Microsoft is continuously adding new features to its Bing search engine, and this time around the company has added integration for Facebook that allows users of the social networking site to comment and Like stuff directly in Bing search results. Microsoft has been researching ways to distinguish itself from Google, and it seems social is
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Clicking those friendly blue “like” buttons strewn across the Web may be doing more than marking you as a fan of Coca-Cola or Lady Gaga. It could out you as gay. It might reveal how you vote. Indeed, your likes may be saying more about you than you realize.
Foursquare just launched a redesigned desktop interface that everyone, not just members, can use for local listings and business recommendations. The company has been on this trajectory for awhile now, especially with the latest Explore map that provides a more tailored search experience for logged-in users. This is all in line with co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley’s promise that Foursquare is more than just a simple social service; that it serves as a discovery and recommendation engine much like Yelp or Google. Leveraging over 3 billion check-ins and 30 million tips from its community of nearly 25 million members, the New York-based firm is confident it can offer reliable recommendations to the general public. It’s still beneficial to join up — you get personalized filters and access to that handy mobile app — but it’s no longer necessary if you just want know where to get a quick sushi fix.
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We’ve reported on some odd items in the past, but this has to be one of the oddest (and also one of the most intriguing). A group of scientists at MIT have developed a new vest that you can link to your Facebook account. Why would you want to link a vest, of all things,
Facebook updated its site integrity system today in an effort to crack down on fake likes, a move that the company says will benefit legitimate users and page owners.
The company says the improved automated efforts will detect and remove Likes obtained by malware, compromised accounts, deceived users or purchased mass Likes. While Facebook says it has always protected against these threats, the new system will specifically be tailored to identify and erase suspect Likes.
The real power of the president’s Facebook app: providing a window on supporters’ friends.
President Obama’s campaign is expanding the power of the social media operation it built in 2008, using an app to extend its voter intelligence efforts to potentially millions of Facebook accounts of people who didn’t directly get in touch.
I wanted to have 100,000 Facebook fans for my blog. I don’t have a product to sell. I’m not trying to get advertisers on my blog. I’m not even trying to get more speaking gigs because of my blog. But I believe in the message of my blog and I enjoy having an audience for it. So I wanted to expand that audience.
We have entered the “Choose Yourself” era. No longer do you have to wait for the big media companies to reach down from the heavens and bless you with a column, a book advance, a TV show, a job, a career, money, or even customers. In 2008 the tide came in, the financial system collapsed, and we saw that the myth of corporate safety was just another example of the brainwashing that we had undergone since we were kids.
You might “like” Facebook, but you may not be so fond of counterfeiters using your personal data to hock goods.
What does one do after generating billions from an initial public stock offering? Go shopping, of course. After falling short of expectations following its somewhat helter-skelter IPO debut, Facebook simply shook off the whole thing and acquired itself some good Karma. No, we’re not talking about that Karma. Instead, Facebook purchased the startup responsible for the Karma social gifting app. The move was apparently made to bolster Facebook’s mobile chops — an area the company considers ripe for opportunity. Just recently, Facebook also acquired mobile stalwart Instagram and the Lightbox team, for example. As for its newest purchase, Karma will be allowed to “continue to operate in full force” despite its recent status change, according to a blog post by co-founders Lee Linden and Ben Lewis. Details weren’t disclosed about how much the deal was worth but judging from celebratory nature of their post, it doesn’t look like Linden and Lewis will “Unlike” the agreement any time soon.
In light of its impending multi-billion-dollar IPO, its user base of 900 million and its increasingly sprawling design and user experience, some people have come to believe that Facebook has gone crazy. Excuse me, “cray cray.”
What’s more, even though it’s only two-odd years old, Facebook’s “Like” button is now ubiquitous on the Webs. But with how quickly these young people are picking up new technology these days, let’s be honest, “Liking” things is for old people. Everyone else has moved on.
That’s why Ben Schaechter, Sam Grossberg, and Paul Kompfner have coded up a new Chrome extension, which went live this evening, called CrayBook. (Check it out in the Chrome Web Store here.)
An anonymous reader writes “In what may win awards for the silliest-sounding lawsuit of the year, a case about whether Facebook ‘likes’ qualify for free speech protection under the First Amendment has ended in a decisive ‘no.’ In the run-up to an election for Sheriff, some of the incumbent’s employees made their support for the challenger known by ‘liking’ his page on Facebook. After the incumbent won re-election, the employees were terminated, supposedly because of budget concerns. The employees had taken a few other actions as well — bumper stickers and cookouts — but they couldn’t prove the Sheriff was aware of them. The judge thus ruled that ‘merely “liking” a Facebook page is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection. In cases where courts have found that constitutional speech protections extended to Facebook posts, actual statements existed within the record.’”
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The activists are striking slack in 2012.
Advertisers looking for higher ROI from their Facebook self-serve ads may soon see some new tools. Facebook tells us its testing new features like “Objectives” which lets advertisers ask Facebook to “Show this to people who are more likely to: [Like my Page] or [Install my app] or [Click on my ad or sponsored story]“. It’s also trying a simpler interface and allowing more targeting options to be layered.
The test is a response to comments from advertisers who wanted “more guidance on how to optimize their campaigns based on their marketing goals.” By using it’s data of which users frequently Like Pages or install apps to help advertisers, Facebook could get them better results and encourage them to spend more.
Since being hired last August, Rory Read, Advanced Micro Devices CEO, has been reshaping the company.
The next time you get caught hijacking your friend’s Facebook, remember it could be worse. On Friday, British Student Glenn Mangham was sentenced to eight months in not-so-social jail, for hacking deep into Facebook’s servers. Apparently no user details were taken, with Mangham heading straight for “invaluable” intellectual property instead. Facebook alerted the authorities after it discovered the breach last May, the FBI then followed the digital thread back to the Briton’s UK address. It’s believed Mangham gained access to the inner sanctum after hacking into a Facebook employee’s account, though it’s not known if the comedy status update and embarrassing profile picture were also part of the attack.
We double-took when we noticed this strange little handset on T-Mobile’s leaked fall roadmap under a ‘Flip II‘ codename, and now it’s emerged in some press shots with a doubly playful new moniker and a touch more clarity. We can see a five megapixel rear camera with LED flash, a front-facer of unknown resolution, and what’s reported to be a 320×480 HVGA main display. We know very little about the secondary display except that it seems to give you quick access to your apps — although we’re hoping there’s more to it than that. The roadmap indicated an imminent November 2nd launch for $ 150 on contract and it surely won’t be long before get some hands-on time. Til then, we’ll just try to imagine the ergonomics.