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Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Researchers from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin has developed a new breathing sensor system that help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This syst...

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University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

Cornell University has built a grass lawn inside their school library as a part of a project of their institution's Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. The department is currently conducting a r...

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Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Meet, the Scrubba, a portable washing machine, in form of a bag. This wash bag, allows people to do their laundry, on-the-go. The Scrubba is a lightweight, foldable bag that features small nodules to help sc...

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Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Thanks to Japan's new invention, the Deoest underwear, extreme farters can now release their foul smelling gas and prevent people near them from fainting. It is a fart-deodorizing underwear, created by Profe...

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Facebook Security Flaw May Have Jeopardized User Info — Symantec

Written on May 12, 2011 by R. Depp

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A recent report by Symantec says that thousands of Facebook apps have long been compromising private information of millions of Facebook users.

Symantec Corp., the largest security software maker based in California, published a report claiming that for several years now, almost 100,000 Facebook apps have been leaking access codes from profiles of the social network’s users.

The report also says that security flaws of apps could have given advertisers and other third parties access to Facebook users’ profiles, although a Facebook spokesman said that there is “no evidence” of this occurring.

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New Photoshop App Scam Lures Over 600,000 Facebook Users

Written on April 04, 2011 by R. Depp

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A new scam is currently victimizing thousands of Facebook users.

Users have been receiving the said message from friends, including a link that asks to be clicked so the unknowing victims could “View” the photos. Once clicked, the user is brought to an application window, asking access to Facebook account information like the user’s name, gender, photo, network, lists of friends, as well as access to Facebook Chat.

The users who click “Allow” are then taken to a site showcasing Photoshopped images of people’s faces on animals’ bodies, while the newly installed app does its job of spamming the user’s Facebook friends via Chat.

According to reports by M86 Security Labs, 88,000 people per hour have clicked on these links and that as of 5 a.m. today, an estimate of over 600,000 has fallen victim to this viral threat.

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Facebook Disables Phone and Address Sharing

Written on January 19, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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After Facebook’s decision to allow app developers to access a user’s address and mobile phone, a number ruffled a lot of feathers over the weekend. Hence they decided to halt it for a while.

Last Tuesday, All We Like reported about Facebook allowing apps to access user info like mobile number and address. But yesterday, the social networking site temporarily disabled apps to do just that. Facebook halts this feature until changes to allow users to opt-out is implemented. As Facebook’s Douglas Purdy posted on his blog:

“On Friday, we expanded the information you are able to share with external websites and applications to include your address and mobile number (…) Over the weekend, we got some useful feedback that we could make people more clearly aware of when they are granting access to this data. We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so. We’ll be working to launch these updates as soon as possible, and will be temporarily disabling this feature until those changes are ready.”

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Facebook: Giving Out Profile Info to Apps

Written on January 18, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Last Friday at 6:00 PM, Facebook rolled out new permissions that give applications access to individuals’ addresses and phone numbers. And it seems like there is no way to opt-out.

Last Friday, Facebook rolled out new permissions that enable applications to access a user’s phone number and address. So if you are using any Facebook apps, its access to your profile information gets more personal than ever before. And as you can see, there’s no way to opt-out. For instance, you want to play FarmVille, you have to grant Zynga a permission to access your phone number and address. Otherwise, there’s no farming for you.

This can be a dilemma for all users since this new feature goes for all Facebook applications, including those that are malicious and opportunistic. App developers from this line can just grab as much data as they want, and sell them to third parties. With people trained to click-through this permission window, and with the new feature looks like nothing new, a question is raised: Is Facebook capitalizing in “everyone’s doing it ” mentality? The real answer is: When have they not?

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Beware of Facebook Apps!

Written on October 19, 2010 by Japhet Writ

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Getting into too much of Facebook apps can be a problem in the future. Some apps might be leaking your user id to third-party companies. Indeed, Facebook still needs to work hard on their privacy settings.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that some Facebook applications have been leaking user information to third-party companies. Included in the list are Zynga’s FarmVille, Texas HoldEm Poker and FrontierVille. Facebook has confirmed this issue in a blog post.

And though knowing the UID of a user does not enable anyone to access a private information, it can still be very revealing — depending on the user’s privacy settings. Even if a user has set the strictest privacy setting available, the ID may still show his or her name and list of Friends. And with an application that has a tad full of players, sharing them to an advertising company can be very daunting in the long run. The real issue here is the matter of trust. And albeit Facebook is working their very hard to protect the privacy of its users, the latest incident implies otherwise.

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