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Facebook Details Hacked

So some “jerk” for want of a better word has collected and published the personal details of 100 million Facebook users. I’m not even going to mention this guy’s name as I’m certain he’s out for recognition – no different to the idiot that released an iPhone virus just because it could be done (only on jailbroken phones).

Basically this hacker used a piece of code to scan Facebook profiles, collecting data not hidden by the user’s privacy settings. He released it to torrent users worldwide to download.

What. An. Ass.

Facebook have this to say:

“People who use Facebook own their information and have the right to share only what they want, with whom they want, and when they want,” the statement read.

“In this case, information that people have agreed to make public was collected by a single researcher and already exists in Google, Bing, other search engines, as well as on Facebook.

“No private data is available or has been compromised,” the statement added.”

I’m certain my name does not appear in this download as I have only allowed trivial information to be broadcast to the world (name, bio, etc.) but please if you read this and own a Facebook page, go to your privacy settings and customize them so that only your friends can see your personal details.

BBC News have more details here

Free iPhone 4 Case from Apple? Yes Please

Check this link over on SimonBlog to see how to go about getting a free iPhone 4 case/bumper from Apple – it’s their way of sorting out the car crash that is the “antennagate” issue.

You’ll need this app: iPhone 4 Case Program app and an iTunes account. As of yet I’m not entirely sure whether it’s exclusive to the US or not – I don’t have an iPhone 4 yet so I cannot verify this but perhaps some Irish iPhone 4 owner can…

iPhone 4 Antenna Song

Apple actually started their press conference today with this gem:

follow the Apple iPhone 4 Conference on TechCrunch or click this link for the most recent update entitled “We’re not perfect”

Kaspersky 2011 for PC & Mac – Cheapo Version

Software4Students are selling Kaspersky 2011 for PC or Mac at a reasonable price providing you are a student, working in education or have a family member in education. Hit this linkage for more info. Best thing is – it’s a download buy so it will arrive instantly!

The Vanishing Act of Facebook Privacy

Very good infographic on Facebook’s privacy settings developed by Matt McKeon, an IBM researcher. In it he shows how the Facebook privacy settings have changed very quickly and quietly in just a few years.

The rings show the groups who can see a given slice of information, if you leave the default settings in place. Here is 2005:

In 2009:

And in April 2010

Of course these are all default settings, and if you’re concerned you can easily change your privacy settings to how to you want them but there is no denying that there has been a massive shift in Facebook’s privacy settings. As FastCompany perfectly sums up on their Infographic of the Day segment: ‘Why would they make those changes? The less privacy there is in general, the more irresistible Facebook becomes, because you can snoop on other people far more. And figure out exactly what to sell them.’

“Flash Off” says Jobs

Steve Jobs recently posted an open letter explaining why he believes that Adobe Flash is not a good fit for the iPhone, iPod and iPad.

Over 1000 words long…what did he actually say?

SimonBlog has this to help us:

Steve Jobs cites six major reasons why he’d prefer to avoid Adobe Flash on Apple devices.

1. Adobe Flash is 100% proprietary – Apple is inclined to work on open web standards such as HTML5, CSS and JavaScript rather than 100% proprietary systems such as Adobe Flash. He defends the proprietary iPhone OS by mentioning that “all standards pertaining to the web should be open”

2. Alternatives for Web Video are available – Most videos on the web can be viewed on Apple devices without requiring Flash. Contrary to Apple’s claims, you do not need Adobe Flash to enjoy the ‘full web’ experience. H.264 is an ultra-modern video protocol which offers a great alternative to playing videos using Adobe Flash.

3. Poor Security – Flash makes Macs crash and it has a notorious history for security loopholes. Till date, there’s no mobile device which shows Flash performing well without any security issues.

4. Kills Battery Life – Flash is a performance hogger and a major reason for drained battery life. An iPhone running H.264 offers nearly double the battery life of an iPhone running on Flash.

5. Poor Touch Capabilities – Flash just doesn’t work well for touch interfaces. It relies heavily on a rollover concept where the position of a mouse cursor triggers certain actions. That’s hardly the best approach (in fact, it’s the worst approach) for a touch interface.

6. Avoid dependency on Third Party Tools – If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. It basically means that Adobe’s cross-platform tools lead to mediocre and sub-standards apps.

While Adobe has reacted strongly to the above six arguments from Apple’s top boss, it has done little to elaborate its stand on the matter so far.

Wifi Sync your iPhone?

MobileMe seems to be the only option to sync your iPhone to your computer without using wires – this costs a bit of money though, check it out here.

But what about those of us who don’t want to fork out the €79 per year? Well the guys at Engadget have come up with an interesting app called Wifi Sync that lets you sync your iPhone to iTunes wirelessly, check out the teaser video here. Engadget will submit this app to Apple by the end of the week and hopefully Apple will approve it!