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How Facebook Design Is Tricking You Into Sharing Info

A Great Must Read Article for Boing Boing and Gizmodo about Facebook Privacy.

You already know that Facebook and privacy don’t really get along, but many “improvements” to the service are making it easier and easier to share everything without even knowing. Avi Charkham rounded a bunch of these tricks up over at TechCrunch, and they’re as subtle as they are sketchy.

Some of the changes seem to play on psychology, like swapping out the old pair of “Allow, Don’t Allow” buttons for just one that says “Play game” that you either click, or don’t. Others, are sort of flagrant once you’ve noticed them. One Charkham describes as the “The Tiny Hidden Info Symbol Trick” is of those ones. From TechCrunch:

In the old Design Facebook presented a detailed explanation about the “basic” information you’re about to expose to the apps you’re adding. In the new design they decided to hide that info. If you pay careful attention you’ll see a tiny little “?” symbol and if you hover over it you’ll discover that this app is about to gain access to your name, profile pic, Facebook user ID, gender, networks, list of friends and any piece of info you’ve made public on Facebook. Quite a lot of info for a 20×10 pixel tiny hidden info symbol don’t you think?!

Facebook is a free service so you are the product; none of this should really come as a surprise. Still, its interesting—if also a bit scary—to see the design choices intended to make you part with your personal information. [TechCrunch via Boing Boing]

Holy Botnet Batman! – Study shows Religious Sites Carry More Viruses than Porn Sites

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Security software firm Symantec‘s annual internet security threat report was released Tuesday. Symantec reported religious sites were found to have triple the average number of threats per infected site than were pornographic sites.

Find your lost or stolen Android phone FREE!

Get the lowdown on locating your lost or stolen Android phone, even if it’s on silent.

 

The Resurrection of MySpace – MySpace Adds 1 Million New Users

According to a comScore report the site has signed up one million new users and is adding an average of 40,000 new users each day. The site has been recovering since adopting new owners last June.

Getting Loaded: Breaking down the Facebook IPO

Pinterest ties with Twitter and Google for referral traffic, HTC cures security bug, and Facebook reveals finances in its filing to go public.

Hey Facebook! Google is “Greener” than You! – Google Recognized for Safe and Green Practices

Google announced Thursday all of its U.S. data centers received recognition for green practices and safety methods. It’s first major Internet company to earn both ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications.

Santa reclassified as a terrorist threat -NORAD, Google and OnStar team up for World Surveilance…. and begin tracking Santa

We knew it would happen. No one is safe from technology…….. not even Santa!  Is nothing sacred? NORAD, Google and OnStar are bringing all their technological prowness to bear, in an effort to track the Jolly old elf, as he breaks into peoples houses supposedly just to leave presents for children,  that’s his story, and he seems to be sticking to it.  But if that was his real intention, how come i saw Momma kissing Santa Claus?

At TEDActive, Bruno Bowden shares the story of NORAD‘s Santa tracker — and how Google is continuing the traditional holiday fun.

Track Santa via NORAD/GOOGLE/OnStar here!

About NORAD

NORAD, headquartered in Colorado Springs, is the bi-national U.S.-Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the United States and Canada. NORAD, created by a 1958 agreement between Canada and the United States, provides advanced warning of impending missile and air attacks against its member nations, safeguards the air sovereignty of North America, and maintains airborne forces for defense against attack.

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