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Facebook Users Beware: Facebook’s New Feature Could Embarrass You


If you didn’t watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook announcements last week — and of course the vast majority of Facebook users did not — you may be in for a surprise. Aside from the dramatically redesigned Facebook Timeline profile pages, which roll out in the coming weeks (and which I’ve grown to love), Facebook’s new system to auto-share what you do around the web may catch many Facebook addicts off guard.

In fact, even those people who know exactly how this new feature works may need to be on guard against sharing some seriously embarrassing updates.

For those not in the loop: Facebook is making sharing even easier by automatically sharing what you’re doing on Facebook-connected apps. Instead of having to “Like” something to share it, you’ll just need to click “Add to Timeline” on any website or app, and that app will have permission to share your activity with your Facebook friends.

What activity, you ask? It could be the news articles you read online, the videos you watch, the photos you view, the music you listen to, or any other action within the site or app. Facebook calls this auto-sharing “Gestures.”

Can you see the possible issue here?

I’m pretty familiar with this auto-sharing function since it’s been a feature of The Huffington Post for a good while now. The way it works there: Once you join the site, every article you read is shared with your friends via an activity feed (unless you switch that feature off).

So right now I can see that someone I know professionally read “Scarlett Johansson Nude Photos” and a male colleague, who will remain anonymous, recently read the following:

1. “Conan O’Brien Stares At Nicole Scherzinger’s Cleavage”

2. “Heather Morris On Breast Implants”

3. “Perrey Reeves Shows Off Bikini Body (PHOTO)”more

Download Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) 2.1 with Antimalware Engine 1.1.7702.0


Microsoft provided a heads-up last week, informing customers of an imminent update which would be introduced to its free security solution for Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

As of September 21, 2011, the company has released a refresh to the antimalware technology powering a range of its security solutions, including Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.

Essentially, customers running MSE 2.1 will be better protected by version 1.1.7702.0 of the solution’s antimalware engine.

Users that follow the evolution of MSE undoubtedly know that a month passed since the previous antimalware engine update was offered for Microsoft Security Essentials.

Of course, this is nothing more than the Redmond company at work, pushing its security products forward.

As I’ve already said, Microsoft Security Essentials wasn’t the only security product from the software giant to get the updated antimalware engine.

“Antimalware Engine 1.1.7702.0 is released to all Microsoft Security Essentials and Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection, Windows Intune Endpoint Protection customers on 21 September 2011. Signature package 1.113.7.0 is the first that contains this engine,” Microsoft revealed.

This and past antimalware engine updates for MSE are offered as part of the regular, and I’d say monthly, refresh process of Microsoft’s security products.

According to the company, the refreshes are necessary to get its security solutions to keep up the pace with the ever evolving threat landscape.

Last week Microsoft launched Windows 8 Developer Preview Build 8102 Milestone 3 (M3), the first taste of the next iteration of the Windows client.

There’s no telling at this point in time whether the software giant will tailor a new version of Microsoft Security Essentials to Windows 8 or not, but most probably, the company will continue providing MSE to those customers with genuine licenses of Windows even after Windows 7’s successor is made available.

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is available for download here.

Windows 8 Developer Preview Build 8102 Milestone 3 (M3) is available for download here.

Warning, Don’t Use Windows 8


Then, on a small one hour break from BUILD when I couldn’t find any interesting sessions from an end user point of view, I walked into a BestBuy some 2 miles from the Anaheim Convention Center.

I was directed to the iPad 2 stand and played with the device for 5 minutes while an employee was telling me how this product basically sells itself, most probably thinking that I was an easy sell, since I had declared from the start that I was going to buy one.

He must have been left scratching his head when I walked out of the store moments later, empty handed.

What had happened? Much to my “dismay,” I had the “misfortune” of playing with the Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC running Windows 8 pre-Beta for some 36 hours.MORE

How to Enable the New Facebook Timeline NOW


You’ve been hearing about all the wonderful new Facebook features, and like us, you’re probably super-eager to get started with them.

If you’re willing to go through a series of eight steps, you can get into the brand-new Facebook Timeline right now.

Simply follow the instructions in our gallery below, and suddenly you’ll be basking in a new world of Facebook goodness, just like the developers are. Follow the instructions carefully, and good luck.

Please note: If you haven’t already verified your Facebook account with either a mobile phone number or credit card number, you’ll be asked to do so before you can try the new features. If you need more help with that,here’s a helpful link.

First, you’ll need to go to the Facebook developer page, which is a part of your Facebook account. Make sure you’re logged into your Facebook account, and then simply follow this link to get started.

Update: When will we be able to opt into the Timeline without the need for going through these developers’ steps? Says Stefan Parker, Facebook UI Engineer on Quora, “We are aiming to start letting users opt into Timeline in the next two to four weeks. There is no set date though.” FULL STEPS

Happy Birthday Google: Celebrate With All the Anniversary Doodles [PICS]


This month marks Google’s 13th anniversary. The exact date Google celebrates this occasion has changed over the years, according to the company, “depending on when people feel like having cake.”

However, in recent years Sept. 27 is the day the celebratory Google Doodle appears; since 2002 Google has put up a different doodle each year. To celebrate, we’ve taken a look back at every birthday doodle posted — starting with today’s.MORE

It’s chatterbox women who are most addicted to social networking – but men prefer staying in touch by phone


More social: Women communicate with friends, family and colleagues via social media more than men do, but men prefer using the phone to stay in touch

Women, it goes without saying, love to talk and gossip. It may come as no surprise, then, that women are more social online than men.

But while loving to stay in touch by Facebook, Twitter and blogging, a new survey reveals that women are not as keen as men when it comes to chatting on the phone.

The study, commissioned by Rebtel, looked at the online habits of a group of 2,361 U.S. adults.

For those internet users who chose to communicate with family, friends and work colleagues other than in-person, women led the way in choosing social media as a means of staying in touch.

In fact, 68 per cent of women chose to use social media to stay in touch with family, compared to 54 per cent of men. When it came to contacting friends, the figures were 60 per cent compared to 42 per cent, and for colleagues, the number was 34 per cent compared to 22 per cent.

This translates to around 163million women choosing to communicate via social media compared to 117million men.

And, when women were given the option to pick one way of staying in touch with friends, family and colleagues – besides in-person – more women chose social networking than men.

So much so that women were twice as likely to choose social networking as a way to stay in touch with colleagues than men.

But men, conversely, are more partial to contacting people via phone.

Although the differences were not so pronounced between men and women voice and phone users as they are with social media users, men came out on top as choosing to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues by voice.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2041125/Social-network-Its-women-addicted-Facebook-Twitter.html#ixzz1ZAeDtbWa

Google+ Has 43 Million Users, Up 30% Since Opening Publicly [REPORT]


Facebook may have grabbed most of the headlines last week — but at the same time, behind the scenes, young and scrappy rival social network Google+ was grabbing a record number of new users.

According to a post by Paul Allen, Ancestry.com co-founder and unofficial Google+ statistician, Google+ is up to an estimated 43.4 million users — and roughly a third of them have been added in the few days since Google+ opened itself to the public.

This isn’t Allen’s first foray into Google+ numbers. His system for counting users first gained credibility in early July, when he estimated the service had 10 million users — and Google CEO Larry Page said the same thingin a call with investors two days later. He has since pegged Google+ user numbers at 18 million, then 28.7 million in early September. But the site has not seen this kind of growth since its beta launch.

“The growth rate has skyrocketed to rates we only saw during the first week of its field test,” writes Allen. “Back when it had a small number of users to begin with.”

Indeed, Allen took his snapshot of the service last Thursday — so those 30% extra users arrived in the two days since the service officially opened its doors. We await with bated breath updated figures for the first week of Google+’s public existence, not to mention any official word on numbers (especially since Allen admits he had to guess at some of the numbers). We’re guessing Facebook is going to be watching closely too.

[via CNET]