Social News Daily Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Are Facebook Apps Keeping Track of More Than They Should? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:52:52 +0000 Your privacy while you use your smartphone has become even more of a hot button issue over the course of this year — and it seems like Facebook might be the next company to step into the firing lines. A Reddit user has found evidence that both the company’s flagship app and its ‘Messenger’ counterpart might be keeping an eye on more of your usage than they perhaps need to.

The user, known as ‘xXCallMeGreenyXx’, has found evidence that the apps are collecting information on everything from how many pixels you scroll through via the in-app browser to what sort of credit card you use. The more standard metrics that the apps keep track of are probably intended to give feedback to its developers so that they can make the experience better for users — but its thought that all this logging is part of the reason that the apps run so slowly on older devices.

Despite the fact that it’s rather inconvenient for user to have to make do with a slower app, there’s no reason for users to worry too much about the information being collected. While the sort of credit card you’re using might be passed on, none of your other financial details will be; it’s simply a matter of market research. However, it’s easy to see why many users consider this an invasion of their privacy, especially since it seems to come as a detriment to the usability of the app itself.


While hoaxes about having to pay for Facebook continue to rear their head on a regular basis, it seems that the real detriment to using the service — at least on your phone — is allowing the company to take a peek at your usage habits. In a sense, you’re still paying to use the app; the metrics taken from the way your interact with advertising allows Facebook to finetune the way they use their service to market products more successfully, which in turn allows for greater potential earnings.

This might not sound like too much of a big deal, but with user privacy fresh in people’s minds after leaks earlier in the year, it might just cause a major headache for Facebook. Users are becoming less and less trusting of companies, and it’s causing them to hold their personal information far closer to their chest than ever before. It’s a matter of principle — if Facebook can track these metrics, what else do they feel like they have the right to keep an eye on? It’s a contentious issue, and it’s something that will undoubtedly be a major talking point for months and years to come.

Are you bothered by the way Facebook track user activity using their apps? Is it enough for you to stop using their products altogether? Or are you of the opinion that they have a right to keep an eye on how users utilize their services?

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Jason Aldean Extends The 2015 “Burn It Down Tour” With 23 More Cities Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:23:22 +0000 Jason Aldean added 23 new cities to his “Burn It Down Tour” in 2015. The first leg of the tour was extremely successful and the Aldean team wanted to keep the momentum going.

“The tour is doing well, so you want to expand it and hit some cities that you didn’t hit on the first leg of it — that’s the biggest thing. Every year you try to hit the major markets, for the most part. We were able to do that, but there were a few places we weren’t able to hit on this run.”

The country singer has a #1 single with “Burnin’ It Down” and his new album broke the record for most first-day and first-week streams by a country album ever on Spotify. His almub’s first single, “Burnin It Down” topped both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase radio charts.

Below are the newly added cities. Fans can buy tickets on Aldean’s website,

Greenville, South Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

N. Charleston, South Carolina

Bossier City, Louisiana

Tupelo, Mississippi

Nashville, Tennessee

Toledo, Ohio

Peoria, Illinois

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Wichita, Kansas

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Little Rock, Arkansas

Bozeman, Montana

Spokane, Washington

Eugene, Oregon

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Louisville, Kentucky

Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Corpus Christi, Texas

Beaumont, Texas

Charleston, West Virginia

Hartford, Connecticut

Hershey, Pennsylvania

[Photo credit: Larry Darling]

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Marcel The Shell Comes Back With Third Video, People Freak Out [Watch] Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:08:30 +0000

“Marcel The Shell” was/is a widely successful YouTube video that was uploaded back in 2011. Comedian Jenny Slate and director Dean Fleischer-Camp, her husband, released a new video today called “The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been.”

The video is titled “Marcel The Shell With Shoes On, Three” and it is adorable. If this is your kind of humor and you enjoyed the first two, this third video will not disappoint.”

Jenny and Dean are releasing a Marcel The Shell book, available later this week, that coincides with this video. It has only reached 26,000 views so far, but that number will steadily increase one the Marcel fans realize what happened today. The original video has over 23 million views, do you think this one will reach the same amount?

“Life’s a party, rock your body.”

Twitter had a slight freak out and it will continue:

[Photo credit: YouTube]

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Mystery Submarine Evades Swedish Navy Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:28:30 +0000 The Swedish Navy is hunting for a mystery submarine that was recently spotted in the waters near Stockholm.

CNN reports that Sweden began its search after intercepting Russian radio transmissions. The Swedish military also said that it was investigating three credible sightings of “foreign underwater activity” and even provided a blurry photo of what appears to be a submarine breaching the water near the coast of Sweden.

According to the BBC, the military believes that it may have spotted a Russian submarine but Russia’s defense ministry denied that they had a sub patrolling the waters near Sweden.

Russian Defense Ministry source told the TASS news agency on Monday: “On Sunday, October 19, the Russian Defense Ministry provided assistance wherever possible to the Swedes in their unsuccessful search, saying that there were no incidents with Russian warships (in the Baltic Sea), including submarines … For easing tension in the Baltic Sea and saving Swedish taxpayers’ money, we would advise (the Swedish side) to request explanations from the Dutch Navy command.”

The Dutch Navy also denied that it had a submarine near Sweden.

The “who” to this story is not yet known. But what about the why? According to Johan Wiktorin of the Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences, whoever is snooping around the Stockholm Archipelago may be mapping the area in case of conflict.

Wiktorin said: “They could be mapping the waters in order to be able to navigate them in the event of hostilities. They could also be installing equipment, like sensors, that could track or get an observation of our units in that area. Or they could also possibly reconnoiter our (defense) systems.”

photo credit: Defence Images via photopin cc

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Only 6 White Rhinos Remain After Death Of Suni Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:43:09 +0000 The northern white rhino population is now down to 6. Suni, a male rhino who lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, passed away this week.

CNN reports that there are only six northern white rhinos left in the world and after Suni’s death, only one breeding male. Rangers did not give a cause of death but did say that endangered rhino was not killed by poachers. Rangers believe that the 34-year-old rhino died of natural causes.

The conservancy writes in a statement: “There are now only six northern white rhinos left in the world. Suni was one of the last two breeding males in the world and no northern white rhinos are known to have survived in the wild. Consequently the species now stands at the brink of complete extinction, a sorry testament to the greed of the human race…. We will continue to do what we can to work with the remaining three animals on Ol Pejeta in the hope that our efforts will one day result in the successful birth of a northern white rhino calf.”

The Telegraph reports that Suni was born in captivity at the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic. He was brought to Kenya in 2009 as part of a breeding program which conservationists hoped would save the species.

The white rhino population has been decimated over the last few decades. In 1960, there were more than than 2,000 white rhinos. In 1984, only 15 white rhinos remained in the wild. Now, the only six north white rhinos remaining in the world live at various conversations and zoos in Kenya, San Diego, and the Czech Republic.

[Image Via Wiki]

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Woman Arrested After Getting Stuck In Chimney [Photos] Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:51:45 +0000 A woman was arrested for illegally entering a home this weekend shortly after firefighters rescued her from a chimney in Thousand Oaks, California.

According to KTLA 5, firefighters arrived on the scene at about 5:45 am on Sunday morning and found Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa stuck in the chimney. Police do not know Nunez-Figueroa’s exact intent but they believe that she was trying to get access to her former boyfriend’s home.

The home’s resident, who did not wish to be identified, said that he had met Genoveva online and that they had been on about six dates.

The man said: “Before you have somebody come in your house really check them out … really give it some time before you let somebody in, because they might want to stay.”

Police used dishsoap to lube the chimney and jackhammers to loosen the bricks before they were able to pull Genoveva to safety. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Captain Mike Lindbery posted a few photos of the rescue on Twitter.

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Lorde Song ‘Royals’ Banned In San Francisco During World Series Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:14:03 +0000 Lorde fans in San Francisco will have to wait until the World Series is over until they can hear the hit “Royals” on the radio again.

Radio stations KFOG and 96.5 KOIT have both decided to ban the song “Royals” from the airwaves until after the World Series.

KOIT made their announcement on Instagram, writing: We removed #Royals from our playlist until after the World Series. #GoGiants @sfgiants #Giants.


We removed #Royals from our playlist until after the World Series. #GoGiants @sfgiants #Giants

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Of course, just because a few San Francisco radio stations are banning the song “Royals” doesn’t mean that Lorde is going to see any less airtime nationwide. The Kansas City radio station, 99.7 The Point, has already vowed to play the song every hour on opening night of the World Series.

Tony Lorino, Program Director of 99.7 The Point, said: “I respect the work of Mr. Brian Figula, 96.5 KOIT Program Director, and his team of broadcast professionals at our sister stations in San Francisco, but we won’t let their anti-Royals spirit ruin this moment … A few angry San Franciscans who don’t have a song called ‘Giants’ won’t rain on our parade.”

The San Francisco Giants will face the Kansas City Royals this year in the World Series. The first pitch will be thrown on October 21.

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Man Tells Cops He ‘Needs New Mugshot’ On Facebook, Gets Arrested Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:57:12 +0000 Well, he got what he wanted. Shortly after taunting the Christchurch Police Force on Facebook, Samuel Evan Lake got the new mugshot he was hoping for.

The Christchuch Police Force in New Zealand frequently uses Facebook to post messages about people who are wanted for arrest. Last week, they posted Lake’s photo and asked the community if anyone had any information about his whereabouts.

Well, Lake saw the message and decided to taunt the police.

Lake wrote: “I need to get a new mugshot.”

The police replied: “Come see us and will arrange at no cost.”

Which forced Lake to add: “If only they were as good at finding me as they were with comebacks.”

new mugshot

The post quickly gathered thousands of likes on Facebook and soon the Christchurch community was on the case. A few days later, Lake was apprehended.

The police department updated their Facebook page last night to tell everyone that they had caught Samuel Evan Lake.

A message on the FB page reads:” Thanks to everyone for their help locating Mr LAKE in Wellington tonight!”

Unfortunately, the police department has not issued a new mugshot for Lake…  So maybe he didn’t get exactly what he asked for.

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Meme Alert: Anime Characters Announcing They’re Pregnant Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:48:14 +0000 Finding out that your pregnant can bring a wide range of emotions. Some people are terrified at the prospect of raising a child. Others are overjoyed with the idea of being a mother or father. But what happens when an Anime character gets pregnant?

What, have you never asked yourself that question? Well, the internet has. A new meme started up this weekend which shows anime characters reacting to a positive pregnancy test. It’s pretty simple to do. You take a screenshot of an anime character’s face then add in a positive pregnancy test.

So this…

anime face

Plus this…

pregnancy test

Equals this.

anime pregnant

The meme has already gone viral in Japan and is now making its way to the United States. The can search hashtags like #pregnancyannouncement to see more memes or check out the Imgur gallery below.

Kind of creepy, right?

This is the second time we’ve talked about Anime characters crossing over into reality this month. Last week, Hatsune Miku made her late night debut on LettermanThe appearance was a big hit for fans of the hologram artist but Letterman looked pretty uncomfortable standing next to a blank space on his music stage.


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First Snapchat Ad Is A ‘Oija’ Movie Trailer Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:43:42 +0000 Snapchat has entered the advertising game. The social media company started showing advertisements to users over the weekends but Snapchat has a slightly different approach than Facebook and Twitter.

Tech Crunch notes that the Snapchat ads (in this case, a trailer for the movie Oija) will show up in the Recent Updates section. Users are not forced to watch the ad. Instead, they’ll see it like another message from the people they follow and can choose whether or not to click on it. Snapchat users can’t stop the advertisement from showing up in their inbox but they can decide not to watch it.

And after 24 hours, the ad will disappear.

Snapchat announced on Friday that it would start showing users ads. The reason: “We need to make money.”

Snapchat writes:

“This weekend we’re placing an advertisement in “Recent Updates” for Snapchatters in the United States. It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this because it’s the first time we’ve been paid to put content in that space. It’s going to feel a little weird at first, but we’re taking the plunge … We won’t put advertisements in your personal communication – things like Snaps or Chats. That would be totally rude. We want to see if we can deliver an experience that’s fun and informative, the way ads used to be, before they got creepy and targeted. It’s nice when all of the brilliant creative minds out there get our attention with terrific content.”

It’s an interesting approach to social advertising. It seems like Snapchat is trying to put the user experience ahead of the needs of its advertisers. Still, seeing a sponsored message anywhere is usually a bad thing.

Do you like Snapchat’s approach to advertising? Oh, right, that Oija trailer. You can check it out below. Or don’t. We don’t care. We’re just as cool as Snapchat, right?

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