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Technorati CEO Steps Down

Dave Sifry, CEO of Technorati, announced today on the Technorati blog that he’s stepping down from his post. He states:

For those of you who follow Technorati regularly, you know that we’ve been conducting a CEO search since Spring and that it was just a matter of time before I made a transition. But searches such as these take time, especially in a market as frothy as this one, and I decided that rather than waiting for the process to play out, I would go ahead and transition to the board exclusively, taking on the role of Chairman of the Board.

So without a CEO, Technorati will be guided by CFO Teresa Malo, VP-Engineering Dorion Carroll and VP-Marketing Derek Gordon, forming “a committee of Office of the President.” Of course, the board will continue to direct the company and Sifry will influence the direction of the company from his post there.

Facebook Asks Google to Remove Leaked Code Blog

I guarantee that if you submit a DMCA request to Google–the one you use to request copyrighted material is removed–you won’t get the same rapid response Facebook just got.

After accidentally releasing their own copyrighted code, Facebook sent Google a DMCA take down notice and the company obliged by yanking the Blogger blog that had published the code.

The anonymous owner of the original blog has started a new one, that shows the emails sent by the Blogger team.


As mentioned in our previous email, we work with a third party to post
DMCA notices we receive. The notice we received because of the content on
your site can be found here (once the notice has been posted):

CNET’s Exclusive: There are Perverts on the Internet!

17-year-old CNET summer intern Sabena Suri publishes a startling finding today: there are creepy people trying to befriend random teenage girls on Facebook. Her example, a 40-something guy from another state, added her as a friend on Facebook, despite the fact that they’d never met. Sabena was rightfully freaked out.

Sabena could have looked at this objectively. For example, she might have commented on the fact that we learned earlier this week—sadly, 41% of teens might have accepted this stranger as a friend without even selecting their “limited profile.”

Instead, she looked at this man, deduced that he and all others in his age group must have no real purpose on a social networking site, and dismissed him and all other “old” people. She titled her post, “Ick, old married guys on Facebook,” not “Ick, old married guys on Facebook are trying to see young girls’ profiles.”

Facebook & Netvibes For iPhone Now Available

If you’re an owner of Apple’s new iPhone, you might be interested to learn that you can now take your social networking with you.

TechCrunch scores the scoop on new services from Facebook and Netvibes, and it’s enough to make me want to buy an iPhone myself.

First up, Facebook for the iPhone. Here’s what Arrington has to say

“The site uses javascript to avoid page refreshes, although there is still some lag in moving around the site (this is an iPhone issue). The main navigation tabs – Home, Profile, Friends and Inbox – are at the top of the site. Click on any person and see their profile, wall or photos via a horizontally scrolling interface.”

Next, we have Netvibes for the iPhone. Arrington believes it can make a handy RSS reader.

Unborn Baby Gets Facebook Profile

image It’s bad enough that expecting parents are naming their kids based on Google search results, now we learn they’re giving them Facebook profiles too!

Australian couple Claire Gillis and Luke Waring have set up a Facebook profile for the child–due in 3 months–and are providing updates on the baby’s progress, says Reuters.

“We have friends and family all over the world, so we’re using it for them, to post updates on ultrasounds, scans and what it has been doing all week, so that’s how it started,” Gillis told Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

The grainy black-and-white ultrasound image of “Bubba Waring” has 29 friends listed, with dozens more waiting to be accepted by “the world’s most famous fetus,” Gillis said.

Listen-Up! Not Everyone is a Facebook Friend

200708141009Just a few days ago, I cautioned that social networking is not a popularity contest. Just because someone asks to be your “friend” doesn’t mean that you should automatically agree. Apparently we need to share that message again as a new study by IT security firm Sophos reveals 41% if Facebook users gave up full access to their personal information to a fake user.

Sophos created a fake Facebook profile, under the name ‘Freddi Staur’ (‘ID Fraudster’ with the letters rearranged), and randomly requested 200 members to be friends with ‘Freddi.’ Out of those 200, 87 accepted the friend request and 82 of those gave ‘Freddi’ access to “personal information” such as e-mail addresses, dates of birth, addresses and phone numbers, and school or work data. Presumably, the other five had restricted ‘Freddi’ to limited profile access, which many users select for bosses, parents, or people they don’t know in real life.

Facebook Glitch Reveals Source Code–Is it theirs Anyway?

Due to what appears to be a technical glitch, Facebook published its source code for the world to see and Facebook Secrets was quick to publish it.

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of Facebook Secrets, the site was created on a free Blogspot blog and has just one post–the one showing Facebook’s source code.

This is extremely embarrassing for Facebook for a number of reasons:

  1. Questions are now being raised as to what else might accidentally get published–maybe you’ll see your private data some day.
  2. Competitors now have a chance to see what’s under Facebook’s hood and maybe learn something.
  3. Hackers might be able to find a weakness in the code and exploit it.
  4. Some developers are suggesting the structure of Facebook isn’t particularly sophisticated.