When Pew Research Center studied how Americans access and share local news in three cities, we naturally wanted to analyze the role that Facebook played as a means for people to hear about, discuss and share local news. But getting the data we needed proved challenging.

Facebook Activity by CityWhile seven-in-ten online American adults are on Facebook, most do not make the information they share fully public. Facebook allows users to adjust their privacy settings in a number of different ways, which, for researchers, means it’s harder to study the platform holistically.

We decided to focus on the information we could gather on public Facebook pages. But the question then became how to round up relevant public data from Facebook in these cities.

What we did:

Trying to contact and “friend” individual users in each city was impractical and also presented ethical challenges.

Instead, we started identifying public Facebook pages related to news providers in the three cities we selected: Denver, Macon, Ga., and Sioux City, Iowa. Generally these Facebook pages included local media organizations, local celebrities and politicians. The pages were identified as part of the “audit” of each city. Using the public Facebook Application Program Interface (API) – a way to automatically request public data from online services – we pulled all of the Facebook activity of each page during the time period studied.

This meant that the analysis ended up focusing on local news providers and the content they post, rather than what citizens shared or posted themselves – on their own, private Facebook walls – about local news. While not ideal, it seemed the most complete way to study the flow of news in each city – and to be as certain as possible that we were focusing in on that city’s news system.

The API allowed us to easily access how many Facebook posts each public page had during the 14-day time period we studied and how many “likes” and comments each one got. We also used “share” data, but with the caveat that any piece of share data available from the public API represents someone using the “Share” button on the post. It does not reflect someone sharing the post in some other way, such as copying and pasting the link in the post. Using current tools, we had no way of knowing what percentage of overall sharing on Facebook occurs using the Share button.

One way of bringing in some analysis of citizen activity was through the comments users left on public pages. The Facebook data allowed us to capture both the posted content from the managers of that page and comments made by outside users. In this case, it provided access to thousands of comments.

Analyzing comments on the public Facebook pages helped us better understand how users were interacting with these pages, but it posed an ethical question: Do regular Facebook users understand that these comments are truly public and can be accessed for this kind of research?

Since we were unable to truly answer that question, Pew Research Center chose not to publish the content of any of these comments or the names of any of the users who commented. Only the metadata was used: the time and date of the comment; whether it included a photo, video or only text; and if it included a URL. The analysis was then able to focus on the nature of the activity on these public Facebook pages.

What we learned:

In theory, Facebook opens up a space for news and information providers to experiment with new ways to get their message out, interact with the audience and enable the audience to participate.

There was some evidence of this in our analysis. For example, of the 100 most commented on posts in Denver, half included some sort of audience outreach, in which news organizations or newsmakers asked questions, made requests for photos or videos, or conducted online polls. The most commented on post in the time frame we examined, with 564 likes and 639 comments, was posted by Denver’s local CBS TV affiliate: “Would you like to see Hillary as president?”

Although the Hillary Clinton question fell into the category of national news, such instances were relatively rare among the most-commented posts we examined. In each city, at least half (58% Denver, 71% Macon, 54% Sioux City) of the most-commented posts on public Facebook pages we studied were about local news.

Our analysis found that stories that were “big” on Facebook – in other words, attracted a high number of likes and comments – were the same as those that were widely covered in the traditional local press. For example, a house explosion in Denver received the third-most attention on Facebook according to likes, comments and shares; it was also the fourth-most covered story by the mainstream press in the five days of our analysis.

In Facebook, Few Likes, Comments on Local NewsThe Facebook posts that drove the most attention did so right away, but attention dropped off quickly. Almost all comments posted by users were made within the first 24 hours.

But overall, most Facebook posts we examined received few if any comments. In Macon and Sioux City, only one-in-three posts had any comments at all (43% did in Denver), and no more than one-in-ten had over 10 comments. Nor were audience members engaging in robust debate on these public pages: The vast majority of users (85% Denver, 88% Macon, 91% Sioux City) made only one or two comments on the pages of local news and information providers during the two weeks we studied.

What worked:

We know Americans increasingly use Facebook to get information and news. Our other research has found that 29% of Americans report liking or following political parties, candidates or elected officials on Facebook, while 36% say the same about news organizations, reporters or commentators and 41% follow issue-based groups.

However, the nature of Facebook as a mostly private network limits what can be learned from it. We were able to learn how news organizations and newsmakers use Facebook to get their message out and how users interacted with those messages. But this is a small sliver of the overall activity on Facebook and represents only a facet of the use of Facebook for local news. The majority of Facebook activity is still private and available only to Facebook itself. Even with just publicly available data, researchers face ethical and privacy concerns when deciding what to publish.


Source : http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/03/26/the-challenges-of-using-facebook-for-research/

Categorized in Online Research

Remember that last time you posted a picture on Facebook and it automatically suggested to tag other people on the photo? Nothing unusual. You’ve tagged these people before, right? You’ve trained the machine learning face-recognition algorithm. And now Facebook can spot where they are on your picture.


Now, even if you refuse to tag anyone, this doesn’t mean Facebook never stores this information somewhere. Like, “person A is potentially present on picture B”. Actually, I’m almost 100% sure they do store it. Hell, I would if I was them.

I bet you already see where I’m going with this.

Now imagine you take a selfie in a crowded place. Like an airport or a train station. There are some people walking on the background. Hundreds of them. Some of them facing the camera. Guess what: the Facebook’s AI has just spotted them.

Even if you’re extremely cautious, even if you never post anything on Facebook, even if you have “location services” disabled on your phone at all times etc. etc. Facebook still knows where you are. You can’t stop other people from taking selfies in an airport.

Now all these Jason Bourne movies don’t look so ridiculous any more, do they? All the stupid scenes with people in a control room shouting “OK, we need to find this guy, quick, oh, there he is, Berlin Hauptbahnhof arrival hall just 20 minutes ago, send the asset!” or something like that.


This is not just me being paranoid. Various sources indicate that

Facebook uses a program it calls DeepFace to match other photos of a person. Alphabet Inc.’s cloud-based Google Photos service uses similar technology.

The efficiency is astonishing

According to the company’s research, DeepFace recognizes faces with an accuracy rate of 97.35 percent compared with 97.5 percent for humans — including mothers

Face recognition is being built into surveillance systems and law enforcement databases for a while now.

We could soon have security cameras in stores that identify people as they shop (source)

Even being in “readonly” mode doesn’t help

Every time you simply check Facebook without actually posting anything — the app generates a post draft for you, ever saw this? If you have a link or a picture saved in your clipboard, it even offers to attach that to your post. And of course, it has your location.

How can you be sure, it does not communicate that data to the servers?

Actually, I’m pretty sure it does since the app generates that “preview image” of the link stored in your clipboard (you know, that nicely formatted headline with the cover image).

There’s even more. Some evidence suggests that Facebook collects your keystrokes before you actually hit the “Post” button! If you then choose to backspace everything you’ve typed — too late…

Facebook has about 600 terabytes of data coming in on a daily basis (source, 2014).

If I was NSA I would definitely approach Facebook for this data.

UPDATE: a little privacy tip: use Facebook in mobile Safari, with an adblocker, and delete the iOS native app — helps a lot AND saves you from tons of ads and 3rd party cookie tracking. Not to mention wonders for the battery. I’m sure there’s a similar solution for Android.

On a desktop — use an extension like Disconnect to block 3rd party cookie tracking.

Author : Alex Yumashev

Source : https://medium.com/@jitbit/facebook-is-terrifying-8dc4a016b64b#.w0mdkcfp1

Categorized in Social


Facebook’s artificial intelligence (AI) team has built a visual search system that can recognize content that appears in photos and return relevant search results.

Called Lumos, Facebook originally created the platform so that its visually impaired users could understand the content of photos. But Facebook recognized that everyone could benefit from this type of visual search system.

Facebook’s image search system can detect and segment objects, scenes, animals, places, and clothes that appear in images or videos – and understand them.

For instance, let’s say you search for “black shirt photo.” Facebook said that Lumos will search for and see any photos that contain a black shirt – even if no tags have been added to the photo. Facebook will then return search results that are relevant to the query, as well as diverse.

“We’ve built a search system that leverages image understanding to sort through this vast amount of information and surface the most relevant photos quickly and easily,” according to a Facebook blog post published today. “Using Facebook’s automatic image classifiers … you can imagine a scenario where someone could search through all the photos that his or her friends have shared to look for a particular one based on the image content instead of relying on tags or surrounding text.”

Author: Danny Goodwin
Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/facebook-search-lumos/184919

Categorized in News & Politics


  • New Discover People feature rolling out to apps
  • Feature to be available on both Android and iOS apps
  • New feature encourages users to be friends with strangers

Facebook has started rolling out a new feature dubbed Discover People that will essentially try to connect you with those working at the same company, or are interested in the same event.

The feature will require users to update their profile before diving into a list of upcoming events to see who are likely to attend with focus on people who share the same city or employer. One of the biggest things about the new Discover People is it strictly recommends Facebook users who you are not friends with.

TechCrunch reports that the new Discover People feature could be used by the company to introduce business networking or even for dating aspects to the social network. The report says that the feature has started rolling out to users on Android and iOS but is yet to be rolled out to all users.

The report further adds that the new Discover People feature will be available under navigation section below options such as Friends, Events, Groups, and Nearby Places among other. It points that the section is regularly used by Facebook for testing various features. Last year, Facebook tested a feature on its app that pointed nearest free Wi-Fi on a map and it was listed under the navigation section. The feature was reportedly available to a very small number of mobile app users.

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In the Discover People section, users are shown a list of events for which they've shown interest, been invited, or plan to attend. Here, users are shown a list of events with the headings "People going to [Event Name]", and tapping on these shows profiles of people instead of showing the event details. Users will be also allowed to scroll though already elapsed events which are also listed in the section.

The report points out that "none of the sections will show you the profiles of those you've already friended on Facebook" further stressing that the feature is intended to find new friends on the social platform. Facebook has confirmed that the profiles will only show public information in the Discover People section.

A Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch, "Too often, it's hard to learn more about people around you, whether it is upon starting a new job, joining a new group, deciding if you want to attend an event, or moving to a new place. To make it easier, we're starting to roll out a new bookmark in the More menu called 'Discover People' that can help you discover more about people you have things in common with by browsing through profile cards of people in your community."

Author : Ketan Pratap

Source : http://gadgets.ndtv.com/social-networking/news/facebooks-new-discover-people-feature-aims-to-connect-people-who-arent-already-friends-1655295

Categorized in Social

We’ve become a world of over sharers. Whether it’s endless tweets of your lunch, overdoing the Instagram selfies or those Snapchats we’d rather didn’t fall into the wrong hands, we’re all guilty. Facebook, though, remains the biggest culprit in our social sharing addiction. 

While simply overdoing the humble brags, inspiring quotes and fitness session posts that scream ‘I want attention’ are annoying, they’re not going to do any worse than costing you a couple of friends. 

There’s plenty on your Facebook page just waiting to stab you in the back though. Those forgotten posts and profile additions that, in the wrong hands could not only damage your reputation but cost you big. Worried? Don’t be, just make sure you’ve deleted this lot from your Facebook profile before relaxing. 

1. Your phone number


This isn’t the days of MSN messenger when you hoped that guy/girl you were crushing on would see your digits and drop you a text. The Facebook world is a less innocent place. Yes, putting your phone number on your profile might have seemed a good idea six years ago when Facebook told you it needed it for improved security, but it’s really not. 

No, Facebook won’t sell your data, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe. People can skim your account for personal details or simply use it like a bored teen for prank calls. Even if nothing bad comes from it, no good will arise either, so better to play it safe. 

2. Those drunk photos


You might want the world to know that your recent night out was “#epicbants”, but unless you’ve got your Facebook privacy settings cranked up to 11, it’s not just your online friends who can see them. As well as disappointing your now internet-savvy parents, these photos could come back to haunt you, and even cost you that dream job you’ve just applied for. 

Social media checks are now becoming a staple of employers' pre-job offer hit list. Stumbling across 42 snaps of your slumped outside a club in a vomit-stained shirt isn’t going to impress them. Either delete them now - you’re better than that anyway - or improve your privacy. You can do this by heading to Settings > Privacy and toggling the settings under both the ‘Who can see my stuff?’ and ‘Who can look me up?’ menus. 

 3. Your date of birth


It’s nice when people you’ve not heard from since your last birthday drop you a “Happy b’day, mate” message on the big day. It’s a little ego rub that makes you feel liked and important. Your date of birth can be pinched for less wholesome uses than an annual greeting though. 

Along with your name and address, your date of birth is one of the few pieces of information identity thieves need to imitate you and do no good, so why give it up so freely? Surely not having your identity compromised is more important than your Facebook ‘friends’ knowing when to copy and paste their generic birthday wishes, right? With your name already displayed and your date of birth on show, all that stands between you and your identity being assumed is… 

4. Your location


Tagging your location on Facebook tells everyone what a well travelled, worldly person you are. If you’re not getting your fill at the latest hipster eatery or painting the town red, you’re tagging yourself at more mundane places like your home. Don’t though, seriously. All you’re doing is giving away your address and, as we’ve already seen, that’s just one of the bits needed to give away your identity.

There are plenty of other places you shouldn’t be tagging yourself either. Dropping the kids off at school? Don’t let the world know, that’s just not smart. Nor is letting the world know when you’re out of the country. 

5. Those airport and holiday photos


It’s OK to share your sausage or legs poolside holiday photos in a bid to make your mates jealous - that’s pretty much what Facebook is for. Your humble Bragbook posts can wait until you’re back though. 

As well as coming across as a bit of a moron whose idea of a great getaway is sat on Facebook in a new location, all these photos do is broadcast to the world that ‘hey, my home’s going to be empty for the next week, have at it burglars’. 

Even if you’ve got your privacy levels up and all those likes and shares you covet aren’t going to display your absence to wider Facebook, how many of those 643 Facebook ‘friends’ you chalked up when you were at uni do you still really know and trust now? 

6. Your boss


Managed to secure that dream job despite your less than glittering social presence? Then whatever you do, don’t add your boss on Facebook thinking it will win you day-one brownie points. Twitter, sure, LinkedIn, definitely, but not Facebook. It’s just asking for trouble, and not only when you ignore our advice and get those drunk photos flowing again. 

There have been multiple instances of Facebook users losing their jobs for views and opinions expressed on the social networking site. Even if you’re not slagging off your employer all too publicly, there are still pitfalls waiting to capture you. When your friends tag you in photos of that day out at the beach when you called in sick, you’re going to get rumbled.

It works both ways too. Do you really need to see images of your boss lounging by the pool, scantily clad and lobster red on their next holiday? It will make Monday’s meeting all sorts of uncomfortable. 

7. Pictures of your ex


It might sound petty and small, but hear us out, it’s time to delete those pictures of your ex. Not only could it cause issues with future spouses - like the job hire thing, potential partners now take a thorough scan of your social feeds before agreeing to that second date - Facebook’s not always the most courteous and caring with its memory reminders.

Services like Time Hop regularly drag up long-forgotten pictures and posts in a bid to make you all happy and nostalgic. Basing much of this on how popular the original post was, it doesn’t always work out positively for your memory glands.

If you were on the receiving end of serious heartbreak and still struggling with the loss, the last thing you want to see is “We thought you’d like to see this picture from one year ago” messages only to be confronted by a snap of you and the former other half all loved up. Keep the pictures in some form, sure, but do your future self a favor and take them off Facebook. 

8. Anything that firecracker mate of tags you in


We’ve all got that one friend. The one that didn’t quite grow up at the same rate as the rest of the group. The one that isn’t looking to advance their career, doesn’t have new friends in new places and who still thinks it’s hilarious to tag you in questionable memes and straight up inappropriate images. It’s the friend that puts your new life in jeopardy every time you see their name mentioned in your notifications tab.

Not only should you delete anything dodgy they’ve tagged you in in the past, you should prevent it ever happening again. To do that you’ll need to set up ‘Timeline Review’. Thankfully, it’s an easy task. On either the Facebook mobile app or through the desktop service head to Settings > Timeline and Tagging > Who can add things to my timeline and switch the ‘review posts’ option to ‘on’.

Now, you’ll need to approve all posts you’re tagged in before they make it onto your timeline and are visible to the wider world. Yes, it’s a bit more hassle for the 95% of innocence that makes it to your page, but it will catch the bad ones before they become serious problems. 

Author : Luke Johnson

Source : http://www.techradar.com/news/8-things-you-need-to-delete-from-your-facebook-page-right-now

Categorized in Social

Now you can use this search engine to find which streaming service has your favorite movies or series.

So much to see and so little time. Streaming services have drastically changed the way we consume content, although there are still a lot of people who watch traditional TV and those of us who use Netflix and so on, we hardly know about anything new series of movie coming to the platform.

Although at the moment Netflix is the king, but it to face more and more competition. There are many services that start shining in this field, such as HBO or Amazon.

This is good for us, that if we do not find some series or movie in the first, maybe it’s in the second. This is where sites such as JustWatch, a search engine for streaming content come in.

In JustWatch you can search any movie or series and find all the legal streaming sites that are available in your country. Currently it can be chosen from more than 20 countries around the world.
You can search content available on Netflix, Amazon, Filmin, Flimin Plus, Wuaki, Atres Player, iTunes, Google Play Movies, HBO, PlayStation, Microsoft Store and Mubi. JustWatch searches the catalogs of all those services and tells you which are the ones where you can see the series or movie you are looking for.

In addition to the search options and the different filters with which you count, JustWatch also has sections with the most popular series and movies of the moment. In addition to this, there is a section of news that you can filter by service, something quite useful considering that the catalogs change constantly and sometimes we do not even find out when something we wanted to see reaches a platform.

Finally you have a WatchList that you can access if you register with your Google or Facebook account. This way you can create a synchronized list with all the movies and series you want to see and you will be able to access each service instantly from JustWatch, either on the desktop or from your mobile applications for iOS and Android.

Author : Jessy Martin

Source : http://hitechgazette.com/2017/01/23/this-search-engine-allows-you-to-find-the-streaming-service-of-your-favorite-movies-or-series/

Categorized in Search Engine

Short Bytes: Do you know about all the things you can do using Facebook’s search engine? It’s way powerful that you think. Using a combination of different search phrases, you can search all the posts, news, places, and photos. You can even use it to shop, play games, or listen music. But, it’s a lot different that regular web search engines like Google.

Facebook’s internal search engine is one of the most underrated and under-used tools we come across every day. Also, apart from Google’s search engine, it’s one of the most powerful search tools that we have at our fingertips.

Our most Facebook search activity is limited to typing the names of friends and pages in the search box and seldom we use for other purposes. This isn’t entirely our fault. After the introduction of Graph Search in 2014, apart from becoming more popular, Facebook’s search engine has become trickier. Now, there are many option and query syntax.

What exactly can I find using Facebook search?

If you take a look at Facebook’s search prompt, it says “Search Facebook.” That’s right, this search lets you search any post you’ve seen before on Facebook, all the friends, all publicly shared items, etc.

But, to do so, often Facebook needs you to phrase your search queries using natural language. Basically, it’s very different from Google’s search engine. As you enter a phrase or friend’s name, Facebook starts showing you prompts and suggestions that are automatically generated. These suggestions are personalized, which means that they are different for all Facebook users and vary according to their past activities.

1. Use Facebook to find friends, groups, and pages, obviously

Facebook experience is all about your friends and there are many ways you can search your friends. Apart from directly searching for any user, you can sort the search results based on city, education, work, and mutual friends. Alternatively, you can also use following patterns:

  • My friends
  • My close friends
  • Friends of my friends
  • Friends of Sarah

2. Tips and trick to easily search interests, likes, photos, etc.

The new Facebook search makes it easy to find what your friends have liked. For example, you can start typing Friends who like…. and it’ll start showing top suggestions. To narrow the search results, you need to click on a filter like People, Photos, Pages, etc.


You can use phrases like Photos of…. to look for your photos, pictures of your friends, etc. You can also search your previously liked photos and posts. Simply search Photos/posts liked by me. You can also use this search syntax to find the photos/posts liked by your friends and family. Simply replace me by my friends or some particular friend.

Facebook search also supports other keyword searches to help you find what you’re looking for. You can start searching with keywords like cake recipe Carol, Lisa wedding, etc. You can use the phrases that you remember from a particular post.


3. Find hotels, restaurants, etc. using Facebook

Just in case you’re looking for some pizza place nearby, you can try related searches. As Facebook supports search for places, you’ll be able to search for hotels, businesses, restaurants, services, etc. You can combine phrases like liked by my friends, liked by me, etc. to get more specific results.


4. Search videos using Facebook search

You can also search for videos on Facebook. Simply use phrases like videos, trailer, music video, etc. to get what you want. Ex. La La Land Trailer


5. Find latest news articles on Facebook

In recent times, Facebook has emerged as one of the most common source of news for its users. You can use phrases like Links/news/posts about… or use hashtags to specify the search result:


6. Search games and music

Facebook is also home to various games and music. You can search for games like Candy Crush, Words With Friends, etc. You can also search your favorite music artists and bands, and get updates on their latest releases and videos.


7. Find things on Facebook and shop

You might haven’t realized but you can do shopping on Facebook. Simply search for the thing you’re looking for and narrow down the query using the top filters. You also get the option to sort the shop results according to their price.


8. Search your own Facebook history

Apart from using Facebook search option to find your posts and photos, you can search your activity log by visiting this URL: https://www.facebook.com/me/allactivity


9. Find phone number on Facebook

Last but not the least, you can search for a phone number on Facebook. Simply enter your phone number (if it’s public), you can see it for yourself.


Important: Combine the search keywords

As said above, you can combine these phrases together and add things like time, location, interests, likes, etc. to get more specific results. For ex., Photos of my friends before 2000. You should also keep in mind that Facebook’s Graph Search isn’t a typical web search engine. It’s best for searching specific content types like photos, people, posts, places, and businesses.


It goes without saying that the search results are affected by the privacy settings. Facebook also makes sure that your privacy settings are taken care of.

Source:  https://fossbytes.com/facebook-search-engine-tips-tricks

Categorized in How to

(Preparation is key, says Harvard student Jessica Pointing.Jessica Pointing) 

Jessica Pointing knows how to interview.

The Harvard University junior received internship offers from companies including Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, McKinsey, Bain, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley.

A computer science and physics major, she has received offer letters for roles in software engineering, data science, product management, consulting, investment banking, trading, and quantitative finance.

How does she do it? She credits being prepared and relaxed with her string of successful interviews.

Pointing published her best interviewing tips on her blog, the Optimize Guide, which features educational and career advice for high school and college students. Business Insider has shared her tips below, with permission.

1. Do your homework

Pointing made sure to hit the books before interviewing.

"I treated the internship interviews as a class — I studied material from books and did practice problems before the test (aka the interview)," she said. "There is usually a go-to book for each industry." These books help prepare job candidates, covering likely interview topics and even featuring practice problems.

For example, for software engineering interviews, she recommends "Cracking the Coding Interview" by Gayle Laakmann McDowell, while people going for consulting gigs should brush up on "Case in Point" by Marc Cosentino.

2. Develop a structure for problem-solving

The stress of interviewing can make it pretty easy to blank when you're speaking to a hiring manager.

That's why Pointing says it's important to adopt a problem-solving mindset.

Here's the structure she used for answering questions in her software engineering interviews:

  • Repeat the question to make sure that you understand it and have all the relevant details.
  • Clarify the function input and output.
  • Check assumptions.
  • Give an approach to solving the problem.
  • Discuss the tradeoffs of the approach.
  • Code the solution.
  • Test the solution with a normal test case.
  • Test the solution with some edge cases.

She also broke down the approach she uses for consulting interviews:

  • Repeat the question to make sure that you understand it and have all the relevant details.
  • Explain the objectives of the case and ask if there are any more objectives.
  • Ask any clarifying questions.
  • Generate ideas and a solution.
  • Organize and structure the answer.
  • For calculations, give insight into what the calculated number means.
  • Summarize the case at the end.

"These structures ensure that I hit almost everything I need to mention for a successful interview," Pointing said. "In consulting, giving insights into a number you just calculated separates a good candidate from a great candidate."

3. Practice and strategize

"It is very important to practice in an interview setting before the interview," Pointing said. "If your college offers mock interviews, take them! Some companies offer mock interviews, too. There are other services out there, such as Refdash, that give you free mock interviews. Do a practice interview at every opportunity."

If at all possible, Pointing recommends scheduling your "dream interview" last. That way, all of your interviews before can serve as practice sessions.

4. Have a backup plan

Interviews can be pretty stressful.

So how can you keep your cool when the stakes are high?

Pointing advises having a backup plan in mind. You should always have an alternative path to pursue if your job or internship opportunity falls through.

"If you are interviewing for the summer and you go into an interview with no plan for the summer, then you will probably be way more stressed," Pointing said. "Instead, if you already have an offer or a vague idea of something you would do in the summer (e.g. travel), then the stakes for the interview aren't as high. The more options you already have, the more relaxed you will be in the interview and the higher your chances are for the job."

So take some pressure off yourself and make sure to sketch out a backup plan.

5. Invest time

The interviewing process isn't just about setting time aside to talk to a bunch of hiring managers. You'll need to devote time to reading, practicing, and perhaps even traveling.

"I traveled across the country more than six times in 12 weeks for my interviews and spent approximately 80 hours in planes," Pointing said. "Make sure you have enough time in your schedule to invest in your internship search process. You should dedicate a few hours each day practicing for interviews. I scheduled time in my calendar for interview practice for every morning (after my regular morning routine)."

6. Create a question bank

Pointing recommends that after each interview, job candidates write down interview questions and solutions, as well as their own strengths and areas they could improve on.

"In one of my software engineering interviews, I missed a particular data structure that would have allowed me to have given a more efficient solution, but I made a note of it, and in another interview later on, I ran into a question where I could use that data structure," she said. "After doing enough cases and problems, you will start to recognize patterns, and you will become more confident and quicker in solving problems."

Author: Áine Cain
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/harvard-junior-received-internship-offers-202342580.html

Categorized in News & Politics

An independent security researcher discovered a severe remote code execution vulnerability on Facebook's website that earned him a record $40,000 bug bounty, while another uncovered a privacy issue that reveals private phone numbers linked to Facebook users' accounts.

According a blog post by Russia-based web application security researcher Andrey Leonov, the remote code execution flaw can be exploited using a bug in the image-processing software ImageMagick that was originally discovered in April 2016.

Although this vulnerability, dubbed ImageTragick, was patched shortly after its discovery, it was still impacting Facebook when Leonov reported the issue last Oct. 16. Facebook promptly patched the issue and rewarded Leonov with the substantial bounty – the largest the social media giant has ever bestowed.

The ImageTragick vulnerability, officially designated as CVE-2016-3714, stems from the insufficient parameter filtering of user-added files that contain external libraries. This flaw makes it possible for bad actors to execute a shell command injection, resulting in remote code execution during the conversion of certain file formats. In other words, hackers can embed malicious code into seemingly benign image files in order to gain control of a machine. 

“I am glad to be the one of those who broke the Facebook,” wrote Leonov in his blog post. Facebook confirmed that the researcher's account of his findings is accurate.

Meanwhile, news outlets are also reporting that Belgian security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire has found a privacy flaw in a Facebook search application, which adversaries could use to reveal the private numbers that users enter when registering with the social media platform.

According to an International Business Times report citing the Belgian media, De Ceukelaire claims his technique makes it possible within 30 to 45 minutes to determine the phone number linked to an individual Facebook account. However, the trick is only effective if the person comes from a country with a small population that employs telephone numbers of 12 digits or fewer.

De Ceukelaire told SC Media that the issue specifically resides in Facebook's Graph Search, a semantic search engine that responds to queries with written answers instead of links. Entering an arbitrary phone number into this engine reveals whose account that number belongs to, unless the account holder adjusts his privacy settings to forbid this action by non-friends. 

Under normal circumstances, such a query would be relatively harmless because the search is random. However, De Ceukelaire said that he can turn these queries into highly targeted searches against specific individuals by using the flaw he discovered to narrow down the list of possible phone numbers that are associated with any given Facebook user.

“It's actually three tricks combined,” De Ceukelaire said in an interview via Twitter. “First, I eliminate numbers to reduce the amount of possible numbers. Then I use a flaw to reduce the amount of numbers another time. And then I end up with a couple of possible numbers – let's say 10 numbers. Then I check them using the graph search.”

De Ceukelaire said that the technique allowed him to successfully look up the specific politicians' and celebrities' phone numbers that were not displayed on their public Facebook pages.


Author : Bradley Barth
Source : https://www.scmagazine.com/facebook-alerted-to-remote-code-execution-bug-search-engine-privacy-issue/article/632419


Categorized in News & Politics

Facebook has announced six new Facebook Live tools and features that publishers should find helpful.

Among them: Pages can go live via browsers. You can appoint live contributors to stream on your Page’s behalf. You can highlight comments. And more!

Here are the six latest Facebook Live features and tools you need to know about.

1. Go Live From Desktops & Laptops

Facebook Pages can now go live via a web browser on their desktop or laptop computer. This will make it easier for a variety of broadcasters, especially those with daily vlogs, according to Facebook.

We’re still waiting for the full rollout of Facebook Live on desktops for everyone, which we reported in September was just starting to roll out.

2. New Role: Live Contributor

If you’re a Facebook page admin, you can now assign specific people to go live on your behalf.

Until now, only Facebook page admins were able to use Facebook Live. This was problematic if you had a large team of contributors because you had to make them page admins to allow them to broadcast live on Facebook.

But now your Live Contributors can simply start streaming live whenever something interesting or newsworthy is happening and you don’t have to unnecessarily give out Facebook page admin privileges.

3. Pin Live Comments

Want to highlight great comments for your viewers? Now you can. 

Facebook has added the ability to pin comments to the bottom of your live broadcasts.

4. Video Permalinks

Facebook is adding permalinks for videos. It will use this format: facebook.com/pagename/videos. So, for example, Search Engine Journal’s permalink is https://www.facebook.com/SearchEngineJournal/videos/

Facebook said that viewers who visit the permalink for your page will be greeted with a live video if you’re currently broadcasting. Plus, they will see all your previous live and non-live videos.

5. Crossposting After Your Live Broadcast Ends

After your Facebook Live broadcast has ended, you can now publish that video to multiple pages at once. Before this update, you could only crosspost your uploaded videos to pages that had the same business manager and pages with different owners.

6. Video Insights for Profiles

Public figures (e.g., celebrities, journalists, politicians) who have 5,000 or more followers will gain access to some new metrics, for both live and uploaded videos, in the coming weeks. The Video Insights for Profiles metrics will include:

  • Total minutes viewed.
  • Total number of views.
  • Total engagement (reactions, comments, shares).

In addition, these people will be get aggregated insights for every video they post on over 7-, 30-, and 60-day periods, including:

  • Total number of video posts.
  • Engagement.
  • Total views.
  • Minutes viewed,
  • Total number of Profile followers.

Author : Danny Goodwin

Source : https://www.searchenginejournal.com/facebook-live-updates/183519/

Categorized in Social

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