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Rumor: Facebook For iPad Dropping At September 22nd F8 Developer Conference.

  • August 28, 2011 12:44 pm

This past Thursday, Facebook announced their f8 developer conference. While the conference will already be one of Facebook’s biggest, most important conferences to date — with a potential IPO in the company’s near future — it is rumors that CEO Mark Zuckerberg will officially announce/launch Facebook’s iPad app that have the most buzz.

For now we’ll have to merely guess for Zuckerberg (and Facebook) aren’t letting on to what the September 22nd event will cater to specifically.

AT&T Facing Their Own KIN With The HTC Status?

  • August 23, 2011 10:21 pm

The KIN was easily the biggest failure in Microsoft’s and Verizon’s recent history (and dare we say the tech world at large in the last several years). But according to an alleged “trusted source” who is “close to AT&T” came forward to TechCrunch earlier today with information that sheds a grim light on the Facebook-centric HTC Status. Apparently the device has suffered from sales poor enough to have execs looking for an early exit — barely one month after the device’s initial release. Sounds exactly like Verizon’s KIN I & II doesn’t it?

It would certainly be surprising to see AT&T pulling the plug on the Status so soon after launch, especially considering social networking on the go is currently a huge selling point. Then again, the sub-par and outdated-18-months-ago hardware packed within the Status’ body — 800 MHz, really?! — is pretty much a joke compared to the current crop of Android devices. So is it really all that surprising AT&T is potentially giving it the boot?

Yet despite the rumors AT&T still maintains that “the HTC Status is a great product and our plans for it to be part of our portfolio haven’t changed.” Do you think AT&T would ever admit to launching a failure? Yeah, we didn’t either.

Facebook Announces Massive Privacy Changes, Cedes Check-in Victory To Foursquare (For Now).

  • August 23, 2011 3:27 pm

Survive earthquakepocalypse? Good. Share it on Facebook. But before you do, you may want to know that Facebook just pushed out some rather large changes to user privacy settings. But don’t worry, this time the changes are actually pretty useful, if not a straight ripoff of Google+’s own feature list. Get the full rundown after the break…

German Data Protection Commissioner Orders Removal Of Facebook “Like” Button From Institutional Websites. Fines For Violators.

  • August 19, 2011 1:21 pm

German state institutions within Schleswig Holstein’s have until the end of September to remove Facebook Like (German: Gefällt mir) buttons under a new privacy push by Thilo Weichert, the head of the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection. According to Weichert, the data that is transmitted across the ocean to Facebook’s U.S. based servers includes far too much information about the user and violates numerous European and German privacy laws.

“A broad individual and for members even a personalised profile. Such a profiling infringes German and European data protection law. There is no sufficient information of users and there is no choice; the wording in the conditions of use and privacy statements of Facebook does not nearly meet the legal requirements relevant for compliance of legal notice, privacy consent and general terms of use.”

Weichert is urging German citizens to “avoid clicking on social buttons” and to “avoid setting up Facebook accounts” as well as threatening state institutions who don’t remove the offending “Like” buttons from their websites by the end of September with several different penalties ranging up to a 50,000 Euro fine.

Facebook has already responded to Weichert’s claims, stating that they are well within Germany’s (and Europe’s overall) laws regarding consumer privacy.

Gadgetsteria’s take: Weichert is overstepping his boundaries. If an individual consumer doesn’t agree to Facebook storing the data they receive, they don’t have to click on the button. No one’s holding a gun to anyone’s head…

[Update 2] Desperate: FaceBook Blocking Google+ Invite Links From Users’ Streams?

  • August 16, 2011 2:10 pm

Facebook has already garnered a reputation for being shady in not only how they use users’ information but how they control that information as well. And if reports of Facebook actively blocking Google+ invite links from friends’ streams is legitimate, that tarnished image is only going to get worse. As you’ll see after the break, one Google+ user noticed something strange when trying to share a Google+ invite link on Facebook — his friends couldn’t see it even though it was a public post. However, public posts before and after the Google+ post in question showed up on friends’ streams as usual. After reading of other people having similar issues we spent a little of our own traversing Twitter. Sure enough other reports have confirmed the above: That Facebook is now blocking Google+ invite links. Of course, this could be a local issue (though how we can’t possibly see). With that said, the move has already grabbed the attention of Google’s own Vic Gundotra. In short: somebody has some ‘splaining to do.

Last month Facebook made headlines for removing Google+ ads from Facebook as well as going as far as banning the accounts of people who published Google+ ads.

We’ve fired off an email to Facebook PR asking for acknowledgement and/or any other comments they’re willing to share. In the meantime, you’ll need to use an URL shortner to get around Facebook’s apparent Google+ ban.

Check out the video just after the jump…


As mentioned before, the nature of this “block” is apparently spotty. After further testing on our end we’ve found that it isn’t a blanket ban — we were able to get some Google+ invite links to show. Though we did also witness links that refused to display.

Update 2

Facebook has issued an official update stating that they could not replicate the issue on their end and to check the original articles/sources of the individual claims for clarity. They also had this to say:

We have seen the video but have been unable to replicate the experience it shows.

Newsfeed is an automated system that is designed to deliver the most relevant content to you and your friends. The technology evaluates hundreds of factors, including your relationship to the poster, the type of content, the click-through rate (where appropriate), and people hiding similar posts from their feed. In real time, it decides what to display to you and what to filter for both Top News and Most Recent. It also includes systems that attempt to identify and block spam. Links have a history of the most abuse and are given the most scrutiny. As a result of all of these factors, a given link may be shown or filtered to people differently at different times.

FaceBook Releases Messenger App For Android, iOS.

  • August 9, 2011 4:45 pm

Need another messaging app in your life? You’re in luck as Facebook has the goods. The freshly launched “Facebook Messenger” for Android and iOS takes the recently purchased goods of Beluga and presents a Facebook-only app for chatting it up. Users can text, Facebook message an individual or group message Facebook contacts from within the app.

If you’re like the fine folks here at GS, you’ve got more social/chatting accounts than you know what to do with, and as such, make use of a fancy multi-client chat app. Because let’s be real, having 9 different chat apps to stay in touch is just ridiculous. But hey, thanks Facebook!

Get Facebook Messenger now in the Apple App Store and Android Market. In the meantime, we’ll be waiting for the Facebook app update that brings Facebook Messenger functionality into the native app itself. You?

Mark Zuckerburg’s Sister Leaving Facebook — To Start Her Own Social Media Firm!

  • August 4, 2011 7:34 am

Talk about awkward family get-togethers — Mark Zuckerburg’s sister and Facebook’s Director of Marketing, Randi Zuckerberg, has officially announced her resignation from the social empire her brother created. The real kicker: She’s leaving to start her own social media empire…

Infograph: Google+ vs. Facebook. Fight!

  • August 3, 2011 1:25 am

Infograph. INFOgraph. INFOGRAPH! Yeah, their accuracy is questionable. And to some, the flashy graphics lack professionalism. But dammit, we like pictures. So why not take the current social networking champ (Facebook) and slap it next to the newest up and coming social juggernaut (Google+) in a battle of numbers and specs? Singlegrain did just that and we must say, the end result is enough to keep us occupied for at least a few minutes.

See ya after the break…

Netflix Launching On Facebook In The Near Future — U.S. Left Out.

  • July 26, 2011 11:01 am

Social butterflies and Netflix junkies will soon be able to mash the two favorite past times together with the announcement that Netflix integration is coming to Facebook! The only catch — the U.S. will not be an initial launch country…