People who use the Facebook app on their Android or iPhone will soon be notified when their friends are near them, thanks to a new feature called "Nearby Friends."
Facebook users will have to give the social giant permission to track them in order to use "Nearby Friends." People who use the Facebook app on their cell phones will soon get notifications asking them to opt into the new feature.
If you turn on Nearby Friends, you’ll occasionally be notified when friends are nearby, so you can get in touch with them and meet up. For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if friends are nearby so you can see the movie together or meet up afterward.
Tech Crunch reports that there is a "Location History" feature on the app that Facebook says is "not being used for advertising or marketing, but in the future it will be.”
The "Location History" feature can be turned off, but then "Nearby Friends" won't work.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Chris Conley, with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, believes that Facebook should keep its users aware of everyone who sees their location.
Jeffrey Chester, of the Center for Digital Democracy, wants the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the app's new feature. A Facebook spokeswoman claims that Facebook already discusses its products with the FTC.
Location apps already exist with Tinder, Foursquare and Radar, an app that also tells Facebook users where their friends are.
The new app Cloak uses Foursquare and Instagram to help users locate people and avoid them.
Fox recently aired a very adult cartoon on its Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) website.
ADHD is supposed to be a testing ground for animated shorts, some of which air during the AHDH block on Fox during Saturday night, notes Mediate.com.
This video, entitled "The Easter Bunny is Coming," includes numerous uses of the F-word, animated sex featuring a rabbit, a character eating feces and a vulgar rap song.
The song's lyrics include, "The Easter Bunny f----" without protection, in 9 months you're gonna need a bunny C-section."
"The Easter Bunny is Coming" drew outrage from the Parents Television Council (PTC), which called it "X-rated."
According to Entertainment Weekly, PTC president Tim Winter said in a statement: “We thought we had seen the worst of ‘ADHD’ when Fox aired a segment several months ago with high school characters gleefully taking cell phone pictures of their genitals and texting the photos to other students. That content pales in comparison to the material in this new video.”
Fox has pulled the controversial video from the ADHD website, but it can still be seen on Mediate.com.
US Airways accidentally tweeted a picture of a woman with a plastic airplane inside her vagina in response to a complaining customer on Twitter.
The incident began when a passenger tweeted at US Airways about her hour flight delay, noted Jalopnik.com.
US Airways responded with:
We don't like to hear this. Please provide feedback to our public relations team here.
Below the text was a picture of a woman using a small Boeing 777 as a sex toy, reports Salon.com.
The obscene tweet was reportedly online for twenty-two minutes before it was taken down.
After deleting the offensive tweet, US Airways issued an apology on Twitter:
In case you aren’t already familiar, a serious internet security bug was discovered recently. The bug, called Heartbleed, is a flaw in the encryption software OpenSSL.
The bug lets anyone on the internet read the memory of systems protected by OpenSSL. According to Heartbleed.com, the bug “allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.”
The websites affected, which include internet giants like Google, Yahoo, and Amazon, have for the most part updated their servers with a patch for the bug. Once a website updates their server, though, it’s on you to change your password for the site.
To check if a site is still vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, go here and type in the URL of the site you are inquiring about. To see a list of sites that have or have not updated their servers with the Heartbleed patch, check out this Mashable list.
Here is a quick summary of which ones you need to change your passwords for:
Social Networks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr
Companies: Google, Yahoo
E-mail: Gmail, Yahoo Mail
Stores/Services: Amazon, GoDaddy, DropBox, OKCupid
Those in the internet security industry warn users not to take the bug lightly.
“It's a big deal for Internet users, especially when it comes to protecting financial information," LastPass Ceo Joe Siegrist said.
A programming flaw in widely used Internet security software may have left thousands of websites vulnerable to having users’ passwords stolen. The glitch has been dubbed “Heartbleed,” and security analysts are still struggling to determine the scope of the problems it may have created.
The Yahoo-owned site Tumblr was the largest website to announce on Tuesday that it had been affected by the bug, according to the Los Angeles Times. Officials at Yahoo urged users to change their passwords for Tumblr as well as all other websites.
The technology website CNET reported that testers were able to exploit the glitch and lift passwords from other Yahoo sites as well.
Yahoo issued a statement Tuesday saying it had repaired the main vulnerabilities.
"As soon as we became aware of the issue, we began working to fix it,” the statement read. “Our team has successfully made the appropriate corrections across the main Yahoo properties (Yahoo Homepage, Yahoo Search, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Food, Yahoo Tech, Flickr, and Tumblr) and we are working to implement the fix across the rest of our sites right now.”
Heartbleed is a vulnerability in OpenSSL technology. That is the encryption technology used by 66 percent of all servers on the public Internet. Analysts have not gone so far as to tell people to stay off the Internet completely, but they have suggested that people stay away from sensitive things like online banking until the flaw is completely understood.
The scope of this is immense," said Kevin Bocek, a vice president at Venafi, a Salt Lake City cyber security company. "And the consequences are still scary. I've talked about this like a 'Mad Max' moment. It's a bit of anarchy right now. Because we don't know right now who has the keys and certificates on the Internet right now.”
An update to OpenSSL has already been released so that sites can fix the problem. For now, though, it will be up to users to determine if sites they regularly use have updated the software making them safe again.
"Avoid things like online banking and avoid sensitive sites if you're not sure," said Andrew Storms of CloudPassage. "Some people will see it as overkill. But I think that's the simplest guidance. If you can hold off doing something online for a couple days, then you should."
A Business Insider story offers suggestions to users for protecting themselves. The story indicates that researchers who discovered the bug let programmers know several days in advance of announcing the vulnerability, so most sites should already be in the process of updating their servers' software. Once users have confirmed that has been done, they should change their passwords to the sites.
Actor James Franco, 35, reportedly tried to hook up with a teen fan on Instagram.
According to The Daily Dot, a Scottish girl named Lucy Clode was in New York City this week and met Franco at his Broadway play "Of Mice and Men."
After Clode made an Instagram video with him, Franco told her, "You gotta tag me."
She did and the two allegedly started sending messages, which Clode posted on Instagram and later took down, but not before screenshots were taken and posted on websites such as DListed.com and Gawker.
On Instagram, Franco reportedly asked Clode how long she is in town, where she is staying and if she has a boyfriend.
The 17-year-old girl tells him she is in town thanks to an early birthday present by her mother, who brought her.
DListed.com reports that their communication switched to text messaging.
Franco allegedly asked if he should rent a room, but Lucy turned him down, “I’ll come back when I’m 18."
Lucy later texts that her friends won't believe what happened, Franco asks her not to tell, but she does anyway.
In response to reports of the alleged attempted pick up, Franco tweeted, “I'M NOT! I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME. Thank you.”
Chicago is the American city with the most active online users in a committed relationship who are looking to cheat, according to Victoria Milan, a site dedicated to helping facilitate the practice.
According to the website, Chicagoans spend 25 percent more time on the website than the national average. They spend more hours online, chat more, and send more pictures, messages and virtual gifts than residents from any other city.
“I can’t help but notice that Chicago is the coldest large city here,” Victoria Milan CEO Sigurd Vedal said. “And when things get cold, cheating gets hot.”
According to Facebook data accumulated between 2010 and 2011, Vedal’s estimate is not completely off-base. During the winter, people are more likely to begin new relationships.
Following just behind Chicago in most active Victoria Milan users is Los Angeles (21 percent more time spent online than the national average), New York City (18 percent), Houston (11 percent) and Dallas (9 percent).
Most people use social media sites to connect with others, but a new app is helping users avoid certain folks.
Cloak is an iPhone app that uses check-in info posted on Foursquare and Instagram to help users spot certain people on a virtual map and avoid them.
According to UPI, this "antisocial network" was created by programmer Brian Moore and former Buzzfeed creative director Chris Baker.
According to Cloak's description on iTunes, users can "avoid exes, co-workers, that guy who likes to stop and chat, anyone you'd rather not run into."
By flagging certain people, users get warning messages from Cloak when the undesirables are within a certain range.
Of course, that dreaded person must use Foursquare and Instagram, but Cloak is planning to expand to other sites.
"We've got a lot more planned for Cloak, with Facebook being pretty important," representatives for Cloak told The Los Angeles Times.
In the event of a catastrophic event threatening global cyber security, seven individuals throughout the world have been entrusted with “keys” that, when combined, could restart the Internet. Each of the individuals in possession of the keys holds, however, only a fraction of the necessary recovery data. If a cyber disaster did occur, at least five of the individuals would be required to converge at a U.S. base in order to reboot the entire system that fuels so much of daily life and society around the globe. According to a report by The Guardian, the key exists in order to ensure that the domain name system remains authentic.
The individuals entrusted with these keys hail from various countries and backgrounds. There are currently keyholders living in the U.K., the U.S., Burkina Faso, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, China and the Czech Republic.
The individuals were chosen based on experience as well as geographical location. According to TIME Magazine, no single country was allowed to have a majority of key owners. Still, the United States is the central hub of the organization (referred to as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Members meet in a U.S. city at least four times per year.
The majority of the group’s members have significant experience in the field of domain name systems. Member Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder, for instance, was one of the innovators of the domain name system security extensions, which earned her a spot in the Internet Hall of Fame.
Another member, British businessman Paul Klane, is a father of two who was headhunted in order to become a member of the group.
Although the group has an important duty, its keys are only useful in the event of a cyber attack that makes it difficult to determine the legitimacy of domain names across the web. Such an event is relatively unlikely to occur, but at least there is a safety system currently in place and ready to respond.
Parents in Long Island, NY are shocked and appalled by a popular Twitter page where teens post embarrassing pictures of themselves and their friends partying.
The teens often include their names and schools with the lewd pictures.
“Once it’s out in cyberspace there’s no taking it back,” Marg Lee, of the anti-DUI group DEDICATEDD, told CBS New York. “If an employer is going to be looking for someone to represent their company you’re not going to want somebody that’s been all over the web.”
However, judging by the pictures posted by the Daily Mail, from the Twitter page, it might be a good idea if these teens stay out of the workplace and off the road.
“Teens who are not using good judgment and parents who are clueless,” added psychologist Dr. Susan Bartell. "Once someone else has forwarded it to somebody else, it’s out there in cyberspace and you can never get it back.”
In response to news stories, the LIPartyStories Twitter page recently posted, "The hype was definitely real today. Get ready because were coming back with bigger, better, and more crazier s--- than before."
Sources: Twitter, CBS New York, My Fox NY, Daily Mail