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Could That Facebook ‘Like’ Hurt Your Credit Score?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 15, 2012

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A plan to study data mining of social networking sites bankrolled by Germany’s largest credit reporting agency provoked outrage after internal documents about the project were leaked to German media outlets.

Spiegel Online reported that data gathered from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, other social networks and even Google Street view could be used for “identifying and assessing the prospects and threats” along with “determin[ing] the current opinions of a person.”

Sound creepy? Both politicians as well as ordinary Germans thought so, too, and there was a public outcry. German credit agency Schufa said the project fell within the scope of German privacy laws, but the backlash prompted the university it commissioned to conduct the research to bow out of what was supposed to be a three-year project, and Schufa followed with an announcement saying they wouldn’t pursue the initiative.

Privacy experts say this is a shot across the bow. “Social media data poses a potential problem in lots of situations,” says Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy at the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Read the rest of this entry »

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With Facebook at a Crossroads, Is Mark Zuckerberg’s Future Still Bright?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 19, 2012

He was TIME’s Person of the Year in 2010. Did we get it right?
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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the celebration of ringing the Nasdaq opening bell on May 18, 2012 in Menlo Park, Calif.

Lev Grossman’s latest book is The Magician King

In November 2010, I checked into the Silicon Valley Four Seasons for two weeks to write TIME’s Person of the Year story on Mark Zuckerberg. They were a good two weeks, and not just because of the room service. I got a close-up look at Facebook at a fascinating moment in its history, when it was attempting to pivot from being a user-acquiring growth monster to being a mature platform on and around which other more established companies could rebuild themselves.

I wrote the piece. I made — as one does — a lot of generalizations and forward-looking statements. I stole a suitcase-full of those little moisturizing lotions. Then I checked out of the Four Seasons and went home.

Now, a year and a half later, with Facebook on the verge of its IPO, it seems like a good moment to revisit that story — to go back and see what’s changed, what I got right and what I got wrong.

(VIDEO: A Brief History of Facebook)

In some ways, not much has changed at all. Zuckerberg is living in a new and slightly fancier house. Facebook has kept on adding employees at the same rate — head count reportedly doubled to around 3,200 last year. He’s also kept on adding users at the same rate: in 2010 we projected that Facebook would hit a billion users in 2012. It’s right on track: it has 900 million, and it’ll probably cross the billion threshold in August. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Whole World Watches Again: Occupy Wall Street Strikes Back

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 17, 2011


Protesters cheer as they listen to speakers near Sproul Hall at the University of California at Berkeley as they participate in an Occupy Cal rally Nov. 15, 2011 in Berkeley, California. (Jeff Chiu / AP)

When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg authorized the city’s police force to move in and bring an end to the near two month occupation of Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, he struck at the symbolic heart of a movement that, through the sheer fact of its presence, captured the imagination of thousands around the world. Bloomberg framed the eviction as a matter of health and safety: he would not let the occupation peter out on its own as New York’s frigid winter set in—“inaction was not an option,” read the statement issued by the mayor’s office following the police raid. But as Occupy Wall Street embarks on a day of action across New York City that’s being echoed by protests around the U.S. and the world, Bloomberg may yet question whether he should have let Zuccotti be.

According to one Occupy Wall Street organizer, estimates for attendance at events planned for Nov. 17 have tripled following the sudden NYPD sweep into what the protesters call Liberty Plaza. Nov. 17 marks two months since the occupation at Zuccotti Park began and Occupy Wall Street, alongside allied organizations, including unions, had been scheming actions weeks in advance. Some New York City officials now expect “tens of thousands” out on the streets in possibly the biggest show of dissent since the movement began.

There are three main events planned in New York, as this somewhat hyperbolic poster (invoking Tiananmen Square) lays out: the first is a mass rally starting from Zuccotti Park (once again opened to protest), attempting to “shut down” Wall Street with a march on the heavily fortified New York Stock Exchange; the second involves disparate groups of protesters taking over subway lines and telling their individual stories through the “people’s mike” while on board; the third will be the culmination of the day’s activities, with thousands streaming into Foley Square, near New York’s City Hall, alongside a substantial presence from local and national labor unions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hacker Group Anonymous Promises To ‘Kill’ Facebook Over Privacy (UPDATE)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 11, 2011

This is also part of cyber war.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Google+ Users You Need To Follow: 35 Personalities To Add To Your Circles

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 22, 2011

I already knew some of them and I checked some of their profile now. Marissa Mayer’s present google logo design amazing.
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Jibe, ‘Next Generation Job Board,’ Launches

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 19, 2010

Not sure this site will help us or give more trouble.
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