Well folks, the U.S. government effectively shut down Tuesday morning at midnight as Democrats and Republicans alike continue to wag their blame fingers in each others' direction over the budget and defunding the so-called "Obamacare." What's a citizen of the United States to do? Now would be a great time to take a deep breath and have a quick tech reality check, courtesy of our weekday news recap...
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.
It's the battle of the social media titans. LOL, JK. Facebook unveiled some rather interesting stuff today if you like searching among your friends for plumbers or Grateful Dead fans (you probably know who, right?) and making calls to your Facebook friends. And on the other hand, former player MySpace is letting itself be used by Justin Timberlake to launch his new album. Heck, they're probably paying him. What a gig. So what else happened that wasn't about social media? Let's have a peek.
Facebook announced its new Graph Search system on Tuesday morning, adding an entirely new way to seek out content and people on the social network. While the service is starting out as a very limited beta, Graph Search does look like an interesting, perhaps more personal alternative to Google searches.