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Reddit founder won’t invest in Facebook thanks to CISPA

Reddit founder won’t invest in Facebook thanks to CISPA

As you read this, tens of thousands of brokers and investors are scraping together every loose penny they can find to get a chunk of Facebook's initial public offering. But one technology investor won't be joining them: Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.com and current NYC-based angel investor. He's not concerned with bubbles or percentages, just with Facebook's corporate culture: he objects to the fact that the social networking giant supports the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA.

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Can Facebook convince you to give up your organs?

Can Facebook convince you to give up your organs?

It's time to get real about how powerful Facebook is as they today have begun encouraging users across their network to tap an "organ donor" button on their profiles and make their charity known. What you do when you actually become an organ donor is to promise the public that you'll allow doctors to take your organs (which you'll no longer be needing) and make good use of them. Is Facebook powerful enough to encourage a whole new generation of people to add themselves to the ranks of those kind enough to be a donor?

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Olympic athletes sue Samsung over Facebook app

Olympic athletes sue Samsung over Facebook app

No fewer than 18 world-class athletes are fuming over a Facebook app that lets users see how closely they are connected to stars of the Olympic games. The app, powered by Samsung, ties in its products and services to the upcoming 2012 games. It is essentially like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but instead of Kevin Bacon it's professional athletes who have won in the Olympics. Now, a dozen and a half of those athletes are suing.

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Facebook’s patent purchases simplified

Facebook’s patent purchases simplified

It was revealed today by Facebook that they'd be picking up nearly 1,000 patents, patent applications, and licenses for patents from Microsoft, the latter company having purchased these and more from AOL last year. Facebook's renewed search and purchase mission this spring, it should be no secret, comes amid their current spat with Yahoo over patents both companies say the other has infringed. Facebook's purchase of patents today from Microsoft is said to be a continuation of a deal that was forged last year when it was Microsoft who picked up an "all or nothing" package from AOL for $1 billion USD.

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Facebook earnings turn to Instagram and Yahoo

Facebook earnings turn to Instagram and Yahoo

There's something to be said about a company as seemingly fantastically successful as Facebook in regards to earnings which show growth over the year, but not over the quarter. That appears to be the case with Facebook here in their Q1 earnings report which has them at $1.06 billion revenues here in the first fiscal quarter of 2012, this up from $731 million during the same quarter last year but down from $1.131 billion the last quarter of 2011. That said, Facebook's earnings call has many similar shows of ups and downs, including how it's about to deal with Instagram.

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Facebook defends CISPA with talk of protection

Facebook defends CISPA with talk of protection

Just like SOPA, Facebook has responded to the growing concerns rising around an internet "security" bill presented to the House of Representatives this week - only this time they're taking the opposite stance. If you'll recall, SOPA (and its twin PIPA) were bills that allowed the US Government to effectively shut down any website it saw illegally sharing content - this set of bills was much too broad and were relatively quickly axed amid a giant bit of outcry on the part of the greater web. Now that CISPA has arrived, Facebook is seeing things differently.

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Facebook Offers hits your news feed today [UPDATED]

Facebook Offers hits your news feed today [UPDATED]

Everyone on Facebook will start seeing Facebook Offers in their news feeds today, a program initiated by Facebook in collaboration with business small and large several months ago. These offers will have users clicking in on "Get Offer" links left and right in a fashion that should, if businesses hopes become reality, have users spending loads of cash in the very near future. Facebook users on the other hand are likely to be split over this new addition to news feeds, with a certain sacred and unspoken "do not touch" clause on their minds for the center of their Facebook experience.

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Facebook’s ‘Download Your Information’ in three easy steps

Facebook’s ‘Download Your Information’ in three easy steps

Those of you hearing about Facebook's ability to allow you one big download of all* of your information from the social networking site will be interested in knowing that it's been active for a while, and it's really quite simple to work with. The newest update to Download Your Information includes such new gems as your relationship status changes and Poke info. What it doesn't include is what the fuss is all about in the news today: the rest can be had with just a couple of button clicks.

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Mobile Facebook app security threat very real [UPDATED: Facebook Responds]

Mobile Facebook app security threat very real [UPDATED: Facebook Responds]

This week a startling discovery has been made by developer and writer Gareth Wright which has the potential to allow any rogue app to take control of your Facebook app and therefor your Facebook account. The method seems almost too simple - within the package of files you get with either the Android or iOS version of Facebook comes a file called a plist. This plist contains unencrypted information about your Facebook account - including your name and password. Facebook is reportedly searching for a fix now, but they've not yet addressed the fact that a similar plist sits in every app you've allowed access to your Facebook account.

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Facebook fires back at Yahoo with 10 patent countersuit

Facebook fires back at Yahoo with 10 patent countersuit

It's a tit-for-tat world in patent lawsuits, and Facebook has fired back at Yahoo with a countersuit arguing the aging search company violates its tech in advertising, photo sharing and more. The response comes on the heels of Yahoo's case against Facebook last month, in which it was claimed the social network infringed on multiple patents and refused to pay license fees; Facebook described the suit as "puzzling" and embarked on a patent shopping spree, picking up 750 to bolster its defense. Ten patents are cited in the counter-claim.

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