MySpace has had a hard time hanging with the big boys of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and now the company is under fire with the federal government over its privacy practices, according to a Mashable report.
The government will be keeping its eye on the site’s privacy practices for the next twenty years to make sure they do not sell user information to advertisers. In addition, the site is required to make changes to its policies regarding privacy, according to a settlement.
According to the report, MySpace’s “Friend ID” asks users for personal information, but claims it does not share this information with advertisers without the user’s permission.
Think twice before you hit that ‘Like’ button on your Facebook newsfeed – it could cost you your job, the New York Times reports.
A federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia, just ruled that ‘liking’ someone’s status is not protected under the first amendment. The case was raised after six people sued Sheriff B.J. Roberts of Virginia, claiming he fired them for “liking” and showing support to his opponent back in 2009.
According to the report, Judge Raymond A. Jackson ruled that clicking the ‘like’ button was not “expressive speech” and therefore not constitutionally protected.
Pandora announced today that it has 150 million register users which can be attributed a large part to it’s growing popularity on the mobile app front.
Said Pandora President and CEO Joe Kennedy: “The continued growth of Pandora shows that personalized radio is fundamentally changing the way people listen to music.”
About one out of every three U.S. smartphone users now listens to Pandora on a monthly basis.
Lastly, conductors on Amtrak trains can throw out their hole punchers – trains will now be using iPhones to scan tickets.
The New York Times reports that this new system will make it easier for conductors to keep track of passengers and that the specially designed scanners will allow them to send alerts to engineers and maintenance, and help them assist passengers in a more timely and organized manner.