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Facebook bans Selena Gomez


Selena Gomez has had her Facebook account disabled.

(Credit: TMZ)

Do you remember when Facebook banned Mark Zuckerberg last year? Well, here we go again. This time it’s Selena Gomez’s turn.

No, not that Selena Gomez. A girl in New Mexico with the same name tried to sign in to her Facebook account on Wednesday and was denied with the following message: “Disabled – Inauthentic Account.” She believes Facebook thinks she is breaking the rule “Impersonating anyone or anything is not allowed.”

“I AM NOT AN IMPOSTOR … My name is not hers on my page. In fact, I even put my middle name on my FB to clear up any confusion,” the banned Selena Gomez told TMZ. “I did not have one single famous friend. I did not refer to myself as [the famous Selena], and I did not have any pictures of her on my page!“MORE

Facebook S-1 Amendment: New Stats From Q1 2012 And More


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Facebook on Monday filed an amendment to its S-1 documents originally submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on February 1.

With its IPO date reportedly set for May 17, the social networking giant has published new stats that reflect growth and revenue over the last fiscal quarter, which ended on March 31. In addition, Facebook recently announced plans to acquire photo-sharing app Instagram and to purchase a large number of AOL patents from Microsoft.

Here are some key stats from the amendment:

  • Monthly active users now total 901 million (up from 680 million a year ago).
  • Daily active users are up to 526 million (up from 372 million last year).
  • Monthly mobile users now total 488 million.
  • 300 million photos are uploaded to the site each day.
  • 3.2 billion Likes and Comments are posted daily.
  • 125 billion friendships are forged per day.
  • Facebook will pay $300 million in cash, plus 23 million shares of common stock for photo-sharing app Instagram.
  • If the Instagram deal falls through, Facebook will pay $200 million.
  • Revenue for the first quarter of 2012 was $1.058 billion, up from $731 last year.
  • Net income dropped to $205 million for the quarter, down from $233 last year.MORE

Facebook Now Has 901 Million Users


Facebook disclosed on Monday that it has 901 million users, making it likely that it will pass the 1 billion mark well before the end of the year.

The company, which dropped the stat in its amended S-1 filing, also notes that its network receives 3.2 billion comments per day and 300 million new photos daily. The site also claims 125 billion friendships. Of the 901 million figure, 526 million were described as daily active users in March. Some 488 million people also used Facebook mobile products that month, according to the filing.

When Facebook filed its IPO paperwork with the SEC in February, the network tallied 845 million users. Back in January, Gregory Lyons, a senior analyst at iCrossing, estimated that Facebook would hit 1 billion users by August, a rate of growth that appears plausible based on the latest numbers.

Even before Monday’s latest numbers dropped, Facebook was by far the largest social network in the world. Twitter, which passed 500 million users in February, is number two on the list — although Twitter says thatonly 140 million of those accounts are active.

How big will Facebook get, and how fast? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.SOURCE

Hurt ex gets six months for posting girl’s nude pics on Facebook


(Credit: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

So many have experienced the pain.

She tells you she’s leaving. She tells you she’s taking her pots, her pans, and all her “Twilight” tomes.

You weep. You plug Nilsson’s “Without You” into your ears on permanent play. If it’s frightfully unexpected, your insides demand revenge.

One of the less good ideas, though, is to post nude pictures of her on his Facebook page. I mention this merely because an Australian man just got 6 months in the clinker for being something of a hurt stinker.

Ravshan “Ronnie” Usmanov, 20, posted six pictures of his ex “nude in certain positions and clearly showing her breasts and genitalia.” At least that’s was the Sydney Morning Herald’s reading of the court documents.

With less control than he might have chosen, he then e-mailed her to say “Hullo, darling. I miss you so much. Please come home.” Actually, no. What the court was told is that he wrote: “Some of your photos are now on Facebook.”MORE

Path: The smaller, simpler alternative to Facebook


With dead-simple functionality and an elegant user interface, Path for Android and iPhone aims to bring social networking back to its roots, where “friends” are actually friends, and posts are actual moments.

Path’s posting options swing open when you tap the + sign on the bottom left.

(Credit: Path)

At a time when Facebook seems to keep adding apps, curating news feeds, and pushing users to connect with as many other users as possible, Path, the blossoming social-sharing app for iOSand Android, is doing just the opposite. It’s trying to keep things small and simple.

While the idea of social networking on a smaller scale may seem strange, it makes a lot more sense once you get to know Path. With no brand pages, groups, event invitations, or Bejeweled requests to clutter its experience, this young social network is all about sharing personal moments with loved ones. That’s it. That’s why it limits the number of connections you can have to 150 (a number that Path believes is the average number of true friends a person has in life).

As with any other social network, getting started on Path means creating an account and populating a profile. Your name, e-mail address, and a photo will do, but you can also add your phone number and birthday. Like Google Plus and Facebook, Path gives you a slot for a cover photo, where you can upload something a little artsier than your standard head shot.

Once you’re all set up, the first thing you should notice is Path’s interface, elegantly designed and head and shoulders above that of Facebook’s mobile app. It’s easy to zip around and share things, and the entire package just looks and feels…better. Tiny details like the emotion icons and the time stamp that appears as you scroll through updates make it a pleasure to keep tabs on friends, rather than an exhausting task, as it sometimes can be with other social-networking programs. Overall, it’s a pleasantly intuitive experience.MORE

Facebook denies accessing users’ text messages


Social network says a Sunday Times report that it is using smartphone apps to access text message data is “completely wrong.”

Facebook is being accused of snooping on its users’ text messages, but the social network says the accusations are inaccurate and misleading.

The company is among a wide-ranging group of Web entities, including Flickr and YouTube, that are using smartphone apps to access text message data and other personal information, according to a Sunday Times report (behind a paywall). The newspaper said Facebook “admitted” to reading users’ text messages during a test of its own messaging service. The report also says information such as user location, contacts list, and browser history are often accessed and sometimes transmitted to third-party companies, including advertisers.

Facebook representatives did not immediately respond to a CNET request for comment, but the company told the Business Insider that the Sunday Times report was “completely wrong.”

Facebook Canada Hosts Youth Focused Hack-a-thon


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Hack-a-thons are becoming popular ways to get a massive group of hackers together for a manic, usually overnight blitz to code something cool. Hack for a Cause is one of the newest to apply that Red Bull-fueled creativity to social and charity causes.

In just 12 hours (6 p.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, EST), 60 coders created 12 products that were ready to ship. The event, hosted at Facebook Canada’s Toronto headquarters, was organized by Free the Children, a Canadian charity that empowers youths across North America to create positive change.

The rules of the hack-a-thon were pretty simple: Come up with some product that will help Free the Children get kids engaged in positive actions. In response, Hack for a Cause turned out Facebook apps to help log and share volunteerism, a mobile app that accepts and displays donation pledges, an interactive map that allows users to see local philanthropic meet ups, educational mobile games and more.

Even though Hack for a Cause is relatively single-minded, as far as hack-a-thons go, providing Free the Children with new technology will hopefully have widespread impact as well. Besides, it’s not such a bad idea to host a group of uber-talented coders and get some awesome new products in return. It’s a smart move by Free the Children that may help some kids get more involved in social change.MoRe

With Timeline, Facebook Bids To Reinvent The Social Biography


As a Harvard buddy of Mark Zuckerberg, Samuel Lessin had early access to Facebook in 2004. The then-nascent web site instantly became a part of his life. “The sum of those conversations was how I expressed myself,” he says, “it’s how people express themselves.”

So it’s not surprising that when Lessin took a job at Facebook last year he became product manager of Timeline, which transmogrifies one’s Facebook profile to a linear self-account that accumulates the moments of your life — via communications among friends, photos, videos, links, check-in and other data — in a chronological presentation.

Facebook execs explain that while the previous profile was like a five-minute conversation between acquaintances, Timeline is like meeting a friend for drinks and spilling your soul until the bar lights flicker for closing time.MORE

Facebook Timeline: The Next Step Is Coming Soon


Last night I went in search of an answer to a question that has vexed this industry for weeks: When will Facebook Timeline officially launch to the masses? The world’s most popular social network was holding a tiny gathering in downtown NYC, where I’d get to rub elbows with Timeline’s architects. I went, figuring one of them had to know the truth.

The small club atop a trendy hotel in lower Manhattan was crowded and dark. It offered amazing vistas of the city skyline and doted around the periphery of the room were stations where designers would talk about how they came up with some of the ideas in Timeline. Eventually, I found a bespectacled guy talking excitedly to another reporter. I began to listen in:

“One of the things we learned is that you can’t just walk in and rearrange the furniture.” It was Sam Lessin, product Manager for Facebook Timeline, explaining why Facebook was taking its time rolling out Timeline. The update radically rearranges users profile pages into, essentially, a timeline of their lives on Facebook and — if they fill in more details — even before they got on the social networking service.MORE

Facebook Says 600,000 Accounts Compromised Per Day


In a blog entry on Thursday, Facebook stated that about 600,000 log-ins every day are compromised.

The factoid, first noted by security site Sophos, was in the context of an entry introducing new security features for the social network. The figure was extrapolated by a stat showing0.06% of 1 billion logins per day are compromised. Less than 0.5% of Facebook users experience spam on any given day.

Facebook’s proposed solution for such breaches is to find three to five “trusted friends”. That way, if you’re locked out of your account, Facebook will send codes to your friends to give to you. Facebook is also testing app passwords that the company will generate on your behalf and you won’t need to remember.SRC

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