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Facebook with New Profile

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Facebook with New Profile

Posted on 22 December 2010 by PakBee - Total hits: 1,295

A New Introduction

The profile begins with a quick overview of basic information such as where you’re from, where you went to school, and where you work—the kinds of conversation starters you share with people you’ve just met or exchange with old friends as you get reacquainted.

And since there’s often no better way to learn about a person than through photos, the profile now includes a row of recently tagged photos of you. In my case, my profile features pics from my engagement and wedding, two of my life’s most recent and happiest moments.

Featured Friends

You can now highlight the friends who are important to you, such as your family, best friends or teammates. Create new groups of friends, or feature existing friends lists. I opted to feature my Ultimate Frisbee teammates, giving the rest of my friends a way to learn more about that part of my life.

New Experiences

The profile also gives you new ways to share your interests and activities. You can list the projects you worked on at your job, classes you took in school, your favorite musicians and sports teams, and more. You can also share your life philosophy by connecting to the religions, political affiliations, and people you follow and admire. All your interests and experiences are now represented with images, making your entire profile a more compelling visual experience.

Personally, I opted to add this profile project to my work history at Facebook, and I tagged the people who worked on it with me. I also added “Ultimate Frisbee” as one of the sports I play and included a description of my team’s victories at the USA Ultimate National Championships and World Championships.

Improved Photos and Friends Pages

Thanks to the cool new “infinite scroll” feature, it’s now much faster and more fun to browse all your photos. The Friends page now allows you to quickly find the people you’re looking for: just search by name, hometown, school or a number of other dimensions. I met a ton of new Ultimate players at Nationals, and the new profile has made it so much easier to locate and learn about them.

We’re really excited about the new profile.  We’re rolling it out gradually and plan to get it to everyone by early next year.  You can upgrade immediately or learn more about the new features on this page: www.facebook.com/about/profile.

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Person of the Year 2010 – Mark Zuckerberg

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Person of the Year 2010 – Mark Zuckerberg

Posted on 16 December 2010 by PakBee - Total hits: 18,967

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On the afternoon of Nov. 16, 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was leading a meeting in the Aquarium, one of Facebook’s conference rooms, so named because it’s in the middle of a huge work space and has glass walls on three sides so everybody can see in. Conference rooms are a big deal at Facebook because they’re the only places anybody has any privacy at all, even the bare minimum of privacy the Aquarium gets you. Otherwise the space is open plan: no cubicles, no offices, no walls, just a rolling tundra of office furniture. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, who used to be Lawrence Summers’ chief of staff at the Treasury Department, doesn’t have an office. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and co-founder and presiding visionary, doesn’t have an office.

The team was going over the launch of Facebook’s revamped Messages service, which had happened the day before and gone off without a hitch or rather without more than the usual number of hitches. Zuckerberg kept the meeting on track, pushing briskly through his points — no notes or whiteboard, just talking with his hands — but the tone was relaxed. Much has been made of Zuckerberg’s legendarily awkward social manner, but in a room like this, he’s the Silicon Valley equivalent of George Plimpton. He bantered with Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, a director of engineering who ran the project. (Boz was Zuckerberg’s instructor in a course on artificial intelligence when they were at Harvard. He says his future boss didn’t do very well. Though, in fairness, Zuckerberg did invent Facebook that semester.) Apart from a journalist sitting in the corner, no one in the room looked over 30, and apart from the journalist’s public relations escort, it was boys only.
(See pictures inside Mark Zuckerberg’s inner circle.)

The door opened, and a distinguished-looking gray-haired man burst in — it’s the only way to describe his entrance — trailed by a couple of deputies. He was both the oldest person in the room by 20 years and the only one wearing a suit. He was in the building, he explained with the delighted air of a man about to secure ironclad bragging rights forever, and he just had to stop in and introduce himself to Zuckerberg: Robert Mueller, director of the FBI, pleased to meet you.

They shook hands and chatted about nothing for a couple of minutes, and then Mueller left. There was a giddy silence while everybody just looked at one another as if to say, What the hell just happened?

It’s a fair question. Almost seven years ago, in February 2004, when Zuckerberg was a 19-year-old sophomore at Harvard, he started a Web service from his dorm. It was called Thefacebook.com, and it was billed as “an online directory that connects people through social networks at colleges.” This year, Facebook — now minus the the — added its 550 millionth member. One out of every dozen people on the planet has a Facebook account. They speak 75 languages and collectively lavish more than 700 billion minutes on Facebook every month. Last month the site accounted for 1 out of 4 American page views. Its membership is currently growing at a rate of about 700,000 people a day.
(See a Zuckerberg family photo album.)

What just happened? In less than seven years, Zuckerberg wired together a twelfth of humanity into a single network, thereby creating a social entity almost twice as large as the U.S. If Facebook were a country it would be the third largest, behind only China and India. It started out as a lark, a diversion, but it has turned into something real, something that has changed the way human beings relate to one another on a species-wide scale. We are now running our social lives through a for-profit network that, on paper at least, has made Zuckerberg a billionaire six times over.

Facebook has merged with the social fabric of American life, and not just American but human life: nearly half of all Americans have a Facebook account, but 70% of Facebook users live outside the U.S. It’s a permanent fact of our global social reality. We have entered the Facebook age, and Mark Zuckerberg is the man who brought us here.
(See pictures of Facebook’s overseas offices.)

Zuckerberg is part of the last generation of human beings who will remember life before the Internet, though only just. He was born in 1984 and grew up in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., the son of a dentist — Painless Dr. Z’s slogan was, and is, “We cater to cowards.” Mark has three sisters, the eldest of whom, Randi, is now Facebook’s head of consumer marketing and social-good initiatives. It was a supportive household that produced confident children. The young Mark was “strong-willed and relentless,” according to his father Ed. “For some kids, their questions could be answered with a simple yes or no,” he says. “For Mark, if he asked for something, yes by itself would work, but no required much more. If you were going to say no to him, you had better be prepared with a strong argument backed by facts, experiences, logic, reasons. We envisioned him becoming a lawyer one day, with a near 100% success rate of convincing juries.”

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Facebook rejected Microsoft offer

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Facebook rejected Microsoft offer

Posted on 12 December 2010 by PakBee - Total hits: 2,548

Microsoft has confirmed that it tried to buy Facebook for $15 billion

Speaking at a panel entitled “How to get acquired” at the Le Web conference in Paris, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Strategy and Acquisitions Fritz Lanman answered a question from host Loic Le Meur by saying “Yeah we tried to acquire Facebook. Facebook had a lot of similarities to Microsoft back in the day.”

The answer confirms a rumour that was first reported in detail in David Kirkpatrick’s book “The Facebook Effect”

Onstage, Lanman also speculated that Facebook’s valuation could in the future rise as high as Microsoft’s.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg rejected Steve Ballmer’s offers to buy the social network for $15 billion in 2007. Instead, Microsoft invested $240 million for a small stake, and the two companies now work together in a search partnership.

In The Facebook Effect, Kirkpatrick writes that Ballmer asked Zuckerberg ““Why don’t we just buy you for $15 billion?” He was told “I don’t want to sell the company unless I can keep control.”

Kirkpatrick goes on, “Ballmer took this reply as a sort of challenge. He went back to Microsoft’s headquarters and concocted a plan intended to acquire Facebook in stages over a period of years to enable Zuckerberg to keep calling the shots. But Zuckerberg rejected all the overtures.”

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Pakistani Hackers Hacks 270 Websites, Including CBI

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Pakistani Hackers Hacks 270 Websites, Including CBI

Posted on 06 December 2010 by PakBee - Total hits: 4,107

In response to ICA’s (Indian Cyber Army) attack on 40 Pakistan’s government websites earlier this week, Pakistani hackers have retaliated by defacing some 270 Indian websites in a single go including Indian CBI (Central bureau of investigation) website.

In an email sent to ProPakistani, PCA or Pakistan Cyber Army claimed that they have defaced Indian CBI’s website. PCA said that this was a planned defacement in response to ICA’s attempt.

PCA left a message on CBI’s website as following:

This attempt is in response to the Pakistani websites hacked by ‘Indian Cyber Army’. We told you before too.. we are sleeping but not dead.. remember PCA (Pakistan cyber army)!..back off kids or we will smoke your d00rs off like we did before..

lets see what you investigating agency so called CBI can do for you or for us! haha… one more attempt from your side..we got your every website lying around here like its our local server! buahahaha.. so we would like to say to your 31337 hackers and your 31337 NIC team..

go and read some more books ..you guys are seriously bunch of script_kiddies! ..you know nothing rite now.. got r00t access to NTC server? ..mass defacements..how about something like this..a planned attack! haha.. btw we got r00t to your NIC too :P ..your filtering sucks..have fun! and DO NOT DISTURB..we got better things to do.. :D ..stop complaining about Pakistani websites security..secure your own ___ first..thats what intelligent people do!..lol…tata :D

A message by Pakistan Cyber Army
Pakistan Zindabad!

In another effort, HEX786, a Pakistani hacker, has posted a message on his website announcing the defacement of 270 Indian websites.

HEX786 didn’t deface those websites, instead inserted a html file named as HEX786.html in root directory of mentioned websites, exactly the way ICA did to Pakistani websites.

HEX786 warned Indian hackers to not to initiate the cyber war. He writes:

Indians No0bs Hackers We Are Warning You, Stop this Cyber War You have Started Against Pakistan. Don’t think that You’re far Away from Us. We Will Make Your Internet Hell, See How We will Defeat You in Cyber War You’ll Never Ever Forget.

Complete list of hacked websites is given here

It merits mentioning here that senior hackers on both side of borders are advising their communities to not to engage themselves in such activities.

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Kristina Svechinskaya

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Kristina Svechinskaya

Posted on 01 December 2010 by PakBee - Total hits: 6,646

Kristina Vladimirovna Svechinskaya (Russian: Кристина Владимировна Свечинская, born ca. 1989) is a Russian money mule hacker. A student of the New York University, she was accused of a plot to defraud several British and U.S. banks of sizeable sums and usage of false passports. According to charges, Svechinskaya used Zeus trojan horse to attack thousands of bank accounts and opened at least five accounts in Bank of America and Wachovia, which received $35,000 (£22,000) of money theft. It is estimated that with nine other people Svechinskaya had skimmed $3 million in total.

Fluent in English, Svechinskaya was originally studying at the Stavropol State University. According to Svechinskaya’s mother, after the death of Kristina’s father their family was living on a sole 12,000 ruble salary. While on her third year, Kristina chose the Work & Travel program and arrived to Massachusetts, where she started to work in the fastfood branch. The earnings in Massachusetts however were tiny and she moved to New York, where she was drafted as a hacker. Svechinskaya was dubbed “the world’s sexiest computer hacker” for her raunchy, but casual appearance and was compared to Anna Chapman. In the Facebook account Svechinskaya’s personal interests are designated as “hacking”. If convicted, she could be imprisoned for up to 40 years. This includes the plot charge (30 years and the $1 million fine) and the false passports charge (10 years and the $250,000 fine).

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