Facebook source code leaked, but not its social graph: The software source code behind Facebook’s main index page had been inadvertently exposed to some users, then posted to the web on a newly-created anonymous blog called Facebook Secrets, according to a tip published by Techcrunch on Saturday. While embarrassing, this incident’s larger ramifications are still unclear.
Facebook’s most prized possession is the data it has on its users — its social graph — and the company said that no user data was exposed. To put this in context: On July 31st, another security hole left open by the company appeared to have actually revealed some users’ data.
Facebook was quick to respond, confirming that it was the company’s code but saying there was no security breach. It added, testily, “reprinting of this code violates several laws and we ask that people not distribute it further.”
Facebook growing up… “can it stay relevant?”: The latest Newsweek cover story explores how the site is providing new meaning to people beyond college while slowly alienating current college students who just want their own, exclusive network.
UC Berkeley social network researcher Danah Boyd says “[t]he social graph will get incredibly meaningless. Do you really want to be speaking with everyone you ever met?”
Facebook application Audio now funded? Audio, an application developed by an outside company to allow Facebook users to upload and share music files, was removed from Facebook for not following the company’s copyright-enforcement policies. Then, Audio said it would be back in days, but it’s still not. The blog All Facebook reported on Friday that Audio has received funding to come back with a bang.
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