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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]

Everything You Need to Know About Brand Timelines

Facebook‘s redesigned profile is now available for brands. This was a big change for users, and you can bet it will be the same for brands. Check out what’s changed.

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.

SOPA/PIPA The Day After The Protest – Feds retaliate shutdown and arrest MEGAUPLOAD, but Anonymous strikes back with a vengeance!

Just hours after the SOPA/PIPA protest successfully shelved that crazy internet breaking legislation, the Feds have retaliated by shutting down the file sharing site Megaupload. Megaupload, a massive file sharing site with a reported 50 million daily users. Four people linked to Megaupload were arrested in New Zealand and an international crackdown led agents to serving at least 20 search warrants across the globe. Within a few hours of the news, the websites of the U.S. Justice Department , Universal Music,  Recording Industry Association of America (the U.S. music industry),  Federal Bureau of U.S. copyright ,Motion Picture Association of America and (the web of the law fighting against discharges in Europe) were down. In the largest attack by the hacktivist group Anonymous to date.

Anonymous has claimed responsibility for these attacks , the largest in its history as the movement itself, against these sites, which may increase in the coming hours, and already are putting new targets and promised a long night.

Anonymous said on his Twitter:

 “We are 99%

 We are Anonymous –

You should have expected

# Megaupload “

Social networks, stunned

When the news broke on Twitter, where the issue has become trending topicworldwide in minutes, there was widespread astonishment and disbelief. Nooooooooo way!

Closed Megaupload?

Yes, is closed … and to begin to understand the world in 2012 …”Also displayed were the thousands who were signed up for the Megaupload service.

“They have closed megaupload.  The Mayans predicted the end of the world and  yes, the closure of Megaupload is a clear sign of the end of the world as announced by the Maya…  at least to some. But actually, it is a signpost of something even more sinister….  the end of freedom.

My Internet Smells Funny! – Smell Your Social Life with Olly

Meet Olly, the web-connected, smelly robot. He, and it is a “he,” takes your @mentions, status updates and more and turns them into the smell of your choice. Created by a London-based designer, Olly is still a Kickstarter project with a $35,00 goal.

Kanye West unveils his new design company DONDA on Twitter

Kanye West made more than 70 posts on Twitter in a three hour period Wednesday night, announcing his new design company named for his late mother, DONDA.

In characteristically bombastic fashion, the 34-year-old rapper outlined plans to continue the work of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, charging himself with a lofty goal: “aesthetically improve everything we see, hear, touch, taste and feel.” His 22-division endeavor will employ a wide range of experts, from artists and tech gurus to nutritionists. Though outside of clothing, in which Kanye has previously dabbled, it is currently unclear just what DONDA will design.

Short on details but big on dreams, Kanye made clear his desire to design the “MTV awards” and even work with scientists and governments to fix prison and education systems, which he described as “broken.” In perhaps his most inspired tweets, Kanye spoke of creating new school curriculums that will give students real world skills, though some teachers might not approve of letting students use iPhones and search engines to help complete their work.

Of course, there were also some classic Kanye moments, like when he announced he’d like to be the creative director on a new movie adaptation of the cartoon series The Jetsons. He also alluded to a presumed movie project releasing this year he calls “2016 Olympic‘s,” which may or may not be related to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Knowing Kanye, he’ll probably be tweeting more to clarify.

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