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  • Ribbit wants to introduce telephony to Facebook, other software apps

    Ribbit wants to introduce telephony to Facebook, other software apps

    How badly do you want to be able to call your friends directly from your Facebook profile, without actually picking up your phone? A new technology company by the name of Ribbit Corp. hopes your answer to that question was anything other than “not at all,” since it showed off out a service earlier today that does just that. The technology aims to embed telephony in the software you use… Read More

  • List time: The top 15 tech disappointments of 2007 (or so says PC World)

    List time: The top 15 tech disappointments of 2007 (or so says PC World)

    The year 2007 will soon draw to a close, meaning we’ll be seeing plenty of year-end retrospectives on every Web site in Creation. I don’t expect many of them to be worth the time of day, yet this one—the year’s top tech disappointments, as ranked by PC World —is more or less on point. I’m sure you’re familiar with all of them, not least of which because… Read More

  • Facebook Sues Porn Company Over Hacking Attempt

    Facebook Sues Porn Company Over Hacking Attempt

    Facebook has filed a lawsuit against a Canadian porn company alleging that they attempted to hack Facebook’s servers. Istra Holdings Inc trading as Slickcash is alleged to have tried to access Facebook’s servers at least 200,000 times in an attempt to access the personal information of Facebook users. Facebook users though have nothing to fear, as according to court documents… Read More

  • Bebo Embraces Facebook Apps With Its "Open Applications Platform"

    Bebo Embraces Facebook Apps With Its "Open Applications Platform"

    When Google developed OpenSocial, it was intended to obviate the need for developers to reprogram the same social networking applications for separate platforms. Several social networks without their own proprietary developer platforms, including Bebo, quickly embraced OpenSocial as their opportunity to get in on some of the social-application action that Facebook monopolized with its pioneering… Read More

  • Rant: Now I'm getting Facebook spam, oh me oh my

    Rant: Now I'm getting Facebook spam, oh me oh my

    And now I’ve been Facebook spammed. Ladies and gentlemen, as my CrunchGear colleagues are all too well aware, I have a remarkably short fuse coupled with some sort of dementia. Yes, it makes for dynamite chat rooms logs, but my stability has been questioned on more than one occasion (ask Biggs). So when I’m sitting in the Journalism Department here following the Real Madrid-Lazio and… Read More

  • Facebook Stirring Up Anger For Disabling Accounts

    Facebook Stirring Up Anger For Disabling Accounts

    As if Facebook didn’t have enough to worry about, now it may have a growing customer service problem on its hands. Facebook members whose accounts have been disabled—some with good reason, some not—are increasingly frustrated with the company’s opaqueness when it comes to trying to figure out what they did wrong. They find that their accounts have been turned off and access… Read More

  • Facebook Photos get an Ajax Upgrade.  Will Pageviews Suffer?

    Facebook Photos get an Ajax Upgrade. Will Pageviews Suffer?

    Facebook’s photo galleries just got better. The photo pages now have an Ajax interface, which let the images load faster. But what is good for Facebook users may not be good for Facebook, at least in the short term. As Facebook improves its user interface with more Ajax and other user-interface technologies that update images and data without reloading the entire page, it is bound to take a… Read More

  • Making Fun Of Facebook Is Fun: Add Fake Beacon Actions

    Making Fun Of Facebook Is Fun: Add Fake Beacon Actions

    Well, I asked for negative Facebook speculation and rumors and, even though I was just kidding, a ton of stuff rolled in. A new Facebook application called Bonfire is my favorite. The idea is that you can beat third parties who are inserting information about what you did on their sites into your news feed, to the punch. So now you can insert a statement like “Mike bought Preparation H at… Read More

  • Is Beacon Inflating Facebook's Visitor Numbers?

    Is Beacon Inflating Facebook's Visitor Numbers?

    While Facebook’s Beacon program has been drawing the ire of many people because of the privacy issues surrounding it, advertisers might be equally concerned about whether Beacon is inflating Facebook’s overall visitor and traffic numbers. Yesterday, Compete reported that Facebook’s unique visitors went up 20 percent in the month of November, after a controversial dip in September… Read More

  • Hey Facebook, WTF? Stay Away From TechCrunchers

    So I thought it was interesting and humorous when we discovered that Facebook, which will more than double the number of employees to 700 next year, was grabbing Google employees at an alarming rate – at least ten high profile hires so far, and 2-4 more each month. But what isn’t so funny is that they are poaching from other startups and companies much closer to my heart. Namely, us. Read More

 
  • Freewebs Drops The "Free" And Launches It's Own Facebook Gaming Network

    Freewebs Drops The "Free" And Launches It's Own Facebook Gaming Network

    Freewebs is taking a step back from its personal website network and expanding into a social media portfolio company under the name Webs.com. The domain will serve as a hub for its new web properties, including recently launched social publishing site Pagii and Freewebs. The site will also include a new property, the “Social Gaming Network” (SGN). SGN is a game developer that builds… Read More

  • Facebook says sorry, will let you opt out of Beacon data sharing program

    Facebook says sorry, will let you opt out of Beacon data sharing program

    All our whining, for once, accomplished something. Facebook’s controversial Beacon feature can now be completely turned off by going into your privacy settings. (Beacon would announce on your news feed if you bought something from a partner site with minimal chance for you to opt out.) Someone can tell MoveOn.org to call off its attack dogs now. Mark Zuckerberg, the site’s… Read More

  • Facebook Messages: Small Change, Big Impact.

    Dear Facebook: Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. In August Facebook opened up their messaging system to allow people to add normal email addresses. I wrote a post praising the change, but I specifically asked for more: Facebook makes you log on to the site to read messages/emails from your friends. They’ll send a note to your normal email address when a new message comes in, but they make you… Read More

  • Buy A Virtual Gift And Fight Malaria

    Buy A Virtual Gift And Fight Malaria

    Causes is one of the most popular Facebook Applications, with over 300,000 active users. The service, which leverages virality to spread the word about worthy causes, aggregates 40,000 causes that benefit 13,000 nonprofits worldwide. In many ways, it’s a pyramid scheme for good. Now founders Sean Parker and Joe Green are leveraging another phenomenon to increase participation even further… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Saves Face, Apologizes For Beacon

    Zuckerberg Saves Face, Apologizes For Beacon

    Finally heeding calls to apologize for the privacy disaster surrounding Facebook’s Beacon advertising program, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took responsibility for the company’s mistakes in a blog post this morning. Excerpt: We’ve made a lot of mistakes building this feature, but we’ve made even more with how we’ve handled them. We simply did a bad job with this release, and I… Read More

  • More Facebook Advertisers Bail From Beacon. Plus, New Concerns.

    More Facebook Advertisers Bail From Beacon. Plus, New Concerns.

    The backlash against Facebook’s Beacon advertising program just gets worse every day. First, advertising partner Coca-Cola got cold feet over privacy issues. Now Overstock is bailing from the program, and Travelocity is having doubts. What’s more, all of this lack of confidence from the major advertising partners Facebook launched with is coming after it revised its policy to make… Read More

  • OMG IRONY: Facebook founder's private docs available for your viewing pleasure

    OMG IRONY: Facebook founder's private docs available for your viewing pleasure

    The only thing more annoying than the BCS is Facebook, which, with every passing day, seems less and less “cool.” Not because I’m one of those privacy nuts, but it does seem that with every “Facebook is the next Google” article in Newsweek or whatever, I find myself a little “yay! Facebook is fun!.” But this is kinda lame. A Harvard-oriented magazine… Read More

  • RockYou App Slides to Top Spot on Facebook

    RockYou App Slides to Top Spot on Facebook

    On Friday, RockYou took over the top spot on Facebook’s list of applications with the most active users. The application, called Super Wall, overtook Slide’s FunWall. Slide still has the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 6 Facebook apps, while RockYou only has one other app in the top ten (X Me, at No. 5). The top apps are still ruled by a few dominant names. In a press release touting that it is… Read More

  • Facebook Beacon Isn't On The Coke Side Of Life

    Facebook Beacon Isn't On The Coke Side Of Life

    An interesting article over at the NY Times details the failure of Coca-Cola to follow through on its initial commitment as a Facebook partner in Beacon. Coke had been named as a “Landmark Partner” in Beacon along with Verizon and Blockbuster when Facebook announced Beacon November 6. Notably Coca-Cola didn’t realize that Beacon wouldn’t be opt-in, and this was key in their… Read More

  • Another $60 Million For Facebook

    Another $60 Million For Facebook

    When Facebook took a $240 million investment from Microsoft last month at a $15 billion valuation, they became, in theory, one of the most valuable Internet-only companies on the planet. But that valuation was tenuous at best. Microsoft and Facebook expanded their year-old advertising relationship as part of the deal. And Facebook was unable to get a third party to pony up cash to justify the… Read More