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  • Like Sands Through The Hour Glass, Another Person Is Claiming To Have Founded Facebook

    Like Sands Through The Hour Glass, Another Person Is Claiming To Have Founded Facebook

    The New York Times has discovered a new claimant for the title of founder of Facebook. Aaron Greenspan, a Harvard classmate of Mark Zuckerberg claims that he created the original college social networking system, before either Facebook or ConnectU were founded. Mr. Greenspan is said to have established a web service that he called houseSYSTEM in 2003, 6 months prior to Facebook launching. Read More

  • SocialMedia Opens Self-Serve Facebook Advertising For All

    SocialMedia Opens Self-Serve Facebook Advertising For All

    There are several startups gunning to be the top Facebook ad platform: Lookery, FBExchange, RockYou, and Cubics. SocialMedia also became one of the early players when they launched their Appsaholic advertising network soon after F8. Previously only a select group of developers were able to sell ads through the service. However, they’ve now opened it to everyone through a self-service model… Read More

  • Why Are Microsoft Execs So Active on Facebook? Plus: Is Bill G. Hot, or Not?

    Microsoft employees and even executives are very active on Facebook – over 13,000 of them have a profile on the service. By comparison, Google has 5,000 employees with profiles, although Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt are noticeably absent (Marissa Mayer does have a profile, however, and actively adds friends). Yahoo has just 3,500 employee profiles, and none of the most senior… Read More

  • Facebook Takes Further Steps To Curb User Abuse; Change In How Applications Are Measured

    Facebook Takes Further Steps To Curb User Abuse; Change In How Applications Are Measured

    Last week Facebook updated their developer platform to restrict some of the more egregious abuses of users by application developers – bait and switch profile advertisements and friend spamming. Today they announced additional changes. And Facebook also announced that they are changing the way applications are measured to show user engagement instead of just how many users have added an… Read More

  • Google Will Be Beaten By Facebook, Mahalo: Scoble

    http://www.kyte.tv/flash.swf?embedId=6357068&appKey=MarbachViewerEmbedded&uri=channels/6118http://media01.kyte.tv/images/updatenotice.swf Above is part 3 of a 3 part Robert Scoble video blog series on “Why Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are going to kick Google’s butt in four years.” To see the other parts scroll on the player; Part 2 at around the 6 minute mark gets to… Read More

  • Dapper to Launch Instant Facebook AppMaker

    This Tuesday, Israel-based Dapper will launch the private beta of Facebook AppMaker, a new tool that the company claims will provide people with a dead simple way to create new Facebook applications. At its core, Dapper allows users to create API’s called “Dapps” by selecting data from Websites, RSS/XML feeds, Google Gadgets, and more. Each “Dapp” is an XML which can… Read More

  • Is Orkut A Social Networking Heavyweight? Comscore Says Yes.

    Is Orkut A Social Networking Heavyweight? Comscore Says Yes.

    The upcoming Orkut redesign prompted us to check out Orkut’s page view numbers according to Comscore. U.S. Comscore data shows, as expected, barely a blip from Orkut (Facebook shown for comparison). Orkut has 425 million monthly page views compared to 15 billion for Facebook: But, wow, take a look at the worldwide Comscore numbers – Facebook doubles to 31 billion monthly page views… Read More

  • Facebook Integrates Book Swap Feature into Marketplace

    Facebook Integrates Book Swap Feature into Marketplace

    Facebook has developed a book swap feature for its Marketplace application called Marketplace Book Exchange that enables users to buy and sell books from and to each other. Books are identified by buyers and sellers by their ISBN numbers, and curiously it looks as though there is no way to view all of the books offered in a particular network. On the one hand, this appears to be a smart move for… Read More

  • Interview With Facebook's Joe Hewitt, iPhone God

    Interview With Facebook's Joe Hewitt, iPhone God

    The Facebook iPhone application was a one-man job. Joe Hewitt joined Facebook when the company he co-founded with Blake Ross, Parakey, was acquired last month. He quickly got to work on the company’s iPhone app, which was released just a month after he joined the company. Hewitt has been one of the key figures in figuring out some of the hacks around iPhone applications – dealing with… Read More

  • Facebook Will Use Profiles To Target Ads, Predict Future

    Facebook Will Use Profiles To Target Ads, Predict Future

    Facebook is planning a new advertising system that will target ad delivery based on profile information added by Facebook users. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the new system will “let marketers target users with ads based on the massive amounts of information people reveal on the site about themselves” with future development that is aiming to (in true Orwellian… Read More

 
  • Playboy Launches Social Network: "High schoolers, old dudes and your Mom can't join"

    Playboy Launches Social Network: "High schoolers, old dudes and your Mom can't join"

    Update: Playboy U is built on the Ning platform The recent launch of Silicon Valley funded adult/porn site Zivity raised a few eyebrows. Now one of the old sovereigns of sexy is getting into the game, too. CrunchGear reports that Playboy is launching their own sexy social networking site just for college students, Playboy U. Playboy U requires all users to have a .edu email addresses, mimicking… Read More

  • Facebook Opens Email Up A Little; I Want More

    Facebook opened up their very closed email platform today by allowing users to add normal email addresses in a message. Previously you could only send messages to Facebook friends. Now you can add in others, too. This is great news for people who use Facebook for most or all of their emailing. But for those of us that use normal email for our day to day business, getting Facebook messages is more… Read More

  • TechStars Demo Day – Class of 2007

    TechStars Demo Day – Class of 2007

    Y Combinator wasn’t the only incubator to demo their most recent startups today. Colorado-based TechStars also brought their startups on stage – ten of them – to give the audience a first look at what they’ve been up to all summer. Each startup gave 5% of their equity in exchange for $15,000, operational support, office space and mentoring. Most of these companies are… Read More

  • Facebook Takes Action Against "Black Hat" Apps

    Some of the most popular Facebook applications are using highly questionable tactics to spread themselves virally. Users have noticed and complained, and Facebook took action today to put stop the most egregious behavior. There are two ways application developers are breaking the rules to get new users. The first: When a user looks at an application on his/her profile the application can show… Read More

  • TripAdvisor Acquires Facebook App Where I’ve Been For $3 Million

    TripAdvisor Acquires Facebook App Where I’ve Been For $3 Million

    Update: We have now confirmed that this deal has not happened and is in the discussion stage only. Inside Facebook pulled the trigger on their post a little too soon. TripAdvisor has acquired Facebook Application “Where I’ve Been” for a reported $3 million. Where I’ve Been allows users to share where they have been in the world from their Facebook profiles and has… Read More

  • Google Removes Blog Showing Leaked Facebook Code

    Google Removes Blog Showing Leaked Facebook Code

    FacebookSecrets, the blog that posted the accidentally released source code for the Facebook main index page, has been taken down. The blog was hosted on the Google-owned Blogger blog network and was removed pursuant to a DMCA take down notice from Facebook. A new blog (also on Blogger) has gone up that chronicles the back and forth between Google and the author (well, it’s one way… Read More

  • Facebook + iPhone = UltraCool

    Facebook + iPhone = UltraCool

    A pairing of the two most hyped tech products of the year: Facebook released what is arguably the single best iPhone-customized website to date at iphone.facebook.com. Like the Netvibes iPhone site which launched late yesterday, it isn’t much to look at in a normal browser. But open that thing up in an iPhone and you’ve got a very usable site. The site uses javascript to avoid page… Read More

  • Facebook Opens Up Their Data Feeds

    Facebook Opens Up Their Data Feeds

    Dave Winer is tracking some new features being released by Facebook that debunk the theories that the company is focused on building a completely closed silo of user data and news. Facebook’s news feeds, launched last year to a lot of controversy, has proven to be a brilliant move. It gives users a constant stream of data on what their friends are up to, and help spread new memes through… Read More

  • Facebook Source Code Leaked

    Facebook Source Code Leaked

    We just received a tip that the source code for the Facebook main index page has been leaked and published on a blog called Facebook Secrets. There are at least two possible ways that the source code got out – the first is that a Facebook developer has sent it out, or the more likely option that a security hole or other method has been used on either one of the Facebook servers or in their… Read More

  • The Fascination With ToDo Lists Continues

    The amount of energy web entrepreneurs put into creating the perfect online ToDo list is surprising. In May 2006 we ran through a boatload of them in a comparison post. After all that entrepreneurial effort, you’d think the online ToDo list would have been perfected. Apparently not. Now DabbleDB, a beautiful little database-centric application builder based in Vancouver, Canada, has created… Read More