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Facebook security hole lets you view friends’ private chats



Major uh oh

A major security flaw was discovered today on Facebook, according to Steve O’Hear who said, “Today I was tipped off that there is a major security flaw in the social networking site that, with just a few mouse clicks, enables any user to view the live chats of their ‘friends’. Using what sounds like a simple trick, a user can also access their friends’ latest pending friend-requests and which friends they share in common. That’s a lot of potentially sensitive information.” (emphasis is mine)

After testing the security hole out, O’Hear and several commenters to the article agreed that it was working for them and that they could see other peoples’ live chats. While some people worry that you can see who their friends are on Facebook, there are bigger fish to fry- people could (for a limited time today, according to Facebook staff) see your private conversations.

Proposed privacy bill

This news comes on the heels of the proposed privacy bill that would “require web publishers to alert users about how their information is being collected, used, shared and stored,” according to National Association of Realtors Senior Technology Policy Representative, Melanie Wyne.

Social media is mandatory so now what?

In a world where even two years ago, 93% of social media users expect companies to be using social media as well, there is a race to get online, but at what risk? Are users truly made aware of all privacy settings when they sign up for accounts or is it hidden in fine print, cute graphics or in a sea of words? Are users aware of privacy setting changes or do they have to dig ten steps to access a list of which applications their account has permitted to use?

What is the answer given that digital communications is a common business tool and no longer a fun toy? Should we be overly cautious and put as many walls up as possible or give up and adopt a policy of not saying anything online you wouldn’t say on stage in front of others?

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  1. Dunes

    May 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    So a person could view what a RE PRO says publicly and then see what they say behind the curtain? Now wouldn’t that be interesting, I understand the other horrible uses that could be made from this but still………..

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to see if what someone says while doing their “Social Media Marketing” matched up with their “Private chat” ?

    That’s a betting pool I’d love to get in on ” Hey I bet XXX that one is full of….” ; )
    What’s that trick, how is it done????????lol

  2. Frankie

    May 6, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Facebook has so many holes that need to be fixed. I had someone hack my account and view all of my pictures. That someone was an ex-girlfriend and it caused all kinds of trouble! They are so big, they are too slow to react to these leaks.

  3. Jason @ Inbound Internet Marketing

    May 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    In the UK Facebook’s problems are bigger than a security breach, they are being seen as almost complicit in putting kids at risk!

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Austin tops the list of best places to buy a home

When looking to buy a home, taking the long view is important before making such a huge investment – where are the best places to make that commitment?



Looking at the bigger picture

(REALUOSO.COM) – Let us first express that although we are completely biased about Texas (we’re headquartered here, I personally grew up here), the data is not – Texas is the best. That’s a scientific fact. There’s a running joke in Austin that if there is a list of “best places to [anything],” we’re on it, and the joke causes eye rolls instead of humility (we’re sore winners and sore losers in this town).

That said, dug into the data and determined that the top 12 places to buy a home are currently Texas and North Carolina (and Portland, I guess you’re okay too or whatever).

They examined the nerdiest of numbers from the compound annual growth rate in inflation-adjusted GDP to cost premium, affordability, taxes, job growth, and housing availability.

“Buying a house is a big decision and a big commitment,” the company notes. “Although U.S. home prices have risen in the long term, the last decade has shown that path is sometimes full of twists, turns, dizzying heights and steep, abrupt falls. Today, home prices are stabilizing and increasing in most areas of the U.S.”

Click here to continue reading the list of the 12 best places to buy a home…

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Average age of houses on the rise, so is it now better or worse to buy new?

With aging housing in America, are first-time buyers better off buying new or existing homes? The average age of a home is rising, as is the price of new housing, so a shift could be upon us.



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aging housing inventory

The average home age is higher than ever

(REALUOSO.COM) – In a survey from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of homes in the United States was 35 years old. In Texas, homes are a bit younger with the median age between 19 – 29 years. The northeast has the oldest homes, with the median age between 50 – 61 years. In 1985, the median age of a home was only 23 years.

With more houses around 40 years old, the National Association of Realtors asserts that homeowners will have to undertake remodeling and renovation projects before selling unless the home is sold as-is, in which case the buyer will be responsible to update their new residence. Even homeowners who aren’t selling will need to consider remodeling for structural and aesthetic reasons.

Prices of new homes on the rise

Newer homes cost more than they used to. The price differential between new homes and older homes has increased from 10 percent traditionally to around 37 percent in 2014. This is due to rising construction costs, scarcity of lots, and a low inventory of new homes that doesn’t meet the demand.

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Are Realtors the real loser in the fight between Zillow Group and Move, Inc.?

The last year has been one of dramatic and rapid change in the real estate tech sector, but Realtors are vulnerable, and we’re worried.



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zillow move

Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes

(REALUOSO.COM) – Corporate warfare demands headlines in every industry, but in the real estate tech sector, a storm has been brewing for years, which in the last year has come to a head. Zillow Group and Move, Inc. (which is owned by News Corp. and operates ListHub,, TopProducer, and other brands) have been competing for a decade now, and the race has appeared to be an aggressive yet polite boxing match. Last year, the gloves came off, and now, they’ve drawn swords and appear to want blood.

Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

So how then, does any of this make Realtors the victims of this sword fight? Let’s get everyone up to speed, and then we’ll discuss.

1. Zillow poaches top talent, Move/NAR sues

It all started last year when the gloves came off – Move’s Chief Strategy Officer (who was also’s President), Errol Samuelson jumped ship and joined Zillow on the same day he phoned in his resignation without notice. He left under questionable circumstances, which has led to a lengthy legal battle (wherein Move and NAR have sued Zillow and Samuelson over allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets), with the most recent motion being for contempt, which a judge granted to Move/NAR after the mysterious “Samuelson Memo” surfaced.

Salt was added to the wound when Move awarded Samuelson’s job to Move veteran, Curt Beardsley, who days after Samuelson left, also defected to Zillow. This too led to a lawsuit, with allegations including breach of contract, violation of corporations code, illegal dumping of stocks, and Move has sought restitution. These charges are extremely serious, but demanded slightly less attention than the ongoing lawsuit against Samuelson.

2. Two major media brands emerge

Last fall, the News Corp. acquisition of Move, Inc. was given the green light by the feds, and this month, Zillow finalized their acquisition of Trulia.

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