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Daily Wrap: Facebook’s Offsite Mods May Know More Than You Think

The offsite moderators for Facebook may have user information that might make some Facebook users uneasy. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.

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Reports Raise Questions About Who Has Access To Your Facebook Profile

Some Facebook moderation is performed by an external vendors. The employees of these vendors may have more information on Facebook users than some people expect. Beyond the flagged content, the moderators can see, in some cases, the user’s name and other identifying information.

From the ReadWriteWeb community:

jdavid_net — the problem is if facebook truly is a social utility, then, it becomes part of the infrastructure of human inter relationships.

Nick Stamoulis — It’s doubtful that the average Facebook user thoroughly understands Facebook’s privacy policies. Most probably haven’t even bothered to read it. Facebook is a “free” service, and it’s obvious that you are giving up something to use it. Really, it’s pretty simple. If in doubt, don’t share something on Facebook.

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How Technology Changes Our Relationships

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Google Gets Into the Airline Ticket Business

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The Best SLA Ever

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Now You Can Pin Quotes to Pinterest

Pinterest is the new home to images from around the Web. Artists, interior designers, fashionistas and excited brides-to-be are using Pinterest to organize and curate their aesthetic. Among the photos of vintage duffle bags and cheese plates, word-only images have begun to pop up. Toronto-based developer Adam Rotman saw the opportunity and jumped on it. His new site, PinAQuote.com, offers users a way to grab text they see somewhere on the Web and turn it into a sharable image for Pinterest. Drag the PinAQuote bookmarklet into your bookmarks bar, which works well in Firefox or Chrome. (more)

How Spam and the Cloud Can Save the Future of Email

Email is dead, according to some high profile figures.

Meanwhile, email use continues to grow steadily, and by some estimates nearly 80% of all business data can be found in email. Yet, even many of email’s greatest fans believe that after nearly 40 years of evolution, email has pretty much settled into its final form. I think they’re wrong – we have only seen the beginning of what email can do. (more)

Experts Weigh In On What Facebook Premium Means For Users, Advertisers

The premium advertising platform Facebook launched last week, which includes an increased emphasis on mobile, is getting mixed reviews from industry professionals.

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Betting on the Future, Washington Post Hires Slashdot Founder

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Can Big Data Replace Domain Expertise?

One of the recurring themes last week at the O’Reilly Strata Conference in Santa Clara was the idea that skill with machine learning and analytics could trump domain expertise in getting results.

The argument goes something like this: Given the right data set, a data scientist with no domain expertise can out-perform experts that have been working in the field for decades. For example, providing weather insurance or marketing strategy. (more)

The Benefits and Pitfalls of ESPN’s new Developer Center

What do you do when you have a treasure trove of valuable data that developers would love to get their hands on? Release an API and let them create applications for you. That is precisely what sports network ESPN did today by announcing its Developer Center replete with multiple APIs for programmers. Developers can tap into ESPN’s reservoir of data on athletes, teams, media, stats and research to create sports apps with rich data for fans across the world. (more)

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