Kate Gatto

Remove Timeline Scam Targets Unhappy Facebook Users

Do you hate the Time Line view on your Facebook account. If you do then you are not by any means alone. May end users have the double column view of time line and the back-and-forth postings. Some surveys have show that more than 80 percent of workers, some estimates say up to 86% of end users have serious privacy or aesthetic concerns about the newest format that Facebook has forced upon its end users.

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Is Facebook Making A Smart Phone?

If you are in the market for a new smart phone right now then you may want to wait a while. At least long enough to see if the rumors are true and Facebook really is putting out a phone of its very own. Nick Bilton, a reporter over at The New York Times, published a piece citing unnamed sources that are discussing the intentions of the newly IPOed company to move into mobile hardware.

Apparently it is all coming down to who the company is hiring. According to the article the company is bringing on mobile hardware engineers in a big way, ones with very specific skills, “The company has already hired more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone, and one who worked on the iPad, the employees and those briefed on the plans said.” So who knows the phone may be quite similar to the iPhone. For now the project is being called Buffy.

The only real question is what can a Facebook phone offer to the end users who would buy it that an iPhone, an Android phone, a Windows phone or even a Blackberry can’t already give them? After all Facebooks only offering is already free on all of the major platforms and given the way the company makes its money, ad, won’t be something most of us want on our phones.

If all goes according to plan the company is hoping to get its new phone offering out into the market place by sometime in 2013. At the current moment there is no word on carriers, or whether or not they will try to pull an iPhone and only list on one carrier for the launch, though it is unlikely to be a competitive market strategy. After all any new phone that enters the market has a mountain of competitors to climb over in order to get into your pocket.

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Will Liking On Facebook Get You Fired?

When you click on the Like book on your Facebook account you probably don’t think much about the consequences that it might have on your career. After all, unless you are surfing at work, your company should not care about what you Like, or don’t like. Right?

That would be the decent thing to do, but apparently if you work for Sheriff B.J. Roberts, or someone like him, then you may want to watch what you like, or at least put all of your settings to private. Mr. Roberts choose to fire six of his workers after they had the audacity to ….. wait for it…… Like the Facebook page of the person running against him for his office. He stated at the time that they had, “hindered the harmony and efficiency of the office,” according to the information on the suit.

If that sounds like BS to you, as it is unlikely that anyone would have even noticed the activity is six people were not put out of job because of it, then sadly you are alone. When five of the employees put their constitutionally protected free speech they were shot down by the judge.

The honorable Judge Raymond A. Jackson, of the Federal District Court wrote a ruling that says that liking a page is not protected speech. His reasoning was that liking was not sufficient to qualify as speech. In the ruling he said, “Simply liking a Facebook page is insufficient… It is not the kind of substantive statement that has previously warranted constitutional protection.” So its not enough speech to be protected but it is enough to get your fired.

Sounds like a point of law that needs some tweaking.

While the ruling is likely to be contested, and taken to the Supreme Court in time, likely with the help of several free speech advocacy groups. So the ruling may, in time, be overturned.

Article by Katie Gatto

Does Web Porn Mean The Death of The Porn Star?

If you loved the work of Jenna Jameson enough for her to have her own shelf (or box) in your house then you may be sad to find out that the age of the porn super star is dead. At least according to a new survey put out by XBIZ.

The survey, which concerns itself with the competition that traditional porn faces from the variety of videos on the web, recently showed that many industry professionals believe that it will be hard, or impossible to reach the climax of adult super stardom now that the billions of erotic videos on the web have created a market saturation.

The survey asked industry insides the following question, “What does the future hold for porn stars? Will there be another Jenna Jameson?” The response was an unenthusiastic no. The responses broke down like this, “XBIZ found that 46% of the respondents say that, ‘Yes, there will be other porn superstars; it’s only a matter of time.’ But another 27% say, ‘No, the days of the porn superstar are over as a result of the Internet,’ with the remaining 27% saying that, ‘There will be many porn performers who will be able to achieve only moderate success.’ ”

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Best Budget Tech Gifts for Mothers Day

It’s the month of May and you know what that means. You have to buy a Mother’s Day gift. What are you going to get? A piece of clothing she’ll never wear? It’s not that you don’t have good taste, its just that you don’t have the same taste. A new nick-nack? She’ll just leave it on a shelf somewhere and it will collect dust. If you really want to give your mom a gift she will love and not end up shopping somewhere awkward then you are going to have to go with a new tech toy. The days of doilie loving moms are long gone. Lets talk about some great budget technology gifts that you can give your mom to show her you think she is cool. Don’t worry they all come with tech support departments so you won’t have to field a million annoying calls.

An e-Reader Tablet

The Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet will give your mom the best of an e-reader and the best of a tablet all in a budget friendly package. Let’s be honest if you can’t afford an iPad for yourself, or a prior bad experience with a certain past device you may have given her is shying you away from an expensive purchase this is a good middle of the road option. You’ll look like a loving son without shelling out $600 to the cause and cringing every time she sets a tea cup down next to it. As for which one to buy, that depends on your brand preference. If your mom is going to need a lot of help you may want to strongly consider the Nook. That way she can go and get support in store if she needs to.

Digital Photo Frame

Yes, your baby photos are likely to show up in the rotation, but you can always just pull out the power cord when you bring a new girlfriend home to meet your folks, or set up the meeting in a less embarrassing location like a restaurant to save yourself a world of pain. Just stay out of the big box electronics stores and scout online for a deal on one of these.

An iPod

If your mom doesn’t have one of these already then you have been remiss as a gift giver for many years. An iPod Shuffle will let her take all of her favorite music with her while she cleans the house, hits the gym or just ignores the people around her while she’s grocery shopping. If your mom already has an iPod then why not get her an upgraded pair of headphones? A stylish pair of ear buds, like those sold by ChicBuds or a great over the ear pair can be a great gift.

Article by Katie Gatto

What We Know About iOS 6 – So Far

Apple may be more tight lipped then the average made man, but that has not stopped a slew of technology bloggers from wiggling bits of information, here are there, out about the newest iOS. For those of you living under a rock the iOS is not the operating system for Mac computers, but for the bevy of mobile devices they make (iTouch, iPhone, iPad) that have eaten up a good portion of market share over the last couple of years. So what’s coming next for iDevices?

Well, here is a look at what is expected, though for now nothing is officially on the record:

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Sergey Brin (of Google Fame) Blasts PIPA Creators

If you know much about online piracy, or you just keep up to date on the legality of the web, then you’ve probably heard of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its proposed follow up act, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). SOPA was shut down, thanks mostly to the grass roots efforts of millions of end users of the webs favorite sites, and soon PIPA is going to be facing a similar challenge. On the bright side it already has some pretty vocal critics.

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock PIPA is a law originally introduced on May 12, 2011, by Senator Patrick Leahy, general enemy of Internet freedom, that is painfully similar to SOPA and is designed to help the makers of movies and other digital content to stop the distribution of illegal copies of movies. The law would put the responsibility entirely on the site owners to deal with their content and apply some fairly harsh penalties. Here is an excerpt from the bill  that shows how ominously broad this bill could be.

“The PROTECT IP Act says that an “information location tool shall take technically feasible and reasonable measures, as expeditiously as possible, to remove or disable access to the Internet site associated with the domain name set forth in the order”. In addition, it must delete all hyperlinks to the offending “Internet site”

The bill, which will cost the government an estimated to cost about 47 million dollars to create a division of federal agents who would be devoted specifically to making sure that every site on the web is enforcing censorship on their sites.

One of the most vocal critics is Sergey Brin, who you probably know best as one of the co-founders of the search giant Google, who has already gone on record in an interview with the  Guardian newspaper, a U.K. publication and said some interesting things about the proposed PIPA Law. Interestingly enough his best points were not about the morality of an open web, but about making the best possible business case.

Brin told a reporter, “I haven’t tried it for many years but when you go on a pirate website, you choose what you like, it downloads to the device of your choice and it will just work – and then when you have to jump through all these hoops (to buy legitimate content), the walls created are disincentives for people to buy.”

So the question is, do you agree with Sergey or do you disagree?