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Facebook Looking into “Disrupting Economics” of Fake News Sites

Posted on November 22nd, 2016.

In a Facebook post Friday night, founder of the popular social network Mark Zuckerberg took time to outline the steps the company will take to tackle its “fake news” problem, which has been a hot topic in the wake of the election. One way the social media behemoth plans on doing that is by making sure fake news sites...

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Politics

Viral Disinformation Warning: Fake News Are Taking over Facebook

Posted on November 14th, 2016.

Today’s news: Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford voted for Donald Trump, the Republican President-elect of the US, because the liberals want to take away their money; Melania Trump filed to divorce her husband, Donald Trump; Donald Trump himself said to People Magazine that Republicans are the dumbest group of voters; All the news above...

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Op-Ed

Like: Facebook Could Stop Playing Nanny and Thought Cop

Posted on October 25th, 2016.

Facebook is often criticized for playing nanny: removing content deemed unsuitable for minors, removing content deemed offensive to this or that group, and in general adopting a perhaps benevolent but certainly heavily hands-on approach to the material posted by users. That could be about to change. According to a Facebook news release...

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Business

Lloyds Bank to Use Virtual Reality for Graduate Programme Intake

Posted on October 20th, 2016.

The Lloyds Banking Group is taking a different approach toward its 2017 graduate intake by using virtual reality to test the reactions of potential candidates. Every year, Lloyds receives more than 20,000 applications from graduate applicants. Each of them is seeking a place on one of 14 placements in its Graduate Leadership Programmes....

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Biotech

Silicon Valley’s War on Disease: Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Google to End Cancer and Aging

Posted on September 22nd, 2016.

Silicon Valley is going to war against disease, cancer, aging, and perhaps even death, with advanced computing, AI and machine learning, genomics, DNA engineering, biotech and nanotech. Tech giants and mega-rich philanthropists are spending billions to permit hacking biology all the way down to DNA, and perhaps we could see breakthroughs...

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Space

Mark Zuckerberg “Deeply Disappointed” about SpaceX Launch Failure

Posted on September 2nd, 2016.

A major explosion of the SpaceX prelaunch test on Thursday has destroyed Facebook’s first satellite, dashing the hopes of providing the Internet to parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Cybersecurity

Phishing Malware Claims 10,000 Facebook Victims

Posted on July 4th, 2016.

A recently uncovered malware attack targeting Facebook users has claimed nearly 10,000 victims in just under two days, with countries in South America and Europe among the hardest hit. Between 24 and 27 June, thousands of Facebook users were targeted by phishing messages purporting to come from a “friend”, claiming to have mentioned the...

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Cybersecurity

Facebook Gives $10k to 10-year-old who Hacked Instagram

Posted on May 3rd, 2016.

A 10-year-old who isn’t old enough to have a Facebook or an Instagram account has been awarded $10,000 by Facebook for discovering a security flaw in Facebook-owned Instagram, which makes him the youngest ever recipient of a Facebook bug bounty. Jani [full name withheld], a 10-year-old from Finland is the youngest ever recipient of a bug...

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Cybersecurity

Facebook Bounty Hunter Wins $10,000 By Finding Backdoor

Posted on April 24th, 2016.

Facebook bounty hunter Orange Tsai received $10,000 after finding someone installed a backdoor, according to betanews. Tsai was able to penetrate a Linux-based staff server to discover a piece of malware was stealing passwords and usernames. Facebook noted that the backdoor did not compromise any user information. Tsai, who works for...

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Communication

White Hat Shows Exploit to Hack Any Facebook Account

Posted on March 8th, 2016.

An Indian white hat hacker has revealed a vulnerability that granted him the means to hack into any Facebook user’s account. However, being the white hat that he is, the hacker promptly alerted Facebook who duly granted him a bug bounty of $15,000. It’s a good thing he’s a white hat, he could’ve made millions as a malicious hacker....

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Cybersecurity

Mark Zuckerberg Supports Apple’s Stance on Encryption

Posted on February 22nd, 2016.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has weighed in on the encryption debate engulfing Apple, the US Government and the FBI in recent weeks by backing Apple in its unrelenting pro-encryption stance. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg publicly stated his support for Apple in the technology...

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Events

The Facebook Hacker Cup 2016 Is Underway

Posted on January 9th, 2016.

Facebook’s annual worldwide programming competition for hackers, the Facebook Hacker Cup kicked off today, January 9th 00:00 hours UTC. Hackers from around the world will be allowed to participate in the Facebook Hacker Cup, a competition that began in 2011. The competition pits hackers against each other through various rounds of...

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Breaches

Feds Credit a Single Hacker behind Theft of 1.2 Billion Log-In Credentials

Posted on November 25th, 2015.

As revealed by court documents put forth by the FBI, the authority has identified a single hacker behind the theft of the most comprehensive credentials-hack in history. 1.2 billion stolen web credentials. Millions, possibly hundreds of millions of Facebook and Twitter logins. Over 500 million email address, aside from the stolen...

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Companies

Facebook Removes Woman’s Account Because Her First Name is Isis

Posted on November 19th, 2015.

The goddess Isis was an important figure in ancient Egypt. The ideal wife with a name meaning “throne,” she was the very embodiment of the Pharaoh’s supernatural right to power. Thus it’s no surprise that some women might see fit to name their daughters after her. In fact, Isis was one of the most popular baby names among...

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Communication

Facebook Sides With Identity Thieves

Posted on November 13th, 2015.

Open teaching is the idea that people have the right to learn regardless of their ability or circumstance. The diversity of the people they interact with makes for a much larger attack surface, with a huge range of connections on Facebook and elsewhere. But here we’ll focus on Facebook and some recent incidences. Readers may not be...

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Business

Facebook Set to Appeal Belgian Data Privacy Decision

Posted on November 11th, 2015.

Belgium recently had a court ruling that determined Facebook was going too far in collecting information about visitors to its site who are not Facebook users. Facebook has said that it will appeal this decision, which it likely considers central to the business model the company uses, whereby they harvest user data and sell it to...

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Cybersecurity

World’s Biggest Internet & Telecom Giants Are failing at Protecting Users’ Digital Rights

Posted on November 4th, 2015.

 Google has the highest score. Facebook, not so much. Overall, there are no winners. Users are still the losers. An independent ranking chart pitting the world’s biggest internet and telecommunications giants to look at corporate practices and measures used for protecting the freedom of expression and privacy among millions of users...

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Activism

[Two]Face[D]Book? Facebook May Be Pushing for Controversial CISA Bill

Posted on October 26th, 2015.

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) has found vocal opponents in several prominent U.S. senators and some of the world’s most widely-used tech companies including Apple, Google and Twitter. However, sources close to privacy-rights group Fight for the Future have the group alleging that Facebook is actually supporting the...

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Opinion

Facebook Admits to Draining Phone Batteries

Posted on October 23rd, 2015.

Ordinarily, bug fixes are welcomed, but now and then, someone needs blame. In Facebook’s mobile app version, this is the case. The company has a market capitalization of nearly 300 billion dollars. It would seem that they could get their act together in regards to mobile applications. Ostensibly, that’s what they’ve...

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Business

Facebook Disrupting Digital Journalism with Instant Articles

Posted on October 22nd, 2015.

Digital journalism, blogs, and web video have their share of dead analogs to their credit. It’s hard to calculate how many independent newspapers no longer exist. Broadcast journalism will soon also find itself struggling against online competitors, as fewer and fewer people from the later generations purchase cable television...