Facebook needs a warning label (Fox News)
The data now exist for Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., MPH to place a warning label on the Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) homepage, not unlike that which exists on packages of tobacco cigarettes. Facebook has been linked, in numerous clinical trials both here and around the world, to feelings of intense envy, dissatisfaction with life, insomnia, major depression, disrupted friendships and feelings of isolation — especially in young people.
LinkedIn moves to protect teens (CBS Money Watch)
LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD), in a bid for continued growth, has decided to target high school students, much as Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) did in its early years. Not only would the move open doors to the lucrative college recruiting market, but could get students accustomed to using the service. However, allowing users as young as 14 years old adds potentially thorny security and privacy issues. So LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) is boosting the degree of protection available, including a way to block specific accounts, a feature the company has been criticized by some users for not previously offering.
Switch reader: Mark Zuckerberg should thank the guy who hacked his Facebook page (Washington Post)
It wouldn’t matter what we write here at The Switch if no one read it. That’s why we like to take a little time each weekend to feature some of our favorite comments from our dear readers. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) users with an appreciation for schadenfreude got a kick out of this story from Caitlin Dewey: An unemployed Palestinian developer named Khalil Shreateh exploited a bug to leave a public comment on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s wall after the security team failed to get back to him several times. But since he went such an unorthodox route, Facebook announced it wouldn’t be paying him for finding the bug.
Yelp CEO’s snarky response to Google’s Zagat (Business Journal)
Perhaps it’s about the failed acquisition, or maybe Google’s ownership of Zagat. But whatever it is, Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) and Google are not exactly simpatico. The latest came from Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppleman on the “Charlie Rose” show, AllThingsD reported. What prompted the shots was Rose’s question about whether Google’s purchase of Zagat was a threat to Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP). While Stoppleman said no, his answer left no doubt that some animosity exists.
LinkedIn Tells Noisiest Members To Hush, And A Ruckus Ensues (Forbes)
When Internet sites invite millions of members to post, it’s a safe bet that before long, shouting and head-banging will ensue. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) had a ruckus a while back, regarding photos uploaded by breast-feeding activists, or “lactivists.” Reddit struggled last year to deal with posts known as creepshots. (Don’t ask.) And now it’s LinkedIn’s turn. Yes,LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD), the site for 238 million people who take their jobs seriously. Joining LinkedIn and participating in the site’s specialty groups is widely seen as a great way to network. But LinkedIn’s huge, affluent, engaged audience can also look like a spammer’s paradise. And while everyone agrees that networking is good and spamming is bad, drawing the line between the two can be devilish.