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NSA built secret shadow social network GETPRISM — and you’ve already joined it

Soon after the very earliest reporting on Ed Snowden’s leaked documents about PRISM, the folks from Datacoup put together the very amusing GETPRSM website, which looks very much like the announcement of a new social network, but (the joke is) it’s really…  …

Google shows off long-secret glasses project in demo video

In a brief proof-of-concept video published this week, Google lifted the curtain on their forthcoming digital-overlay glasses, demonstrating how they work and the various ways people might use them. Rumored for a long time but never-before-seen outside of the search giant’s Google[x] lab,the glasses are believed to be coming out…

Low-wage Facebook contractor leaks secret censorship list

A secret list curated by social network giant Facebook was published online recently after an employee for one of the company’s third-world contractors, upset at his poor working conditions and meager wage, decided to fight back. The document reveals exactly what Facebook’s censorship brigade looks for on the social network,…

Facebook dabbles with validating user identity

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Thursday began testing a way for celebrities, journalists, athletes and others with massive followings to have their identities validated at the globally popular online social network. “The new process enables people to verify their identities by submitting a government issued ID,” Facebook said in an…

Music service gives MySpace second wind

SAN FRANCISCO — Faded online social network Myspace said Monday it was getting a second wind due to the popularity of a freshly launched online music player. More than a million new members have signed up at myspace.com in the past month, with an average of 40,000 accounts being opened…

Google+ opens up to teenagers

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Thursday opened up Google+ to teenagers, just days after loosening the rules about using real names on the social network. The age limit had previously been 18, but Google vice president for product management Bradley Horowitz announced on Google+ that users could now be as…

Google makes search personal

Google wove content from its social network and Picasa photo-sharing service into its search formula to serve up personalized results to online queries. “Search plus your world” was billed as a major change to the leading Internet search engine. “There is a huge amount of content on the Web today but, at a certain…

Facebook rolls out ‘Timeline’ feature to all users

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Thursday began transforming profile pages into interactive digital scrapbooks that let members of the world’s leading online social network tell the stories of their lives. The “Timeline” feature being rolled out by Facebook was unveiled at a developers conference in September and comes with new…

Post-holiday ‘fatties’ dumped from BeautifulPeople.com dating site

If you’re a stunner with washboard abs but haven’t shed those holiday pounds you put on because of grandma’s apple pie, your friends at BeautifulPeople.com are giving you the boot. Dating and social network site BeautifulPeople.com has axed some 5,000 members following complaints that they had gained weight. The members…

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