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Web 2.0 Update - Facebook Surpasses Google

Hitwise reports that Facebook became the most visited website in the US for the first time. Kind of takes your breath away that a social media site is getting more traffic than the largest search engine in the US. Since Facebook just went over 400 million users this was probably inevitable, but since...

f8 - Facebook's Play to Take Over the Entire Internet

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerman recently announced significant changes to Facebook expanding 100's of websites with "open graph" and "like" which may revolutionize the Internet . At the annual f8 Facebook outside developers' conference on April 21, 2010 Zuckerman demonstrated...

Messages on Facebook & MySpace are Protected Information

A Judge ruled that Facebook wall postings and MySpace comments may not be subpoenaed based on the 1986 Stored Communications Act which is the same statute before the US Supreme Court in Quon v. Arch Wireless . US District Judge Margaret Morrow's May 26, 2010 37 page Order in Buckley H. Crispin...

IRS Scored Better Customer Satisfaction than Facebook!

A new report shows that customers are not that happy with Facebook and MySpace also showed that social media was ranked lower than property & casualty insurance. Also not a surprise that airlines were lower in customer satisfaction than social media. The 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index...

PRIVACY: Should the FBI Get Records about Your Internet Activity Without a Subpoena

A recent report that the White House wants the FBI to have access to an individual's Internet activity may help with investigation of terrorism or intelligence, but what about our expectation of privacy? Notwithstanding all of Mark Zuckerberg's recent comments about privacy, last winter Zuckerberg...

Germany May Restrict Use of Facebook

A proposed law in Germany will restrict employers from using Facebook, and other truly social Social Media sites, when recruiting. However the law would allow employers to search business Social Media sites such as LinkedIn. Since there are no current guidelines in Germany about employer's use...

Google Wants to Search Before You Even Ask

Allowing Google to access your cell GPS will permit Google to make suggestions about things to do or restaurants to try wherever you happen to be. Although Google's CEO Eric Schmidt recently said these autonomous search features were on the horizon, we're pretty close to that point already...

Privacy Update - Frankly Most Social Media Users Don't Care

Facebook now offers users the ability to download all of their content in a simple zip file format, but this doesn't solve privacy concerns. Sure it's nice to be able to download all the content, but in the meantime Facebook still stores lots of valuable information about users. Let's...

Obama Gets Mediocre Privacy Grades

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) issued its second annual privacy report card with lower grades of "C for consumer data protection efforts and a D on civil liberties." Mark Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC said "Our bottom-line assessment is that with respect to...

Facebook Now Accounts for 25% of All U.S. Pageviews

Hitwise recently reported that 1 in every 4 pageviews in the US is on Facebook , and also incredible is Facebook's claim that people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. Astonishing growth made even more amazing by realizing that the second place, and far behind Facebook, is YouTube...

Facebook is the most popular site on the Internet!

All indicators were headed to this new headline that as 2010 ends Facebook overtook Google as the most popular Internet site . Experian Hitwise reported that "8.9 percent of unique online visits were to Facebook this year, compared with Google's 7.2 percent," and ComScore estimates ...

Microsoft Purchases Skype - Facebook and Google Unlucky Suitors

VOIP is likely headed in a new direction now that Microsoft agreed to pay $8.5 billion for Skype . It was reported that Facebook and Google's offers were in the $3 to 4 billion range , while at the same time Skype was still considering an IPO later this year. As a result of this purchase, Microsoft...

Facebook Confesses Failure to Comply with Privacy Laws

After the US government filed charges that Facebook violated US privacy law, Facebook finally confessed that it failed to protect the privacy of its 800 million active users. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) welcomes the public to submit comments on the settlement through December 30, 2011 . ...

California AG Advocates 'Surprise Minimization' to Protect Mobile Device Consumers from Unexpected Privacy Practices

Hailing her state as the "epicenter of modern innovation," California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued recommendations for app developers and providers, advertising networks and others as part of an effort to give consumers "meaningful information" about privacy choices...