Heeding wow gold widespread concerns about how much of its users personal data it shares on the web, Facebook said it will begin implementing simpler privacy settings on Wednesday.
can confirm that our new, simpler user controls will begin rolling out tomorrow. I can say more yet, Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes told CNN in an e mail Tuesday.
Currently, users of the popular social networking site must navigate through some 170 privacy options. Some Facebook members have said they confused by the settings, while others have threatened to delete or deactivate their Facebook accounts until the site gives them more control over their info.
Tuesday announcement suggests Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making good on a recent promise.
needs to be a simpler way to control your information, he wrote in an op ed piece published Monday in the Washington Post. the coming weeks, we will add privacy controls that are much simpler to use. We will also give you an easy way to turn off all third party services.
The recent backlash against Facebook came after the site, which has more than 450 million members, introduced a new tool last month to spread Facebook users preferences and data to partner sites around the web.
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Reclusive Apple CEO Steve Jobs will lend his approval, and cooperation, to a book about his life, according to a report in The New York Times. book, which is in the early planning stages, would cover the entire life of Mr. Jobs, from his youth in the area now known as Silicon Valley through his years at Apple, these people said. Neither he nor Apple (big surprise) would comment to the Times about the rumors.
news will come as no surprise to anyone who has worked with Isaacson, writes Fortune Philip Elmer DeWitt, who spotted Isaacson in the audience at last month iPad launch event in San Francisco.
there is one thread that runs through his [Isaacson long career in journalism and public service, it his talent for spotting the most influential people in any room and finding a way to get close to them, wrote DeWitt in a post today on Fortune site.
There no doubt that Jobs life story would make a compelling read. From his role in helping to pioneer the personal computer in the late 1970s to his contentious departure from Apple and triumphant 1997 return to his more recent appearances as iconic pitchman for such revolutionary products as the iPod and iPhone, Jobs has had a remarkable career.
Throw in last year health scare Jobs had a liver transplant after losing an alarming amount of weight and his reputation as a brilliant but secretive tech visionary, and you have a larger than life character with enough drama for several books.
The question is whether Jobs will allow Isaacson to write candidly about Jobs demanding managment style and king sized ego.
with Mr. Isaacson could be a sign that Mr. Jobs has emerged from his recent health battles with more of an interest in shaping his legacy, the Times wrote. site, which has seen a huge spike in visitors since Woods post Thanksgiving traffic crash, is also where Woods posted a much publicized Dec. 2 apology under the euphemistic headline, comments on current events. you scoring at home, in the past nine days that makes two comments by Tiger and more than 24,000 comments by fans and other visitors to the site, which has become perhaps the leading Web forum for people expressing their support or disgust over his behavior.
Twenty four thousand comments considering that a popular blog or news site is lucky to get 500 comments on a post, that pretty remarkable. They run the gamut, from the healing begin to will not look up to a disgrace like you! to read some Deepak Chopra. Most of the comments, however, have been supportive.
Is Tiger reading any of them? Who knows? Either way, it pretty much a one way conversation. But until Woods emerges from seclusion to discuss his sorry situation, it a conversation that plenty of people seem more than willing to have.
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Michael Jackson TMs death, the rise of Twitter, New Moon TMs vampires and Microsoft TMs Windows 7 release, among other hot topics gathered by Google for its annual Zeitgeist survey.
The year TMs other fastest rising topics, culled from Google search results in almost 50 countries, included Facebook, emerging pop star Lady Gaga, Spanish social networking site Tuenti and Torpedo Gratis, which I believe has something to do with sending free text messages in Brazil.
These replace 2008 TMs hot topics, many of which landed on Google Zeitgeist TMs fastest falling list for 2009: The Beijing Olympics, Barack Obama, Wii, Heath Ledger and Amy Winehouse.
To compile the 2009 Year End Zeitgeist, Google says it studied the aggregation of billions of queries people typed into Google search so far this year.
We use data from multiple sources, including Insights for Search, Google Trends and internal data tools. We also filter out spam and repeat queries to build out lists that best reflect spirit of the times, Google said in a statement.
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