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We need a better ‘friends’ management system

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Neither Facebook nor Google got the ‘friends’ management system right…
It’s too much hassle to manage lists, circles and whatnot.

Google has to move to a concentric circles system.
Family at the centre, then friends, then acquaintances, then following.
You wouldn’t need to choose multiple groups to share with or put people in more than one groups. Viewing rights would trickle down.

And you could create communities the same way, with admins in the centre, then publishers and finally viewers.

Then if some people belong to multiple concentric circles, then you would need to manage that, unless Google adds the much needed functionality of subscribing to public circles.

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lush.co.uk was hacked and your credit card details stolen… Is your data safe?

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Just another example of how unsafe “the cloud” can be. What surprises me is how little companies care about security. I often ask cloud providers about their security measures and the typical answer is that they protect the connection to their servers with SSL which is “very secure”. This is probably enough to reassure a novice consumer that heard from his bank that SSL is the way to go to protect online transactions, but what about the data that is stored on the servers? Most don’t encrypt it unless required by law (credit card details).

There are so many stories nowadays about data theft by rogue employees or hackers, that I’m still amazed that people trust their most sensitive data with companies like Dropbox, Apple, Evernote, Google, Facebook, Sugarsync, etc., These guys have your password. They can look at all your most private documents or pictures unless you encrypt them before you send them. Sure, it’s so convenient to be able to have access to everything from everywhere, to share documents with your mates, etc., but just remember that it makes data thieves very happy as well.

Be safe online, provide a minimum of information, use email address aliases, encrypt your data, use services like Jungledisk or Wuala.

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The Facebook privacy manual / Manuel de la vie privée sur Facebook

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It can be daunting to try and make the right changes to one’s privacy settings in Facebook, but thanks to Angela Alcorn, it’s now easier to navigate through the maze of settings with the help of this guide.

Pour tout ceux qui se sentent intimidés par toutes ces pages de paramètres à régler pour protéger sa vie privée, ce guide d’Angela Alcor est pour vous 🙂

N.B.

This guide is not exactly new (October 2010), but you usually have to go through some registration system to get it, so I thought I would just give you the download links right away.

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Amazon kicked out WikiLeaks

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Reuters reports that the US government put pressure on Amazon to stop hosting WikiLeaks and they complied…

It was kind of expected, but still, it’s sad to see that Amazon didn’t have the balls to defend its customer.

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Checkout the UK snow map, built in real-time, based on tweets

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Here is the official description of the service:

“This app searches Twitter for real-time snow reports and displays them on the map.

Tweet the hashtag #uksnow, your location(postcode, town name or geotag your tweet), and rate the snow that is falling out of ten (0/10 for nothing – 10/10 for a blizzard).

You can also include the depth of snow (cm or inches), attach a photo and add a description to your tweet.”

Here is an example: #uksnow N4 7/10 80cm – Can’t open the door

Got to http://uksnowmap.com/ to see the result

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