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Vodafone 555 Blue Facebook phone unveiled

Posted in Facebook by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

This phone has finally gone official. And of course, there’s a Facebook button to make Facebook just one click away. It features a white shell and physical QWERTY keyboard, but it’s not running Android, instead using a proprietary system with your FaceBook status heavily integrated into everything.

Turn on the phone, and you’ll be prompted for a Facebook login. No touchscreen. The screen is 2.4-inches across, also a 2-megapixel camera on the back. No 3G or WiFi either. It will arrive in August, priced at around £60.

Facebook glitch exposes private videos

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

If you have any private videos on Facebook, you better pay attention. TechCrunch first got wind of this problem and it could be embarrassing for some of you with sensitive videos. The glitch apparently has to do with restricted-access settings for videos posted to Facebook and shared with supposedly designated friends.

The titles, thumbnails, and descriptions for videos were mistakenly visible to all of a user’s friends, regardless of which had been granted access to the clips. And a list of people tagged in each clip was visible as well.

Code reveals Facebook working on a music service named Vibes

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

This is interesting. The Skype install code points toward a music application called Vibes. This piece of code all but confirms it. Facebook will be launching a new application called Vibes. As in good vibes. It connects with a music download dialog in the page, apparently.

This news coincides with Spotify’s announcement that it is launching in the US. And a Spotify-Facebook partnership has been rumored. The “Vibes” name makes sense too: The Skype deal was called “Peeps”. I think we can safely expect a launch by the end of summer. This will be interesting to watch.

Pac Man and Pac Man S released for Facebook

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2011

Pac Man has been and continues to be one of the most popular arcade games ever. It never gets old. I don’t know how many quarters I fed into that machine when I was younger and I can still go back and play it now and again.

Now Pac Man is headed to Facebook thanks to Namco Bandai Games Europe. You will be able to play the regular version of Pac-Man and Pac-Man S, a version of the game with social functions built in. Get playing and chomp some ghosts.

Facebook closing in on 700 million users

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2011

Well, we knew that Facebook was massively popular of course, but according to Facebook stat tracker Socialbreaker, the social network is quickly approaching 700,000,000 users worldwide. Emerging markets are showing the most growth with a large lead.

Brazil grew by 11.4% in May of this year alone and added nearly 2 million users. Indonesia added 1.5 million users, the Philippines added 1.3 million and Mexico and Argentina closed out the top-5, adding 1.1 million users each.

Microsoft Bing: Now With Facebook Integration

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2011

Facebook. It’s everywhere. You can’t escape it. That’s great if you are a fan, and not so great if you hate the social network site. And now Microsoft has announced that it will be integrating Facebook into its search results, and into their search algorithm, which will change the way that Bing search results are created.

Search results will now show you personalized results, with results that your friends have liked. This includes news stories and other items. It will also show faces of your Facebook friends, with up to three displayed next to a search result. So now you will never be far away from your friends, even when searching.

Symantec Warns of Facebook Security Flaw

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2011

As if Facebook doesn’t have enough vulnerabilities, Symantec researchers are now saying that an old Facebook bug may have provided access to millions of user’s photos, profiles and other personal data. Researchers estimate that this flaw has affected hundreds of thousands of applications, exposed user access tokens to advertisers and others.

So what is the fix? It’s as simple as changing your password. So you might want to do that right away just to be safe.

Facebook and Video Chat Apps Coming to BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2011

Playbook users have some new toys to play with. Rim has officially announced that a dedicated Facebook app for the BlackBerry Playbook is on the way. The app has been optimized for the PlayBook’s 7″ display and will let users view and add friends using the grid view of profile pictures. You can also view profiles with photos and videos, Facebook chat, view and interact with the news feeds, and of course tell the world about your Likes and Comments.

You can also upload photos directly from the PlayBook to Facebook. Book to Book as it were. It sounds like one of the best Facebook app choices available yet. BlackBerry has also announced a Video Chat for the BlackBerry Playbook app, with support for One-Click Video and Voice over WiFi Calls, Incoming Call Notifications, a picture in picture function and a friends list. Both apps will be available tomorrow May 3rd as an over-the-air update. They sound great.

Warner Bros. adds five new titles to Facebook movie rentals

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2011

After initially offering The Dark Knight to test the waters, Warner will be offering five more movies for streaming on Facebook including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Inception, Life as We Know It and Yogi Bear.

United States viewers are able to pay for a 48-hour viewing window instantly in Facebook credits then enjoy it right on their Facebook. We aren’t sure why they think they can outdo iTunes and Netflix, but they are going to give it a try.

Warner Bros. to rent movies digitally on Facebook

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2011

Can Facebook compete with Netflix when it comes to renting movies? Well, they are going to try. Warner Brothers has just announced that they will be offering video stream rentals of their movies through the online social network. Right now they have just one title available: The Dark Knight.

Users can rent a movie for 30 Facebook Credits ($3) and you get 48 hours to finish the movie. You can watch the movie through the site and still access Facebook functions while it is playing. More titles will arrive in the coming months, and The Dark Knight is just a test to see how popular it is.

SNAK Facebook keyboard

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on March 7th, 2011

Meet the Social Network Access Keyboard or S.N.A.K. for short. This is basically a Multimedia Keyboard from Dynex with custom drivers and decals. It features nineteen Facebook-friendly hotkeys that will make it easier to access your inbox, events, photos, and more.

When you sign out, the hotkeys are disabled. The keyboard is compatible with XP, Vista, and Windows 7. It will cost you $30. This one is for serious Facebook addicts. The rest of us are doing just fine with our keyboards.

Facebook phasing out the Share button

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Facebook has announced that they will be slowly phasing out the Share button. If you want to share articles in the future, you would have to Like it instead. Right now, when you Like something, it only shows up as a single line on your news feed, while if you Shared something, you’d get the full story, with the headline attached, a thumbnail and a link to the original post.

So the Like button will act like the Share button instead. It’s good for those who make the content as they will get more links, but there will be a lot more content on your page. We aren’t sure what they are thinking with this tweak, but I guess we will see it in action soon.

Microsoft Bing toolbar integrates Facebook

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

On the same day that Google decided to get a bit more social, now Microsoft has released a new version of their Bing toolbar, with new features to enhance your Bing experience. The new Bing toolbar helps make tasks much easier and quicker.

There’s the inclusion of a Facebook button, so you can see what’s going on in Facebook without having to leave your current page or open a new tab. It allows you to share content on the social network more easily and quickly. You can also read email from multiple services now instead of just Hotmail.

Facebook denies branded HTC phone

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2011

Once again Facebook has denied yet another rumor that a FB-branded handset is coming. There will be no facebook HTC device. Facebook addicts will just have to wait and hope.

Dan Rose, head of business development at the company, came forward with the following statement: “This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs (application programming interfaces) and integrated them into their device in an interesting way. The rumors around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown.”

Facebook passes Google for Most Visited US Website in 2010

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

Facebook has now taken top slot away from Google as America’s most-visited website in 2010, according to a new report from Experian Hitwise. Three other variations of Facebook made it into the top 10 as well: “facebook login” at #2, “facebook.com” at #6 and “www.facebook.com” at #9.

The news gets even better for the company. Facebook was also the top search term among U.S. Internet users for the second year in a row with the search term “facebook” accounting for 2.11% of all searches.