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What do you do to protect your ‘Privacy’ and keep yourself safe from potential hackers?

Well, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just need a bit of tape to cover his laptop webcam and mic jack in order to protect his privacy.

Yes, Zuck also does the same as the FBI Director James Comey.

Zuckerberg posted a photo on Tuesday to celebrate Instagram’s 500 Million monthly user milestone, but the picture end up revealing about another security measure he takes to ensure that nobody is spying on him – and it’s surprisingly simple.

Some eagle-eyed observers quickly noticed that the MacBook Pro on Zuckerberg’s desk in the background of the image has the tape covering not only the webcam, but also the laptop’s dual microphones.

While some tried to argue that it was not Zuckerberg’s desk, Gizmodo pointed out that Zuckerberg has posted videos, live streams and images from there before, so it seems like a safe assumption.

So, Zuckerberg joins FBI director James Comey and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who admitted that they tape their webcams.

Although some called this move paranoid, taping up your webcam is a simple and excellent precaution that cost nothing and has appeared many times in the past.

Keeping aside the controversies over Zuck’s move, tapping your laptop’s webcam is a good take away for you to adopt, because we know the ability of spy agencies, including the FBI and NSA (National Security Agency), to turn on webcam to spy on targets.

Edward Snowden leaks revealed Optic Nerve – the NSA’s project to capture webcam images every five minutes from random Yahoo users. In just 6 months, 1.8 Million users’ images were captured and stored on the government servers in 2008.

However, putting a tape over your webcam would not stop hackers or government spying agencies from recording your voice, but, at least, this would prevent them watching or capturing your live visual feeds.

What can you do with Facebook Messenger?

  • Chat with your friends
  • Send GIFs, stickers, and photos
  • Make video calls
  • Send people money in Messenger

Have you ever wondered to Play a game while you chat with friends?


Yes, it is possible.


Facebook had made it to the reality by building a hidden built-in functionality in Facebook Messenger that lets you play Chess with your friends without having to install a third-party app.


It just takes one simple step to unlock this hidden game.


All you need to do is: type “@fbchess play” and hit Enter, during a conversation, and a small square box would appear in the chat box.


Here’s how to play: The person who initiated the game would be assigned “White” side, to make the first movement.


Although there is some standard algebraic notation like:-

  • B for “Bishop”
  • R for “Rook”
  • Q for “Queen”
  • K for “King”
  • N for “Knight”
  • P for “Pawn”

Pawns could be moved by issuing the simple commands with numbers (along with the vertical axes).


For, e.g. If your first play would take the second pawn from the left and move it up one block, you would write: ‘@fbchess Pb3,’ or simply ‘@fbchess b3.’


You could refer to the help section by issuing the command “@fbchess help” for the possible commands to assist you throughout the game.


It turns out that the commands are case sensitive. The board will update and notify you whether it is your turn to play.


You can undo a move with “@fbchess undo” command or by clicking the “undo” button — but your opponent has to accept the request to undo.


The game would also allow you to have a conversation during the game with your friend, resumes the game by issuing the game commands.


FB Chess is currently available for both mobile and web platforms, eliminating the need to download it separately.


This new Productive Time Killer Game initiated to entertain its users by sharpening brain while having a chat with your mate equally.

Source : THN

Researchers examined on a scientific basis whether employers actually use Facebook during a first screening. They sent fictitious application letters in response to genuine vacancies.

Do you have an impressive profile picture on Facebook? It might increase your chances of getting hired, a new study suggests.

Users’ Facebook profile picture affects their callback chances about as strongly as the picture on their resume, researchers at Ghent University in Belgium have found.

Employers have very limited information when they make their first selection of applicants for their vacancies. One potential source of information is the social networking website Facebook, researchers said.

Researchers examined on a scientific basis whether employers actually use Facebook during a first screening. They sent fictitious application letters in response to genuine vacancies.

A total of 2,112 job applications were sent out in response to vacancies in various sectors of the Flemish labour market. For each job opening, a pair of male graduates with degrees in commerce, business administration, or applied economics was constructed.

The CVs and motivation letters differed in detail and layout but were similar in productivity-influencing characteristics. The only substantial difference was the candidate’s name or picture. These features were randomly assigned to the application pairs. The photos used were selected for their different scores in attractiveness and personality.

Entering the names of these fictitious job candidates in the Facebook search bar or in Google led exclusively to one of four fictitious Facebook profiles controlled by the research team. Only the Facebook profile picture was publicly visible.

The four photos used varied in terms of physical attractiveness and apparent personality traits.

Researchers then compared the chances of positive responses for applicants with different Facebook profiles. The respective picture was viewable on Facebook but not included in the application letter.

The candidate with the most favourable Facebook profile picture received approximately 21% more positive responses compared to the candidate with the least favourable profile picture. The chances to get an immediate invitation to a job interview even differed by almost 40%.

The results also show that highly educated applicants are more likely to be screened via Facebook than the less educated. Occupations with regular customer contact are not more prone to Facebook screening than others, researchers said.

Given that these strong differences can be driven only by the Facebook profile picture, it is clear that many employers screen via Facebook,” said Stijn Baert from Ghent University.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has said that he will give 99% of his Facebook shares away in his lifetime.
Zuckerberg made the promise in an open letter to his newborn daughter, Max, on Facebook. He said he would dedicate 99% of his shares in Facebook to the following “missions”: personalised learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.
To do this, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have set up the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a limited liability company — not a charity or charitable trust. Legal filings show that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is owned and controlled by Zuckerberg.
A spokesperson has confirmed to Buzzfeed that as a company, the Initiative can spend its money on whatever it wants — including private, profit-generating investment.
“The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will pursue its mission by funding non-profit organizations, making private investments and participating in policy debates, in each case with the goal of generating positive impact in areas of great need,” the spokesperson said. “Any profits from investments in companies will be used to fund additional work to advance the mission.”
In November those investments have included:

* $20 million to help connect American classrooms to fast and reliable internet
* $5 million in MasteryConnect, a teaching software
* $5 million to TheDream.US to help undocumented immigrants, in San Francisco attend college
* $15 million in AltSchool, an education initiative focussing on personalised learning and technology
* $10 million in Bridge international acadamies
That’s a lot of education technology, an area aligned with Facebook’s mission of connecting people. It’s not exactly eradicating malaria.
Rather than marking him out as the exception, Zuckerberg’s pledge puts him in the same bracket as Bill Gates, who has also promised to give away 95% of his wealth to his private foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Warren Buffett, who has also promised 99% of his wealth to Bill and Melinda’s Foundation.

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SAN FRANCISCO: The online social network devoted to making the world more connected will now help couples break up.

Facebook began testing tools that curtail how much ex-partners see of one another and their posts at the social network, according to product manager Kelly Winters.

“We are testing tools to help people manage how they interact with their former partners on Facebook after a relationship has ended,” Winters said.

“When people change their relationship status to indicate they are no longer in a relationship, they will be prompted to try these tools.”

The breakup tools are being tested in Facebook mobile device applications in the United States.

People can use the tools to see less of a former partner’s name and profile picture at Facebook without have to “unfriend” or block the person, according to Winters.

Posts by an ex won’t show up in News Feed, and their name won’t be suggested when people write messages or tag photos, Facebook said.

The tools also limit pictures, videos or status updates that an ex can see, and let people “untag” themselves from posts with former partners.

“We hope these tools will help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort and sense of control,” Winters said.

Facebook founder’s sister leaves social networking site to form company with no goal or employees – yet Anyone who saw the film The Social Network would have no way of knowing that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a sister. But now Randi Zuckerberg is generating headlines of her own – after six years working faithfully in her younger brother’s shadow as Facebook’s director of market development, she is jumping ship to set up an independent social media company.

The tech bloggers of Silicon Valley are rubbing their hands at the prospect of some sibling rivalry to follow on from the multiple lawsuits that the younger Zuckerberg – he’s 27, she’s 29 – has endured over the parentage of his wildly popular website.

But older business analysts wonder if this may not be the online equivalent of the great Dunkin’ Donuts rift of the 1950s, when one of the two original partners behind America’s most popular snackshops broke out on his own with the rival Mister Donut franchise. (They were later bought by the same corporate parent and reunited after close to 40 years.) More perplexed tech watchers wonder what Randi hopes to achieve that she hasn’t already done in one of the world’s most rapidly expanding companies. Her new outfit has a name, RtoZ Media, but no publicly defined goal, no employees and no fully functioning website – yet.

Randi is unlikely to be planning anything excessively controversial. She appears to have decided to have fun with her money and her instantly recognisable last name to branch out on her own, without doing anything to damage the Facebook brand she worked for so long to help establish.

“I’m proud of what I’ve done here … but I know I’ll be able to do just as much, or more, for Facebook once I’m on the outside,” she wrote in her resignation letter last week. She said her goal was “to launch my own innovative programming and work with media companies”, adding: “Facebook will clearly be a central element in all my projects.”

She might not have a reputation as a cutting-edge innovator like her brother, but Randi is no slouch. She, too, went to Harvard, graduating in psychology at about the time Mark was dropping out to focus full-time on the phenomenon he had unleashed. At first, she thought she would study to be a cantor – the singer who accompanies the rabbi in Jewish services – but changed her mind when it became clear there was an irresistible new family business to join.

In Silicon Valley, she has always had a reputation as someone unafraid to let her hair down and have a good time. A few years ago, she made a music video, celebrating the demise of the erstwhile Facebook rival Friendster with a tongue-in-cheek ditty called Valleyfreude.

She has sung periodically since, and written a column for Tina Brown’s online publication The Daily Beast. Her sense of fun is strictly of the non-scandalous variety, however: she has been with her husband, venture capitalist Brent Tworetzky, since they were both at Harvard. In her professional life, she has worked hardest to marry Facebook with numerous traditional media initiatives – broadcasting a presidential debate in 2008, bringing the World Economic Forum in Davos to Facebook’s global audience and launching Facebook Live, which she used to relay a town hall meeting held by President Barack Obama.

Does that qualify her as a high-flyer on a par with her brother or Steve Jobs? Not exactly. But it probably sets her up nicely as a high-profile consultant to the great and the good of corporate America, who want to understand how to integrate social media into their marketing and customer outreach plans.

Just a couple of days before she resigned, Randi argued at a round-table discussion hosted by Marie Claire magazine that the best way to police social networking sites was to oblige everyone to use their real names. That did not endear her to the more radical online community, which believes anonymity and identity-shifting are all part of the great experiment of the internet.

It did, however, send a reassuring message to conservatively inclined executives who might otherwise be nervous of embracing a communication tool over which they have limited control. She is likely to be talking to a lot of those people in the coming weeks and months.

Facebook has been continuously working towards improving the overall experience of browsing on the social platform on slow Internet connections. Earlier this month, the company updated its News Feed making it easier to load content on 2G connections.

Now, Facebook has announced an internal initiative called “2G Tuesdays” that will help employees better understand how hard it is to use the social platform on slow Internet connections, like the kind prevalent in India and other emerging markets. Announcing the news, Product Manager Chris Marra in a blog post explained the whole idea behind 2G Tuesdays.

“People are coming online at a fast rate in emerging markets. In most cases, they are doing so on mobile via 2G connections. But on a typical 2G network, it can take several minutes to download a webpage. That doesn’t make for a great experience when sharing content with friends and family. To build for a global audience like ours, we know that we need to design features that work seamlessly even on a 2G network,” Marra said.

Under Facebook’s 2G Tuesdays, employees will have to use the social platform as well as other related apps such as Messenger on slow Internet connection. Notably, the new initiative has an opt-in option and employees will only have the slow Internet connection for an hour.

“We’re taking another step toward better understanding by implementing ‘2G Tuesdays’ for Facebook employees. On Tuesdays employees will get a pop-up that gives them the option to simulate a 2G connection. We hope this will help us understand how people with 2G connectivity use our product, so we can address issues and pain points in future builds,” added Marra.

Detailing how the new initiative will work, Tom Alison, Facebook’s Director of Engineering, told Business Insider, “For that next hour, their experience on Facebook will be very much like the experience that millions of people around the world have on Facebook on a 2G connection. They’re going to see the places that we need to improve our product, but they’re also going to see the places where we have made a lot of progress.”

Facebook back in June had rolled out a new Android app called Facebook Lite, which was available in countries across Asia and was also planned to roll out in parts of Latin America, Africa and Europe.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in India and hosted a townhall at IIT Delhi earlier today. The townhall had it all, from advice to students over building things and reminiscing his older days to questions on irritating Candy Crush requests to even supernatural powers! But most of us were waiting for the most obvious and highlight of the Q&A – Net Neutrality in India and how the newly rebranded Free Basics by Facebook violates it.

One of the questions at the townhall was about: Does Internet.org support Net Neutrality fully? To that, Zuckerberg quickly chirped, “Absolutely”. He spoke about Internet.org being an open platform on which any developer can build. But he quickly added how network providers and operators have spent billions of dollars in infrastructure, and so the Internet could never be completely free. “So with Free Basics, we are letting developers offer zero-rated services,” he added. Zuckerberg believes Net Neutrality is an important principle and Facebook is working at giving it a push. But how? By implementing zero-rated plans.

If you remember, it’s the zero rated plans that have received massive outcry in India. Those not in the know-how, zero-rated plans allow Internet companies (who have a lot of money to throw around) to grant access to their apps and services or websites absolutely free of charge, by making a deal with telecom providers. Net neutrality means – equal Internet to all – without any discrimination about which service will be available for free. It is essential for innovation and creating job opportunities. Big companies such as Google, Twitter and several others are born out of net neutrality. Moreover, for those who hop onto the Internet should know that Facebook or a few services don’t make up the Internet.

But Zuckerberg says that Internet.org or Free Basics is simply to get billions of people online who do not have access to the Internet. While the thought is noble, but the way the social network plans to implement it hints at vested interests. At the townhall, Zuckerberg yet again tried to justify how net neutrality and Internet.org can co-exist, which has now been conveniently repackaged as Free Basics.

Ironically, he said he supports net neutrality, but there is need for stricter regulation so that the Internet is equal to all and India should lay down strong rules in support of net neutrality. “In terms of regulation, countries are just going around and figuring out what their regulations must be. In the US, there are pretty strong rules regarding net neutrality. We are generally supportive of that,” he said.

So, looks like Facebook wants regulators like TRAI and DoT to work out plans and rules that will help fit Internet.org and net neutrality in the Indian web space. Free Basics is in a very uncertain position because of the way the platform works, and it’s going to take a lot more than a townhall meet and visits to India to convenience that both can go hand in hand. Not convinced, are we?

While Facebook’s free service Internet.org faced criticism in India, it appears that the social network hasn’t given up on it yet. It has now decided to rebrand the product to ‘Free Basics by Facebook’.

The announcement was made at the Facebook Headquarters in Melno Park, California by Chris Daniels, VP of Internet.org, in the presence of a small group of Indian journalists.

The app as well as web platform offers access to more than 250 services, which are now available in 19 countries across the globe including India. Free Basic users will also get access to 60 new free services. The announcement comes before PM Modi’s town hall meet with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the new campus.

Zuckerberg has also written a post stating how a soybean farmer from rural Maharashtra ‘makes better parenting decisions by accessing expert advice through the BabyCenter app for free through Internet.org.’

He further talks about the ‘improvements’ and the platform being ‘open to all developers’. “We’ve improved the security and privacy of Internet.org. We already encrypt information everywhere possible, and starting today Internet.org also supports secure HTTPS web services as well,” he added.

In India, the net neutrality debate and massive public outrage had made many take sides, and some big names like NDTV, Cleartrip and some properties of Times Group decided to part ways with Internet.org as a result.

Here is how to stop Facebook from using your browsing history to serve ads

Don’t like Facebook’s personalized ads that follow you around the Internet? The social network is now giving users a tool to block them.

Facebook will now start be using your Web-browsing data to target you with advertising.  All this will be done thanks to Like and Share buttons placed on websites and apps that collect data about things you’re reading, watching, and interested in.

The company announced it would use this data collected off Facebook in personalized ads last year, and on Tuesday, said it is beginning to use it more broadly. However Facebook has also given a way for users to opt out of this targeted advertisements.

“Today, we’re introducing an additional way for people to turn off this kind of advertising from the ad settings page right on Facebook,”wrote Stephen Deadman, Facebook’s global deputy chief privacy officer.

“We are continuing to roll out online interest-based advertising,” Deadman wrote, “and will now begin including information from pages that use Facebook’s Like button and similar social features, as we announced last year.”

Earlier, FB users could block the ads through the Digital Advertising Alliance’s AdChoices program, or through settings on Android and iOS phones. Now they can do it through Facebook. If you prefer Facebook doesn’t use all the data it knows about you from Like buttons and other social features that exist off Facebook, you can modify that in your ad settings.

Go to Settings in Facebook. Click on Ads. You can opt out of behavior-based ads under “Ads based on my use of websites and apps.”

If you’ve previously opted out of Facebook’s ad targeting through the Digital Advertising Alliance, which lets you remove yourself from behavioral ad tracking from a number of online companies, you’ll see your settings say “No” in the settings page.

As the Digital Advertising Alliance system was based on cookies, it required you to opt out of ads on individual devices. Now however, Facebook makes it easy for you to directly disable the ads from the settings panel.

In the drop-down box, click “Off,” and it will prevent Facebook from using your Web-browsing data to serve up ads.

Remember you can only stop Facebook from serving ads to you. However that does not mean that Facebook wont collect your personal surfing habits and browsing history in the first place.