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Thursday
Dec272012

Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister Unhappy When Facebook Photo Goes Public

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Randi Zuckerberg, the former marketing director of Facebook and sister of the company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was not happy at the end of her Christmas Day.

A photo she posted to her Facebook account of her family -- including Mark -- playing around with Facebook’s new Poke app, ended up on Twitter.

The photo was tweeted by Callie Schweitzer, a marketing executive at Vox Media, who thought it was a public photo on Facebook.  Schweitzer followed or subscribed to Randi's public Facebook feed and thought the update was public.

But it wasn’t.  According to Buzzfeed and Randi’s tweets, Schweitzer was friends with another one of the Zuckerberg sisters and because she was tagged in the photo, Schweitzer was able to see it.

“.@randizuckerberg demonstrates her family’s response to Poke #GAH,” Schweitzer tweeted along with the photo.

It didn’t take long for Randi to respond.

“Not sure where you got this photo. I posted it to friends only on FB. You reposting it to Twitter is way uncool,” she said on Twitter.

Schweitzer clarified that she thought it was public, apologized and removed the photo promptly.  But the photo wasn’t removed entirely.  Many websites, including Buzzfeed, Business Insider, Mashable and Gizmodo, ran the photo.  VentureBeat even said the Zuckerbergs are tripped up by Facebook’s privacy settings.

However, Randi tweeted that “it’s not about privacy settings, it’s about human decency.”

The snafu illustrates something Facebook has started highlighting in its recent privacy controls overhaul -- that your Timeline is separate than other places on Facebook and that tagged photos can still be viewed by others.  

Starting last Friday, Facebook rolled out its redesigned and cleaner privacy tools.  One of the additions included educational messages, which pop up when you untag a photo.  The message tells users that the photo still might be visible by others.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Sep192011

Rare Robert E. Lee Photo Found at Goodwill Is Auctioned

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc. and Richard Schaffer(HARPERS FERRY, W.Va.) -- Some go to Goodwill for jeans, furniture, maybe even some good DVDs if they’re lucky. But when Richard Schaffer of Harpers Ferry, W.V., perused Goodwill he stumbled across a small photograph of Robert E. Lee that looked old enough to be real.

He eventually paid $23,000 for it.

“It looked like s*** honestly and that’s what appealed to me,” said Schaffer.

That was enough to make Schaffer, 45, take a second look. When the photograph was first posted on Goodwill’s online site, shopgoodwill.com, it was only $4.

But then something happened. Suzanne Kay-Pittman, spokeswoman for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, said that the price started shooting up.

“In 18 hours, it was above $6,700,” Kay-Pittman said.

Goodwill took the picture offline and to Larry Hicklen, who runs several Civil War antique shops near Stone River battlefield. He dated it circa 1865-1870. He described it as a tin type photograph, probably not an original, but maybe a copy of original. He said that the pose had not been seen before but noted that the image was very similar to the famous “floppy tie” Civil War portrait. This photograph, however, had a slightly different facial expression and faces a different direction.

Good enough for Goodwill, the company reposted the picture on Aug. 31. Several days, 131 bids, and over 40,000 page views later, Schaffer finally acquired the rare piece.

Schaffer, a veteran antique collector, has still not laid eyes on the actual photograph and will not until Kay-Pittman hand-delivers it to him Monday at his Harpers Ferry restaurant, Secret Six Tavern. Then he will have it examined by his own private firm in Washington, D.C.

There are risks. The picture could end up being an absolute fake and be worth less than $1,000. Schaffer says that $23,000 isn’t all that much in the antique world and is just part of the gamble.

“You may win or you may lose,” said Schaffer. “It’s like the stock market.”

But if he wins, he would win big. He estimates that if the picture really is as rare as he believes, it could easily be worth six figures.

And if he loses, it will have just been an auction casualty. He says that Goodwill seems willing to work with him if the picture turns out to be a fake. Even if his money is not returned, Schaffer takes comfort in knowing that his money is going to a good place.

“It’s a very important charitable organization, truly one of the finest nonprofits in the U.S.,” said Schaffer.

Kay-Pittman notes that, through the sale of this one item, Goodwill will be able to train 69 people to go out and get jobs.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun062011

Steve Jobs Announces Apple iCloud Service

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs appeared at a software developers' conference in San Francisco on Monday to introduce a new operating system called Lion and a wireless service called iCloud, but his mere presence at the event dwarfed the announcement itself.

After several years of stories about his failing health and the self-imposed medical leave of absence he announced earlier this year, he got a standing ovation just for being there.

"We love you," shouted someone in the crowd.

"I appreciate it very much," Jobs answered.

People emailing or Tweeting from the conference said he looked gaunt.

Jobs "looks extremely thin," ABC News correspondent Neil Karlinsky wrote in email from the audience, but added, "He's walking steadily and seems to have energy."

Macrumorslive.com, a website that covers Apple full-time, commented, "Steve sounds... exasperated. Weirdly quiet and not as energetic."

Jobs didn't stay long, commanding the stage for approximately 3 minutes. "Today we're going to talk about software," he said, before handing off to Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president for worldwide marketing.

Schiller and colleagues showed how the Lion system, on a properly-equipped computer, could offer the same kind of touch-to-activate features one finds on the iPad tablet. He said it offers 250 new features.

Jobs returned to the stage to introduce iCloud, a service he said would make it possible for users to access photos, music, documents and other content at any time from any device. He demonstrated how photos taken with an iPhone were visible on a user's iPad moments later.

ICloud, which will be free initially, replaces an earlier Apple service, MobileMe, which Jobs called "not our finest hour."

Many users of Apple devices had been frustrated that if, for example, they bought a piece of music from Apple's iTunes store, they were limited in how many places they could store it -- and in trouble if their iPod or MacBook computer broke down or was lost. The iCloud, Apple said, will solve such issues.

The service will integrate what you can get on different Apple devices, the company said. If you've been reading a book on an iPad, Jobs said, you can open it on an iPhone -- and the bookmark to show your place will open with it.

Personal photos, the company said, will not be kept permanently on Internet servers. After 30 days they will need to be downloaded to one's own devices, because they consume large amounts of computer memory.

Immediate reaction to the new offerings was positive, but many in the crowd of 5,200 were still reacting to Jobs himself, who wore a trademark black mock turtleneck and blue jeans.

Jobs' health has been a public issue since 2004, when he announced that he had a rare -- and treatable -- form of pancreatic cancer. In early 2009 he took a medical leave, and, it was later revealed, traveled to Memphis, Tenn., for a liver transplant. He came back to work full-time later that year, but in January of this year he took another medical leave.

This was his second public appearance since then. The other, in March, was for the release of the company's successful iPad 2 tablet.

Jobs had handed off day-to-day operation of the company to his principal deputies some years ago, so his medical problems have not greatly affected the firm's success. Apple stock, valued around $120 per share when he took his 2009 medical leave, hovered around $340 Monday.

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