Colleges Stalk Your Facebook To See How They Should Hit You Up for Money

On the scale of "irritating" to "soul-boiling" telemarketers, college alumni fundraisers aren't the worst. The way that school alumni relations offices decide which former students to contact, however, is a liiittle creepy. Colleges are scouring former students' Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to figure out who to hit… » 1/26/15 1:50pm Monday 1:50pm

​Traveling With Two-Factor: How To Access Your Accounts Abroad

With massive security hacks now coming on what feels like a weekly basis, two-factor authentication has become a modern necessity. But, leave the country and getting that access code can become a lot more difficult than just waiting for a text. Here's what you need to know and do before your next trip. » 1/07/15 12:14pm 1/07/15 12:14pm

Don't Spread Those Bullshit Facebook Copyright Takedown Posts 

This week, you may have noticed a surge in Facebook friends posting an alarmist message on their walls insisting that they won't give Facebook permission to use and distribute the content they post. The message is either the same or very similar to another viral copy-and-paste that has circulated on the social network… » 1/05/15 2:21pm 1/05/15 2:21pm

Facebook's "Year In Review" Videos Can Be Real Jerks

Facebook's algorithm-driven "Year in Review" videos are supposed to be a fun, quick way to relive your life in 2014. They've likely littered your timeline for the past few days/weeks now. But what if you simply want to forget the past shitty 12 months of your life? Suddenly, these clips become not so fun. » 12/28/14 10:00am 12/28/14 10:00am

How To Disable Facebook's New Auto-Enhance Photo Feature

Good news if you're not all that brilliant at snapping Facebook photos on the go: Mark Zuckerberg and his algorithms will now automatically enhance images for you, no extra work required. But what if you don't want your images tampered with? What if you really were going for that badly lit, washed out look? Here's how… » 12/17/14 2:28pm 12/17/14 2:28pm

Facebook Wants to Save You From Yourself and Your Drunk Selfies

Facebook is investing in artificial intelligence research to a potentially creepy end: The social network's top minds want to build software that can do anything from read your status updates to warn you when you're about to upload an embarrassing picture. Put another way, Facebook wants to stop you from uploading… » 12/10/14 12:30pm 12/10/14 12:30pm

Showing off on social media is a stupid game

If life was a video game right now, it'd be a pretty terrible one. That's because it'd just be levels of Facebooks and Twitters and Instagrams and social networks that would encourage us to pimp our lives for likes. And push us to hashbrag what we do. And to make sure the world sees our selfies. Team follow back.… » 12/09/14 11:37pm 12/09/14 11:37pm

Facebook Finally Lets You Search For Specific Posts

Facebook is getting some long overdue functionality to help you find not just people and pages, but also specific posts from the past. So as in the example above, if you search for your friend Jessica's wedding, it'll search full posts for keywords "Jessica" and "wedding" and hopefully return the result you were… » 12/08/14 1:08pm 12/08/14 1:08pm

How Facebook Is Hacking Together a Better Data Center 

Data centers are boring. They have to be; these are spaces of control, consistency, security. You wouldn't expect to find much creativity inside the plain facades of these highly-regulated structures—much less hacked-together experiments involving robotic Blu-ray storage systems and thousands of Mac Minis.
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