Hot Potato a social site announced the deal on its blog Friday, 20th/08/2010 "Today, we’re thrilled to announce that some of the features and thinking behind Hot Potato are going to be exposed to a much larger audience: We’ve been acquired by Facebook."

Facebook's main aim of acquiring Hot Potato help further its move into location-based services that they have just been introduced. Read More

Hot Potato aims to let people share what they're doing with friends and connect with other people doing the same thing. People visit the page and choose the beginning of a sentence like "I'm attending..." or "I'm listening to..." and then fill in the rest of the sentence. They then join a group of people who have posted similar ideas. The group can share photos and videos and ask each other questions.

Users can also create whole new categories by writing an entire sentence following "I'm."

  The service was already linked to Facebook in that Hot Potato can look for friends who use the service through their Facebook logins. People can also link their profiles to their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

LinkedlnLinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with more than 75 million members globally made its FIRST acquisation yesterday.Linkedln acquired mSpoke, a startup focused on making media more relevant through their recommendation technology with offerings for content publishers, research analysts and individuals.

LinkedIn said it acquired startup mSpoke, whose technology makes it easy for consumers to find relevant content, for an undisclosed amount. The technology should help LinkedIn get a handle on the rich stream of content being created by its members. Read More
According to the chief executive officer of LinkedIn Jeff Weiner said “We’re actively investing in solutions that help deliver valuable professional insights to LinkedIn members. The addition of mSpoke’s talented team of technologists make it an even more compelling opportunity for LinkedIn.”

About mspoke:

mSpoke is based in Pittsburgh and was founded by chief executive officer Sean Ammirati, chairman of the board Dave Mawhinney and chief technology officer Dean Thompson. The company was also co-founded by seed investor and board member Ed Engler. The mSpoke team has deep ties with Carnegie Mellon University, a recognized world leader in advanced computer science technologies.

“As we spent time with the LinkedIn team, we were struck by how similar our visions are,” said Dean Thompson, one of mSpoke’s three co-founders. “Both LinkedIn and mSpoke are passionate about generating relevancy from the rich stream of content being created by our members. We’re looking forward to joining the team and helping provide useful recommendations that help professionals tackle problems quickly and more efficiently.”

As world cup is going on in South Africa with the famous vuvuzelas blowing all over the world, popular video-sharing website YouTube has now added a button that plays the high-decibel buzzing sound of a vuvuzela along with video clips featuring US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The button appears in the shape of a football on the bottom right hand corner. It allows fans of the "controversial" African plastic trumpet to overlay its sound on clips of political events as well as music videos, often to hilarious effect, the Telegraph reported. Read More
Among many clips which feature the new button is one of David Cameron's speech on being elected as the British prime minister, a fist fight in the Nigerian parliament following the suspension of 11 legislators and US President Barack Obama's duel with a fly during a broadcast interview with MSNBC.

However, technology bloggers have given negative reactions to the website's move, which, they say, virtually drowns out the clips' original soundtracks.

"YouTube always has had a way with pranks," Jason Kincaid wrote in Tech Crunch. "Clicking it will activate an endless, incredibly annoying sound that sounds vaguely like a swarm of insects."

"As if we haven't been hearing the buzzing sound of vuvuzelas enough in the last couple of days," Stan Schroeder wrote on social media blog Mashable.

Social networking site Facebook has warned its users to stay away from new malware that encourages them to click on a 'sexiest video ever' link and end up with installing the virus on their computer systems.

Thousands of users on the social networking site have been targeted by the new scam which asks users to click on the video link, addressing the user by name, and then leads to the installation of a malware, the Daily Mail reported. Read More
The link reads: "This is without doubt the sexiest video ever! :P :P :P" and is accompanied by a video entitled "Candid Camera Prank [HQ]", featuring shots of a busty woman in a bikini and short skirt.

The user is tricked into believing they are downloading a new version of a popular video programme, when in fact they are downloading the malware, said the report.

The file downloaded also appears to contain adware Hotbar -- a toolbar which appears in Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer, it added.

Graham Cluely from security software developer Sophos said: "Judging by the number of messages posted on Facebook, thousands of people received this attack.

"If you were one of them, you should scan your computer with an up-to-date anti-virus, change your passwords, review your Facebook application settings, and learn not to be so quick as to fall for a simple social engineering trick like this in future."

Once the link has been clicked on, it is then posted on that user's news feed -- causing the virus to spread virally throughout the website.

Facebook has recently been criticised by European data protection officials for putting users' privacy at risk with changes to its service, which allows third-party websites to access users' profiles.
From: Hindustantimes

if you don't want the service sharing things about you automatically with everyone you know Facebook launched some fairly impressive new features and services at its recent f8 conference, but some of them were also more than just a little scary.

Since a lot of what the company talked about was introduced either in "developer speak"—involving such terms as API and JSON—or involved social networking jargon such as "social graph" and "activity map," we thought it would be handy to break it down for those who aren't as well-versed in such things. What should you do if you don't like the prospect of automatically sharing your activity with everyone you know on Facebook? Read More
Liking without logging in:

The biggest change Facebook has launched will let any Web site you visit display a simple "like" button, for example on a story at—although CNN has decided to use the term "recommend" instead. If you click that button, it will show all your friends on Facebook that you liked that story by posting it on your Facebook wall. It will also show you—in the same box on the CNN (TWX) site that has the "recommend" button—how many of your friends liked that story.

Note: The most important aspect of this feature is that CNN and other sites will be able to do this without you logging in with a user name and password and without you clicking any Facebook Connect buttons. All that is required is that you have signed in to Facebook at some point before you visit the site.

Instant personalization:

As my colleauge Liz Gannes explained in her Apr. 22 post, some sites will be allowed to take this ability even further, showing users personalized content based on the details of their public profile on Facebook.The company will be able to read and interpret that content without asking users. At the moment, only three sites have this extra ability, which Facebook calls "instant personalization"—they are (an online document-hosting and editing site from Microsoft), the music site Pandora, and the review site Yelp.

Note: The important thing to note about this feature is that it is opt-in by default, which means it is turned on automatically—and you have to specifically turn it off if you don't want these services to read your profile and customize their services for you.

What should you do?

The easiest way out of all these new features is, of course, simply not to log in to Facebook or to deactivate your account. To do the latter, you have to go to this page, down at the bottom, and click "deactivate."

Note: Doing this doesn't actually cancel your Facebook account; it simply hides it. As Facebook explains on its help pages, "your profile and all information associated with it are immediately made inaccessible to other Facebook users.What this means is that you effectively disappear from the Facebook service.However, if you want to reactivate at some point, we do save your profile information (friends, photos, interests, etc.)." If you actually want to delete it, you have to go here.

But what if you don't want to cancel your account? Then you can do one of several things:

  • Turn off instant personalization: Uncheck the box at the bottom of this page. This will prevent Facebook from allowing Pandora,, and Yelp to show you customized content based on your Facebook details.

But as the site Librarian By Day explains, this won't prevent your friends from sharing certain data about you with those services. And how do you stop that?

  • Block those applications: If you don't want any information to be shared with those specific apps, either by you or by your friends, you must specifically block each and every one of those apps (luckily, there are only three so far).

You can control which applications are allowed to share your data, as well as what your friends can share about you, on this page. All your privacy settings—such as what turns up when people search for you, whom you have blocked, and so on—can be controlled on this page.

  • Don't click the "like" button at any of the sites you visit: This will prevent you from sharing that information with your Facebook friends, or having it show up on your wall, and sites won't be able to send updates to your news feed.