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Facebook Dislikes Inactive Accounts, Harmonix Teases Rock Band 4 [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 06-03-2015

Facebook dislikes pages, Rock Band returns, net neutrality naysayers, FREAK Windows attacks, Apple’s plentiful product placement, and Audi fears The Drones.


Facebook Acts on Deactivated Accounts

Facebook is taking decisive action on Likes left on Pages by people who are no longer active on the social network. This means any Page Liked by people whose accounts have now been deactivated or memorialized will soon be removed. Thus upsetting Page owners who will experience a dip in the number of people Liking their space on Facebook.

Facebook already removes Likes and comments on individual posts, so removing the Likes from the Pages themselves means more consistency. It also means those who bought Facebook Likes Facebook Likes Lawsuit, Windows 9 On Way, Star Wars Photos [Tech News Digest] Facebook lawsuit over Likes, Google shuts Schemer, Guardian launches Contributoria, PlayStation Now requires controllers, Windows 9 due in 2015, Line launches Whoscall for Android, and Chewbacca tweets behind-the-scenes photos from the original Star Wars flicks. Read More to appear more popular than they actually are will be weeded out. Assuming, of course, that the accounts used to employ this underhanded practice are no longer active on the site.

Rock Band 4 Goes Back to Basics

After months of speculation Microsoft Supports Killing Passwords, Are You Being Spied On? [Tech News Digest] Microsoft hates passwords, spies come clean, AT&T carries BlackBerry, the Dotcom MegaNet, Rock Band reboot rumors, and Cortana makes a good girlfriend. Read More , Harmonix has finally announced a new Rock Band game for the next-gen consoles. Rock Band 4 will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year, with the development team promising a return to the heart of the franchise. Conversely, Harmonix is also promising new gameplay elements.

Brilliantly, all the old DLC (downloadable content) will work on Rock Band 4, so those who spent a fortune acquiring songs for the last-gen games Top 10 Most Entertaining Guitar Hero & Rock Band Videos Of All Time The Guitar Hero and Rock Band games aren't the force they once were. The last Guitar Hero game released was Warriors Of Rock while the last Rock Band game was Rock Band 3, both released... Read More won’t have to pay twice. Also, while Mad Catz will be releasing a whole new set of instruments for Rock Band 4, most of the old peripherals will also be compatible with the new game.

Republicans Fight Against Net Neutrality

As expected by absolutely everybody, the Republicans are fighting back against the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) decision to reclassify ISPs as common carriers New Net Neutrality Rules Passed, Facebook Tackles Suicide [Tech News Digest] New net neutrality rules, Facebook prevents suicide, Apple Watch is launching soon, play Fable for free, Google hates Apple, and the Toejam & Earl sequel hits Kickstarter. Read More . The new rules are designed to protect the Internet and especially the idea of net neutrality, but the GOP is twisting the truth to suggest the exact opposite is true.


As reported by Motherboard, Marsha Blackburn, who represents Tennessee, has filed the ‘Internet Freedom Act’, which is designed to overturn the FCC’s ruling. Blackburn issued a statement saying, “the Obama Administration will stop at nothing in their efforts to control the Internet. These overreaching rules will stifle innovation, restrict freedoms, and lead to billions of dollars in new fees and taxes for American consumers.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, in the latest election cycle alone, Blackburn received $25,000 from an AT&T, $20,000 from Comcast, $15,000 from Verizon, and $20,000 from the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.

Windows Susceptible to FREAK Attacks

In rather troubling news, Windows has been found to also be susceptible to the FREAK attack which enables hackers to decrypt HTTPS connections Freak Attack Security Flaw Revealed, Valve Teases Steam Machines [Tech News Digest] FREAK attacks Android and iOS, Valve gets Steamy, the NVIDIA Shield set-top box, study comics with Stan Lee, Vince Vaughn's stock images, and GEICO trolls YouTube users. Read More . It was previously thought Windows users were safe from this particular bug, but Microsoft has confirmed that all versions of its operating system are susceptible.

Microsoft has committed to fixing the issue by taking appropriate action, which “may include providing a security update through our monthly release process or providing an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs.” In the meantime you can see if you’re at risk by visiting the FREAK attack website.


Apple Tops Product Placement Poll

Apple has outperformed all the other big companies who like to promote their products by paying for them to appear in movies and television shows. As, according to the Brandcameo 2015 Product Placement Awards, Apple racked up the most number of product placements over the past 12 months.

Apple products appeared in nine of the 35 that topped the U.S. Box Office in 2014, with the most obvious example being the scene set in an Apple Store in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Apple beat Sony and Coca-Cola into joint second place, topping the rankings for the first time since 2011.

Audi Fears ‘The Drones’

And finally, Audi has taken a leaf out of Alfred Hitchcock’s books, re-imagining his classic The Birds as The Drones. These are, so the ad suggests, flying menaces out to get humans. Some are even carrying packages, in a nod to the future foreseen by Amazon Amazon Delivery Drones, Facebook Hack, Kindle Fire Vs iPad Air [Tech News Digest] Amazon aerial drones, Facebook friends list hack, Google Nexus handsets vulnerability discovered, Black Friday numbers are released, Steam introduces user reviews, and the Kindle Fire HDX is compared favorably to the iPad Air. Read More .

Our guy looks doomed until he climbs into his Audi A6, which is able to whisk him to his beach house without succumbing to the buzzing drones. Which all goes to show, “Advanced technology doesn’t have to be intimidating.” Apparently. [H/T CNET]


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Is Facebook right to remove Likes made by inactive accounts? Will you be buying Rock Band 4? Are you sick of seeing product placements in movies and television shows?

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  1. A41202813GMAIL
    March 8, 2015 at 2:02 am

    It Would Be Really Nice If fb Only *Hated* Deactivated Accounts.

    Make An Experiment:

    A - Create A Completely Bogus Email Account On A Service *Other* Than fb,

    B - Create A Completely Bogus fb Account Connected With ( A ) And, After Making The fb Account Being Completely *Normal*, Just SignOut For Good, And Never Ever Use That fb Account Again ( The fb Account Is A Normal One But Is Just Not Being Used ),

    C - Check ( A ) On A Daily Basis For About 2 Weeks.

    Have You Noticed Some Other Nasty Kind Of *Hate* ? - I Did.


  2. Evan
    March 7, 2015 at 2:18 am

    "The new rules are designed to..."
    I get what the rules are supposed to do, but it is always an entirely different question what they will actually do. There are several hundred pages of new rules that we can't even read yet. I am concerned that the decision to reclassify ISPs as common carriers will concentrate too much power in Washington.

    • dragonmouth
      March 7, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      "will concentrate too much power in Washington."
      What's better (worse) - power concentrated in Washington or power concentrated in corporate HQs? Either way the citizens/consumer gets the shaft.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      March 8, 2015 at 1:39 am

      "I Hate Big Government Monopolies, But I Hate Private Monopolies Even More".