Facebook has announced it will enable Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) on beta.facebook.com ahead of the World IPv6 Launch to give its developer community time to discover issues and report bugs. More specifically, the beta site will get IPv6 on May 18, 2012, while the main Facebook site will get IPv6 on June 6, 2012 (as already announced earlier this year). Facebook says it is committed to permanently making its site dual–stacked, meaning it will support access via IPv4 and IPv6, “on most of our HTTP and HTTPS endpoints.”
The launch will follow last year’s successful industry-wide test of IPv6 on June 8, 2011, which demonstrated how IPv6 is the best solution to keeping devices communicating and ensuring people stay connected online as the Internet continues to grow. In fact, Facebook was so satisfied with last year’s test that it left developers.facebook.com dual stacked, because it saw no reason to switch back.
Major Internet Service Providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and Web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by June 6, 2012. World IPv6 Launch is organized by Internet Society and represents a major milestone in the global deployment of IPv6.
Seven ISPs have agreed to participate in World IPv6 Launch and are committed to make IPv6 available automatically as the normal course of business for a significant portion of their subscribers. The following ISPs are committed to having at least 1 percent of their wireline residential subscribers who visit participating websites will do so using IPv6 by June 6: ATT, Comcast, Free Telecom, Internode, KDDI, Time Warner Cable, and XS4ALL.
Home networking equipment manufacturers Cisco and D-Link are committed to enabling IPv6 by default through the range of their home router products by June 6. Facebook, Google, Microsoft Bing, and Yahoo are committed to enabling IPv6 on their main websites permanently by June 6. Last but certainly not least, content delivery network providers Akamai and Limelight will be enabling their customers to join this list of participating websites by enabling IPv6 throughout their infrastructure.
For the uninitiated, IPv6 is a version of the Internet Protocol slated to succeed IPv4, which currently directs most Internet traffic, but is running out of addresses. IPv4 allows 2^32 addresses (about 4.3 billion) while IPv6 allows up to 2^128 addresses, and includes several other improvements. The problem is the difficult transition from IPv4 to IPv6 (see the links below).
“IPv6 is vital because the Internet’s original addressing system (IPv4) has run out of free space,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “Since every device on the Internet relies on a unique address to communicate, we must transition to IPv6 which provides over 4 billion times more addresses than IPv4. IPv6 will ensure everyone (users, ISPs, governments, and companies) have direct and open access to the Internet.”
Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/facebook-enabling-ipv6-on-beta-site-next-month/12014
(CNN) — Facebook unveiled changes to its terms-of-use document on Friday, tweaking earlier drafts in an apparent effort to ease users’ concerns about privacy and how their information is used.
The proposed changes to the networking giant’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities come after the plan was opened up for user comments last month, and just weeks before Facebook is expected to go public in a stock offering some expect could value the company at $100 billion.
Front and center in the announcement was an effort to explain that the way Facebook collects and shares data is not being changed.
Little has slowed Facebook’s ascent to the top of the social-media world. What began as a dorm-room project for Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard classmates grew into a phenomenon that has amassed more than 800 million active users.
But if Facebook has had an Achilles heel, it’s been concerns about how user data is used.
Because it’s a free service, Facebook depends on targeted advertising and a cut of the micro-payments users make in games and other apps running on the site. Users’ activity on the site is used to paint a picture of them, and shared by Facebook to help those advertisers pick their targets.
Web privacy advocates, including some government officials in the United States and elsewhere, have repeatedly expressed unease with the sheer amount of data Facebook possesses about its users and how that data may be used.
It’s obvious that the company wants to tamp down user concerns about that in advance of its arrival on Wall Street. In its filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the word “privacy” was used 35 times.
That document, which is required for companies filing to go public, was obviously largely positive about Facebook’s upside. But when required to acknowledge potential downsides, Facebook wrote that if users ever widely became concerned about their privacy and use of their data, they could lose some of them.
Facebook writes that it must avoid adopting “policies or procedures related to areas such as sharing or user data that are perceived negatively by our users or the general public.”
CNNMoney: Facebook strips ‘privacy’ from new ‘data use’ policy explainer
In a set of bulleted posts Friday, Facebook outlined the tweaks it has made in response to user feedback and explained items it says raised concerns.
– Language that said “you or other that can see your content and information” was removed for a different definition of how and when apps can access data about your friends. It adds links to more information and how users can control that.
– Facebook also clarified language saying that people should not “tag users if you know they do not wish to be tagged” in photos. That passage doesn’t change how tagging works, but is merely meant to be a guideline, the company said.
– The changes remove a line saying that Facebook reserves the right to deny or limit access to users outside the United States. The site says that line was unclear and meant to reflect places where services are legally unavailable, or places where Facebook is banned.
The document also included a not-so-subtle swipe at one of Facebook’s chief competitors.
“Unlike other Internet companies, we propose updates to our SRR and give our users an opportunity to comment before they go into effect,” Friday’s announcement said.” Your insights and perspectives are really valuable to us, enabling us to respond to your questions and make substantive changes to address your concerns before changes are implemented.”
Facebook users can comment on the latest round of proposed changes until April 27, the post said.
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SAN FRANCISCO, Apr 20, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
the leading Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) Social Marketing Platform, today
announced that it has been named a Facebook Preferred Marketing
Developer (PMD). To be selected, Extole went through a rigorous
application process and was selected based on its proven ability to
build integrated Facebook apps for its C2C Social Marketing Platform.
Extole C2C Social Marketing solutions power social referrals, promotions
and analytics for over 200 brands and agenices across Retail, eCommerce,
Media, Technology, Entertainment, Automotive, and more. The Extole
platform enables brands and agenices to tap into the power of their
brand advocates and gain deep social insights with a cross-channel
approach to social marketing that ties into leading social networks,
“Consumer sharing on Facebook is more than doubling annually, making it
all the more important for brands to harness the power of their
consumers to help influence advocacy. At Extole, we are dedicated to
ensuring our platform seamlessly integrates with Facebook, while
offering the best solutions to power C2C Social Marketing,” said Brad
Klaus, CEO of Extole. “We’re thrilled to be a part of Facebook PMD
program and look forward to giving brands and agencies new and exciting
ways to engage and interact with their consumers.”
The mission of the Facebook PMD program is to “help developers build
products that make social marketing easier and more effective.” Facebook
recognized Extole for its work in the Apps category for “services and
platforms for building socially enabled integrations — customized or
self service.” Extole was previously a part of the Preferred Developer
Consultant Program (PDC), which was merged with the Marketing API
Program (MAP), to create the new PMD program to better represent the
various technologies in the Facebook ecosystem and to recognize
companies that develop holistic solutions.
Extole is the leading Consumer-to-Consumer Social Marketing Platform,
enabling brands and agencies to turn their customers into social
advocates. Extole powers social referral programs, promotions,
testimonials, and robust social analytics for more than 200 brands,
helping them grow sales, increase traffic and awareness, and gain
critical insights. Customers include Kate Spade New York, J. Hilburn,
AAA, Shutterfly, New York Times, and SkyMall. Extole is a privately held
company based in San Francisco, California. For more information, please
Jennefer Traeger, 720-988-6149
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Article source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/extole-selected-as-facebook-preferred-marketing-developer-pmd-based-on-proven-ability-to-build-facebook-apps-2012-04-20
Elaine Thompson/Associated PressIndians pitcher Chris Perez believes in expressing himself freely.
Indians pitcher Chris Perez keeps his Twitter page very active, posting about music and baseball and carrying on conversations with fans. And just because one of his posts ran afoul of Major League Baseball’s Twitter policies and he was fined $750, Perez says he won’t stop sharing his thoughts that way.
According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Perez got a letter from baseball’s new discipline guru, Joe Garagiola Jr., on Wednesday informing him of the fine, saying one of his posts “demonstrated a reckless disregard for the players on both clubs.”
Perez’s sin was this post, following a game against the Royals that featured a pair of hit batsmen and three ejections:
Perez said he disagreed with the Garagiola’s objections.
“To me that would be saying to the Royals, ‘Look out, I’m coming for you. And then hitting somebody. Inciting it,’” Perez told The Plain Dealer. “Looking back, nothing happened [Sunday]. We played a regular game. Nothing happened the rest of [Saturday], I pitched that night. I don’t see where the reckless disregard for the players safety was.”
The fine, he said, wasn’t going to change his view of how to express himself in 140 characters.
“It’s freedom of speech,” said Perez. “I felt I was within my rights as an American.”
Perez also took issue with being fined more than one of the players who was actually ejected in that game, Cleveland third baseman Jack Hannahan, who received a $500 fine for leading players off the bench after one of the hit batsmen incidents.
Article source: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/perez-snagged-by-baseballs-twitter-policy/
If you were following the Memphis men’s basketball Twitter account closely on Tuesday night, you would have noticed a profoundly strange and intriguing tweet sent at 10:43 p.m. ET. It read as follows: “tony parker.” And that was it. The tweet was deleted a few seconds later.
Wait … huh?
The Memphis Commercial Appeal’s Jason Smith has the story, which is actually somewhat funny, even as it carries the threat of a secondary violation from the NCAA’s committee on infractions. (It’s not often that you use the words “NCAA violation and “funny” in the same sentence … wait. Nevermind. That actually happens all the time.)
So what happened? Turns out, Tigers coach Josh Pastner was attempting to use the Twitter search function to find information on Tony Parker, a 6-foot-9 forward ranked No. 26 overall in the class of 2012, who lists Memphis as one of his final choices (and who will announce his decision on Monday). But Pastner was distracted, accidentally typed the search term into the “compose new tweet” field, hit enter, and voila: secondary violation. Pastner painted the picture for Smith:
“We’re a couple men down and I’m very methodical in my hiring. Plus, you’re in a recruiting period and we’re making sure that we’re finishing up strong academically. So I was probably doing too many things at once,” Pastner said Wednesday.
“My wife was yelling at me because I was on the phone too loud. I was waking (the couple’s infant daughter) up and waking my wife up because I had the TV on. She was complaining that I not only woke my daughter up, but I also woke the baby inside her up because she’s pregnant.
“So I was waking everybody up, I was getting yelled at and on top of that I was thinking, ‘What’s going on with recruiting?’ and ‘Who am I going to hire?’ and I made a mistake.”
Did Pastner just throw his wife under the bus? I think he did! For shame, Josh. For shame.
Kidding, kidding. That scenario is so plausible it has to be true. And besides, we’ve all been there. I consider myself a Twitter “power user” (ick) and I still double-check every direct message I send to make absolutely sure I’m not sending it to the world, even if it’s totally innocuous. The search bar could be every bit as dangerous.
But still, that’s a mention of an unsigned recruit in a public forum, and that’s not allowed. The good news? Memphis self-reported the violation, and the NCAA will certainly recognize this for what it is — a simple, goofy, borderline endearing mistake. Hilarious, even.
Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/58180/josh-pastners-comical-twitter-mistake
Nicki Minaj plugged the plug on her Twitter account earlier this week, sending fans reeling and the Barbz are still waiting patiently for her return. The YMCMB star has been in London for the past few days promoting her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and during interviews, the questions inevitably turned to her absence from Twitter.
Nicki Minaj Hits A Strip Club For ‘Beez In The Trap’ Video
On the Graham Norton Show (via Rap-Up) she sort of explained why she temporarily abandoned her Barbz. “A voice in my head told me to delete my Twitter and that’s what I did,” she said. “I had 11 million followers and I hope they will wait for me.”
In case you’re one of Nicki’s Barbz, suffering from withdrawal, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Nicki will return. Twitter allows you to deactivate your account for 30 days before removing it completely, and even then, they consult with celebs before nixing the account. It seems highly unlikely that Nicki would let those 11 million followers go.
When asked if she will return to the social networking site, Nicki tried to play coy, saying, “I don’t know yet, I’m thinking about it. I miss my Barbz, please bear with me.”
Article source: http://rapfix.mtv.com/2012/04/20/nicki-minaj-thinking-about-return-to-twitter/
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland is poised to become the first state to ban employers from demanding applicants or workers hand over their log-in information for social media sites like Facebook.
The measure, which handily passed the legislature earlier this month, keeps managers from snooping on password-protected content, a practice advocates of the bill say violates privacy and intimidates job seekers and employees.
Robert Collins, a former corrections officer in Maryland, said he was asked for his Facebook account information while being recertified for his job following a leave of absence.
Collins, who lives in Baltimore, complied with the request, but said he felt embarrassed and violated as an interviewer roamed his private messages, pictures and posts.
“It almost seemed that my compliance was compulsory,” Collins said.
The voluntary social media screening for correctional officers, not all employees, is a natural extension of an already “inherently intrusive” background check for people working in law enforcement, said Rick Binetti, executive director of communications for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
The practice was used to screen people who would be working in jails for possible illegal activity and gang affiliations.
“I’m sure if you asked a correctional officer if they were working alongside someone who was known to show gang signs on their social media, that would create an uncomfortable working situation for them,” Binetti said.
A review by the corrections department last year assessed 2,689 applications, showing that seven candidates were rejected in part because of information found on their social media profiles.
Another candidate was rejected for the job solely because of content on a social media profile.
That candidate, along with others, used social media profiles that contained images of them showing known gang signs, according to the review.
In April 2011, a few months after the American Civil Liberties Union complained on behalf of Collins, the department issued a revised policy that asked job candidates to voluntarily participate in the review of social media use during their interview. The new policy stops short of asking for log-in or password information.
It is impossible to know exactly how often employers ask to tap into prospective workers’ accounts, but Bradley Shear, a Bethesda, Md.-based social media attorney, said he believes it is happening more and more frequently.
Only a handful of clients have contacted him because an employer asked to test drive their accounts, but Shear said many more cases of social media snooping exist. Those asked to turn over their information are just afraid to come forward.
“If you’re not willing to go public, the problem persists,” he said. “If you’re not willing to be a whistleblower, if you’re not going to come forward, it’s not going to stop.”
Collins, who no longer works for the Department of Corrections and is pursuing a degree in nursing, said he has talked to other people who have also been required to hand over their account information, but “they didn’t think anything of it.”
While the Maryland legislation is the first of its kind, lawmakers in at least seven other states have introduced legislation to limit employer access to social media user names and passwords, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
It is unclear if the measure will become law because Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley is still reviewing which legislation he will sign, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office said.
A companion bill that would have kept colleges and universities from requiring that students disclose account information passed the Maryland Senate, but saw no movement in the House of Delegates.
Democratic U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have also asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether asking for log-in information during job interviews violates federal law.
Allie Bohm, an advocacy and policy strategist for the ACLU, says the practice of asking to surf someone’s social media profile is akin to asking for the key to their house and going through their mail.
“We don’t want to create a situation where employers think it’s appropriate just because it’s online,” Bohm said.
Shear, who pushed for the Maryland legislation, said giving employers access to password-protected information not only violates people’s privacy, but hampers technology development, which relies on users to trust the security of the websites.
“There’s a whole generation of future leaders where they’re going to be our elected leaders, our judges, our lawyers, our business people,” Shear said. “Do we really want all those people to think it’s OK for the government to see our private content without any warrant or subpoena or anything like that?”
Facebook director for state public policy Will Castleberry applauded the bill.
“Asking employees or job applicants for their passwords is wrong,” he said in a statement.
Business representatives, including the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, argue that the bill is bad for business and that requests for log information are very rare.
While media have reported a few handful of instances around the country of employers asking for passwords, using third-party software to spy on profiles and requesting that applicants “friend” managers in order to vet their accounts, the practice is not widespread, said Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella, a labor and employment attorney with Baltimore-based Shawe Rosenthal LLP.
“I do not have one client that to my knowledge asked someone for their Facebook page and most of my clients would not even think of that,” she said.
Torphy-Donzella, who worked with the Maryland Chamber of Commerce to oppose the bill, said it takes away important access for employers who need to investigate harassment claims and other misconduct.
“It was drafted in a manner that didn’t take account of legitimate employer needs to request access to employee Facebook pages,” she said.
But Shear argues that the legislation is good for businesses because it prevents them from being liable for information, such as criminal or harassing behavior, that they could discover when reviewing employee profiles.
“There’s no good reason to do this,” Shear said. “If you’re in HR and you’re doing it, you’re creating tremendous legal liability for your company.”
Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/20/md-becomes-first-to-ok-password-protection-bill/
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SAN JOSE, Calif. NEW YORK, Apr 20, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
LiveWorld, Inc. (otc pink sheets:LVWD.PK
today announces its acceptance into the Facebook
(R) Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) program in the Pages category.
Facebook created the new program to better represent the various
technologies in the Facebook ecosystem and to recognize companies that
develop holistic solutions. The program’s mission is to help developers
build products that make social marketing easier and more effective.
PMD companies have proven expertise in the social mechanics and
technical possibilities of the Facebook platform. They’ve built Facebook
integrations and offer solutions ranging across page tools, ads tools,
custom integrations, and insights tools.
Following are the criteria for acceptance:
Professional experience (easily understandable flows, fast load times)
Works across all major browsers
Large Implementation size/reach (Facebook focuses on impact and wants
to see management of big pieces of the ecosystem.)
Involves friends in experience
Maximizes use of Facebook’s APIs and Platform
Integrates Facebook plug-ins and tools without technical issues or
New and inventive implementations
Demonstrated scalable or highly successful niche solutions
What does it mean for LiveWorld clients?
“As a Facebook PMD, LiveWorld looks forward to improving the level and
range of solutions we can offer our clients as we help them with their
Facebook initiatives,” said Peter Friedman, Chairman and CEO, LiveWorld
(@PeterFriedman). “An increased level of access to Facebook development
assistance helps us to optimize our applications, toolsets, and
platforms designed for conversation and relationships among and with a
LiveWorld provides a combination of technology and human services to
scale social media programs for large brands through moderation, insight
and community programming. LiveWorld clients use these solutions for
marketing, support and insight.
Content Review System platform: Directly integrated with the
Facebook Wall, other Facebook native applications, custom applications
built for Facebook as well as other social networks and platforms.
Moderation: To protect the brand (reviewing up to 1,000
posts/hr./moderator and integration of 1 or thousands of Facebook
pages into a common, consistent workflow, and coverage from a few
hours/day to 24×7 to thousands of hours/day).
Actionable insight: Including tagging of all posts to Facebook,
and analysis reports based on LiveWorld’s culture-tone-engagement
framework. Enables brands to know what their customers actually think
and what to do about it.
Community Programming: To engage and support customers,
including social media strategy with a focus on community cultural
models, community programming plans, day to day community engagement
and social crisis management.
Ask Answer: Customer support application integrated
across Facebook and a brand’s central community site.
Global: Solutions available in up to 70 country-language
LiveWorld scales social media programs for global brands with a
combination of technology and human services for moderation, insight and
community programming. Our Fortune 500 clients, including the number one
retail, CPG, pharmaceutical and financial services companies use these
services for marketing, support, and insight. With 28 years of unmatched
experience in online community and social media and having delivered
over 1.7 million moderation hours, LiveWorld provides a unique
Tech-Powered Human Touch model to ensure quality, scale, and rich user
dialogue and relationship experiences. For more information, go to
(otc pink sheets:LVWD.PK). LiveWorld is headquartered in California,
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Article source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/liveworld-announces-its-acceptance-into-the-facebook-r-preferred-marketing-developer-pmd-program-in-the-pages-category-2012-04-20
Louisville is gearing up for the 2012 Kentucky Derby and there are plenty of big changes happening before the big day. However, outside of Louisville, there are plenty of attempts on Twitter to guess which horse will be the winner of this year’s race. Of the top Kentucky Derby contenders, there are a few that are mentioned repeatedly.
Tweeting Kentucky Derby fever
Around the country, anticipation over the 2012 Kentucky Derby is popping up. For instance @psych0_delic says, “I want to get all dressed up and go to a Kentucky Derby.” On the other hand, @Joshua_MacD says, “NBC Sports keeps doing promos for the Kentucky Derby. Does anyone who doesn’t have a horrible gambling addiction actually watch that?”
On that note, @Three_Tres claims, “Fav time of the year Baseball, NFL Draft, NBA playoffs, the Masters, and best of all Kentucky Derby prep races!!” Seriousness aside, one of the most popular retweets found on social media monitoring services was from @DosEquisManSays who says, “He won the Kentucky Derby… On a unicorn.”
Thankfully, there were still plenty of other Kentucky Derby picks mentions.
Amateur 2012 Kentucky Derby pick tweets
While the Wall Street Journal recently pushed an article called, “Kentucky Derby Prep Races: Essentially Meaningless,” others feel that this is untrue. Instead, many Twitter users were using third party advice about the results of Kentucky Derby prep races and tweeting their best guesses.
For example, @dividenddoug gives his ideas by stating, “My early Kentucky Derby contenders: 1) Union Rags 2) Alpha 3) Creative Cause 4) Bodemeister 5) Gemologist 6) I’ll Have Another.” In lieu of their own opinion, other users retweeted information from sources like @DerbyNation. Following that train of thought, @W_Long7 says his picks are, “I’ll Have Another… My Kentucky Derby pick.”
Recent 2012 Kentucky Derby picks tweeted
Online, picking the winner is serious for some Twitter users and they make part of their livelihood by watching every Kentucky Derby prep race. In general, pick experts are the same as anyone else – they are just guessing. Regardless, if you are looking are trying to figure out which horse will win the Kentucky Derby for entertainment purposes, evaluating which pick experts actually make the correct prediction can be a big part of the fun for non-gamblers.
Good examples of tweets from upcoming 2012 Kentucky Derby pick experts are similar to @DerbyPrediction, @HorseRaceOdds, and @HorsePrediction. These Twitter users are suggesting Take Charge Indy, I’ll Have Another, and Gemologist will be the top Derby winners.
Finally, if you want to show off your picks for the 2012 Kentucky Derby, go on Twitter and use the hashtags #TVG, #KyDerby, or #HorseRacing.
More from this Contributor:
2012 Kentucky Derby Games Online
TV Prep Races for 2012 Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby’s Confusing Gambling Options
Top Pick Experts for the Kentucky Derby: Fan’s View
New Trend for Kentucky Derby Ticket Websites: A Fan’s View
Maryam Louise is a longtime resident of the Bluegrass State and has lived in the shadows of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky over the past two decades. In addition to being a fan of horse racing, she has also had a chance to get to know jockeys, horse groomers, and betting clerks as an ESL instructor. Currently, she writes for KentuckyDerby.org and relies on her friends in the multiple facets of the equine industry for writing inspiration.
Article source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/2012-kentucky-derby-winner-picks-twitter-reaction-091000575.html
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