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Facebook Just Killed a Privacy Setting

IT seems as if social media giant Facebook changes its privacy policies and settings every other month. For people who don't pay much attention to how these changes impact their online profile, it might not seem like a big deal. For users a bit more concerned about their privacy and online profile, these changes usually spell trouble.

This most recent change has removed the ability to keep your name out of Facebook's search function. Basically, it means that it has just become much easier to find people on the largest social network, even if just a few days ago they didn't want to be found in the public search.

Why might someone not want to be found? There are a variety of reasons. Maybe they were applying for a job and didn't want prospective employers to look them up, or they wanted to avoid being tracked down by an ex. Maybe they only wanted friends to be able to find them, not just anyone who plugged a name into the search bar.

Whatever the reason, Facebook has made it a lot easier for you to be found on the site, despite how you may have setup your profile. Any time there is a change, it is a good time to think about your privacy settings and do your own checkup on how your profile is seen by other people.


IKEA or Death

WINNIPEG has always been known as a town that loves metal. Since the arrival of Swedish furniture giant IKEA, we are now also a city that is enamoured with inexpensive furniture you have to assemble yourself. Walking around IKEA's massive warehouse, have you ever noticed that the product names sound a lot like black metal bands? puts your skills to the test. Try the online quiz to see if you can determine whether a word is an IKEA product or the name of a death metal band. It's not as easy as it sounds. Klubbo? Bastig?


Video of the Week: Bill and Jalen's NBA Preview

THE NBA season is right around the corner and New York Times bestselling author, head honcho and NBA nut Bill Simmons and former Michigan Wolverines alumni and retired NBA pro Jalen Rose are teaming up for an extensive and insightful look into every team in the league.

Simmons is the real deal, someone who is both a fan of the game and who can break down teams in ways that avoid typical NBA clichés. Rose, on the other hand, is more than a student of the game -- he has fought in the trenches in the NBA and is one of the most articulate (and funny) pundits covering the sport. Even if you are not a hardcore fan of basketball, the duo are endlessly entertaining and will bring you up to speed on every team in the league.


MP3 of the Week: Notorious BIG -- The Notorious XX Mixtape

BLENDING the slow-burning beats, ethereal guitars and unwinding bass of the XX with acclaimed New York MC Biggie Smalls' nimble wordplay, The Notorious XX Mixtape is one of the better mashups floating around the web these days.


Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 17, 2013 C16


Updated on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 9:13 AM CDT: adds links

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