Facebook Swings and Misses with Beacon

After reading the TechCrunch article about Mark Zuckerberg’s 60 Minutes interview in which he said “Beacon makes Facebook less commercial”, I wondered “what is this Beacon and why haven’t I heard of it before?”

I did some checking and decided that while not keeping up with my RSS reader will most definitely keep me in the dark, I shouldn’t have to rely on it to find out Facebook is stalking me on the internet and posting my seemingly private information on their newsfeed. I’ve read that despite the privacy issue Facebook created, they haven’t lost many of their users. Could this possibly be because, like me, there are others out there who didn’t know a thing about it?

True, I’m not rushing out to delete my Facebook account, but I did spend a fair amount of time reading up on the issue and making sure I was opted out in any way I could. If you’d like to do the same, there’s are step-by-step instructions I found on WikiHow.

Strike one, Facebook. Hopefully there are enough internet watchdogs out there to keep you in line ’cause I don’t think I’ll be letting you get up to strike three.

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Will Yahoo Lay Off My Husband?

Rumors that Yahoo is gearing up to lay off employees that will number in the thousands have been circulating lately. Believe me, we’ve heard about it. Not only from friends and our RSS feeds, but also from Dave’s mom.

I even heard that an Indian newspaper reported there would be 14,000 Yahoos left without a job, but they later retracted that story. I’m not so sure about that one considering a quick search for Indian news sources shows most of them reporting the total number of Yahoo employees at 14,000. Interesting how rumors get all crazy once they’re removed a few steps from their source.

Dave and I could enjoy a good game of telephone to determine our fate, but personally I’d prefer to just wait and see. Will we be packing up and moving back to Minnesota dejected and vowing to never leave again? Not likely. But don’t be surprised if you hear about me knocking on a little wood.