You may not be aware of this, but: We are officially in the middle of Privacy Awareness Week, according to the FTC. To mark it, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published its annual “Who Has Your Back?” report, which details how major Internet companies share data with the government. Seeking a company that will stand up [...]
Tag Archive 'Twitter'
I am hereby declaring the Pottery Barn Rule to be in effect for the entire Internet. Memo to all hackers worldwide: You broke it, you own it, now fix it. Let’s just recap the last week or so. We have the Mandiant report, published earlier this week by the New York Times, which details how [...]
As I write this there are but a few hours left of 2010, which I believe will be remembered as the year Facebook became the dominant force on the InterWebs, supplanting even mighty Google in its reach and depth. What will happen in 2011? Beats me. But that won’t stop me from offering up some [...]
The problem with the Internet these days? In a word: socialism. No not that faux Obama socialism certain people like to rail against (because they’ve got to be PO’d about something). I’m talking about the real scourge of the net: social media. Now, I use social media and I (mostly) like social media. I use [...]
Privacy is all over the news these days, including social networks, where it seems the Feds like to play.
I wake up each morning with the same mix of hope and dread. I hope Google will buy me for a princely sum and allow me to retire to some sandy beach where they serve mojitos 24/7. And I fear Google will simply invent a better version of me, forcing me to get a job [...]
It’s kind of hard to believe the first decade of the third millennium is almost over. Seems like only yesterday we were pulling out our hair worrying about Y2K; now we worry about whether enough total strangers are following the minutiae of our lives on Twitter and Facebook. The last ten years have been dominated [...]
More headlines today about the seething dark underbelly of the Web creeping up to slime you and your friends. According to security company AVG, somebody pwned Facebook’s CAPTCHA anti-bot mechanism yesterday, either by cracking the code or (more likely) hiring a team of human drones for a few pennies apiece to decode the squiggly letters. [...]
To hear some people tell it, social sites like Facebook and Twitter are on the wane. Cringely thinks they’re only just getting started.
The DDOS attack on Twitter shows not only how vulnerable the microblog is, but also how dependent we’ve become on it. That’s a dangerous combination.
The number 2 seach portal has a new(ish) CEO and a new look. But is that enough to keep Yahoo from being steamrolled by Google or manhandled by Microsoft?
News that Facebook will be passing out ‘vanity URLs’ this weekend has the blogosphere’s collective boxers in a bunch. Does having your ‘real’ name on your Facebook or Twitter page really matter to anyone with an actual life?
Yes, you heard right: Somebody in Hollywood is cooking up a TV show based on Twitter. The Apocalypse is indeed upon us.
Social media madness has overtaken everyone, from adult stars to our elected officials. Is it time to pt down our keyboards and start talking to each other again?
Rumors can spread like tumors on the Web. Mostly they’ve been benign, but malignant ones may soon be coming.
Got an opinion on Google profiles, Swedish pirates, our antiquated legal system or Twitter’s swine flu obsession? You’re not alone. Here’s the best of what Cringesters had to say on these and other topics.
What’s worse, a global pandemic or a Twitter-induced panic about one? Cringely says problems with social media are just symptoms of a larger disease.
New Orleans has Mardi Gras, San Francisco has Halloween, and for those of us who spend too many of our waking hours on the Net, the biggest party of the year happens on April Fools Day. Infoworld certainly did its part to add to the foolishness. It’s always a treat to see how ticked off [...]
Obama administration seeks to expand e911 service to mobile Web by Dan Tynan In a milestone that marks Twitter’s evolution from a tool for self-obsessed 20-somethings into a vital part of our nation’s telecommunications infrastructure, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced it is adding the micro blog to the national emergency response network. Beginning [...]
Like many people, Randy Hallet is fed up with the Facebooking of the planet. Unlike most, he’s decided to do something about it. The 30-something Webpreneur has created what he calls “the anti-social network.” Hallet declined to speak by phone, though he did agree to an interview via Twitter. He tweeted: “I’m fed up with [...]