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Adobe takes case against Apple to ‘Net with ad, open letter
Apple rival HTC urges iPhone ban
HTC EVO 4G $200, On Sale June 4th
Google will have tethering, Wifi Hotspot in Android 2.2
Facebook Calls All Hands Meeting On Privacy
Hurt Locker torrenters: prepare to get sued
LimeWire sliced by RIAA, guilty of massive infringement
YouTube gets useful ‘unlisted’ video option
Researchers Build Evolving Brain Computer?
BOL meetup: say goodbye to Tom Merritt: Tonight! Please join us at 5:30 p.m. at the Thirsty Bear Brewing Company.
Anonymous has a limit on his Sprint account
Howdy Buzz Crew,
After listening to yesterday’s show I looked into the Diaspora project
on kickstarter.com and decided to donate. At the time I donated over
1700 people had also pledged to the project and had raised over
$60,000, over six times the project’s goal of $10,000. Seems like I’m
not the only person upset with FB’s approach to privacy.
If Failbook continues crapping on it’s users, people are going to bail
from it in a way that makes the MySpace exodus look like a practice
run and all that will be left is Zuckerberg and his teddy bear.
Here’s hoping Diaspora balances privacy with the need to connect to
the people and things we care about.
- Jared N
PS: kickstarter will let you use FB connect to pledge a donation. Talk
THIS JUST IN: http://mashable.com/2010/05/13/diaspora/ — up to $100k now!!
We know its piling on, but nobody’s mentioned this yet…
We’re well-aware now that Facebook’s move to give everything its own
page sucks for privacy. Here’s the thing – it also sucks for its
stated purpose: driving people with similar interests towards
individual pages so they can connect with each other or a company.
1) Type “”cnet”" in the Facebook search bar
2) Hit “”See More Results”"
3) Click “”Pages”"
198 results. (My favorite: “”And cnet”") Where are they from? People’s
profiles! Most have zero or one fan. The result set is so fractured
that it’s meaningless. Microsoft shouldn’t be happy about this – it
makes Facebook search (Bing) look terrible.
It’s also an insult to Vij. He works with an old and well-known grant
program, including managing its Facebook presence. Because of the
program’s stature, this was already no small task. Now? Nearly
impossible. “”More than 500″” results, each different, as listed by the
thousands of people who have received grants over decades. Not only do
I (Vij) have to curate our own carefully-cultivated fan and group
pages, but I also need to figure out how to enable these various
people to connect with each other when their own pages will lead them
Thanks, Facebook, for doing this AFTER you got 400 Million users. Way
to plan ahead.
Anyway, keep on buzzing, guys!
The Boys From Boston
Mo & Vij
PS – Tom, good luck on TWIT! After some 1200 episodes, BOL won’t be
the same without you. Who else will remind us not to open email
attachments? Who else will speak Simlish?