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Spotify Rolling Out Desktop Update With “Private Listening Mode”.

  • September 29, 2011 8:46 am


It appears Spotify is finally caving to pressure from a growing wave of disgruntled users over the company’s new auto-share-to-Facebook feature. CEO Daniel Ek just tweeted that an update is rolling out that will enable a new “private listening mode” found directly within the Spotify > File menu.

Currently there is an option to turn of the aforementioned feature, though it’s buried in the preferences menu and is labeled with “Get personal recommendations by sending music you play to your Facebook timeline.”

For those of you who were none too pleased with the auto-share feature, is the new private listening mode enough to win you back?

This Is Facebook’s Project Spartan (And It’s Coming Early Next Week).

  • September 29, 2011 7:10 am


Facebook. Project Spartan. Close the books. TechCrunch has scored the final scoop. Someone at Facebook accidentally let the new HTML 5 “Spartan”-ized Facebook out to roam before it was ready. TechCrunch is

We can't wait because let's be real with each other -- Facebook's mobile app sucks. Here's to hoping Spartan is better.

In other news: Facebook's official iPad app (which has apparently been done since May) will also drop the same day as Spartan, early next week.

Another shot after the break...

What Facebook Integration In iOS 5 Could Look Like (If Apple And Facebook Kiss And Make Up)

  • September 26, 2011 10:23 pm


Facebook and Apple aren’t the greatest of friends. The most recent example of the two companies’ ongoing feuding can be seen in the failed Facebook integration with Apple’s Ping social music service. If you recall, Facebook support was yanked at the last second — literally the night before Ping launched. Since then we’ve seen glorious tales of iOS’s more social nature with the “other” social network, Twitter. While Twitter is part of our hourly routine, there are many people who haven’t the slightest clue what it actually is — Get those people a new rock with a window! — and would much rather prefer Facebook integration.

So what if Apple is working on Facebook integration in iOS 5? The above images (compliments of Macrumors) are allegedly showcase just that. Though we’ll be painfully blunt and tell you to stop holding your break now. You’ll be dead from such stutnts long before Apple actually releases the aforementioned integration. But if they did surprise us on the rumored October 4th iPhone 5 event date with some extra social flare tossed in to iOS 5 at the last minute, it would likely look something like you see above, minus the spelling mistakes of course.

For the sake of social junkies everywhere we hope the two sides can come together. Besides, they both have a very potent shared enemy — Google+. Competition folks.

In other Facebook/Apple related news: Mashable has been tipped about a potential release date for that elusive Facebook iPad app — the iPhone 5 event supposedly being held on October 4th. If this is a sign of a new friendship perhaps that iOS 5/Facebook integration might just happen afterall.

Facebook iPad App Engineer Leaves For Google Mobile Team.

  • September 26, 2011 2:07 pm


Facebook’s iPad app has apparently been feature complete for weeks. But for some reason or another Facebook hasn’t actually launched it. F8 came and went without a mobile announcement in sight. SAI is reporting constant, unnamed delays. So we wait. Because of this, now ex-engineer Jeff Verkoeyen (the guy who developed the Facebook iPad app) has left — for Google’s mobile team.

The announcement came by way of his blog.

While we wish Jeff the best in his new ventures, we hope even more that Facebook pushes out the official iPad app sooner rather than later. (Or have we already passed that point?)

Round-up: Facebook Timeline, Music Sharing, And More!

  • September 22, 2011 4:47 pm


Facebook dropped a bombshell today — many bombshells in fact. The upcoming Open Graph powered Facebook is an entirely new animal that once finely tuned, will revolutionize how we share and interact across the open web.

Two of the biggest announcements today revolved around music and video sharing. The former will see partnerships with a handful of streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, and Mog while the latter will feature heavy weights Vevo and Netflix to name a few. The most interesting aspect of it all is how music/video content will easily and seamlessly integrate with users’ timelines, how it can be shared between users, and the doors it will open for music/video discovery.

Through all the good news today is a small hiccup — the coveted Netflix integration within Facebook doesn’t work in the U.S. yet. We have backwards, outdated laws to thank for that. But according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, a bill is already weaving its way through congress with verbiage specifically designated to making Netflix + Facebook 100% legal.

Finally, the hugely hyped sharing app/service, “Color” was reborn today. Soon Android and iOS users will have a much better, re-designed Color app that pulls heavily from Facebook while also deeply integrating with said social network. Specifically, the app makes use of four key features: Feed, Timeline, Friends and Inbox. Basically, think of this new Color as a sort of Facebook-y/Instagram/Picctu mashup for the masses.

There’s so much more to cover, though. So hop past the break and check out the in-depth videos!

New Facebook Music “Listen With Your Friend” Feature Revealed By Careless Tweet.

  • September 21, 2011 9:22 pm


A potential major part of Facebook’s F8 event that starts tomorrow was just leaked. Facebook’s new creative director, Ji Lee, tweeted out the statement to your right earlier tonight.

The “Listen with your friend” feature in ticker is blowing my mind. Listen to what your friends are listening. LIVE.

It goes without saying Lee deleted the tweet just a few minutes later. But it’s too late now. The cat is out of the bag.

Tomorrow Facebook will officially take the wraps off of a number of new Facebook features with the biggest rumored to be centered around music, music streaming, scrobbling, live song sharing between friends and more. It’s going to be a busy day…

“Facebook Music” Partners Spotify, Rdio, Mog (And More) Outed Ahead Of F8 Announcement By HTML Code?

  • September 17, 2011 10:49 pm


Facebook’s rumored music service is allegedly going to be uncovered and detailed at the company’s upcoming F8 conference in just a few short days (September 22nd). And while the actual details of Facebook’s event are still a mystery, a Netherlands developer by the name of Yvo Schaap has uncovered a slew of HTML code on a number of popular streaming and online music discovery sites including Mog, Spotify, Rdio, Soundcloud, and more.

The code in question:

More after the break…

Facebook Launches New Twitter-esque “Subscribe” Button.

  • September 14, 2011 1:42 pm


Twitter’s more public following abilities have left Facebook’s more personal approach to social networking almost playing catch up at times with both companies beginning to compete in each others’ markets. While Twitter still has a long way to go — and amidttingly probably won’t ever fully get to — in copying certain aspects of Facebook, Facebook just released a new feature that is a direct nod towards Twitter.

Over the next few days, Facebook users will begin to notice a “Subscribe” button on the top right of their feed (see above). The real beauty of the Facebook Subscribe button, however, is how customizable it is. For individual users there is the ability to turn off Subscribe features so no one can follow you or your content without your approval — just like it’s always been. But the real magic happens if you leave subscription services on…

Facebook To Become Streaming Media Hangout Come September 22nd?

  • August 31, 2011 8:37 pm


For some time rumors have swirled around Facebook either making their own music service or partnering up with someone else. Come September 22nd at the social networking giant’s F8 conference, the truth may finally be set free. But unlike past rumors, the actual announcement may prove quite surprising…