“We’re sorry,” Facebook says, again—new photo bug affects millions

Found on Ars Technica on Friday, 14 December 2018
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The company announced Friday morning that a photo API bug might have resulted in millions of people having their private photos become improperly accessible by up to 1,500 apps for a period of 12 days in September 2018.

The online blog post noted that up to 6.8 million people may have been affected.

People need to realize that Facebook itself is the bug and a massive problem. It's entire business orbits around making your data accessible to as many investors as possible.

The curious tale of ICANN, Verisign, claims of subterfuge, and the $135m .Web dot-word

Found on Ther Register on Saturday, 08 December 2018
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More than two years ago, the internet infrastructure industry was agape when an unknown company paid $135m for the rights to sell .web internet addresses: the sum paid was three times the previous record paid for a new dot-word, and seven times the average auction price for a top-level domain.

Unsurprisingly, the other bidders were furious, and the US government was suspicious too: several months later Verisign's CEO told financial analysts on an earnings conference call that the biz was being investigated by the US Department of Justice over the deal.

It's ridiculous how investors believe that tons of TLD's will work out. The vast majority is only known from scams and malware campaings, so people prefer to stick the classic ones.

Facebook chief's emails exposed by MPs

Found on BBC News on Wednesday, 05 December 2018
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The correspondence includes internal emails sent between Mark Zuckerberg and the social network's staff. The emails were obtained from the chief of a software firm that is suing the tech giant.

Facebook had objected to their release.

The correspondence includes emails between Facebook and several other tech firms, in which the social network appears to agree to add third-party apps to a "whitelist" of those given permission to access data about users' friends.

Make everybody's data accessible to whoever wants it while fighting your hardest to stop your own data being accessible to parliaments and courts. Talk about being two-faced.

PewDiePie in battle with T-Series to keep top YouTube spot

Found on BBC News on Monday, 03 December 2018
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YouTuber PewDiePie is battling Indian channel T-Series in a bid to retain his status as the YouTuber with the most subscribers.

Other YouTubers, including Mr Beast and Markiplier, who between them have 33 million subscribers, have also made videos urging their followers to subscribe to PewDiePie.

What a pointless waste of time for useless channels. With those two channels closed down, nothing of value would be lost. In fact, that applies to 99.9% of the junk on Youtube.

Facebook pondered, for a time, selling access to user data

Found on Ars Technica on Thursday, 29 November 2018
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A failure to adequately redact a public court document from February 2017 shows that, back in 2012, Facebook considered charging companies at least $250,000 for access to one of its primary troves of user data, the Graph API.

How long the pay-for-access proposal was under consideration is not clear, but it was not ultimately implemented—Facebook continues to give away access to its Graph API for free.

If only sheep users would care.

Residents revolt over Facebook group 'sale'

Found on BBC News on Friday, 23 November 2018
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Members of a London community Facebook group are furious after the rights to run it were sold on to another party not from the area.

Thousands have left, and many of those remaining are taking on administrator roles themselves in order to reclaim the group.

Actually it's pretty funny: users revolt and leave when a little group gets sold, but they do not mind when Facebook itself sells everything about them.

Sorry Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook isn’t a “positive force”

Found on Ars Technica on Wednesday, 21 November 2018
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Zuckerberg is wrong: there's no reason to think Facebook is a "positive force" and a lot of reasons to think the opposite.

In a recent University of Pennsylvania study, researchers asked a group of college students to limit their time on Facebook, Instagram (owned by Facebook), and Snapchat to a total of 30 minutes per day. They found the change had a positive effect on their mental health.

Facebook seems desperate to have users spend as much time on Facebook as possible, and the company seems to have few scruples about how they do it. Spammy notifications are just one example.

Why would anybody ever trust anything Zuckerberg says?

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don't know why.
Zuck: They "trust me"
Zuck: Dumb fucks

Facebook Responds to New York Times Exposé: ‘There Are a Number of Inaccuracies’

Found on Variety on Friday, 16 November 2018
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Early Thursday, Facebook issued a response to a the Times’ Nov. 14 report on the social giant’s strategy of attacking critics and dragging its feet in dealing with the scandals, including Russia’s employing a troll factory to spread propaganda on the platform.

Among other activities, Definers launched a campaign linking Facebook critics to liberal billionaire George Soros, a common tactic used by anti-Semitic alt-right groups. At the same time, Facebook lobbied the Anti-Defamation League to portray other critics of the company as anti-Semitic, per the Times report.

Facebook has way too many scandals on its tab to get away with some PR propaganda.

HTTP-over-QUIC to be renamed HTTP/3

Found on ZD Net on Tuesday, 13 November 2018
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Google wants QUIC to slowly replace both TCP and UDP as the new protocol of choice for moving binary data across the Internet, and for good reasons, as test have proven that QUIC is both faster and more secure because of its encrypted-by-default implementation (current HTTP-over-QUIC protocol draft uses the newly released TLS 1.3 protocol).

QUIC was proposed as a draft standard at the IETF in 2015, and HTTP-over-QUIC, a re-write of HTTP on top of QUIC instead of TCP, was proposed a year later, in July 2016.

That would requite every server, client, firewall, router and whatever else to be upgraded or replaced. Seeing how fast IPv6 is catching on, this won't happen anytime soon.

This incredibly simple privacy app helps protect your phone from snoops with one click

Found on Fast Company on Sunday, 11 November 2018
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The new app, from Cloudflare, is called–the name of the internet server it uses. Cloudflare’s main business is as a content delivery network that optimizes the speed of websites using it, as well as shielding them from cyberattacks.

Cloudflare’s DNS service is also really fast, so it could speed up your browsing, especially to sites and web services that run on Cloudflare’s network.

If your current DNS is so slow that you really notice a speedup, your current provider is incompetent. It's not really protecting you either, because the traffic still goes through your ISP like before. In exchange however, you tell CloudFlare every single request you are making, so (in theory of course) they could build a complete map of your browing habits. Should they ever decide to go into the business of selling browing histories, or monitoring and tracking, that service will be a goldmine.