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FTC warning unlikely to stop Facebook from changing WhatsApp privacy policies

posted onApril 15, 2014
by l33tdawg

Despite pressure from the Federal Trade Commission, Facebook is unlikely to leave WhatsApp's stricter privacy policies intact, once government regulators approve the $19 billion acquisition, privacy experts say.

Late last week, Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, sent Facebook a letter, warning the social network that it must abide by the privacy promises WhatsApp made to users of its instant messaging service.

Tutorial: Facebook 2-factor authentication, step-by-step

posted onApril 14, 2014
by l33tdawg

Facebook has never seemed to have a particularly friendly relationship with security and privacy. After all, the more Facebook knows about you, the more the company can profit from the social graph. But while the company has implemented some fine security features for users, the way they present them leaves a lot to be desired.

Hackers discover Facebook's biggest holes

posted onApril 7, 2014
by l33tdawg

Russia and Brazil are hacking Facebook, and the social network is paying them to do it.

Facebook paid out US$1.5 million to security researchers worldwide last year as part of its Bug Bounty programme, and the two emerging markets were responsible for reporting some of the most critical threats, according to a report Facebook released this week.

Facebook scrapped last year's redesign because your screen is too small

posted onMarch 31, 2014
by l33tdawg

Earlier today, Dustin Curtis wrote a post about the recent Facebook desktop redesign.

Dustin makes a few assumptions about the rationale behind the redesign, including how some of the beauty and cleanliness of the initial version tested a year ago was discarded for the sake of short-term metrics. I thought it’d be helpful to shed some light on the real reasons why the design has evolved. The goal of making News Feed all about the content—with bigger photos and more expressive stories—is near and dear to my heart. It’s why we started the project in the first place.

Facebook wants to beam the Internet from the sky

posted onMarch 28, 2014
by l33tdawg

Facebook revealed Thursday it has a lab working on using drones, satellites and solar-powered planes to provide web access around the world.

"We've been working on ways to beam Internet to people from the sky," Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on the leading social network.

NSA denies Facebook snooping

posted onMarch 14, 2014
by l33tdawg

 An article that accused the National Security Agency of impersonating Facebook to spy on U.S. citizens has triggered a denial from the NSA and a reprimand for the U.S. president from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The article, which also said the NSA plans to infect millions of PCs with malware, appeared on the website First Look and was co-written by Glenn Greenwald, who shot to prominence last year for a series of articles in the Guardian about classified NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Facebook advised to give WhatsApp a security review

posted onFebruary 25, 2014
by l33tdawg

WhatsApp, the mobile messaging service Facebook just bought for US$19 billion, has several security weaknesses that experts say are worth addressing.

None of the flaws found this week by app security vendor Praetorian are critical. Instead, they represent lapses in best practices for securing mobile apps.

Facebook cuts its vestigial e-mail addresses

posted onFebruary 25, 2014
by l33tdawg

Facebook has retired its e-mail addresses as of Monday, according to Recode. The reason for killing the feature is, unsurprisingly, very few people were using it.

Facebook introduced the e-mail addresses in November 2010 as a way to deliver messages to users' inboxes without needing to use Facebook to originate the message. At the time, Facebook beneficently declared it was "providing an e-mail address to every person on Facebook who wants one."