Facebook Adds Ability to Choose a ‘Legacy Contact’ for After You Die


Facebook now offers the ability to select someone you trust to manage certain aspects of your Facebook profile after you die. Facebook will memorialize your account and your chosen legacy contact will be able to:

  • Write a post to display at the top of the memorialized Timeline (for example, to announce a memorial service or share a special message)
  • Respond to new friend requests from family members and friends who were not yet connected on Facebook
  • Update the profile picture and cover photo

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WWE Lays the Smackdown With 24/7 Network Launching in February

WWE Network

WWE fans, never worry about missing another big match or paying outrageous PPV rates again.  WWE has gone and done what we’ve all been waiting for.  They’ve gone around the the cable and satellite providers and networks and created their own online, streaming channel almost anyone can afford. [Read more…]

We “Like” 2.7 Billion Things on Facebook Each Day

Sometimes I think I have a lot of data to keep up with at home.  I take lots of photos and video for both personal and professional use.  With roughly 20TB of hard drives around my house, I feel like it’s getting out of control.  Then I read this.

Facebook takes in 500+TB of new data every freaking day.  We “Like” all kinds of crap on Facebook to the tune of 2.7 billion times per day.  And my little 20TB of data at home is nothing to Facebook’s 100 petabyte warehouse data center.

[via TechCrunch]

Splitflix.com Business Model is a Crime in Tennessee


Tennessee residents should avoid signing up for Splitfix, which is a new touted as a new way to save money by sharing Netflix and Hulu passwords amongst users – thereby “splitting” the cost.

In 2011, Tennessee legislators made it a crime to share passwords of online subscription services like Netflix and Hulu.  As a result, the entire business model of Splitflix is a criminal model in Tennessee, which could possibly be subject to classification as a criminal enterprise under RICO statutes were such a business formed in Tennessee.  It’s not, and there’s likely no way to for Tennessee to reach the activities of the business itself.

However, Splitfix.com customers who reside in Tennessee are almost certainly in violation of TCA 39-14-104, which criminalizes “Theft of services.”  As noted above, in 2011, the Tennessee legislature amended the definition of services to include “entertainment subscription services” and thereby criminalized Netflix password sharing.

All that said, Splitflix.com is a dumb idea.  Easily the dumbest start-up of the year.

Moreover, Splitflix just smells wrong – amiright?  Even if it’s not a crime or if it doesn’t already violate the terms of service for Netflix and Hulu (which I think it probably does), it just seems a little evil to try to take advantage of another business by undercutting their customer base for your own profit.  How about coming up with a better/alternative solution that’s actually competitive instead?

My prediction: Splitfix will die soon. Netflix and Hulu will make appropriate modifications to their Terms of Service and, if needed, will force Splitflix into submission.