messages, and other information…of the 381 people whose accounts were the subject of these warrants, 62 were later charged in a disability fraud case. This means that no charges will be brought against more than 300 people whose data was sought by the government without prior notice to the people affected. The government also obtained gag orders that prohibited us from discussing this case and notifying any of the affected people until now.†Of the 381 accounts demanded by the warrants, only 62 related to criminal activity. The others were user data accounts of grandchildren, teachers, officials, and other persons who aren’t even under suspicion for criminal activity. Facebook also goes on to say that the company went to court to fight these warrants but “were told by a lower court that as an online service provider we didn’t even have legal standing to protest the warrants,†Sonderby said. Facebook filed an appeal, but it was later rejected; Facebook only complied because the court promised to bring criminal charges against the social media company if it didn’t comply. This past Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed motions along with Google, Twitter, and Microsoft in support of Facebook’s fight to surrender the remaining 319 user accounts in court. The NYCLU said that the warrants were nothing more than “broad fishing expeditions†in its filing, considering that the warrants called for the user accounts of everyone “from high schoolers to grandparents, from all over New York and across the United States.†We here at Inferse want to bring these types of stories to public attention because we want to show that Facebook, as much as we think some of its permissions are a little weird and defy understanding, isn’t the only one at fault in the war between social media and privacy these days. At the same time, however, we think that if Facebook accessed fewer bits of user data, then judicial courts and world governments wouldn’t have as much overreach into user data as they do. In other words, if Facebook allowed users to customize permissions (select some they can agree with, reject others such as the right to record audio on Facebook Messenger), perhaps Facebook would make itself less of a target for government or court warrants such as these. If Facebook started limiting what data it collects on Facebook users, then it wouldn’t have to go to court and fight to protect its users. Just this week, Facebook purchased privacy protection company PrivateCore, a company that wrote in its acquisition announcement that “Over time, Facebook plans to deploy our technology into the Facebook stack to help protect the people who use Facebook.†In other words, Facebook is starting to care more and more about protecting the data of its users. While we applaud Facebook’s efforts to protect our user data, we also want to become more informed on what Facebook intends to do with it – and just saying “We’re taking all this user data to sell you better ads that are targeted to you†isn’t enough. We want to know what Facebook intends to do with every permission we grant the company whenever we download Instagram, or Facebook Messenger, or some other app the company may create in the future. We want a more detailed explanation than what we’ve been given in the past. Facebook, if you want your users to trust you more, don’t just acquire companies that aim to protect us – and don’t just make promises to Facebook developers at your annual F8 Conference. Rather, tell us what these specific permissions are for and what you intend to do with them. And then, allow us to come to trust you over time by allowing us to use Facebook Messenger with one or two permissions enabled – then, as you win our trust, we may open up to allow more permissions into our user data. While “we’ll protect your data over time†sounds nice, we want results now. Today. Soon.
  12. Facebook’s given its user base approximately one week to download the new messaging app in which texting abilities are being separated from the core Facebook app. Some users that have already downloaded the Facebook Messenger app are finding it to be offensive. One Facebook user in particular said that she is outraged at the privacy approvals users must give Facebook in order to download the Facebook Messenger app. “It makes me feel really angry. I think it’s a complete invasion of my privacy. We are growing up in a digital age but it’s hard knowing that everything you do is followed. It’s weird that Facebook and other apps are getting involved in your phone. It’s weird that I completely overlooked it,†she told CBS 6 News. Facebook’s new Messenger app is designed to let you text other Facebook friends, but you have to give away some privacy in order to gain texting capabilities. Here are the permissions you must give the new Facebook Messenger app: Identity Find accounts on the device Read your own contact card Contacts/Calendar Read your contacts Location Approximate location (network-based) Precise location (GPS and network-based) SMS Edit your text messages (SMS or MMS) Receive text messages (SMS) Read your text messages (SMS or MMS) Phone Directly call phone numbers Photos/Media/Files Read the contents of your USB storage Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage Camera/Microphone Take pictures and videos Record audio Wi-Fi connection information View Wi-Fi connections These permissions do not count others, such as the permission to give Facebook full network access to your phone and to even “change network connectivity.†For all of these permissions, you can view them by going to the Facebook Messenger app at Google Play, then scroll down to the section above “Google Play Content†that says “permissions.†While some are what normal apps require, we have to admit: the “edit and read your text messages,†as well as “record audio†permissions are a little weird for Facebook Messenger. If the company wants to learn more about its users, we’re not sure this is such a good idea. The best advice we can give users is this: read the permissions before agreeing to download the app. If these permissions make you feel uncomfortable, or if you think they give Facebook too much control, then do not download it. If you downloaded it in the past and you now feel uncomfortable, then the best thing to do is to use a carrier messaging app such as Verizon’s Message+, or some other carrier app that you think does a better job at maintaining privacy (FaceTime, or iMessage, for example). It’s likely the case that Instagram comes with many of the same permissions as Facebook Messenger.
  13. With the goal of better protecting user data, the social network buys a company known for just that. Looking to make user data more secure, Facebook announced Thursday that it has acquired secure server technology company PrivateCore. PrivateCore, which was founded in 2012 and is based in Palo Alto, Calif., develops software that authenticates and secures server data. The company's goal is to protect servers from malware, unauthorized access, and malicious hardware devices. This type of software would be useful to Facebook, given that the company runs tens of thousands of servers. The social network has more than 1 billion monthly active users, which means a lot of data that could be vulnerable without the right protections. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a Facebook spokesperson did confirm that the social network plans to add PrivateCore's technology to its server stack."Facebook has done more than any company to connect the world, and we want to use our secure server technology to help make the world's connections more secure," PrivateCore CEO Oded Horovitz said in a statement. "Working together with Facebook, there is a huge opportunity to pursue our joint vision at scale with incredible impact." "PrivateCore and Facebook share a vision of a more connected, secure world," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET. "We plan to deploy PrivateCore's groundbreaking technology into Facebook's server stack to help further our mission to protect the people who use our service." http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-acquires-server-security-firm-privatecore/
  14. Facebook for Windows Phone has seen its Beta mode updated with some of the latest features, but these hadn’t yet been brought over to the official Facebook app for Windows Phone. As of yesterday, however, Facebook decided to finally bring these features to its mainstream users, providing a new video upload feature, Facebook Messenger support, along with an updated design. The new Facebook for Windows Phone update puts the version number at 8.3.1.0. It’s likely that Facebook looks to announce the move of messages from the core Facebook app to Facebook Messenger. The Zuckerberg-led company recently started making the announcement about the move of text messages to the Messenger app for Android and iOS users, telling Windows Phone users that they’d have to wait until a later time. With this new Messenger support, however, now may be the time. If so, please feel free to let us know.
  15. ou’ve been enjoying the convenience of having your messages and Facebook status updates in the core Facebook app. Well, prepare to be inconvenienced! Facebook’s now moved your messages to its Facebook Messenger app – prompting yet another download by some Facebook users who feel that the social media company should centralize its offerings. Facebook is now notifying users who’ve yet to download the Facebook messenger app on their phone by way of the Facebook Home page as well as their current list of Facebook messages sent to friends in the core Facebook app. There’s a “learn more†button you can press to learn about why Facebook’s moving its messages. In short, Facebook claims by way of its FAQ page that Facebook messenger gets your messages to you faster than the core Facebook app. At the same time, however, we here at Inferse have used both the core Facebook app for messages and the Facebook Messenger app – and we’ve yet to understand the difference in message delivery speeds. We’d like to be optimistic here, but we believe that Facebook’s doing this for company benefit rather than user benefit. In any case, the company’s not yet relocating everything. According to its FAQ page, “We’ll keep giving you links to install Messenger, and soon you’ll see a reminder notice where you’d normally see your messages. At that point, you’ll need to install Messenger or go to www.facebook.com from a browser to view and send messages.â€
  16. If Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg will keep growing at the current pace, soon he will become world richest person leaving behind legends like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Facebook’s Q2 2014 earnings just came to light, and Zuckerberg’s worth increased $1.6 billion beyond his financial worth prior to Facebook’s earnings report. The social media company had Wall Street expectations to soar to $2.81 billion, but Facebook soared to $2.91 billion with an increase in sales of 61 percent. In a Bloomberg interview, Facebook Effect author David Kirkpatrick said that Zuckerberg is “just getting started. He’s going to become the richest person on the planet.†With Zuckerberg’s rise in financial worth to $33.3 billion, he’s now in front of Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin as well as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at just 30 years old. Zuckerberg’s ranked at no. 16, followed by Page and Brin (nos. 17 and 18). Facebook purchased text messaging company WhatsApp earlier this Spring, with stern warning from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to respect the WhatsApp privacy policy that was in place before the acquisition. In recent weeks, the social media company’s been at the center of a controversy regarding a social experiment it performed on 700,000 unsuspecting users before implementing any language of the sort into its user data policy.
  17. The social network has placed a “buy†button on adverts for products that would allow its users to pay for them directly from the ads without leaving Facebook. The “buy†button will be visible from ads on both desktop and mobile app versions of the social network. It will also be seen on product page posts from brands. By clicking on it, the user will be connected directly with the retailer. Facebook announced that this feature was built with privacy in mind. The company pointed out that it was trying to make the payment experience both safe and secure. As such, none of the credit or debit card information users would be sharing with Facebook when completing a transaction can be shared with other advertisers. In addition, it will be up to users whether or not they’d like to save payment information for future purchases. The feature is testing now, limited to a few small- and medium-sized businesses in the United States. In the meantime, it is expected to help both advertisers and users. At the moment, when a user clicks on an ad within Facebook for a product he or she wants to buy, the service would send them to an external website. The company launched a store for goods two years ago, but pulled the plug on the venture last year after lack of engagement from users with gift cards of the most popular brands. Facebook is not the first one to introduce the “buy†button – Twitter has done that earlier in 2014. Now everyone can buy products directly from ads on Twitter, and even Amazon added the ability to put items to a shopping cart directly via tweets three months ago. Perhaps, testing will expand to the users in the United Kingdom soon as well, but thus far there were no official confirmation from the company. http://extratorrent.cc/article/3806/facebook+introduced+“buyâ€+button.html
  18. Facebook has acquired LiveRail - a tech start-up that helps companies place more relevant ads in the videos that appear on their websites and apps. LiveRail also provides a real-time bidding platform for marketers looking to place ads on online videos. The firms did not reveal the financial terms, but some reports indicate that Facebook paid between $400m and $500m (£233m and £291m) to buy the firm. Online video advertising is forecast to grow robustly in the coming years. "More relevant ads will be more interesting and engaging to people watching online video, and more effective for marketers too," Brian Boland, vice president of ads product marketing and atlas at Facebook, said in a blog post. "Publishers will benefit as well, because more relevant ads will help them make the most out of every opportunity they have to show an ad." According to LiveRail, it delivers more than seven billion video ads per month. Growing importance The online and mobile ad sector has been growing rapidly in recent years. According to a study published in April, more than £1bn was spent on mobile ads in the UK alone in 2013, a rise of 93% on the previous year. Some other estimates suggest that online video advertising revenues are likely to hit $6bn in the US this year. As a result, a growing number of firms - especially social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter - have been looking at ways to attract more advertisers and tap into the sector's growth. Earlier this year, Facebook said it would start serving ads to third-party mobile apps via a new advertising network. Twitter, acquired MoPub mobile advertising exchange last year. MoPub acts as a mediation service, allowing marketers to manage the placement of ads across several networks, including Facebook's. Analysts said that given their large user base, social networks were likely to get a big share of this growing market. "It is no longer about saying, 'My ad was was seen by so many people,'" said Sanjana Chappalli, Asia-Pac head of LEWIS Pulse, a firm specialising in digital marketing. "But it is now about knowing who those people are and how they have responded to the information fed to them. "And on that front, social networks enjoy a tremendous advantage over everyone else." she added. Meanwhile, Google's AdMob and Apple's iAds platforms and several other smaller firms are also competing to provide the adverts shown on mobile phones and tablets. Millennial Media, Flurry and Nexage are among the firms promoting their own versions of "programmatic buying" - a way for firms to target their ads at a specific type of consumer via a chosen type of app at an appropriate time and geographic location.
  19. One of the Internet's favorite public torrent sites for HD content has mysteriously disappeared. Sites can often suffer downtime, but the complete absence of PublicHD since yesterday is also accompanied by the deletion of its Twitter and Facebook accounts. While new file-sharing sites appear on a regular basis, it’s reasonably rare for fresh torrent sites to fill a niche in an effective and public fashion. PublicHD was a site that bucked that trend, in part by delivering focused content rather than simply making existing material searchable. From a standing start, during the last quarter of 2012 PublicHD’s popularity skyrocketed. Concentrating on movie rips at the higher end of the quality spectrum, PublicHD grew steadily throughout 2013, a trend that continued – blips aside – into the first few months of this year. Then yesterday, without warning, PublicHD simply disappeared and into today the site is still inaccessible via its main Swedish domain, .EU alternative, or official proxy. There has been no official announcement or explanation. Needless to say, currently there are plenty of worried users. Of course, sites go offline for technical reasons all the time, and it may yet transpire that PublicHD has had some serious technical issues. The signs, however, are less than encouraging. The first logical places for users to check for status updates are PublicHD’s Twitter and Facebook accounts but just like the main site, they have completely disappeared. Since PublicHD is, as its name suggests, a public site, its activities can be seen not only on its own domain but on other torrent sites too. For example, The Pirate Bay has a user account by the name of DibyaTPB, which is believed to be a PublicHD auto-uploading bot. After making hundreds of releases and rarely if ever having a break, yesterday DibyaTPB fell silent, indicating that the site is indeed completely offline. Furthermore, BOZX, another Pirate Bay account associated with PublicHD, also went quiet on Saturday. And, after 19,199 uploads, the corresponding account for BOZX on KickassTorrents was silenced too. At some point, it’s not clear when, the account was also renamed. The disappearance of PublicHD is even more puzzling given that earlier this month the site’s operators were planning new and bigger things. “Soon we are a going to have a makeover and a brand new PublicHD with tons of new features and stronger security system,†they said in an announcement. It’s certainly feasible that the upgrades are underway now, but why that would go hand in hand with PublicHD’s decision to disappear themselves from social media thus keeping their users entirely in the dark makes little sense. Rightsholders have issued a steady stream of complaints against PublicHD to Google since late 2012 but since the start of 2014 the number being processed has steadily increased, with April and May being the most active months in the site’s history.
  20. It seems that the social network is ready to launch a money transfer service in Europe which would allow Facebook to compete with the likes of Western Union, while providing users the option to store money with Facebook or buy items online. Facebook is currently seeking regulatory approval in its EU base in Ireland for "e-money" status that would see the company issue digital credits convertible into cash by recipients. Facebook can make some forms of money transfer in the United States that allow payments within apps, from which the company takes a 30% cut. According to financial reports, Facebook facilitated $2.1bn in transactions in 2013, mostly to games publishers. Approval in Ireland would allow the company to operate an e-money service across Europe using “passporting†– in other words, digital payments can be used across EU member states without approval from each one. Although the company declined to comment on the development, this move highlights the scale of the global money transfer market. The social network has made mobile platforms the focus of its expansion strategy in developing markets like India – the latter accounts for over 100 million of Facebook’s 1.2 billion users. In addition, mobile broadband subscribers far outrun fixed-line users in developing nations. In developed nations, the social network competes with established technology platforms like Apple’s iTunes and Amazon, both having millions of customers with credit cards attached to the service. Since payment schemes are the equivalent to credit cards in emerging markets, Facebook can make progress here, particularly in places where banking infrastructure is not as mature as in EU or US. Regulatory approval from Ireland would subject the social network to the same controls as a bank, i.e. the company will be required to segregate funds equivalent to the amount of e-money it issues. Industry observers confirm that payments and e-money services are currently expanding in financial services and technology market. They also note that Facebook’s rivals are more focused on payment systems than money transfers. For example, Amazon’s CEO has made payment systems a priority focus, claiming that his company’s payments team should intensify its efforts to be successful in the space.