/>
X
Business

News to know: Facebook chat, Apple-Adobe, MSFT Kin, FCC

Facebook privacy problems, another round of Apple-Adobe, details and reviews of the new Microsoft Kin phones and net neutrality news expected out of the FCC. Get the day’s rolling posts via Twitter, RSS, or email.
Written by Sam Diaz, Inactive on

Facebook privacy problems, another round of Apple-Adobe, details and reviews of the new Microsoft Kin phones and net neutrality news expected out of the FCC. Get the day’s rolling posts via Twitter, RSS, or email.

Here are the key themes for Thursday, May 6:

The last thing Facebook needed was some sort of privacy-related controversy. But then Facebook Chat went and let people see their friends private chats - something that Facebook downplayed and fixed while pulling the plug on the feature. But it was enough for our own social networking expert Jennifer Leggio start thinking twice about her Facebook presence in terms of privacy and security. This follows Jason Perlow's major shake up to his profile and subsequent User Guide to Social Networking Privacy.

The next round of jabs in the Apple-Adobe dukefest took place on stage at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, where Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch compared Apple to the railroads of the 1800s that restricted compatibility and, as a result, stifled competition. Meanwhile, word spread fast about an Android Tablet on display at the Adobe booth at Web 2.0 but, alas, it wasn't even a prototype but rather a device built by NVIDIA for Adobe to showcase Air2 that just happens to be powered by the Android OS.

Details about those Microsoft Kin phones, the mostly social networking devices targeted at a youth market, were announced are out` and, already, the reviews aren't all that favorable. Zack Whittaker lays it flat out there by calling the network pricing for the devices "youth extortion."

News of some sort is expected to come out of the Federal Communications Commission today. The buzz is that the agency will go all-in to keep the fight for Net Neutrality alive. But watch-out. The battle is a no-win situation and Dana Blankenhorn warns that there are enough wildcards to keep anyone from celebrating too early.

Couldn't make it to San Francisco for Web 2.0 Expo? Check out some of the sights in this photo gallery.

Editorial standards