Below is the list of stuff you need to stay away from or watch out for today because its Friday the 13th. This day is considered as bad luck in the western culture. Why? Because everything completes at 12 like the 12 hours, 12 months, 12 Gods and 12 Tribes and the next number that is “13″ is irregular. This is the reason why 21st December, 2012 (another Friday) is considered as “Doomsday”.
Get this, Digg, sold itself to Betaworks for $500,000, that’s half a million. Betaworks is the company behind bit.ly, news.me, ChartBeat and others. Digg is the social news site like many others which was offered a hefty amount of 200 million in 2009 which it turned down.
Facebook is monitoring your chat with your friends for criminal activity and is also notifying police and other concerned authorities if any suspicious behavior is detected. This is a whole screening process which includes a software that monitors chats for words or phrases that are considered bad like abusive, vulgar language. The scanning software flags a suspicious chat and notifies the Facebook Security Employees who can then inform the police. These details were given away by Chief Security Office Joe Sullivan while he was in an interview with Reuters. They also reported that atleast one alleged child predator has been brought to trial as a result of this chat scanning.
Mashable reports that when they asked asked for a comment, Facebook only repeated the remarks given by Sullivan to Reuters: “We’ve never wanted to set up an environment where we have employees looking at private communications, so it’s really important that we use technology that has a very low false-positive rate.”
A Philadelphia area high school in hopes of raising cash worth $600,000 auctioned itself on eBay. The bid starts from the amount $600,000 which is for The Learning Center in Langhorne. The winner of the bid won’t own the facility but will get a lot of goodies like a naming opportunity, a large pizza, personalized school coffee mug and the chance to deliver a speech at graduation. The 7,000-student district has endured a pair of teacher strikes this year as the school board says it can’t afford to meet the union’s demands.
Learning Center Principal JoAnn Holland says she hopes the auction idea will draw the attention of a wealthy benefactor. The auction idea actually came from a recent graduate named Casey Young whose dad tried to sell their family on eBay in 2003. Bidding ends Wednesday. So, what are you waiting for? Give the gift of knowledge worth $600,000.