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FilAmCCos annual celebration of Philippine independence

By: Filipino Star News

2010 Kalayaan Picnic

FilAmCCos annual celebration of Philippine independence. There were 30 plus Fil-Am organizations in Michigan that commemorated the event. Lots of food, fun and dancing!


2010 Kalayaan Picnic – University of Michigan Fil-Am Students dance number

Members of the Filipino American Students Association of University of Michign perform a dance number at the 2010 Kalayaan picnic held last June 5 at Halmich Park in Warren. There were some 30 plus FilAmCCo organizations that graced the annual celebration to commemorate Philippine independence from Spanish rule

2010 Kalayaan Picnic Square Dancing

Participants at the FilAmCCo’s 2010 Kalayaan Picnic dancing to Stevie Wonder’s “My Eyes Don’t Cry No More” held last June 5 at Halmich Park in Warren

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15 Filipinos in Jeddah to compete in singing competition

Source: GMANews.TV

JEDDAH — Fifteen Filipinos will vie on the finals of the Philippine Independence Himig ng Kalayaan 2010 singing competition finals night, organizers said.

The 15 — eight males and seven females, some of whom coming from as far as Abha and Shaiba — passed the month-long audition held in La Parilla. A total of 38 Filipinos participated in the audition.

Edgar Mendoza, chairperson of the group Pinoy Expatriates for Social Organization and Sports (PESOS) thath organized the event, said the competition in Jeddah is in line with this year’s 112th commemoration of the Philippine Independence Day.

Mendoza said those who would compete in the finals on June 18 are Vincent Valiente, Sheryl Hipolito, Ronnel Pacanan, Princess Valmonte, Patria Sirajam, Nerie Hipolito Ostonal, Myra Colina, Marchie Roxas, Jovann Ibanez, Imee Aragones, Cris Manalo, Christopher Garcia, April Faye Bautista and Andrei Laxamana

Marchie Roxas, one of the contestants who flew in from Abha, said he does not mind that he is 500 kilometers away from Jeddah. He said the more important reason why he joined the competition is for him to show his talent and meet new friends.

Mendoza said the competition would be an exciting one especially because the contenders have previously participated in various singing competitions. “It will be a tough fight so watch it,” he said.

Those who want to watch the event may get in touch with Mendoza (0502346231) and John Lagrimas (0554590912). — Ronaldo Concha and Jerrie Abella/KBK/RSJ, GMANews.TV

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Facebook founder out to fix ‘a bunch of mistakes’

Source: Channel NewsAsia

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SAN FRANCISCO : Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday said the social networking service has made blunders that it hopes to fix with coming changes to its privacy controls.

Zuckerberg issued a mea culpa in an email exchange with popular technology blogger Robert Scoble, who shared it at his website after purportedly getting Zuckerberg’s permission.

“I want to make sure we get this stuff right this time,” said a message attributed to Zuckerberg.

“I know we’ve made a bunch of mistakes, but my hope at the end of this is that the service ends up in a better place and that people understand that our intentions are in the right place and we respond to the feedback from the people we serve.”

Zuckerberg, who turned 26 years old on May 14, said Facebook would start talking publicly this week about privacy control modifications.

“We’ve been listening to all the feedback and have been trying to distill it down to the key things we need to improve,” Zuckerberg wrote.

“We’re going to be ready to start talking about some of the new things we’ve built this week.”

Facebook on Saturday said it plans to simplify privacy controls at the popular social-networking service to appease critics.

Facebook contended that members like new programmes rolled out at the California-based Internet hotspot but want easy ways to opt out of sharing personal information with third-party applications or websites.

Features introduced last month include the ability for partner websites to incorporate Facebook data, a move that would further expand the social network’s presence on the Internet.

Facebook has been under fire from US privacy and consumer groups, US lawmakers and the European Union over new features that critics claim compromise the privacy of its more than 400 million members.

– AFP/il

Filed under: Computer Matters, Internet Security, Social Network, Sorsogon News Updates,

Facebook adds new security tools amid criticisms over privacy


WASHINGTON: Facebook has added new security tools to prevent hacking and held a staff meeting at its California headquarters amid a growing storm over privacy at the social network.

The new security features, unveiled Thursday, include giving members the ability to approve which devices they commonly use to log on to Facebook — a home computer or a mobile phone, for example — through an “Account Settings” page.
“Once you’ve done this, whenever someone logs in to your account from a device not on this list, we’ll ask the person to name the device,” Facebook software engineer Lev Popov said in a blog post.

Facebook members would receive an email notification or a text message if someone tries to access their account from a device that has not been approved.
“This notification will provide steps on how to reset your password and remove the device, so you can quickly secure your account if it’s being accessed from a device you don’t recognize,” Popov said.

He said Facebook had also built in controls to “block suspicious logins before they happen” by asking for proof of identity, such as a birth date.
The new security tools were unveiled as Facebook comes under fire from US privacy and consumer groups, lawmakers and the European Union over new features that critics claim compromise the privacy of its more than 400 million members.
Amid the criticism, Facebook held a staff meeting at its Palo Alto offices to discuss its privacy strategy.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the meeting in a statement to several technology blogs but said details of the internal discussions would not be released.
“We have an open culture and it should come as no surprise that we’re providing a forum for employees to ask questions on a topic that has received a lot of outside interest,” the spokesperson said.

The new features introduced last month include the ability for partner websites to incorporate Facebook data, a move that would further expand the social network’s presence on the Internet.

A European Union group slammed the recent changes this week, saying “it is unacceptable that the company fundamentally changed the default settings on its social-networking platform to the detriment of a user.”

The EU group, known as the Article 29 Working Party, said user profile information “is limited to self-selected contacts” and any further access “should be an explicit choice of the user.”
Last week, over a dozen US privacy and consumer protection groups filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission accusing Facebook of “unfair and deceptive” practices.
“Facebook continues to manipulate the privacy settings of users and its own privacy policy so that it can take personal information provided by users for a limited purpose and make it widely available for commercial purposes,” they said.

Four US senators, in a letter to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg last month, said they worried that personal information about Facebook users is being made available to third party websites.

The senators expressed concerns about privacy ramifications saying “Facebook now obligates users to make publicly available certain parts of their profile that were previously private.”
Sharing personal information should be an “opt-in” procedure in which a user specifically gives permission for data to be shared, they said.

– AFP/jy

Source: Channel News Asia

Filed under: Computer Matters, Social Network,

FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS HACKED

Facebook accounts hacked

By: Channel NewsAsia – Saturday, December 12

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SINGAPORE: Right before her eyes, Julie Chiang watched the computer screen as someone used her Facebook account — pretending to be her, asking her friend for money and claiming she had been mugged in London.

“It was surreal to watch the conversation happen right in front of me,” said Ms Chiang, who had been woken up in Singapore by her friend’s phone call on Friday morning.

“He told me he was on Facebook now, talking to ’me’, and I was saying I needed money to go home.”

The hacker even used Ms Chiang’s husband’s name, which could be found on her Facebook profile, in the conversation.

Even as the unfolding scam began to dawn on her, a second friend living in New Zealand messaged her to say she was having the same conversation.

Reports of such incidents — known as a 419 scam — though few, are on the rise among Facebook users.

Fraudulent individuals collect log—in information through phishing sites and access Facebook accounts to send inbox or chat messages or to update the person’s profile. And they claim to be stranded in a foreign country and ask friends to send money, usually through a money transfer service.

“While the total number of people who have been impacted is small, we take any threat to security seriously and are redoubling our efforts to combat the scam,” said Facebook in a blog post in September.

The scam had previously been perpetrated through emails.

But more cyber criminals are leveraging on social engineering as a means of deceiving users, said systems engineering manager Ronnie Ng from Symantec Singapore.

“Social engineering takes advantage of our natural tendency to trust one another, rather than relying solely on technological means to steal information,” he said.

Indeed, Ms Leong Su—Lin, who was chatting with “Julie” yesterday morning, said the scam seemed believable because it was a “live” conversation.

“Someone was actually responding to the questions I was asking; it wasn’t an automated thing, which is why I went along with it,” Ms Leong, 32, told MediaCorp from New Zealand.

“They were also hitting on a ’soft spot’ by saying she was hurt. I was very concerned, so although she sounded a bit strange, I thought maybe it’s because she was still traumatised.”

But something felt amiss. “I thought it was strange she was on Facebook and not at the police station or at an embassy,” she said.

Mr Ng said people need to be more aware of where they post personal information and who they allow on their social networks. In addition, online users should be careful of clicking on links from unknown senders and use up—to—date security software, he advised.

“They should also be on their guard if they receive suspicious messages from friends, such as requests for money,” he said. “Users should always double—check with their friend. When in doubt, do a search on the Internet to see if it’s a known scam.”

Thankfully for Ms Chiang’s friends, they did just that, and she has since reported the incident to Facebook. “I’ve not heard of this happening, so it’ll be good for more people to know about it,” she said.

The online conversation

(5:17:46 PM) Julie Chiang: Terence and I are stuck in London at the moment

(5:17:55 PM) Derrick Lim: are u there for a holiday?

(5:18:16 PM) Julie Chiang: Vacation

(5:18:27 PM) Julie Chiang: Got mugged at gun point last night …

(5:19:00 PM) Julie Chiang: All cash,credit card and cell were stolen off me

(5:19:11 PM) Julie Chiang: I also got injured

(5:19:19 PM) Derrick Lim: oh no ….

(5:19:45 PM) Derrick Lim: what injury?

(5:20:01 PM) Julie Chiang: Little bruises all over my neck

(5:21:45 PM) Julie Chiang: I need your help to get back home?

(5:21:57 PM) Derrick Lim: my help? ….

(5:22:38 PM) Julie Chiang: Our flight leaves in less than 3hrs from now and we’re having problem settling hotel bills

(5:23:02 PM) Julie Chiang: I need you to loan me few bucks to settle the bills and get a cab to he Airport

(5:23:59 PM) Derrick Lim: ok

(5:24:42 PM) Julie Chiang: You can have it wired to my name and Location through western union ….

(5:27:27 PM) Derrick Lim: can u email me the details?

(5:27:45 PM) Julie Chiang: sure

(5:27:52 PM) Julie Chiang: Name Julie Chiang

(5:28:19 PM) Julie Chiang: Location — London, United Kingdom

(5:28:28 PM) Julie Chiang: You can try it online right now

(5:30:18 PM) Julie Chiang: Visit www.westernunion.com

(5:30:58 PM) Derrick Lim: ok

(5:31:18 PM) Julie Chiang: You will have to do it with your credit card

(5:31:22 PM) Derrick Lim: yes

— TODAY/so

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