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Associated Press Tells Free Speech On Facebook To Suck It

The venerable Associated Press seems to have crossed the line by asking its employees to not only control what they say, but what their friends say. AP employee policy: It’s a good idea to monitor your profile page to make sure material posted by others doesn’t violate AP standards

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Associated Press Tells Free Speech On Facebook To Suck It

Myspace Reducing International Staff, Closing Offices

Damn you, Facebook and Twitter. Damn You!

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Myspace Reducing International Staff, Closing Offices

Facebook’s Plan to Dominate the Net…and Keep Google Out

In Zuckerberg’s vision, users will query this “social graph” to find a doctor, the best camera, or someone to hire—rather than tapping the cold mathematics of a Google search. It is a complete rethinking of how we navigate the online world, one that places Facebook right at the center. In other words, right where Google is now.

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Seesmic Desktop: More Facebook Comments, Less Twitter Spam

When Seesmic Desktop first launched we thought it had great potential to be a threat to TweetDeck. Then after adding Facebook integration, we were convinced that it was indeed a fierce rival.

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Facebook Click Fraud Enraging Advertisers

Scores of complaints can be found at WickedFire, where advertisers are complaining of massive click fraud and an indifferent Facebook. A few of the recent posts (excuse the language):

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Facebook Taps Privacy Hawk as Lobbyist

Facebook’s newly minted lobbyist used to be one of the company’s most formidable adversaries. Now the former ACLU counsel is working to build the tech firm’s beltway clout.

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Bozeman, MT Drops Password Info Requirement

mcmoodle writes “Bozeman, Montana has decided that they don’t want applicant personal information after all, citing a worldwide backlash on the issue: ‘”Effective at noon today the city of Bozeman permanently ceased the practice of requesting that candidates selected for positions under a provisional job offer to provide their usernames or passwords for candidates’ internet sites,” said Chris Kukulski, Bozeman City Manager. … Kukulski says after a 90 minute staff meeting held earlier today, officials decided asking applicants to provide their passwords to sites such as Facebook or MySpace, “exceeded that which is acceptable to our community.” Kukulski apologized for the negative impact the issue has generated from news organizations and blogs around the world.’ I didn’t have any doubt this would be immediately squashed. Now I’m just curious as to how many personal accounts they actually went through!”

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Bozeman, MT Drops Password Info Requirement

Man Attacked In Ohio For Providing Iran Proxies

David Hume writes “electronicmaji is reporting on the Daily Kos that the individual known as ProtesterHelp (also to be found on twitter) was attacked in Ohio for providing network security for Twitterers in Iran, setting up private networks to provide secure proxies, calling for media networks to remove the Iranians Twitterers information from their broadcast, and providing counter-intelligence services (including Basiji and Army Locations) within the Twitter community. ProtesterHelp was allegedly attacked by a group of men while walking to class in Ohio. The men, who appeared to ProtesterHelp to be either Iranian or Lebanese, drove up besides him and threw rocks at him while shouting, ‘Mousavi Fraud.’ ProtesterHelp further reported that his personal information has been leaked, and is currently being spread both online and inside of Iran amongst the government.” Relatedly Wired is also reporting that Google and Facebook have rushed out support for Persian. This move has allowed many pro-democracy groups to connect and translate their message to a broader audience.

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Man Attacked In Ohio For Providing Iran Proxies

David Hume writes “electronicmaji is reporting on the Daily Kos that the individual known as ProtesterHelp (also to be found on twitter) was attacked in Ohio for providing network security for Twitterers in Iran, setting up private networks to provide secure proxies, calling for media networks to remove the Iranians Twitterers information from their broadcast, and providing counter-intelligence services (including Basiji and Army Locations) within the Twitter community. ProtesterHelp was allegedly attacked by a group of men while walking to class in Ohio. The men, who appeared to ProtesterHelp to be either Iranian or Lebanese, drove up besides him and threw rocks at him while shouting, ‘Mousavi Fraud.’ ProtesterHelp further reported that his personal information has been leaked, and is currently being spread both online and inside of Iran amongst the government.” Relatedly Wired is also reporting that Google and Facebook have rushed out support for Persian. This move has allowed many pro-democracy groups to connect and translate their message to a broader audience.

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Montana City Requires Workers’ Internet Accounts

justinlindh writes “Bozeman, Montana is now requiring all applicants for city jobs to furnish Internet account information for ‘background checking.’ A portion of the application reads, “Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.’ The article goes on to mention, ‘There are then three lines where applicants can list the Web sites, their user names and log-in information and their passwords.'”

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