Facebook’s privacy problems are like a centipede with footwear issues.

Robert X. Cringely reports on yet more issues with FaceBook and its gaming industry collecting private information from FaceBook users without their knowledge or consent. We already knew there had been a technical snafoo where UIDs — personally identifiable information which can be used to collect your profile information, including your list of friends and their email addresses — could have been used to collect our private information. Now it has been discovered that not only was this going on, but some gaming companies were exploiting it deliberately and have been selling our private information to data warehouses for resale to the highest bidders.

See Cringely’s article at http://www.infoworld.com/d/adventures-in-it/surprise-your-facebook-data-sale-849 for details.



Global spam levels drop

From a CyberSecurity blog link, it seems one of the major SPAM sources has suddenly bolted. Russian SPAM King Igor A. Gusev has apparently fled the country in the onset of a government investigation into his activities. It is unknown whether the investigation was spawned as a response to ZeuS/ZBOT adding Russian banks to its targets this time, or if Igor simply forgot to pay his protection money. He accounted for about 1/5 of the SPAM on earth.


WordPress Chosen for Microsoft Blog Space

Microsoft has chosen to migrate their existing Live Spaces blogging functionality to WordPress.com to provide more features for their customers. We feel that this confirms our commitment to support WordPress in the business environment.

From a Windows Live Newsletter we received 10/23:

Windows Live Newsletter
Dear Windows Live Spaces customer,

We are very excited to announce our collaboration with a premier and innovative blogging service, WordPress.com, to offer you an upgraded blogging experience. We’ll help you migrate your current Windows Live Spaces blog to WordPress.com or you can download it to save for later. On March 16th, 2011 your current space will close.

With the new release of Windows Live services, we’ve made a series of changes and improvements across our products. We chose to partner to provide our users with a fantastic blogging solution. However, we realize the changes will have an impact on you – this email aims to address any concerns you may have.

Why is this happening?

Our customers have asked for richer blog functionality including an integrated statistics system, continuous saving of drafts and improvements to spam-fighting technology. To deliver the best possible blogging experience, we are collaborating with WordPress.com to provide their free service to you. For those of you that already have a blog on Windows Live Spaces, we will make it easier for you to get started while helping you move what you’ve already built up on Spaces.

If you are on Microsoft Live Spaces, simply follow the directions in the email you also should have received. If you are not on Live Spaces but would like to begin benefiting from the functionality of WordPress then you can sign up on WordPress.com.


Ubuntu (Linux) 2010 October version released

Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” is available for download. We recommend you use a torrent as it is just out today and the main servers may be swamped, giving you slow download speeds, but peer-to-peer BitTorrent seems to be delivering good download speeds right now. This URL will take you to the Ubuntu Download page so you can select which arrangement(s) you want.

This Link explains the Ubuntu situation more as to where it comes from and how it can be free. This Link takes you to a nice simple page with a big orange button to push if you are uncomfortable making decisions about which version you need.