Facebook moves to protect user data with PrivateCore buy

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By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | August 7th, 2014 Cybersecurity startup PrivateCore’s tech can help prevent hackers — or anyone — from accessing Facebook user data. Facebook Thursday moved to beef up its servers by agreeing to buy cybersecurity startup PrivateCore. Oded Horovitz, co-founder and CEO of PrivateCore, announced the acquisition in a blog post on…

Facebook outage hits users

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By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | August 01st, 2014 Social network reports having an issue affecting all of its platforms at noon ET. Facebook is reporting “increased errors” on all of its platforms as users in the U.S. report that the social network has been down since about noon ET. Users began complaining that the site…

Chinese users tire of older social networking sites

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By Michael Kan, IDG News Service | July 28th, 2014 WeChat, a messaging app, is disrupting China’s social networking market. Social networking sites in China that are modeled on Facebook are having a hard time holding on to users, with customers like Beijing resident Shi Yunfeng, drifting away to newer services. “The user activity has…

Twitter and Facebook see a bright future for in-the-moment spending

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By Zach Miners, IDG News Service | July 17th, 2014 If you’re an impulse buyer trying to reform your ways, Facebook and Twitter are not on your side. Both companies said Thursday they were working on new services to let their users either make purchases directly from their feeds or gain instant access to deals…

Facebook tests ‘buy’ button to let users make purchases from their feeds

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By Zach Miners, IDG News Service | July 17th, 2014 Users can buy products directly from their news feeds from select advertisers. Facebook is testing a “buy” button that lets users make purchases directly from their news feeds. A limited number of small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. are involved in the test, with…

Secret, an app for posting anonymously, lets users tap into Facebook

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By Zach Miners, IDG News Service | July 14th, 2014 The app now offers Facebook log-in, to help members find more friends. How can something be a secret if all your Facebook friends see it? Secret is a company that makes an app for iOS and Android to let users post messages “anonymously.” When new…

Facebook announces its open data-center switch

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By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service | June 18th, 2014 The company wants to open up the platform for development and use by others. Facebook has taken networking into its own hands, building a switch to link servers inside its data centers, and wants to make the platform available to others. The sprawling social network…

Yahoo, Facebook,Google to IETF: Where are the IPv6 users

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Jul 27, 2011 03:51 pm | Network World by Carolyn Duffy Marsan Where are the users? That’s what popular websites including Yahoo, Google and Facebook are asking the Internet engineering community when they are questioned about their long-range plans to deploy IPv6. These popular websites — and tens of thousands of others — participated in…

Google goes after Facebook with Google+

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Jun 28, 2011 03:51 pm | Computerworld After months of rumors, Google takes the wraps off its own social network by Sharon Gaudin After months of speculation, Google has launched a social network to rival Facebook. Google today unveiled its Google+ project, a social networking service that looks and functions very much like Facebook .…

Google, Facebook promise new IPv6 services after trial

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By Carolyn Duffy Marsan | Computerworld June 9, 2011 05:07 PM ET One day after completing a successful 24-hour trial of IPv6, Facebook, Google and Yahoo said at a joint press conference that they would begin permanently supporting this upgrade to the Internet’s main communications protocol on some of their key websites. Joined by two…

Facebook: The Internet did not break

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Jun 08, 2011 05:59 pm | Computerworld World’s largest social network reports no problems on World IPv6 Day by Sharon Gaudin With only a few hours left to go on World IPv6 Day, Facebook, the world’s largest social network, reported that it hasn’t had any trouble. The 24-hour worldwide test of the Internet’s new communications…

Facebook raring to give IPv6 a test flight

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Jun 07, 2011 04:16 pm | Computerworld Network engineers worked for months to get ready for World IPv6 Day by Sharon Gaudin After helping to hatch the plan for World IPv6 Day set for Wednesday, a senior network engineer at Facebook is raring to test the site’s reworked network. Facebook’s Donn Lee has been getting…

Facebook, Google, Yahoo commit to ‘World IPv6 Day’ trial

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By Carolyn Duffy Marsan, Network World January 12, 2011 09:02 AM ET Several of the Internet’s most popular Web sites – including Facebook, Google and Yahoo – have agreed to participate in the first global-scale trial of IPv6, the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet’s main communications protocol known as IPv4. FOR BACKGROUND: IPv6 Tutorial The…