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Monday, November 15, 2010

Facebook Wants to Control Your Communication

Posted by on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook employees announced today that they're putting their message system on steroids, launching a cross-platform messaging system that enables people to keep in touch with an "informal" linked system that includes e-mail, text messaging, and IM. (There will be e-mail addresses available, but the service reportedly "works just as well" without the Facebook e-mails.) During the press conference, they repeatedly used the phrase "friends that you care about," suggesting that this is intended to be the personal messaging system that you use to keep up with friends in the real world. It sounds like Google Buzz with slightly less functionality, but the basic idea—you can make an appointment with friends on your work computer, say, and then keep the conversation running seamlessly via your phone when you leave your desk—is a solid one. Of course, with Facebook being Facebook, privacy concerns will no doubt continue and probably intensify with this new system.

Meanwhile, Apple just released a cryptic message saying that they're going to be announcing a change to iTunes tomorrow, which will make it "A Day You'll Never Forget." There's a bunch of speculation on what that means—cloud-based iTunes, streaming music, and/or wireless sync—already.


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Meh, and meh.
Posted by kinaidos on November 15, 2010 at 11:15 AM · Report this
MichaelPgh 2
"Starbucks to Begin Sinister 'Phase Two' of Operation:"…
Posted by MichaelPgh on November 15, 2010 at 11:27 AM · Report this
balderdash 3
Nope. Sorry, Zucky, but you ain't touchin' any part of my life outside of the core Facebook functionality. Not with your privacy track record.
Posted by balderdash on November 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4

Sorry, I'm more worried about the TSA touching my junk, like the ineffective pervs they are.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 15, 2010 at 12:15 PM · Report this
Dougsf 5
I don't have a chance to forget the iTunes updates over the years, because each time it happens, it's the day my iTunes library forgets rougly dozen of my albums.
Posted by Dougsf on November 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM · Report this
iTunes announces a change every time i open it.
and no, i don't want safari.
Posted by chops on November 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM · Report this
That sounds more ominous than exciting. I assume my phone will be messed up again.
Posted by Mugwumpt on November 15, 2010 at 1:41 PM · Report this
Last of the Time Lords 8
If you use facebook you really don't value your privacy
Posted by Last of the Time Lords on November 15, 2010 at 3:18 PM · Report this
Brian Geoghagan 9
Billboard's speculation on the Beatles catalog makes sense.
Posted by Brian Geoghagan on November 15, 2010 at 3:40 PM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 10
The best thing they could do to iTunes would be to undo all the so-called improvements of the last 2 years.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on November 15, 2010 at 4:40 PM · Report this
@9 looks to be right
Posted by Peter F on November 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM · Report this

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