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Facebook Hacker Breaks into Zuckerberg’s Timeline to Report Bug (Mashable)
A Palestinian hacker took the inadvisable step of posting on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Timeline, taking advantage of the very bug he was trying to report. Khalil Shreateh, a Palestinian developer and hacker, discovered that there was a way to bypass Facebook’s privacy settings and post on anyone’s timeline — even users who are not your friends. VentureBeat While the vulnerability seems like a severe one, Shreateh says that Facebook didn’t take it seriously. After ignoring Shreateh’s messages twice, Facebook finally gave him a reply: “I am sorry this is not a bug,” the company said. CNET Shreateh initially reported the vulnerability through Facebook’s whitehat security disclosure service, which offers a minimum bounty of $500 for legitimate bugs. He was informed he would not be receiving a bug reward for reporting the exploit because he violated the site’s terms of service. TechCrunch Since Khalil’s initial post went up on Friday, there’s been a healthy debate as to whether or not Facebook should be paying him a bounty. On one hand, he broke their disclosure rules (perhaps unknowingly — as many have pointed out, Facebook’s disclosure terms are only available in English, which doesn’t seem to be Khalil’s first language); on the other, he was seemingly trying to report it responsibly rather than selling it to spammers. The Verge In a response posted at Hacker news, a Facebook engineer writes that the bug was fixed on Thursday and that the company should have asked for additional instructions after the researcher’s initial report.
The Brain Behind Seattle Police’s Social Media On Marijuana, Twitter and Doritos (Forbes)
I sat down with Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, the man behind tweets and blog posts, to talk about how the Seattle Police Department is using social media to transform how it communicates with the public, police drones and the merits of the different flavors of Doritos. At this year’s Hempfest, the Seattle Police Department will hand out flyers advising celebrants of their rights and responsibilities. And to make sure party goers actually read them, the SPD tweeted that it will be sticking them to 1,000 bags of Doritos chips, which it will hand out for free at the festival.
Four Essential Tips to Repurpose Your Content So it’s Tweet-Friendly (AllTwitter)
One way you can avoid burning out is by repurposing your content on Twitter. You don’t have to come up with brilliant tweets that entice your audience over to your blog or landing page – you already have these tweets. It’s just a matter of unlocking them from the content you’ve created elsewhere.
Prince Joins Twitter, Tweets Out Sneak Preview of New Song ‘Groovy Potential’ (New York Daily News)
In other Twitter news, Prince once compared the Internet to MTV, saying that at one time it was “hip and suddenly it became outdated.” But the “Purple Rain” singer must have had a change of heart, because on Tuesday he took over the Twitter account of his female backing band 3rd Eye Girl to post his first tweet ever!
5 Pinterest Boards to Help You Get Ready for Back-to-School (SocialTimes)
Pinterest can be a great resource for helping parents and students shop for back-to-school items — from new clothes to school supplies. Here are five Pinterest boards to serve you up some back-to-school inspiration.
How to Really Get Things Done in Social Media (AdAge)
About a month ago, I saw a post on Facebook from an online friend named Bryan Kramer of PureMatter. His post detailed a 90-day experiment that he was spearheading, with a friend named DJ Waldow, to see if they could secure a lunch with Ellen DeGeneres by using only social media tactics to connect.
Latest Beta of Facebook for Android Allows Home Users to Control Music Apps Directly Via Cover Feed (AllFacebook)
The latest version of the Facebook for Android beta application includes an intriguing new feature, giving users of its Home Android overlay the ability to control music apps they are using directly via their lock screens. Facebook described the new feature in a post for the Facebook for Android Beta Testers group, and TechCrunch elaborated further, saying that apps including Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora and Rdio can be controlled via notifications atop users’ Cover Feeds.
Disruptions: Texting Your Feelings, Symbol By Symbol (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
Sure, it might sound a bit odd that a new, long-distance relationship could fizzle because a tiny icon was misused, yet these types of messaging miscommunications happen often (though perhaps not quite as comically). The emoji icons can be baffling to the American adults who, whether they realize it or not, are taking their social cues from Japanese teenagers.
Mashable Launches Android App That Predicts Stories That Will Go Viral (AppNewser)
Tech news site Mashable has introduced a new Android app that incorporates the media company’s software Mashable Velocity, an algorithm that predicts when stories are about to go viral. The app alerts readers when a story picks up momentum and is likely to go viral to help give users a lead on the news.