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  • One in five drivers check websites on the road

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 11:08 am

    More than one in five (21 percent) of motorists check websites - including social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter - while they're driving, according to a new report.
  • Don't look now, but you've just been scraped

    Posted October 12, 2010 - 5:00 pm

    Everywhere you go on the Web, you leave breadcrumbs behind -- a comment here, a "like" there, a tweet, and so on. Those tracks may one day come back to haunt you.
  • What's wrong with Facebook's 'Group' grope

    Posted October 9, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    I spent the past three days largely unmolested by radio waves -- in the mountains, far from any cell tower, with the barest minimum connection to the wired world. It was nice.When I returned, I discovered I'd joined a couple of Facebook Groups I'd never heard of before, and had message notifications from people I'd never heard of.
  • Users drop Digg after unpopular redesign

    Posted September 28, 2010 - 10:59 am

    The radical redesign of the Digg Web site in August appears to have prompted many users to abandon social news site, according to Hitwise.
  • 6 Facebook, Twitter mistakes that can get you fired

    Posted September 28, 2010 - 9:24 am

    Travis Megale is happily employed. A regular Facebook user, he knows how to use the site appropriately and what NOT to say or post. Unfortunately, many Facebook members do not. Job termination due to behavior on Facebook seems to increasingly be in the headlines. A recent survey from email security firm Proofpoint finds seven percent of organizations have fired an employee because of activity on social media sites. Another 20 percent said employees have been disciplined over social media activity. It's statistics like this that inspired Megale to launch his Facebook group "Fired because of Facebook."
  • Warning: Fake LinkedIn spam can steal your bank passwords

    Posted September 27, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    I feel like a complete idiot. I just got taken by a LinkedIn spam that may have just stolen my banking password. This is not the first time I've been an idiot or clicked on something I shouldn't. But this one could be really bad for me.
  • Facebook is down down down; film at 11

    Posted September 22, 2010 - 3:21 pm

    As I write this, Facebook appears to be totally down. Unresponsive to external stimuli. In a persistent vegitative state. And I hear from my Twitter peeps it's been sickly most of the day. UPDATE: Official response from Facebook.
  • Will the "Facebook phone" become a privacy nightmare?

    Posted September 20, 2010 - 2:29 pm

    The great thing about writing about products that don't yet exist is that you can say virtually anything about them and not be proven wrong.
  • Fear of data loss, social media security risks rising

    Posted September 20, 2010 - 1:28 pm

    A new survey from California-based email security firm Proofpoint finds more organizations are dealing with data loss and security breaches due to employee use of social media sites. Proofpoint polled 261 IT decision makers at organizations with more than 1000 employees. Respondents were asked about the frequency of data loss events in the past 12 months, as well as their concerns, priorities and policies related to email, the Web, social media and other sources of data loss risk.
  • Google Me Details Emerge: Social Layers, Built off Buzz

    Posted September 17, 2010 - 12:20 pm

    It's hard to resist drawing comparisons between Google Me and Facebook, but as more details about Google's ambitions to build a social network emerge, the more disparate the two become. Though Google Me was initially expected to be a standalone site, Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently revealed it will instead take a layered approach to Web socialization, weaving networking elements into preexisting Google products. Now, TechCrunch has uncovered new details about Google Me, including the news that the service will be built off Google Buzz.
  • DEMO Fall 2010: 4 Social Startups to Watch

    Posted September 16, 2010 - 9:50 pm

    DEMO Fall 2010, which kicked off Tuesday in Santa Clara, Calif., ushered in a new class of startups--some in mobile, enterprise tech, cloud, consumer and social media--all vying for a prize of $1 million in funding.
  • Yes, Mr. Zuckerberg, we do care about privacy

    Posted September 16, 2010 - 11:37 am

    Privacy is dead, get over it. Sharing is the new social norm. If you're doing something you don't want others to know about, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.
  • Facebook poses security risk at work, study finds

    Posted September 15, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    A third of US SMBs claim to have experienced malware or virus infection as a result of staff using social media websites, Panda Security’s first Social Media Risk Index survey has found.
  • Social Media to the Rescue

    Posted September 13, 2010 - 11:48 am

    Social media offers organizations like the Red Cross a cheaper, easier means of responding in an emergency.
  • Are your tweets costing you a new job?

    Posted September 13, 2010 - 9:11 am

    Half of IT workers would consider modifying content on a social media site if they knew a prospective employer was going to check it out, reports Technisource.
  • Facebook's 'subscribe' takes pain out of online stalking

    Posted September 6, 2010 - 11:03 am

    The problem with stalking people on Facebook is that it's too much damned work. But a new 'Subscribe to person' feature Facebook is testing may make it much easier.
  • Apple's Ping: A haven for spammers?

    Posted September 3, 2010 - 1:26 pm

    It seems Apple is getting into the social networking business, God help them. Among the other life changing products rolled out at this week's semi-annual Apple fanboyfest this week was "Ping," a service that lets you see what music the other 160 million people using iTunes like and recommend.
  • North Korea jumps on social networking bandwagon

    Posted September 1, 2010 - 6:58 pm

    "Paranoid" and "isolated" are two terms often used to describe North Korea and its dictatorial regime. But the country is apparently interested in making friends... at least online.
  • Three great moments in Facebook stupidity

    Posted August 31, 2010 - 11:01 am

    It's a cliche, but evidently it bears repeating: What you do on Facebook (and other social networks) can come back to bite you big time. Don't believe it? Consider these three real-world examples, all of which happened in the last month.
  • Startup offers free social media analytics service

    Posted August 25, 2010 - 9:00 am

    San Jose-based Viralheat this week announced plans to provide companies with some of the data it collects from social networks about businesses, products and brands.
  • Yes Virginia, Facebook does have a 'Dislike' button (of a sort)

    Posted August 19, 2010 - 6:06 pm

    In our last episode of TY4NS, I talked about the Facebook Dislike Button scam and how FB could use a real Dislike button for curmudgeons such as myself.
  • Review

    Twidroyd for Twitter

    Posted August 17, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    If you use Twitter and have a smartphone, there is no excuse for not using a Twitter client app. For Android phone users, Twidroyd for Twitter (formerly known as Twidroid, a name no doubt changed for legal reasons) stands tall above the rest of the competition.
  • How to Spot Facebook Scams Like 'Dislike'

    Posted August 17, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    Like many scams on Facebook, the "Dislike" button succeeded because people are gullible. Here's how to not become one of those people.
  • That Facebook 'Dislike' button isn't real, unfortunately

    Posted August 17, 2010 - 9:55 am

    LIke many people of an inherently cynical nature, the fact Facebook only allows you to express your "Like" on various topics, posts, and advertisements irks me. I know I'm not alone, and so do Facebook scammers, which is why the latest viral "Dislike button" scam has spread so quickly.
  • Warning: Fake LinkedIn emails could infect your PC

    Posted August 14, 2010 - 11:17 am

    Don't look now, but that "LinkedIn" invite you just received from a "colleague" may in fact be yet another cleverly disguised piece of spam. Over the past 24 hours I've received more than 20 variations this piece of e-junk, almost all of which slipped past my spam filter. Most of them include the line:
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