Tech News Roundup: Google Nexus One, Facebook Privacy [and more]


Tech News Roundup: Google Nexus One, Facebook Privacy [and more]

Facebook urged it’s users to update their privacy settings, giving control to each and every post that one creates.

But this update hasn’t gone well with users and Jason Calcanis even called it an unethical step.

When faced with a TOS (Terms of Service) or license the world has been trained to hit the word “agree,” and click, click, click until they get to the actual website or software they were trying to get to in the first place.

When you do get to the second page a series of confusing radio buttons default–yes defaults–to giving everyone access to your social graph.

Facebook is trying to dupe hundreds of millions of users they’ve spent years attracting into exposing their data for Facebook’s personal gain: pageviews. Yes, Facebook is tricking us into exposing all our items so that those personal items get indexed in search engines–including Facebook’s–in order to drive more traffic to Facebook.

On an interesting note, Valleywag even got into some of personal photographs of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder and CEO, thanks to the default privacy settings.

Google Phone : Nexus One

After years of speculation, the truth has come out. Called Nexus One, the android phone is supposedly the HTC Passion, though Google isn’t disclosing any detail.

Google Phone - Nexus One
Google Phone - Nexus One

“We recently came up with the concept of a mobile lab, which is a device that combines innovative hardware from a partner with software that runs on Android to experiment with new mobile features and capabilities, and we shared this device with Google employees across the globe. This means they get to test out a new technology and help improve it.

Unfortunately, because dogfooding is a process exclusively for Google employees, we cannot share specific product details. We hope to share more after our dogfood diet.”- blog

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Tumblr goes Real time

Tumblr will use PubSubHubbub format to publish user’s feeds in real time [via]

LifeStream startup, storytlr Code goes open source

storytlr, a Lifestream startup that enables one to tell their story using web2.0 tools (like Flickr/YouTube/Feeds etc) has released it’s code under open source. The company is shutting down by December 31st, 2009 and has decided to open source it’s codebase (under Apache 2 license) – details

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