Turkey Rolls Back Order Blocking Twitter, Facebook And YouTube After Objectionable Content Removal

Amid a global furor that exploded after Turkey blocked YouTube and Twitter access in the country yesterday after the order of an Istanbul court, the ban stands lifted now. The country has lifted the ban after these channels and websites removed ‘objectionable content’. The step was taken after social media channels, which includes Facebook and about 166 other websites, published pictures of a prosecutor held at gunpoint as a hostage to a terrorist far-left group. The prosecutor had been slain and later the extremist group responsible for this was killed by Special Forces. This is not the first time that the country has resorted to blocking or banning social media and internet channels. Even last year, this had been the case until a legal academician from Turkey, named Yaman Akdeniz appealed and got the ban recalled. Today, he believes that the blockade has been a careful and “disproportionate exercise” in [+more]

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Why Facebook Needs A Messenger?

Why Facebook Needs A Messenger?

Facebook’s announcement of the new Messenger Platform at the F8 Developers Conference has turned heads–some in the positive but mostly in the negative. After removing the messenger from mobiles last year, Facebook has now launched a messenger that works as an independent platform. As the messenger comes with its own API and developer programs, it is meant to work as a platform requiring Facebook-specific apps. Sure, this means more work for the developers. The new Facebook Messenger Platform would allow users to get take their required apps directly. Not just that, it would also allow developers to integrate different tools in this platform. Most of the messenger apps that are currently seen revolve around decorating the messages with interesting stickers or GIFs. This has become a little old-fashioned and might not go down well with users who don’t enjoy anything complicated anymore. What has created hype, however, is Facebook’s introduction [+more]

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Facebook Not to Use Bing Web Search Results

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Facebook will not be using results from search engine Bing on its social networking platform. Instead, Facebook has reworked on its search offering and has come up with a tool that will allow the users to find past comments and other information they seek. Microsoft has, however, not reacted to this upcoming development. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had hinted that search was his company’s key growth initiative and over 1 billion search queries originated on the social media network each day. However, Facebook is taking every precaution in dealing with this sensitive issue. A spokesperson for Facebook has pointed that despite the company shrugging off Microsoft, relations between both companies are strong as they have partnerships in many other areas. It is noteworthy that Bing is the second largest web search provider in United States and occupies up to 20 percent of the market share. Microsoft and Facebook have been [+more]

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Infosys to evaluate employees to stay valued employer

After Google and Facebook, it’s time for Infosys employees to be evaluated

Staff appraisal practice is soon to begin in Infosys. The company is likely to follow the trend set by Google and Facebook and will start evaluating its employees by October next, in order to select the best of the lot. Infosys, if able to do the process correctly will be able to retain the tag of preferred employer in India. In order to evaluate its 160,000 strong workforce, Infosys is likely to take assistance from its 900 clients in form of their feedback. Individual performance will also be judged on basis of ratings given by team members and other subordinates in the team. Google and Facebook have been using this tactic of employee evaluation since long and though details are always kept secret, yet some information does come in the public preview. The urge to control the attrition rate might be one of the reasons that Infosys is resorting to [+more]

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Facebook Messenger Hits Over 500 Million Downloads

Facebook Messenger Hits Over 500 Million Downloads

According to a report by Google Play Store, the new Facebook Messenger app has been downloaded more than 500 million times by the users of the Android-based devices, despite the app was initially criticized by the people. The app initially faced a lot of criticism and it even received poor reviews from the users. The majority of people condemned the popular social networking site to force people to download a separate app in order to view their messages. There were also some users who showed concerns regarding the privacy implications of the app. Facebook was quoted saying in reply to the queries that “Our goal is to focus development efforts on making messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences.” The company said that it will take out messages from the main Facebook app, claiming that the new messenger will [+more]

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Instagram Likely To Be Working On New Photo Messaging App

Instagram Likely To Be Working On New Photo Messaging App

Facebook-owned Instagram is likely to be working towards developing a new photo messaging app in order to compete with popular rivals like Snapchat. The Verge has said in a report that Instagram is likely to have mistakenly leaked the existence of a new Snapchat competitor dubbed as Bolt, which appeared on a new banner ad inside the current Instagram for Android app. Twitter user Richard Groves snapped a screenshot reading “Introducing Bolt,” promising “one tap photo messaging” and offering a link to download the free app via the Google Play Store. The link was taking the users nowhere and the banner ad vanished 15 minutes later. But by that time several late night users spotted the same message lurking in their own Instagram installations. However, a report by TechCrunch has suggested that the app could be a fictional title instead. Sarah Perez has been quoted saying that “It’s worth pointing [+more]

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Facebook Privacy revised: Default audience now “Friends”, new privacy checkup tool en route

Facebook reaches 1 billion users mark

User privacy is of prime concern on social media and Facebook has perhaps realized this. It is now taking steps to protect its user’s privacy. Over sharing might not be available for new users in future as Facebook is intending to set default audience to “Friends” in place of “Public” as it is now. At times, it happens that a person wants to share any update with those in their friend list but the update gets listed as public and is visible to everyone. This is the lacuna with which Facebook wants to deal and offer more privacy to its new users. This move has been initiated by Facebook based on user’s feedback, where many of them expressed their anguish and concerns on their posts becoming public, even when it was intended for friends. For those who wish to share their updates publicly, this move on part of Facebook will [+more]

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Hurt By Facebook? Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales Beg To Differ

The big news today is that Oculus Rift Dev Kit are seeing records sales post acquisition by Facebook. Insider sources reveal that pre orders on the second version of the kit have seen numbers close to 25,000. In fact, the sales for DK2 are way ahead of what was seen in its predecessor model. However, the bottom line remains that Facebook has not just tagged its name to Oculus but also added spunk to the reputation of Rift and Oculus. Many Kickstarter supporters who dished out close to 2 1/2 million dollars, are now fuming and demanding the funds back. Many developers are not over the moon about the deal with Facebook. Markus Persson, from Minecraft, is not optimistic on the VR version to Rift. Also read:  Facebook Turning Out To Be A New Yahoo, Halted Its Beautiful Redesign Why does Facebook Want to Buy Oculus Rift is now a Zillion [+more]

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Facebook Turning Out To Be A New Yahoo, Halted Its Beautiful Redesign

The world’s most popular social media site Facebook has stopped the release of its new and beautiful redesign. This comes as the company accepts that the redesign looks awesome on new computers having big and sharp screens, but the new upgrade is difficult to use on older computers featuring small and crappy screens. The majority of Facebook’s users are still having the small and crappy screens. Silicon Valley industry insiders are currently talking that Facebook is becoming the new Yahoo. Facebook has decided to scrap its photo-rich redesign and release a design that may look similar to its 2009 design but works really great for majority of its users. If Facebook fails to innovate on design as a result of its large install base, then the company is really becoming the next Yahoo. Yahoo has operated with a classic innovator’s dilemma almost since its start. It was unable to trial [+more]

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