Bitcoin: Is it worth getting into? Why?

The shorter version of the answer would be, it depends on what you want to do with them coins, really.

If you’re thinking about making an investment hoping that the value of the Bitcoin will go up, and you have spare thou’s on the side you can afford to play with. You’re probably better off playing at a second-class casino in Vegas or something.

On the other hand, if you’re thinking that you’d use BTC to buy stuff off the Internet (at least for now), imagine this:

You’re browsing the Internet, and you come across a kick-ass book on Amazon. This book would teach you the Zen of whatever you’re into, it’s magic! You think to yourself, “I’m buying this book with my BTC”, like you know  “two birds with one stone” kind of thing. The book is priced at $53.41 or 83 mBTC (0.001 BTC = 1 mBTC). Continue reading “Bitcoin: Is it worth getting into? Why?” »

Finance Ministry in Lebanon announces e-Services: “We made it easy for you to pay us”

Having seen the Finance Minister announcing the heroic achievement of adding e-services to the ministry website, in order to collect money from the tax payers, I wanted to expand my amazement and find out what is the position of my country in the e-Government arena.

First thing first, let’s have a look at Lebanon’s ranking in e-Government according to the UN (survey conducted in 2012). The below table shows the position of Lebanon in the sub-region (i.e. Western Asia): Continue reading “Finance Ministry in Lebanon announces e-Services: “We made it easy for you to pay us”” »

Facebook rewrites its “Privacy Policy”: Your data is our business, people!

When a judge authorized a $20 million settlement that Facebook has to pay as an apology for the misuse of users’ information, Facebook had to make some adjustments to its “Privacy Policy”.

The revised statements of the policy say (the keyword in the first of the statements below is “enhanced“, obviously!)

You give us permission to use your name, and profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us. This means, for example, that you permit a business or other entity to pay us to display your name and/or profile picture with your content or information, without any compensation to you. If you have selected a specific audience for your content or information, we will respect your choice when we use it.

Continue reading “Facebook rewrites its “Privacy Policy”: Your data is our business, people!” »

I always did something that I was a little not ready to do. I think that, that is how you grow. When there’s a moment of ‘Wow, I’m not so sure that I can do this, and you push through those moments, it’s then that you have a breakthrough. Sometimes that’s a sign that something really great is about to happen. You’re about to grow and learn a lot more about yourself.

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo

Khalil, the Palestinian who reported a bug to Facebook then got penalized for it!

Usually, Facebook pays people who report genuine bugs to the dominating social network. Except that in Khalil’s case the security team deactivated his account for “violating the terms and conditions”.

In a way, one could argue that Khalil should not have exploited the bug on Mark Zuckerberg’s timeline! Yes, he got the man’s attention, but I personally think he had good intentions as he had tried to report the bug through the proper channels TWICE, and he used his own personal account to do it, which counts for something!

Read all about it here (never mind his English writing though, he discovered a bug in Facebook after all!)

Although more than a billion people around the world already use Facebook every month, we are always looking for ways to help connect the rest of the world as well. Voice technology has become an increasingly important way for people to navigate mobile devices and the web, and this technology will help us evolve our products to match that evolution.

Tom Stocky, Facebook’s director of product management, on acquiring speech recognition and translation company Jibbigo.

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