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  • 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

  • Loladex—Local Search With A Little Help From Your Facebook Friends

    Loladex—Local Search With A Little Help From Your Facebook Friends


    A local search engine just launched on Facebook. It is called Loladex and you can’t do searches on its Website, only on Facebook. That is because it taps into your friends’ recommendations to rank results. The underlying search engine is based on 16 million local business listings, and is licensed from Localeze. It also brings in restaurant information from OpenTable. Loladex… Read More

  • Facebook Tidbits From Snap Summit In San Francisco

    Facebook Senior Platform Manager Dave Morin gave the afternoon keynote talk today at the Snap Summit in San Francisco. He revealed (or in some cased confirmed speculation around) a number of interesting tidbits about the Facebook business and upcoming products: Morin said Facebook Chat will launch next week. When the chat product was confirmed on March 18, Facebook would only say it would… Read More

  • Defection Watch: Google's Director of Social Media Decides It's More Social at Facebook

    Defection Watch: Google's Director of Social Media Decides It's More Social at Facebook

    If you are the director of Social Media at Google, wouldn’t you rather be working at Facebook? That is what Ethan Beard decided to do. The Google executive turned in his resignation last week and will be joining Facebook. There he will join other ex-Googlers, such as Facebook’s new COO Sheryl Sandberg, CFO Gideon Yu (formerly YouTube’s CFO) and a slew of others. Both at… Read More

  • Microsoft Embracing Data Portability? Partnerships WIth Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, LinkedIn and Tagged

    Microsoft Embracing Data Portability? Partnerships WIth Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, LinkedIn and Tagged

    Bowing to the inevitable, Microsoft took a big step today towards data portability by announcing that Windows Live contacts can now be exported to social networks and other Websites. Its Windows Live Contacts API will work with Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, Taged, and LinkedIn to start. Members of those social networks will be able to import their Windows Live contacts (i.e., their Hotmail address… Read More

  • Facebook To Launch Preferred Application Program

    The Facebook Platform, launched in May 2007, has been an unqualified success. Nearly 20,000 applications have been released by third party developers, and it spurred Google to quickly launch a competing platform of its own. At least two venture funds have been created that focus solely on Facebook applications. Etc. But the flood of applications caused problems right from the start. Facebook… Read More

  • CBS Sports Facing March Madness Backlash on Facebook.  "This App Blows."

    CBS Sports Facing March Madness Backlash on Facebook. "This App Blows."

    Don’t mess with March Madness. CBS Sports is learning that lesson the hard way on Facebook, where a major backlash is happening over its NCAA basketball bracket application. Yes, this is the same application that was allowed to spam users’ friends with more invites than other Facebook apps. The app—which lets you pick which basketball teams you think will win March… Read More

  • Chart Me Up: Web 2.0 Venture Deals

    Chart Me Up: Web 2.0 Venture Deals

    Dow Jones VentureSource put out some data on Web 2.0 deals in the U.S. earlier this week that I’ve put together into these charts. The first one above shows how much money has been invested in Web 2.0 startups so far this decade. In 2007, venture capital poured into Web 2.0 companies at a record pace—$1.34 billion. That was up 88 percent from the $716 million invested in… Read More

  • Jailed Moroccan Facebook Poser Released and Pardoned

    Twenty-six year old Fouad Mourtada of Morocco, who was serving a three year prison sentence for impersonating the Moroccan king’s younger brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, on Facebook, has been granted a royal pardon, says the BBC. He was originally arrested in early February 2007, and sentenced on February 25. CNN and BBC, which have covered the story, have focused on the… Read More

  • Is Facebook Playing Favorites With App Developers?

    Is Facebook Playing Favorites With App Developers?

    Facebook has taken steps to limit application spam numerous times in the past. One of the recent steps they took was to specifically limit the number of daily invitations that users could send out to others – going from a hard cap of 20/day to a variable rate that takes into account the rate of declines by recipients. All of these steps are designed to limit the barrage of messages that… Read More

  • Exclusive Video of Facebook Chat Demo

    Exclusive Video of Facebook Chat Demo

    Earlier today Facebook held a press conference to talk about new privacy controls and to confirm that they are launching a web chat product in the coming weeks. Our real time notes from the event are here. The video above is a demo Facebook Chat that was shown at the event. The presenter is Peter Deng, the product manager for Facebook Chat, who made it clear that this is a preliminary version… Read More

  • Facebook To Launch New Privacy Controls; Confirms Chat Is Coming

    Facebook To Launch New Privacy Controls; Confirms Chat Is Coming

    Facebook announced new privacy controls at a press event at their downtown Palo Alto headquarters today, and also demoed their new chat application – called Facebook Chat – that has been rumored since last week. Our real time notes and pictures from the event are here. See CNET for more. New Privacy Controls The new privacy controls, which will launch on Wednesday morning, allow… Read More

  • Facebook Press Event: Our (Almost) Live Notes

    Facebook Press Event: Our (Almost) Live Notes

    Facebook held a fairly large press event today around privacy and other new products at 10am PT at their Palo Alto headquarters. There were a number of announcements made, although live blogging of the event was not permitted. These are my raw notes from the event, which I am posting immediately afterwards. A wrapup post will be posted shortly. We’ll also update this post with… Read More

  • Facebook To Launch Instant Messaging Service

    Facebook To Launch Instant Messaging Service

    Facebook has been testing a new instant messaging service and will be launching it to the public soon, perhaps in the next week. Our understanding is that the service will be built into user’s Facebook pages and allow them to web chat with their Facebook friends. We’ve also heard that, like Gtalk, it will be built on the Jabber open source platform, allowing users to add the service… Read More

  • Amazon's Latest Product Launch is a Couple of Facebook Apps

    Amazon's Latest Product Launch is a Couple of Facebook Apps

    Amazon has now officially joined the Facebook craze. It has launched two of its own Facebook applications: Amazon Giver and Amazon Grapevine. Amazon Giver shows your Amazon wishlist on your Facebook page. Of course, there are more than a dozen apps on Facebook that already let you do that, but only Amazon Giver lets your friends actually buy those gifts for you without leaving Facebook. … Read More