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Facebook Investigating Email Synching Problem (PC Magazine)
Facebook said Monday that it was investigating reports that its recent @Facebook.com email change altered email addresses within a user’s contact list. At issue is a recent update that switched the email address listed by Facebook users on their Timelines to an @Facebook.com address by default. ars technica
The change’s consequences have now carried over to any users who allow Facebook to sync contact info from their friends’ accounts. For many users, friends’ real email addresses have been replaced with @facebook.com ones. As a result, users have been sending emails to their friends’ Facebook inboxes. The Verge It’s unlikely that the company will undo its actions to hide all of your email addresses by default, so everyone will need to unhide email addresses manually. To unhide your email addresses, click “About” underneath your profile picture, then click “Edit” in the Contact Info box. From there, click the drop-down menu next to an email address to edit its visibility. MSNBC.com/Technolog Developers who installed beta iOS 6 to test on iPhones and iPads are most likely to experience the contact problems, but that’s what beta testing is all about — dealing with bugs. Apple and Facebook will likely fix this and many other problems by the time iOS 6 is released — probably this fall. Mashable Facebook said it is working to fix the glitch: “We are in the process of fixing this issue and it will be resolved soon,” the spokesman said. “After that, those specific devices should pull the correct addresses.” AllFacebook Facebook’s first earnings call as a publicly traded company will be held Thursday, July 26, at 5 p.m., according to an entry on the Facebook Investor Relations events list, which provided no other details. VentureBeat The law may not recognize them, but in the eyes of Facebook, all marriages are equally worthy of a status update. Shortly after Facebook’s co-founder Chris Hughes posted news of his marriage to longtime partner, Sean Eldridge, the social networking giant released new marriage icons for same-sex couples.
Microsoft Announces a Limited Time Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for $39.99 (Forbes)
Microsoft has announced that users will be able to upgrade existing Windows PC to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. Users currently running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 will be eligible for the $39.99 upgrade, which will be available in a 131 markets once the operating system hits general availability — a fancy name given to the public launch of the operating system. ZDNET That’s substantially cheaper than Microsoft traditionally charges for upgrade versions of Windows. With Windows 7, Microsoft charged users roughly $119 to $219 (estimated retail prices) to upgrade from comparable versions of Vista to 7. ars technica In Windows 8, the Media Center product is separate from the main operating system, and buyers of new systems will have to pay for it. Anyone upgrading with this promotion will, however, be able to install the Media Center add-on for free, avoiding the forfeiture of features that they currently use.
Judge: Twitter Must Release Account Data of Arrested User (CNET)
A judge has ordered Twitter to release three months of data from the account of a user being prosecuted for disorderly conduct related to an Occupy Wall Street protest on the Brooklyn Bridge last October. The district attorney’s office in New York City wants Twitter to turn over basic user information from Malcolm Harris’ Twitter account (@destructuremal) and his tweets.
Amazon Reportedly Acquiring 3D Mapping Company UpNext (The Verge)
Mapping technology has become a hotbed of competition lately, with Google, Apple and Microsoft all making strategic changes in recent months. Now, Amazon may be getting into the game, with GigaOM reporting that the company has acquired 3D mapping startup firm UpNext.
Web Advocates Pen ‘Declaration of Internet Freedom’ to Fight ‘Bad Bills’ (SocialTimes)
A multibillion-dollar industry that unites people from around the world can’t hide from the law forever. But to keep bills like the Stop Online Piracy Act from throwing the baby out with the bathwater, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Free Press Internet campaign director Josh Levy have collaborated on a “Declaration of Internet Freedom” that broadly outlines the major issues surrounding Internet regulation.
Student Social Media Privacy Bill Passes Delaware Legislature (Los Angeles Times)
Delaware may be a small state, but it’s apparently big on privacy for students. Late Saturday night, at the end of the legislative session, the state Senate voted unanimously to ban public and private schools from requiring students to give even a peek behind their personal social media curtain. The bill, HB 309, earlier passed the House without dissent.
Alec Baldwin Leaves Twitter With Final Tweet: ‘It’s Been Fun’ (Mashable)
With a simple three-word tweet, actor Alec Baldwin left Twitter on Monday morning: “It’s been fun,” he posted. The departure comes just two days after he and fiance Hilaria Thomas wed.
Twitter Releases Transparency Report and Co-Founder Complaint is on it (AllTwitter)
Twitter has released a report that details (somewhat) where requests for user info and copyright takedown notices come from. The funny news: One of the complaints linked to the report is from Square, which is Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s new company.
Users to YouTube: Let Us Record Your Videos (GigaOM)
If YouTube wants to be the future of broadcast, then it also has to support the DVR of tomorrow. That’s the main argument of a new online petition urging Google to allow third-party tools and services that record content from YouTube, which has attracted more than 170,000 signatures in just three days.