Archive for March, 2010


Facebook “Places” Feature + Information They Are Sharing About You

Another change to the privacy and statement of rights documents is more troubling. Facebook says that it will now be sharing some “general information” about you with pre-approved sites if you have an account. Essentially, it sounds like the company is automatically turning on Facebook Connect at certain sites without your permission, and has yet to announce what these pre-approved sites are. Facebook defines “general information” pretty broadly as:

“…your and your friends’ names, profile pictures, gender, connections, and any content shared using the Everyone privacy setting. We may also make information about the location of your computer or access device and your age available to applications and websites…”

First are some clues about the social network’s upcoming location-based features. We still have no firm details about how it will function, but a change in language, with a brief explanation, reveals that Facebook doesn’t intend to simply slap a lat-long tag on your status updates and call it a day. The word “place” has now been substituted for “location,” which, as spokesman Michael Richter explains on the Facebook blog, could link to a page for a business such as a restaurant.

Full Article


Family cashing in on ‘David After Dentist’

If you spend any time on the Internet, you’ve no doubt seen “David After Dentist,” the YouTube video of a woozy 7-year-old boy in the back seat of a car, struggling to understand the effects of anesthesia.

The viral clip has been viewed almost 54 million times and gave rise to the catchphrase, “Is this real life?” It was the second most-watched video of 2009, according to YouTube, trailing only Susan Boyle’s appearance on “Britain’s Got Talent.”

It’s also been an unexpected bonanza for the boy’s Orlando, Florida-area family, who, despite some criticism that they exploited their child by posting his image online, has turned the one-minute, 59-second home video into a lucrative sideline.

Full Article via CNN


Facebook’s location feature expected to launch next month

Facebook is allegedly planning to roll out location sharing capabilities next month, once again playing catch-up to other services that have gained popularity thanks to location data. The rumor comes courtesy of anonymous sources who have been “briefed on the project” speaking to the New York Times, who said that Facebook will announce the feature at Facebook’s annual f8 conference in late April.

The company’s plans for such a feature have not been entirely secret—Facebook hinted at location features when it updated its privacy policy in November. Like other postings made to Facebook, location information will only be made available to the people you decide to broadcast it to.

Full Article via ArsTechnica


Cell Phone Spying Nightmare: ‘You’re Never the Same’

People can learn all about your private life through your cell phone, and one woman said she was stalked for three years because of it. Susan, who asked that her real name be kept private because of worry over her safety, said her ex-boyfriend tormented her using only her cell phone to do it.

Most people know that the GPS in a cell phone can track your every move, but that’s just the beginning. Widely available software that can be installed on almost any cell phone can track not just your whereabouts but also your private conversations and personal information.

Full Article with Video


Find Local Sex Offenders

I don’t need to tell you how important it is to be aware of the registered sex offenders in your area.

Using this website, Family Watchdog you are able to enter the name of a person or an address (city, state) into the site. In doing so, this will locate the detailed info about local sex offenders. Type of offenses are key coded, ie- rape, sexual battery, against children, etc.

I would highly recommend doing this search for all addresses that are of importance to you. ie – your home, grandparents, school, place of work, etc.

Please take a moment to search your areas.

Family Watchdog – Free national US search for registered sex offenders. Map registered sex offenders to see who lives in your area.

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