Apple to pull the plug on Ping this October

Ping is about to stop its servicePing will bid adieu when Apple releases their latest version of the iTunes this October.

According to Apple, they have decided to pull the plug on the music-themed social network that enables individuals to follow their favorite artists. They have since stopped accepting new registrants and will cease to exist after September 30.

This was announced by Apple after the iPhone 5 keynote address through its iTunes section.

Launched way back in 2010, Ping never got the same hype as other social networking sites. In fact, it has caused a dent between Apple and Facebook.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, “We tried Ping, and I think the customer voted and said ‘This isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into.”

Analysts hailed Apple’s move as this will enable them to focus solely on their products and let Twitter and Facebook run the social networking show.

iTunes latest iteration is reportedly going to have a Facebook “Like” button on each page to make it easier for users to share albums, apps, movies, music and more to their Facebook buddies.

Do you think that Apple’s decision to pull Ping out of their business is a sound strategy?

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Apple cuts Ping, embraces Facebook in iOS 6

Apple is cutting the electricity on their social networking experiment by pulling the plug on their iTunes Ping.

Reports have been circulating that Apple has decided to call it quits with their social networking dream, because users were not so keen with Ping. The latter encourages users to follow their favorite artists and keep tabs of what their peers are buying and listening in iTunes.

In a report by Techradar they cited that Apple was able to annoy the social networking leader Facebook when they launched last 2010. This thus, began a sour relationship between the two companies.

Apple has decided to finally accept Facebook wholeheartedly with the latter full integration in Apple’s latest iOS 6.

The report also cites that Ping currently exists within iTunes 10.6.3 but is a non-functioning feature when we speak about iOS 6 Beta. They also added that Ping will be gone when iTunes 11 and iOS 6 will be launched sometime this year.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, admitted that the Ping project was unsuccessful. He said, “We tried Ping, and I think the customer voted and said ‘This isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into’”.

Have you ever tried Ping and did Apple just waste their time developing it?

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Social networking may lead to crime!

TechNewsGadget would like to remind you that social networking sites are not to be used to post personal and private information, including photos that can lead to unwanted circumstances.

Another incident happened in Australia when a teen posted photographs of her grandmother’s retirement savings in a social networking site. This came about when she helped the latter count her savings and posted an image of the cash in her Facebook account.

A few hours after she uploaded the image, her mother had unexpected visitors.

Two individuals, with knife and a wooden club in-hand, arrived in her home. She reportedly told the robbers that her teen daughter no longer lives there. The robbers burglarized her anyway by getting the little cash she had and a few items from her home.

The report said that it is unclear how the robbers got hold of her address, though it is clear that Facebook, the well known social networking site, led them to robbing her mother.

The last lines of the police report read, “The incident prompted police to remind users of social media to take extreme caution when posting photographs and personal information.”

It is good to note that grandmother’s savings were left unscathed as the robbers went to the wrong house.

Please be reminded not to use social networking sites as a means to brag.

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Girls’ photos from Facebook found in porn site

You better watch out what photos you upload in Facebook or to any social networking sites for that matter.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation are trying to look for the individuals/s who are responsible for “hijacking” Facebook photos of underage girls from high schools in the state of Massachusetts and post them on a child pornography website.

The Massachusetts link shows pictures of 17 teenage girls who are students from Bay Path Regional Technical High School in Charlton and other schools from the state. The photos shows fully clothed girls with their information that could be used to identify the teens.

The website is being hosted in Ohio but its servers were traced to Eastern Europe.

Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers said that the agency is reviewing the matter to find out if any laws were violated.

Many residents from the area were distraught with the news. Tracy Nicholas Cruz said that she has heard from the girls whose photos were posted in the site. She said that, “they were humiliated. They didn’t know how their pictures got exploited. These are good girls.”

She also added that, “It’s just scary to think that your child could just have this site to communicate with other students and her friends and everything, and then something as bad as this other site comes out and takes their pictures? That’s horrible.”

You better watch out what you post online.

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Facebook blamed for 33% of UK divorces

Apparently, social networking sites have wrecked havoc in people’s relationships with their partners. And Facebook is partly being blamed for relationship fall outs and to some extent, divorces.

Statistics show that in 2011, 33% of those who filed for divorce stated petitions containing Facebook, increasing from only 20%  in 2009.

The UK divorce website, Divorce-Online, had a survey and the result were quite appalling. The first survey was done in December 2009 and another one in December 2011. 5,000 respondents were surveyed by the website.

Reasons vary from one another. But there are at least 3 common reasons that came out from the majority. This included Facebook by making comments about their former partners and using their walls in the divorce courts. Here are the top three underlying reasons:

  1. Inappropriate messages to members of the opposite sex.
  2. Separated spouses posting nasty comments about each other.
  3. Facebook friends reporting spouse’s behavior.

Twitter on the other hand had only 20 petitions in its name.

According to a Divorce-Online spokesperson, “social networking has become the primary tool for communication and is taking over from text and e-mail in my opinion. If someone wants to have an affair or flirt with the opposite sex then the easiest place to do it. Also the use of Facebook to make comments about ex partners to friends has become extremely common with both sides using Facebook to vent their grievances against each other. People need to be careful what they write on their walls as the courts are seeing these posts being used in financial disputes and children cases as evidence.”

We can’t really blame Facebook for these divorces. It is a social tool. This websites help single people find a match. Unfortunately, if misused and abused, Facebook can lead to fall outs.

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Facebook and Twitter: hand in hand

Friends who follow you on Twitter need not go to your Facebook site to see your status updates and other posts – that is when this project pushes through.

According to Malorie Lucich, a Facebook spokeswomen, Facebook has already began testing this week a new feature that will enable posts on the site to automatically be published in Twitter (just like what I’m doing in this site :)).

Rumors circuiting on the web say the new feature might be available to the general public anytime this week. Lucich however, won’t confirm these rumors.

Source: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142324/Facebook_testing_tool_to_push_updates_onto_Twitter

Florida lawyers can’t have lawyer friends in Facebook

According to a ruling from the Florida’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, lawyers of the state should start “unfriending” their lawyer friends – in Facebook that is.

The committee ruled on November 11 that online “friendships” may interfere with their work, giving the impression that some lawyers may be able to influence other lawyers since they’re “friends”.

And nope, they’re not singling out Facebook.

“Although Facebook has been used as an example in this opinion, the holding of the opinion would apply to any social networking site which requires the member of the site to approve the listing of a ‘friend’ or contact on the member’s site,” the opinion said.

According to Florida Supreme Court spokesman Craig Waters, despite the fact that only the Florida SC can mandate what judges can do, it is likely that others will also follow the ruling out of abundance of caution.

Judge Thomas McGrady, chief of the sixth judicial circuit in Pinellas County is in agreement with the ruling. He said that impartiality is important for judges and having lawyer friends on Facebook may be seen by the public differently and think that “because they are your friend, they will be treated differently”.

McGrady will be sending out a copy of the ruling to the 69 judges in his circuit.

Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hfXyxry5c-zq1PBdtQPeYfvC647AD9CHB3G80

Facebook introduces new privacy settings

If you haven’t signed in to your Facebook account today, you probably haven’t seen this notification yet. Don’t worry though, because everyone – that’s more than 350 million members – is getting the same too and yes, you are required to do something about it sooner or later.

“We care so much about this that we will require people to go through it to get access to the service,” Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of global communications, marketing and public policy told AFP.

“The idea is to evolve, to give users better control of with whom they share when they share.”

By this he means avoiding embarrassing (not to mention compromising) images and updates from your bosses, crushes, and all those people you want to impress. 🙂

With the new privacy tools, users can pre-determine who can access profile content and can also select privacy settings for each individual post using the lock icon next to “share” buttons on profile pages.

“Facebook has balanced more sharing with less of a chance people won’t realize who they are sharing with,” Future of Privacy Forum director Jules Polonetsky said of the Facebook privacy control change.

“No service or site has ever asked their users to go through this process; it is privacy by design.”

Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jfJ9mqAfRcxcSgDLB56Na5CSRvZw

Microsoft teams up with Twitter and Facebook

Yes, its confirmed. Microsoft’s newest search engine, Bing, will be bringing real-time search results from Twitter and eventually, Facebook. The announcement was made by search head Qi Lu and senior vice president usuf Mehdi at the Web 2.0 Summit in Francisco held today.

Real time tweets were available in beta from Twitter at Bing.com/twitter starting today. Facebook info will arrive “at a later date”, according to Mehdi.

So how does this work?

Users of the Bing Twitter search can view the tweets that match their query chronologically. They also have the option to view the results in “best match” mode where according to Medhi, Bing’s team will “apply a bunch of our search techniques and relevancy to improve the results.”

“You have to do more visual things, you have to do more sophisticated things, and you have to have better access to data,” Mehdi said.

Don’t expect to dig out deets regarding how much the deal cost Microsoft though coz if there was, Microsoft and Twitter are keeping mum about it. Facebook however, was quick to set the records straight. According Shery Sandberg, Facebook’s site’s chief operating officer, “no money changed hands” in its deal with Microsoft.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10380306-36.html