GeekSpeak for 2011-11-12

Exfoliate Your Facebook

Political robo-calls to your cellphone if you don’t act, Facebook is big and complex and we are all trapped, Russian Phobos to return to earth the #fail way.
Lindsey and Lyle take on the geek news of the week and take your calls.

Zynga stock: CEO wants workers to give up shares - CSMonitor.com

Zynga’s games include “FarmVille,” ’’Zynga Poker" and “CityVille” and are mostly played on Facebook. The company has filed for an IPO but has not yet said how much it plans to raise. Zynga is among several technology companies that either had IPOs recently or are planning to soon. Groupon Inc. had its IPO last week, and Facebook is likely to have one next year.

Congress Is About to Make It Legal to Robocall Your Cell Phone

Since 1991, mobile phone numbers have been excluded from telemarketers’ lists, political campaigners, and other unwanted, unsolicited phone marketers. Now, there’s a bill in the US House of Representatives called The “Mobile Informational Call Act” or HR 3035.
It is an amendment to the Communications Act of 1934 and will allow political organizations, committees, and action groups to contact you on your mobile phone.

Hackers Turn Up Heat on Steam Gaming Platform

Valve’s Steam platform has been hit by hackers. Although the gaming company says there’s no evidence the intruders made off with users’ credit card numbers or personal information, its asking customers to change passwords and keep a close eye on their statements.

Russian Mars Probe Will Likely Return to Earth

The Russian space agency’s Phobos-Grunt mission to Mars was supposed to land on Mars’ moon Phobos and return a soil sample from its surface. But, it has been stranded in low-Earth orbit following an engine failure almost immediately after launch on Nov. 8. NORAD predicts that it will re-enter the Earth’s orbit around Nov 26th.

J-2X rocket passes second test, proves NASA can still have a bla

NASA’s next generation rocket engine has passed its second wave of experiments, blasting through a 500-second test burst. The new rocket is primed to power the agency’s forthcoming Space Launch System, currently pegged for launch in 2017. The Orion spacecraft will be able to piggyback on the SLS, expanding the range of space travel.

Mobile app helps clean up your Facebook image

Michael Devine is a programmer who was looking fora job earlier this year. He realized potential employers might not be as impressed by his FB posts as his friends were. So, he wrote an android app called Exfoliate that allows you to delete batches of posts based on how long they’ve been up.

Facebook Finally Removes Its Pro-Rape Pages | ZDNet

It only took two long months, over 186,000 signatures on a petition to Mark Zuckerberg, and finally a furious Twitter campaign to get Facebook to remove Pages that graphically celebrated and encouraged rape and sexual violence.

With Timeline, Facebook Bids To Reinvent The Social Biography

Timeline is potentially an omnivorous collector of personal data that you can format to tell your story. Countless software developers will create applications that not only provide a function but also automatically sends the data generated by those activities to Facebook.


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