Privacy is of major concern for many Internet users, and in light of leaks by Snowden many have focused their attention on tech companies, wanting to know what they're doing to keep data private. Sorting that out for yourself can be difficult, and so the EFF has broken the particulars down into a simple visual chart.
Messaging app Blink has been acquired by Yahoo. A self-destructing messaging platform like of Snapchat, Blink saw minimal success in the US but broadened their scope to reach other markets. The service, which will be shuttered, saw widespread adoption in the Middle East.
Facebook has quietly axed its Poke and Camera apps, yanking them from Apple's App Store after they failed to set the social world alight. Poke was Facebook's attempt to cash in on the ephemeral photo craze begun by Snapchat, allowing Facebook users to send each other self-destructing photos, but which languished under the shadow of persistent rumors that the social network was trying to buy its smaller app rival.
Quick, rattle off everything Google Now does! Unless you’ve been keeping a close eye on all the changes, you likely can’t. The service is adding features at an alarming clip, with recent tweaks like offline cards, hotel info, and parking reminders being among the more useful features we’ve seen added in quite some time. Now is definitely cool, but is it getting it right?
Vine has added Vine messages to its video sharing app, allowing users to send private video clips to their friends in a similar way to Instagram Direct. The new feature allows for video and text message sharing with both Vine and non-Vine users, while the app update also includes color options for individual Vine profiles.
The selfie is a common staple among images found online, comprising vast quantities of Instagram and other social photography websites, often smattering Facebook and Twitter feeds, among other online locations. So popular is the form of self-expression, the word selfie earned its own slot in the dictionary and was named word of the year in 2013. Now it has its own section in the App Store.
Facebook has turned ten, and though the terrible teens are still a few years off, the predators are already circling. The social site celebrated its tenth birthday in a fairly low-key way, giving each user a custom highlights video dubbed "A Look Back" picking out their most popular moments on the site, but the anniversary has been overshadowed by the ongoing trademark spat with app developer FiftyThree over who gets to use the name "Paper". It's perhaps a perfect example of how to many Facebook is now perceived: lumbering heavyweight rather than agile upstart.
Facebook is working on a suite of mobile apps for release in 2014, insiders at the social network claim, breaking out key features and effectively turning them into standalone software much in the manner of Facebook Messenger. The scheme, which is billed as recognition that Android and iOS users prefer task-specific apps rather than a do-all title that can be confusing, will include the rumored "Facebook Paper" news app with Mark Zuckerberg's appearance at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona next month potentially where one or more titles could be unveiled.
In December, it was reported that security firm RSA -- according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden -- was paid millions by the NSA to put a back door into its encryption products. A couple days later, the company denied having a secret contract with the government agency, and said that it never knowingly put a back door in its offerings. That didn't stop some companies from gravitating away from RSA, however, and one such company was Wickr. The company's founder, Nico Sell, announced this change at an RSA Security Conference, during which she made it clear her company would not have a back door and that users' security was important. Immediately after, an FBI agent approached her with a request -- to add a backdoor on behalf of the agency.
Recently it came to blindingly bright light that teens don't like Facebook because that's where their moms and dads are. Surprise! Teens don't like their parents knowing what they're up to. But a study released today shows that parents are hot on the trail and expanding their social networking presence to alternative platforms.