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Submission + - Social Networks Miss-representation

An anonymous reader writes: In recent months I have noticed a trend on 2 social network sites. Facebook and Linkedin, doing things that are resulting in miss-representation.

Lets look at Facebook first .. how often have you seen a friend invite, to puzzle over why that person is asking to join your network. Then when asking them, only to get the response 'because you sent me a friend request'. This has happened to me 3 times in the last month. Facebook is sending friend requests to my friends, and a message to me saying they have sent a request to me, when we compate notes, neither me or my friend sent any 'requests' at all. Facebook did it automatically. This is miss-representing my chosen network, and making requests without my permission.

With Linkedin I recently updated my profile, I added an additional few words into my work outling. The next day I had an inbox full of people asking what had happened, congratulating me on the new job, wanting to know why I had left. It turns out Linkedin had posted on my news thread and the thread of all of my contacts that I had left the business, causing just a slight bit of panic across the globe. I notified Linkedin and they said nothing can be done ... again automatic miss-representation in my professional network.

I am interested if anybody else on Slashdot has seen either of the above, or if I have just be unfortunate?
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PlayStation Store to return on May 24 - leak memo (

An anonymous reader writes: According to a memo sent by Sony to its game developer and publishing partners which is obtained by Gamasutra, Sony has finally decided to bring back its PlayStation Store on 24th of May.

It seems like the restless PSN users have to wait for few more days to get entertained from the free game offers granted as a ‘Welcome Back’ package by Sony. It should also be noted that, all the content and games that was planned to roll out between the phase when Sony was attacked by hackers, will now be coming in stages over the following weeks.


Submission + - Interview: "Face" of Anonymous Quits (

CWmike writes: "Barrett Brown, an author and writer for Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, and True/Slant, has been a media-friendly public face for the group Anonymous. But Brown is quitting Anonymous and turning his focus to his brainchild Project PM, which has multifaceted goals, including 'to best utilize information technology along with our collective knowledge base to better the world in every aspect possible.' Last year Brown went from a journalist reporting on Anonymous's activities to being an informal spokesperson for the group. He gave interviews and wrote press releases, but maintained that he was not a leader as the group Anonymous was leaderless. Yet there were other members of Anonymous who accused Brown of giving too much attention to the group and of hogging the spotlight. There was also talk of Anonymous members being worried about having their identities exposed, worried about Brown's focus on government wrongdoing. Upon learning that Brown was quitting Anonymous, 'Security is Sexy' blogger Darlene Storm interviewed him upcoming projects and reports he has planned stemming from HBGary e-mails."

Submission + - DHS chief: What we learned from Stuxnet (

angry tapir writes: "If there's a lesson to be learned from last year's Stuxnet worm, it's that the private sector needs to be able to respond quickly to cyber-emergencies, according to the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. When Stuxnet hit, the U.S. Deparment of Homeland security was sent scrambling to analyze the threat. Systems had to be flown in from Germany to the federal government's Idaho National Laboratory. In short order the worm was decoded, but for some time, many companies that owned Siemens equipment were left wondering what, if any measures, they should take to protect themselves from the new worm."

Submission + - Re-think the four hardware buttons on Android (

An anonymous reader writes: Previously people have discussed about the button layout varies on different phones. Let’s take one step back here, do we really need four hardware buttons?

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.