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Yahoo Sues Facebook

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2012

Business war:

Yahoo is suing Facebook over patents, weeks before the social-networking heavyweight is due to cash in with its initial public offering of stock.

Yahoo said in a US court filing that Facebook had infringed 10 of its patents covering advertising, privacy controls and social networking.

Yahoo had threatened to sue Facebook last month, insisting that the social network license its patents. Facebook vowed to defend itself vigorously against what it called “puzzling actions” by Yahoo.

“We’re disappointed that Yahoo, a long-time business partner of Facebook and a company that has substantially benefited from its association with Facebook, has decided to resort to litigation,” Facebook said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Facebook Pages Now Get Timeline

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 29, 2012

Facebook Timeline for pages has just been released, bringing the new Timeline look to the brand and organisation pages you “like” on Facebook.

All pages will switch to the new design by March 30, whether or not brands optimise their profiles, and add a big header image.

Any Facebook change naturally brings out some love and hate. Some brands will love it, especially those who update their pages often. For others, it will show up how infrequently they update their page.

Facebook users took to Twitter to vent their spleen over the change, with feelings evenly split between love and hate.

Ian Schafer from Deep Focus told Mashable: “It’s an opportunity for brands to tell more engaging stories on Facebook than they can now,” Schafer said. “It puts them more in control of their content.” Read the rest of this entry »

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FBI plans social network map alert mash-up application

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 27, 2012

FBI Develops Facebook Spy Tool

The FBI is seeking to develop an early-warning system based on material “scraped” from social networks.

It says the application should provideinformation about possible domestic and global threats superimposed onto maps “using mash-up technology”.

The bureau has asked contractors to suggest possible solutions including the estimated cost.

Privacy campaigners say they are concerned that the move could have implications for free speech.

The FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center (SOIC) posted its “Social Media Application” market research request onto the web on 19 January, and it was subsequently flagged up by New Scientist magazine.

The document says: “Social media has become a primary source of intelligence because it has become the premier first response to key events and the primal alert to possible developing situations.”

It says the application should collect “open source” information and have the ability to:

  • Provide an automated search and scrape capability of social networks including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Allow users to create new keyword searches.
  • Display different levels of threats as alerts on maps, possibly using colour coding to distinguish priority. Google Maps 3D and Yahoo Maps are listed among the “preferred” mapping options.
  • Plot a wide range of domestic and global terror data.
  • Immediately translate foreign language tweets into English. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Is SOPA And How Does The Blackout Work?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 18, 2012

You may have seen that Wikipedia and several other major websites are “blacked out” today in protest against the US Congress bill called SOPA.

But what is SOPA, how does the black out work and will it affect UK sites?
SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act, officially known as H.R. 3261 and was introduced into Congress by US senator Lamar Smith.

It is currently passing through US Congress for approval, and was introduced for debate on 26 October 2011, has had one hearing on 16 November a “mark-up period” on 15 December.

What will it do?
SOPA will allow any website to pull down a website if that site uses content over which they do not hold copyright.

The bill will allow copyright owners take sites down with a court order.

Search engines will be barred from linking to sites deemed to illegally hold copyright material, and internet service providers will have to block access to these sites. Read the rest of this entry »

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