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Real Lame: The EFF’s reaction to Facebook’s Real Names policy

To explain a bit of the title to normal folks, the EFF stands for the “Electronic Frontier Foundation,” a small but influential advocacy group and general proponent of digital freedom and the rights of individuals online. The Facebook Real Names Policy refers to part of Facebook’s legal terms of service which state that you must […]

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Stop! Before You Post on Facebook

How careful are you about what you share on Facebook and other social networks? Probably not very. But in light of a new initiative Facebook is launching, you may want to give more thought to what you post on the social web. Under Facebook’s new program, select data-analysis companies will be able to harvest the vast quantities of […]

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Privacy News of the Week

Lenovo adware found to track user browsing activity Software on certain Lenovo PCs can compromise users’ online privacy, Lenovo has admitted. The software, called Superfish, intercepts internet traffic – nominally to insert targeted ads into web browsers. Because it issues its own security certificates, however, Superfish can theoretically spoof legitimate websites. No criminal activity related […]

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Commercial facial-recognition software is here – should you be concerned? Who else but Facebook, with its 1.3 billion users and hundreds of millions of their photos, would have developed an advanced facial-recognition program? The software, called DeepFace, is already in use: If you upload a new picture with other people in it, Facebook will try to identify […]

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The Facebook phone isn’t a phone: it’s a super-app

Facebook announced its big plan for mobile today, called Facebook Home. Despite speculation that it would be a Facebook phone or a Facebook operating system, it’s more like a super app with “deep integration” into Android phones. It’s basically Facebook’s status stream brought to your phone’s home screen. As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg put it, […]

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