If you're one of the unlucky few who tried to log into Facebook yesterday only to find that your account had mysteriously been disabled, you can relax, everything should be back to normal, CNet reports.
"Earlier today, we discovered a bug in a system designed to detect and disable likely fake accounts," Facebook wrote in an email on Tuesday. "The bug, which was live for a short period of time, caused a very small percentage of Facebook accounts to be mistakenly disabled."
The bug appears to have only affected female accounts, at least according to the complaints on Facebook Twitter, all of which either came from female users, or male users posting on behalf of a female.
According to Facebook, the bug affected a system designed to obtain owner verification from flagged accounts.
Facebook, the world's largest social networking site, isn't a dating site, but that doesn't mean some of its 500+ million members don't sometimes treat it as one. OnePoll.com conducted a survey of 2,000 adults and, among other things, discovered that 11 percent of British Facebookers 'poked' (or got poked by) someone they met through Facebook, according to AllFacebook.
That's not all. Nearly half -- 46 percent -- said they sent illicit texts to someone other than their partner, while 35 percent included naked photos of themselves in said texts.
This should hardly be surprising, that is unless you were expecting the figure to be higher. A recent survey in Men's Health revealed some related stats, such as 27 percent of Facebookers failing to list their relationship status with only half of them being single. And 24 percent of those surveyed said they flirt with someone on Facebook other than their current partners.
Everybody can relax, the .com era isn't over, not that GoDaddy could end it by itself anyway. Even so, when GoDaddy switched its default choice for new registrants from .com to .co, some saw it as a sign that the .com well had officially dried up.
With over 90 million .com destinations littering the Web, it's definitely tougher than ever coming up with an awesome domain name that isn't already taken. This is where .co comes into play, and with GoDaddy providing around half of all domain registrations, switching to .co as the new default option could be viewed as a huge win for the 'alternative' domain extension.
And it was, for all of 24 hours, DomainNameWire reports. The switch to .co as the default choice turned out to be one of GoDaddy's many tests. By the end of the weekend, GoDaddy had switched back to .com, although .co now sits directly below as the No. 2 option.
The Internet Innovation Alliance put together an interesting graphic detailing just how much money broadband subscribers potentially save every year by having "access to education, job opportunities, social networking, and on-demand information." Did you know, for example, that the average amount saved on entertainment (restaurant dining, sporting/concert tickets, and leisure activities in five U.S. cities) works out to $2,747?
Broadband subscribers can expect to pocket $1,532 in savings on travel costs, $974 on housing, and $965 on food.
"Congress and the FCC should focus their efforts on policies that encourage investment in more robust networks and policies that expand digital literacy to those offline, rather than aggressive regulatory detours that discourage investment," said Bruce Mehlman, IAA co-chairman.
Based on an average U.S. household income before taxes of $62,857, IAA reckons broadband subscribers save as much as $7,707 each year on various goods and services thanks to having a fast Internet connection.
Worried your teenager might be misusing Facebook and sharing too much information with the world? ConnectSafely.org and the iKeepSafe Coalition want to help and have jointly released "A Parents' Guide to Facebook," a 35-page booklet and online resource designed to help parents show their teens how to optimize their privacy and safety on the world's largest social networking site.
"Many of our recommendations are stricter than Facebook's default settings for teens but, fortunately, Facebook provides excellent tools for further customization. This booklet helps parents and teens customize those tools fo teen-appropriate safety, privacy, and reputation protection," said ConnectSafely co-director Larry Magid.
The guide offers up step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and parenting points on safety and privacy controls, and covers both cell phone and PC-based access.
What would be really great is if a single Microsoft Live Gold subscription covered an entire household rather than just one console and/or account. That's wishful thinking, we know, but if you own multiple accounts, Microsoft's new Live Gold Family Pack, available now, should help take some of the sting out of getting everyone online.
The Family Pack subscription costs $100 and covers four 12-month memberships. At that price, you're basically paying for two memberships and receiving two for free, so while it won't help households with 'just' two Xbox 360 Live subscriptions, it's an okay deal for those with three and a pretty good bargain for those with four.
In addition to the discounted price, the special four-pack also includes a few exclusive benefits, such as access to the new Family Center for family account and online settings management; activity monitoring reports; the ability to purchase and gift Microsoft Points Allowances to your children; and family-friendly content and discounts.
According to market research firm iSuppli, broadband subscriber growth around the world dipped 6.6 percent in the second quarter of 2010, but all is well again with third quarter numbers up 5.8 percent.
"Broadband subscriber additions declined in the second quarter because of normal seasonality as well as a poor performance in the North American market," said Lee Ratliff, senior analyst for broadband and digital home at iSuppli. "However, Chinese consumers’ insatiable demand for high-speed Internet is so high that it will cause subscriber numbers to rise again in the second half of the year."
In terms of broadband subscriber growth, China is coming off of its best-ever first quarter with the addition of around 6 million subscribers.
Here in the states, telcos and cable companies continue to jockey for position, with telcos extending their lead with successful fiber deployments, such as AT&T's U-verse and Verizon's FiOS, iSuppli notes.
Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress gave up on Randy Moss after just three weeks. It's taken New Corp. five years to reach that same level of discontent with MySpace, the social networking service it paid $580 million for back in 2005, Yahoo News reports.
"We've been clear that MySpace is a problem," News Corp. CEO Chase Carey said during a conference call with analysts. "The current losses are not acceptable or sustainable. Our current management did not create those losses but they know we have to address them."
Reading between the lines it sounds like MySpace might not be long for this world, but Carey insists the social networking service "has the potential to be an exciting business." The caveat? He wants to see improvement within the next few quarters.
"These are fluid businesses... I think it is something we look to judge in quarters not in years," Carey said when asked how big of a window MySpace would have to show improvement.
Blockbuster's brick-and-mortar business is feeling the wrath of streaming video services, just as mom-and-pop video rental shops felt the wrath of Blockbuster roughly a decade ago. And it's not just Netflix. Amazon this week announced the expansion of its Disc+ On Demand service to more than 10,000 eligible titles.
"When we launched Disc+ On Demand last year, we were excited by the overwhelmingly positive response from our customers," said Steve Oliver, category leader for Amazon.com DVD. "Customers love instant gratification, and this program allows customers to watch Disc+ On Demand titles instantly, without having to wait for their DVD or Blu-ray to arrive in the mail."
The way Disc+ On Demand works is if you purchase a select Blu-ray or DVD, you'll also receive Amazon's Video On Demand version as a free gift, which you can then watch right away on your PC, Mac, or on hundreds of compatible Internet connected TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes.