FIR against Facebook for abusing religion

LUCKNOW: A social activist has registered an FIR against Facebook, the US based social networking website and its members for abusing Hindu religion and gods. The FIR accused a Facebook profile of “instigating communal passions” and feared that it could lead to riots in India.
The complaint was lodged by a social activist Nutan Thakur in the civil lines police station of Meerut, under section 66 A of the Information Technology Act 2000.
“Though in my complaint I have named several persons whose comments and names figure in Facebook, lot of them appear to be fake IDs,” Nutan told TOI. But, she added, there is a `virtual riot’ on the profile of Facebook members of two communities where people post the choicest of abuses against the two religions — Hinduism and Islam.
The title of this Facebook profile itself is highly inflammatory. In place of the photograph of the person who has created the account, a picture of Hindu gods have been placed with the title three idiots. The remarks from Hindus and Muslims are unprintable. The person who has created the profile has warned of creating such profiles if profiles insulting and abusing Islam were not removed from Facebook. In response to this, people have posted anti-Islam remarks on the profile along with links of websites with equally bad abuses against Islam.
The act, says Thakur, amounts to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of communities and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, assertions prejudicial to national-integration , public nuisance (290 IPC), intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace, criminal intimidation and using information technology for these purposes.
Facebook Inc., she added, has been charged with providing the platform for dissemination of all the information and overlooking requests of several saner people to block the profile.
Last month, Thakur along with her IPS husband, Amitabh Thakur, had lodged complaint in Gomtinagar police station of Lucknow against a Faceboook group calling itself “we hate Gandhi”. Subsequently, Facebook blocked the profile.

Facebook latest evaluation 75 billion $

Last week , in our weekly report on the
insanely hot Facebook stock trading
going on behind the scenes on
SecondMarket, I wrote the following :
“Do I hear $ 75 billion next week? ” I
was sort of kidding . But it looks like
the joke is on me !
Sure enough , Facebook did hit a $ 75
billion valuation on SecondMarket this
week, a new record.
I thought my prediction might be a
little too optimistic give that it was at a
“mere ” $ 70 billion a week ago. Shares
were trading at $ 28 a share then, after
rallying back from a few weeks of
actually being down. But they jumped
a full two dollars this week , to be
trading at $ 30 a share. With about 2 .5
billion shares outstanding , that’ s
trading at a $ 75 billion valuation .
This blows by the $ 28. 26 and $70 .65
billion valuation record set in mid-
January. And it puts the valuation a
cool $ 10 billion past the $ 65 billion
valuation that a General Atlantic
investment (in private shares) will
apparently give the social network.

Facebook co-founder set to sell 10 milion share of facebook

hile deep -pocketed investors from
New York to Beijing are clamoring to
buy a piece of Facebook , news that a
co-founder of the social networking
giant is shopping around a portion of
his stake is raising eyebrows on Wall
Street, The Post has learned .
At least one dealmaker has been
approached by reps of the co -founder
to unload up to 10 million shares of
common stock in Facebook, a source
close to the situation said.
The sale, based on recent secondary-
market activity in the $ 30 per – share
range, could raise about $ 300 million .
It has not been revealed which co-
founder is interested in parting with
the significant chunk of the red – hot
tech company, but there are only four
possibilities: CEO Mark Zuckerberg or
co-founders Chris Hughes, Dustin
Moskovitz or Eduardo Saverin .
It could not be learned why the
shares are on the block .
A sale of 10 million shares would
represent about a half of 1 percent in
the company, which has said it is likely
heading for an IPO by mid-2012 .
News quickly ricocheted around Wall
Street, and potential buyers are
already showing interest, the source
said.
Facebook did not immediately return
calls for comment.
The market for private shares in
Facebook is smoking hot , with Wall
Street banks, venture capitalists and
everyday investors looking to buy.
Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase,
among other big name firms , have
raised billions of dollars to buy shares
in such companies as Facebook,
Twitter and Zynga. Facebook is now
estimated to be worth more than $ 50
billion.
The co- founder’s shares have no
restrictions on transfer, but Facebook
last year implemented new rules that
affect any future shares, limiting their
transferability. A number of private
tech firms established similar rules
after the market for private shares
took off .
The market has matured , thanks to
online exchanges such as
SecondMarket that connect sellers
with accredited buyers .

Is web personalization making us dummer

As a techc0de reader, you’re probably
well-aware that Facebook’s News Feed
and Google ’s search results adjust
based on your behavior and
demonstrated preferences. But are
these and the web ’s other algorithms
making us collectively uninformed as
a society? That ’s the argument that Eli
Pariser, the former executive director
of MoveOn .org , made in a TED talk on
Thursday in Long Beach, California.
Pariser started his talk by noting a
trend he saw on Facebook. Over time ,
he said, the conservative friends he
had started following to ensure a
diverse set of viewpoints ( Pariser
describes himself as “progressive”
politically ) gradually started
disappearing. As he would soon
discover, that was a result of him
clicking far more frequently on the
links posted by his more liberal
friends.
This “ invisible algorithmic editing of
the web,” as Pariser describes it ,
“moves us to a world where the
Internet shows us what it thinks we
need to see , but not what we should
see. ” Beyond Facebook, Pariser notes
the huge diversity of search results his
friends find on Google about topics
like Egypt , where one friend sees
news about recent protests and Lara
Logan, while another sees results
about travel and vacations.
In turn, Pariser believes we ’re
collectively creating what he calls a
personal “filter bubble ,” which is also
the title of a book on the subject due
out in May. And while he falls short of
arguing that the trend towards
personalization must end, he says the
likes of Facebook and Google need to
“have a sense of civic responsibility,
and let us know what ’s getting filtered
… [and offer] controls to let us decide
what gets through and what doesn ’t.”
What he’d like to see is an information
world that “ gives us a bit of Justin
Bieber and a bit of Afghanistan, ”
marked by controls that let us filter
content by its relevance, importance,
comfort ( topics that can be difficult to
discuss or read ), challenge level , and
points of view ( with an option to see
“alternative ”) .
Of course , much of that goes against
the history of the Internet, which has
been marked by its ability to connect
like- minded people , both for good
and for bad. In other words , Google
and Facebook could build such
controls and even bake more human
editing into their algorithms , but do
people even want them?
What do you think? Is the
personalization of the Web making us
less informed? Do the companies
driving innovation on the web have a
civic responsibility to give us a fuller
world view? Sound off in the
comments.

Why Google removed Facebook contact syncing in Android 2.3.3

ndroid 2. 3. 3 has recently landed on
the Nexus S , but brings with it an
interesting development: on the
Nexus S it ends contact syncing with
the Facebook app.
Some will see this spat between
Google and Facebook as one that is all
about data. The cynic in us could say
that Google just want to get its hands
on your Facebook contacts , rather
than having them locked away . Using
the contacts API for Android would
mean that Facebook contact data
could then be moved over to Google .
Effectively it would be a route by
which Google could unlock Facebook
and you could have all your contacts
then reside neatly with Google
Contacts , online , rather than just on
your device. Of course , this brings
with it a privacy issue and both
Google and Facebook have been in
the firing line over data privacy in the
past.
There is a point in Google ’s favour
that we sympathise with, and it ’s all
about managing expectations . Once
you’ve built your contacts list on your
device (and after all it is your contacts
list ) you can lose it when you move or
change phone , or when you sign-in to
your Google Contacts on another
device, you might find you don ’t get
what you expect .
The second point , that Google
reinforce , is that they are treating
Facebook the same as they do other
apps and rather than imposing a new
restriction, they are actually sticking to
the guidelines that they originally set .
Of course the official Facebook app
isn ’t the only route that Android offers
to syncing. HTC have built an empire
on HTC Sense with its deep
integration of contacts in their People
app and Motorola ‘s Motoblur also
draws on Facebook , but at the
moment it appears only to be the
Nexus S that is affected .
A new wave of ” Facebook phones” are
landing on Android , with HTC offering
up the HTC Salsa and HTC ChaCha ,
and UK -based company INQ
launching the INQ Cloud
Touch and INQ Cloud Q .
The integration of Facebook contacts
into your Google address book on the
device is one of the more useful
features that the Facebook app brings
with it, meaning you can easily get
pictures alongside your contacts and
so on.
However , in a statement spotted by
Techcrunch, Google are drawing a
line under the “ special- case handling ”
that Facebook contacts have enjoyed
in the past .
The Nexus One appears to be
unaffected by the update , as
Facebook was a pre -installed app and
the integration was an expected
service . However , as it currently
stands , this change looks to affect
users of the Facebook app on new
Google Android devices referred to as
” future lead devices “.
The statement detailing the specifics
reads as follows :
“ We believe it is very important that
users are able to control their data . So
in the over -the -air update for Nexus
S , we have a small change to how
Facebook contacts appear on the
device. For Nexus S users who
downloaded the Facebook app from
Android Market, Facebook contacts
will no longer appear to be integrated
with the Android Contacts app . Since
Facebook contacts cannot be
exported from the device , the
appearance of integration created a
false sense of data portability .
“ Facebook contact data will continue
to appear within the Facebook app.
Like all developers on Android,
Facebook is free to use the Android
contacts API to truly integrate contacts
on the device, which would allow
users to have more control over their
data. We are removing the special-
case handling of Facebook contacts
on Nexus S and future lead devices .
“ We continue to believe that
reciprocity (the expectation that if
information can be imported into a
service it should be able to be
exported ) is an important step toward
creating a world of true data liberation
– and encourage other websites and
app developers to allow users to
export their contacts as well.”
Via : techcrunch. com

Uber Taps Into Google And Facebook Rivalry For Palo Alto Launch

Looks like Uber is putting the $ 11
million dollars it raised on Valentine ’s
Day to good use , expanding its car
service into Palo Alto officially, with
one catch . The Uber marketing
department has apparently taken its
cue from Charlie Sheen and cooked
up a wacky stunt contest between
Google and Facebook employees .
What’ s even stranger is that the
company does not actually have any
marketing staff , yet keeps coming up
with this kind of stuff.
What is this contest you say !? Well,
because the tech industry did not
have enough venues for
smackdowns, Uber will be pitting
Googlers and Facebookers against
each other for two weeks, between
3/ 1 and 3 /15 , to see who can rack up
the most Uber rides . If Facebook wins,
all Uber fares from Facebook to
Google are free, and if Google wins all
Uber fares from Google to Facebook
will be twice the price. Heh.
Says Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on the
expansion’ s choice of locale, “ Our
users have been screaming and
begging for us to launch in the
Peninsula, and we already have the
partnerships … And it’ s the heart of
Silicon Valley. ” Uber has tested out its
services both in New York and Paris
previously, before setting its sights on
Palo Alto. When asked why the
company chose to give the
inauguration period exclusivity to
Google and Facebook, Kalnick
responded , “ Because it’s a hell of a lot
better than doing MySpace vs .
Yahoo!” True .
“Both companies , if they could name
a rival, would name each other . We
would do all startups, but we wanted
to be focused,” Kalanick said, clarifying
the decision. When asked what exactly
he meant by including the
conspicuous hashtags
#PoachingInStyle and
#PoachingCounterMeasure in the
contest rules (below ), he explained ,
“If a Google employee is going to an
interview at Facebook, he/ she wants
to be relaxed and comfortable , in the
best state . And if Google wins they
deserve to make it harder to get to
Facebook.”
And while winning would be
awesome for either Facebook and
Google (but more awesome for
Facebook) it will be pure
entertainment to see how this all pans
out . Because aside from the two
companies competing on a pure
product level , Silicon Valley is in a
talent crunch and it is poaching
season .
The stunt contest will be awesome for
end users as well, as Uber will also be
offering discounts for everyone who
signs up using their Gmail accounts or
for everyone who “Likes ” Uber on
Facebook depending on which
company wins. Everybody gets a car !
In case you work at Facebook or
Google and want to own this thing,
here are the Uber rules from their
blog post :
Exclusivity
– For two weeks – 3/ 1 to 3 /15 –
Facebook and Google employees
have exclusivity on all pickups in Palo
Alto
– For Palo Alto pickups, Uber users
MUST have a Facebook or
Google employee email address
registered with their Uber account (go
to http :/ /www .uber .com to change
email settings)
– Palo Alto is defined by this geo- fence
(Yes Google isn’t in Palo Alto, but
anyone can do a pick up outside of
the the area. And while Facebook has
home field advantage , Google has 10x
the employees .)
– Destination location does not factor
into exclusivity
The Race
– The contest is to see which
company’s employees can do the
most Palo Alto rides over the
exclusivity period
– The winners will be rewarded
handsomely
The Stakes
– If Facebook wins:
* All Uber trips between Google HQ
and Facebook HQ (either
direction ) will be FREE for the next 6
months – # PoachingInStyle
* All Facebook employees registered
before 3/ 15 get $20 in credits
* All Uber users who ‘Like’ Uber
between 3 /1 and 3 / 15 will get $ 10
inUber credits – just go to Uber .com ,
login , and then hit the Like button at
the top of the home page
– If Google wins :
* All Uber trips between Google HQ
and Facebook HQ are twice the
price for 6 months
# PoachingCounterMeasure
* All Google employees registered
before 3/ 15 get $20 in credits
* All Uber users that have signed up
with a Gmail account by 3 /15 will get
$ 10 in Uber credits
You can follow the contest on Twitter
here, Facebook here and on the
leaderboard here. Or just Google it .

Check how offensive your facebook profile is.

he Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion , please see the details here . Name: Socioclean Quick Pitch : Socioclean crawls through your Facebook profile photos, groups and wall posts , and alerts you to anything inappropriate. Genius Idea: In a 2009 Harris Interactive study for CareerBuilder.com , 45 % of employers questioned had used social networks to screen job candidates . Thirty- five percent of them decided not to hire a candidate based on what they found. When this study started to generate press , Priyanshu Harshavat started to think about a way to help job candidates get their social profiles in shape before they were virtually audited by potential employers. The result is Socioclean , a program that scans social profiles for 5 ,000 words and phrases that are racial , profane, drug- related or alcohol – related. After a user gives permission for the program to assess his Facebook profile ( for now Socioclean is only offered for Facebook — other social networks are on the way), he receives a letter grade and a list of inappropriate items from his profile . Each item has a link to that item on Facebook so that he can easily delete it. As a generally inoffensive person, I was shocked at how many flagged terms that Socioclean dug up from my profile. Wall messages left by other people were my biggest offense ( I got demerits for “beer ,” “booze cone ” and “hell , ” among others) . The program also reminded me about the “Aaron Burr, you son of a b** ch” group I had joined sometime during my freshman year of college . I posted one mildly offensive status message to my profile before testing the program , naively thinking that it wouldn’t have much to find otherwise, and it found that as well . Most of my infractions were things that I would never have noticed, and many were innocent — discussing about a bon “ fire ,” for instance, was flagged as “aggressive .” But it definitely didn’ t miss anything . There were enough flags to earn an overall grade of a “ D .” Businesses like Reputation .com and Brand-Yourself also help polish online reputations, but these startups are taking an SEO approach that helps push down negative and pull up positive search results for your name . Socioclean is the only service we know of that focuses on deleting offensive items from your social profiles. About 5 ,000 other people and I have run our profiles through the program at no cost. To help make it profitable, the company is currently courting job website and dating website partners . The hope is to offer a social profile scrub as an option to applicants and daters to make them more successful on their respective online services. Socioclean’ s developers also created a version of the product for employers who want their employees to self – monitor their social profiles. Yet another potential revenue source is to sell site licenses to universities to use in their career services departments . Some universities have already expressed interest in helping spruce up their graduates ’ online resumes — Syracuse University, for instance, purchased subscriptions to Brand-Yourself for 4 ,100 of its graduating seniors . Even if schools decide to teach students to set their Facebook privacy settings instead of similarly embracing Socioclean, there are likely enough situations in which a squeaky clean profile is necessary — college applications, job applications, dating and professional networking included — to keep Socioclean in business . Image courtesy of iStockphoto, thesuperph.