Acting on a referral from Facebook, the Federal Trade Commission announced Friday that at the commission’s request, a federal court shut down the operations of Pairsys, an Albany, N.Y.-based company that coerced computer users into paying hundreds of dollars apiece for unnecessary technical support and software that was available free-of-charge.
As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Facebook security infrastructure engineer Benjamin Strahs spoke on a panel organized by Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C., last week, along with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, Google and Microsoft.
Facebook’s share of social logins rose 2 percent in the third quarter of 2014 from the second quarter, to 46 percent, driven largely by a 9 percent bump-up in the entertainment category, according to the latest report from customer-profile-management technology provider Janrain, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer.
After Ad Age broke the news last week that Facebook was revamping Atlas, formerly Atlas Solutions, the ad network Facebook acquired from Microsoft in February 2013, The Wall Street Journal uncovered more details Monday, speculating that an official announcement will come during Advertising Week 2014 in New York next week.
Facebook announced at its @Scale 2014 conference in San Francisco Monday that it teamed up with companies including Box, Dropbox, Google, GitHub, Khan Academy, Square, Stripe, Twitter and @WalmartLabs on open-source collaboration TODO, which stands for, “Talk Openly, Develop Openly.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, had some strong words for Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and FWD.us, the immigration-centric political-action committee spearheaded by Zuckerberg, in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday night, published by National Review.
Why the mistrust? Yet another survey – this one of 4,000 U.S. adults, conducted by MyLife– found that respondents believe Facebook is less trustworthy with their personal information than the government (hello, does anyone remember the National Security Agency and Prism?), LinkedIn or Google.
Facebook is rolling out an update to its Messenger application for iOS to protect users from a vulnerability in the operating system that allowed scammers to force users’ iPhones to automatically place expensive calls.