Google and Facebook go beyond social

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It’s important to start back in the fall of 2010 if you want to understand the strange but spectacularly profitable world of Google and Facebook today.  Facebook was a rising start four years ago. They had built the ultimate social walled garden — almost a separate alternative to the Internet at large.

 

 

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Massive FBI facial recognition database raises concerns about privacy

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The FBI plans to start using facial recognition software.

Most technology watchers believe we shouldn’t be overly concerned just yet about the privacy implications of facial recognition technology because it isn’t yet sophisticated enough to identify people accurately,

 

 

 

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Bitcoin will go far beyond payments in the future

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Bitcoin and other digital currencies have captured the attention of the media, entrepreneurs, and regulators. The coverage has described exchange meltdowns, price volatility, and government crackdowns. However, the focus on Bitcoin as a currency may distract businesses and governments from its disruptive impact: as a technology.

 

 

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60% of Children Lie About Their Age on the Internet

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Parents are being encouraged to take an interest in and support their children’s online activity during Safer Internet Day.

   Young people are defying the dangers that adults have warned them about and are still taking chances that could put themselves at risk online, according to new research.  Six out of every 10 young people who make contact with strangers on the internet lie about their age, a new survey has revealed, and 43 per cent have online ‘friends’ they’ve never met in real life, says research to mark Safer Internet Day.

What is Your Facebook Profile Telling ID Thieves?

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Seemingly harmless information can help ID thieves unlock key to your identity.

Your pet’s name is a thieve’s best friend.  You may think you’re revealing precious little when you tell your Facebook friends that you’re dressing your pooch, Puddles, in your favorite color, red, for brunch at Grandma’s on Sunday. But you’ve actually just opened a Pandora’s box of risks.

 

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The Real Da Vinci Code? Expert Finds Secret Symbols in Mona Lisa’s Eyes

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This is not part of Dan Brown’s novel. Researcher Silvano Vinceti— chairman of the Italian national committee for cultural heritage—has found a secret code in the Mona Lisa by scanning her eyes. A code that could reveal her mysterious identity:

 

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Capture-ID Mobile Scanner: Digitally Capture Business or Identity Information Away From Your Desk

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Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2010

The Capture-ID mobile scanner is wireless, accurate, and quick for digital capture of documents and identity information away from the desk.  This saves time, improves productivity, and reduces the risk and cost of handling paper.  It is capable of scanning very close to its left edge, allowing capture of information close into the inside edge of a book, reducing the curvature distortion and strain on the binding typical of copiers and other scanners.  Paralegals, insurance agents, realtors, and others can capture documents at their client’s site where a copier is unavailable and take it with them immediately.  Two scans are stitched together to form a letter-size page, three scans for a legal-size page.  (Pics)

 

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Malicious Site Can Figure Out Your Real-Life Identity by Your Social Networking Groups

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Hackers can figure out who you are by what groups you belong to.

People often get categorized by social group–jock, geek, soccer mom. The same is true for our online identities: If you have an account on Facebook or LinkedIn, you might also belong to several groups on each site.

 

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Anti-Identity-Theft Huckster Has Had Identity Stolen At Least 13 Times

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Too Good To Be True – LifeLock Simply Doesn’t Live Up To The Hype

Todd Davis’s identity has been stolen at least 13 times. Davis is CEO of LifeLock, a company that sells anti-identity-theft services, and their ads feature Davis’s Social Security Number (because their service works so well he can afford to publicize his SSN without being compromised. Collection agencies across the country are trying to get him to cough up for debts that other people have racked up with the SSN they cleaned from the ad.

LifeLock has already been fined $12,000,000 by the FTC for deceptive advertising!

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China to Force All 400 Million Internet Users to Register Their Real Names

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This is a further sign of tightening controls on freedom of speech in China.

China is considering measures to force all its 400m internet users to register their real names before making comments on the country’s myriad chat-rooms and discussion forums, in a further sign of tightening controls on freedom of speech. 

 

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