Facebook Acknowledges Error That Locked Some Users Out of Their Accounts

A number of Facebook users across the globe on Friday and Saturday were locked out of their accounts due to an error in the system, triggering a security threat among those affected, a report said on Saturday.

Facebook Acknowledges Error That Locked Some Users Out of Their Accounts

According to the report in Mashable, Facebook was quick to assure that the problem was a technical one and there was no security problems.

“An error in one of our systems designed to help prevent suspicious account access sent a small set of people to our account recovery flow unnecessarily,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.

“We have fixed the issue and are in the process of clearing the affected accounts from this recovery flow,” it added.

However, it could not be verified how many accounts were affected due to the snag on Friday. Facebook also clarified to the publication that the error was not due to the Cloudflare leak that was recently patched by the content delivery network and Internet security services provider. Unofficially christened Cloudbleed, the bug was similar to Heartbleed in that it leaked user data.

Notably, users of various Google services were affected by a Google Accounts engine issue and were similarly locked out earlier this week.

Separately, Facebook announced on Saturday it has recorded 300 billion Reactions on posts and the Love reaction was used maximum times by its over 1.79 billion users.

On February 24 last year, Facebook enhanced conversations by implementing Reactions – a group of emojis that has Love, Haha, Wow, Sad and Angry emoticons – that joined the famous Like button.

You Can Soon Activate Facebook’s Safety Check Yourself, Zuckerberg Confirms

You Can Soon Activate Facebook's Safety Check Yourself, Zuckerberg Confirms

  • Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the feature at his meeting in Rome
  • Users will be able to enable Safety Check in emergencies
  • It may be a reform after company received several criticisms about the fe

Facebook will soon let users enable Safety Check on their own in an emergency situation or a crisis. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday revealed company’s plans to be working on the feature that would let users create an alert on Facebook through which their relatives and friends can know if they are safe in disasters or other tough conditions.

While holding a townhall meeting in Rome’s Luiss University on Monday, Zuckerberg received a question from audience regarding the future of Facebook’s Safety Check in the wake of recent earthquakes in Italy. “Yes, we’re working on that already.” he said, confirming that the feature might soon be tested and rolled to the public. Adding to his statements, Zuckerberg highlighted that Facebook is not only made for fun moments with friends, but also to ensure safety of the users who’re in peril or such extreme situations throughout the globe.

Facebook introduced Safety Check back in 2014, saying, “We want to provide a helpful tool that people can use when major disasters strike, so we’ve created safety check” in a blog post. Since then, Facebook could be seen activating this feature in several emergency situations and natural disasters in the world, including terrorist attacks – events that Zuckerberg says have “just been too common over the last few years”.

 Zuckerberg said in a video of the townhall meeting posted by him on the social-networking website,”If we’re building a community product, this is one of the moments of truth for us…” He added, “We’re working on what you say. When Safety Check got started a couple of years ago, it was only for natural disasters. The next thing we need to do is make it so that communities can trigger it themselves when there is some disaster.”

Facebook recently has been receiving a lot of criticism for the activation of Safety Check only in select places or as a few point out, in the “West”. The Paris attacks saw Facebook deploying this featureextensively throughout the affected region. Later, the California-based Internet company was slammed for being biased for not activating it during the Nigeria blasts, to which company reacted and made the feature available in the region.

While it’s still unclear how this feature will come in use and what all users would ‘qualify’ to be able to create an alert, Facebook surely seems to be sidelining itself from all the backlash it received in the past for being biased.

 

The Celebration of Sibling Love With Sets of Rakhis

RakshaBandhan brings back many memories of childhood and our heart just fills up with more love for our brothers and sisters. Rakshabandhan is one day that is dedicated to the love between a brother and a sister and like any other festival of our country this one id also celebrated with much fun, frolic, and excitement. The prime attraction of this festival is of course the rakhi thread itself without which the festival cannot be complete. You may get a set of 5 rakhis online or buy a set of three rakhis from your local market, but what matters the most is the look of the rakhi. The look and appearance of the rakhi thread has to be really admirable. In ancient times only a red or yellow thread was tied around a brother’s wrist to celebrate rakshabandhan but now with improvement of technology and flow of time, many innovation has been done over a rakhi.

Rudraksha Rakhi

From inexpensive beads and rudraksh to precious stones all glittering items are used to make this rakhi look gorgeous to heighten the celebration thrill. Pearl rakhi available in the market and especially in the online market is made up of real pearls and it shows how much you love your brother. Expensive stone studded rakhis are obviously going to cost you some money but again that’s ok because it is a once a year festival. If you have only one brother, gifting a precious rakhi is like an unsaid law.

Stone Designer Rakhi

Pearl rakhi

Gold and silver rakhis are also present in the market and they are equally stunning. But not too many people can afford it. You can give this kind of rakhis to your brother once in a five year and once given it becomes a lifetime asset. Unline other kind of rakhis, one cannot waste this rakhi because of the precious metal content in it.

Superman Kids Rakhi

There are many more innovation like designer rakhi where various design and art work is applied to make the rakhi look dreamy. Cartoon rakhi is an important element to make the kids of your house bubble with joy and excitement. There are too many cartoon characters and comic book superheroes that keeps these lovely kids motivated. Iron Man, Avengers, Captain America, Speider Man, He Man, ChhottaBheem, Chutki, Shaktiman, Pokemon, Doraemon, or Minion – there are many rakhis that are made with images of these characters. Rakhis of various types would surely make your celebration a colorful and vivacious one.

 

So, out of so many types, you can select any five as a set of five rakhis to surprise your brothers and cousins.

Facebook signals deeper push into e-commerce with Pages redesign

facebook pages redesignFacebook is making changes to its Pages service to attract more businesses, in part by giving them a new way to showcase their products.

The company has revamped the way Pages appear on mobile devices, giving businesses more ways to interact with customers using smartphones and tablets.

Among the changes, some businesses will be able to add a Shop section to their Facebook Page, potentially allowing people to buy goods directly. A Services section will let them list the services they have on offer.

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The new Pages layout will separate various content and services for businesses into different sections.

The changes are designed to make it easier for users to see what businesses have to offer, and also to get in touch with them. Businesses will be able to place buttons that read “Contact Us,” or “Send Message,” directly under their profile photo.

 

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The new Pages layout will let businesses place a button to let users contact them directly under their profile photo.

Facebook and a small group of partners have been testing a way to let users purchase items through Pages since at least July.

The changes announced Tuesday mean more businesses will be able to let users click “buy” without leaving the social network. The participating businesses will use Shopify, an e-commerce platform, to sell their products through Facebook Pages.

Rivals like Twitter, Google and Pinterest are also trying out new ways of their own to let users shop.

The social network has had something of a rocky past with small businesses. Facebook’s changing algorithms have sparked frustrations among some business partners, and some have complained of losing their ability to connect with customers.

Still, there are 45 million businesses who actively manage Pages on Facebook, the company reported Tuesday.

In July, during Facebook’s quarterly earnings call, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said Facebook often looks for ways to turn businesses who operate free Pages into paying advertisers, by offering to charge them to promote their posts.

Apple Gets Serious About Gaming Ahead of Anticipated Apple TV Launch

Apple seems suddenly all too interested into gaming. The Cupertino-based company, which is expected to launch the next generation Apple TV that can function as a gaming console for iOS games onSeptember 9, has now created an App Store Games Twitter account to tweet about gaming apps.

On Thursday, Apple created a Twitter account named @AppStoreGames wherein it is showcasing some of the best games available on its App Store. The company plans use this Twitter feed to feature interesting game titles, and talented game developers. Moving forward, it also plans to tweet sneak preview of games, share tips and tricks, it told The Verge. The account is run by App Store editors.

The account signals company’s growing interest in gaming, and further cements the rumours that suggest that Apple plans to launch the next generation Apple TV with gaming focused features at the event. Multiple reports suggest that Apple plans to finally refresh its set-top box, and launch it alongside the anticipated iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

The next Apple TV is reportedly getting a major hardware boost – an improved remote with Siri button,motion sensors, an Apple A8 SoC, and bring support for Bluetooth game controllers. The company is said to pitch its new device as both a media streamer and set-top box, as well as a casual gaming console. It is expected to come in two storage variants: 8GB and 16GB, with the former priced at $149 (roughly Rs 9,800) while the latter rocking at $199 (roughly Rs. 13,000).

Twitter Launches Self-Service Ad Platform in India

Micro-blogging site Twitter has launched a self-service advertising platform for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in India, the social networking service announced on Thursday.

Twitter has expanded the platform reach of Twitter ads globally from 33 countries to over 200 countries and territories.

“Now, SMBs from India to Iceland can more effectively reach their target audiences on Twitter in 15 languages. In addition, Twitter also announced the total active advertisers, including SMBs to be approximately 100,000,” the company said in a statement.

“Small and medium-sized businesses face the most challenges and are least resourced to promote the good work they do.

“With the expansion of the Twitter self-service ads platform, we are excited to give SMBs level the playing field with digital advertising to increase their sales,” Emily Huo, SMB lead for Asia Pacific at Twitter said in the statement.

There are 51 million SMBs in India, according to market research firm Zinnov.

Startups registered in India are projected to go up to a whopping 11,500 by 2020, independent consultancy KPMG reports.

“Anyone with a small business, from tech startups to retail, and even mom and pop shops, can now use our platform to target and engage in real-time with more than 316 million active Twitter users worldwide and increase sales,” the statement added.