What I’m reading and finding for November 20th 2011 through November 22nd 2011:
- The Facebook Phone is Real, and Its Name is Buffy – Liz Gannes and Ina Fried – Mobile – AllThingsD-
This is the first in a series of posts this week about the Facebook phone.
After years of considering how to best get into the phone business, Facebook has tapped Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC to build a smartphone that has the social network integrated at the core of its being.
Code-named “Buffy,” after the television vampire slayer, the phone is planned to run on a modified version of Android that Facebook has tweaked heavily to deeply integrate its services, as well as to support HTML5 as a … show all text
- Facebook is gaslighting the web. We can fix it. – Anil Dash-
Facebook has moved from merely being a walled garden into openly attacking its users’ ability and willingness to navigate the rest of the web. The evidence that this is true even for sites which embrace Facebook technologies is overwhelming, and the net result is that Facebook is gaslighting users into believing that visiting the web is dangerous or threatening.
In this post I intend to not only document the practices which enable this attack, but to also propose a remedy.
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- From Twitter – http://t.co/7RdssR0W Kindle Fire app sideloading in 3 easy steps
- Mashable Fires Editor-at-Large Ben Parr – John Murrell – News – AllThingsD-
Tech news site Mashable and its editor-at-large, Ben Parr, have parted ways under circumstances that apparently were less than amicable. The writer and entrepreneur, who had worked for the site since 2008, was fired, according to a brief Mashable statement.
Word of Parr’s departure began to bubble out late Sunday, when mail to his Mashable address started kicking back an automated “no longer here” response, and his bio page was edited to identify him as “the former editor-at-large.”
Parr then c… show all text
- The Facebook Freaky Line — Scobleizer-
It seems everyone is getting freaked out by Facebook once again. Molly Wood at CNET says that Facebook’s automatic sharing features are ruining sharing. That got everyone to pile on over on Techmeme.
First, what does this automatic sharing feature (otherwise known as “frictionless sharing”) do? Well, every time I play a song on Spotify, for instance, it tells everyone something like “Robert Scoble is listening to Skrillex on Spotify.” On Facebook’s web interface that shows up over on the right … show all text
- From Twitter – Walkable Roller-Coaster Sculpture Opens in Germany | Gadget Lab | http://t.co/bV2UnqPJ http://t.co/7mlFTP6h
- From Twitter – Missed Tech.Days Online Last Thursday? Get the Recordings Here – UK TechNet – Site Home – TechNet Blogs http://t.co/kWYYjGzF