Today we are launching Frictionless, a browser extension (chrome only at the moment) that rewrites the default features of Facebook social-sharing and provides users with privacy and the ability to read the original source websites for shared articles. If you are a Facebook user, you have probably seen the new social-news sharing applications such as […]
In May of this year the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook like buttons and other website widgets were setting cookies on visiting browsers. This cookie could then be read later and used to track the user across different web properties and back to the Facebook site. The cookie was being set even if the […]
This howto guide will take you through securing your Facebook account, enable settings for improved privacy, disabling features where your Facebook information can be shared with third-party sites, and finally setting up your browser for private sharing Step 1. Securing your Facebook account Go to Security Settings Edit 'Secure Browsing' and enable it.
I wrote a post two days ago about privacy issues with the Facebook logout procedure which could lead to your subsequent web requests to third-party sites that integrate Facebook widgets being identifiable and linked back to your real account. Over the course of the past 48 hours since that post was published we have researched […]
Important Update: Facebook has responded and issued a fix for this issue. See the follow up blog post “Facebook Fixes Logout Issue, Explains Cookies” Dave Winer wrote a timely piece this morning about how Facebook is scaring him since the new API allows applications to post status items to your Facebook timeline without a users […]
There was a big story last week about published research that claimed analytics company KissMetrics were tracking users across multiple sites using a unique ETagspec. KissMetrics denied that they were using ETags to track users, and they have filed a lawsuit against the author of the research piece (Note: see update at the bottom of […]
Google recently launched their much-publicized social network Google+. I signed up early on, but found that having the new status bar across the top of all the other Google applications was becoming a distraction. Earlier today I went into Gmail to send a simple email, and the Google+ notifier caught my attention. I clicked on […]
i18n is a popular abbreviation for 'Internationalization'. It is abbreviated by taking the first and last letters and replacing all the characters in the middle with the number of characters replaced. l10n is the abbreviation for localization. I am not sure if a lot of developers who are familiar with the terms understand the origins, […]