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I found this fascinating analysis post on AboveTopSecret.com. It reveals something that I always suspected that Social Networking sites are fronts for intellegence gathering operations.


If the government knows all your contacts and friends... You are screwed :(


It details all the players to the founders to the CIA to Total Information Awareness program.




Be Warned!





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Facebook buys start-up Parakey for undisclosed sum


Facebook buys start-up Parakey for undisclosed sum


By Eric Auchard


Thu Jul 19, 10:22 PM ET




SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc., the fast growing Silicon Valley social networking site, said on Thursday it has acquired Internet start-up, Parakey, run by two of the co-creators of the popular Web browser, Mozilla Firefox.


Parakey, founded by Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt, is described in a statement as a company seeking to bridge the gap between the immediacy of information stored on local desktop computers and the collaborative power of data stored on Web sites.


A notice on Parakey's site says the company hopes to makes consumers lives easier: "Computers are frustrating. Creating documents, finding files, sharing information -- why do everyday things still seem so tedious and counterintuitive?"


Facebook was started in 2004 by then-undergraduate Mark Zuckerberg as a social site for fellow Harvard University students and was subsequently opened up to users of all ages. The site's appeal stems from the controls it gives users over who sees what personal details on each member's profile pages.


Hints of Parakey's product plans are available on the company's Web site and in occasional interviews the two have conducted over the past year. Details of their strategy point to potential new product directions that Facebook, one of Silicon Valley's most watched companies, could be taking.


Parakey and Facebook officials declined to be interviewed.


At age 14, Ross worked as an intern at pioneering Web browser company Netscape Communications Corp., according to his profile on Wikipedia. In 2003, he started as undergraduate student at Stanford, but left to work in Silicon Valley.


After helping to develop Firefox as a non-commercial variant of the Netscape browser, Ross, who is now 22, and Hewitt, 29, his collaborator, turned to creating Web development software such as Firebug, tools used by programmers to create new features for Internet sites, Facebook said.


Firefox has been downloaded more than 300 million times by computer users worldwide and is the second most widely used Web browser behind Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer.


In an interview with engineering news site IEEE Spectrum last year, Ross described a plan to create what he called a WebOS, or Web operating system, a central place where different online resources might be found, similar to the way Microsoft Windows pulls together computer resources into one view.


He described creating a protected space inside a Web browser that allows users to store digital information and share it with designated friends, family and colleagues. In effect, the browser is designed to act as a social network space rather than simply a personal information viewing tool.


Parakey's founders see their browser operating system as a platform on which other applications could operate, similar in some respects to the way Firefox allows plug-in software from other developers to work inside it.


"Parakey apps (applications) are designed to be both useful and social, a combination that is too rare today," according to a job posting on the company's Web site seeking "Employee #3."


Their approach is very similar to how Facebook has recently moved to let hundreds of independent developers build software within the Facebook site, turning Facebook itself into a kind of operating system for Internet users.


"The work they've done with Firefox and Parakey and their approach to building products fit right in at Facebook," Zuckerberg, 23, Facebook's chief executive, said in a statement.


(Additional reporting by Gina Keating in Los Angeles)




It seems Facebook and their CIA/DOD overlords are after your desktop data with the purchase of Parakey.... Not surprised... :)





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Did Facebook chief steal the idea?


Did Facebook chief steal the idea?




Trio sues for control of, profits from networking website, claiming Zuckerberg stole idea from them


Jul 24, 2007 04:30 AM


Peter Gorrie


Staff Reporter


A judge in Boston is expected to decide this week whether to proceed with a lawsuit that claims the founder of the wildly popular Facebook online social networking site stole the idea from three former fellow students at Harvard University.


The three want U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock to shut down Facebook and give them control of the website along with profits from it.


At stake is ownership of a hot property estimated to attract more than 150,000 new members a day, expected to earn $125 million (all figures U.S.) in ad revenue this year, and worth more than $1 billion.


Twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra, say they recruited Mark Zuckerberg – now Facebook's CEO – to help develop a social networking site called ConnectU when they were all at Harvard. They claim he deliberately stalled progress of ConnectU, stole the source code, design and business plan, then set up his own rival site.


"It's sort of a land grab." Tyler Winklevoss has said. "You feel robbed. The kids down the hall are using it, and you're thinking: `That's supposed to be us.' We're not there because one greedy kid cut us out."


At a hearing today, Woodlock is to hear a motion by Facebook to dismiss the claim.


Another judge threw out an earlier claim by the three because of a legal technicality. Facebook has filed a countersuit claiming ConnectU is abusing the legal process.




Who wants to use Facebook when a "thief" founded the company... :)





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Facebook pages concern parents of college freshmen


Facebook pages concern parents of college freshmen




By Heather Collura, USA TODAY


As housing officials at colleges around the country send out roommate assignments to freshmen this summer, a growing number of schools say they're getting more requests for changes — from parents who don't like the roommates' Facebook profiles.


"They were getting an impression — false or accurate — of what the student would be like to live with," says Magda Manetas of The College of New Jersey in Ewing.


About a dozen other colleges contacted by USA TODAY report similar complaints. And this may be just the beginning: Some schools already have mailed roommate assignments for fall, but many more say they will be sending them out in the next few weeks.


Housing officials say parents who cite Facebook most frequently mention party-related content and photos as their primary concerns. Parents sometimes see cups in photos and make the leap to alcohol and drugs, Manetas says.


But Robin Berkowitz-Smith of Syracuse University says race, religion and sexual orientation are the top three concerns from parents contacting officials there.


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Maureen Wark of Suffolk University in Boston also ranked sexual orientation as a top concern of parents. Wark recalls getting a call from a parent who had "psychological and sanitary concerns" about a student's new roommates, both of whom were gay men.


"People don't give other people a chance," she says.


Most of the schools contacted by USA TODAY say they have not made roommate changes as a result of such calls from parents.


Katie Callow-Wright of the University of Chicago says the university does not make room changes until the third week of the quarter because the school typically begins the year at 100% occupancy.


Berkowitz-Smith says Syracuse has a similar freeze, which can last from the first eight weeks of school to the entire fall semester.


But Joe Paulick of the University of Central Florida says officials there try to make room changes if they can be accommodated.


"It's a struggle between educating young adults with living with different people and accommodating our customer-service needs," he said. "They are paying for the room, so we want them to have a good experience."


Berkowitz-Smith says Syracuse officials talk with students when they arrive on campus to determine whether they actually have reservations about a roommate, rather than assuming students have the same concerns parents do.


If roommates can't get along once they actually start living together, Syracuse and other schools typically mediate problems through dialogue with residence hall advisers and by consulting roommate contracts students fill out in the beginning of the year to discuss living habits. Students may also be referred to various campus services, such as the Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Administrators at some schools have begun to talk to students and parents in advance about the tendency to look up roommates online. Paul Evans of the University of Wisconsin-Madison now includes a statement about social-networking sites in orientation literature for first-year students.


"It can be a problem, and we're just trying to warn people about taking everything that they see on there as fact," he says.




Social Networking Sites... A Great Idea... LoL... :)


"Sorry Dude... We can't hang out... My Mom and Dad looked you up on Facebook" ROFL...





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Re: Facebook pages concern parents of college freshmen


somewhat related ^_^


Amateur Programming Error Exposes Facebook Code




Looking at the code we can prob see tracking technology? what does the code reveal?




Code is in Php (like this forum site) which makes one wonder: If facebook is funded by


the agency then wouln't the programmers know of the Apache module mod_security? this prevents the


server from spitting the php source code in raw text.....


ohh yeah for entertainment purposes only: http://www.facebooksource.com/ (nukefile)



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Facebook opens profiles to all comers


Facebook opens profiles to all comers




The social networking site will open user profiles to search engines, risking a backlash from users concerned about privacy


By Rhys Blakely


Facebook, the hugely popular social networking site, risks provoking anger from its users by opening up details of individuals to the web at large.


A new Public Search Feature will soon mean that basic Facebook user profiles – carrying names and photographs of the sites members – are accessible through search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN.


The move appears to be designed to drive more users to the privately-owned site in an effort to boost advertising revenues, but has already sparked privacy concerns.


Facebook attracted more than 30 million visitors last month, but is expected to make a profit of only $30 million (£15 million) this year on revenues of $150 million.


Analysts suggest Facebook is far from realising its earnings potential. The network is regarded as a potential goldmine to advertisers because it contains a host of data on its users, such as their birthdate, interests, events they plan to attend, holidays and musical tastes, as well as numerous photographs.


However, previous Facebook changes in policy have sparked discontent among its users.


In September, the site's community revolted when Facebook unveiled a News Feed feature, which updates a users' list of contacts on changes made to his or her profile page. Hundreds protested against the move – somewhat ironically, using Facebook to do so.


Security experts have also voiced misgivings over the amounts of data available on social network sites, which are visited by more than six million Britons a month, and are still growing rapidly, according to Ofcom, the media watchdog.


Keith Reed, the online manager for Trend Micro, the web security group, said: "Social networking sites should be a source of fun, not worry, but there are people out there who spend their time trying to exploit people through their private information."


He added: "Facebook users often provide details such as mobile numbers or employment history and these can be used to hack or steal a user's identity. We would want it to be harder for ID thieves rather than make it easier."


Facebook said: 'The Public Search Listing of a profile shows the profile picture thumbnail and links to interact with a user on Facebook.


'People will always have to log in or register to poke, message or add someone as a friend. A user can also restrict what information shows in their public listing by going to the search privacy page. For instance, if a user does not want their profile picture to be shown, they can uncheck that box under 'What people can do with my search results'.'


In another departure from past policy, non-Facebook members will also be able to trawl member profiles – a task for which you previously had to be logged in to the site.


The wealth of personal information being entrusted to social networks has attracted attention from advertisers and would-be mischief makers alike.


Virgil Griffith, the American who built the WikiScanner site, which unveiled scores of embarrassing amendments made to entries on Wikipedia – and the people who made them – told Times Online that he is likely to turn his attention next to the "treasure trove of information that people give away" on social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo.


"I think you could do some very interesting things there – you have huge amounts of information openly available; it's not like you have to do anything naughty," he said.




Sounds like Facebook is "upset" and throwing all their users out on the street.


What a company.


Doesn't sound like responsible corporate behavior to me.


And they seem to be "conspiring" with Yahoo and Microsoft.


Is this the time of the "Corporate Wars"?


Something to think about... And investigate.





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Social Networking Sites Users - WARNING


Your data is about to become public by SLEAZY CREEPY SOCIAL NETWORKING COMPANIES...


By search engines probably such as Yahoo and Google and others


Your life, photos, friends and families... Are going to be available for public data mining...




Beat them to the punch...





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Facebook Tells Friends Your PURCHASES!!!


Facebook users raise privacy complaints over new tracking




By Anick Jesdanun and Rachel Metz, Associated Press


NEW YORK — Some users of the online hangout Facebook are complaining that its two-week-old marketing program is publicizing their purchases for friends to see.


Those users say they never noticed a small box that appears on a corner of their Web browsers following transactions at Fandango, Overstock and other online retailers. The box alerts users that information is about to be shared with Facebook unless they click on "No Thanks." It disappears after about 20 seconds, after which consent is assumed.


Users are given a second notice the next time they log on to Facebook, but they can easily miss it if they quickly click away to visit a friend's page or check e-mail.


"People should be given much more of a notice, much more of an alert," said Matthew Helfgott, 20, a college student who discovered his girlfriend just bought him black leather gloves from Overstock for Hanukkah. "She said she had no idea (information would be shared). She said it invaded her privacy."


The girlfriend was declining interviews, Helfgott said.


An Overstock.com Inc. spokesman said no one was immediately available for comment Wednesday.


Facebook has long prided itself on guarding its users' privacy, but the walls have gradually lowered. In 2006, a "news feeds" feature allowing users to track changes friends make to profiles backfired when many users denounced it as stalking and threatened protests. Facebook quickly apologized and agreed to let users turn off the feature.


The new program lets companies tap ongoing conversations by alerting users about friends' activities through the feeds. About 40 websites have decided to embed a free tool from Facebook, known as a Beacon, to enable the marketing feeds.


The idea is that if users see a friend buy or do something, they'd take that action as an endorsement for a movie, a band or a soft drink.


But it also raises privacy concerns.


Mike Mayer, for instance, saw a feed item saying his boyfriend, Adam Sofen, just bought tickets to "No Country For Old Men" from movie-ticket vendor Fandango.


"What if I was seeing 'Fred Claus'?" said Sofen, 28. "That would have been much more embarrassing. At least this was a prestigious movie."


In some cases, companies can buy an ad next to the feed item with the friend's photo. Although Fandango didn't do that, Mayer, 28, still found Beacon unsettling.


"If my identity is going to be used to promote something for someone else, that seems problematic," said Mayer, who was previously employed in online advertising. "It could be a misrepresentation of my purchases."


Fandango officials referred inquiries to Facebook, which issued a statement defending its practices. Facebook officials have also said advertising supports the free service.


"Beacon gives users an easy way to share relevant information from other sites with their friends on Facebook," the statement said. "Information is shared with a small selection of a user's trusted network of friends, not publicly on the Web or with all Facebook users. Users also are given multiple ways to choose not to share information from a participating site, both on that site and on Facebook."


Users are able to decline sharing on a site-by-site basis, but can't withdraw from the program entirely.


On Wednesday, Facebook launched a mechanism for users to indicate what types of news feeds they like and dislike. Individuals could possibly use that to lower the frequency of marketing items, though the company has said they won't be able to reject them completely.


Liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org formed a protest group Tuesday and had more than 6,000 members by Wednesday. The group is calling on Facebook to stop revealing online purchases and letting companies use names for endorsements without "explicit permission."


"We want Facebook to realize that their users are rightly concerned that private information is being made public," MoveOn spokesman Adam Green said, adding that Facebook could quell concerns by seeking "opt in" consent rather than leaving it to users to "opt out" by taking steps to decline sharing.


Facebook user Nate Weiner, 23, said he uses a tool for the Firefox Web browser called BlockSite, which he says prevents sites from sending data to Facebook.


"What if you bought a book on Amazon called 'Coping with AIDS' and that got published to every single one of your friends?" he said.


Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.






What's happens if you buy "erotic" materials or girlfriend/wife buys something from "panasonic"?... :)





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Employers may be searching applicants' Facebook


Employers may be searching applicants' Facebook profiles, experts warn








Monday, March 10th 2008, 4:00 AM


Some job-seekers have learned the hard way to delete naked pictures and drunken ramblings from their MySpace and Facebook pages before they start sending out rsums - but now there's a new worry.


Employers may be searching their applicants' online profiles to learn their race, age or sexual orientation, giving them a high-tech tool for hiring discrimination, experts warn.


"I think it is going to be tested in the courts," Sue Murphy, head of the National Human Resources Association, told Business Insurance magazine. "Where the liability starts to come into play is when people are making hiring decisions based on that information without coming back and talking to the applicant."


Experts told the mag that without court rulings or formal policies to guide them, companies that peruse applicants' online lives can leave themselves open to claims they refused to hire someone for an illegal reason.


"It's unlikely employers are going to learn a good deal of job-related information from a Facebook page they won't learn in the context of a well-run interview," Washington lawyer Neal Mollen said. "The potential benefit of doing this sort of search is outweighed by the potential risk."


A Vault.com survey last fall found 44% of employers had looked up job candidates on social networking sites, and 39% have searched a current employee's Facebook or MySpace page.


People have lost jobs as a result, showing the new risks of online life. In one example, a teacher at a Catholic high school in Las Vegas was fired after administrators found he said he was gay on his MySpace page.


The Daily News last year exposed how rogue NYPD cops were posting violent and explicit images on their Facebook and MySpace pages, undermining the department's image and prompting an Internal Affairs Bureau probe.


And more than a year ago, Miss Nevada USA Katie Rees lost her tiara and her chance at a national title after photos surfaced on the Internet of her flashing her breast and kissing other women.




Facebook?... MySpace... Classmates?... Match.com?... Yahoo Messenger?... AIM?... AOL?...


Don't you "realize" the "government" and "evil corporations" are spying on you?


It may be "2008"... It's "1984" out there...


The "TV" is the "VIEW SCREEN"


The state is "watching and reading everything about you..." on the Internet and with Cell Phones...


And they may be "reading your mind" with satellites... and other "scarey devices"...





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I found this fascinating analysis post on AboveTopSecret.com. It reveals something that I always suspected that Social Networking sites are fronts for intellegence gathering operations.

If the government knows all your contacts and friends... You are screwed :(


It details all the players to the founders to the CIA to Total Information Awareness program.




Be Warned!

Ah man, now the CIA knows who I am.
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