“Share” and Facebook Will Donate $1 to Starving Kids – Facebook Hoax

Yet another hoax message is reportedly spreading on Facebook, and this time it is about Facebook donating money for “sharing” a picture of an unhealthy child. This isn’t the first time we’re seeing such a message spreading on Facebook. This appears to be similar to one of the hoax messages that was reported last month – Facebook to Donate 50 Cents for Every “Like.”

The hoax message is spreading with the following message and a picture of a child –

I am not asking you to click “like” but i am asking you to please click share.

For every share of this pic Facebook will donate 1$ to the starving kids all over…

Facebook to Donate Starving Kinds - Hoax

The message claims that Facebook will be donating $1 in order to help starving children every time the picture is shared on the network. However, this is not true, and there is no such donation done by Facebook.

People generally create such messages in order to generate “likes” and “shares” on Facebook. Doing this wouldn’t benefit them in any way, however, they are motivated by the desire to accumulate large numbers of likes and shares on Facebook.

It’s true that sharing such messages creates an awareness, however, “liking” or “sharing” will not help this or any other child in any way. It is always advised that users verify such information before spreading it across to their friends. A quick search on Google will help you find out whether the message is a fake or not.

We at Techie Buzz always try to keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. You can follow our dedicated Facebook page where we report all spreading scams – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

“Rethink Digg” – a New Version of Digg, Launching August 1

The once popular social news website Digg was acquired by a New York-based start-up incubator Betaworks — the one that owns and operates link shortner Bit.ly — on July 12 for an under-priced amount of $500,000. Back in 2008, Digg was almost acquired by Google for a whopping $200 million, however, the deal was off when Google didn’t find the Digg team reliable enough, and weren’t up to the standards of the search engine giant.

However, that is past and things have changed now. Betaworks and Digg together have a plan to start all over again, and rebuild the social news website from scratch. In a blog post, the start-up briefed on its plans to rebuild the site, as well as some details on why Betaworks purchased Digg in the first place.

Rethink Digg v1

In a new blog called “Rethink Digg,” the team stated that it requires help from its readers. Here’s what they have to say:

As Betaworks and Digg both announced on their blogs, we are taking over Digg and turning it back into a startup. What they didn’t mention is that we’re rebuilding it from scratch. In six weeks.

On August 1, after an adrenaline and caffeine-fueled six weeks, we’re rolling out a new v1. With this launch, we’re taking the first step towards (re)making Digg the best place to find, read and share the most interesting and talked about stories on the Internet – and we want your help.

The most interesting thing to note here is that it plans to do first versions revamp in just six weeks with a team of 10 developers, designers, and editors. During the week, the first thing they ought to do is to move the site from its old and expensive infrastructure to a more efficient setup. The Betaworks-Digg team has also promised that the reincarnation of Digg will be modern, fast, shiny and new. Additionally, they also have plans to build a user experience that is native to each device.

Digg can still compete with Reddit, however, in order to do that the team has a lot of things to cover, and this isn’t an overnight process. It would take several months for the team to rebuild the site completely. However, on August 1, we will find out if the new revamped Digg is really worth checking out or not.

You can also fill out a short survey and help the team “Rethink Digg” in a more user-friendly manner.

Leaked Images of Sunny Leone from Jism 2 – Facebook Scam

A new scam message has been doing the rounds on the social media network Facebook, enticing users to click on the link in order to view leaked images of Canadian actress Sunny Leone. We have seen similar such scam messages spreading the past including, Nicki Minaj Gets Caught on Tape, and Kim Kardashian Exposed.

The Sunny Leone leaked images scam is spreading with the following title with the same description, along with the link to a rogue Facebook application:

Sunny Leone Leaked Jism 2 Nude Undressing Scene Ex : [link]

Sunny Leone Leaked Jism 2 Nude Images - Facebook Scam

Clicking the link provided in the scam message will take you to a Facebook app page, where you will be asked to authorize the app to post updates on your behalf and also have access to your basic personal information, including your email id.

It is highly not recommended that you authorize app like this. Scammers generally misuse the information they have obtained by either trying to hack your Facebook account, or sell it to third-party organizations, who in turn will spam your inbox.

You will then be redirected to a Blogspot site, which is designed to look like a Facebook page. You will notice a fake video player, and clicking the play button will like-jack your Facebook account. You are also presented with a set of online surveys.

Fake Facebook Page

Whatsoever you do, there are no leaked pictures shown to you. The creators of the message are simply trying to gather as much information as possible from your Facebook account and misuse them to the highest extent.

In case you have already fallen for this trap, then I recommend you to deauthorize the rogue app from your Facebook account. To do so, go to your Facebook Account Settings. From the menu on the left, select “Apps.”

Identify the app that you want to remove, and click on the “x” mark. This will open a pop-up window where you will be asked to confirm whether you want to remove the app or not. Before you click on “Remove” button, make sure you have checked the “Delete all app activity” option. Once done, the app will no more be associated with your Facebook account.

Remove Facebook App

It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages  on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.

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Facebook Testing Pinterest-like Layout for App Contents

If we are go by some of the recent reports, Pinterest-like layout are coming to Facebook. According the social media blog InsideFacebook, Facebook seems to be testing a new layout for its Open Graph app stories, which appears to look like Pinterest’s layout, with boxes featuring a picture for each item that the user has “liked,” or commented, using Facebook apps.

Content generated by apps will be more noticeable than before, with the help of the new layout. It gives users the ability to comment, or “like” app contents right from their News Feed. Often apps are considered to generate spam updates. However, with the new layout, Facebook is looking forward to change the thinking of users, and eventually help build conversations on app contents.

Like the current methodology, clicking on a photo will take the user to the third-party app page or website, with specific details about the photo. For instance, when a user clicks on a photo that is updated by the Foodspotting app, he will be taken to the Foodspotting website where details on that particular dish can be checked,, including the restaurant address, map location, and the number of people who have “loved” it.

Facebook Testing Pinterest-like Layout

According to InsideFacebook, when users hovers the cursor over a photo in the new layout, a small window opens up, with an option to comment on the item. Also on hover, users can take in-app actions without leaving Facebook if the app has created custom action links.

Currently, the layout is in its testing phase and is available only to a few Facebook users. We’re not sure if this layout is here to stay permanently. Also, the layout appears to be only tested on those application that are heavily based on photos.

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Samsung Unveils Wi-Fi Enabled MV900F Point-and-Shoot Camera

Samsung has unveiled a new addition to its family of growing range of point-and-shoot SMART cameras with the launch of Wi-Fi enabled Samsung MV900F MultiView. The latest addition is the successor the Samsung MV800, and has complete social networking integration along with a splendid 3.3-inch flexible AMOLED 180-degree flip-out touchscreen display.

The Samsung MV900F sports a massive 16.3MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, including a spectacular 5x optical lens, which is a 25-125mm, F2.5-6.3 zoom lens. The point-and-shoot camera has the capability to record Full HD 1080p video, and using a Wi-Fi connection, you can easily share videos with your friend by streaming it directly to Facebook, YouTube, or Flickr.

Samsung MV900F Wi-Fi Camera Launched

One great thing about the MV900F is the gesture support, which allows you to control the camera remotely. Yes, Samsung has added this amazing “Gesture Shot” feature, which lets you control the camera functionalities by simply moving your arms. The camera’s f/2.5 lens and the 5x optical zoom can be controlled by moving your hands in a circular motion to zoom in or out.

Yet another notable gesture feature is that you can take self-portraits without having to set the time. That is, you no more have to set the timer and run back to the group to take self-portraits. You can achieve this task by moving your hands up and down to capture the photo.

Samsung has also added some great shooting filters and scene modes, including the ability to add a background to a photo within the camera itself. The BSI CMOS sensor is designed to deliver good image quality in all lighting conditions. Enabling the Low Light Shot mode will automatically select the best settings while taking a picture in low light conditions.

Samsung MV900F Colors

Complete Specifications of the Samsung MV900F

  • 16.3 effective Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • F2.5-6.3, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25 – 125 mm
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3.3-inch AMOLED display with 614k pixels
  • Display can flip upward 180 degrees for self-portraits
  • “Gesture Shot” feature to control camera remotely with hand gestures
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with scene-selecting Smart Auto mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi lets you control the camera from an Android smartphone, or send photos to social networking sites, e-mail recipients, or your computer on any open network
  • Plenty of special effects, including panorama and HDR modes
  • Records Full HD video at 1080/30p with monaural sound
  • Supports Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses BP-88B lithium-ion battery; no battery life available

The MV900F is going to be available in white, pink, black, and red. It will go on sale by the end of August for $349.99


YouTube Now Lets You Blur Faces in Your Videos

Sometimes, you may not want to reveal your identity in a video and intended to blur your face in it. There are a number of free and premium video editing software programs that easily help you achieve that task. However, what if you’re running out of time and want to immediately upload a video with the blur affect added? Well, if YouTube is the place where you’ll be uploading the video, then there’s a solution to that.

Today, Google has announced this nifty little feature for YouTube, which will enable users to blur faces within videos itself. This tool maybe highly useful to those who upload newsworthy content on YouTube involving specific people who want to remain anonymous, which might eventually get picked by TV media.

“Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube.”

Blur Faces in Your YouTube Videos

The new face blur feature on YouTube is of great advantage, and you can start using it right away. Once you have selected the video that you want to upload, follow the step-by-step instruction below to blur faces in your video:

Step #1: Upload the video to your YouTube account, or select the video that you want to edit.

Step #2: Navigate to the “Video Manager” by clicking on your username on the top-right corner.

Step #3: Click the “Edit” button. You’ll be taken to the edit info page for the video.

Step #4: Now, click on “Enhancements.” At the bottom, select “Additional Features,” and it will reveal the face blurring tool. Click on the “Apply” button to Blur All Faces.

Step 5: If you’re satisfied with the blurring as you see it in the preview, click “Save As.” Additionally, you can check the “Delete the original Video” option, which will permanently delete the original copy of the video from your YouTube account.

Users can use this feature to check the video frame-by-frame in order to see if the face blurring effect was effective or not. However, in the blog post, YouTube has stressed that the technology is “emerging” (read as beta phase) and might not be 100 percent accurate: “This is emerging technology, which means it sometimes has difficulty detecting faces depending on the angle, lighting, obstructions and video quality. It’s possible that certain faces or frames will not be blurred.”

This is a very interesting move from Google. YouTube has gone out to be one of the best platforms for storytelling and to share videos on the Internet. It has been playing a vital role as one of the main news sources around the globe. With the new Face Blurring feature, it definitely helps in preserving the anonymity of a user, or participants in a protest.

Google currently uses a similar blurring technology to obscure faces and license plate numbers on its Street View mapping service.

Watch out for Fake Facebook Photo Tag Emails

Not every Facebook user has fair knowledge about how they are being tricked into sharing their Facebook information with spammers. Some install rogue applications, while some click on spam links. Of late, users are being tricked by a fake email, which appears to be a “notification” from Facebook, but with a fake email id with an extra “o” in it.

The fake email id – notification(at)facebooo(dot)com has an extra “o” in the domain name. Users generally do not notice this and tend to believe that the email is genuinely from Facebook. The email contains a message indicating that the user has been tagged in a photo on Facebook. It also contains two button links “See Photo” and “Go to Notifications,” which when clicked, activates and runs a malware program automatically, reports Sophos.

Here is an example of what the email looks like:

Facebook Fake Photo Tag Notification Email

Subject: Christine McLain Gibbs tagged a photo of you on Facebook

From: Facebook <[email protected]>

Clicking the link provided in the email will not take you to your Facebook account; instead it will redirect you to a bogus web page that is hosting a malware program. The malicious grogram is designed to put your computer at high risk using the Blackhole exploit kit. Seconds after that, you will be redirected to a random Facebook profile page.

Security firm SophosLabs, have investigated on this and concluded with the detection of the malware as Troj/JSRedir-HW. Read more about the malware here.

If you receive any email that is claiming to be coming from Facebook, then make sure you check the email details before clicking on any of links embedded in it. The best practice is to ignore the email and go to your Facebook profile directly t check for notifications.

Back in January, we reported that spammers created fake ‘Facebook Security’ accounts created to send phishing messages that primarily attempted to steal account information from Facebook users. It is always recommended not to click on any links on Facebook. You cab bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams and stay updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Dear Marissa Mayer, the Flickr Community Has a Request for You

Update: Flickr responds to its users in a similar fashion. Here’s what you will find at flickr.com/dearinternet:


flickr.com/jobs ♥

Flickr #dearinternet

Flickr Response


In a surprising move, Yahoo appointed Marissa Mayer as the next President and CEO of the company, who was previously working for Google for the past 13 years and supervised many of well-known Google products.

Yahoo has had a rough history and has been looking for the right leader since the last four years. The company has great expectations from the newly appointed CEO and hopes to regain its lost reputation under her administration.

One of Yahoo’s popular tools is the photo sharing site — Flickr. Flickr was created by Ludicorp in 2004, and was acquired by Yahoo in 2005. Back then, Yahoo and Google were competing for the top position in the search engine market, and were offering new services to its users. In 2011, Yahoo reported that Flickr had over 51 million registered users with 80 million unique visitors, and was hosting nearly 6 billion photos from users across the globe. Flickr was once upon a time the most happening and happiest site ever.

With a high demand for photo sharing networks, new photo sharing services started to emerge out, offering better and advanced features than Flickr. While Yahoo was going under a lot of complications, it failed to focus on Flickr and didn’t seem to have any plans to improve the photo sharing site in any way. Competitors took this as their advantage, and Flickr lost several active users to them.

Marissa Mayer - Yahoo CEO

Competitors like Tumblr, 500px, Facebook, Instagram, and several others picked up eventually, and today, what we of see Flickr is more like a barren land. Though many have switched to other service to share photos, Flickr still has one of the strongest communities out there. It is one of the best sources to learn photography and the various skills required in it. However, Yahoo hasn’t given a shit about Flickr’s community.

Also Read: Flickr Teams Up with Pinterest for Better Photo Attribution

In a post by Gizmodo’s Mat Honan, the main reason why Yahoo acquired Flickr was not because of the strong community it had, or to increase social connections, but it was simply to generate revenue. This is where Yahoo made a big mistake and took Flickr for granted. And today, there result you see is the same as what many analysts expected to happen.

Yahoo has been neglecting Flickr for several years now, despite that, Flickr’s highly talented developers are trying hard to set things right and get Flickr back on track.

Today, the entire Internet is hoping for great changes from the new CEO, Marissa Mayer. A community has created a request website called dearmarissamayer.com highlighting a simple, yet important message on the site — “Dear Marissa Mayer, please make Flickr awesome again ♥ the internet #dearmarissamayer

Dear Marissa Mayer, please make Flickr awesome again

Flickr was one of the best photo sharing site with a vibrant user base. Indeed, it was one of the happiest sites until new photo sharing sites evolved. It will be interesting to see how Marissa is going to change things around her. I hope she considers Flickr as one the most important assets of Yahoo, and bring back the awesomeness of sharing photos on Flickr. Yes, there are hundreds and thousands of users who are eagerly waiting to get back to Flickr. I hope Marissa is listening.

Google’s Loss is Yahoo’s Gain. Will Marissa Mayer Make Yahoo Reputable Again?

Shock. Stunned. Amazed. Surprised. This is how users on the Web have been reacting to the news of Marissa Mayer being appointed as the new CEO of Yahoo. And the reason to be surprised is due to the fact that Marissa Mayer was previously working for Google for nearly 13 years, since she first joined the search engine giant (as employee number 20) in 1999.

Kudos to Yahoo, and indeed this is a great move for the company, which has been desperately hunting for the right leader in the last few years with having switched over to three not-so-good CEOs in less than a year and a total of five in the last four years. Yahoo has terrifically failed to shine in the industry, as its competitors grew stronger with innovative services, while Yahoo was left behind with barely anything to offer.

During the era of Carol Bartz, Yahoo’s worst nightmare, the company lost some of the popular services like Yahoo Buzz, Delicious, and Yahoo Geocities, which were either shut down, or were sold away. Yahoo not only lost most of its services during that time, but also it was this point of time where it lost many users to its competitors.

Marissa Mayer - Yahoo CEO

Yahoo has had a rough history. Today, Mayer takes over the CEO’s post, and I’m sure she has that potential to do great things for Yahoo, using her experience from her previous company and having the quality of a perfectionist executive. Sure Marissa is a challenging person who has always strived to take up challenging tasks, however, with Yahoo’s huge drawbacks and poor history, will she be successful enough to rightfully make Yahoo reputable again? Well, I see a very thin chance of that happening.

Marissa at Google

Google’s Cream, Marissa Mayer, Appointed as Yahoo’s New CEO

Marissa Mayer, the first female person and the 20th employee to be hired by Google in 1999, parted ways with Google, deciding to take up a new and challenging task by stepping in as the Chief Executive Officer of the troubled company, Yahoo. This is Yahoo’s third CEO in less than a year, and the fifth in the last four years.

The long-time Google executive, Marissa Mayer, will start her new role at Yahoo as she confirmed her appointment by tweeting along with a link to Yahoo’s Press Release.

Marissa Mayer Confirms Appointment

Mayer says: “I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo!, one of the internet’s premier destinations for more than 700 million users.  I look forward to working with the Company’s dedicated employees to bring innovative products, content, and personalized experiences to users and advertisers all around the world.”

Yahoo has been struggling ever since Google and its other competitors have picked up significantly by releasing new and innovative services, while the troubled company was shutting down many of its services. With that, Yahoo has also failed to find a leader for the company in the
Marissa Mayerrecent past, with hiring over several CEOs, including Carol Bartz — who was a nightmare to the company, followed by Scott Thomson — best known for résumé fraud, and the current interim Ross Levisohn.

At Google, Mayer was in charge for services like Local Maps and Location Services at Google, along with supervising products which included Google Maps, Google Earth, Street View and Zagat for desktop and mobile. She comes with great experience from Google, and having been worked for the search engine giant for nearly 13 years, Yahoo is looking forward to shine in the industry and recover from its demoralized financial growth.

Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO and current chairman, said, “Yahoo has made a good choice and I am personally very excited to see another woman become CEO of a technology company.

Interestingly, Google closed at $571.98 per share with a loss of -0.79 percent, while Yahoo saw a +1.14 percent change and closed at $15.92 a share.