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  • Get Blown On Facebook

    Get Blown On Facebook

    What is it with college kids and online video challenges? There are plenty of startups catering to this strange video niche/fetish. IBeatYou and Strutta (read our review) have dedicated their entire Websites to this activity. And now Blowtorch Entertainment, the independent movie studio that raised $50 million last November, is getting in on the action with a Facebook app called Blown (and… Read More

  • MobileHook API Available for Web 2.0 Developers

    MobileHook API Available for Web 2.0 Developers

    Hook Mobile’s MobileHook API is now available for Web 2.0 application developers. Developers will be able to build multimedia from social networking sites, and include photos, video, audio and slideshows. This API provides open access into Hook Mobile’s MAX 2.0 platform that provides Multimedia Messaging (MMS) delivery into wireless carrier networks. “We are embracing… Read More

  • Facebook Finishes Chat Integration, Makes This Blogger's Life Miserable

    Facebook Finishes Chat Integration, Makes This Blogger's Life Miserable

    I made the mistake of leaving Facebook open on my desktop as I stepped out for the evening on Tuesday night. I returned to a complete mess of Facebook Chat messages. Some users got access to Facebook Chat as early as April 6. Others trickled in over the following two weeks. But in the last hour a mass of users (all the rest, as far as I can tell) is reporting seeing it for the first time. I have… Read More

  • Facebook Publishes "Insider's Guide To Viral Marketing"

    Facebook messaged the 4,600 fans of the FacebookPages Page with helpful hints on how to make your presence on Facebook go viral (by messaging all of your fans, for example). A key piece of advice? Use Facebook Ads: Many businesses, from leading global brands to favorite local bands, are enjoying tremendous impact using Facebook Pages for free viral marketing. Check out some key strategies from… Read More

  • To test Facebook ads, man poses as woman, declares social ads broken

    To test Facebook ads, man poses as woman, declares social ads broken

    So some guy complained aloud that the only ads he sees on Facebook are sexual in nature. Meet hot, out-of-work singles in your area… today! That sort of thing. Rather than ignore the ads like a normal person, he said to himself, “Aha! This illustrates just how broken social advertising is. All they can sell me, a single man, is sex? What are they, crazy?” Apparently so, yes. Read More

  • Facebook Rewords Mini-Feed Notification, Privacy Issue Remains

    Facebook Rewords Mini-Feed Notification, Privacy Issue Remains

    Facebook has reworded the notification that appears when a user hits the ‘x’ associated with stories in their Mini-Feed. The dialog box now simply reads, “Hiding will remove the story from your Mini-Feed.” The change comes four days after we reported on the misleading nature of the old dialog box. Previously, the box stated that by removing a story, users would… Read More

  • Holy Facebook, Batman! Let's fight crime in Manchester, England!

    Holy Facebook, Batman! Let's fight crime in Manchester, England!


    Mark Zuckerburg’s creation has a new role. Fighting crime in Manchester, England. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) (reports TechCrunch UK) has launched a Facebook application which adds local crime alerts to your profile and news feed, getting the news about crime incidents out there to more youthful users of the Net than is normal for most police operations. Users can submit items via… Read More

  • First Facebook Beacon Lawsuit Hits Blockbuster

    As if Blockbuster didn’t have enough problems trying to justify its existence by making an ill-conceived buyout offer for Circuit City. Now, it is being sued for privacy violations related to its Beacon ads on Facebook. And, no, the plaintiff is not Michael, although he did once point out that the way Blockbuster used the names and images of Facebook members without permission to hawk… Read More

  • The gathering storm: Time says Facebook faces backlash over inane application requests

    The gathering storm: Time says Facebook faces backlash over inane application requests


    Charming It looks like Time mag didn’t get the memo that says nothing negative is to be written about Facebook. Funny (well) thing is, it’s the same thing I complained about nearly a year ago: too many stupid application requests. Yup, Facebook users, it seems, are fed up with the myriad application requests they get each and every day. A zombie has bitten you, do you want to… Read More

  • Facebook Opens Up Mini-Feed To 3rd Party Services

    Facebook Opens Up Mini-Feed To 3rd Party Services

    As we predicted in February, Facebook has opened up the Mini-Feed so users can import updates from other web services, starting with Flickr, Picassa, Yelp and Delicious. According to a company blog post, users just need to click an import link at the top of their mini-feed to import data from other services. Imported updates will show up not only in the mini-feed on your profile but the News… Read More

  • Facebook News Feed Reports on You Behind Your Back

    Facebook News Feed Reports on You Behind Your Back

    The Facebook News Feed is a strange beast. Upon its release, it was met with an extremely negative reception as members protested their new ‘auto-stalker’, but it has slowly gained acceptance as users learned they could control which stories were sent to the News Feed. Users need only click a small ‘x’ in their own personal ‘mini-feed’, and any stories… Read More

  • VooZoo: Paramount's attempt to sell $1 movie clips. Oh, and alluding to terrorism is a perfectly acceptable way to sell clips, I guess.

    VooZoo: Paramount's attempt to sell $1 movie clips. Oh, and alluding to terrorism is a perfectly acceptable way to sell clips, I guess.

    Paramount, the oldest movie studio here, is willing to sell you video clips of its Very Important movies for $1 a pop, minimum. “VooZoo,” which rhymes with “Hulu,” which rhymes with “piece of shit,” is an online service (right now, a Facebook app and on there.com) that tries to outdo YouTube by charging you for the privilege of keeping the… Read More

  • Facebook To Settle With ConnectU

    Facebook To Settle With ConnectU

    Facebook is said to be finalizing a settlement with founders of ConnectU, according to sources quoted by the NY Times. For those unfamiliar with the case, a lawsuit before the US Federal Court alleged that Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg stole the original code for Facebook. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra (ConnectU) accused Zuckerberg of stealing the source code… Read More

  • Facebook Chat launches: Built-in IM handy but should be optional

    Facebook Chat launches: Built-in IM handy but should be optional

    Did you hear the awesome news? Facebook Chat launched at the weekend for some folks, myself included. Apparently the rollout is on a network-by-network basis, and one of mine, NYU, was a big winner. You can read how great it is on Facebook itself or any one of the fan sites, but I’ll tell you what about it annoyed me. First, the implementation, on a UI level, bothers me. The app… Read More

  • Facebook Chat Launches, For Some

    We’ve received word that Facebook has released its much anticipated chat/IM application to a few unspecified networks. The “pre-launch beta”, as Facebook is calling it, started sometime last night.
    InsideFacebook has some screenshots and a summary of their first impressions. If you’re part of a network that has been given access already, please let us know in the comments. Read More

  • On Eve of Facebook Chat, Babuki Takes a Chance

    On Eve of Facebook Chat, Babuki Takes a Chance

    When Facebook rolls out its chat application (“Facebook Chat”) sometime this week, users are going to see an instant messaging bar at the bottom of their screen wherever they go on the site. And they won’t even have to install that bar; it will be put there automatically for everyone. That’s the power of complete and instantaneous distribution possessed by Facebook… Read More

  • Why We're Suing Facebook For $25 Million In Statutory Damages

    Why We're Suing Facebook For $25 Million In Statutory Damages

    When I started TechCrunch nearly three years ago it was meant to be little more than a hobby. I love startups, and writing about them was fun, not work. But since then this hobby has grown into a real business. We have a number of full and part time employees that need to get paid every two weeks, and advertisers/sponsors that we owe a certain level of professionalism towards. We’ve… Read More

  • Facebook Gets Aggressive On Translations, Adding 22 More Languages

    Facebook Gets Aggressive On Translations, Adding 22 More Languages

    Facebook isn’t just messing around with a few European language translations any more. They’re using their new user-powered translation engine to get Facebook into 22 more languages, on top of English, French, German and Spanish. It will take some time for users to translate the sites, and Facebook likes to stagger launches to maximize PR. If you want to help out with the project… Read More

  • Hong Kong Billionaire Puts Another $40 Million Into Facebook

    Hong Kong Billionaire Puts Another $40 Million Into Facebook

    What’s another $40 million to a billionaire? Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing, chairman of telecom giant Hutchison Whampoa, revealed during a conference call that he has raised his stake in Facebook by another $40 million or more. This is on top of the $60 million he previously invested. That brings his total personal investment in the U.S. social networking site to at least $100 million. … Read More

  • Phishing Scam Targeting Facebook Users

    We’ve had two separate reader reports of a Phishing Scam targeting Facebook users. The scam involves a notice appearing on the wall of user profiles as a message from a friend, saying “Hey, I got a new facebook account. Im going to delete this one, so add my new profile” then with a link that appears to be a link to the new profile. The actual link goes to a URL on… Read More