Applications

Analytics Now Available for App Links

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Facebook announced a flurry of news related to its App Links open, cross-platform solution for application-to-app linking, which it initially debuted at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco April 30: More than 3 billion unique App Links have been created; an App Links blog has been launched; analytics are now available; Windows Phone support was boosted; and support for the referer_app_link was added for Android.

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Facebook Teams Up with USENIX to Award Internet Defense Prize

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Facebook teamed up with computer-industry association USENIX to launch the Internet Defense Prize, aimed at highlighting research that could significantly improve the security of the Web, and the inaugural winners, Johannes Dahse and Thorsten Holz, researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany, were awarded $50,000 for a paper titled, “Static Detection of Second-Order Vulnerabilities in Web Applications.”

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Facebook ‘Crap Be Gone’ App: Social Fixer

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“I love every single Facebook feature and every spammy post that shows up in my News Feed,” said NO ONE EVER. No matter if you are a dilettante dabbler or a Facebook fanatic, you undoubtedly at some point or another have asked yourself, “Why does Facebook do it that way? And why can’t I change it — even a little bit?” There may be some foot-stomping involved depending on your level of frustration. Facebook always has its reasons, of course, and while it claims to want the best user experience, the reality is that the company has a bottom line to meet and advertisers to keep happy. So what is a poor Facebook user to do (besides dump Facebook, but let’s not get crazy)? Call in the Social Fixer — that’s what!

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