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Some people stay in relationships simply because they are afraid that their prospects aren't good. They don't have the confidence to leave. For them, there's a new Facebook app, which launched last Friday.  It's called WaitingRoom. Some criticized the Facebook app Breakup Notifier, which would let a user know via email if someone they were interested in changed their relationship status. That app was banned last week, just prior to the launch of WaitingRoom. Instead of letting you know when someone changed their relationship status, WaitingRoom encourages them to change their relationship status. In other words, it gives them a push toward breaking up with their current significant other.... Read more...
One might say that Steve Jobs can't be doing too terribly bad (regarding his health) if he has it in him to go out on the town for dinner, but when the President calls you, we assume you make every effort to hide any ailments and just make the event. Barack Obama attended a dinner in northern California this week with loads of higher-ups from tech companies around the U.S., including Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google's CEO Eric Schmidt, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and numerous others. The President's 2-day visit to the west coast was reportedly aimed at "promoting technological innovation to help boost the struggling U.S. economy and reduce stubbornly high unemployment,"... Read more...
Well, these aren't quite "Facebook phones," but the rumors were at least somewhat true. HTC was indeed working on a Facebook-centric phone (two, actually), and while these do a lot more than just check and update statuses, there's no question that social networking comes first on the ChaCha and Salsa. The Latin-inspired phones are designed to be featurephones with some sophisticated features usually reserved for smartphones. But clearly, the target market here are teens who are simply obsessed with checking their profiles. These two were also launched at Mobile World Congress, and the highlight feature on both is the dedicated Facebook key. Each one features Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread), and HTC's... Read more...
Well, those rumors of the "Facebook phone" have amounted to something. It's not exactly a "Facebook phone," but it's close! INQ is a little-known cellphone company, but now with this, they're getting on the map in a big way. The company has just released the Cloud Touch and Cloud Q phones, both of which are "Facebook focused." The INQ Cloud Touch is an Android 2.2-based phone with full touch-panel, while the Cloud Q is the same phone with the addition of a QWERTY keyboard. Both phones feature tri-band HSPA, a 3.5" touch-panel, 5MP camera and above-average Facebook support. There's even a dedicated Spotify key, which turns this into the ultimate social networking phone. It's clear that INQ is... Read more...
Remember the Twilight Zone episode, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet? If only Facebook, digital cameras, and the Internet as we know it today had been around in the 1960s, William Shatner, who played the part of a nervous salesman on his first airplane flight since having a nervous breakdown, could have posted proof that there was a gremlin on the wing trying to tear the engine apart. We're not saying that gremlins remain a problem for domestic flights (they've all but been eradicated since the 1980s), but just in case, we're stoked to learn that Gogo Inflight Internet is running a promotion with seven major airlines to offer free access to Facebook. The social networking service is available starting... Read more...
The Social Network was an amazing film about an amazing technological innovation that has definitely changed the way we communicate with friends and family. Facebook was recently valued at around $50 billion, and it's easy to see why. Millions of people visit the site every single day to post status updates, and it has become the homepage of so many users. It's hard to even imagine a world where we couldn't easily "Like" something, and it's easy to imagine that this is just the start of a social networking revolution. But until this weekend, the star of The Social Network had never actually met the star of Facebook. You can thank Saturday Night Live for finally bringing the two together. On the... Read more...
What have you 'Liked' today? Anything? Probably a lot of things. Well over 500 million Facebook accounts exist, and that number is growing rapidly every single day. The world is becoming more of a digital one, and it's safe to say we're living in a "digital age." With social networking becoming so prominent and playing such a huge role in our everyday lives, it's oftentimes easy to forget about the humans that actually surround us. Are we more fixated on online friends than our actual, physical neighbors? It's a real question, and it's a real concern according to Pope Benedict. The Pope touched on a number of digital aspects in a speech on Monday, praising social networking for its ability to... Read more...
Although smartphones are certainly growing in popularity, many users still find that feature phones suit their needs just fine. Facebook recognizes this, so the company is rolling out an app designed specifically for feature phone users. The new app is built on the Snaptu mobile-app platform. It provides many of the social networking site’s popular features such as photos and Facebook’s familiar user experience. "The Facebook for Feature Phones app works on more than 2,500 devices from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG and other manufacturers, and it was built in close cooperation with Snaptu," said Mark Heyden, a program manager at Facebook. "The app provides a better Facebook experience... Read more...
The hits just keep on coming for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Being named Time's Person of the Year is one thing, but securing $500 million in funds from Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies, is definitely another. The New York Times reported the deal on Sunday. Goldman Sachs invested $450 million and Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian investment firm which already has a $200 million stake in Facebook, invested $50 million in a deal valuing Facebook at some $50 billion. That valuation means that Digital Sky Technologies has seen its initial investment in Facebook, made at a valuation of $10 billion, increase fivefold. Goldman has the right to sell part of its stake, up to $75 million,... Read more...
For the first time, Facebook has surpassed Google to become the most visited website in the U.S. for the majority of 2010. According to online measurement service Experian Hitwise, Facebook topped Google with 8.9 percent of all U.S. visits between January and November 2010. Google came in a close second with 7.2 percent of all visits. In 2008 and 2009, Google.com dominated the top spot as the most visited website. In 2007, MySpace, another social networking website, enjoyed the top spot. MySpace is currently ranked No. 7. Facebook's move to become the most visited site in the U.S. shows just how much the site has gained in popularity. In just six years, Facebook has become the world's largest... Read more...
Attention all kids: if you're trying to drop hints to your mom about what to get you for Christmas, you might want to try dropping those hints on Facebook or another social networking site. According to a recent study by Child's Play Communications from The NPD Group, 23% of moms with children under the age of 18 who are active in social media have purchased a children's product as a result of a recommendation from a social networking site or blog. Unless your mom is one of the 21% of moms who are still holding out and don't use social media, your hint should be received loud and clear. 1 in 4 U.S. Social-Media Moms Report Purchasing Kids' Products Based on Online Recommendations --79% of All... Read more...
We haven't heard much from those celebrities who signed off from Twitter and other social networking sites in a sort of digital death to promote "World AIDS Day." That was last Wednesday, but the problem is that they were having trouble raising the $1 million necessary to resurrect themselves. They probably assumed things would be over much quicker, but they should thank billionaire philanthropist Stewart Rahr: his $500,000 helped the celebrities, which included Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Khloé Kardashian, Lenny Kravitz, Jay Sean, Swizz Beatz, Serena Williams, and more, end their drought. In fact, Rahr contributed fully... Read more...
Social networking: It's all fun and games until some scuzzball infects your system with malware, but that's not a concern on Facebook, right? Wrong, says security firm BitDefender, which claims that malware is mucking around in news feeds of some 20 percent of Facebook users. When you're talking about a userbase of more than 500 million members, well, let's just say we're concerned. To be fair, BitDefender didn't ping every user's news feed, 'just' 14,000 of them. That's still a significant sample, and if you're a glass half-empty kind of person, it's conceivable that the 20 percent figure is undershooting things (and if you sip from a glass half-full, it could be way too high once you analyze... Read more...
Debt collectors have begun using Facebook as a tool, although it is unclear if that is legal under FTC regulations. Here we have a further example of why not to use social networking sites: the Israeli military has used Facebook to catch approximately 1,000 draft dodgers. These were women who lied about their religious background to avoid serving in the Israeli military. Israeli military service is compulsory, but Jewish women can be exempted if they are religiously observant. Two years ago, the military hired private investigators as, of late, drafting dodging has become more prevalent. The evidence ranged from one woman who was caught updating her Facebook profile on the Sabbath to another... Read more...
One of the most active spam bots, Asprox, has a new gimmick for a Trojan it's been e-mailing around for the past six months: Facebook. Its botmasters are trying to cash in on last week's blocked accounts and unfriending frenzy. Wednesday, November 17, was National Facebook Unfriend day, the brainchild of late night talk show comedian Jimmy Kimmel. However, the day before, Facebook confirmed that it was automatically disabling accounts it found to be suspiciously "fake." In the process it said a "bug" made it also disable a bunch of real users' accounts. Lots of information and disinformation began to promptly circulate about the accounts being blocked because Facebook required users to scan and... Read more...
Yesterday, Nov. 17 was National Unfriend Day (NUD). The brainchild of Jimmy Kimmel, the day is supposed to a day when you unfriend the faux friends you have on Facebook (or any other social networking site). Kimmel gave us some guidelines to use to determine who to unfriend on National Unfriend Day. They were: If you wouldn’t loan someone 50 dollars, unfriend them. If you wouldn’t invite them to your birthday party, unfriend them. If you wouldn’t cry if they got hit by a bus, unfriend them. How many faux friends have you unfriended today? Or instead, would you rather have more faux friends? Watch a pair of videos from Jimmy Kimmel's show on NUD, including both Dr. Mehmet Oz,... Read more...
As not expected, Facebook unveiled a messaging system on Monday, not an email system. While most have been positioning the system as a Gmail killer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was clear in saying that: “This is not an email-killer. This is a messaging system that includes email as one part of it.”In fact, it's not called Facebook Mail, or Facemail. Instead it's just messages, and is intended to tie all your Facebook related messaging including, if you so desire, facebook.com email (which you will be able to add if you want). Interestingly, this means that corporate email at Facebook will be moving from facebook.com to fb.com. It was reported earlier that Facebook had recently acquired... Read more...
On the eve of Facebook's rumored announcement of a Facebook Webmail product, AOL announced an attempt to rise its email product from the ashes of AOL'e email, which is seeing its user base rapidly decline: Project Phoenix. Project Phoenix can be accessed at phoenix.aol.com. It is invite only, at least for now. It's hard to see how a Webmail refresh can stem the tide of those leaving AOL's email service. Business Insider's chart on the decline and fall of AOL's email shows the service has fallen below MySpace Mail, way down the list. Additionally, and worse news for AOL, AOL Mail provides 45 percent of the page views on the AOL network. Thus, it is obvious that AOL needs to halt the decline of... Read more...
If you plan to do some skiing in Powder Mecca this year, otherwise known as Colorado, check out Vail Resorts clever new use of on-mountain RF tracking technology dubbed "EpicMix." It turns an RF-enabled lift ticket into a combination of ski-run tracker and a homegrown version of Foursquare. It will also be available in Tahoe at Heavenly. Vail has been using RF-enabled lift tickets for a few years now -- so skiers can tuck their passes somewhere in their coats where they won't flap around, and lift operators can still scan the ticket. This year, the company will use that RF technology to monitor which lifts a passholder uses and then calculate the number vertical feet skied in a day and across... Read more...
We know that Google has seen quite a brain drain, with many heading off to pre-IPO companies like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Although it was recently leaked that Google has given all of its employees a holiday bonus of $1,000 (taxes paid) and a 10 percent raise, that pales in comparison with this news. TechCrunch has confirmed that a staff engineer at Google who being heavily recruited by Facebook was given a counter-offer that he couldn't turn down: $3.5 million in restricted stock (which means the employee gets the equivalent of $3.5 million in Google stock based on its price today, with the stock vesting over time. Reportedly, as we said, it was an offer he couldn't refuse. Since... Read more...
Updated: Google reportedly fired the leaker, within hours. A report by BI's Henry Blodget that Google is giving all employees a $1,000 bonus and a 10 percent raise has "sort of" been validated by Google. The original story, posted Tuesday night, said a "loyal reader" told BI that Google has given all of its employees $1,000 cash "holiday bonuses" and salary increases of at least 10 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2011. According to BI, Google will also give each employee an additional raise equivalent to the employee's target bonus for the year. Employees will also be eligible for additional "merit raises." Finally, Google will pay the taxes on the $1,000 bonuses, allowing employees to keep the entire... Read more...
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has accused a company of illegally firing an employee after she criticized her supervisor on Facebook. The  NLRB filed the complaint against American Medical Response of Connecticut, an ambulance service.  AMR fired Dawnmarie Souza, an EMT, after accusing her of violating a company policy barring employees from depicting the company “in any way” on any social networking site on which they post pictures of themselves. The NLRB's complaint, filed on Oct. 27, was reported by the New York Times, which quoted Lafe Solomon, the board’s acting general counsel, as saying, “This is a fairly straightforward case under the National... Read more...
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