November 21, 2011 | News

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You know how it’s commonly said there are six degrees of separation between you and anyone else on the planet? Meaning you know a guy who knows a guy … who knows the guy (six times). It’s based on a 1967 study by psychologist Stanley Milgram. Now the NY Times says scientists at Facebook (they [...]

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November 2, 2011 | Digital Privacy

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The Telegraph reports that Google is going to start indexing JavaScript-based comments like Facebook comments, Disqus, and IntenseDebate. Traditionally, comments have been managed by websites themselves. They were saved on the website to which they pertain itself, and they showed up even if you had JavaScript turned off. In the past two years, Javascript-based comments [...]

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September 25, 2011 | News

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Up until now you’ve been able to find out who friended you on Facebook, but not who un-friended you. But with the latest Facebook update, the Facebook Timeline feature, you can. You just click on a given year in the timeline. There’s a list, “Made x New Friends”. If someone un-friended you (or you them), [...]

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September 4, 2011 | Digital Privacy

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Heise’s 2-Click Solution for Facebook Privacy

Heise, a German computer magazine, tweaked their website to force users to click on the Facebook ‘Like’ button before it activates.

This protects your privacy because, normally, the button image (downloaded from Facebook’s servers) automatically tells Facebook that you’re visiting that page when it loads.

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March 14, 2010 | News

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A number of sources are reporting Facebook has surpassed Google as the most visited site in the US.

Read on to find out why I think this is a loss for the open Internet.

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March 8, 2010 | Digital Life

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Facebook is one of the largest sites on the Internet.

But most people don’t know the story of how it was founded.

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February 5, 2010 | Digital Security

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I wrote the other day about social media backup with a new service called Backupify.

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February 3, 2010 | Developer

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PHP is the programming language that runs many web applications, including WordPress. PHP’s slower than many other languages, but it’s fast to develop in.

Now Facebook, which also runs on PHP, has announced a new version of PHP that runs twice as fast.

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January 30, 2010 | Digital Security

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These days many people prefer to have their applications in the cloud, instead of hosting them by themselves.

For example, people who use Gmail prefer accessing e-mail through a web browser instead of downloading their e-mail and viewing it with an e-mail program.

But what happens if Google loses your e-mail? The answer, for some, might be Backupify, a new cloud backup service.

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April 12, 2009 | Developer, Web/Software Development

I was surprised to know that Facebook runs on PHP. It also uses C++ and Java in places, but it’s the fact that it uses the little scripting language that could (PHP) is what is interesting. Aditya Agarwal of Facebook describes how the social networking giant does it in a presentation at QCon SF 2008. [...]

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