A few days after Facebook spent $19 billion on the smartphone app WhatsApp, a possible denial of service attack (DDoS) threw it off line for several hours. Leo says that the cost of WhatsApp is "stupid money" that Facebook has, and they can spend on dumb acquisitions and not suffer for it. Meanwhile, former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich said the deal is "everything that is wrong with our economy." Leo says that Reich really doesn't understand technology or the Internet.
Facebook's Android app changed it's permissions to include reading and writing your personal text messages, download files to your phone, and read your calendar events and confidential information. The nice thing about Android is that it will warn you about permissions and changes in advance. Leo says that it may be just to have permission to verify your phone number as accurate, and to add addition features. But these changes only serve to fuel the feeling that Facebook is spying on you.
Leo says that Facebook's new app Facebook Paper, an app that turns your facebook feed into something that looks like a magazine, could end up killing their original app. And Leo says that's a good thing. To succeed you have to push forward and leave the past behind, and Facebook Paper is a beautifully designed app. And Heather says it makes it easier to fly past the boring stuff.
Chip has a hobby of winning prizes through Facebook and other media. He would like to figure out a way to enter without using his Facebook account. Leo says that a token is used to link to his "Like," and without it, he can't enter. One way around it is to use a fake account, but it is cheating in a way.
Google, Apple, and Facebook all turned record profits this quarter. Facebook made more money on its mobile platform than on the desktop for the first time. And for its 10th anniversary, Facebook is releasing a new app called Paper. It's a new news feed that allows you to post as well. Leo says it's gorgeous. It turns Facebook into more of a magazine. It'll likely replace Facebook's app. It will be available February 3rd, and may have changed Leo's mind about Facebook being dead.
Courtney Love, the widow of Kurt Cobain, won the first ever Twitter defamation case. Love had been suing Cobain's estate, became disillusioned with her attorney, and tweeted that her attorney had been paid off by the estate. The attorney then sued Courtney Love for defamation, and won the case.
Courtney Love Wins Twitter Defamation Case (Huffington Post)…
Reports show that Facebook will lose up to 80% of their users within the next three years. Leo says if people start moving away from Facebook, others will follow. Most people who use Facebook under duress, because their friends and family are online, are just looking for reasons to jump ship. Leo says that Facebook is trying to make the Feed more newsy, filled with "link bait," and less about friends and family.
Bill would like to delete his Facebook account. Leo says that he can do this in the Facebook Security settings, but Facebook won't get rid of it right away. They'll put it in an inactive status for a few months and as long as he doesn't log back on, they will delete everything.
As 2013 comes to a close, Leo says that privacy, or the loss of it, should be viewed as the topic of the year. As the NSA has spread its reach further into our lives, even the major tech companies have taken out a huge ad campaign to say "stop spying on us." But there's also some nice things about a lack of privacy. Google has created Auto-Awesome Movies, a year end movie of all the photos posted to Google Plus. Leo says it's a great document to show the year, but it's also a horrendous invasion of privacy.
Beyonce released a surprise album with great success on social media sites. Each song has an accompanying video, and there were tons of photos shared on Instagram as well. But since the album was sold exclusively on iTunes the first week, other retailers including Amazon, Target, and other retailers are now saying they won't carry it. Walmart will be carrying it, however, because Beyonce was shopping there for Blue Ivy. She also was giving 750 $50 gift cards to people at Walmart. The album sold 600,000 units in the US first 3 days and 820,000 worldwide.