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Monday, December 17, 2007

Post #100: Analyst: Consumerism to blend with social networks in 2008

Post #100: Analyst: Consumerism to blend with social networks in 2008

Excerpt:
"Where traditional Web sites provide content to visitors, social networking sites tend to offer sets of tools that allow "the consumers to become the content," a lead Parks Associates analyst told BetaNews this afternoon."
http://www.betanews.com/article/Analyst_Consumerism_to_blend_with_social_networks_in_2008/1197499314

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Russian computer program fakes chatroom flirting

Russian computer program fakes chatroom flirting
Excerpt:
"A Russian website called CyberLover.ru is advertising a software tool that, it says, can simulate flirtatious chatroom exchanges. It boasts that it can chat up as many as 10 women at the same time and persuade them to hand over phone numbers.

An Australian anti-virus software firm, PC Tools, has warned that the software could be abused by identity fraudsters trying to harvest people's personal details online. The Russian site denied it was intended for identity fraud."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071213/wr_nm/russia_internet_dc

Facebook to License its Social Networking Platform

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,140529-pg,1/article.html

Facebook outmaneuvers Google; Bebo launches FB-compatible platform

Facebook outmaneuvers Google; Bebo launches FB-compatible platform

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Facebook to let other sites access platform code

Facebook to let other sites access platform code

Facebook Stirring Up Anger For Disabling Accounts

Facebook Stirring Up Anger For Disabling Accounts

The Next Social Network: WordPress - GigaOm

Excerpt:
"Why blogs and not Facebook or MySpace

In contrast to social networking, blogging offers a person-centric way for individuals to come online. A social network like Facebook gives you your own place online, but it’s not really your own place. As Copyblogger Brian Clark recently said in a blog post, “For me, there’s really no appeal in spending a lot of time creating ‘user-generated’ content via a social networking application. That’s like remodeling the kitchen in a house you rent.”"
http://gigaom.com/2007/12/11/the-next-social-network-wordpress/

Penthouse Buys Group of Social-Networking Sites - New York Times

Excerpt:
"While the influx of free and low-cost video has hurt the sale of pornographic videos, the chief executive of the Penthouse Media Group remains so bullish on the sex-related entertainment industry that he is investing $500 million in a group of social networking sites."
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/12/technology/12penthouse.html?ex=1355115600&en=f03c66d46164de60&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Mark Zuckerberg Cashes Out - Valleyway

Mark Zuckerberg Cashes Out - Valleyway

Excerpt:
"We hear Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has cashed out -- before an IPO, before a sale, and before his investors. In the company's recent financing round, insiders believe, he sold about $40 million worth of stock. A tiny portion of his $5 billion stake, but in cash rather than on paper, and "enough that he never has to think about money for the rest of his life," says a person made privy to details of the sale. On the Sand Hill Road of old, this is simply not how things are done."

http://valleywag.com/tech/scoop/mark-zuckerberg-cashes-out-331589.php

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

LA Times Takes A Stake In Mixx

LA Times Takes A Stake In Mixx

Zuckerberg writes long post about Beacon

Zuckerberg writes long post about Beacon

Excerpt 1:
"About a month ago, we released a new feature called Beacon to try to help people share information with their friends about things they do on the web. We've made a lot of mistakes building this feature, but we've made even more with how we've handled them. We simply did a bad job with this release, and I apologize for it."

Excerpt 2:
" Last week we changed Beacon to be an opt-in system, and today we're releasing a privacy control to turn off Beacon completely. You can find it here. If you select that you don't want to share some Beacon actions or if you turn off Beacon, then Facebook won't store those actions even when partners send them to Facebook."

http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=7584397130

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Flux Launches Self Service Product; Full On Ning Competitor

Flux Launches Self Service Product; Full On Ning Competitor

NYT: Facebook's Zuckerberg Lied To Us; Coke: Ditto

NYT: Facebook's Zuckerberg Lied To Us; Coke: Ditto

Excerpt:
"The "Beacon" fallout continues. The New York Times' Louise Story essentially accuses Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg of lying to her about Beacon's being "opt-in." Coca-Cola got a similar impression from the company--and, having learned the truth, is holding off on using the program. Meanwhile, Facebook's spokesman attempts to explain to the NYT's Louise Story what Zuckerberg really meant--and makes matters worse."

http://www.alleyinsider.com/2007/12/nyt-facebooks-zuckerberg-lied-to-us-coke-ditto.html
See also: Facebook's Misrepresentation of Beacon's Threat to Privacy: Tracking users who opt out or are not logged in.
Excerpt:
"As follow-up to Ben's look at Facebook's Beacon system, I began investigating the extent of its privacy implications. What I found is extremely disconcerting. Facebook is collecting information about user actions on affiliate sites regardless of whether or not the user chose to opt out, and regardless of whether or not the user is logged into Facebook at that time. The evidence I present below directly contradicts both public statements made by Facebook, and direct email correspondence from their privacy department, demonstrating that Beacon is a serious threat to user privacy."
http://community.ca.com/blogs/securityadvisor/archive/2007/11/29/facebook-s-misrepresentation-of-beacon-s-threat-to-privacy-tracking-users-who-opt-out-or-are-not-logged-in.aspx

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Techcrunch: What’s the Point?

Excerpt:
"If you find yourself asking that question a lot, here is a new Website for you. The Point is a social and consumer activism site that just launched yesterday. It brings a new twist to online grassroots campaigns. Anyone can create a campaign—to raise money for a political candidate or cause, to lobby a corporation to change its ways, or to organize neighbors to fix up a park.
But here’s the twist: participants pledge to take action only when enough other people have pledged to do the same thing. That is, when support for the cause reaches a tipping point (hence the name). In this way, the site attempts to address one of the biggest obstacles to people signing up for a cause even if they believe in it—the fear that they will be wasting their time or money on something that will never result in change. On the Point, you only agree to take action if a cause can attract a critical mass of like-minded people."

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/11/13/whats-the-point/

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Yahoo Messenger Deepens Social Networking Features

Excerpt:
"Yahoo recently announced it will phase out Yahoo 360 and migrate its features and content to a "universal profile system" to more closely tie its various services together. Y! Messenger 9.0 beta launches today with accentuated social networking features that will allow people to invite friends to watch videos or flip through photo albums in real time, sharing those activities as if they were sitting side by side in one's living room."

http://onlinepersonalswatch.typepad.com/social_networking_watch/2007/10/yahoo-messenger.html

Social Networking Likely to Grow in Businesses - PC World

Social Networking Likely to Grow in Businesses - PC World

Why Microsoft really wanted Facebook

Why Microsoft really wanted Facebook

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Mixaloo: Share Mixtapes and Make Money While Doing It - TechCrunch

Mixaloo: Share Mixtapes and Make Money While Doing It - TechCrunch

Excerpt:
"Poughkeepsie startup Mixaloo wants to make the experience of purchasing music online more social and rewarding, both emotionally and financially.

The company is taking a phenomenon - the mixtape - that has spanned several decades and media formats - 8 tracks, audio cassettes, CDs, and MP3 players - and bringing it to the web."

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/10/09/mixaloo-share-mixtapes-and-make-money-while-doing-it/

MSNBC.com buys social network site Newsvine

MSNBC.com buys social network site Newsvine

Excerpt:
"MSNBC.com has acquired social news media site Newsvine, it was announced on Sunday. This is MSNBC.com’s first acquisition in its 11-year history. Financial terms were not disclosed. Newsvine is a Web site that combines traditional media, from such sources as the Associated Press and The New York Times, with community-driven news stories and opinions."

http://www.btobonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071008/FREE/71008051/1078

The social graces of social networking - Macworld

The social graces of social networking - Macworld

Excerpt:
"A couple of days ago, I discovered that one of my Facebook friends was not actually who I thought he was. He had a common name—we’ll call him Dave—and the invitation he’d sent me indicated we’d once worked together. I decided he must be old Dave from the Art department and clicked Accept. But as I watched his activities appear in my Facebook news feed, something seemed odd. Was the guy I knew really the type to launch daily zombie attacks?

When I finally took a closer look, I realized this person had hundreds and hundreds of friends—and I had no idea who he was. I’m not saying this Dave hoodwinked me into ratcheting up his friend-count. I’d just never thought about the possibility of a stranger requesting to be my friend. I realized I’d stumbled into a whole new realm of etiquette issues—dilemmas that come up when you’re using social networking sites."

http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/editors/2007/10/socialite/index.php

Saturday, September 29, 2007

ZiiTrend: The Latest Social Prediction Website

ZiiTrend: The Latest Social Prediction Website

Excerpt:
"ZiiTrend comes up with a group prediction based on every player’s vote. Unlike a true prediction market like Trendio, though, where players actually trade virtual stocks around events and predictions are derived from the resulting price, ZiiTrend makes things simpler. You simply make a prediction, and ZiiTrend’s neural-network algorithm blends your answer with everyone else’s to come up with a statistically valid answer that captures the crowd’s intelligence. Rather than revolving around trading, which is hard for many people to grasp, the site’s main appeal is designed to be more around social news exchange. Similar to PlaytheDay, which creates group predictions out of a quiz, ZiiTrend wants to make the whole process accessible to more people."

Spanish Social Network, Wamba, Scores 3M Euros in Funding from Early Skype Investor

Spanish Social Network, Wamba, Scores 3M Euros in Funding from Early Skype Investor

Excerpt:
"¡Que rico! Early Skype investor Morten Lund has gained 40% ownership of Wamba after making an investment of 3M euros in the Spanish social network."

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