Google Adds “Find My Face” Facial Recognition Feature on Google+

Google today announced a new feature called “Find My Face” on its slow growing social networking site, Google Plus, making it easier for users to tag people through the facial recognition technology.

In a Google+ update, Google engineer Matt Steiner wrote, By turning on Find My Face, Google+ can prompt people you know to tag your face when it appears in photos.He added that you have control over which tags you accept or reject, and you can turn the feature on or off in Google+ settings.

Google Plus Find My Face Feature

How it Works

For instance, let’s say “George” decides to opt-in to Find My Face. When “Michele” (George’s friend) uploads a picture that has George in it, then she would see a notification that says “Is this George?” With this, Michele has the option of tagging George in the photo. George on the other hand, can either accept or reject the tag, depending on his choice.

With Find My Face feature, users on Google+ will be prompted to tag your face whenever they upload a photo of you. The feature is very much identical to Facebook’s facial recognition “Tag Suggestions” tool, which “magically” identifies your face in pictures posted to the network and offers suggestion to tag you.

Google Plus Find My Face Enable

However, Google’s Find My Face technology has been built with some key differences that the search giant believes will make photo tagging much easier. It allows users to accept or reject tags, meaning you can completely take control over the tags.

Unlike Facebook, Google’s Find My Face prompts users to opt into the service before it starts automatically suggesting to their friend to tag you. So if you would love your name being associated with your friends’ photos on Google+, then you can turn on Find My Face in your Google+ settings page.

Well, you might not see the option to enable/disable Find My Face yet, but Matt states that it’ll be rolled out to all users in the next few days.

Find My Face is a great feature, especially making Google+ Photos more useful. The same facial recognition technology is also used with Street View to blur photos, and it will be used to unlock phones in Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Facebook Launches Subscribe Button for Websites

Facebook announced the subscribebutton along with other features, like improved friend lists,  a dedicated messenger app, and  improved notifications  earlier in September. The subscription feature works very similar to Twitter’s “Follow” feature. With this, users on Facebook can subscribeto anyone’s Facebook posts and read them, if that particular user has enabled subscriptions. Facebook stated that the “Subscribe” option is intended to connect you with “interesting people you’re not friends with – like journalists, artists and political figures.”

In a similar fashion, Facebook announced that he “Subscribe” button can now be integrated on websites and blogs. According to a post on the Facebook developer blog, the new subscribe button for websites functions exactly as the one present on Facebook.

Any user subscribing a website or a blog will see public posts appear in their News Feed. In addition to that, the new Subscribe action is also shared with friends of the subscriber. So, anyone who sees that update will also be able to subscribe to someone’s public posts via their News Feed.

The Subscribe button is already live with several media partners, including The Daily Beast / Newsweek,, The Huffington Post, Ministry of Sound,,,, and

Facebook Subscribe Button for Websites

For blog owners, the new feature will definitely bring in huge amount of traffic depending on the number of subscribers. The more the subscribers, the more traffic your blog will receive. It is that simple.

How to Add Subscribe Button on your Blog/Website

Just like the “like” and “share” button, users can easily add the “subscribe” button on their blog.

Use the following code for HTML5-compliant markup –

<div  data-href="" data-width="450"></div>

The XFBML version uses the JavaScript SDK. To add the Subscribe Button copy the following codes and paste it in your website/blog’s theme:

<fb:subscribe href="" width="450"></fb:subscribe>

Make sure you replace the URL with your blog’s URL. To know more about how to add the Subscribe button on your blog, visit the official guide provided by Facebook.

Facebook has also started to roll out the Timeline feature for users in New Zealand. However, the worldwide release of the feature would take some time as the company is currently battling with the Chicago Company Timelines (, since it has sued the social networking giant for using the word “timeline” for its new profile.

Facebook Fights Back, Says “Timeline” is a Commonly Used Word

Facebook in a fight back against, which sued the social networking giant for having used the term “timeline” for its upcoming new profile, has stated that the word (timeline) is a generic word.

According to paidContent, Facebook claims that the word “timeline” is simply descriptive and a commonly used word. It lists ten websites that use the word, including the search engine giant Google, which offers an interactive timeline tool allowing users to travel through timeof Google’s company history.

The feature is available to only those users who have installed the  Developer  application. If you haven’t installed it yet, here’s a post which will help you Enable the Facebook Timeline

Facebook Timeline

It is rather ironic for Facebook to countersuit when the company itself has filed trademark for words like “face” and “book”, and has stopped companies from using it. Recently, Facebook sued Techbook and Lamebook for using the word “book” in their domains. It has also applied for trademarks for arguably generic terms such as “face,” “wall,” and “like,” according to Timelines.

Under trademark law, there are five categories in which a trademark can be granted and specified for. The weakest ones are the generic and descriptive word, like bookor fastor “fun”, while the strongest ones are those that are unique and sound attractive, such as Oreo or Spotify. Courts have the power to cancel those trademarks which come under the weak category. Now, Facebook has asked the court to declare that Facebook is not infringingand to cancel the trademark for the word timelinesince it falls in the generic category.

The suit by claims that it would affect the services provided by their company if Facebook makes use of the word “timeline” –

Facebook – a company that has applied for or trademarked the terms Face,Wall,and Like,as well as sued others for using Bookin their names – is using the name timelinefor a new product that is focused on how people express and share events and history online. Facebook either knew or should have known (given their rigorous defense of their own intellectual property) that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted us this trademark. People at Facebook could have at least contacted us for permission to use or license the name. They did not.

A temporary order was imposed on Facebook to stop the roll out of the new profile to all users, but to make it available for developers only. However, now that the order has expired, Facebook has started to roll out the timeline feature to a majority number of users in New Zealand, starting yesterday. If Facebook continues to launch the feature in the U.S and other countries, then it might face heavy charges and may have to change the new profile’s name.

Facebook had scheduled to roll out the Timeline feature on September 22, but it was pushed back after a trademark lawsuit. The timeline was expected to go live on November 7, but looks like Facebook and its users have to wait a little longer. has a help-us-fight-Facebook  message  on its homepage, which is  represented by media law powerhouse Reed Smith. The company also hopes “that Facebook will realize that it made a mistake and that it needs to make things right.

Google Doodle Celebrates 125th Birthday of Diego Rivera

The painter can and must abstract from many details in creating his painting. Every good composition is above all a work of abstraction. All good painters know this. But the painter cannot dispense with subjects altogether without his work suffering impoverishment – Diego Rivera

Google honors Diego Rivera, Mexico’s popular painter on his 125th birthday by dedicating a Google Doodle on its Google search homepage. Diego Rivera was born in Guanajuato on December 8th, 1886. At the age of 10, Diego started showing interest in art and painting. He studied art at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City. The governor of the State of Veracruz – Teodoro A. Dehesa Méndez sponsored him to continue his studies in Europe.

Google Doodle Celebrates 125th Birthday of Diego Rivera

He moved to Europe in 1907 where he studied Post-Impressionism, since he was inspired by Paul Cézanne. Diego’s paintings began to attract people, and he managed to display them at several exhibitions.

Diego is famously known for his paintings. His large wall works in fresco helped in the establishment of the Mexican Mural Movement in Mexican art. Diego Rivera’s most popular art, arguably, is the Man at the Crossroadsor the Man, Controller of the Universein New York City. The mural was removed after a controversy erupted in the press because the painting contained Vladimir Lenin, the famous Russian communist.

Man, Controller of the Universe

Rivera was an atheist. One of his murals called “Dreams of a Sunday in the Alameda” has an inscription which read, “God does not exist”. This caused an outbreak of public anger; however, Rivera refused to remove the inscription. The painting was kept in dark for 9 years, until Rivera finally agreed to remove the inscription. He stated: “To affirm ‘God does not exist’, I do not have to hide behind Don Ignacio Ramírez; I am an atheist and I consider religions to be a form of collective neurosis.”

In 1933, Diego came back to Mexico, and repainted the Man at the Crossroads. Almost seven years later, Diego Rivera returned to United States to paint the Pan American Unity,a ten-panel mural for the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco.

Diego Rivera died on November 24, 1957.

Using Google to Plot Multi-colored Graph

Google has been making a lot of changes of late. Recently we saw the new Google Bar showing up on its home page, which allows users to easily navigate through the various services, including Google Plus, Gmail, News, and so on. Google has integrated yet another impressive feature into its search engine – a full graphing calculator.

Well, in case if your calculator dies, you can always rely on Google to use the graphing calculator to quickly perform the required operations. Students and math lovers can type in a function to the Google search bar, which will return an interactive, multi-colored graphical output.

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Announced on its official blog, Google hopes that students and math lovers around the world would find the new functionality “magical” and bring back the fun in making graphs.

“Now you can plot mathematical functions right on the search result page – just type in a function and you’ll see an interactive graph on the top of the search results page,” Google Engineer Adi Avidor wrote on the Google blog.

Here’s an example of what you would see if you write cos(x) –

Google Graph

You can zoom in and out or pan across the plane. The x and y coordinates on the top-right corner of the graph follows your cursors to show the exact points. Users can also draw multiple functions by separating each function with commas. The feature can be best explained by simply trying it out. Search x/2, (x/2)^2, ln(x)

The results provided are powered by Wolfram Alpha, the self-described “computational knowledge engine” that launched two years ago. The computational knowledge engine helps Google’s search engine to plot the mathematical functions.

Also Read:  Google’s Best Hidden Easter Eggs

According to Adi Avidor, the graphing calculator supports a variety of functions. Specifically, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic functions and all their compositions are included. The feature is available now in modern browsers.

Here’s a geeky stuff that you may find interesting

The above graph can be plotted using the following mathematical expression: (sqrt(cos(x))cos(200 x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(9-x^2), -sqrt(9-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5

Google Graph

Facebook Security Hole Exposes Mark Zuckerberg’s Private Photos

Update:  Facebook has now fixed the glitch & it says,

Earlier today, we discovered a bug in one of our reporting flows that allows people to report multiple instances of inappropriate content simultaneously. The bug allowed anyone to view a limited number of another user’s most recently uploaded photos irrespective of the privacy settings for these photos. This was the result of one of our recent code pushes and was live for a limited period of time. Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed.

A security hole spotted by members of a body building forum (thread deleted by Administrator) allows users on Facebook to view, download and share private photos of other users. This enabled a member of the forum to expose Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s private photos. This means that any photos that are hidden or nonpublic could be accessed by any users, reports Fox News.

This can be done by using the “Report abuse” feature in Facebook, which is basically used to keep the social networking site clean and remove harmful images, posts or content.

It requires you to first “report/block” that user’s Facebook account. You will be prompted with a set of options. Clicking the “Inappropriate photo profile” takes you to the next step where you’re asked select an option on why you find the photo inappropriate.

Facebook Block Content

Selecting the option to report the photo to Facebook brings up another screen that says – “Help us take action by reporting additional photos to include with your report.” By clicking on the last option will enable you to choose photos of that person, including those which are marked private.

A member of the forum shared images of Zuckerberg’s private Facebook photos on an image sharing website. For a company with 800 million user base that is holding potentially sensitive data, this security hole is completely unacceptable. This itself shows that Facebook’s security model is pretty weak.

Earlier in November, Zuckerberg made the following statement

“With each new tool, we’ve added new privacy controls to ensure that you continue to have complete control over who sees everything you share. Because of these tools and controls, most people share many more things today than they did a few years ago. Overall, I think we have a good history of providing transparency and control over who can see your information.”

Well, we now see how good users have control over their data, and how “transparent” the information on Facebook is.  There is no way you can prevent this, but it is reported that the Facebook team is currently investigating through the issue, and hopefully will come out with a  solution  soon.

Dangerous Malware Link Spreading Through Facebook Chat System

A dangerous worm has been spreading through Facebook’s messaging system since last week. It has been trying to hijack users’ chats to spread a download link in an effort to compromise their computers and infect them with a Dorkbot malware program.

The malware gives access to the accounts of the compromised users, which allows it to send a malware-infused JPG download link to friends, according to reports by Sophos Naked Security blog.

It is also reported that the malware is identified as Troj/VB-FRI and Troj/VM-FRJ Trojan horse. However, Sophos reports that Facebook’s own anti-virus isn’t able to detect the malware and is continuing to spread across the social networking site.

The download link points to an image of two blonde women, however, it has been infused with a malicious screensaver. When the malicious program begins to execute, it attempts to download more malware files hosted on a compromised Israeli website. The worm has been developed using Visual Basic 6.0 and “contains numerous Anti-VM tricks directed against VMware, Sandboxie, Virtual Box, etc.,” according to the Dutch CSIS Security Group, which first detected the spread of the worm.

Sophos reveals that the link shared by the malware has a sub-domain “” through which users on Facebook are easily tricked. Clicking on the link will download and install the Dorkbot malware on your Windows computer.

Facebook Chat Malware

With over 800 million users, Facebook can’t afford to let scammers spread links which are harmful to its users. Although the Facebook anti-virus isn’t able to detect the malware, Facebook needs to take precautionary measures by blocking the link on the site and prevent it from spreading further. However, make sure that you DO NOT click on irrelevant links on Facebook. Also, its advised that you have your computer scanned for any malware installed on your system.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about  Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

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Justin Bieber Stabbed by Crazed Fan Outside L.A. Nightclub! – Facebook Scam

A new scam on Facebook is underway, which claims to show a video of Justin Bieber being stabbed by a fan. The scam has the title Justin Bieber STABBED By CRAZED Fan Outside L.A. Nightclub!followed by a link and a description that reads OMG! NOOOO! Could YOU Even Imagine?!?

Justin Bieber Stabbed by Crazed Fan Outside L.A. Nightclub! Facebook Scam

Please beware that this is a fake message that is being spread across the social network. When users click on the scam link, they are taken to a fake page, which appears like Facebook and contains a video player. Clicking on the play button will not load the video, but will ask you to share the video link with your friends on Facebook

Justin Bieber Stabbed by Crazed Fan Outside L.A. Nightclub! Facebook Scam

However, after sharingthe post on your Facebook Wall, you will be provided with a set of online surveys, which you are asked to complete before you can watch the video. Please note that even after completing the surveys there is NO video shown. Please don’t waste your time in completing online surveys. Scammers generally create such scams to get users to complete online surveys.

The scam is just like previous Facebook scams where scammers spread messages like Miley Cyrus Sick Video. As always there is no such video about Justin Bieber being stabbed by any fan. In the past, we have reported similar scams related to Justin Bieber, like “OMG Can’t Believe Justine Beiber Did This To A Girl” and “Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez New Kissing Video Leaked!!!

Sometimes it may result in downloading malware programs or other malicious files, which could possibly harm your computer. These files are programmed in a way to steal your personal and confidential information without your knowledge.

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.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about  Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Siri is Not Against Abortion

Apple’s much-hyped voice assistant, Siri seems to have no answers to questions related to abortions and birth control. Users are reporting that if you ask Siri an abortion related question like, Where can I go to get an abortion?or Where can I go for birth control?, it gave a straightforward answer – “I don’t see any abortion clinics. Sorry about that.”

After the New York Time happened to bring attention about this issue, Apple responded saying that Siri is technically running in beta and is not perfect.

“These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone. It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told the Times.

Siri Anti-abortion

Norman Winarsky, who co-founded Siri before Apple acquire it in 2010, stated that the problem caused could be due to the answers (or information) that Siri draws from third-party website like Yelp and Wolfram Alpha. He also  added,  although Apple made deals with Web service that provide information, they probably didn’t pay much attention to all the results obtained from Web services. However, Winarsky noted that he has no direct knowledge of what Apple has done with Siri since acquiring it.

NARAL’s president, Nancy Keenan, shot an email to Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook in which she complained: “In some cases, Siri is not providing your customers with accurate or complete information about women’s reproductive-health services.”

In reply to Nancy’s email, CEO Tim Cook stated the following –


Thanks for your note.

Our customers use Siri to find out all types of information and while it can find a lot, it doesn’t always find what you want. These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone, it simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better and we will in the coming weeks.

I appreciate you pointing this out.

Best Regards,


Siri functions by gathering information from Web services, including Yelp and Wolfram Alpha to give the user the best answers possible. Although the voice assistant is claimed to be help and assist its user, it has given a number of quirky and funny answers. We had earlier posted about the best funny responses by Siri.

Also Read:  Best and Funny iPhone’s Auto-correct Mistakes

The site, a product of activist organization MoveOn, has a petition created by social activists Nita Chaudhary and Shaunna Thomas. The petition to Apple states, “Stop promoting anti-choice extremists. If a user asks for family planning services, they should be directed to a group that offers full services, like Planned Parenthood – not to a hard-right clinic with an extremist agenda.”

It has gained a huge attraction, and more than 32,000 people have signed, so far. Their goal is to reach 40,000 signatures after which it will be sent to Apple’s CEO.

Celebrating 19 Years of Text Messaging

On December 3rd, 1992, exactly 19 years ago, Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old test engineer for Sema Group, made use of a personal computer to send a text message to Richard Jarvis using the Vodafone network. The message “Merry Christmas” was the first text message sent, according to the history reported by Wikipedia.

Although the first text message was sent in 1992, the service became popular in 1998 in the Philippines. In the year 2001, text messages played an important role and gradually the popularity of the service increased. In 2009, U.S. cell phone users sent roughly 4.1 billion texts every day. That’s 17 messages a day for every person with a data-capable phone. Today, text messaging is one of the most widely used mobile services, with over 74 percent of all mobile phone users worldwide.

Text Messaging

Out of 3.3 billion subscribers, 2.4 billion users communicate daily using text messages. According to Wikipedia, the largest average users of text messaging service are in the Philippines, with an average of 27 texts sent per day by a subscriber, while subscribers in America send about 357 text messages per month on average.

SMS service is one of the dominant technologies in today’s world. Text Messaging has generated $585 billion for operators worldwide in 2011, and is expected to generate more than $1 trillion over the next seven years.

Why is text messaging limited to 160 characters?

FriedhelmcHillebrandFriedhelm Hillebrand, a communications researcher, conducted an experiment in 1985. He sat with his typewriter and started typing
random words and questions on a sheet of paper. He counted the number of letters, punctuation marks and spaces for each line and realized that the number of characters were in and around 160.

That became Hillebrand’s magic number, and he somehow convinced the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) coworkers that 160 characters was more than sufficient for short messaging service (SMS).

However, the world today not only relies on text messaging or SMS, but also makes use of micro blogging sites like Twitter to share information and communicate with people.

The Internet is celebrating the birthday of text messaging, and SMS service provider Tatango has put together an impressive timeline infographics showing the growth of text message over the last two decades.

History of Text Messaging