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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
Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona

Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

An apparent account mix-up briefly lead to Spanish soccer star Andrés Iniesta inadvertently hijacking the Instagram account of another man with the same name. Andrés Iniesta, a Spanish man who is not a member of FC Barcelona, said that his account (ainiesta) was abruptly removed and linked to the account of the star athlete of …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2015
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KERR-PAO! Reddit interim CEO Ellen quits amid Redditor revolt

Ellen Pao has resigned as CEO of Reddit following a week of turmoil and controversy over her recent management decisions. "We are thankful for Ellen's many contributions to reddit and the technology industry generally. She brought focus to chaos, recruited a world-class team of executives, and drove growth," wrote reddit board …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jul 2015
Carnival dancers in Brazil

'Facebook without sin' attracts 0.00006 times as many users as Facebook

News bytes A social networking website built in Brazil is touting itself as a sin-free version of Facebook. Dubbed Facegloria, the Portuguese-language site prides itself on Christian values to connect users. The site vows to terminate users who offend "morals and good manners." According to BBC News, Facegloria has attracted 100,000 …
Team Register, 6 Jul 2015

git commit -m 'Add $200m to GitHub, tweak valuation to $2bn'

Code-sharing website GitHub is pursuing a new round of venture capital based on a US$2bn (£1.26bn) valuation. Bloomberg cited sources familiar with the matter in reporting that GitHub is in the middle of a series-b funding push to raise US$200m in capital. That dosh would give investors a 10 per cent stake in the company …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jun 2015
Banned

I block, you block, we all block Twitter shock schlock

Twitter has introduced a feature that allows users to share their block lists with others to help single out abusive users. Beginning on Wednesday, the 140-character gab service has enabled Twitter users to share data on who they have blocked from following their own feeds, with the idea that others will use the information to …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jun 2015

What a Zuckin' drag! 'Frisco queens protest outside Facebook HQ over 'real names' policy

Facebook is once again facing protests for its controversial "real names only" rule. A group of picketers, including a prominent San Francisco drag queen group, turned up outside Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters today, complaining that the Facebook policies leave them open to discrimination. Native Americans and domestic- …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Jun 2015
Facebook Hello

Facebook invents Caller ID ... say Hello to today's staggering technology

Facebook has released a smartphone app called Hello that matches the numbers of incoming calls to friends and businesses on the social network, and displays them on-screen, giving you a slightly better idea of who's calling if you can't recognize the digits. It's otherwise known as Caller ID, and the tech fashion press is …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2015

Facebook hopes devs will 'Like' how mobile SDKs, Graph API have scrubbed up

F8 2015 Facebook has used the occasion of its F8 developer conference in San Francisco this year to roll out a major update to its software development kits for Android and iOS, in addition to a new version of the API for accessing its social graph data. "This is our first major update to the iOS and Android SDKs in more than two …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2015

Revenge porn forbidden: Twitter bans hobby of bitter ex-boyfriends

Twitter has formally banned its users from posting intimate photos of people without their permission. It's a move that will hopefully rid the site of "revenge porn," which are typically sexy snaps leaked online by bitter ex-partners, usually spiteful former boyfriends. The 140-character chatterbox site has updated its rules …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Mar 2015
ISIS leader Shakir Wahiyib with Facebook thumbs-up

Faux ‪pro-IS Facebook‬ shot down within hours of launch

A pro-Islamic State social network was pulled offline hours after its launch. The network, 5elafabook, was supposedly set up in the wake of a ramp-up in efforts by Twitter to quickly shut down accounts promoting violent jihad. Facebook has likewise applied the ban-hammer on accounts spouting pro-Caliphate propaganda. …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2015
Boy slapping another boy on the head

Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

A recent study into online bullying has found that nine out of 10 internet users won't do a thing to stop it. Researchers from Ohio State University found that when confronted with examples of bullying, many users shy away from direct confrontation. The study pitted 221 student volunteers in a simulated support chat …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2015

Live a day in the life of Jennifer Lawrence: Tell Reddit to delete your stolen nude selfies

Reddit says it will crack down on the unauthorized posting of people's private nude photos. The 4chan-with-down-votes website tucked the revelation into a larger blog post about administrative changes. Under the new policy, Reddit will scrub itself clean of a racy and compromising sexy pic if someone in the snap complains the …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2015
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 …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2015

Facebook hackers work blue on Crayola coloring page

Kids' art supplier Crayola is apologizing after hackers compromised its Facebook account and used the company's feed to spread NSFW images. The coloring kingpin acknowledged on Sunday that its page had fallen victim to hackers who took over the page and began sharing the raunchy cartoons and NSFW pictures with any who visited …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jan 2015
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Facebook? More like FOGEYBOOK: Zuck's hangout is a cyber-retirement home

Facebook appears to be facing a mild mid-life crisis that's leaving the social networking site out of sorts with youngsters. A study from Pew Research found that the free-content ad network saw little change in its overall usage from 2013 to 2014 and that the only notable growth the site experienced on the year was among those …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jan 2015
Mark Zuckerberg

Chum's house burnt down? Facebook mulls 'DISLIKE' button for that

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is “considering” the addition of a "dislike" button on his free content ad network. The company's co-founder said during a public Q&A session that his engineers are looking at the idea of adding new buttons that users can press to express their feelings about stuff they see. Answering a question …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Dec 2014
The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter

Tenacious Twitter tries to topple terrible trolls

Twitter is tweeting about how much easier it'll be for tweeters to report abusive twits. Stick that in your 140 characters. The microblogging website says it will soon simplify the process of reporting offensive tweets and accounts, and it's promised to respond to allegations of trolling much faster than before. Crucially, …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Dec 2014

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