Facebook Logging Pakistan Users Into Random Accounts?

I have been seeing reports from few people who live in Pakistan that is logging them into random users accounts. This was not just the case with one user, but has happened with multiple users in Pakistan, take a look at the updates below.

The first update was posted by @SaadGH on about 11 hours ago and mentioned that Facebook was logging him into other’s account, status update here. Back then I did not heed much into that update.

Facebook Random Access Update Pakistan 1

However, the second update I saw was on Facebook itself and was posted about 5 minutes ago, which can be viewed here.

Facebook Random Access Update Pakistan 2

Both these individuals are in Pakistan and have had problems while logging into Facebook as in that they are being logged into someone else’s account. If these issues are anywhere real, the ramifications are going to be pretty high considering that Facebook has never been privacy’s favorite child.

If users are logged into random accounts, it means that they have access to everything that user has in their account, and I mean everything. The could change their passwords, update their status or do whatever they want.

Many users are blaming a Pakistan Internet provider PTCL for the issue, but how would an ISP be able to generate a cookie that would allow users into another user’s account. Does it mean that Facebook is generating cookies which are easy to crack or is Facebook’s whole login system busted?

This is not the first time that Facebook has been in a controversy in Pakistan and there was a big issue where Facebook was banned by a Pakistan court over a Facebook page.

So is this just an issue in Pakistan or are people from other countries seeing the same issue. Have you come across this issue where you have been logged into someone else’s account?

BP Wants To Friend You On YouTube For Gulf Oil Spill

After creating one of the biggest disasters in US history with the Gulf Oil Spill, British Petroleum (BP) has tried to buy ads on Google to get their message through, however, they have not just stopped at buying ads for Google search and have been promoting their message on too.

Friend BP Ad on YouTube

If you visit YouTube to watch a video you might see a new friendly ad from BP which asks you to Friend them, the link on the ad points to the same BP video which has also been linked through Google search for the search term "oil spill" and other BP related queries.

In the video you will see BP CEO Tony Hayward saying that they take full responsibilities for whatever happened and cleaning it up too.

I found the ad improper in the sense that BP has not yet cleaned its act up and are using the web as a medium to show messages which are totally inappropriate. Remember the Toyota problem? I would suggest that such ads not be show unless and until they are very sure about what they are doing.

Assuring people is a necessity, but only when you yourself are sure about what you are going to do to address the issue on hand.

Is "Quit Facebook Day" A Big Failure?

has been enthralled in a lot of controversies lately along with facing a lot of fake warnings and phishing attacks which are increasing day by day. In addition to that, there have also been uproars about privacy on Facebook, remember Open Book.

To mark protest against these issues, Monday is officially marked as a "Quit Facebook Day" where users plan to delete their accounts and leave Facebook altogether.

However, not many people have seemed to have liked the idea of quitting Facebook, and out of the 500 million users Facebook has, only 31527 have committed to delete their Facebook accounts.

That number is definitely paltry considering the amount of users Facebook have and goes out to show that the campaign in itself may not be a success. Lately, Facebook has tried to pacify users by rolling out new privacy options. However, users are still irked, that they have to opt-out of the options rather than having to opt-in.

The "Quit Facebook Day" basically also has the same problem and they are mostly made up of users who are sick of Facebook’s way of handling user data. Rest aside, though the cause in itself may seem valid, people are still not buying into it.

So are you going to delete your Facebook account and join the moment? More information about this can be found at the official site http://www.quitfacebookday.com/.

Google Chrome Keeps Crashing After PC Comes Out of Sleep

If you are using the dev version (6.0.408.1 dev) of , you might have come across a mighty annoying bug where Chrome crashes every time you put the PC into sleep mode and then bring it out of sleep.

Also Read: Best and Most Useful Google Chrome Extensions 

This has been happening for quite a few days and has annoyed me to no end. In fact, I have started to save the Chrome session and then close the browser and then restore the session whenever I bring the PC out of sleep mode.

If you have been annoyed too, you are not alone, several users are facing this problem. I did file a bug with Chromium, however, my bug was merged with another bug since many users have reported the issue.

Though it looks like the issue will not be rectified soon, at-least not until Tuesday after the long weekend. Till then try using the session saver extension to save your session before you put the PC into sleep or switch to using the Google Chrome beta or stable releases.

Google PAC-MAN Firefox Bug Was Actually CoolPreviews Fault

Ok I might have been going on and on about the Google PAC-MAN Doodle, however, earlier today I wrote a post about fixing the continuous PAC-MAN music playing in Firefox and wanted to add in some final clarifications to it.

Many users may have thought that the bug was actually because of Google, however, the folks behind CoolPreviews, which was causing the issue have now clarified through a comment that the issue was actually on their end.

Here is what the Cool Previews team had to say about the issue (emphasis added by me):

So What Happened?
The bug came about through today’s Google’s homepage, which automatically starts a Pac Man game after 5 seconds. We had an old line of code from an experimental build that would load up the Google homepage in the background. We have now removed that code. Previously, Google did not have any music on their page. So, obviously, today’s debut Google’s mighty ghosts of Pac-Man really gobbled us up!

Again, we apologize for the craziest bug we’ve ever experienced! Super thanks to all our users for hanging in there!

For now disabling the plugin on Firefox or updating the plugin to the newer version will solve the issue. Hope this puts an end to this issue once and for all :-).

Fix Google PAC-MAN Doodle Sound Firefox Bug

I have been talking a lot about the recent Google PAC-MAN Doodle which was cute when it started out but has gradually turned out to be a real pain in the rear for several users specially those who are using Firefox.

Now this would not be an issue but since Google has decided to run this doodle for 48 hours people may still go crazy till then. Earlier today, I wrote a piece on how you can mute the Google PAC-MAN Doodle, however that issue is not fool proof.

On another post where I wrote about the  PAC-MAN annoyance, several users are complaining that when they use Firefox the annoying PAC-MAN music won’t go away even when they close the Google.com tab.

However, on the same post several commentators also posted a workaround, however, this involves disabling a particular Firefox add-on called CoolPreviews. This solution is definitely not something one would have to do because of an annoying website, however, according to the commentators, this will definitely fix the issue.

Hopefully, Google should be hearing this loud and clear, probably louder and clearer than the annoying sound of the PAC-MAN game and make sure to test things very well, or at the least provide users an option to turn or mute the sound.

Thanks for the solution Bryan.

Letter From a Stranded Google China User Who Is A Foreigner And Wants Google In English

Google recently shut down their operations in China by redirecting Google.cn to Google.com.hk, however, that is not the only restriction they have put in place. Google is also redirecting all the Google.com and Google.com/ncr, which provides global access to Google sites in English, irrespective of location when it is accessed from anywhere including China.

One of our readers had several problems when accessing Google from China, even when the person tried accessing the global site. Here is what the unidentified commentator had to say:

I am a foreigner stationed in China. For all these years I had happily been able to use search at Google.com (NOT .cn) – as it had never been banned/censored in China. There had always been an option "Google in English" which was linked to Google.com, and voila – you were out of restricted area.

Not any more. From today I am being forcefully redirected to google.com.hk which I don’t want to use.

Trying to get through to http://www.google.com/ncr does not help: I am turned back to .hk.

Not that is is better or worse, I just DO NOT WANT TO BE REDIRECTED ANYWHERE.

Guys at Google now did exactly what the Chinese authorities didn’t: removed my freedom to search for the information where I choose to.

Such a disgrace.

The Google withdrawal may have led so many people who rely on the search engine to be delivered in English/their language without restriction to now actually just be redirected to a Chinese site which they may not understand.

Did Google even estimate or think or providing an option for users to actually switch their languages to English, or can we expect hundreds of thousands of users to switch to Yahoo, who are one of the biggest successes in China?

Hulu and NBC Pull Off Conan O’Brien Tonight Show From The Web

A couple of days ago, I was having some fun watching the last episode of the Tonight Show hosted by Conan O’Brien using Hulu, however, I could not watch the entire episode. To my surprise today, the show has now disappeared off the Internet forever, thanks to NBC and Hulu.

Conan O'Brien

The Conan O’Brien and NBC saga is well known, however, it is really sad that both NBC, and NBC owned Hulu pulled off the show from the Internet. All Things D reported about the removal and it is really sad to see the show scrubbed off the Internet.

I am a big fan of Hulu, and it does allow me to catch up with shows that I usually miss in the day, but doing something like this, which is more than monopolistic, is definitely not done. Agreed that you do own the rights to the show, but it is totally unjust to pull off something that the viewers would like to see.

Heading over to now, hope that they don’t pull off the Conan shows from there too.

Hey PayPal You Mother Sucking MoneyHole

Hey PayPal,

You Lousy and freaking son of a eBay and Amazon Gun, I don’t care who you are and what you do. Why? Because you charge more than a bank, always charge me some amount of my hard earned and sweat induced money and I still keep quite. I have never raised a voice whenever you have milked me of 2-4% of my hard earned money every bloody time.

Well to start out with, I was definitely upset and pissed off when you pulled out six payments from my account, but more than that, I was pissed off that you pulled off several payments I sent out to people who create an ecosystem around this website and that pissed me off to no end.

Why did I rely on you in the first place to send out payment, because, you are the only so called payment system which allows worldwide payments, and I came to rely on you. I was not really upset that you pulled off so called operations in India, I was more pissed off because you did so without intimating anyone and for the matter of fact you did not even intimate anyone before reversing payments.

If you have any clues about what you did, you might want to read the comments here. I certainly could not pacify them that they lost their hard earned money, all I could assure them was that everything would be alright. But a paunchy ass that you are, you had to go and ruin it by threatening someone that their credit card would be charged for no fault of theirs. At this point I lost both ignorance and patience about you. Why, because for such a long time I had only believed in you and did not withdraw money, but now seriously, if you ask me, I do not even want to keep any money with you.

You would be curious at my outrage, other than the enormous money you have earned from me by milking me every time, along with the Interest you earned on investments, because I trusted you more than a bank.

Well, here is why. First of all I sent a payment to someone who withdrew it to his bank. After a blue moon and when you realized your own problems, you decided to withdraw the money I sent to him. Now that would be fine, but you did not intimate him or me about it. Now after all is said and done, his account went into a negative balance. OH AND WELL IT IS OUR FAULT, WE SINCERELY APOLOGIZE FOR THAT, but still you threaten him that you will charge his mother’s credit card account to recover the dues??? Are you bloody fucking serious? Why the hell did you reverse the payment in the first place? It is our fault that you did not intimate us? Is it our mother’s fault that she decided to activate a credit card with PayPal.

Why the hell should we pay for your fault you mother sucking MoneySucker? Every time you charge us for payments we keep our mouth shut. Every time we send payments and other’s receive it, they have to keep their mouth shut. It is high time we fucking shut PayPal once and forever.

We need a PayPal alternative that is not sleazy and does the job. If you are one, let me know. I will use you and if I like you I will promote you. But, good luck PayPal, you just earned my middle finger.

As a honest and sincere user of PayPal, I ask every other user to withdraw their money and BOYCOTT PAYPAL, BOYCOTT PAYPAL forever. Never accept a payment in PayPal, if you think that this is the last time those assholes did this, you are wrong, if someone really cared about you and YOUR MONEY, they would first tell you about it, it does not matter if you lost $1 or $10000. PayPal fucked up by not intimating its customers before doing what it did. And believe me, when you play with someone’s money without telling them, you not only fucked up, you also lost every bloody fucking credibility you carried around.

Cheers
Keith

Disclaimer: The views in this post are my own and do not reflect that of Techie Buzz.

P.S: I apologize for all the profanities included in this post.

PayPal Stops Personal Payments To and From India

In a jolt for Indian users of PayPal, they have decided to stop personal payments that are sent to Indian accounts and originate from one. The issue has quickly escalated and snowballed because several web publishers rely on PayPal to receive online payments from advertisers and clients.

The shock was even bigger when PayPal started reversing payments received by Indian accounts and sending them back to the people who sent them. Here is a email that Indian publishers have been receiving after PayPal reverses the payments.

Hello Publisher,

Your payment of  XXX has been sent back to the sender of the payment. 

We reversed this payment because we have stopped allowing personal payments to be sent to or from India.
If this was a payment for a purchase of goods or services, and not a personal payment, then you may contact the buyer and have him or her resend the payment as follows:  (a) click the Send Money tab, (b) select "Goods," and (c) provide a shipping address.

If this payment was a personal payment such as a gift, then we have requested that the sender find another payment method until we restore personal payments to and from India.

We are trying to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and we’re sorry for any inconvenience.

Thank you,
PayPal

TechCrunch was able to get an update on this issue from Anuj Nayar, Director of Global Communications at PayPal, he said:

I can confirm that personal payments to and from India have been suspended while we address some questions from our business partners. You can still make commercial payments. We’re trying to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

However, no matter what the problems were, PayPal definitely did not handle it amicably. There was absolutely no intimation to users about this issue and people who withdrew the money from their accounts now face negative balances. We will try and get more information about this issue and update you, however, it is high time we see more PayPal alternatives rather than be a victim of such unwarranted actions.