Facebook launches an app for every phone

In an effort to further expand its reach, Facebook has released an application that will run on over 2,500 Java enabled mobile phones.

The Every Phone app includes Facebook’s most popular features, such as, News Feed, Inbox, and Photos. It also allows users to upload photos to Facebook and find friends from the phonebook.

According to Facebook, the app has been optimised to consume less data than other Java apps or mobile sites. It has also tied up with mobile service providers to provide users with free data access for the Every Phone app for a 90-day period. The 20 service providers that Facebook is collaborating with for free data access include four from India – Aircel, Airtel, Idea and Reliance.

Facebook launches an app for every phone

The Facebook Every Phone app can be downloaded and installed from http://d.facebook.com/install through mobile phone web browsers. The app is also available on GetJar, Appia, and Mobile Weaver.

Facebook, had earlier in May 2010, teamed up with 50 mobile phone operators to offer cellphone users 0.facebook.com, a stripped-down version of the social networking site that can be accessed without incurring data charges.

Is mark zuckerberg is on Google+?

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Tech journalists aren’t the only ones with early access to Google’s latest social product, Google+. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also apparently snagged an invite to check out the social network designed to overtake his own.

As Forbes notes, he doesn’t look particularly happy about being there. The hazy webcam shot is a far cry from the smiling photo that graces his Facebook page:

He also hasn’t imported any of his interests, noting only that he is male and based in Palo Alto, California. His introduction? “I make things.”

He has at least connected with a number of fellow Facebook employees on the service, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Zuckerberg’s interest in Google+ lasts about as long as his exploration of Twitter.

You can explore his profile — and add yourself to his growing roster of more than 800 followers

Co-founder Biz Stone leaving Twitter

                                                                          In this March 29, 2011, file photo, Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, is interviewed on "At Martha's Table," with Martha Stewart, at the SiriusXM Satellite Radio studios in New York, Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Isaac "Biz" Stone is moving on from Twitter, just five years after co-founding the microblogging site that has become integral to the social media scene around the globe. The move comes as Twitter has been trying to build upon its popularity to make more money by selling more ads. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Isaac “Biz” Stone is moving on from Twitter, just five years after co-founding the microblogging site that has become integral to the social media scene around the globe.

Stone, 37, said Tuesday on his blog that he will work with the company “for many years to come,” but that the most effective use of his time now is to “get out of the way” of Twitter’s crew and leadership team until he’s called upon to be of some specific use.

Stone says he plans to focus on helping schools, nonprofits and company advisory boards. He’s also relaunching Obvious Corp. with fellow Twitter co-founder Evan Williams to develop new projects.

The move comes as Twitter has been trying to build upon its popularity to make more money by selling more ads. The privately held company doesn’t disclose its finances, but research firm eMarketer Inc. estimates Twitter will bring in advertising revenue of about $150 million this year.

Stone’s departure caps a year of executive changes at the San Francisco-based company. Last fall Williams handed over the reins to Twitter’s current CEO, Dick Costolo, and moved on to explore new business ideas. In March, Twitter’s third co-founder and original CEO Jack Dorsey returned to oversee product development as executive chairman.


Facebook buys group messaging service Beluga

Facebook said that it has acquired Beluga, a startup founded by former Google employees which allows users to send group messages to family or friends.Financial details of the transaction were not announced. “We’re psyched to confirm that we’ve just acquired the talent and assets of Beluga, whose simple and elegant mobile apps blew us away as a solution to help groups of friends stay in touch on the move,” Facebook said in a statement.

The Palo Alto, California-based Facebook said the Beluga team “will continue their vision for groups and mobile communication as part of Facebook.”

“We’re excited to continue to build our vision for mobile group messaging as part of the Facebook team,” Beluga said in a statement. “Beluga and Facebook are committed to create new and better ways to communicate and share group experiences.”

Beluga said the service will continue unchanged for now and it will provide details on future plans in the coming weeks. Beluga was launched last year by former Google employees Ben Davenport, Lucy Zhang and Jonathan Perlow.

Beluga’s free iPhone and Android mobile applications allow users to share updates and photos with family and friends.

Hey Twitter, Zynga: MOVE TO FRANCE


Twitter and Zynga are thinking about moving out of San Francisco because they’re about to be socked with a huge tax bill. Ridiculous!

But, one man’s mistake is often another man’s opportunity. And this is a great opportunity for these two great companies to move to a country notorious for its favorable tax environment… France.

Wait, what?

Yes, taxes in France are pretty high compared to, say, Somalia. But compared to New York and California, it’s really not that bad. The US has higher corporate taxes, and when you take state and local taxes into account, the overall tax burden really isn’t much lower than France’s.

But the most important thing is that, if they play their cards right, startups based in France can get plenty of tax breaks. For example, R&D tax credits let technology companies deduct up to 80% of their R&D spending from their tax bill. Being in the European Union also allows you to move your tax burden around: Google pays very little taxes in France or anywhere else because they shift their burden to their Irish headquarters, where taxes are lower.

Last year, Google announced that they would open an R&D center and a “Cultural Institute” in Paris (right now their Paris office is mostly sales), and the French government hinted, without coming out and saying it, that Google got tax breaks out of it. We’re sure Twitter and Zynga could work out a similar deal for moving their HQs in Paris.

France can be a hard place to start a company, but once you’ve reached a few hundred employees it gets much, much easier. Just ask innovative, billion dollar French tech companies like Vente Privée and Iliad.

Now, what would Zynga and Twitter get on top of tax breaks if they moved to Paris? Tech startups don’t just want tax breaks. They also want to hire the most talented people in the world. And this is where Paris truly shines.

Here’s what Paris has going for it:

  • Very deep technical talent. French engineering schools are small, which means they don’t tend to make a big splash internationally. But the flip side of that is that by staying small, they churn out extremely talented graduates. Admissions to French engineering schools is very competitive, and takes place after two or three years of post-secondary education in preparatory classes where 80 hours a week of study is a minimum. It’s no coincidence that you can’t swing a cat on a London trading room floor without hitting a French guy. Twitter, these guys will sleep on your server room and come up with crazy-ass hacks to keep you up and running. (Yes, French people can and do work hard.) Paris also has a thriving open source community.
  • Great designers. Paris and designers practically go together, don’t they? It would take too long to cite the amazing designers, in every area, who live and thrive in Paris. Twitter and Zynga are nothing if not design-focused, and indeed the entire “application layer” of the web is moving to a greater focus on design. Tapping Paris’s world-class pool of talent would definitely be a competitive advantage.
  • Lower salaries. Given the lower purchasing power, even with higher (?) payroll taxes, a top engineer or designer still costs less to employ in France than in Silicon Valley.
  • Gaming talent. This one is for Zynga. Perhaps precisely because of this combination of design and technical talent, France has been a hub for great gaming companies. It’s the home of companies like UbiSoft, and Gameloft, arguably the biggest mobile gaming company in the world.
  • Arbitrage. Even though it’s surging, Paris’ startup hub is still nowhere near Silicon Valley’s, or even New York or London’s vibrancy. That seems like a drawback, but it’s actually a tremendous arbitrage opportunity. As has been established, Paris has plenty of amazing, cheap talent–and there’s much less competition for that talent. Google is much smaller, Facebook has like twelve people, and you don’t have hot flavor of the day startups that just raised $10 million with a napkin. Twitter and Zynga are both companies that want to be around 20 years from now, and so they should look at this as a long term investment. When Google opened an engineering office in New York in 2003, plenty of people raised eyebrows. Now it’s an amazingly prescient bet that has paid off hugely, both for New York and for Google.
  • Quality of life. This one needs no explanation.

Secrets of Facebook

With over 500 million users, Facebook is not just popular. It’s also filled with features and customisation options that most don’t even know about. Learn a few of the Facebook tricks below, and you can separate yourself from the crowd and increase your productivity at the same time.

Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutsSure, Facebook is a website. But it’s surprisingly keyboard friendly. For instance, if you use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer on Windows, you can hold down the Alt key, tap the number 4 (Alt-4), release the keys, and press Enter to open your message list (and then Tab through the messages).

The same sequence, but using different numbers, accesses other parts of the Facebook screen. Alt-1, Enter goes to your Home page; Alt-2, Enter goes to your profile; Alt-3, Enter lets you view Friend requests; Alt-M, Enter starts a new message; Alt-Enter places your cursor in Facebook’s Search box.

If you’re using Firefox, the same shortcuts apply, but you’ll have to hold down both Alt and Shift rather than just Alt.

Search secrets

Search secretsThere’s a good deal of power hidden behind Facebook’s simple search box. Search filters, for example, let you both narrow the results of your searches and refine searches so that you can find information in Facebook that would otherwise be impossible to unearth.

To access the filters, first enter a search term in Facebook’s Search box, but instead of pressing Enter, click the magnifying glass icon to the right of the Search box itself.

Doing so takes you to a screen that lists search filters in the left-hand column. These filters include ‘groups,’ for narrowing your search result to relevant Facebook groups; ‘apps,’ for displaying only Facebook apps relevant to a search term; ‘posts by friends,’ for honing in on relevant posts made by those on your friends list; and ‘posts by everyone,’ for finding any post on Facebook that includes your search term.

Classmate search

Classmate searchFacebook also includes a dedicated ‘classmate search’ feature (http://www.facebook.com/srch.php?classmate), which helps you to locate classmates simply by entering the name of your school, your graduating year, and optionally a specific person you’re looking for.

Similarly, a co-worker search tool makes it easy to find any co-workers on Facebook by entering the name of your company.

You can also search for two things at the same time on Facebook – similar to using an ‘or’ command in search engines – by inserting a vertical line character (|) between your search terms.

If, for instance, you’re looking for an old friend and you think she might be listed under one of two names, search for both names with the vertical line between them, and you’ll quickly get a list of good possibilities.

Navigation gems

Navigation gems

Knowing how to get around in Facebook can save you almost as much time as knowing the fancy keyboard shortcuts mentioned earlier.

If you get buried deep within Facebook and want to get back to where you started when you first logged on, just click the Facebook logo. That’ll take you to your public wall, or news feed – it’s the same as clicking Home in the menu bar of the upper right-hand corner.

Clicking Home and then your user name will take you to a page displaying the publicly visible profile information you have provided, including Wall postings you’ve made, photos you’ve provided, and any notes you’ve added

Privacy customisations

Privacy customisationsTake charge of what the world knows about your Facebook page. Click the Account link in the upper right-hand corner, and select Privacy Settings from the drop-down menu. On the resulting Choose Your Privacy settings page, look closely at the Connecting on Facebook and Sharing on Facebook sections.

Anything that is set to ‘Everyone’ can be seen or found by anyone who searches the internet. Click the Customise Setting links to determine exactly who sees what on your Facebook page.

Application power

Application powerOne of the reasons Facebook is so popular is that, like the iPhone, there are developers around the world building add-on programs that make Facebook more fun or customisable. These programs are called ‘apps,’ and you’ll find them in the official Facebook Applications Directory (http://www.facebook.com/apps/directory.php).

There’s also a dedicated search box just for finding apps.

Remove ads

Remove adsIf you use the Firefox Web browser, you can download and install the popular Adblock Plus plug-in, which pretty much makes Facebook ads a thing of the past. Occasionally with Adblock Plus installed, you’ll still see a section header where ads used to be, but the ads themselves should not appear.

To install Adblock Plus, just point Firefox to the Adblock Plus website (http://bit.ly/fKVAIL), and then click the Add to Firefox button.


Twitter valued at $7.7bn

SAN FRANCISCO: A recent auction of Twitter shares on the secondary market suggests investors value the company at $7.7 billion, more than twice the valuation the Internet microblogging service garnered in a December funding round.

Investors have agreed to pay $34.50 a share for Twitter in the auction conducted by Sharespost, an exchange for private company shares that announced the news on Friday.

Based on the 223.7 million estimated fully diluted shares of Twitter listed by Sharespost on its website, the deal would suggest a valuation of roughly $7.7 billion.

Valuations of privately-held Web companies have surged in recent months as investors scramble to buy stakes in companies that many hope could turn out to be the next Google Inc.

On Thursday, an investment firm bought 2.5 million Facebook shares in a deal valuing the No.1 social network at $65 billion, according to a media report. That valuation is 30 per cent higher than the valuation Facebook announced in its last funding round in January.

The Twitter auction, which Sharespost said was oversubscribed, involved 35,000 shares of Twitter’s Series B preferred stock, Sharespost said.

In December Twitter was valued at $3.7 billion in a $200 million funding round led by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Buyers.

Facebook is valued at 65billion

SAN FRANCISCO: Investment firm General Atlantic is investing in Facebook, valuing the leading social network at $65 billion, representing a 30 per cent boost from its last big investment in January, according to a report on CNBC.

General Atlantic is purchasing a block of roughly 2.5 million Facebook shares from former Facebook employees, giving the firm a 0.1 per cent stake in the company, CNBC said.

The deal, which has not closed and requires approval from Facebook, would give General Atlantic a 0.1 per cent stake in Facebook, according to the report.

General Atlantic declined to comment on the reports. Facebook did not immediately return requests for comment.

In January, Facebook said it had raised $1.5 billion from investors including Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies, as well as through a private offering to overseas investors conducted by Goldman Sachs, at a valuation of roughly $50 billion.

5 Hidden dangers of Facebook

5 Hidden dangers of Facebook

Over the last few years, Facebook’s growth has been phenomenal. The world’s no. 1 social networking site also sometime back beat Google to become the most visited Web site in the US for an entire week at a stretch. However, the site has also lately being receiving lot of flak for its privacy policies.

An expert in online privacy drew attention to the five dangers of sharing information on social networking site Facebook. Joan Goodchild, senior editor of CSO (Chief Security Officer) Online, said that marketing efforts by the company often results in a compromise on account holders’ privacy.

Goodchild noted five risks of using Facebook. They are:

Risk 1: Your information is being shared with third parties

Risk 1: Your information is being shared with third parties

According to Facebook policy last updated on April 2010, “When you connect with an application or website it will have access to General Information about you. The term General Information includes your and your friends’ names, profile pictures, gender, user IDs, connections, and any content shared using the Everyone privacy setting. … The default privacy setting for certain types of information you post on Facebook is set to “everyone.” … Because it takes two to connect, your privacy settings only control who can see the connection on your profile page. If you are uncomfortable with the connection being publicly available, you should consider removing (or not making) the connection.”

Risk 2: Privacy settings revert to a less safe default mode after each redesign

Risk 2: Privacy settings revert to a less safe default mode after each redesign

In March, private e-mail according to a Gawker report, private email addresses that many Facebook users wanted to keep hidden were revealed publicly on a multitude of Facebook profiles. The glitch was later resolved by Facebook.





Risk 3: Facebook ads may contain malware

Risk 3: Facebook ads may contain malware
Recently, a Facebook event invitation was reportedly sent to some over 2,300 friends of Jim Breyer, Accel Partners venture capitalist who sits on Facebook’s board of directors, asking “Would you like a Facebook phone number?” However, the message was actually a scam and the users who entered their passwords in response to the message in turn sent the whole thing to their friends lists too.

“This was a phishing scam and Jim’s account appears to have been compromised,” read a statement from Facebook as provided to venture industry news site PEHub.

Risk 4: Your friends unknowingly make you vulnerable

Risk 4: Your friends unknowingly make you vulnerable On May 6th, the popular social network patched a major security bug that allowed users to snoop on their friends’ private chats, and view their pending friend requests. The exploit forced Facebook to temporarily disable chat.





Risk 5: Scammers are create fake profiles

Risk 5: Scammers are create fake profiles Earlier this week, 15 privacy and consumer protection organizations filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that the site manipulates privacy settings to make users’ personal information available for commercial use.

Courtesy: TOI Tech & Agencies