The legal team at Yahoo reached out to Facebook yesterday, at the same time as they were briefing the New York Times, to give the social networking giant the heads up that it would be seeking licensing fees on ten to twenty patents, and suing if that didn’t work.
Cloud storage powerhouse Dropbox has purchased stealth collaboration startup Cove and its exec team made up of former Facebook staffers, the company said Monday…
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Editor’s Pick Facebook’s gaming boom has come to an end, according to a report from IHS Screen Digest Media Research. The subject is open to debate and players such as Facebook and Zynga will no doubt dispute this. But IHS Screen Digest has put together an argument that will likely get a lot of attention, as games such as those made by Zynga have driven the growth of the social network…
Buffer, a social network scheduling service, chooses when to send out your status updates for you and just added LinkedIn to its repertoire, along with Facebook and Twitter.
Fluent, a new email client created by three ex-Google employees, makes your inbox look like a mix of Facebook and Twitter.
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Editor's Pick Would you trust the masses to tell you what stories are important? A new site from Microsoft called msnNOW shows you what topics are trending right this very second so you don’t have sort through hundreds of RSS or Twitter feeds. It combs Facebook, Twitter, Bing, and BreakingNews.com to surface the stories getting the most social buzz.
Editor's Pick Path got caught red-handed uploading users’ address books to its servers and had to apologize. But the relatively obscure journaling app is not alone. In fact, Path was crucified for a practice that has become an unspoken industry standard.
Facebook’s IPO has raised hopes in Silicon Valley that the tech industry’s days of wine and roses will soon be back with hundreds of startups going public. Even President Obama seems excited. He recently proposed an “IPO on-ramp” to help young, smaller companies go public.
It’s alive! MySpace, once the king of the social networking space, has been bleeding users for years. Now it’s set to report a million new users have signed up since December, says the New York Times. (Maybe new investor Justin Timberlake’s experience acting in the “The Social Network” is rubbing off on Myspace.)
With the advent of OAuth, an open standard for authorization, you can easily sign up for new services and apps simply by relying on your Facebook and Google profiles. But that simplicity also makes it easy to give total strangers a window into our lives, as Wired’s Andy Baio explains in a recent post.
[vimeo 36575210 w=640 h=376] Skyrim is awesome; Pinterest users need to calm the hell down; and Facebook users need to stay away from the gun cabinet.
Guest Post Among the many compelling sections of Facebook’s landmark S-1 filing last week—which included Zuck’s “The Hacker Way” founder’s letter, its $1 billion in profits last year and of course, the money spent on private jets—one area really stood out among the numbers and hyperbole. The risk, and of course on the flip side, massive opportunity, that mobile represents to the future of Facebook.
Not content with dominating the mobile gaming market, Angry Birds is winging its way to Facebook on Valentine’s Day. Developer Rovio has today revealed some of the features that this Facebook app will be boasting, including brand-new power-ups and exclusive levels.
Guest Post In just one year from now, we’ll see social technologies disrupt e-commerce the same way they’ve already disrupted online gaming, music and news.
Nexon and Zynga are dueling to be the darlings of the new game industry. Nexon got big with free-to-play online games that you download over the web to a computer. Zynga dominates the casual game market on Facebook. Now Nexon is moving in on Facebook with the planned launch of its KartRider Dash game for the social network.
Editor's Pick Lance Tokuda was looking for an old high school friend, but instead he found his second big social networking startup. The co-founder of game publisher RockYou happened to find an old acquaintance from high school on Classmates.com, which has more than 60 million users. But when he was going to email her, he found that Classmates.com was going to charge him $60 for that privilege.
Nearly every company has a social presence these days, but personal recommendations are often a more powerful way to boost sales. If you’ve never heard about a company before, but your friend has, you’ll likely trust her opinion over that of a complete stranger. But keeping track of how much customer referrals really help your business can be hard, so Extole has created a way to track word-of-mouth marketing.