Cyberculture roundup: Facebook hammered for privacy issues, Blog Blame Game, Adobe responds to Apple and more…

Blog Blame Game
Source: Project for Excellence in Journalism

In many weeks, there are stark differences between the social and mainstream media news agendas. But last week, the same two stories that dominated the traditional press ? the attempted bombing in New York?s Times Square and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ? also drew the most attention in the blogosphere.

EU watchdog slams Facebook privacy settings

from by Claire

EU privacy regulators have joined a growing chorus of watchdogs that are worried by changes to the privacy settings of popular social networking site Facebook.

Google mistakenly collects private data from Wi-Fi networks

from Wikinews

Did Google Just Kill The Facebook Privacy Fiasco?

from All Facebook by Nick O’Neill

The Secret Cost of Using Facebook

from Newsweek Technology & Science

You pay for it with your privacy.

Adobe Responds to Apple?s Attacks on Flash with New Ad Campaign

Two weeks ago, Steve Jobs published his now infamous ?Thoughts on Flash? memo on Adobe has now responded with its own message, a message of ?love,? ?choice? and ?open markets.?

In addition to the post on its own website, Adobe has also placed display ads (created in Flash, naturally) on Engadget and The New York Times, and taken out a full-page ad in The Washington Post outlining its position and what it thinks consumers should know.

Hurt Locker Makers To Sue Thousands of BitTorrent Users | TorrentFreak

from CyberLaw Blog by admin

Hurt Locker Makers To Sue Thousands of BitTorrent Users | TorrentFreak

Written by Ernesto on May 12, 2010

The makers of the Oscar-winning movie Hurt Locker have joined a very lucrative ?pay up or else? scheme that will target tens of thousands of U.S. BitTorrent users. The massive lawsuit is expected to be filed in the coming days and if ISPs cooperate, suspected downloaders will receive a settlement letter in the weeks to come.

Social media: From the hot lists to the oil spill

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Whether use it to WOW the Maxim Hot List or to put pressure on the governments about various policies social media is here for you.

5 Ideas to Integrate Social Media into Events

from “Online and offline are siblings” (Social media proverb.)

NarrativeTracker Analysis Reveals Top Buzzwords in Healthcare Narrative

from The Global Language Monitor by admin

Top Buzzwords:  Rationing, Out-of-control Spending, Price Controls, Non-sustainable, and Mandate Failure

Dallas and Austin, Texas, May 13, 2010 ? In what could presage mounting difficulties for the national healthcare reform roll-out, the top buzzwords associated with the Massachusetts Healthcare Reform ?narrative? have been found to be Rationing, Out-of-control-spending, Price Controls, Non-sustainable, and Mandate Failure.   In addition, Gaming the System was the key underlying trend that was discovered.   The results of the Healthcare NarrativeTracker Index? (NTI?) were reported earlier today by The Global Language Monitor, the media analytics company, and OpenConnect, an innovator in defining and improving process efficiency.

Facebook Now Serving More Than 50 Billion Banner Ads Per Month

from Mashable! by Adam Ostrow

During the first quarter of 2010, Facebook served up more banner ads than any other website, according to new data from comScore published in The Wall Street Journal.

Facebook and “radical transparency”: a rant by danah boyd

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

danah boyd has published a thoughtful and extensive rant about Facebook‘s slow-mo implosion of user trust, data privacy, and UI transparency: A while back, I was talking with a teenage girl about her privacy settings and noticed that she had made lots of content available to friends-of-friends. I asked her if she made her content available to her mother. She responded with, “of course not!” I had noticed that she had listed her aunt as a friend of hers and so I surfed with her to her aunt’s page and pointed out that her mother was a friend of her aunt, thus a friend-of-a-friend. She was horrified. It had never dawned on her that her mother might be included in that grouping.

Russia: First Cyrillic Domains Go Online

from Global Voices Online by Alexey Sidorenko

By Alexey Sidorenko

The first four Cyrillic domains went online by May 13: ??????????.??? (Russian president’s Web site), ??????????????.??? (Government Web site), ???.??? (Coordination center of domain registration – Russian branch of ICANN) and ????.??? (National Center of Domain Registration). The event that Russian officials and bloggers were waiting for finally happened! Russia became the fourth country to introduce non-latin domains (after Saudi Arabia, Egypt and United Arab Emirates whose domains were introduced a week earlier [EN]).

Mick Jagger talks downloading and piracy on 40th anniversary of “Exile on Main Street”

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin


This BBC News interview with [Sir] Mick Jagger on the 40th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street contains a few really choice grafs about the myth that the internet has robbed artists of their livelihoods. He seems pretty chill about the perceived threats of downloading, and explains that for a long time, the record labels did a fine job of robbing artists:

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