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Facebook Changes Privacy Controls | More (Free) Streaming Music

Happy “hump day” to you, everyone. Not much time for writing today, but I wanted to share two items with you.

1) Facebook is a topic once again, as they are revamping how the Privacy (security) controls work. I think those of you who use Facebook should be aware of these changes — which hopefully will be improvements: please see, Facebook Rolling Out Security Update, Taking Page From Google+?

“Facebook on Tuesday introduced a number of new security features, some of which take a few pages from the Google+ playbook. Facebook said the changes will start rolling out in the next few days. When they do, Facebook will display a prompt that will walk you through the various updates.

Taken together, we hope these new tools make it easier to share with exactly who you want, and that the resulting experience is a lot clearer and a lot more fun,“. For more, see this slideshow, as well as PCMag’s  slideshow look at When Facebook Gets Creepy.”

2) A loyal reader wrote me privately after yesterday’s article on Spotify online streaming music service, and told me about a service they use (and I had not ever visited [aka “tried”].).

I’ve been going to Grooveshark to listen to songs of my choice free for a few years now. No download necessary, and it probably has as many or more songs as Spotify.

In my very quick look-see, I found that it has real AC/DC, and the Offspring songs I mentioned, and yes, they are right, it plays right in your web browser. I will be checking this out more thoroughly when time allows, but thank you, Dear Reader! (You know who you are.)

Today’s quotable:A cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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August 24, 2011 Posted by | computers, digital music, Internet, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

One More Reason I Don’t Facebook

This person..

Facebook’s marketing director Randi Zuckerberg, who also happens to be Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, wants to put an end to online anonymity. She believes that Internet users would act much more responsibly online if they were forced to use their real names at all times.

Interesting theory. (It might reduce “cyber bullying”.)
But the price? Read the article, here, Facebook: “Anonymity on the Internet has to go away”. (I humbly suggest you read the comments, too..)(Fortunately, I believe I saw that she is leaving/has left Facebook to launch her own “social media company” [ to read more on that, click here] .. But.. Mark Zuckerberg’s views on Internet privacy strike me as even more alarming.. See, Report: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Believe In Privacy.)

I kinda hope Germany follows through.. Germany: Facebook facial recognition feature violates privacy laws.

I know. I know. Facebook is just a tool.. and any tool can be used for good and bad…

.. but because I am concerned about my privacy, and how the Internet is being misused (think “data mining”/”information hoovering”, database hacking, spamming, its permanency, etc.), I stay far away from Zuckerberg’s Facebook. (I certainly don’t want privacy going away any more than it already has. Period.)

But, if you are a Facebook user, I strongly urge you to take control, and learn about – and set – the Privacy Controls. To help you, I recommend this How To: Facebook Privacy: 10 Settings Every User Needs to Know.


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Today’s quotable quote:To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” ~ Confucius

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August 10, 2011 Posted by | advice, Internet, privacy, tech | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments