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Accidental security blunder puts 8,000 students at risk

In what apparently was an “administrative error,” an employee at Student Finance England inadvertently risked the security of personal information of over 8,000 students, whose emails were made publicly available earlier this week.

The accidental security blunder, for which the agency has extended an apology, resulted in a mass distribution of the emails of students, who have been contacted by the agency and assured that “no other personal” details have been leaked.

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Pew report: Most Facebook users get more from it than they put in

A new Facebook-related report, released by the Pew Internet and American Life project on Friday, has revealed that most of the users of the popular social network get more from the site than they put into it --- an apparent reason behind their frequent visits to the site!

The new Pew report, based on a survey of the Facebook behavior of 269 adults, chiefly highlights that the typical Facebook users make friend requests less often, show their liking for fewer items, and make less frequents comments as compared to their friends.

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Facebook criticized for its Timeline feature

Social networking giant Facebook earlier this week started rolling out its long-delayed Timeline feature that attempts to allow users to rediscover past things and moments by providing them with a sort of digital scrapbook of contents they have shared in the past.

First announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg at this year’s f8 conference, the Timeline feature makes a chronological arrangement of each user’s photos, posts and personal milestones, but the feature has sparked privacy concerns.

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Gowalla to shut down as co-founders and key employees join Facebook

Location-based service Gowalla, which allows people to share their locations via mobile phones, will become extinct by the end of January as its co-founders and several key employees are going to join social networking giant Facebook.

Gowalla co-founders Josh Williams and Scott Raymond along with other key employees will join Facebook’s engineering & design teams at its Silicon Valley-based headquarters.

The deal is being seen as a sheer talent acquisition because Facebook hasn’t acquired Gowalla’s technology, product or user data.

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Know A Bit More About Facebook

Social networking sites are gaining immense popularity these days, not only in youngsters but among people of all ages, for various reasons. A majority of users have an illusion that these renowned social networking website are responsible enough to take good care of all provided information. Further, it’s expected that all provided information, directly or through its applications, is protected.

Unfortunately, the other aspect of the coin is quite different. There are a number of cases where these applications were observed to expose information to various data brokers.

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