Unit 1 Case Study – a model (lifestyle topic)

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You MUST produce your OWN case study – reproducing mine will put you in danger of doing the SAME THING as another student. Your work is supposed to be INDEPENDENT. Use this as a model and go from there.

If you do the Property topic, find your own answers to the questions asked in the deck.

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Facebook in Online Privacy Breach; Applications Transmitting Identifying Information – WSJ.com

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Many of the most popular applications, or “apps,” on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing access to people’s names and, in some cases, their friends’ names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

The issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook’s strictest privacy settings. The practice breaks Facebook’s rules, and renews questions about its ability to keep identifiable information about its users’ activities secure.

via Facebook in Online Privacy Breach; Applications Transmitting Identifying Information – WSJ.com.

Facebook of the dead- Boing Boing

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This special feature on BoingBoing, Facebook of the dead, takes a while to get out of Southern California in the 70s, but warms up about halfway through. Snip:

Then again, as the tech journalist Wagner James Au pointed out in a Boing Boing comment thread, “most people are willing to sacrifice some privacy in exchange for greater and deeper social connectivity. Or to put it another way, since Facebook makes it much easier for you to find and connect with a long lost friend or family member on the Internet, do you really care all that much that the ads on the sidebar were precisely targeted at you?”

Brad Paisley on Twitter: welcome to the future?

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If you follow Country superstar @Brad Paisley on Twitter, you will see a great example of old media meets new: Paisley has just tried tweeting (and posting pictures) from the stage during his concerts.

This is a bit like the common habit of watching telly and tweeting at the same time. Those of his fans in the audience who have their smartphones with them can also see his updates and his Twitpics.

Don’t know how I’d feel if I was in that audience with my 96-year-old Nokia. I wonder what it looks like when he stops to tweet? Then again, he’s such a great guitar player, he could probably tweet and play at the same time. This probably works quite well for his US audience, which will be predominantly young people in their teens and twenties. If Paisley ever played in the UK, he’d get an audience of Radio 2 greyhairs who would wonder what the hell he was playing at.

Paisley uses Echofon, which means he’s using an iPhone. But then we knew he had an iPhone, because we saw the video. I’d link to it on YouTube, but those b@st@rds at EMI have blocked it. Even though – you will note – I paid for a legitimate copy from iTunes, I still have to put up with their nonsense (adds *copyfight* tag to post).

Facebook privacy hole ‘lets you see where strangers plan to go’

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The discovery was made by Ka-Ping Yee, a software engineer for the charitable arm of Google, who was trying out the search query system known as the “Graph API” released by Facebook last Friday. In some cases – though not all – it will let you see the public events that people have said they will attend, or have attended.

Yee demonstrated the flaw by showing how the API – which plugs directly into Facebook’s databases – can show you a list of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s planned public events.

via Facebook privacy hole ‘lets you see where strangers plan to go’ |
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guardian.co.uk
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Twitter says it’s all #nickcleggsfault

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The rapid responses on Twitter indicate just how much shorter the feedback loop now is for the mainstream media and electors – and how dangerous it can be to attack politicians who are riding a wave of popularity.

Whether it will have any effect on the readers either of Twitter or of the newspapers is harder to tell. Clearly, Twitter has never been the favoured stamping ground for Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Express or Daily Telegraph readers. And it is unlikely that any of the papers' editors will be taking notice of what it says.

via Twitter says it’s all Nick Clegg’s fault in ironic swipe at newspapers |
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guardian.co.uk
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