The Hashtag May Be Coming to Facebook

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If you hate Twitter’s hashtags, brace yourself — rumor has it Facebook is thinking of using the symbol on its site to group conversations.

As yet, it is not known how far along Facebook is in its incorporation of Twitter’s iconic hashtag, but the feature will not be introduced right away, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

The hashtag, which is used frequently on Twitter, is used to group events, topics or messages. For instance, those tweeting about U.S. President Barack Obama could use hashtags such as #Obama or #BarackObama.

The sources told the WSJ Facebook is in the testing phase. The social media site is apparently testing if allowing its members to click on hashtags to pull up posts on the same topic or event, rather than doing a more traditional search, will enhance user experience. It would also allow the site to not only index conversations according to topic, but hype trending conversations to keep users logged in and, in turn, see more ads, the report said.

Facebook-owned Instagram already uses hashtags to better enable its users to categorize their photos.

There is no love lost between Facebook and Twitter and that is unlikely to change much if Facebook opts to capitalize on the concept.

The rivalry heated up late last year when Facebook-owned Instagram disabled photo integration with Twitter.  Twitter hit back by launching its own set of photo filters.

The two social networks are in a continuous  battle to win mobile users and advertising dollars.

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Zuckerberg Named Top CEO for 2013 – Facebook Boss Takes Top Spot From Apple’s Tim Cook

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has usurped Apple’s Tim Cook as the highest rated CEO.

Zuckerberg soared to the top of Glassdoor’s 2013 Highest Rated CEOs index — up 14 percent from last year — with a 99 percent approval rating from his employees. Tim Cook’s approval rating dipped only four percent — from 97 percent to 93 percent — but it was enough to not only keep him out of the top 10, but place him in the 18th slot.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Glassdoor — a free jobs and career community that offers an inside look at jobs and companies — surveys hundreds of thousands of employees across all industries each year to compile its top 50 list.

CEO approval ratings are calculated much the same as presidential approval ratings; employees are asked: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way your CEO is leading the company?”

A Facebook employee told Glassdoor Facebook possesses “an open community from Zuck on down.” There is “mutual trust companywide and a sense of community and drive, instilled by our CEO who we all truly respect.”

Technology CEOs to make the top 50 list this year are:

• 1st — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook — 99 percent;

• 2nd — Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe, SAP — 99 percent;

• 6th — Frank D’Souza, Cognizant — 96 percent;

• 7th — Joe Tucci, EMC — 96 percent;

• 8th — Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm —95 percent;

• 11th  — Larry Page, Google — 95 percent;

• 12th — Mark B. Templeton, Citrix —95 percent;

• 13th — Mark Benioff, SalesForce — 94 percent;

• 15th — Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia — 94 percent;

• 16th — Jeff Bezos, Amazon — 93 percent;

• 18th — Tim Cook, Apple — 93 percent;

• 21st — Paul S. Otellini — 91 percent;

• 22nd — Tom Georgens, NetApp — 91 percent;

• 23rd — Brad Smith, Intuit — 91 percent;

• 28th — Krishnakumar Natarajan, Mindtree — 90 percent;

• 46th — Larry Ellison, Oracle — 82 percent;

• 49th — Michael Dell, Dell  — 81 percent;

• 50th — Jeffery R. Immelet, GE — 80 percent.

Glassdoor Co-Founder and CEO Robert Hohman said that while anyone can assume a position in leadership, “not everyone garners their employees’ support for how they lead the company.”

“The CEOs who are most successful in gaining employee approval are those who paint a clear vision of what the company is setting out to achieve and how it’s going to get there,” he said. “To be recognized by your employees as a strong leader also comes as a result of having a solid company culture that helps employees foster the skills necessary to move business forward and meet the needs of customers.”



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Technology News Briefs — March 15, 2013

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Google Pulls Ad-Blocking Apps from Google Play

Google has yanked all ad-blocking apps from its Google Play, claiming they impede other services.

Developers for apps such as AdBlock, AdAway, and AdFree have received notices from Google to inform them their apps had been removed from its online store, Phandroid is reporting.

The notice reads:

After a regular review we have determined that your app interferes with or accesses another service or product in an unauthorized manner. This violates the provision of your agreement with Google referred to above. All violations are tracked. Serious or repeated violations of any nature will result in the termination of your developer account, and investigation and possible termination of related Google accounts.

The notice also says the apps were in violation of section 4.4 of Google Play’s Developer Distribution Agreement.

The section reads:

You agree that you will not engage in any activity with the Market, including the development or distribution of Products, that interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, Android users, Google or any mobile network operator. You may not use customer information obtained from the Market to sell or distribute Products outside of the Market.

Google’s action appears to be a move to protect its advertisers, the company’s main source of revenue.

 Reuters Editor Accused of Conspiring With Anonymous

A Reuters social media editor has been indicted for allegedly conspiring with infamous hacker group Anonymous to breach a Tribune website after being fired.

Matthew Keys, 26, of Secaucus, N.J., faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if found guilty.

He has been charged with one count each of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, transmitting information to damage a protected computer and attempted transmission of information to damage a protected computer.

Keys was employed by Sacramento-based television station KTXL FOX 40, as its web producer, but was fired in October 2010.

It is alleged he handed over Tribune passwords to members of Anonymous. The hackers, in turn, tampered with an article posted on the Los Angeles Times’ website.

“Keys identified himself on an Internet chat forum as a former Tribune Company employee and provided members of Anonymous with a login and password to the Tribune Company server,” the Department of Justice said in a statement. “After providing log-in credentials, Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website.”

Despite the Department of Justice’s statement, Keys involvement in the hacking has yet to be proved.

U.S. Drivers Continue to Drive Distracted

Nearly 70 percent of American adult drivers chat on their mobile phones at least part of the time while behind the wheel, a new study has found.

Thirty-one percent of drivers drive and text, the study, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found.

The news comes despite many states cracking down on distracted driving. Only 10 states and the capital, however, have enacted full bans on driving and using a Smartphone or tablet.

The study found a significantly larger percentage of both men and women aged 25 to 44 years reported talking on a cellphone while driving compared with those aged 55 to 64 years, and a significantly larger percentage of men and women aged 18 to 34 years reported that they had read or sent text or e-mail messages while driving compared with those aged 45 to 64 years.

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Technology News Briefs — March 15, 2013