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On the heels of the release of iOS 6, Apple has also publicly issued OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2, a major update featuring system-wide Facebook integration for the Mac.

With OS X 10.8.2, users can sign on in one place for Facebook, and Facebook will appear as an option when sharing links and photos. In addition, Facebook friends' contact information and profile pictures will appear in Contacts, and notifications from the social networking site will appear in Notification Center.

OS X 10.8.2 is available as a free update for Mountain Lion owners through the Mac App Store. A restart is required once the software has been installed.

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Other features of OS X 10.8.2 highlighted by Apple are:

Game Center
  • Share scores to Facebook, Twitter, Mail or Messages
  • Facebook friends are included in Game Center friend recommendations
  • Facebook Like button for games
  • Challenge friends to beat your score or achievement

Other new features
  • Power Nap support for MacBook Air (Late 2010)
  • iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac
  • From Safari and Mail on your Mac you can add passes to Passbook on your iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6
  • New shared Reminders lists
  • FaceTime now receives calls sent to your phone number
  • New sort options allow you to sort notes by title, the date you edited them, and when you created them
  • Dictation now supports Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, Canadian, English, Canadian French, and Italian.
  • The Dictionary application now includes a French definition dictionary
  • Sina Weibo profile photos can now be added to contacts

In addition, OS X 10.8.2 also includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac. Fixes include:
  • An option to discard the changes in the original document when choosing Save As
  • Unsent drafts are opened automatically when launching Mail
  • Receive Twitter notifications for mentions and replies from anyone
  • URLs are shortened when sending tweets from Notification Center
  • Notifications are disabled when AirPlay Mirroring is being used
  • SSL support for Google searches from the Smart Search Field in Safari
  • New preference to have Safari launch with previously open webpages
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Facebook integration? Oh, holiest of WHO CARES???

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YAY Facebook!  Really looking forward to that.

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365.42 MB. That's certainly more than 7. Why am I afraid that's mainly useless FaceBook crap, since this is a delta update?


Remember the 802.11n activator utility that was $2 until a certain OS update? I'll gladly pay $2 to completely remove all software and UI elements relating to Twitter and Facebook from 10.8.2… 

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iMessages sent to your phone number now appear in Messages on your Mac


--This was really starting to annoy me. Glad it's fixed...hopefully.
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post #6 of 62
10.7.5 and a Snow Leopard security update have also been released.
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Awesome, I thought my 2010 MacBook Air would have been left out of PowerNap. Glad to see they included support for it in this update!
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Let's see, 365 Mb for Facebook integration. Nothing like increasing the possible risk of privacy issues and/or identity theft integrating Facebook into the OS. Seems as if Apple is starting to follow majorcrap in loading questionable features into the OS based on perceived needs. Not a good move. I'm putting out the safety cones and giving this update a wide berth, which is about as useful as styrofoam windchimes.

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365.42 MB. That's certainly more than 7. Why am I afraid that's mainly useless FaceBook crap, since this is a delta update?


Remember the 802.11n activator utility that was $2 until a certain OS update? I'll gladly pay $2 to completely remove all software and UI elements relating to Twitter and Facebook from 10.8.2… 

Same here.

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Let's see, 365 Mb for Facebook integration. Nothing like increasing the possible risk of privacy issues and/or identity theft integrating Facebook into the OS. Seems as if Apple is starting to follow majorcrap in loading questionable features into the OS based on perceived needs. Not a good move. I'm putting out the safety cones and giving this update a wide berth, which is about as useful as styrofoam windchimes.

Then don't use Facebook and don't set it up.

10.8.2 includes more than FB integration.
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post #11 of 62
Mountain Lion and iOS 6 releasing about the same time? Somewhere, a computer server weeps...
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54 is the build number.
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Facebook is not for me...but my daughter uses it a lot as I imagine a lot of younger people do.

 

To me, Facebook killed iWeb a program I use for my real estate business! :(

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Then don't use Facebook and don't set it up.

 

 

Still shows up all across the UI. There's no reason for that.

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I'll gladly pay $2 to completely remove all software and UI elements relating to Twitter and Facebook from 10.8.2… 

 

will gladly meet your $2 and even raise it to a "decent" $5 to completely remove all software and UI elements relating to Twitter and Facebook from 10.8.2…

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I like the technology of allowing Facebook integration, and it would be great if there were a non-datamined social networking site that ONLY shared with people I wanted contact with. So I'd prefer a private garden in the iCloud rather than a zoo full of peeping toms that is Facebook.

 

Seriously, the best business model I can think of in the next few years is a company that, for a fee, would poison all your social data with random junk such that any datamining about you would be useless.

 

Just imagine every criminal organization, evil extra governmental group, and of course, sleazy spam marketer getting to pour over all your relationships and know what you click on when you think nobody is looking. They probably know more about you if they cared to, than your mother.

 

I mean, why bother securing your computer if you integrate Facebook? Sounds like I'm going to create a fake identity just so I can live in this Social Medial always realm. Meet "Gandolf Honey Boo Boo".

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Still shows up all across the UI. There's no reason for that.

But that's simply a UI issue. You are not connected and there are no security issues. So complaining about Facebook being insecure is irrelevant. If you don't like to see the Facebook icon when you right click on things, that's a legitimate reason. Security is not.
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will gladly meet your $2 and even raise it to a "decent" $5 to completely remove all software and UI elements relating to Twitter and Facebook from 10.8.2…

 

I'd buy that improved OS for $20.

 

Maybe Apple can make a business model out of auctioning off "improvements" -- you know, like how the corporate farmers like Monsanto who brought us GM food that was so awesome, people pay a premium just to have "Organic food" that is exactly like the food before they came around to improve it.

 

So I'll have an "Organic" Mountain Lion please, or maybe we could call it "Classic" -- of course that could be confusing since we just got through the training wheels of "carbon."

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Anybody know if this does anything towards Photostream Sharing? iPhoto updates required/coming?

Curious to see how this feature integrates with iOS 6.
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The absolute last thing in the world I want is system-wide Facebook integration. Or system-wide Twitter integration or anything else really.

Do you really want social media sites to know everything you do on your Mac?
Do you really want every website and app developer to have access to your social media profiles?

I don't.
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But that's simply a UI issue. You are not connected and there are no security issues. So complaining about Facebook being insecure is irrelevant. If you don't like to see the Facebook icon when you right click on things, that's a legitimate reason. Security is not.

 

I have to disagree with you here. The greatest weakness of any machine security is the user. By making Social Media so integrated, it's just a right click away to share things -- it's imbedding the worst spy that will broadcast your data to whomever will pay into the user experience.

 

I don't want Grandma being so casual with Facebook. I want it to be easy -- but we could have an APP FOR THAT. Or at least put a "gatekeeper" between the ease and integration, and what gets broadcast and tracked.

 

But seriously, Apple needs to be putting options for OTHER social media groups -- or perhaps build their own. Money is dear to me now, but I'd pay $10 per year to use something like Facebook without being exposed like I would be using Facebook.

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Originally Posted by jragosta View Post
But that's simply a UI issue. You are not connected and there are no security issues. So complaining about Facebook being insecure is irrelevant. If you don't like to see the Facebook icon when you right click on things, that's a legitimate reason. Security is not.

 

I'm not complaining it's insecure (here), I'm only saying that I shouldn't see it at all if I don't use it.

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Facebook integration? Oh, holiest of WHO CARES???

 

Everyone who uses the service, who also use a Mac. 

 

That's A LOT of users. 

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I'm not complaining it's insecure (here), I'm only saying that I shouldn't see it at all if I don't use it.

No way to "turn it off" in the settings?  That would be ideal for me as well.  What's next Pinterest! *sound of organ indicating trouble ahead*

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Then don't use Facebook and don't set it up.
10.8.2 includes more than FB integration.

 

To be fair, I'd imagine that if you NEVER log into Facebook and set up the integration -- it's not a security issue.

 

However, a lot of people will, and then will wonder why they get hand written letters with pictures of their children asking them to give generously or someone from Nairobi cannot guarantee their safety.

 

The identity theft and ways to scam people once you start data mining their facebook and relationships with your friends and associates is incalculable. I'm sure the only thing holding back organized crime from suckering half the people you know is that they don't have the manpower and crooks to keep up with the targets. Hopefully, the Chinese will start using facebook and give you more time before some crook gets to YOU.

 

Apple has, I think, made a bad error in making these social media technologies so readily available, before having a social media service that has the USER as their customer, rather than anyone who will pay for the data. People will look back on this one day and realize the nightmare of privacy they created started with such innocence.

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I use Facebook but don't want all Facebook 'friends' in my contact list. Is there a way around it?

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The absolute last thing in the world I want is system-wide Facebook integration. Or system-wide Twitter integration or anything else really.
Do you really want social media sites to know everything you do on your Mac?
Do you really want every website and app developer to have access to your social media profiles?
I don't.

I think your grasp of this is back to front - facebook and twitter don't know about everything you do on your mac, everything you do on you mac knows about your facebook and twitter so you can share stuff to them if you feel the need.... 

 

As for 3rd party apps and developers my understanding is that there is a common "Share" panel object that you send what you want to share to and then OSX / iOS handles the actual sharing so the 3rd party app never actually gets near your login details... saying that I've not got as far as looking at the share panel in XCode yet, so I may be wrong in this assumption.

 

If you don't want to use them then don't set up the credentials and apart from some redundant menu items (granted, they could hide the menu items if they aren't set up) on the share button nothing is different to before.

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Still shows up all across the UI. There's no reason for that.

It's nice in a way they left it there. The average user who doesn't read release notes can click Facebook or Twitter and it'll take them to the place to config the account. Thinking of the family members that call me for support....
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365.42 MB. That's certainly more than 7. Why am I afraid that's mainly useless FaceBook crap, since this is a delta update?


Remember the 802.11n activator utility that was $2 until a certain OS update? I'll gladly pay $2 to completely remove all software and UI elements relating to Twitter and Facebook from 10.8.2… 

 

Totally and absolutely agree.

Facebook, foursquare is a fad... let alone a cult.(IMO humble never did a thing in my life to make a million dollars etc opinion)

Twitter, a lot of people find as a convience.

 

Please Mr Cook please pass to your IOS engineers-

Mandetory Requirement For Next IOS Update -

 

ADD to IOS SETTINGS APP  the following new listing-

Social Services  - ADD/REMOVE present social services offered. Mandetory option - NONE. Default may remain Facebook and Twitter.

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I use Facebook but don't want all Facebook 'friends' in my contact list. Is there a way around it?

Run Contacts, select Contacts ---> Preferences, select Accounts. Is there a way to uncheck the Facebook account?
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The absolute last thing in the world I want is system-wide Facebook integration. Or system-wide Twitter integration or anything else really.
Do you really want social media sites to know everything you do on your Mac?
Do you really want every website and app developer to have access to your social media profiles?
I don't.

THEN DON'T FLIPPING USE IT.

No one is making you use it.
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To be fair, I'd imagine that if you NEVER log into Facebook and set up the integration -- it's not a security issue.

However, a lot of people will, and then will wonder why they get hand written letters with pictures of their children asking them to give generously or someone from Nairobi cannot guarantee their safety.

You're absolutely right. They shouldn't allow web browsers or email or file sharing on computers, either. After all, there are some stupid users out there.
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That has been true from the first release of Mountain Lion

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post #33 of 62
Screw Facebook....does it have fixes for the battery drain and freeze issues? Those are the only things that are important to me.
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I think your grasp of this is back to front - facebook and twitter don't know about everything you do on your mac, everything you do on you mac knows about your facebook and twitter so you can share stuff to them if you feel the need.... 

 

As for 3rd party apps and developers my understanding is that there is a common "Share" panel object that you send what you want to share to and then OSX / iOS handles the actual sharing so the 3rd party app never actually gets near your login details... saying that I've not got as far as looking at the share panel in XCode yet, so I may be wrong in this assumption.

 

If you don't want to use them then don't set up the credentials and apart from some redundant menu items (granted, they could hide the menu items if they aren't set up) on the share button nothing is different to before.

A lot of websites, including major news media, now have commenting systems that can use Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc. identities.

The system-wide login will tell those commenting systems who you are when you visit the site regardless of whether you want to post a comment or not. That's how social media sites are able to track your movement around the internet.

 

Facebook apps are granted access to your profile in a way that bypasses your privacy settings. I wouldn't be surprised if the Facebook comments system does the same thing. If so every website that has implemented Facebook comments has complete, unfettered access to your profile.

 

True or not I'm not willing to take that risk and don't want my heavy Facebook using friends and family to be inadvertently sharing everything with "the whole world" when they think their privacy settings will prevent that.

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There's also an EFI update for the Macbook Retina...

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365.42 MB. That's certainly more than 7. Why am I afraid that's mainly useless FaceBook crap, since this is a delta update?


Remember the 802.11n activator utility that was $2 until a certain OS update? I'll gladly pay $2 to completely remove all software and UI elements relating to Twitter and Facebook from 10.8.2… 

Agreed! I'd kick in a fin. 

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Now, how to get rid of that Notification thing?

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It's nice in a way they left it there. The average user who doesn't read release notes can click Facebook or Twitter and it'll take them to the place to config the account. Thinking of the family members that call me for support....

 

There's a VERY simple answer to that.  After update present a dialog with 3 options:

 

Setup Facebook Integration now

Setup Facebook Integration later (options remain)

Do not integrate with Facebook (never see options)

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Still shows up all across the UI. There's no reason for that.

 

So you're annoyed just because it's listed? Just ignore and move on.

 

Try to report it as a bug, Apple will surely fix that.

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So you're annoyed just because it's listed? Just ignore and move on.

 

Try to report it as a bug, Apple will surely fix that.

 

I am too - if it isn't configured, I can live with it showing up until I go and set a preference saying 'Don't show this type of account in sharing options'. I get that they want it there so that people find it, but certainly asking not to show an account that I'm not planning on using (Twitter in my case) isn't too much?

 

Or even just 1 option I can click that says 'Hide unconfigured accounts from sharing'. I'll certainly go file a bug report.

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