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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.

Perhaps you have heard about “Net Neutrality,” and the recent controversies over it in India.

But first let’s understand What does Net Neutrality mean?

Net Neutrality is simply the Internet Freedom — Free, Fast and Open Internet for all.

Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should give consumers access to all and every contents and application on an equal basis, treating all Internet traffic equally.

Today, if there’s something that makes everyone across the world “Equal” is nothing but the Internet. Equality over the Internet means, the richest man in the world has the same rights to access the Internet as the poorer. And this is what “Net Neutrality” aims at.

But, What if someone snatches this Internet Freedom from you all?
What if you have to pay extra for every single app you want?
What if you have to pay extra for loading website of your choice faster?

This is exactly what the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is planning to do with Indians.

TRAI is planning to allow telecom operators like Vodafone and Airtel to block applications and websites in order to extort more money from consumers and businesses, which is nothing but an extreme violation of Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality has been a controversial issue not only in India but worldwide. Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the strongest Net Neutrality rules in the United States.

Even the European Union is also facing pressure from citizens to enforce strong Net Neutrality.

However, this term is relatively new for citizens in India, but the Government of India wants to decide the fate of both Net Neutrality and citizens in India before the Indians get to know about it.

First, let me clear some of your doubts if the term Net Neutrality is new for you.

Is Net Neutrality a problem right now? No.

Till now, We, Indians have enjoyed the Internet freedom the way it is — freely and fully. But soon the India’s Telcos and telecom regulators will change it all for you…I mean, Against you.

What went wrong?

Till now, the telecom operators in India enjoyed making hundreds of thousands of millions in profits over a long run.

The operators have, till now, focused on selling text messages packs and voice call minutes, however behind the scene they have been using VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) to connect with other telecom operators and deliver calls using the Internet.

The cost of traditional voice calls that the operators were charging the consumers were much larger than the tiny fraction of the cost of VOIP.

However, this market is now snatched from these greedy telecom companies — thanks to WhatsApp, Skype and Google Hangouts. Now, users can easily get the same voice calls delivered at Internet prices by using one of the above services.

And this is what the telcos are scared of…

…and want to charge for the Internet plans in a different manner, based on how you use it.

Soon your telecom operators would charge you extra money for using WhatsApp, Skype or Viber. They could block certain websites they do not like, could provide faster speeds to the highest bidders and slower speeds to other services.

This simply means if, for example, you love to shop from Amazon, but Flipkart pays telecoms operators, then they’ll not let Amazon website load on your devices, and you’ll end up using Flipkart.

So. What could you do?

…TRAI has prepared and quietly released a consultation paper with 20 questions and wants people to answer them via an e-mail by April 24, in order to hear people’s opinion on Net Neutrality.

But, as this news spread across the Nation, it became a topic to debate on social media, news channel, and Internet forums.

A standup comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) released a video asking people to “Save the Internet”. Even the famous Bollywood celebrities, including Shah Rukh Khan, have lent their support to this initiative.

So, it is time to Come up, join this initiative and Save the Internet before it gets too late.

Indian government has banned the third-party email services in its government offices including Google,Yahoo, Hotmail etc. Indian government officials will now be having pretty much limited access to internet in their offices. Apart from the limited internet, they will be additionally monitored and the content which will be inappropriate for productivity of the officials, will be blocked.

Indian government, led by PM Narendra Modi, has issued the third-party email ban notifications to offices. The notice mentions the use of only National Informatics Centre (NIC) prescribed email services for communicating. The reasons cited are security and low productivity concerns.

The notification is called “Policy on use of Information Technology resources of Government of India” and “E-mail Policy of Government of India” – as reported by Economic Times

“The e-mail services provided by other service providers shall not be used for any official communication. Misuse of these resources can result in unwanted risk and liabilities for the government. NIC may block content which, in the opinion of the organisation concerned, is inappropriate, or may adversely affect the productivity of the users.”

The total number of the government official is about five million and by the end of this year, they are expected to use NIC- the government’s secure email service. To ensure the safe communication of critical and sensitive information, government has allocated Rs. 100 crore for this project.

The policy also contains the terms of usage of social media sites on government networks and using high-security settings on such websites. Users won’t post offensive, threatening, defamatory, bullying, racist, hateful, harassing, obscene or sexist posts or comments which could cause damage to the reputation of the organisation.

Different governments of all over the world have been trying their best in the recent past to secure their secret and important communications after the Snowden saga in United States.

The policy was issued on February 18 and it restricts the use of email service providers other than NIC in government offices.

These sites solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses
(URLs) that you can easily memorize thus saving a trip to Google.

1. screenr.com – Record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube.
2. ctrlq.org/screenshots – for capturing screenshots of web pages on mobile and desktops.
3. goo.gl – shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes.
4. unfurlr.com – find the original URL that’s hiding behind a short URL.
5. qClock – find the local time of a city using a Google Map.
6. copypastecharacter.com – copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard.
7. postpost.com – a better search engine for twitter.
8. lovelycharts.com – create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.
9. iconfinder.com – the best place to find icons of all sizes.
10. office.com – download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents.
11. followupthen.com – the easiest way to setup email reminders.
12. jotti.org – scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses.
13. wolframalpha.com – gets answers directly without searching – see more wolfram tips.
14. printwhatyoulike.com – print web pages without the clutter.
15. joliprint.com – reformats news articles and blog content as a newspaper.
16. ctrlq.org/rss – a search engine for RSS feeds.
17. e.ggtimer.com – a simple online timer for your daily needs.
18. coralcdn.org – if a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN.
19. random.org – pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.
20. pdfescape.com – lets you can quickly edit PDFs in the browser itself.
21. viewer.zoho.com – Preview PDFs and Presentations directly in the browser.
22. tubemogul.com – simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other video sites.
23. dabbleboard.com – your virtual whiteboard.
24. scr.im – share you email address online without worrying about spam.
25. dictation.io — online voice recognition in the browser itself.
26. sizeasy.com – visualize and compare the size of any product.
27. myfonts.com/WhatTheFont – quickly determine the font name from an image.
28. google.com/webfonts – a good collection of open source fonts.
29. regex.info – find data hidden in your photographs – see more EXIF tools.
30. livestream.com – broadcast events live over the web, including your desktop screen.
31. iwantmyname.com – helps you search domains across all TLDs.
32. homestyler.com – design from scratch or re-model your home in 3d.
33. join.me – share you screen with anyone over the web.
34. onlineocr.net – recognize text from scanned PDFs – see other OCR tools.
35. flightstats.com – Track flight status at airports worldwide.
36. wetransfer.com – for sharing really big files online.
37. hundredzeros.com – best-sellers on all subjects that you can download for free.
38. polishmywriting.com – check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.
39. marker.to – easily highlight the important parts of a web page for sharing.
40. typewith.me – work on the same document with multiple people.
41. whichdateworks.com – planning an event? find a date that works for all.

42. everytimezone.com – a less confusing view of the world time zones.

43. gtmetrix.com – the perfect tool for measuring your site performance online.

44. noteflight.com – print music sheets, write your own music online (review).

45. imo.im – chat with your buddies on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, etc. from one place.

46. translate.google.com – translate web pages, PDFs and Office documents.

47. kleki.com – create paintings and sketches with a wide variety of brushes.

48. similarsites.com – discover new sites that are similar to what you like already.

49. wordle.net – quick summarize long pieces of text with tag clouds.

50. bubbl.us – create mind-maps, brainstorm ideas in the browser.

51. kuler.adobe.com – get color ideas, also extract colors from photographs.

52. liveshare.com – share your photos in an album instantly.

53. lmgtfy.com – when your friends are too lazy to use Google on their own.

54. midomi.com – when you need to find the name of a song.

55. bing.com/images – automatically find perfectly-sized wallpapers for mobiles.

56. faxzero.com – send an online fax for free – see more fax services.

57. feedmyinbox.com – get RSS feeds as an email newsletter.

58. ge.tt – quickly send a file to someone, they can even preview it before downloading.

59. pipebytes.com – transfer files of any size without uploading to a third-party server.

60. tinychat.com – setup a private chat room in micro-seconds.

61. privnote.com – create text notes that will self-destruct after being read.

62. boxoh.com – track the status of any shipment on Google Maps – alternative.

63. chipin.com – when you need to raise funds online for an event or a cause.

64. downforeveryoneorjustme.com – find if your favorite website is offline or not?

65. ewhois.com – find the other websites of a person with reverse Analytics lookup.

66. whoishostingthis.com – find the web host of any website.

67. google.com/history – found something on Google but can’t remember it now?

68. aviary.com/myna – an online audio editor that lets record, and remix audio clips online.

69. disposablewebpage.com – create a temporary web page that self-destruct.

70. urbandictionary.com – find definitions of slangs and informal words.

71. seatguru.com – consult this site before choosing a seat for your next flight.

72. sxc.hu ? download stock images absolutely free.

73. zoom.it – view very high-resolution images in your browser without scrolling.

74. scribblemaps.com – quickly create custom Google Maps online.

75. alertful.com – quickly setup email reminders for important events.

76. picmonkey.com – Picnik is offline but PicMonkey is an even better image editor.

77. formspring.me – you can ask or answer personal questions here.

78. sumopaint.com – an excellent layer-based online image editor.

79. snopes.com – find if that email offer you received is real or just another scam.

80. typingweb.com – master touch-typing with these practice sessions.

81. mailvu.com – send video emails to anyone using your web cam.

82. timerime.com – create timelines with audio, video and images.

83. stupeflix.com – make a movie out of your images, audio and video clips.

84. safeweb.norton.com – check the trust level of any website.

85. teuxdeux.com – a beautiful to-do app that looks like your paper dairy.

86. deadurl.com – you’ll need this when your bookmarked web pages are deleted.

87. minutes.io – quickly capture effective notes during meetings.

88. youtube.com/leanback – Watch YouTube channels in TV mode.

89. youtube.com/disco – quickly create a video playlist of your favorite artist.

90. talltweets.com – Send tweets longer than 140 characters.

91. pancake.io – create a free and simple website using your Dropbox account.

92. builtwith.com – find the technology stack of any website.

93. woorank.com – research a website from the SEO perspective.

94. mixlr.com – broadcast live audio over the web.

95. radbox.me – bookmark online videos and watch them later (review).

96. tagmydoc.com – add QR codes to your documents and presentations (review).

97. notes.io – the easiest way to write short text notes in the browser.

98. ctrlq.org/html-mail – send rich-text mails to anyone, anonymously.

99. fiverr.com – hire people to do little things for $5.

100. otixo.com – easily manage your online files on Dropbox, Google Docs, etc.

101.ifttt.com – create a connection between all your online accounts

Facebook Inc said it has taken steps to clamp down on “hoaxes” and fake news stories that can spread like wildfire on its 1.35-billion member online social network.

The company said it had introduced an option to allow Facebook users to flag a story as “purposefully fake or deceitful news” to reduce the distribution of news stories reported as hoaxes.

Facebook said it will not remove fake news stories from its website. Instead, the company’s algorithm, which determines how widely user posts are distributed, will take into account hoax reports.


The Facebook researchers said people “often share these hoaxes and later decide to delete their original posts after they realize they have been tricked.”

An update to Facebook’s News Feed will aim to limit the spread of posts that have been reported as hoaxes and adds an a warning to messages that have been flagged as suspicious.

Facebook has also added an option that allows its users to report a “false news story” being circulated.

The social network said the update “reduces the distribution” of these posts but does not eliminate them.


In order to combat the issue, Facebook has added an option to report stories in the News Feed as false:

This works in the same way as reporting a story as spam. When you click to hide a story you also have the option to report the content. Stories that include scams, or deliberately misleading news, are reported two and a half times more often than links to other news stories.

To reduce the number of these types of posts, News Feed will take into account when many people flag a post as false. News Feed will also take into account when many people choose to delete posts. This means a post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chosen to delete will get reduced distribution in News Feed.

Facebook won’t actually cut the posts, but if one of these stories does make its way into your News Feed, it will be coupled with a warning message.


As for satirical content, the social network says you should still continue to see those stories.

“We’ve found from testing that people tend not to report satirical content intended to be humorous, or content that is clearly labeled as satire,” Facebook said. “This type of content should not be affected by this update.”

Facebook similarly said that “the vast majority of publishers” on the social network shouldn’t be affected, but that the few that who frequently post hoaxes and scams “will see their distribution decrease”.

Hackers may be able to sneak into your laptop or smartphone just by analysing the low-power electronic signals your device emits even when it is not connected to the Internet, researchers say.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are now investigating where these information “leaks” originate so they can help hardware and software designers develop strategies to plug them.

By studying emissions from multiple computers, the team from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US has developed a matrix for measuring the strength of the leaks – known technically as “side-channel signal” – to help prioritise security efforts.

“Side-channel” emissions can be measured several feet away from an operating computer using a variety of spying methods.

“People are focused on security for the Internet and on the wireless communication side, but we are concerned with what can be learned from your computer without it intentionally sending anything,” said Alenka Zajic, an assistant professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“Even if you have the Internet connection disabled, you are still emanating information that somebody could use to attack your computer or smartphone,” said Zajic.

Each computer operation has a different potential for leaking information.

The processor draws different amounts of current depending on the operation, creating fluctuations that can be measured.

Saving data to memory also requires a large amount of current, creating a “loud” operation.

“When you are executing instructions in the processor, you generate a different type of waveform than if you are doing things in memory. And there is interaction between the two,” said Alenka Zajic, assistant professor at Georgia Tech.

To measure the vulnerability, Zajic and the team developed a metric known as “signal available to attacker” (SAVAT), which is a measure of the strength of the signal emitted.

They measured the level of SAVAT for 11 different instructions executed on three different laptops and found the largest signals when the processors accessed off-chip memory.

It is not really possible to eliminate all “side-channel signal”.

“The trick is to make those signals weak so potential attackers would have to use larger antennas and utilise time-consuming signal analyses,” Zajic added.

The researchers are also now studying smartphones, whose compact design and large differential between idle and in-use power may make them more vulnerable.

As a demonstration, Zajic typed a simulated password on one laptop that was not connected to the Internet.

On the other side of a wall, a colleague using another disconnected laptop read the password as it was being typed by intercepting side-channel signals produced by the first laptop’s keyboard software, which had been modified to make the characters easier to identify.

“There is nothing added in the code to raise suspicion,” said Milos Prvulovic, an associate professor in the Georgia Tech School of Computer Science.

“It looks like a correct, but not terribly efficient version of normal keyboard driver software. And in several applications, such as normal spell-checking, grammar-checking and display-updating, the existing software is sufficient for a successful attack,” said Prvulovic.

Currently, there is no mention in the open literature of hackers using side-channel attacks, but the researchers believe it is only a matter of time before that happens.