October 05, 2012

Facebook deals with privacy issues almost every week: Facebook confirms it is scanning your private messages for links to increase Like counters

Yesterday I spotted a video submitted to Hacker News by the Polish startup Killswitch.me that clearly showed sending a link in a Facebook private message increases the Like counter on the link’s originating third-party website. This would suggest Facebook is scanning your private messages for shared links to Web pages with Like buttons, so it can increase the number of corresponding Likes for those pages. Facebook confirmed this information with me today.

HP not doing so well at all, perhaps this is the reason why their new smartphone isn’t debuting next year:

We aren’t as effective internally as we should be because of poor systems,” Whitman said. “We are not as competitive as we need to be in how we go to market because of our IT systems. We haven’t been using a compelling customer management or CRM system for years.” And the company’s human resources systems were also a mess. HP is in the middle of implementing a whole flight of new systems to fix the problems, including Salesforce.com’s CRM.

I concur, universities should embrace blogging as a vital tool of academic communication and impact. I work for a university and am trying to urge our new faculty to blog. Have an opinion why don’t you.

Tens of thousands of opinionated academics around the world have become internet bloggers while universities are increasingly establishing blogging sites on their web pages. Blogging has moved from being a nerdish undergraduate pastime to an accepted communication medium within the academic community.

 Betting $30 million on a very very cold place:

With funding from the Amazon founder and the CIA’s investment arm, the Canadian company D-Wave is gaining momentum for its revolutionary approach to computing.

After hovering over to www.thefwa.com noticed that their menu is no longer build in flash. Good work Group 94

While I was there, couldn’t help noticing a new html5 game. I loved F-Zero by the way:

HexGL is a futuristic, fast-paced racing game built by Thibaut Despoulain using HTML5, Javascript and WebGL and a tribute to the original Wipeout and F-Zero series.