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Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: targeted ads don't trample on privacy

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Facebook Bigwig Sheryl Sandberg wants us all to know that, targeted advertising or no, the Zuckerbergians are hovering over our private data like an anxious mother bird protecting her fluffy nestlings from voracious advertising raptors.

Teachers cyberbullied by students and their parents

Teachers cyberbullied by students and their parents

One in five UK teachers have been cyberbullied by students and/or their parents, according to a survey published by the teachers' union NASUWT.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Heartbleed bust, Fingerprint fakery, WhatsApp privacy SNAFU - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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What happens if you hack your local tax office? Can you trust the Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint security? Did WhatsApp finally get security right in its app?

Find out the answers in one entertaining minute of video - it's 60 Second Security!

Don't share your location with your friends on WhatsApp

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A group of budding security researchers at the University of New Haven in Connecticut recently taught themselves a handy lesson about the difference between *liking* WhatsApp and *trusting* it.

Facebook wages war on Like-baiting and spammy posts

Facebook wages war on Like-baiting and spammy posts

It's a full frontal assault on cute kittens and the Pages that pimp them out for Likes. Facebook's tweaked its algorithms to try to scrape off the clingy, whiny, needy stories published by Pages that deliberately try to game Facebook's News Feed to get more distribution than they normally would.

WhatsApp, Facebook get a privacy finger wagged at them by FTC

WhatApp, Facebook get a privacy finger wagged at them by FTC

The Commission suggests that, post-mega-acquisition (which has been OKed), WhatsApp should get users' permission before changing data collection.

Facebook will show more on-screen privacy setting explanations

Facebook will show more on-screen privacy setting explanations

Facebook admitted that users are confused about privacy. Between a blue privacy dinosaur who's already popping up to remind us to check privacy settings and upcoming on-screen explanations of who's seeing what when we share, we'll all be a bit less muddled.

Facebook data scraped, people profiled as "jerks" and scammed by Jerk.com, FTC says

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Jerk.com allegedly scraped content from people's Facebook listings, put it up on its site, invited the world to throw rotten fruit at by clicking on a "jerk" or "not a jerk" button, and then had the outrageously uber-jerky jerkiness to charge people $30 to be able to (supposedly but not really) dispute.

The 'Privacy Dinosaur' urges Facebook users to check their privacy settings

The 'Privacy Dinosaur' urges Facebook users to check their privacy settings

Users who haven't adjusted their privacy settings will see the experimental dino-message whenever they attempt to share a status update, link or photo that would otherwise be visible to everyone, hopefully eliminating accidental public postings.

Facebook bug bounty program paid out $1.5m in 2013

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According to newly published figures, Facebook paid out around $1.5m (about £900,000) in 2013 through its vulnerability research program, spread between 330 researchers.

SellHack browser plugin ceases squeezing LinkedIn for hidden email addresses

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The free extension promised to "hack" LinkedIn profiles to get at what should be users' tucked-away, private email addresses. Much to LinkedIn's chagrin, it was doing just that (albeit spottily) until it got LinkedIn's cease and desist order, took the plugin offline and pledged to shape it into something that passes terms of service muster.

Bitcoin, Snapchat and XP as you've never heard them before - special coverage for April the First!

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Instead of doing an April Fool, we've gone for some April Fun.

We took three recent computer security stories, and turned them into poems!

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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Make sure you're up to date with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Turkey blocks YouTube access amid “security concerns”

Turkey blocks YouTube access amid “security concerns”

The Turkish government continued its heavy-handed approach to social media on Thursday, restricting YouTube access after the leak of an audio recording of Turkish officials discussing possible military action in Syria.

Senator says Snapchat 'hiding something' by skipping data breach hearing

Senator says Snapchat 'hiding something' by skipping data breach hearing

Snapchat has drawn fire from US Senator Jay Rockefeller, the powerful chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Technology, and Transportation, for refusing to testify in a hearing on data breaches.

US school to fork over $70K for hassling sixth-grader about Facebook posting

US school to fork over $70K for hassling sixth-grader about Facebook posting

Riley Stratton was forced to hand over her Facebook and email passwords and, with a police officer in the room, school officials searched her Facebook page for an alleged conversation she had with a boy about sex. Is this a grade-school version of prosecutorial overreach?

SSCC 140 - Does Windows have more holes than OS X? Whither messaging privacy? [PODCAST]

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How bad is the latest Microsoft Word 0-day? Does OS X really need patching less often than Windows? What does Gmail's move to HTTPS-only really mean? And if WhatsApp has privacy coded into its DNA, is it coded into its app, too?

Chet and Duck get stuck in...

Secret CEO wrestles with cyberbullying issues on new anonymous sharing app

'Secret' CEO wrestles with cyberbullying issues on new anonymous sharing app

Unlike its anonymous sharing-app brethren - Yik Yak, Whisper, PostSecret, or Ask.fm - this service is limited to your contacts, instead of being a free-for-all full of strangers. Will that be enough to keep the young service from turning into another cyberbullying mosh pit?

Facebook's online teen privacy argument challenged in California court

Facebook's online teen privacy argument challenged in California court

A long-running legal dispute that was settled is now bubbling up once again. Namely, the way that Facebook appropriates children and teen users' names and photos for "Sponsored Story" ads when users "Like" something, regardless of whether such users want to be seen as endorsing the subject of their thumbs-upping.