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  • First Look: Facebook Single Sign-on

    Facebook is getting serious about on-the-go social networking with a suite of new features announced during the Facebook Mobile event on Wednesday.

    Written by Alex Wawro05 Nov. 10 09:03
  • The five pros and cons of a Facebook phone

    Is Facebook building a phone? The company won't say for sure, but for some the idea of a Facebook phone is social networking overkill. To social butterflies, a Facebook phone is a dream come true. Here is a look at the pros and cons.

    Written by Brennon Slattery22 Sept. 10 01:58
  • Diaspora could open new social scene for business

    The code was released to the public for a new social network designed to deliver the benefits of Facebook without the privacy concerns. The project--called Diaspora--also has potential as a tool for businesses to create their own social networks, but its value depends on how businesses intend to use social networking.

    Written by Tony Bradley17 Sept. 10 04:09
  • Facebook Places vs. Foursquare: Who has the business edge?

    Facebook's unveiling of Facebook Places is an obvious banshee cry to Foursquare and other location-based check-in services. As with those services, Facebook Places allows users to share their location and discover new hot spots by following the stops of people in their network.

    Written by Michael Ansaldo23 Aug. 10 23:34
  • Can you trust Facebook Places?

    Facebook, the company many people don't trust to protect their status updates and personal information, is now in the business of collecting location information, thanks to the introduction of its Foursquare/Gowalla killer, Facebook Places.

    Written by Robert X. Cringely21 Aug. 10 07:10
  • Facebook places will crush foursquare

    One of the odd aspects of the Facebook event launching the new Facebook Places service was the participation, support, and partnership of competing location-based check-in services.

    Written by Tony Bradley20 Aug. 10 04:41
  • Is there a replacement for Facebook?

    Facebook claims to have more than 400 million active users. In fact, according to Web analytics firm Alexa, only Google is a more popular site. So, with all that going for it, why are so many users unhappy, with one poll showing that more than half of Facebook users are thinking about leaving?

    Written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols29 May 10 02:30
  • 8 Must-Have Facebook and Twitter Add-Ons

    By no means are Twitter and Facebook perfect: You might wish that Facebook made it more intuitive to hide FarmVille or certain status updates. Or, maybe you wish that Twitter would introduce a new feature like nested tweets. Good news: For many of these website tweaks or suggestions, there's likely to be a script you can download to fit the bill.

    Written by Kristin Burnham10 March 10 06:11
  • Slideshow: Open source at Facebook

    It’s loved by millions and has risen from a small-time university social networking service to the biggest phenomenon on the Internet. It’s the phenomenon that is Facebook. Popularity, however, doesn’t come easy. With some 400 million unique home pages Facebook is pushing the boundaries of traditional Web application scalability and it’s not shy to admit that it has been achieved by leveraging open source software. We take a look at some of the slides presented by Facebook at this year's FOSDEM conference in Belgium.

    Written by Rodney Gedda24 Feb. 10 14:25
  • Open source helps Facebook achieve massive app scalability

    People all over the world spend a total of eight billion minutes a day on Facebook. Some 3.5 billion pieces of content are shared every week, 400 billion Web pages are viewed every month and the site logs a staggering 25TB of data every day. David Recordon, senior open programs manager at Facebook, talks about how the social networking giant uses open source tools to achieve its massive app scalablilty.

    Written by Rodney Gedda24 Feb. 10 09:40
  • Facebook Tips: Staying Safe While Using Games and Apps

    If you're one of the 63.7 million people playing the popular Farmville game on Facebook, you've probably noticed a change in how you earn points. FarmVille's parent company, Zynga, agreed last week to remove deceiving mobile subscriptions and "scammy" offers that lure players to register for services in exchange for game currency, which helps players to advance in the game.

    Written by Kristin Burnham13 Nov. 09 10:34
  • Facebook apps all grown up: four to watch

    Although it got its start by enabling people to throw virtual pies at each other and turn themselves into vampires and werewolves, the Facebook ecosystem is growing up before our very eyes.

    Written by C.G. Lynch04 Sept. 09 05:25
  • 5 more Facebook, Twitter scams to avoid

    A recent survey released by AVG Technologies and the Chief Marketing Officers Council reveals that while most social network users are concerned about the security of the sites, the vast majority do not take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.

    Written by Joan Goodchild ,Senior Editor01 Sept. 09 02:48
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