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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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Nearby Friends–User-Friendly, or Stalker-Friendly?

Written on August 31, 2010 by Rudfer Tyron

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As if it was not interesting enough to track Facebook friends' locations, Nearby Friends suggests their check-in histories are even more essential information to get immersed in.

The app works like an investigative officer mapping out a suspect’s comings and goings within a timeline, only it has friendly connotations. Or is it just that? Friends profile photos stick out from the location points where they have checked in, from recent to point 1. Users can make a past-time out of spanning friends’ travels, and identifying their favorite places, workplaces, daily activities and whatnots.

The operative word here is “friends”. Users who publish their check-in information are founded on the fact that their receivers are degree friends, which imply a sort of already established relationships. Granted that, the tool cannot track anybody or anyone on Places, and not all the half-billion strong members are likely to use Places all the time or even once.

The essential thing to note at this point, is that Facebook is a network that keeps expanding by the day. Its purposes have crisscrossed over time, leaving a confusing array of privacy settings. It has been used for purposes other than connecting with friends. And its Nearby Friends app is one good case, for the tool can be used for cyber-stalking. But as Facebook continues to deal with its privacy issues, all growing by the day as well, it is protocol for every user to be wary of what personal information they publish on the platform.

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