Facebook Changes Privacy Settings. Again.

It’s the never-ending story of Facebook. The New York Times technology blog, Bits, reports that Facebook has turned on facial recognition by default.

By default, this privacy setting tells Facebook servers to search its database for images you (and others) have tagged as you, and then compare that image to any new image a friend uploads. If the servers think they have a match, they will suggest your friend “tag” you in the photo. As the security company Sophos notes:

Remember, Facebook does not give you any right to pre-approve tags. Instead the onus is on you to untag yourself in any photo a friend has tagged you in. After the fact.

If you don’t want Facebook to suggest your name to friends when they upload photos of you, here’s how to change that setting.

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Twitter and Osama bin Laden’s Death

An aide to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld broke the news that Osama bin Laden was dead — on Twitter. And an IT guy in Pakistan unknowingly live-tweeted the attack. Follow along to see how the story played out on Twitter. From @Storify.

Wisconsin IT Department Treats Pro-Union Website Like A Porn Site

The website DefendWisconsin.org, which supports union protesters, could not be accessed on the Wisconsin Capitol wifi network on Monday and part of Tuesday, according to various news reports.

The Capitol internet service, which restricts access to certain websites considered inappropriate for lawmakers, revealed a “blocked page” when users tried to access the site using the building’s wireless system.

“Inappropriate” in the context of government web servers is usually a code word for porn.
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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

This is a map of the United States (it cost us $200 million) that depicts terrestrial mobile wireless coverage. As presented, the coverage appears seamless. I’m here to tell you that is not the case.

Last summer, we drove from Seattle to Minneapolis, in a meandering way. There were plenty of times that I had no coverage, period, because I am an AT&T subscriber with a phone that will not function on Verizon’s network. There were plenty of times when my iPhone showed that I had a data signal, but I did not. And there were plenty of times when all I had was voice, no data.

What other things might the map be hiding? The cost (for example, taxes on mobile service) perhaps?

Tip: Slashdot