Despite being the creator of the Android mobile operating system that will be the home of Facebook Home, the new overlay introduced by the social network Thursday, Google was noticeably absent from the festivities.
The Facebook Connect button that appears on websites throughout the Internet may soon have company, as rival social network Google Plus Tuesday rolled out Google Plus Sign-In, which performs similar functions to Facebook Connect by allowing users of Google Plus, Gmail, YouTube, and other Google services to use their credentials to sign into applications.
We know that more and more users around the world are accessing Facebook through their phones, but new statistics released Wednesday by comScore show that Facebook’s native application has surpassed Google Maps and is now the most widely used mobile utility in the U.S.
Yes, we know: Facebook is free and always will be. But Eduardo Ustaran, head of the privacy and information law group at European law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse, which specializes in technology and intellectual property, warns that proposed changes in European Union data-protection laws may force the hand of the social network, as well as other free, ad-supported online services, such as Gmail.
So you remember a funny picture or a witty post from a Facebook friend, but you can’t recall when or which friend. Archify, which launched earlier this week, seeks to solve this problem by allowing users to easily search through their Facebook histories and see which of their friends and pages are the most active. Users can even access their Facebook histories from their Gmail accounts.
As the link between Facebook usage and work comes under closer scrutiny, several states have made it a law that employers cannot request social media passwords to check up on their employees. California companies and public universities will not be able to ask for social media or email passwords, according to a law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Still having issues with lost contacts following Facebook’s recent controversial move to make Facebook.com email addresses the default emails for its users. Lifehacker may be able to help.
Mobile application developers are confused about how to best use Facebook’s social graph, which improves Google’s position in that sector.