Weekend tech reading: How Facebook is putting its users last

By on April 24, 2010, 10:38 AM
How Facebook is putting its users last It's almost become a joke: Facebook makes a change to its privacy settings that opts you in to a bunch of scary stuff, the entire Internet flips out about it, it rolls back the change, and then a few months or years later, it makes the same or a very similar update, opting you in to it again. It would be funny, if it weren't getting so damned insulting. CNET

Two prototype iPod touches with cameras show up on eBay Well looky what we have here. Someone has put up two semi-working iPod touches WITH cameras and a development version of the iPod OS on Ebay. They are marked with 'DVT-1' and 'DVT-2', 'Apple Development Team' and one is running some sort of 'switchboard' OS window. 9to5Mac

Content ID and fair use Over the past decade, the evolution of the Internet has altered the landscape for both traditional media companies and the doctrine of fair use, and the media industry has tried to keep up. The new ways that consumers create and distribute content are not a niche phenomenon. Google Public Policy Blog

Gizmodo caught in copyright crossfire In an attempt to protect their rights, the leading gadget blog Gizmodo has been sending out takedown notices to bloggers who use their articles in full while running ads. At the same time, however, Gizmodo itself continues to infringe on the rights of photographers by using their images commercially. A true copyright crossfire. TorrentFreak

Lenovo is last potential Palm buyer left standing The HTC/Palm marriage that was the stuff of so many geek dreams is now off the table, according to Reuters. The wire service cites sources who claim that HTC took a look at Palm's books and declined to make an offer. This leaves Lenovo as the most likely bidder for the failing Palm. Ars Technica

Arizona's largest power company wants control over customer thermostats Would you let your electric company take control of your air-conditioner if it saved you money? Arizona Public Service Co. will try to answer that question with a test project that will put customers' thermostats into the utility's hands. The Arizona Republic

New way to guide a car: with your eyes, not hands Tired of spinning that steering wheel? Try this: German researchers have developed a new technology that lets drivers steer cars using only their eyes. NPR

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Guest said:

Facebookers are fools, period. How many more years before they wake up.

Guest said:

Commenting on "Arizona's largest power company wants control over customer thermostats."

People should care for the environment but not at the lost of our personal freedom. What's next? You can't flush the toilet because you went over your limit of 3 times a day?!? We are wired with a free will to make good and bad choices in life. The government and corporations should back off with the "nanny state"

Guest said:

REPOST***... FACEBOOKERS fb is at it again...violating your personal information: As of today, there is a new privacy setting called "Instant Personalization" that shares data with non-facebook websites and it is automatically set to "Allow." Go to Account > Privacy Settings > Applications and Websites and uncheck "Allow".

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Cheers Guest, i like facebook for the whole being able to invite people to days out and thats about it, its changed soo much i cannot use it any more! Cheers,

Fragrant Coit Fragrant Coit said:

New way to guide a car: with your eyes, not hands...

Prepare for lots of women wearing short skirts getting run over.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Driving car with eyes, I wonder what will happen if someone falls asleep while driving?

Will the car shuts itself down in the middle of the road ?

Or will it head for the nearest wall? or a Pole? or may be back of the vehicle going in front?

Or will it just shut down its head lights?

Hmm lots of head scratching questions to answer first, I guess

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Archean, read the article, since it does get into these issues (the basic idea is that the car can drive autonomously, using the driver's eyes just when it can't make a decision as to where to go). The main issue was mentioned in the article, and it's not what you were thinking, but the mortality rate of cute girls. I mean, you wouldn't want the car to run over every girl the driver happens to look at, which is much more common than falling asleep at the wheel.

kakarot27 said:

Fragrant Coit said:

New way to guide a car: with your eyes, not hands...

Prepare for lots of women wearing short skirts getting run over.


Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guiding a car with your eyes... hmmm... what happens when you try to check your blind spot before a lane change? I forsee a horrifying mess of twisted metal tangled up under an 18 wheeler.

Jibberish18 said:

You know, Gizmodo has been rubbing me the wrong way lately. I've always liked them better than Engadget but I'm getting to the point that I'm ready to quit reading their crap.

Guest said:

It makes good fodder for companies who are looking for more reasons to block employee access to social media apps.

If yours is on of those, here's a helpful resource. It's a whitepaper called To Block or Not. Is that the question?"


It has lots of insightful and useful information about identifying and controlling Enterprise 2.0 apps (Facebook, Twitter, Skype, SharePoint, etc.)

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