Facebook recently started warning Page administrators the official Music Player and Discography apps would be discontinued. Now it’s happened. All that’s left is the following answer to question “What happened to the Music Player and Discography apps on my Facebook Page?” on the Facebook Help Center:
The Facebook Music Player app is being replaced with better ways to incorporate music on your Page. Here are some alternatives you can use:
In other words, Facebook is no longer supporting uploading music to its service because it is throwing its weight behind music streaming. At its 2011 f8 conference, Facebook announced 17 Open Graph launch partners, most of which offered some form of media streaming.
Facebook is betting big on music sharing becoming popular on the social network. The company is thus killing off anything that doesn’t work with the newly launched Ticker and the upcoming Timeline and Open Graph rollout.
Facebook did not give users much notice about the axing of the music player. Thankfully it wasn’t used by many – the app had only 5,000 monthly active users according to App Data.
- Facebook to remove Discussions tab from Pages
- Facebook removes “hide all posts” option from News Feed
- Facebook kills daily Facebook Deals, keeps Check-in Deals alive
- Facebook kills Places, but emphasizes location sharing more
- Facebook removes the Comment button
- Facebook kills App Directory, wants users to search for apps
Facebook cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going on an East Coast college tour next week. Starting tomorrow, he will visit Carnegie Mellon, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
On Monday, Zuckerberg will visit Harvard and meet with a group of computer science students and Harvard President Drew Faust. Although Facebook already recruits at Harvard, this will be the first time Zuckerberg comes personally since he dropped out of the school to build the social networking giant.
Also on Monday, Zuckerberg plans to make a stop at MIT. The private research university says there will be a brief press availability with Zuckerberg at 12PM EST but wouldn’t give details beyond that.
On Tuesday, Zuckerberg will visit Carnegie Mellon University where he will meet with faculty and students and give a talk to an invitation-only audience. This will also be Zuckerberg’s first visit to Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh campus.
“We are very excited by the prospect of hosting a visit by Mark Zuckerberg,” Randal E. Bryant, dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, said in a statement. “Facebook has profoundly changed the nature of social interactions worldwide. Supporting these interactions requires massive information processing capabilities, for which Facebook has become a leader in advanced computing technology.”
Not surprisingly, Anonymous did not take down Facebook yesterday, and the Fox News Web site also apparently survived the day, but Anonymous championed the group’s effort to get people to ditch major banks in favor of community banks and credit unions.
November 5 is Guy Fawkes Day, named for the man who unsuccessfully tried to blow up Parliament in 1605. But Alan Moore’s graphic novel, V for Vendetta, turned Fawkes into an anarchist anti-hero and the Fawkes mask has become synonymous with the Anonymous hacker collective. As such, rumors about several Anonymous-led hacking efforts for Nov. 5 cropped up in recent months, including the takedown of Facebook and Fox News, as well as the bank campaign, dubbed Operation Cash Back.
“Over 650K bank accounts have been transferred to community banks and credit unions. #OpCashBack Let your bank know your taking back control!” Anonymous tweeted yesterday.
On Friday, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) said that at least 650,000 consumers had joined credit unions in the last four weeks. CUNA attributed the switch to Bank of America’s decision to charge a $5 monthly fee for debit card use, a plan the bank dropped last week after public outcry. The group has not yet released stats on how many additional accounts were closed on the actual Bank Transfer Day.
Displeasure with major U.S. banks has led to protests like the Occupy Wall Street movement and its various offshoots. Anonymous has been a major supporter of the Occupy effort, focusing much of its energy on the movement in recent months rather than the data dumps for which it (and LulzSec) made headlines in the spring. At least one Occupy-related data drop, however, wrongly targeted two San Francisco bartenders.
There were reports of a Facebook takedown yesterday, dubbed Operation Facebook, but Anonymous itself said that plot was unlikely. Fox News also emerged unscathed despite calls for Operation Fox Hunt, though the company’s Twitter feed was one of several media outlets that fell prey to hackers in recent months.
Back in June, when Anonymous offshoot LulzSec was dominating the headlines for its various data drops and cheeky attitude, PCMag put together a guide on both groups. In the months since, however, LulzSec has docked the lulz boat for good, making appearances every once in awhile, but largely ceding control back to Anonymous. A few of its members have been arrested here and abroad, but that hasn’t stopped things entirely. Here’s a look back at just a few of the things Anonymous has been up to in recent months.
June 29: Anonymous releases new batch of data stolen from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The data file includes “names, addresses, phone numbers, passwords, social security numbers, online dating account info, voicemails, chat logs, and seductive girlfriend pictures belonging to a dozen Arizona police officers.”
June 30: The Anonymous-AntiSec-LulzSec hybrid posts a file that it says contains “internal mapping of Viacom and its servers,” as well as passwords and other data from UMG’s umusic.com. The file also includes information pulled from the government Web sites of Zimbabwe, Australia, and Brazil.
July 1: Arizona police are hit a third time.
July 4: The hacktivist group compromises 27 accounts on an Apple survey server, a minor attack compared to Lulzsec’s former iCloud hacking claims.
July 11: The Anonymous-LulzSec battle with the FBI continues, with the Anonymous AntiSec offshoot going after government IT contractor IRC Federal. The group also releases 90,000 military emails and passwords it reportedly pulled from the database of government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.
July 18: Anonymous, spurned by Google+, pledges to start its own social network, dubbed AnonPlus.
July 21: Anonymous breaches the databases of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and gathers about 1GB of data.
July 25: Anonymous says it has 8GB of files belonging to Italy’s cybercrime task force containing sensitive info about various national governments and global companies.
July 27: Anonymous encourages PayPal users to cancel their accounts over recent arrests and the company’s refusal to handle transactions for whistleblower site Wikileaks.
July 29: Anonymous publishes 400MB of internal documents from security contractor ManTech International to The Pirate Bay BitTorrent site.
August 9: Reports about Operation Facebook first emerge.
August 14: Anonymous starts its 48-hour attack on San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) subway service with a few cyber-defacements and a massive data dump of users’ emails, phone numbers, addresses, and login credentials.
August 15: Anonymous calls on U.K. residents to organize “mass protests” against what it considers to be a corrupt government.
August 25: British officials arrest a 22-year-old man for allegedly carrying out cyber attacks in connection with Anonymous. The group also posts revealing pictures that they say are of BART spokesman Linton Johnson, who spoke out against the hacktivist’s group’s planned protests against the transit agency.
September 2: In retaliation for various arrests, Anonymous makes public a 3GB file that contained private emails of several Texas police chiefs.
September 9: Anonymous releases a program that allows members to hijack Twitter’s trending topics and pick ones they feel are more relevant.
September 22: Anonymous announces a “Day of Vengeance” for September 24 in retaliation for the execution of Troy Davis as well as arrests during a protest on Wall Street.
October 18: The Department of Homeland Security expresses concern that Anonymous might try to take down industrial control systems (ICS) that handle things like water and electric supplies.
October 24: Anonymous brings down a major Internet porn ring and publicized the names of its patrons.
October 31: Anonymous threatens to expose the Zetas drug cartel after one of its own is kidnapped. The issue reportedly divides Anonymous, however, and sometimes spokesman Barrett Brown is apparently taking on the #OpCartel effort by himself.
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Frankie Cocozza is a born survivor, after the public once again voted him through to next week’s X Factor, while boyband The Risk and Johnny Robinson were sent packing in a double elimination.
The 18 year old was shocked and delighted, Tweeting: “So happy to be through, thanks for all the support. Absolutely gutted the risk are out. X x”
Other Twitter users were not quite so pleased with the result…
Michelle Heaton wrote: “Omg bloody g!!! Did not see that comming! Which idiots voted for the tone deaf frankie over the hugely talented “the risk”? X”
Lord Sugar echoed the sentiment of many Tweeting: “Frankie still in X-Factor phone voting backfiring. Producers know he is rubbish but can’t do anything. Disgraceful TV .ITV have to act.”
Scottish bra tycoon Michelle Mone added: “No WAY who is voting for this complete idiot wee boy? Frankie.”
Angry show fan Nikitta said: “I’m so annoyed that Frankie Cocozza is still in X Factor. He needs to go. He doesnt even seem grateful when he goes through.
Megan agreed: “feel bad for The Risk, they actually had talent they were nice boys, unlike Frankie Cocozza. FIX FACTOR.”
Oh dear. One group of lads who are happy that Frankie is still in the competition is One Direction.
The former X Factor contestants have been championing the Brighton boy from the start and last night Louis Tomlinson urged their army of female fans to pick up the phone and vote Frankie, which they clearly did.
Now some fans are blaming OD for keeping Frankie in the competition.
One Direction Fans Tweeted: “Sorry, but I partially blame @Louis_Tomlinson for this, telling people to get behind Frankie. The Risk did not deserve to go.”
Whatever you think of Frankie, he certainly adds a certain spark to the show. Are you a Frankie fan? Are you glad he stayed or do you think The Risk or Johnny should still be in? Use our comment system to tell us.
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HONOLULU — Utah State was looking for their first win in
Hawaii since 1966 on late Saturday night. Those of the
Aggie faithful that stayed up late to watch or listen to
the game definitely saw quite a game.
The first quarter started out nicely as Matt Austin caught
a nice touchdown pass and put Utah State on the board
first. The Aggies led at the end of the first quarter, 7-
The second quarter was a complete reversal of fortune for
The penalties against both teams began to mount early on,
leading Tyrell Marchant (@tbmarchant) to say, “It’s
already 10 p.m., someone tell the refs to quit throwing
the flags.” Obviously he was referring to the late start
of the game.
Tyler Bennett poorly punted a ball early on that gave
Hawaii great field position on the Aggies 18-yard line.
Hawaii scored shortly thereafter and tied the game at
seven points apiece. But that wasn’t the end of the
scoring. Before Utah State realized it, they were down 21-
7 thanks to the play of Hawaii QB Bryant Moniz.
The Aggies offense couldn’t seem to get a sustained drive
going. The Upset Blog (@TheUpsetBlog) tweeted, “Every time
I see Utah State with the ball, Keeton is scrambling right
and going out of bounds.”
One image that Utah State fans did not want to see was
that of Keeton down, motionless on the field.
The Upset Blog (@TheUpsetBlog) wrote, “Keeton got crunched
with his head pointing down by a Hawaii dude’s torso after
he got stripped of the ball. He is down and it’s not
good.” He continued, saying, “Nothing dirty from Hawaii on
the hit, Keeton just got tilted the wrong way and head
crunched into someone else.”
Immediately following the play, the thoughts and tweets of
Twitter and Aggie nation changed to the health of Chuckie
Sam Anderson (@Sam4nd) wrote, “Chuckie is a true
and is something special. Hope he is alright.”
Jonathon Godbold (@Jonnybgbold) said, “Pray for Chuckie.”
Ben Burt (@detmer14v1) started to rally Cougar
support of Keeton when he said, “Attention all Cougar
fans, lets stand with our Aggie brothers and pray that
Chuckie will be ok.
The Upset Blog (@TheUpsetBlog) tweeted, “Not unrealistic
that Utah State would have to fly home without Keeton if
it’s serious. Gut punch beyond comprehension.”
Hawaii finished the half leading 28-7, but you know that
the thoughts of the entire Utah State football team were
centered on Keeton.
The Aggies entered the second half on a mission to play
well for Keeton.
Eric Frandsen (@efrandsen) tweeted, “This team still
life in them. Kennedy throws a 25 yard strike then Turbin
runs it in from 48 yards out for a TD.”
After a field goal to push the Warriors lead to 31-14,
Adam Kennedy hit the stat sheet with his first touchdown
pass as an Aggie.
ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) wrote, “Chuck Jacobs
makes great adjustment, catches Adam Kennedy’s 37-yard
pass through double coverage. TD Utah State.”
Even with the resurgence on the scoreboard, the Aggies
continued to have issues on defense and special teams with
regards to penalties.
The Upset Blog (@TheUpsetBlog) tweeted about the Aggies
“Utah State has nine penalties for 105 yards and it’s
still the 3rd quarter.”
The Aggies finished the third quarter down 10 points, 31-
21. It is the first time this season that Utah State has
not led at the end of the third quarter.
Benji Hadfield (@DrHadfield) wrote, “Every time I decide
to go to bed, Utah State does something awesome to
convince me to stay up. Go Aggies and pray for Chuckie.”
Utah State came up with another huge fourth down stop
against Hawaii QB Bryant Moniz and on the very first play
of the next drive, the Aggies did something they haven’t
done in what seems like forever:
Not blow the game in the fourth quarter.
In fact, they scored on a 72-yard touchdown to Stanley
Morrison from Adam Kennedy.
USU Football (@USUFootball) wrote, “Morrison got hit
two players at the same time, they both went down and he
kept running to the end zone.”
Cache Sports Media (@CacheSports_USU) said, “Suddenly this
is a game. With plenty of time remaining in the 4th, Utah
State is within 3, at 31-28.”
With the Aggies making the comeback, it was just a matter
of time before a member of the media threw out a wisecrack
about Utah State’s struggles to finish games.
The winner this week was Kraig Williams (@KraigW) of the
Deseret News, who said, “Hawaii is doing a really great
impression of Utah State trying to close out a game right
Zach Bloxham (@zbloxham) also wrote, “There are about
billion reasons why the Utah State guys deserve to win
Kennedy drove Utah State down the field after another
Hawaii punt got the Aggies to the one yard line with 16
seconds remaining in the quarter and the Warriors
Tony Jones (@TonyAggieville) tweeted, “This would be an
Utah State got the vindication they wanted for Chuckie
Keeton after Robert Turbin ran it in from one yard out and
gave the Aggies the lead for good, 35-31.
It was the comeback that no one expected but everyone
wanted as the Aggies beat the preseason WAC-favorites to
win the championship.
The Upset Blog (@TheUpsetBlog) finished out the night,
saying, “Utah State moves to 3-5. They play SJSU, Idaho,
Nevada, and NMSU. They still have a shot at a bowl. Maybe?
While the chances improve slightly tonight, Utah State
must win three of the four games in order to be eligible
to play in a bowl.
Kraig Williams (@KraigW) wrote, “Just when you think
have the Aggies figured out, they change the script.”
Hopefully, this is the script that Utah State has been
searching for all season long.
On Saturday, as labor talks between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association were winding down, at least three NBA players took to Twitter to express their frustration with Jordan.
“I’m not wearing Jordans no more,” Washington Wizards guard Nick Young said. “Can’t believe what I just seen and heard from MJ. Elvis Done Left The Building.”
“Damn MJ,” Indiana Pacers guard Paul George wondered aloud. “That’s how you feel?”
Later, Golden State Warriors rookie wing Klay Thompson replied to George: “You think the 1996 MJ would pull this? Straight hypocrite bro.”
George agreed: “Man straight hypocrite bro.. He should’ve been the 1st one behind us smh.”
The CIA are monitoring activity on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, the Associated Press reports.
Named the Open Source Center, the group provides a picture of the social world through tweets, photos and status updates.
They are said to have predicted the uprising in Egypt and analysed the popular reaction in Pakistan following the death of Osama Bin Laden.
While the goal is to collect information on foregin countries, it’s clear that what you say online is not as private as you may think.
Do you manage what you say put on sites like Twitter and Facebook? Why or why not? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers’ response
Nov. 5, 2011
Final Stats |
Junior quarterback Adam Kennedy, the Utah State football team, the Aggies’ fans and the USU record books will remember, remember the fifth of November for a long time thanks in part to rallying from a 28-7 halftime deficit for a wild 35-31 win over the Warriors of Hawai`i Saturday at a rainy Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.
USU’s comeback from a 28-7 deficit was its largest since 2001, rallying from a 27-0 deficit vs. Idaho State and was the Aggies’ largest comeback against an FBS team since at least 1990 according to available records.
Kennedy replaced freshman starting quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who suffered a neck injury and was carted off the field and taken to the hospital at the end of the first half. The junior was 8-of-12 passing for 163 yards with his first two TD passes of his Aggie career, including a 71-yard strike to senior wide receiver Stanley Morrison to pull USU within 31-28 with 12:39 left in the fourth quarter.
The Kennedy-led Aggie offense also guided the winning drive, making several key scrambles to get positive yardage, including a John Elway-like helicopter dive to the endzone, but was stopped at the goal line. After a USU time out with 17 seconds left, junior running back Robert Turbin bulled through a hole created by the offensive line into the endzone for the game-winning score. Sophomore placekicker Josh Thompson split the uprights for fifth time on the night, with five PAT’s, for the final points.
After USU’s squib-kicked the kickoff, Hawai’i took over and in a last-ditch effort, UH quarterback Bryant Moniz ran 21 yards, then lateralled to Joey Iosefa, who ran 8-yards in reverse trying to get behind blocking, and then pitched to a teammate, but the ball squirted lose and USU sophomore cornerback Nevin Lawson pounced on it to clinch the win for the Aggies.
It was Utah State’s first win at Hawai’i since 1966, as USU didn’t play UH from 1966 until the two were fellow Western Athletic Conference foes in 2005, and USU had lost its last three at UH. Saturday was also USU’s first WAC win this season, improving to 1-3 in league action and moving to 3-5 on the season overall. Saturday was also Utah State’s first road win of the season, breaking a four-game road losing streak, last winning at San Jose State last season, which the Aggies also won in dramatic fashion, also rallying from down double digits and scoring late to win, after being down 10-0 and winning 38-34 by scoring the game-winning TD with 34 seconds left.
Saturday was not only USU’s first win at Hawai`i since 1966, it was UH’s first home loss in its last nine regular season home games and was its first WAC loss since 2009, losing to Boise State, snapping a seven-game home WAC unbeaten streak.
Turbin scored two rushing TD’s as part of his 96 yards on the ground, as his 1-yard game-winning TD was joined by a 48-yard dash to open USU’s second-half scoring, darting through a gaping hole created by the O-line and outrunning the UH defense to payturf. Morrison finished with 105 yards, one of three Aggie receivers to snare a TD catch. Senior Matt Austin had a 9-yard catch from Keeton on USU’s second possession of the game that gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead. Austin finished with three receptions for 51 yards. Junior wideout Chuck Jacobs had three catches for 50 yards, both career highs for the first-year Aggie junior college transfer. Jacobs hauled in a 37-yard strike from Keeton.
The Aggie defense was steadfast and resolute throughout the night, holding off three Hawai`i fourth-down attempts, and keeping the UH offense in check in the second half. Junior cornerback McKade Brady posted a game-high 13 tackles (nine solo, four assists), not only a career-best but also the first time in double-digit stops.
With seven tackles Saturday, senior linebacker Bobby Wagner now has 395 career stops, moving up to No. 3 on USU’s Career Tackles list, passing Jesse Busta (1999-2002) with 392 tackles. Wagner also moved up to No. 4 on the WAC’s Career Tackles list, passing Boise State’s Korey Hall (2003-06) with 394 stops. Wagner needs five more tackles to become just the third player in USU history and the fourth in the WAC (since 1979) to reach the 400-tackle milestone.
Lawson and junior cornerback Jummane Robertson added three pass break-ups each, while junior defensive end Bojay Filimoeatu had two tackles for loss, including one sack. Senior linebacker Kyle Gallagher added 1.5 tackles for loss with half a sack, as part of his six tackles, matching Lawson’s half-dozen tackles. Senior defensive end Levi Koskan added a sack while junior defensive lineman Havea Lasiks added half a sack, combining with Gallagher.
Hawai’i was led by Moniz with 27-of-43 passing for 227 yards, 111 yards below his season average, throwing for two TD’s, but was sacked by the USU defense three times. Moniz added a team-high 75 yards rushing on 12 carries, with two of them being TD scampers. Jeremiah Ostrowksi had eight catches for 76 yards and one TD, while Billy Ray Stutzmann added six catches for 36 yards and Justin Clapp had five receptions for 52 yards and a TD. Corey Paredes led the UH defense with 10 tackles.
Hawai`i scored 28 of its points in the second quarter, starting with a Moniz to Clapp 18-yard pass play, before Moniz reeled off back-to-back scoring runs, goin in from a yard out with 10:38 on the clock, and then an 8-yard scamper with 4:22 left. Ostrowski added an 18-yard pass play for a TD with 12 seconds left to give UH its 28-7 lead at intermission.
After Turbin’s 48-yard run made the score 28-14, UH added a 24-yard field goal with 5:28 left in the third quarter. Kennedy hit Jacobs for the 37-yard scoring strike with 2:16 remaining in the third frame, setting up the final drama.
Utah State returns to the friendly confines of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium to host San Jose State on Saturday, Nov. 12 in a 1 p.m. (MT) kickofff.
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Faizal Daniels was given 48 hours to leave the ministry after his Facebook rant was brought to the attention of the minister by concerned ANC members.
He posted the comments during a discussion on his wall about the recent election of Lindiwe Mazibuko as the DA’s parliamentary leader.
Daniels poked fun at the ANC caucus, claiming it had no strategy to deal with her rise to the DA’s top position in parliament.
“This should have been among the easiest strategies to conceive for the oldest liberation movement on the continent because she is really an upstart.
“But the ANC in parly is a far cry from the caucus that was politically managed by the likes of Max Sisulu and Tony Yengeni. These days every day feels like Sundays (with the chief whip off to some prayer meeting) and the young upstart MPs treating parly like a shebeen,” he wrote.
In a subsequent post, he described Zuma and ANC MPs as “absent-minded” and “unruly” before showering praises on Mazibuko.
“My take on it? I’m sure we are too busy looking for our absent-minded MPs, from the occupier of the highest political office to the most unruly cadres.
“Has the ANC considered the implications of a talented and articulated [sic], young, black and female leader of the official opposition in parliament?” he asked.
Daniels’s comments are said to have ruffled feathers in ANC circles after they were distributed by “concerned party members”.
Joemat-Pettersson confirmed on Friday that Daniels had left the department, saying he had opted to resign after his Facebook comments were brought to her attention.
“The official has subsequently resigned and today [Friday] will be his last day in office. The official takes full responsibility for his indiscretion and he has chosen to resign,” she said.
But departmental insiders said the furious minister confronted Daniels and gave him 48 hours to pack his bags.
Another official said the understanding was that a ministerial chief of staff was a political appointee who was expected to toe the party line and respect its leaders.
“He has basically insulted his minister’s bosses. He was not going to get away with it,” said the official, who asked not to be named.
Daniels referred all queries to the ministry when contacted for comment on Friday.
“I cannot comment on that,” he said.