24th January 2012

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Facebook Timeline is Coming

All of you Timeline holdouts: the holding out ends soon. “Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline,” says Facebook. And by “will get,” they mean “must use.” Here we go!

Luckily, anyone who hasn’t already switched over to the megascrapbook will have a seven day grace period to ease into it before their new, beautified, history-flush profile goes live. Take that time. Drink some tea. Have a hot soak. Breathe—because luckily, Timeline is pretty great. This is like being forced to wear nicer clothes. I’m predicting an all-time low in global OMG I HATE THIS Facebook redesign cheek-puffing. [Facebook via AllThingsD]

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Source: Gizmodo

23rd January 2012

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FileSonic Runs Scared

In the wake of the U.S. government’s shutdown of the file-sharing site Megaupload, another file-sharing and storage service has decided to make the “sharing” part of its service a thing of the past.

FileSonic — a cloud locker that grants users 10 GB of free storage for 30 days — didn’t mention Megaupload in a statement on its Web site that announced the changes over the weekend. But it was clear that the company is worried about its users sharing things they shouldn’t.

“All sharing functionality on FileSonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally,” says a red banner on the site’s main page.

Web services that allow customers to share and upload files should be spooked, Eric Goldman, a professor of intellectual property law at Santa Clara University told The Washington Post’s Cecilia Kang on Friday. “They will wonder if they have done anything different from Megaupload, and does that mean the Feds will come through their door,” he said.

For it’s part, FileSonic has changed the slogans and description of its service on its main page, though clicking through for more information on its premium plan does pull up a logo with the tag­line, “Upload. Store. Download. Share. We don’t believe in limits.”

FileSonic did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

On Monday, the Associated Press reportedthat Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom (who officially changed his last name from Schmitz) said that he is innocent and is not a flight risk at a hearing in New Zealand. A judge is expected to rule this week on whether Dotcom will be granted bail, the report said.

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Source: Washington Post