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The Facebook IPO will reportedly happen May 18. The company announced Thursday it would price shares between $28 and $35 and offer 337,415,352 shares of Class A common stock. Facebook will become the most valuable U.S. Internet company at the time of its IPO, which should value the company at between $85 and $95 billion.

Facebook has produced a 30-minute video pitch to show big-time investors why sinking money into a publicly traded Facebook will be a good idea. Check it out here.

Early this month Microsoft has mistakenly revealed her (hybrid) search/social networking site called “Tulalip”. And on the 14th, they have taken down the splash page (pictured above) and replaced it with a message.

“Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web. We didn’t mean to, honest,” the message stated.

The splash page describes the Tulalip service as a way for users to “find what you need and share what you know easier than ever”. There are options to connect the service with both Facebook and Twitter. And the word “OPEN” on the upper left. The page also contains two rows of images that look very similar to the “Tiles” interface design found on Microsoft’s new Window’s Phone 7 operating system.

Furthermore, the splash page’s domain name socl.com is shorthand for “Social” and four lettered as a complement to bing.com.

My own opinion: Publishing the splash page was not accident, and Tulalip is not just an “internal design project”. Microsoft has realized that the future of communication sooner or later will be controlled\guided by social networks. And to that fact, they have decided to join in and give their best to win. So, revealing the site by mistake; wasn’t a mistake, but was a way to publicize its new upcoming site and give the audience a sneak peek.

In the end, this means more features for us users (for instance: when Google+ launched having “Hangout” feature, Facebook ran to Skype to partner with them to create the same feature, benefiting from their expertise).

My only one concern is: How far the social network evolution will go? Will it evolve till we won’t need to meet each other again, or physically hangout together, to really feel alive? share with me your opinion.

Facebook competing with Google+ (Google’s new social network site) video chat feature called  Hangouts that lets users chat one-on-one or in groups of up to 10:

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised that on July 6, Facebook would “launch something awesome” that the company’s Seattle team developed. On Friday, Facebook distributed official invitations for a special event at its Paolo Alto headquarters on July 6.

TechCrunch claims to have an inside scoop that the social network has partnered with Skype to develop a video chat service, according to “a source with knowledge of the partnership.”

Writes TechCrunch,

“The product has been built on Skype and will include a desktop component. It’s not clear to me whether that means it will just work if a user has Skype already installed on the computer, or if additional software will need to be downloaded even if the user already uses Skype. But it’s clear that there’s very deep integration between the products, and from the user’s perspective, the product will be an in browser experience.”

PCWorld predicts that the feature could grow into “serious competition” for Skype. Facebook currently does not offer a video chat feature.

There has also been speculation that Facebook may announce several other rumored works-in-progress, like an official iPad app, or even the super-secret Project Spartan mobile project.

As promised, Facebook has announcement on July 6, at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. GMT) at the company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California; a partnership with Skype that will integrate video chat directly into the Facebook platform. Group chats are also rumored to be on the docket, though some speculate that Facebook may take today to unveil a new mobile platform.

Check the announcement here: http://livestre.am/wBjp

The new features include a redesigned chat interface, group chats, and the aforementioned video chat, all explained on Facebook’s blog.

The group chat feature will let users chat with multiple friends at once by selecting “Add Friends to Chat.” According to Facebook, 50 percent of users are using the Groups feature, for things like co-ordinating events. Users can add friends that are not online at the time, and those friends will receive a summary of the chat later on. The feature rolls out today.

The chat redesign takes into account the size of a user’s browser window and adjusts accordingly. Zuckerberg noted that users have found it difficult to start chats with the previous design. A new sidebar appears when the window is large enough and lists your most-messaged friends, even ones who are not online. A simplified chat tab will give users “one-click access” to chatting with friends. The new chat design will also roll out today.

Video chat, which the company collaborated on with Skype, lets users click a video call button at the top of their chat window in order to start the call. Users can also leave video messages for people who aren’t there. Once a user clicks the video chat feature, a plug-in is downloaded to enable the call in “ten to twenty seconds.” The feature will roll out to everyone in the next few weeks, though users can get on earlier if they’re eager by going to Facebook.com/videocalling. It is not yet available on the mobile app.

Zuckerberg also revealed that Facebook has hit 750 million worldwide users, with 4 billion pieces of information shared each day.

Via HuffPost Tech.

How far will this competition go??

Google finally unveiled on Tuesday its new social project, Google+. It’s an ambitious gambit that aims to turn all of Google’s services into one giant social platform, and in the process steal some thunder from Facebook while making Google – for once – a big player in social networking.

Google has redesigned the top navigation bar to work across all of its services. It’s very similar to the notification bar found in Facebook, which alerts users about new activity concerning their accounts.

“We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships and your interests,” wrote Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra in a blog post.

Google+ has a handful of sub-services designed to match various social needs. Circles lets users decide which of their friends and followers can see individual updates or other pieces of content. It’s a feature Facebook took quite a while to develop with “Lists”. Hangouts works with each social Circle by creating access to a multi-person video chat. Sparks is a customized feed aggregator of content curated from across the web.

Google+ also has a mobile aspect, which could be especially appealing to people using Android phones. Nearly every update made through Google+ lets users add location data. The company also addressed the problem of unreliable data networks by building in Instant Upload. The feature will save pictures that get cut off through faulty connections and upload them later on. Finally, there’s Huddle, a real-time group messaging feature.

While it’s clear that Google as spent a lot of effort on Google+, the company has a poor track record with social products. Social network Orkut, Google Buzz and Google Wave are all examples of products had at best mixed results.

Some, like blogger Dave Winer, are skeptical of Google’s ability to challenge Facebook by turning its search product into a social network. In a blog post titled “Google Yawn“, he writes:

“…All you do is make your core product heavier. The thing you wanted to kill (Facebook) doesn’t go anywhere. It hardly notices what you did. The users might care to the extent that they’re annoyed… Products like the one Google just announced are hatched at off-sites at resorts near Monterey or in the Sierra, and were designed to meet the needs of the corporation that created it. A huge scared angry corporation.”

At least in Facebook’s case, it didn’t need a series of videos to explain how to use its service. Google, on the other hand, has six total videos demonstrating the various uses of Google+.

Google+ is now available on Android Market and the mobile web. The company is testing the full roll out of the service, which is available by invitation only.

Via SocialBeat

It’s a great site with lots of features and keen about social privacy too. Check the videos below:

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We’ve all seen Facebook posts that say things like, “Finally! Facebook got a dislike button! Click here!” or “See who is viewing your profile OMG I cannot believe it!!!!!!” or something else equally enticing.

Some of us, overwhelmed by desire, have fallen for these posts and learned an important lesson the hard way: Facebook is full of spam.

Many of us fled from MySpace in hopes of a cleaner, spam-free, and polished platform, but it was only a matter of time before hackers figured out how to attack us on Facebook, too.

On Facebook, there are a few different ways your account, privacy, and computer can be compromised. Sometimes hackers will simply phish for your log-in information and hijack your account, spamming your friends in the process. Other times, the app that promised to be a “dislike” button will instead download and install malware on your computer. — Taken from cnet forum —

“Surveys are an increasingly common tactic used to disguise a wide range of security threats lurking on Facebook and other social networking sites,” said Christopher Boyd, senior threat researcher, GFI Software. “Scammers also have improved their ability to immediately hijack high-profile news for their attacks. By exploiting breaking and developing news stories, they are catching users off guard. Users should always be wary of promises of free items or sensational content, and they should never share personal and financial information online unless they are dealing directly with a known, trusted and secure website — not a Facebook or Twitter post claiming to represent a recognized business or organization.”

Top 10 Malware Detections for May

GFI’s top 10 malware list is compiled from collected scan data of tens of thousands of GFI VIPRE® Antivirus customers who are part of GFI’s ThreatNet™ automated threat tracking system. ThreatNet statistics revealed that the vast majority of malware threats found continue to be Trojans, mostly detected in generic form.

Detection Type Percent
Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT Trojan 22.51
Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra Trojan 3.79
Trojan.Win32.Generic!SB.0 Trojan 3.73
Zugo Ltd (v) Adware (General) 2.75
Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen Trojan 1.63
INF.Autorun (v) Trojan 1.38
Pinball Corporation. (v) Adware (General) 1.37
Trojan.JS.Redirector.cd (v) Trojan 1.3
Malware.JS.Generic (JS) Exploit 1.23
FraudTool.Win32.FakeRean Rogue Security Program 1.13

Check out the video below, how to avoid it, and different ways to get rid of it.

Another Facebook feature challenging the concept of privacy!

This feature has been available in the United States since December, allows users to upload photos to their accounts and have the site make suggestions for whom among a user’s friends this photo belongs (tags). And as always this new feature is automatically turned on in every ones users’ privacy settings and requires users to manually turn it off, if desired!

A debate among privacy advocates arguing that this new features should not be turned on without the user consent:

“Our concern, as usual, is that Facebook is making changes to its privacy and creating new features without giving people sufficient notice and giving them a choice as to whether they want to participate,” said Chris Conley, of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

“If this new feature is as useful as Facebook claims, it should be able to stand on its own, without an automatic sign-up that changes users’ privacy settings without their permission.”Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) agreed

Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg has always defended such practices arguing that requiring users to turn on each new feature would diminish their Facebook experience. Yet in a statement released today on their blog, the company admitted they should have been more clear explaining the feature to users to avoid confusion and that they are working on “satisfy concerns” brought forward by lawmakers and privacy advocates.

Instructions for disabling the facial recognition feature:

 

 

I think users should never ever trust any social network site and always think of ways to maintain their privacy, because in my opinion the main purpose of social network sites like Facebook is to break every rule of privacy and broadcast everyone’s secrets all over the internet, Just to like what they did in college. And that is only my opinion.

On { codebutler } 24th of October 2010, they described how a software called Firesheep  a Firefox extension designed to demonstrate how you can hack almost any body on the same network as you are.

– After installing the extension you’ll see a new sidebar. Connect to any open wifi network and click the “Start Capturing” button. Then wait.

– As soon as anyone on the network visits an insecure website known to Firesheep, their name and photo will be displayed.

– Double-click on someone, and you’re instantly logged in as them. That’s it.

Firesheep is free, open source, and is available now for Mac OS X and Windows. Linux support is on the way.

FaceNiff used the same Technic and did it even within encrypted WiFi networks.

Websites have a responsibility to protect the people who depend on their services. They’ve been ignoring this responsibility for too long, and it’s time for everyone to demand a more secure web. Our hope is that Firesheep and FaceNiff will help the users win.

As for us users we have to Protect ourselves against ARP Spoofing (or sniffing in general).

recent Android application called FaceNiff can hijack unencrypted login credentials from users on the same Wi-Fi network. It also works on networks encrypted with WEP, WPA or WPA2 protection.

But in order to use FaceNiff, your Android smartphone must first be rooted (here’s a list of devices confirmed to work). Right now, FaceNiff works with Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Nasza-Klasa, but more are sure to follow.

Here is some videos to proof it really works: