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Facebook places and geo-tagging dangers

Friday, August 20, 2010

Facebook has just announced Places, the long-awaited feature that brings location-based functionality to the most popular social network in the world.

Facebook has just announced Places, the long-awaited feature that brings location-based functionality to the most popular social network in the world. (http://www.facebook.com/places)

Whether you're a developer with a great app idea, a business with an interesting location marketing plan or just a regular Facebook user who wants to get involved with Places, there are a few details to note before you start using Places. The feature is fascinating, but it still has its limitations. And our guide isn't without caveats, especially for users.

If you're ready to start playing, click here to visit abcnews.com to learn what you'll need to know about Places.

Meanwhile, keeping tabs on your favorite celebrities might be easier than you think -- and much easier than they want. But they likely have no one to blame but themselves. Phone and camera pictures can show where they were taken.

According to two teams of computer scientists, Hollywood stars could be unintentionally giving up the exact locations of their homes and private whereabouts through pictures uploaded to the Internet, leaving them wide open to attacks by tech-savvy thieves (not to mention unwanted visits by starstruck fans).

CLICK HERE to get some tips for disabling geotagging from abcnews.com.

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