Facebook still uses encryption keys with 1,024-bit lengths, while the industry standard used by Internet companies — including Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, Dropbox, and MySpace — is 2,048 bits, and that may have enabled the National Security Agency to more easily gain access to its servers, CNET reported.
Facebook’s advertising-simplification process is running at full throttle, as the social network followed up its announcement earlier Wednesday of updates to reports from its Ads Manager by introducing a way for application developers to bypass the process of registering their apps with Facebook before creating mobile app install ads.
Student group Europe Versus Facebook has tangled with the social network before, in case you couldn’t tell by its name, filing numerous complaints related to Facebook’s privacy policies starting in 2011. Now, EVF is taking on Facebook again over its alleged role in the U.S. National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, and the group is also taking on Apple, Microsoft, Skype, and Yahoo.
The good news for AT&T: Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, told CNET the mobile carrier sold out its inventory of the HTC First, the flagship phone for the Facebook Home Android overlay. The bad news for AT&T: It had to lower the price of the handset to $0.99 in order to do so.
Facebook: 9,000-10,000 Requests For User Data From U.S. Local, State, Federal Governments In Six Months Ending Dec. 31
For the six months ending Dec. 31, 2012, Facebook received between 9,000 and 10,000 requests for user data from U.S. government entities at all levels, local and national, related to between 18,000 and 19,000 accounts, outgoing Facebook General Counsel Ted Ullyot revealed in a release on Facebook’s Newsroom.
According to the latest report from eMarketer, Facebook will go from no mobile Internet ad revenues whatsoever in 2011 to a 12.9 percent share of the market in 2013, with the digital marketing analysts pegging the social network’s total for the year at more than $2 billion.
Mark Zuckerberg Continues To Deny Involvement In Prism; Facebook, Google Ask Attorney General To Allow Them To Disclose Number Of Secret Data Requests
Facebook continued to take steps to deny any involvement in the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, in which the government agency allegedly obtained direct access to its servers, with Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reiterating his denial of last Friday during his talk at the social network’s annual meeting Tuesday, and the company asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to allow it to fully disclose the total number of secret requests it receives to surrender user data.
With the uproar over the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, in which the NSA allegedly obtained direct access to the servers of Internet companies including Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, PalTalk, Skype, and AOL, those companies are likely facing heightened scrutiny, despite firm denials by Facebook and by its co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, of any knowledge of or participation in Prism. A few eyebrows were likely raised over the weekend, when access to Tumblr page Obama Is Checking Your Email was being blocked by the social network, but the situation has been rectified.