The Social Network


Escrito por: SideGeek22

Hoy en día no hay nadie que no conozca a Facebook. Desde los más pequeños hasta los abuelos, sin embargo pocos conocen su historia. The Social Network nos presenta la historia sobre los fundadores de Facebook, desde sus orígenes hasta los enfrentamientos que tuvieron entre sí.

Cuando anunciaron  está película mi primer pensamiento fue de sorpresa. Principalmente por el director, David Fincher, que ha dirigido éxitos como Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, Zodiac y The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Llamó mi atención, ya que para tener un director tan renombrado debe ser una historia excitante, así como la historia de las otras películas que ha dirigido.

Aquí les dejo el trailer:

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285016/

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Reclama Tu Privacidad En Facebook


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Con todos los cambios que Facebook ha tenido en sus controles de privacidad, se ha acrecentado la preocupación de sus usuarios en saber que tan expuestos se encuentran. Pero la mayoría se queja de que los controles de privacidad en Facebook son muy confusos. Si eres parte de este grupo o solo deseas saber que tan expuesto estas, entra al site de Matt Pizzimenti: ReclaimPrivacy.org y reclama tu privacidad.

Es bien fácil, solo tienes que arrastrar a la barra de bookmarks de tu navegador el botón que aparece en el site. Luego, accedes a tu cuenta en Facebook y le das click al botón. La herramienta se encargará de escanear tu configuración actual e informarte que tan expuesto estas.

Gracias a @bolivarbaez por compartir el link de está herramienta conmigo.

Diaspora: ¿Un Posible Substituto Para Facebook? (EN)


Four New York University students have a vision to build Diaspora, “an open source personal web service that will put individuals in control of their data,” or essentially the anti-Facebook.

They started with just a dream and a prayer — that prayer was to raise $10,000 by June 1 so that they could spend the summer making their vision a reality. They reached that goal in just 12 days.

Now, still more than two weeks away from their deadline, the team of programmers has already broke $100,000, collected via the fundraising platform Kickstarter.

Team Diaspora — college kids Daniel Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, Ilya Zhitomirskiy and Raphael Sofaer — believe that sharing information online and maintaining one’s privacy should not have to be mutually exclusive. What they set out to build is a network that allows everyone to install their own “seed” — i.e. a personal web server with a user’s photos, videos and everything else — within the larger network. That seed would be fully owned and controlled by the user, so the user could share anything and still maintain ownership over it.

What it looks like remains to be seen, but this answer to current Facebook culture has a hit nerve with the more than 2,300 individuals who have agreed to back the company with as little as five bucks.

Now that the guys have reached their goal, we expect them to fulfill their promise and forgo all fun this summer to build their pet project. In a few months time we should see what $100,000 and a powerful vision can produce.

Mashable.

Si van al site de Mashable verán unos videos del Grupo Diaspora hablando acerca de este proyecto.

Realmente espero que sea exitoso, ya que sólo estoy esperando por esa opción dónde controle la información que comparto para migrar de Facebook. Pienso que como usuarios debemos de poder elegir qué compartimos y qué no.

5 Peligros Ocultos De Facebook (EN)


Facebook claims that it has 400 million users. But are they well-protected from prying eyes, scammers, and unwanted marketers?

Not according to Joan Goodchild, senior editor of CSO (Chief Security Officer) Online.

She says your privacy may be at far greater risk of being violated than you know, when you log onto the social-networking site, due to security gaffes or marketing efforts by the company.

On “The Early Show on Saturday Morning,” Goodchild spotlighted five dangers she says Facebook users expose themselves to, probably without being aware of them:

  1. Your information is being shared with third parties
  2. Privacy settings revert to a less safe default mode after each redesign
  3. Facebook ads may contain malware
  4. Your real friends unknowingly make you vulnerable
  5. Scammers are creating fake profiles

Below is an edited transcript of the interview. (Sólo puse los puntos más relevantes.)

Is Facebook a secure platform to communicate with your friends?

Here’s the thing: Facebook is one of the most popular sites in the world. Security holes are being found on a regular basis. It is not as inherently secure as people think it is, when they log on every day.

Certainly, there are growing pains. Facebook is considered a young company, and it has been around a few years now. It is continuing to figure this out. They are so young, they are still trying to figure out how they are going to make money.

Do people really have privacy on Facebook?

No. There are all kinds of ways third parties can access information about you. For instance, you may not realize that, when you are playing the popular games on Facebook, such as FarmVille, or take those popular quizzes–every time you do that, you authorize an application to be downloaded to your profile that gives information to third parties about you that you have never signed off on.

Does Facebook share info about users with third parties through things such as Open Graph?

Open Graph is a new concept for Facebook, which unveiled it last month at its F8 conference. It actually is basically a way to share the information in your profile with all kinds of third parties, such as advertisers, so they can have a better idea of your interests and what you are discussing, so Facebook can–as portrayed–“make it a more personal experience.”

The theory behind Open Graph–even if it has not implemented it–is its whole business model, isn’t it?

That is the business model–Facebook is trying to get you to share as much information as possible so it can monetize it by sharing it with advertisers.

Estuve discutiendo hace unos dias como Facebook lentamente se ha convertido en una compañía que busca generar dinero a través de la información que compartimos. Es como si tomaramos un survey gratuito sin darnos cuenta porque está disfrazado de un social-networking site. Y toda esa información que compartimos sirve para conocer cuales son las tendencias del mercado.

Isn’t it in Facebook’s best interest to get you to share as much info as possible?

It absolutely is. Facebook’s mission is to get you to share as much information as it can so it can share it with advertisers. As it looks now, the more info you share, the more money it is going to make with advertisers.

Can your real friends on Facebook also can make you vulnerable?

Absolutely. Your security is only as good as your friend’s security. If someone in your network of friends has a weak password, and his or her profile is hacked, he or she can now send you malware, for example.

This interview, “Five Hidden Dangers of Facebook,” was originally published on CBSNews.com.

En conclusión, tengan cuidado con la información que comparten.

Facebook Vs. The Feds (EN)


Four senators sent Facebook a letter of “concern” over its privacy practices—and warned the social network that federal regulators would likely investigate the company. Congratulations, Facebook. It often takes decades to achieve this level of government scrutiny.

Microsoft was founded in 1975; it took nearly two decades before the Justice Department went after the software company on antitrust grounds. Started the same year, Apple Inc. avoided antitrust issues until last year. But Facebook’s repeated and brazen rollbacks of users privacy have apparently touched a nerve; Democratic senators Charles Schumer, Michael Bennett, Al Franken and Mark Begich sent the six-year-old startup a letter expressing concern over making data like likes, interests, hometown, education and current city public and allowing third-parties to store Facebook data indefinitely.

Valleywag.