Facebook allows stage namesThe head of the Fair Labor Association calls Foxconn a 'first class' facility, Apple is stopping apps from snatching address book data, and celebrities don't have to go by their real names on Facebook.
It's Thursday, February 16th 2012. I'm Bridget Carrie on sina.com and it's time to get loaded. Celebrities on Facebook can now use their stage names in their personal profiles. Facebook is verifying celebrity accounts and allowing them to post as their pseudonyms instead of a birth name according to a report from Tech Crunch. The point is to increase subscriber suggestions when someone is doing a search for a celebrity stage or pen name. Twitter and Google+ verify celebrity accounts with a badge but you won't be seeing that on Facebook. In an effort to make 911 emergency calls more reliable, all VoIP service providers must now report network outages to the federal communications commission, just the same as cellphone and traditional landline providers do now. The FCC implemented this new ruling to ensure they can monitor what's happening in an emergency and if consumers were even able to call 911. This phone technology, Voice over Internet Protocol, is on the rise. About 31% of residential phone subscriptions are using VoIP service. The Chinese factories that make Apple products are better than other factories in the country, according to the head of the Fair Labor Association. The organization was tasked to inspect the working conditions at Apple supplier factories following reports of unsafe working conditions and an increase in worker suicides. The association president said the facilities are first class, physical conditions are way above average of the norm and that boredom might be leading to suicide. The inspection isn't complete just yet though. The group is using iPads, go figure, to collect answers from workers about how they're paid as well as the quality of dorm rooms and food. In other Apple news, the iPhone maker sent out a warning to app makers. Any app that could collect user contact lists without permission is going against the guidelines. Apple said that it is working on an iOS software fix to prevent any app from gathering data without first prompting the user if it's okay to do so. The action comes after several apps, such as Path, Four Square and Twitter, were found to be collecting info from address books. Apps like Path have since updated to first ask before collecting data. If you're on the social network Google+, this might not come as a surprise but Google+ is a man's world. According to data gathered by the service website Monitoring, 67% of Google+ users are male. A whopping majority of the users were students and trailing far behind are software engineers and consultants, and many are either from the US or India. Bangalore has the greatest number of Google+ users followed by New York. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Bridget Carrie from sina.com and you've just been loaded