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Jeff Fluhr

Spreecast CEO Tells Some Users ‘Video Files Were Mistakenly Deleted’

Spreecast CEO Jeff Fluhr has written to a number of users of the video chat service, explaining that “Recently, Spreecast made an internal error and your video files were mistakenly deleted. You will not be able to play your Spreecasts created before November 22, 2012.”

On Twitter, Avin Kline shared a PDF copy of the Spreecast email. Follow this link to read the PDF.

Literary blogger Edward Champion alerted us to the incident.  UPDATE: Champion has published a longer report about the incident. We’ve collected more Twitter responses in a Storify post embedded below–any AppNewser readers affected?

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Germans Reopen Investigation on Facebook Privacy (The New York Times)
Data protection officials in Germany reopened an investigation into Facebook’s facial recognition technology Wednesday, saying that the social networking giant was illegally compiling a huge database of members’ photos without their consent. The data protection commissioner in Hamburg, Johannes Caspar, suspended the inquiry in June, but said he reopened it after attempts to persuade Facebook to change its policies had failed. ZDNET The agency’s main concern is that Facebook does not notify its users that the facial recognition technology is being used and claims that a biometrics database containing millions of faces carries has “immense potential” for being misused. Caspar wants Facebook to delete all the data already gathered, or at least ensure that the users actively consent to their data being used in this way. PC Magazine The German probe kicked off in mid-2011, but as The New York Times noted, that investigation was closed in June after Caspar’s office believed Facebook was complying with German demands. Now it appears that was not the case. AllFacebook When the Internet’s wide collection of pranksters decides to get together, it can be a nightmare for Facebook page administrators. Whoever runs Subway’s Facebook page is certainly earning their paycheck this week, as the page was bombarded Wednesday with animated pornographic images featuring the company’s logo and sandwiches. CNET Drawing upon a little-known California law, Facebook is reportedly looking to hasten the payout of its Instagram purchase. Typically with deals like this companies have to first register with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but if the social network is able to use the California law it could save the company time and money. Read more