Remember those yearbook sections where students were voted most likely to succeed or best-looking couple? If the smartphone market were a yearbook, apparently Apple's iPhone would be voted most social.
These days, the No. 1 social network wants to be your everything, constantly assaulting your eyes with ads, suggestions, and updates from people you haven’t thought about in years. Luckily, the settings are fairly flexible, and you can tweak ’em to dodge some of the clutter.
Facebook has always seen itself as a competitor of Google in some nebulous way, but it's always lacked the key feature that makes us swarm to the ultra-popular search engine. Quite frankly, it's all but impossible to search through all the information you put into it. But with the widespread release of Facebook's Graph Search in the U.S. today, that's not so much the case anymore. And while that's good news for Zuckerberg and co., it also means you'll want to tighten your security privileges if you don't want people knowing too much about you.
Just ahead of the long holiday weekend, a report outed AT&T's plans to begin selling anonymous customer location and usage data -- but thankfully, the plan comes with a parachute for those who want to bail out.
Some names you don't immediately associate with Apple news this week, Microsoft and Walmart, are making some headlines for their offerings. Plus a little history is made and Apple chimes in on that. And Facebook looking, rather late, to jump in on the news and RSS game, now that Google Reader is set to bow out. That and more, as always, below the fold.
The dream of the '90s is alive at Facebook. This morning TechCrunch reported that the social media giant now allows a few select members to open chatrooms for all of their friends via "Host Chat," who can then join without an invitation. Links to the active chats would then show up in users' News Feeds, although moderators will be able to set privacy settings to restrict access.
From the very first version, Instagram became a fixture on our home screen and throughout our days, and in the nearly three years since, we've used it constantly to share a small window into our daily lives – and peer into those of our pals, as well. Vine essentially used the Instagram template to deliver a similar social sharing experience with video earlier this year, but with the new 4.0 release, Instagram one-ups its biggest competitor by adding its own video-sharing ability, with many additional features giving it a notable advantage.
It's bad enough when Facebook's official policies cause concerns about privacy; it's worse when undiscovered bugs in the gigantic social network start revealing your data to other users. And that's apparently what's been happening, as this afternoon Facebook confirmed that a bug that disclosed private contact information had affected around six million users over the last year. It has since been removed.
First, TechCrunch claimed Facebook's June 20 event would unveil a news reader, and now the website has an insider tip that the social network may go head-to-head with Vine by introducing video to Instagram instead.