New Delhi: Now is the time for Facebook pages to get some makeover. Facebook has announced that on March 30, 2012, all Facebook pages will automatically get the new design. The company is actually updating its pages to look like Timeline profiles.
However, Facebook lets admins of the pages preview the new look before the company automatically rolls the new design out.
Users may find the alert related to the new page design as they go the Facebook page. But this is possible only if they are admins of that particular page.
After previewing that how the new page looks, users can click the “Publish Now” button to get the new design. But if you don’t want the new design at the moment, you should not click the “Publish Now” button. Until you publish your page, you can get back the old design/current design any time.
But the old design is not going to stay forever. Users can only stick to the old design till this month as all pages will upgrade to the new design on March 30, 2012.
I took the tour of the changes that will be automatically rolled out by the end of this month. Let’s see what all new features are going to accompany your Facebook pages:
1. The cover photo is the first thing that people will see when they visit your page. So, it is suggested to choose a striking photo that goes well with your page.
2. The new page design will accommodate your profile picture that is square and at least 180 pixels wide.
3. Once the new design will be rolled out, users will be able to highlight what is important. Photos, likes and apps will be at the top of your page.
4. With the new page design, users can show a maximum number of 12 apps. So, ensure that you put your most important ones first.
5. Users can also review their page timeline. Hover over a story and click on the star (star icon) to make it wider, or on the pencil (pencil icon) to pin it to the top of your Page, hide or delete it entirely.
6. There is an activity log that users can visit to review all posts and activity.
There is nothing to worry about as the new design is quite intuitive. In a nutshell, your Facebook pages are going to look just like the timeline on regular user accounts. To know more about Facebook pages, you can go to the help section of Facebook.
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In an interview with Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg streamed live on the company’s website, Peres repeatedly praised Facebook as a tool for positive social change by enabling citizens of different countries to connect.
“The matter of peace is no longer the business of governments but the business of people,” Peres said. “Today the people are governing the governments. And when they begin to talk to each other, they are surprised: We should be friends.”
In response to a question from Sandberg about Iran’s nuclear program, Peres said he had nothing against the Iranian people. At the same time, he condemned the Iranian government as a seat of “moral corruption.”
“They want to have nuclear weapon. The combination of viciousness and nuclear weapons is a real catastrophe, a real danger,” he said.
Iran denies it is seeking a weapon and insists its nuclear program is for energy production and other peaceful purposes.
Peres’ comments came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Barack Obama this week. The two remain at odds over the possibility of an Israeli military strike against Iran. Obama called for more time to let diplomacy work, while Netanyahu refused to rule out an attack in the near future.
In Israel, the presidency is an elected office but serves a mostly ceremonial role. The prime minister acts as the country’s primary leader. Peres served as prime minister twice, once in the 1980s and once in the 1990s.
Peres’ Facebook visit was part of a four-day swing through Silicon Valley to promote Israel’s tech industry. Touring the region’s marquee tech companies has become a rite of passage for politicians and celebrities passing through Northern California.
His California itinerary includes meetings with leading venture capitalists and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
Obama became the first sitting head of state to visit Facebook’s headquarters when he came last year for a town hall meeting and interview led by Zuckerberg.
In September, Sandberg moderated a discussion at Facebook with leading Republicans. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan talked about taxes and jobs and took questions from the audience and online members.
California Gov. Jerry Brown was scheduled to introduce Peres later Tuesday, when he is scheduled to appear before the congregation of Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco. Anti-war activists have said they will target the appearance to protest Israeli policy toward Palestinians, Iran and other issues.
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(CBS/AP) NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Tyler Clementi checked his roommate Dharun Ravi’s Twitter feed 38 times in the last 48 hours of his life, and took a screen shot of two messages posted there, according to a detective in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Pictures: Tyler Clementi
Pictures: Rutgers Spycam Trial
Gary Charydczak testified Tuesday that Clementi saved screen shots from Ravi’s Twitter page, including one that proclaimed Ravi had seen his roommate “making out with a dude,” and another where Ravi “dared” his friends to use a web chat program to watch later.
The detective, testifying in Ravi’s invasion of privacy and bias intimidation trial, said he learned about Clementi’s computer use from examining the hard drive of the laptop that was found in his Rutgers University dorm room.
He displayed the Tweets that he said were saved to Clementi’s hard drive under the names “untitled.jpg” and “secondtime.jpg.”
Dharun Ravi faces 15 counts against Clementi, who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010, one day after authorities say Ravi attempted to spy on him.
In testimony earlier Tuesday, Rutgers computer system manager Timothy Hayes told jurors it appears Ravi’s computer was used in two video chats on Sept. 21, 2010.
That doesn’t prove that Ravi spied on his roommate, but it may bolster the prosecution’s case that he was preparing to attempt to spy on Clementi that night.
Authorities say Ravi did use his webcam to see his roommate and another man kissing on Sept. 19 and viewed it from the room across the hall from his own.
Charydczak testified that the computer of dorm resident Molly Wei had a record of a videochat Sept. 19 at about the time she said that she and Ravi briefly used it to see Clementi and the other man kissing.
Prosecutors also have been building the case that Ravi went to the rooms of dorm mates that evening to test his webcam and used Hayes’ testimony to corroborate that. He said there was a web chat between his computer and Lokesh Ojha’s at 6:58 p.m. that evening, and another with Alissa Agarwal starting 46 minutes later.
Both those students testified that Ravi showed them how they could use a web chat program to see what was happening in his room, although there has been no evidence that anyone used a videochat service to spy on Clementi the night of Sept. 21.
Court documents suggest that Ravi’s computer was unplugged before Clementi’s guest arrived.
Complete coverage of Tyler Clementi and the Dharun Ravi trial on Crimesider
Article source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57391717-504083/rutgers-spycam-witness-tyler-clementi-viewed-dharun-ravis-twitter-page-38-times-before-he-died/
“Twitter is now available in right-to-left languages,” the San Francisco-based firm said in a blog post, crediting the accomplishment to thousands of volunteer translators who began working on the project in late January.
“Some of these volunteers live in regions where Twitter is officially blocked,” the message continued. “Their efforts speak volumes about the lengths people will go to make Twitter accessible and understandable for their communities.”
The roster of those who donated time to localize Twitter.com included a Saudi blogger, Egyptian college students, technology professionals in Iran and Pakistan, and co-founders of a grassroots #LetsTweetArabic campaign.
With the additions, Twitter is available in 28 languages.
Twitter has enjoyed explosive growth since it was founded in 2006 but its success in translating popularity to profit remains unclear.
The free service lets users broadcast short text messages, with options of including links to pictures or websites, using mobile phones. Messages, referred to as “tweets,” can also be sent or seen at the company’s website Twitter.com.
(c) 2012 AFP
Article source: http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-twitter-arabic-hebrew.html
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia rebuked the U.S. ambassador via Twitter on Tuesday after he tweeted his concern at the detention of protesters who challenged Vladimir Putin’s presidential election victory.
The ministry responded by saying the United States had used much less humane methods when dispersing anti-Wall Street protesters.
Russian riot police detained more than 500 people on Monday who either attended unsanctioned protests in Moscow and St Petersburg or refused to disperse after a peaceful rally that had been permitted on Pushkin Square in central Moscow.
Within hours, President Barack Obama’s new ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, wrote on Twitter that he was troubled to see protesters detained in Pushkin Square, often used by dissidents as a rallying point in Soviet times.
“Troubling to watch arrests of peaceful demonstrators at Pushkin Square,” McFaul, Obama’s former White House adviser on Russia, tweeted.
“Freedom of assembly and freedom of speech are universal values,” wrote McFaul, who presented his credentials to President Dmitry Medvedev, on February 22.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry, which is trying to project a more modern image by embracing social media, replied to McFaul with criticism of U.S. and European handling of protests against Wall Street and global capitalism.
“The police on Pushkin (Square) were several times more humane than what we saw in the break up of the Occupy Wall Street protests or the tent camps in Europe,” the ministry replied to McFaul’s tweet.
Russia and the United States say they are committed to the so-called “reset” of ties which Obama forged with Medvedev, but they still differ over issues including the Syrian crisis and U.S. plans for a missile defense shield in Europe.
At a briefing on Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia hoped to build on the improvements in the U.S.-Russian relationship under Obama and Medvedev.
“Moscow without hesitation confirms its dedication to this work. There will be no review of these intentions,” Ryabkov said, warning the relationship would face a “test of its durability” during the U.S. election campaign.
Putin accused U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in December of stirring protests against his 12-year rule by encouraging “mercenary ” Kremlin foes. Washington has dismissed the accusations.
McFaul, a Stanford University professor who specialized in analyzing the development of democracy in Russia and the former Soviet Union, was criticized by Russian state television when he arrived to take up his new post in January.
Following a meeting with opposition leaders shortly after his arrival, a commentator on state television said McFaul was not an expert on Russia but simply a specialist in the promotion of democracy.
(Additional reporting by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Timothy Heritage and Ben Harding)
Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/06/us-russia-election-usa-idUSTRE82510Q20120306
SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)–A New York man suing Facebook Inc. for a large ownership stake that he claims to be owed has retained new lawyers to represent him as the social site nears an initial public offering of stock.
Paul Ceglia, who sued Facebook in 2010 and says he is entitled to a 50% stake in the firm thanks to an early arrangement with Chief Executive …
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If you think privacy settings on your Facebook and Twitter accounts guarantee future employers or schools can’t see your private posts, guess again.
Employers and colleges find the treasure-trove of personal information hiding behind password-protected accounts and privacy walls just too tempting, and some are demanding full access from job applicants and student athletes.
In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state’s Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.
Previously, applicants were asked to surrender their user name and password, but a complaint from the ACLU stopped that practice last year. While submitting to a Facebook review is voluntary, virtually all applicants agree to it out of a desire to score well in the interview, according Maryland ACLU legislative director Melissa Coretz Goemann.
Student-athletes in colleges around the country also are finding out they can no longer maintain privacy in Facebook communications because schools are requiring them to “friend” a coach or compliance officer, giving that person access to their “friends-only” posts. Schools are also turning to social media monitoring companies with names like UDilligence and Varsity Monitor for software packages that automate the task. The programs offer a “reputation scoreboard” to coaches and send “threat level” warnings about individual athletes to compliance officers.
A recent revision in the handbook at the University of North Carolina is typical:
“Each team must identify at least one coach or administrator who is responsible for having access to and regularly monitoring the content of team members’ social networking sites and postings,” it reads. “The athletics department also reserves the right to have other staff members monitor athletes’ posts.”
All this scrutiny is too much for Bradley Shear, a Washington D.C.-lawyer who says both schools and employers are violating the First Amendment with demands for access to otherwise private social media content.
“I can’t believe some people think it’s OK to do this,” he said. “Maybe it’s OK if you live in a totalitarian regime, but we still have a Constitution to protect us. It’s not a far leap from reading people’s Facebook posts to reading their email. … As a society, where are we going to draw the line?”
Aside from the free speech concerns, Shear also thinks colleges take on unnecessary liability when they aggressively monitor student posts.
“What if the University of Virginia had been monitoring accounts in the Yeardley Love case and missed signals that something was going to happen?” he said, referring to a notorious campus murder. “What about the liability the school might have?”
Shear has gotten the attention of Maryland state legislators, who have proposed two separate bills aimed at banning social media access by schools and potential employers. The ACLU is aggressively supporting the bills.
“This is an invasion of privacy. People have so much personal information on their pages now. A person can treat it almost like a diary,” said Goemann, the Maryland ACLU legislative director. “And (interviewers and schools) are also invading other people’s privacy. They get access to that individual’s posts and all their friends. There is a lot of private information there.”
Maryland’s Department of Corrections policy first came to light last year, when corrections officer Robert Collins complained to the ACLU that he was forced to surrender his Facebook user name and password during an interview. The state agency suspended the policy for 45 days, and eventually settled on the “shoulder-surfing” substitute.
“My fellow officers and I should not have to allow the government to view our personal Facebook posts and those of our friends just to keep our jobs,” Collins said to the ACLU at the time.
Agency spokesman Rick Binetti confirmed the new policy, but wouldn’t comment on it or the proposed law which may ban it.
It’s easy to see why an agency that hires prison guards would want to sneak a peek at potential employees’ private online lives. Goemann said that prisons are trying to avoid hiring guards with potential gang ties — the agency told the ACLU it had reviewed 2,689 applicants via social media, and denied employment to seven because of items found on their pages.
“All seven of these individuals’ social media applications contained pictures of them showing verified gang signs (signs commonly known to law enforcement which are utilized by gangs),” the Department of Corrections told the ACLU in response to questions it asked about the program. It stressed the voluntary nature of social media inspection, noting that five of the 80 employees hired in the last three hiring cycles didn’t provide access.
For student athletes, though, the access isn’t voluntary. No access, no sports.
“They’re saying to students if you want to play, you have to friend a coach. That’s very troubling,” said Shear, the D.C. lawyer. ”A good analogy for this, in the offline world, would it be acceptable for schools to require athletes to bug their off-campus apartments? Does a school have a right to know who all your friends are?”
There have been many high-profile embarrassing moments born of the toxic combination of student-athletes and Twitter. North Carolina defensive lineman Marvin Austin tweeted about expensive purchases on his account two years ago, then became subject of an NCAA investigation about improper conduct with a player agent. The incident led, in part, to the school’s aforementioned aggressive social media policy.
So it’s not surprising that many schools want to keep a careful eye on what students are posting online.
But avoiding an uncomfortable moment is not a good enough reason to squash free speech, Spear says. Plenty of settled case law in the U.S. sides with students’ rights to express themselves publicly, he said, including numerous cases involving student newspapers. Public displays of protest are also protected: A landmark 1969 Supreme Court decisions known as Tinker vs. the Des Moines School District said school officials couldn’t prevent students from wearing armbands protesting the Vietnam War as long as they weren’t inciting violence.
Colleges have legitimate concerns about the things students post on social media accounts, but they should “deal with that issue the way they deal with everything else. They should educate,” Shear said.
“Schools are in the business of educating, not spying,” he added. “We don’t hire private investigators to follow students wherever they go. If students say stupid things online, they should educate them … not engage in prior restraint.”
Goemann also noted that the rush to social media monitoring raises an often overlooked legal concern: It’s against Facebook’s Terms of Service.
“You will not share your password … let anyone else access your account or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account,” the site says in its policies.
Frederic Wolens, a Facebook spokesman, wouldn’t comment on the Maryland legislative proposals, but he said many of these school and employer policies appear to violate the site’s terms.
“Under our terms, only the holder of the email address and password is considered the Facebook account owner. We also prohibit anyone from soliciting the login information or accessing an account belonging to someone else,” he said in a statement to msnbc.com. Wolens said Facebook has yet to take a position on collegiate social media monitoring.
Social media monitoring on colleges, while spreading quickly among athletic departments, seems to be limited to athletes at the moment. There’s nothing stopping schools from applying the same policies to other students, however. And Shear says he’s heard from college applicants that interviewers have requested Facebook or Twitter login information during in-person screenings.
The practice seems less common among employers, but scattered incidents are gaining attention from state lawmakers. The blog Tecca.com last year showed what it said was an image of an application for a clerical job with a North Carolina police department that included the following question:
“Do you have any web page accounts such as Facebook, Myspace, etc.? If so, list your username and password.”
And the state of Illinois has followed Maryland’s lead and is considering similar legislation to ban social media password demands by employers.
But Shear says a patchwork of state laws isn’t good enough when the stakes are this high.
“We need a federal law dealing with this,” he said. “After 9/11, we have a culture where some people think it’s OK for the government to be this involved in our lives, that it’s OK to turn everything over to the government. But it’s not. We still have privacy rights in this country, and we still have a Constitution.”
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Facebook Inc. (FB), whose website has
been restricted in China since 2009, said it has more
application development partners in the country than any other
part of Asia.
Developers of software from China make up about 20 percent
of Facebook’s partner network in Asia, David Lim, a partner
engineer at the company’s mobile developer relations division,
said in an interview in Hong Kong today. Chinese app developers
are using Facebook (FB) to reach overseas users, Lim said, without
Facebook is wooing software firms in China to help bolster
its apps lineup for the more than 800 million people worldwide
who use its social-networking service. The Menlo Park,
California-based company last month said in its filing for a
proposed $5 billion initial public offering that it is
continuing to evaluate entering China, the world’s biggest
“We now have Chinese-language help pages for developers,
and we are working on giving them better support,” said Lim.
“Developers in mainland China are important to us.”
Facebook’s partners in China include Rekoo.com, a Beijing-
based provider of games, Lim said at the World Internet
Developers’ Summit conference.
Restrictions in China
China bans pornography, gambling and material critical of
the ruling Communist Party on the Internet by requiring local
Web companies to self-censor content, and blocking overseas
websites including Facebook and Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Youtube. The
country had 513 million Internet users at the end of 2011,
according to the government-backed China Internet Network
Information Center. That’s more than the combined populations of
the U.S. and Japan.
“Users are generally restricted from accessing Facebook
from China,” the company said in its Feb. 1 regulatory filing
for its IPO. “We do not know if we will be able to find an
approach to managing content and information that will be
acceptable to us and to the Chinese government.”
Shanda Games Ltd. (GAME), China’s third-biggest online games
company, is working on titles for Facebook users, Alan Tan,
chief executive officer at the Shanghai-based company, said in
Facebook plans to expand its mobile advertising business in
Asia, Lim said. Advertisers will now be able to insert marketing
messages into the news feed feature for people who access
Facebook from wireless handsets, Mike Hoefflinger, customer
marketing director at Facebook, said Feb. 29.
More than 400 million people, or over half of Facebook’s
users, now access the service on mobile devices, Lim said.
Last year, Facebook set up an office in Hong Kong, a
special administrative region of China, and said it may win
business from Chinese advertisers.
In Asia, Facebook has offices in Hong Kong, Singapore,
Seoul and Hyderabad, India, Lim said.
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Article source: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-06/facebook-says-china-largest-source-of-app-developer-partners-in-asia
Jack Dorsey is best known for co-founding Twitter, the social media site that communicates messages in 140 characters or less. However, in his spare time, he runs another tech company that handles $4 billion a year in credit card transactions.
His new company Square uses a free device that lets people take credit card payments with their iPhones, iPads or Android phones. It could make traditional credit card readers obsolete.
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Twitter is more than a social network, says co-founder Jack Dorsey
“We remove all the fees, we remove the restrictions, we remove all the mechanical stuff you have to go through,” Dorsey said. “We can actually make it a delightful software experience.”
Credit cards typically charge businesses between 2.5 and 5 percent, and fees for equipment and usage. Square charges a flat 2.75 percent and the equipment is free.
Users also have valuable information about their customers. It’s something Dorsey is passionate about.
“A lot of what we’re doing this year is making sure the small businesses have the data they need to grow,” Dorsey said. “We can say you know you sold this number of cappuccinos today, this number of people also bought biscotti, this is what happens on a rainy day, this is your busiest hour, and then they can make decisions based on all that.”
That benefit works everywhere from the coffee house to the White House. President Obama and GOP hopeful Mitt Romney have adopted Square on the campaign trail.
When asked if candidates will make more money using Square or because they’re using Square, Dorsey replied, “I think it’s really going to change the game for how you raise for campaigns. People are carrying credit cards. They’re not carrying cash, they’re not carrying checkbooks, but they want to donate to the campaigns.”
But Dorsey is more focused on people than politics. “A lot of people want to start their own businesses,” he said. “So I would love Square to be the reason they finally take the jump.”
Dorsey still works every day at both Square and Twitter, working eight-hour days at each company.
When asked about his 16-hour days, Dorsey said, “I’m very, very disciplined about my time.”
For Rebecca Jarvis’ full report and tour of Dorsey’s San Francisco headquarters, watch the video in the player above.
Dorsey also discussed what innovators need to know about moving forward with their ideas and what he’s learned from his early mistakes at Twitter. Watch that video — seen only on the web — below.
Also, in this discussion you’ll seen only on the web, Dorsey talks about Twitter’s future and the big names involved in the company. Watch that video in the player below.
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