If Joe’s Diner gives you a free slider every ten meals, you may no longer need to schlep around a punch card if you use PayPal.
It’s latest iOS app now works with loyalty cards from select retailers just by scanning a barcode on your physical card. That’ll save it into your PayPal wallet in a similar way to Apple’s Passbook and Microsoft’s Wallet, letting you score discounts or other deals.
The company also squashed a few bugs and killed the old-school check-scanning feature. So far, the update applies only to iOS devices, but we’d imagine it’ll hit Android soon as well.
Twitter has announced that a new tweet activity analytics dashboard for advertisers, Twitter card publishers and verified users has gone live today and shows detailed data on how organic tweets and content are engaging with followers.
Planning on offloading your Android phone? Well one thing that all smartphone users MUST do these days is to ensure that all personal data is wiped from the device before handing it over to somebody else. However that can take more than just simply doing a factory reset.
An analysis of the NSA’s XKeyscore system has revealed that simply visiting the website of the privacy service is enough to get you registered as an “extremist.”
A report by German television found that the NSA’s packet-sniffing targets anyone interested in online privacy — with those outside of the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand marked down for extra surveillance.
Facebook may have brushed over the anger surrounding a recent psychological experiment which influenced what users saw in their feeds, you can read our article on it here. However they are coming under intense fire as regulators are not entirely content with what has been going on in the Facebook offices.
Google has acquired Songza for an undisclosed amount today and will be integrating the company’s smart playlist creation into Google Play music over the upcoming months. For the moment, Songza will remain an active and independent service.
One of Facebook’s team members that helped to run secret psychological experiments on some of its users has now written a note explaining the motivations behind their efforts, adding an apology for how its scientific paper on the research describe their efforts.
In a post on his own Facebook page, the paper’s co-author Adam Kramer stated the company wanted to run these tests because they care about the emotional impact their network has on its users. The company decided to run the experiment in January 2012 on over 600,000 users without their knowledge. Facebook changed those users’ news feeds to highlight either positive or negative posts from their friends.
The results of that experiment were published earlier in June in Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences but came to light this weekend. Some Facebook users have since expressed concerns about how the company conducted these efforts. In his post on Sunday, Kramer wrote:
We felt that it was important to investigate the common worry that seeing friends post positive content leads to people feeling negative or left out. At the same time, we were concerned that exposure to friends’ negativity might lead people to avoid visiting Facebook. We didn’t clearly state our motivations in the paper.
Ultimately, the goal of their efforts in 2012 was to make Facebook a better service for users, according to Kramer, and they created their experiment without any intention to upset anyone. He added:
I can understand why some people have concerns about it, and my coauthors and I are very sorry for the way the paper described the research and any anxiety it caused. In hindsight, the research benefits of the paper may not have justified all of this anxiety.
Kramer hinted that Facebook might change how it conducts this type of research in the future, stating they are “working on improving our internal review practices.” If you feel you simply can’t trust Facebook anymore, there is a way to delete your account from their network.
How do you feel about Kramer’s explanation on these secret experiments that were conducted without the awareness of some Facebook users?
eBay has advised ALL users to change their passwords following a security breach where confidential data was stolen from the eBay servers. eBay is telling both active and inactive users to update to a new password straight away, the breach has only been confirmed by investigators this week however it actually occurred sometime in February/March.