Articles about Social Network

Hack like HammerToss: Students spin social media into data siphons

A sextet of security students have released a tool that spins social media networks into stealthy data siphons, a technique already in use by an elite Russian hacking group. The tool released at BSides Las Vegas this week helps hackers emulate the data pillaging tactics of the HammerToss crime group. FireEye last week …
Darren Pauli, 07 Aug 2015

Zuck on The Social Network: Nobody wants to watch my REAL life for 2 hrs straight

Mark Zuckerberg has once again trashed David Fincher's candid portrayal of the Facebook co-founder's life in his 2010 film The Social Network. The 30-year-old, free content ad network boydroid accused the filmmakers of embellishing his time at Harvard University, when quizzed about the movie during the company's first, heavily …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Nov 2014

DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Alistair Dabbs is away. This column is a repeat publication from back in 2014. Enjoy! Norbert Spankmonkey has invited you to connect. Oh dear, not another one of these mystery invitations. Who the heck is Norbert Spankmonkey? Did we exchange emails perhaps, or cross swords recently on a forum? Could I have met him at that …
Alistair Dabbs, 13 Jun 2015

Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut

Google is killing off Orkut, the web giant's original and arguably most successful social network, which remains popular in Brazil and India but never really gained traction in the West. Worse still, the Mountain View company announced the move during the World Cup football tournament – taking place in Brazil. In a carefully …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jun 2014

Bay of Tweets: US sought to disrupt Cuba with covert social network

The US government ran a covert campaign to undermine the Cuban government via a social networking platform, according to the Associated Press. A report from the news agency detailed the launch and eventualy shutdown of ZunZuneo, a Twitter-like platform which its creators say was designed to spur free speech, and which the AP …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Apr 2014

Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? We take a spin on the new social network driving everyone loopy

Pics The history of social networks is littered with failures. Friendster, MySpace, Orkut, all have fallen by the wayside. Now Ello wants to add Facebook to that list: the invitation-only network has been growing by leaps and bounds of late. Google Play redesign Invitation-only at present and Ello warns there's a line ahead ( …
Iain Thomson, 27 Sep 2014

Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

If you're avoiding friending your manager on Facebook or Twitter, the net is tightening: Microsoft has stitched new social network-like features into all of its productivity products. In a keynote speech today at the company's Sharepoint conference, Microsoft corporate vice-president Jeff Teper ushered in "the transformation of …
Jack Clark, 04 Mar 2014

Pinterest who? EU rules social network CAN'T trademark its own name

A trademark ruling in Europe could stop Pinterest from expanding onto the continent, as the EU's office rules that the company doesn't own the rights to the name "pinterest". The EU Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market has ruled against the crafts'n'cupcakes website, deciding that London-based social news aggregator …

Take a number, says new social network

If you're tired of old schoolmates looking you up on Facebook and then bombarding you with endless inspirational junk and/or heart-tugging slactivism but still crave online interaction, a new social network on which you are just a number might be for you. “Revealed” this week, “Social Number” doesn't offer users instantly …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2012
Michael and Xochi Birch of Bebo

British Bebo founder buys back social network for $849m profit

"Buy low, sell high," is the investor's mantra. Michael Birch, the British founder of Bebo, has just amply demonstrated that principle by spending a piddling $1m to buy back the social network he sold to AOL for $850m five years ago. We just bought Bebo back for $1m. Can we actually re-invent it? Who knows, but it will be fun …
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2013

New social network is for DEAD PEOPLE

Not content with worming their way into every aspect of daily life, a new Indian social network has decided to do the same for the afterlife. is the output of Anglo-Indian outfit Planet E-com Solutions, which says it is a Microsoft Certified Partner offering software development, search engine optimisation and …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2013

Bloke fighting Facebook in court says ad network claims its users lack 'legal capacity' to sue it

Austrian Facebook-botherer-in-chief Max Schrems says the US social network appears to be saying its users are either too young or too insane to file a class-action lawsuit against it. In August, Schrems filed a legal complaint in Austria against Facebook with a long list of alleged violations of EU privacy laws. Some 25,000 FB …
Jennifer Baker, 26 Nov 2014

DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Norbert Spankmonkey has invited you to connect. Oh dear, not another one of these mystery invitations. Who the heck is Norbert Spankmonkey? Did we exchange emails perhaps, or cross swords recently on a forum? Could I have met him at that conference earlier in the week, the one at the casino that ended with free drinks? I recall …
Alistair Dabbs, 20 Jun 2014
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LinkedIn adds nagging notifications to social-network-for-suits

Social-network-for-biz-types LinkedIn has begun offering a Facebook-like feature that notifies a user when another member connected to their network views that person's profile, accepts an invitation or carries out other creepy stalking habits as is de rigueur in the Web2.0 world. The company said in a blog post that LinkedIn …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Sep 2012
Internet of Things

Facebook welcomes THINGS to its network with Parse IoT push

F8 2015 Facebook was founded with the goal of connecting people online, but on Wednesday the company said it is branching out into connecting stuff, too. Speaking at Facebook's F8 developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Ilya Sukhar, CEO of the social network's Parse subsidiary, said his firm has launched a new line of SDKs …
Neil McAllister, 25 Mar 2015

Australia floats plan for national social media regulator

Australia has floated a plan to regulate social media at a federal level. The idea's not new: the Liberal/National coalition took it to the nation's 2013 election as a policy that, in part, it used to show that someone was thinking of the children, especially in the context of cyber-bullying and youth suicides felt to have been …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2014
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OMG: RIM adds VoIP to its stealth social network

As of today teenagers and other BlackBerry users will be able to make free voice calls to each other - if they're on RIM's stealth 'social network in hardware', BBM. RIM announced the news last month, but the updated app is now available in its App World store. Users of version 7 of BBM version 7 will be able to make calls over …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Dec 2012

Ich nicht bin Charlie: Facebook must crack down on racists, says Germany's Merkel

German chancellor Angela Merkel has laid into Facebook for not doing more to tackle racism on the social network. Speaking to German newspaper Rheinische Post, Merkel focused on the big political topic of the moment: the sudden influx of Syrian refugees into Europe. Merkel has led the charge in welcoming refugees, saying that …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Sep 2015
The Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler

Winklevoss twins stuff $1m into social network for the FILTHY RICH

Wanna know what the world's been lacking? A social network for hedge-fund bods, of course. And who better to be at the helm of such a brave Web2.0 venture than square-jawed Olympic rowing twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss - who rose from the ashes of their legal spat with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to plunge some of their …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Sep 2012
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Google+ exec declares Facebook 'social network of the past'

If you're looking for disingenuous quotation of the week then Vulture Central wouldn't blame you for looking no further than Google+ boss Bradley Horowitz. The exec not only described Facebook as the "social network of the past" but also labelled Mark Zuckerberg's ad strategy as "intrusive". He went on, while talking at a …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Nov 2012

Social network bins Beijing's banned buzzwords

Japanese Whatsapp-like service Line has come under uncomfortable scrutiny by international users after appearing to prepare self-censorship capabilities for its Chinese service Lian wo. Twitter user @hirakujira spotted a chunk of code in the social messaging app including “<key>warning.badwords<key>” which would trigger a user …
Phil Muncaster, 23 May 2013
Google Chocolate Factory

Google+ maker Vic Gundotra: My work on this 'NETWORK THINGY' is DONE

Comment Now that Google's "network thingy" is melded into the web giant's product line-up, the man behind Google+ Vic Gundotra has quit Mountain View to pursue a yet-to-be-revealed new venture. Arguably, his work is largely done at Google, a company that has routinely shied away from describing Google+ as a social network. In 2012, …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2014

Australian Police want in-house social network

The Police Force in the Australian state of New South Wales wants to build its very own social network. The Force isn’t just bandwagon-hopping: the tender (registration required) for the network says it’s already done that, with decent results: The organisation’s ITC department, Business and Technology Services (BTS) recently …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2012

Yo, mall rats: Facebook and Cisco in Wi-Fi hookup to track your retail, social life

Facebook just got into the consensual Wi-Fi data-pumping game after it inked a deal with networking giant Cisco that will allow businesses to better target people's shopping and social habits. The free content ad network will play swapsies with its users by getting them to agree to hand over their "customer preferences and …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Oct 2013
Facebook&#39;s Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the 2015 F8 conference

Facebook frees Messenger from its gilded cage

Online ad network Facebook has made it possible for new users to sign up for its Messenger chat service without the need to first be a member of its social network. All that’s required is a phone number. The sign up option is initially available in four countries - the US, Canada, Venezuela and Peru – but is expected to flow …

Where are your rich friends? Facebook's Zuck sued for NOT BEING SOCIAL ENOUGH

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is being sued by a property developer who accuses him of backing out of an alleged deal to introduce him to all of the social network billionaire's rich friends. Mircea Voskerician says that the chief Facebooker bought a plot of land from him after learning that he planned to build a large …
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We're! not! a! social! network! yells! Yahoo!

Despite spending most of the past few years trying to make its services more social, Yahoo! is now claiming that it is definitely NOT a social network - and resents being lumped in with Google and Facebook to face charges in India of hosting “objectionable content” online. The faded web pioneer filed a strongly worded complaint …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Feb 2012

Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

Google will get rid of any requirement to "use" its tumbleweed-tastic "social network" Google+ from YouTube and others of its popular websites, following mounting annoyance among users. This means people will no longer be forced to use the ghost-town social network: you'll be able to log into YouTube, and other Googley …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2015
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Nearly 2 MILLION US Facebook users quit social network

Shares in Facebook continued to slide on Tuesday, after an analyst claimed the dominant social network had seen a modest drop in its userbase. Capstone Investment's Rory Maher said Mark Zuckerberg's company suffered a 1.1 per cent fall in US users over the last six months. The number of European Facebookers had also declined, he …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jul 2012

Facebook is raking in so much filthy lucre, it can't spend it fast enough

Facebook beat estimates on both revenue and earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, but investors seemed taken aback by the social network's soaring spending. The firm reported revenue of $4.04bn for the three months ending on June 30, which was up 38.9 per cent from the same period a year ago. Its earnings were …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2015

Dislike: Facebook scammers latch onto anti-Like button calls

Survey scammers have already capitalised on Facebook's tentative plans to develop a "Dislike" button. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg conceded the obvious point that people didn't want to say they "liked" posts about friends' bad fortune, the only single button option available through the social network at present. He …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2015

Yammer security sub-standard says US Veterans' Affairs Dept

America's Veterans Affairs inspector general has sideswiped the department for what it says is “improper” use of Yammer, Microsoft's inside-the-firewall Twitter clone. In what looks like a mistaken enthusiasm for cool-tools, the US Department of Veterans' Affairs decided to start using Yammer, an "enterprise social network," …
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Social Network scribe to turn hefty Steve Jobs tome to popcorn-fodder

The screenwriter who brought a bratty young Mark Zuckerberg to life in the film The Social Network has been appointed as the writer of new Steve Jobs biopic. Aaron Sorkin will continue his lionisation of tech superstars with the new film, funded by Sony. The film promises to tell the story of Jobs' rise from rude-but-charismatic …
Anna Leach, 16 May 2012

Facebook reveals open network gear to drive WEDGE between itself and Cisco

Facebook's director of technical operations, Najam Ahmad, says his company is only "one per cent" done with changing data center hardware, but we reckon that with the reveal of its new open networking equipment projects, Cisco and other incumbents are hoping it will slow down. The top-of-rack switch, named Wedge, and Linux-based …
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2014
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Facebook SIM brings social network to dumb phones

Personal Argentina is the first operator to deploy a Facebook-enabled SIM, bringing the social network to any GSM handsets, and into hitherto unexploited markets. Getting Facebook working on a SIM means using the SIM Toolkit commands, which limits interaction to a cascade of text menus, but it does mean that any GSM handset can …
Bill Ray, 06 Oct 2011
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Using email? Text messages? Congrats, you're in the 'underbelly of dark social sharing'

Quotw NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden got tired of hearing himself referred to as a tech geek this week and told the world that, actually, he’s real-life James Bond type. Speaking to NBC News, Snowden said he wasn’t some lowly outside contractor, but a bonafide 007: I was trained as a spy in the traditional sense of the word in that …
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LinkedIn SHOCK: Social-for-Suits ISN'T a flash in the pan

LinkedIn has once again proved that a social network can make money, just as long as it's got more than one way for the cash to roll in. The network for professionals topped analysts' expectations for profit and revenue in the third quarter of 2012 as its advertising business continued to do very well and its job listings unit …

Twitter will delete jokes after a DMCA takedown – but NOT my photos, fumes angry snapper

A photographer is suing Twitter, claiming it refused to remove unauthorized copies of her copyrighted snaps from its social network. Kristen Pierson has filed a copyright-infringement complaint [PDF] against Twitter in the Los Angeles District Court, alleging the website has ignored her request to take down images she snapped …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2015

Wanna harvest a stranger's Facebook data? Get a mobile number and off you go

Hackers and other miscreants are able to access names, telephone numbers, images and location data in bulk from Facebook, using only a cellphone number. The loophole was revealed by software engineer Reza Moaiandin. Moaiandin, technical director at UK-based tech firm, exploited a little-known privacy setting in a …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2015

Russia threatens to block Reddit over dopey posts

Russia's telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor has taken to social media to ask Reddit to stop offering advice on how to grow drugs. The agency has posted to social network, Russia's second-most-popular site according to Alexa, to post news that it has received a request from Russia's Federal Drug Control Service ( …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Aug 2015

Email-sniffing Linkedin Intro NOT security threat, insists biz network

LinkedIn, the social network for suits, has come out in defence of its LinkedIn Intro app after security researchers panned it for making users' emails vulnerable to hackers. LinkedIn Intro is an iOS application that allows iPhone or fondleslab users to route their email through so that they receive background information on an …
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2013
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Facebook reveals TAO - the data store for its social graph

USENIX Facebook has revealed details about Tao, its multi-petabyte data store for the company's social graph. Though Facebook's social network may have little relevance for IT pros, its internal infrastructure does, because here the social network is dealing with quantities of information so vast that it has to come up with new ways to …
Jack Clark, 27 Jun 2013
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Facebook fever prices social network at $70bn

Doomsayers who believe the Internet is looking like a bubble again will be out in force, following GSV Capital’s decision to tip $US6.6 million into Facebook. The dollar value is trivially small, but GVC is only buying 225,000 shares, putting a notional valuation of $US70bn on the social network site. Even that number is …
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Big Brother? Social networks are far worse, says Estonian president

CyCon 2013 Fears about states' Big Brother-style invasions of peoples' privacy are outdated, and citizens should instead be worrying about how social networks and supermarkets are using their private data, says the president of Estonia. Toomas Hendrik Ilves explained today at the annual International Conference on Cyber Conflict that …
John Leyden, 05 Jun 2013
Google Stink-o-tron

STINKY nerds: Sick of horrifying chums with your terrible BO? Nosey Google wants to help

Pic Google has been granted a patent on a device to detect when a person stinks – to help them evade others to avoid embarrassment. We would like to say that this is a loose interpretation of a more complicated patent, but that really is all there is to it: the web ad giant wants to tell when you flat out reek and how you can dodge …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2015
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Me, myself and Eric: Google delays social network effort, says report

Google has reportedly delayed the official launch of a social network it’s understood to be quietly mothering until spring next year. According to Mashable, the so-called “Google Me” virtual playground – which the Mountain View Chocolate Factory has declined to directly comment on – will land in March or April of 2011. …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Nov 2010
Microsoft&#39;s new social network,

Microsoft’s network now open to all

Microsoft’s “experiment in open search”,, is now open to anyone. Launched back in May amidst very little fanfare, (pronounced “social “) was initially offered only to students and billed as an experiment in learning. Redmond has recanted those restrictions, today telling world+dog they’re free to pile in and enjoy …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2012
Pinterest security

Pinterest, Yammer scramble to patch login thievery headaches

Pinterest has patched a vulnerability that meant its iPhone app leaked passwords to other surfers on the same network. An earlier version of the Pinterest iOS app fails to validate the server certificate, potentially allowing a suitably positioned attacker on the same network to steal login credentials related to the photo …
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2015

Google bods reform DEMOCRACY in coconut or vitamin water quandry

Google has developed an internal utopian voting system for its office events, which its creator hopes to make an official product. So far 11,000 internal staff have cast some 75,000 votes on Google office events like Halloween contests and building names. Some 4,200 staff voted in a Mircokitchen food event in which vote …
Darren Pauli, 01 Sep 2015
Terror at 20,000 feet

Facebook meets Belgian minister: PLEASE, sir, NOT THE PROBE

Facebook is talking to Belgian authorities in an effort to avoid a Dutch-style investigation into its privacy policy. Representatives of the social network met with the Belgian privacy minister, Bart Tommelein, on Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to persuade him that Facebook’s new privacy policy is not in breach of the Belgian …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Feb 2015