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Facebook face recognition finds friends in photos

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:43 am

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 15, 2010 (AFP) – Facebook is using facial recognition software to let US users automatically identify friends in photos at the world’s leading online social network.

A “tag suggestion” feature crafted to identify people in uploaded pictures should be rolled out to all US users in the next few weeks, Facebook engineer Justin Mitchell said late Wednesday in a blog post.

AFP file – Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a press conference at the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California on May 26, 2010.

“Now if you upload pictures from your cousin’s wedding, we’ll group together pictures of the bride and suggest her name,” Mitchell said.

“Instead of typing her name 64 times, all you’ll need to do is click ‘Save’ to tag all of your cousin’s pictures at once.”

More than 100 million “tags” are added to photos at Facebook daily, according to the engineer.

When a Facebook user uploads digital pictures, newly added software matches faces to those that have been tagged, or named, in other photos, Mitchell said.

People who don’t want their names automatically suggested in photo tags can disable the feature by adjusting Facebook privacy settings, according to the engineer.

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Facebook founder named Time’s ‘person of year’

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

NEW YORK, Dec 15, 2010 (AFP) – Time magazine named Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg “person of the year” Wednesday, ignoring a push by readers of the magazine for WikiLeaks maestro Julian Assange to take the honor.

Zuckerberg, only 26, is the second youngest person named to the cover of Time’s ritual annual.

Managing editor Richard Stengel said Zuckerberg’s social networking service was “transforming the way we live our lives every day.”

The runners-up chosen by Time were the conservative US Tea Party movement that made a big impact in recent midterm elections, followed by Assange.

Assange, currently behind bars in London on Swedish sexual assault charges, is at the center of a global uproar over his organization’s leaking of secret US diplomatic cables.

Readers of Time magazine had voted overwhelmingly for him to be named “person of the year,” followed by Lady Gaga, the US singer best known for her elaborate costumes.

But Stengel said that Facebook has turned into a global influence of unprecedented scope.

“For connecting more than half-a-billion people and mapping the social relations among them (something that has never been done before); for creating a new system of exchanging information that has become both indispensable and sometimes a little scary; and finally, for changing how we all live our lives in ways that are innovative and even optimistic, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is Time’s 2010 Person of the Year,” Stengel said in a statement.

Stengel described Zuckerberg, a Harvard dropout, as the equivalent of a “T-shirt-wearing head of state.”

In an interview on NBC television, Stengel said Zuckerberg was “humbled” and “deeply affected” by the award.

Contrary to the unpleasant portrait of Zuckerberg presented in the hit Hollywood movie “The Social Network,” the Facebook mogul is “very affable,” Stengel said.

“He’s very quick, he’s quick witted.” However, “what happens on camera is he pulls back, he gets shy.”

Controversial, US-backed Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the group of Chilean miners who survived being buried underground in a tunnel were the final runners-up selected by Time.

In 1927, American aviator Charles Lindbergh was Time’s first “man of the year,” as it was then known, and the youngest at the age of 25.

The popular issue goes on newsstands Friday, bearing a close up photo of the blue-eyed Zuckerberg on the cover.

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Australia police serve court order via Facebook

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 7:04 am

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian police served a court order on an alleged cyber bully using the social networking site Facebook, officials said Wednesday, describing it as a national first.

Victoria police got court approval to use the site after attempts to serve the order in person, over the telephone or via the post failed.

The “prolific” Facebook user was accused of, among other things, using the site to harrass, bully and threaten another person, and police said they transcribed all the court documents and sent them to his Facebook inbox.

A video was also made of the order being read “as if the Respondent was being directly spoken to” and sent electronically to him.

“He stated that he understood the seriousness of the orders, having read … documents served via the social media website and agreed to comply, stating that he would delete his Facebook profile,” a police statement said.

“In this instance we were able to deliver justice through the same medium as the crime committed,” said leading senior constable Stuart Walton, the officer in charge of the investigation.

“Police will always pursue traditional means to enforce the law and to protect the community, but we won’t shy away from innovative methods to achieve positive outcomes either.”

In 2008 an Australian lawyer won the right to serve legal documents via Facebook, the same year a Sydney court allowed lawyers to serve rugby player Sonny Bill Williams with a subpoena via SMS text message.

Australia, with a population of 22.5 million, has almost nine million Facebook users.

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Bangladesh blocks Facebook over Mohammed cartoons

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

DHAKA (AFP) – Bangladesh has blocked social networking site Facebook for posting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed and “obnoxious” images of the Muslim-majority country’s leaders, an official said Sunday.

Facebook was blocked late Saturday, the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission said.

The move was ordered after the website “hurt the religious sentiments of the country’s majority Muslim population” by publishing caricatures of Mohammed, BTRC acting chairman Hasan Mahmud Delwar told AFP.

Members of Islamic Movement Bangladesh protest against “Everyone Draw Mohammed Day” competition hosted on the social networking site Facebook. AFP photo

“Some links in the site also contained obnoxious images of our leaders including the father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the leader of the opposition,” he said.

Bangladesh’s elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested one young man over the images attacking the political leaders.

“A special intelligence team of the RAB arrested him and he has been charged with spreading malice and insulting the country’s leaders,” senior RAB official Enamul Kabir said.

Delwar said the authorities “cannot tolerate these offensive images” of Mohammed and the political leaders, but he stressed the ban was “temporary”.

“Facebook will be re-opened once we erase the pages that contain the obnoxious images,” he said.

On Friday thousands of Bangladeshis took to the streets of the capital Dhaka, demanding that the government ban Facebook over what they called “anti-Islamic propaganda”.

The protests were in response to an “Everyone Draw Mohammed Day” campaign on Facebook which sparked angry protests and a ban on the site in Pakistan.

“Drawing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, is an attack on Islam and is extremely humiliating for Islam,” protest organiser A.T.M. Hemayet Uddin told thousands of cheering, white-clad supporters.

Source: SGGP

Some Palin Facebook fans unhappy with endorsement

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

 Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has outraged some of her fans with an endorsement of former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina in the GOP’s U.S. Senate primary in California.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate made the endorsement on her Facebook page, saying Fiorina’s experience running a major corporation is sorely lacking in Washington.

In this April 14, 2010 file photo, Sarah Palin flashes a thumbs up towards her husband Todd as she begins to address a crowd during a stop of the Tea Party Express on Boston Common in Boston.

In the Thursday posting, Palin called Fiorina a “Commonsense Conservative” who has the potential to beat “liberal” Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

Fiorina — an adviser on the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008 — got the endorsement over former congressman Tom Campbell, who is leading in most polls, and Chuck DeVore, a favorite of tea party supporters. But it’s essentially a two-person race in a close match between Campbell and Fiorina, with DeVore far behind in the polls.

More than 7,400 Palin fans clicked the “like” button on the Facebook endorsement, but the snub of DeVore prompted the Facebook outcry.

There is no “dislike” button on Facebook. But scores of the nearly 1,800 comments from Palin’s 1.5 million-plus Facebook supporters — many among the tea party faithful — took the time to plead in Facebook comments for Palin to change her endorsement.

Some called Palin just another typical politician who was losing supporters, while others said they backed her choice and still admired her. Both sentiments also were posted on Palin’s Facebook Wall.

Palin later posted an addendum, noting that “some reaction right out of the chute calls for more information.”

She listed reasons for her support, including the endorsement of Fiorina by National Right to Life and the California Pro-Life Council.

“She is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-military and pro-strict border security and against amnesty,” Palin wrote. “Carly is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Like me, she is a member of the (National Rifle Association), has a 100 percent NRA rating, and she and her husband are gun owners.”

In a debate taped Thursday to be broadcast Sunday, Campbell was the only one of the three GOP candidates to say the ability to buy a gun should be suspended if a citizen’s name is placed on the airline “no-fly” list.

Fiorina and DeVore said the list is not dependable for making assessments about Second Amendment rights.

Jason Recher, a spokesman for Palin, said Friday that Palin respects the differing opinions but is sticking by her choice.

“The governor is never one to go with the flow,” Recher said. “She is a very independent person, and she shakes things up in establishments — including grassroots establishments — all the time.”

Dawn Wildman, whose San Diego-based Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition has about 2,000 members, said she has been fielding calls and emails from tea partiers who feel betrayed by Palin’s endorsement.

“My first thought when I heard about the endorsement was, wow, I guess she doesn’t plan to run in 2012,” Wildman said.

Wildman said there was consensus among her fellow activists when it came to supporting DeVore.

“I think most of us see Palin as a company girl now, meaning the GOP,” Wildman said. “For her to endorse Fiorina wasn’t terribly shocking. I think what’s more interesting is that Palin tries to suggest she aligns herself with the tea party movement but is clearly out of touch with what the tea party movement is saying in California.”

In Fairbanks, Alaska, tea partier Rita Heidkamp said she has no personal position on the California endorsement. But it’s Palin’s choice to make, and no one else’s, said Heidkamp, whose group — the Fairbanks 912 Project — organized a local tea party tax day rally.

“She should endorse whoever she thinks is the best candidate,” Heidkamp said. “That’s her right and her responsibility.”

Source: SGGP

Social network or waste of time: Jury still out on Facebook

In Vietnam Lifestyle on September 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm

After the closure of Yahoo! 360 on September 19, the Vietnamese blogger community was in a rush to find a new home and scoured sites like Yahoo!Plus, Multiply, Facebook, ZingMe, Info, Blogger, and others.

Facebook lures users with its plethora of games like Farm Ville, Farm Land and Bard Buddy,and funny quizzes.

They zeroed in on Facebook, which has now become one of the most popular blogging sites, attracting millions of users.

“I have used Facebook for more than two months. I am surprised to see many friends from primary school to university on it,” a user said.

Facebook is a social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers.

By searching email IDs, users can locate old friends and colleagues and easily make friends with many others.

In addition, it also lures users with its plethora of games like Farm Ville, Farm Land, and Barn Buddy and funny quizzes.

People have begun to spend a lot of time sitting in front of their computers, absorbed in tests to find out their aptitudes or taking care of their virtual farms and gardens, fertilizing, watering, preventing crops from being stolen, and harvesting.

The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, announced September 16 that the website has more than 350 million active users worldwide.

More than 6 billion minutes are reportedly spent on Facebook each day and over 40 million statuses updated. A user spends 5 hours, 12 minutes on average daily.Around 70 percent of users are outside the US.

Facebook is also listed in the Top 20 Time Wasting Sites.


Source: SGGP