Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Now you can drink your Facebook

Tired of staring at Facebook on your computer?

Why not try drinking it instead?

A beverage called ‘Facedrink’ has been launched with the promise to give you a ‘taste of friendship’ and a shot of ‘social energy’.

The 75ml can appears designed to wind up the social networking website as much as possible and even has a sign on the side which reads: ‘Add as friend’ 

It is in the same colours as Facebook and bills itself as a ‘Tropical fruit flavoured energy shot’ which improves mental focus.

According to the website for California-based Facedrink LLC, which makes it, the beverage only had three calories and has no sugar, although it does contain taurine, which also in Red Bull.

Facebook is dangerous if you are a serial womanizer

Four women allegedly cheated on by the same man simultaneously set up a Facebook page to shame him.



The mock profile of Shaun Richings was set up by his former lovers Hazel Wickings, 58, Tina Balne, 45, Tracie Clarke, 42, and Denise Draper, 38, who all claim the 45-year-old cheated on them at the same time. 

The women, who all live near each other in north Devon, grew suspicious when he would only visit them for a couple of days at a time.

They said he often blamed work emergencies and relatives being ill for his fleeting visits.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

We need your Facebook passwords and if you don't give them we will delete your accounts

A FACEBOOK scam, dubbed the cleverest yet, gets users to provide their passwords and financial details by accusing them of violating the site's policy and threatens to delete their account.

Experts said the recent assault designed to steal users' Facebook details is among the most sophisticated yet because it mimics the security procedures that sites use to defend against internet trolls and other bad behaviour online.

The scam comes in an email accusing the user of insulting or annoying another Facebook user and saying their account will be deleted in 24 hours.

Watch out! A thief may be tracking you on Facebook

Next time you make friends with anyone you don’t know too well, or/and you update your online profile, beware! You might just be inviting thieves to your house. Yes, burglars are now using social networking sites to find out whether the target is at home or way, suggested a recent study.

For most of us social networking platforms are nothing less than avatars of our personality and we love to announce to the world— by tweeting constantly or posting pictures of the places we are going to. But thisapparently gives robbers an easy chance to plan thefts. And not only do they benefit from updated whereabouts, they are also being updated on current acquisitions. As celebrity lawyer Vibhav Mittal rightly points out, “You cannot be blaming the networking sites here. If you expose yourself too much, there is always the risk involved.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

10,000 Facebook pages insult Thai monarchy

THAILAND has asked Facebook to delete more than 10,000 pages which it that are "offensive" to its monarchy.

The news came a day after a Thai court jailed a man for 20 years for sending four text messages deemed insulting to the monarchy, alarming critics who say the kingdom's strict lese-majeste laws hamper free speech.

"We have informed Facebook and sought their assistance in deleting content which is offensive to our monarchy," the country's information minister Anudith Nakornthap said.

"There are more than 10,000 URLs which seem to insult the monarchy," he said, adding that people should not click "Like" or comment on "offensive" posts as this would be considered indirect dissemination of the material.

Under Thai law, anyone convicted of insulting the king, queen, heir or regent can face a prison sentence of up to 15 years for each offence. Even repeating details of an alleged offence is illegal.

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And now police say Facebook reduced crime

Selangor police has Facebook to thank for the reduction of crime in the state, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar.

Ismail said there were more than 2,000 online users who have used Facebook as a platform to interact with the authorities since Selangor police started their Facebook account in May this year.

"From our observation, we have seen the public using the Facebook page to tip off the police. Some also provide valuable information to facilitate police investigations. The police use the page to disseminate information to the public, especially on matters concerning their safety," he said at the Selangor police contingent headquarters yesterday - Malay Mail

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Merck accuses Merck of hijacking Facebook

German drugmaker Merck KGaA accused U.S. rival Merck & Co of hijacking its Facebook page and said it plans to sue to get it back.

Merck KGaA asked a New York judge to force Facebook Inc to turn over information to help determine how the German company lost the page,, and the ability to administer it.

According to a Monday filing with a New York state court in Manhattan, Merck KGaA contracted with Facebook in March 2010 for exclusive use of the page but discovered last month that the unrelated Merck & Co was using it.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Even prisoners are using Facebook .... but they use it to harass their victims

Lisa Gesik hesitates to log into her Facebook account nowadays because of unwanted "friend" requests, not from long-ago classmates but from the ex-husband now in prison for kidnapping her and her daughter.

Neither Gesik nor prison officials can prove her ex-husband is sending her the messages, which feature photos of him wearing his prison blues and dark sunglasses, arms crossed as he poses in front of a prison gate. It doesn't matter if he's sending them or someone else is _ the Newport, Ore., woman is afraid and, as the days tick down to his January release, is considering going into hiding with her 12-year-old daughter.

"It's just being victimized all over again," she said.

Across the U.S. and beyond, inmates are using social networks and the growing numbers of smartphones smuggled into prisons and jails to harass their victims or accusers and intimidate witnesses. California corrections officials who monitor social networking sites said they have found many instances in which inmates taunted victims or made unwanted sexual advances.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

If you are in Singapore, don't upload any image to your Facebook, Part 2

Police are investigating a Facebook post by a full-time national serviceman (NSF) that criticises Islam.



This is the second such incident this week after an ex-Young PAP (YP) member was discovered to have posted an offensive photo on the same social networking site against Islam.

A police spokesperson confirmed that investigations into the matter are going on after a letter of complaint was sent to The Straits Times Forum Page, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Mohamad Maliki Osman, former PAP MP Maidin Packer and sociopolitical blog The Online Citizen (TOC), reported The Sunday Times (ST).

If you are in Singapore, don't simply upload pic to the Facebook


A member of Singapore's ruling party has been forced to quit and is under police investigation after using a Facebook post to describe Muslim children in a school bus as terrorists in training.

A police spokesman told AFP Friday that they were investigating Jason Neo, 30, after members of the public lodged complaints over the posting he made on the social networking site in February.

Local media reported Friday that Neo was forced to quit the youth wing of the People's Action Party (PAP) after fellow members disowned his remarks.

The PAP has ruled Singapore since 1959 and its youth wing is open to members up to the age of 40.

The Straits Times newspaper on Friday published a photo of the controversial Facebook posting made by Neo.

Under a picture of a green, white and yellow school bus ferrying what appeared to be Muslim children, some of them wearing skull caps, he wrote a caption that said: "Bus filled with young terrorist trainees?"

If you want to marry me, send me RM90,000

African scammers are believed to be posing as beautiful Malaysian girls not only to cheat Malaysians but foreigners as well.

The fake Malaysian girl would promise undying love to unsuspected Facebook users including marriage offer but with a catch - money and a flight ticket.

In the latest incident, CanadaEast.com, a Canadian news website was quoted as saying a canadian man was cheated of Canadian $30,000 (about RM90,000) by a woman who claimed to be a Malaysian. She fabricated stories about her financial problems resulting in the man sending her C$30,000. 

She had promised to buy a flight ticket to Canada with part of the money. And, she promised to marry him too.

However, after 3 months of waiting the man realized she was deceived after her Facebook mysteriously disappeared.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

First he molested her then he sent her a Facebook friend request

A convicted North Carolina sex offender is going back to jail after deputies say he sent a Facebook friend request to one of his victims.

Investigators say 36-year-old Victor Gaston of Reidsville was sentenced to at least five and a half years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to one count of using social media as a sex offender.

Burglar Logs Into Facebook While Breaking Into A House

Police say a burglar signed into Facebook from a computer inside a home he broke into before sprinting from the scene.

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith told CBS Atlanta it wasn’t hard to ID the burglar as Trevor Jones, 34, of Cobb County. The harder part is finding him as warrants were issued for his arrest.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

UNTHINK, the anti-Facebook site

Unthink has four words for Facebook: "The jig is up."

The new social networking site seeks to unseat the likes of Twitter, Google+ and Facebook with a premise that bucks convention in the web world: giving users complete control over their information and not letting advertisers get at it.

The site, branded as the "anti-Facebook," bills itself as an "emancipation platform" for people who want to be social online, but are frustrated by unfavorable privacy policies, in-your-face advertising and unexpected updates that keep them scrambling to protect their information. Since launching in beta on Oct. 25, Unthink has registered over 100,000 new members.

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Facebook can save you from fire

HUNTER Matthews is lucky to be alive and can safely say that social media platform Facebook saved her life.

The 17-year-old student was home alone and asleep at her 65-year-old grandmother's Charnley St unit in Kearneys Spring on Monday night when a heater ignited clothing and the mattress she was asleep on.

Unaware of the fire and the thick black smoke filling her bedroom, Miss Matthews awoke when a Facebook alert was sent to her iPhone at 1.34am.

“It was only by chance that a friend commented on my status and Facebook sent an alert through to my phone, which woke me up,” Miss Matthews said.

“I am so lucky that I got that message, otherwise I would have been killed,” she said.

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Same name, same Facebook

An engaged couple in Coral Springs have more in common than their love for each other. They also share the same first and last name.

It began on April of 2008 when a curious girl went typed her name on the popular social networking site Facebook.
20-year-old Kelly Hildebrandt or "Baby Doll" as her fiancée now affectionately calls her went on the site and discovered a "pleasant" looking guy who shares her name. She decided it would be fun to reach out and say hello and see if they were related.

"I just searched my name to see what else was out there. I was just curious," said Kelly "Baby Doll" Hildebrandt. "I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the search list. I just sent him a message."

They were grateful when they found out they weren't related.

"I thought she was pretty cute and we got to talking and I was thinking I had family in Florida and we found out there's no relation," the man, Kelly Hildebrandt, 24, told CBS4. "But through it all we built a friendship."

For the next three months, the couple exchanged emails and that eventually led to long phone conversations. There was some flirtation, the male Kelly Hildebrandt admits, but he was too shy to come right out and say he wanted take a flight from Lubbock, Tex., where he lived to visit her at her Coral Springs home with the intention of dating.

"I guess I just finally told her, 'If you get your scuba certification, then I'll come down there and dive with you,'" he said.

And she did. They were immediately smitten with each other.

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Four years jail for Facebook rioter

A man has been jailed for four years for setting up a Facebook event inciting violent disorder during Britain's riots.

Jamie Counsel created a page on the social networking site on August 9 called Bring the Riots to Cardiff, which was later changed to Bring the Riots to Swansea.

He pleaded guilty in September to what prosecutors said was an act that could have encouraged disorder - although in fact no disorder ensued.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Judge Orders Divorced Couple to Swap Facebook Passwords

A judge in Connecticut has ordered a divorcing couple to swap Facebook passwords, along with their logins to online dating sites. Oh, these modern times.

When couples divorce, they usually have to divide up homes, cars, kids and record collections, but now some courts are requiring that they have to swap social media passwords. Forbes reports that Connecticut Judge Kenneth Shluger ordered that the attorneys for soon-to-split couple Stephen and Courtney Gallion exchange “their client’s Facebook and dating website passwords.” The request was apparently made when one spouse made statements on Facebook that the other spouse wanted to use to bolster their case for full custody of the couple’s children. So be wary next time you log on to jokingly threaten to FedEx your kid to their grandparents for drawing on the walls in permanent marker. (Not that NewsFeed has done that, of course.)

"Discovered a new porn site, it's called Facebook"

Some Facebook users said they deactivated their accounts after seeing horrific images on the site

The pictures are reported to have shown up in users' newsfeeds.

According to the technology site, ZDnet, the material is being spread via a "linkspam virus" which tempts members to click on a seemingly innocuous story link.

A spokeswoman for Facebook said: "[We are] aware of these reports and we are investigating the issue".

Thousands of the site's members have posted comments about the breach on Twitter.

"Discovered a new porn site, it's called Facebook," wrote one user.

"Facebook should do something about the photoshopped porn images, it's offensive," wrote another.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Don't request Facebook for your personal data, they will send you a truckload of it

Austrian law student Max Schrems may be just one of about 800 million Facebook users, but that hasn't stopped him tackling the United States giant behind the social networking website over its privacy policy.

The 24-year-old wasn't sure what to expect when he requested Facebook provide him with a record of the personal data it holds on him, but he certainly wasn't ready for the 1,222 pages of information he received.

This included photos, messages and postings on his Facebook page dating back years, some of which he thought he had deleted, the times he had clicked 'like' on an item, 'pokes' of fellow users, and reams of other information.

'When you delete something from Facebook, all you are doing is hiding it from yourself,' Mr Schrems told AFP in his home city of Vienna. Shocked, Mr Schrems decided to act. Hitting a dead end in Austria, he took his complaints in August to the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) in Ireland, where Facebook has its European headquarters - Singapore Straits Times

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Warning: Don't Post Your Pic On Facebook Or A Djin Might Connect To You

USERS of social media sites should not post their pictures online as they could be used for witchcraft, said Kelantan Darussyifa' Islamic Medicine Association chairman Zaki Ya.

He said that djin (spirits) are able to “connect” with humans through the Internet, including Facebook, Sinar Harian reported.

“Once, I treated someone who became delirious because a spell had been cast on him while he was surfing the Internet,” said Zaki.

“A few days ago, I received an SMS from a father asking me to help his son who refused to go to school.

“The father suspected that his son had been influenced by a djin over the Internet,” he said when met at the USM Traditional Islamic Medicine Clinic in Penang.

He said the boy would create a fuss every time his parents forbade him from using the Internet and would even threaten to kill himself.

Zaki added that although he had not met the boy, he is confident that the Darussyifa' Islamic Treatment centre could “heal” him.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Teachers Beware: Post Something On Facebook And You'll End Up Unemployed

An administrative law judge has ruled that New Jersey first-grade teacher Jennifer O'Brien should lose her tenured job, because she wrote on Facebook that she as "a "warden for future criminals."

Fox News reports that the Paterson, N. J. teacher posted the remark to 333 friends in March 2011, and it was forwarded along and several parents saw it.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gangster caught after girlfriend posted pic on Facebook

A MAFIA mobster was tracked down and arrested after his dozy girlfriend posted their photos on Facebook.
Salvatore D'Avino, 39, was on the run for ten years until Italian cops spotted snaps on the social networking site.

One showed his pregnant Moroccan lover Brada Hint, 31, posing outside the upmarket Nikki Beach Club, in Marbella, Spain.

After a tip-off by the Italians, cops in the Costa del Sol resort swooped to nick D'Avino – a member of the Giuliano clan of the Naples Mafia.

He was one of Italy's top 100 most wanted crooks and had convictions for drug trafficking.

British debt collectors banned from hounding people on Facebook

DEBT collectors were yesterday banned from hounding people on Facebook and Twitter.

The Office of Fair Trading  (OFT) said the practice caused "stress and embarrassment" because other people can read about borrowers' money problems.

A spokesman said: "It's unfair and improper and it makes that private correspondence public."

The OFT said contacting debtors through social networking sites was a new take on the old method of placing a postcard through a letterbox.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Italian PM Used Facebook To Deny Quit Rumor

DEFIANT Silvio Berlusconi went on Facebook last night to deny internet rumours that he was quitting.

Shares on the crippled Italian stock market rose amid ­speculation the PM was stepping down after being spotted having lunch with his children and friends near his Milan villa.

But Mr Berlusconi insisted the meeting was a family tradition and said on the social network site: “Reports of my resignation are without foundation.”

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Facebook And A Woman Scorned

Beware a woman scorned, the old saying goes.

We add: Especially if she has a laptop.

Dana Thorton turned Facebook into Defacebook, and now she’s going to find out if she has any friends in a Morris County jury. A Superior Court judge has ruled she must stand trial for identity theft.

Prosecutors say Thorton smeared her ex-boyfriend, a narcotics detective in Parsippany, by creating a Facebook page in his name and, while impersonating the detective, posted admissions that he used drugs, hired prostitutes and contracted herpes. She has pleaded not guilty and faces 18 months in jail.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The CIA is watching you on Facebook

In an anonymous industrial park, CIA analysts who jokingly call themselves the "ninja librarians" are mining the mass of information people publish about themselves overseas, tracking everything from common public opinion to revolutions.

The group's effort gives the White House a daily snapshot of the world built from tweets, newspaper articles and Facebook updates.

The agency's Open Source Center sometimes looks at 5 million tweets a day. The analysts are also checking out TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms — anything overseas that people can access and contribute to openly.

The Associated Press got an apparently unprecedented view of the center's operations, including a tour of the main facility. The AP agreed not to reveal its exact location and to withhold the identities of some who work there because much of the center's work is secret.

From Arabic to Mandarin, from an angry tweet to a thoughtful blog, the analysts gather the information, often in a native tongue. They cross-reference it with a local newspaper or a clandestinely intercepted phone conversation. From there, they build a picture sought by the highest levels at the White House. There might be a real-time peek, for example, at the mood of a region after the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, or perhaps a prediction of which Mideast nation seems ripe for revolt.

Yes, they saw the uprising in Egypt coming; they just didn't know exactly when revolution might hit, says the center's director, Doug Naquin.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Facebook rapist to face additional charges

THABO Bester, the alleged “Facebook rapist” accused of murdering a model in Milnerton, may face two more charges in Cape Town.

Bester, 22, of Meadowlands, Soweto, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with murdering 26-year-old model Nomfundo Tyulu in a Sunset Beach B&B in September.

Dressed in a brown jersey, grey tracksuit pants and with his ankles shackled, Bester appeared calm, confident and suave as he was led from the holding cells into the dock.

Bester, who spoke audibly in clear English, said he would make use of a legal aid attorney.

Throughout proceedings he stared ahead and appeared to have a faint smile on his face.

State prosecutor Warda Steyn said investigations into Tyulu’s murder had been completed. She said it had since come to the State’s attention that there were two further charges linked to Bester, and these were being investigated.

Steyn said Bester’s case may be transferred to the Western Cape High Court.

Bester was not asked to plead in the packed courtroom.

His case was postponed and he had no option of being released on bail as he was already serving a sentence handed down in Durban last month.

After yesterday’s court proceedings, National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said there was no further information available on the two additional charges Bester could face aside from the murder charge.

Tyulu’s body, with a stab wound to the chest, was found in a room in Ocean Breeze Villa, a Sunset Beach B&B.

According to court documents, she was killed there on September 22.

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To Get Money, Mum Sells Her Own Semi-Nude Pics On Facebook

HER exorbitant lifestyle caused her debts to swell into hundreds of thousands of ringgit. To settle her debts, the mother-of-three started selling semi-nude photos of herself over Facebook. Her modus operandi involves using the social networking site to hook clients who are asked to deposit money into her bank account.

Once the transaction is confirmed, the 35-year-old woman would send salacious images of herself to the client via MMS. Harian Metro said a man who had purchased such a photo informed her husband about his wife's “business”.

She allegedly provided phone sex services as well.

“After going through my wife's mobile phone and computer, I was crushed to learn that what he said was true. I even used a new phone number and Facebook account to pretend that I was an interested client. That confirmed the allegations,” said the 43-year-old husband.

The couple who live in Kuching has been married for more than a decade. The husband said he noticed changes in his wife's behaviour after she returned from an outstation trip in September. She frequently isolated herself in a room while on her mobilephone.

“My wife is a spendthrift even though she earns only RM2,000 a month from her job in the civil service. She enjoys making high-end purchases,” he said, adding that his wife brushed aside the allegations when confronted.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

You Unfriend Me, I Burn Your House

A Des Moines, Iowa, woman has been arrested in an arson attack on the home of a former friend who had quarreled with her and unfriended her on Facebook, according to a published report.

Jennifer Christine Harris, 30, of Des Moines, is being held Thursday at Polk County Jail on $100,000 bond on a charge of first-degree arson, a jail spokeswoman said.

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