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Facebook Taking Users to Dangerous "Places"?

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New "Geo-tagging" Service Raising Serious Privacy Concerns; Could Show Strangers Where Users, and Their Kids Are. Facebook just launched a geo-tagging service it calls "Places." Basically, it means enables users to share their exact location with their friends who are fellow users -- or perhaps complete strangers. Facebook isn't the first to embrace geo-tagging. Sites such as Twitter and Foursquare have been doing it for a while now. But with more than 500 million active Facebook users worldwide, Places is raising significant privacy questions about the new social media trend. Are there dangers associated with using such services? How easy is it for strangers to learn your location or that of your kids? Tech expert Katie Linendoll calls Places "huge," due to the sheer number of Facebook users.

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Google Piling Up Social Network Arsenal to Challenge Facebook ( facebo )

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This Google gaming and social network story is really boiling over. In the last month, Digg's Kevin Rose tweeted that Google has a social network in the works, an assertion backed up Quora's Adam D'Angelo and possibly by this document. In mid-July, TechCrunch said Google had invested $100 million in social gaming platform Zynga and was striking a deal with that sensational startup. Now the Wall Street Journal reports (paywall warning) that Google is in "talks with several makers of popular online games as it seeks to develop a broader social networking service that could compete with Facebook." But isn't this the worst-kept secret in high tech? I could resort to snarky commentary about traditional media outlets merely building off of blogs like TechCrunch, but they do a much better job of trashing mainstream media. Oh, wait, TechCrunch is the new mainstream media. They just don't know it yet. Anyway, the WSJ says Google is also talking with Playdom, which Disney just purchased for as much as $763 million.

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Kanye West previews four bracing new songs at Facebook headquarters( facebo )

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Kanye West previewed a big chunk of his upcoming fifth album at Facebook’s corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. last night. He didn’t play finished tracks from an iPod, or perform any typical concert. The suited rapper simply climbed on a table and spit verses from four new tunes, a cappella, for what looks like a fluorescently lit conference room full of employees. It’s the biggest glimpse we’ve gotten yet of West’s highly anticipated disc, for which his label has yet to announce a confirmed title or release date. Crisp footage of West’s unconventional performance made it to YouTube lickety-split, of course. So what can we glean from his latest lyrics? Check them out after the jump (clips via Rap Radar, some NSFW language) and see. West opened with a song of unknown title. After being interrupted by a ringing phone — seriously, Facebook employees, Kanye West is giving you an exclusive private performance and you’re not on vibrate? — he launches into what he describes as “a fun rap.” “Kill the hypocrisy/This is an aristocracy,” West rhymes.

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Kanye West performs for Facebook, joins Twitter( facebo )

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With the release of a new album approaching, Kanye (KAHN'-yay) West is making sure he's up to date with the social networking sites. He joined Twitter on Wednesday, one day after going to the offices of Facebook, in Palo Alto, Calif., to preview some of his new material. Videos of him rapping a cappella while standing on a conference table have been posted on YouTube. On his website afterward, West posted a letter to Facebook, thanking the staff for their support: "Your energy was a gift so electric, so genuine, that it really helped me give my best."

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Facebook launches Questions product in beta ( facebo )

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After it was spotted, Yeti-like, by a few eagle-eyed observers this spring, Facebook has officially launched its Facebook Questions product in a limited beta test--and it may have some big implications for the Web. "Millions of people ask their friends questions on Facebook every day. What new music should I listen to? Where's the best sushi place in town? How do I learn to play the piano?" a Facebook blog post announcing the new feature explained. "With this new application, you can get a broader set of answers and learn valuable information from people knowledgeable on a range of topics." About 1 percent of Facebook users will have early beta access to Facebook Questions, and it will be gradually rolled out to the rest of Facebook's 500-million-plus active users after that. Any Facebook user can ask a question from a new "question dashboard," the profile "publisher" that lets members update their statuses and add photos, or through the search box. They can tag their questions with category keywords, too, and those tags will eventually be used to fill up an aggregate "questions" tab on relevant Community Pages on Facebook.

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Facebook Unveils Beta 'Questions' Feature ( facebo )

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Facebook on Wednesday introduced a beta program that lets users pose questions to the community at large. Facebook Questions will let its users ask questions on a variety of topics. Do you need restaurant recommendations? Want to know what the best smartphone is? Use the power of 500 million Facebook users to get your answer. Facebook is currently rolling out the feature to a limited number of users, but when it does launch, there will be an "Ask Question" icon next to a picture of a light bulb on top of your Facebook homepage. Any questions posted via Facebook Questions are public and visible to everyone on the Internet, Facebook said. All your friends and their friends will also be able to see your questions, so this might not be the best forum to make particularly personal queries. Facebook, however, envisioned the feature as a place to ask more innocuous questions. The site also added the option to include a poll or add a photo. Want to know what kind of flower is growing in your backyard? Take a photo and add it to Facebook Questions. Which game console should you buy – Wii or Xbox? Create a poll.

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