Two weeks ago, Facebook announced App Links, a proposed standard for routing traffic between mobile applications. If the app developer community adopts the App Links standard, there will finally be a cross-platform standard for linking between apps. It will also help drive significant new revenue for Facebook’s ad products.
Photo-album creator PastBook announced the launch of its iPhone application, which allows users to create photo albums, called PastBooks, viewable online, via the app, as offline ebooks, or as printed books.
Customer profile-management provider Janrain offered its take on social login trends for the first quarter of 2014, which differed markedly from the conclusions provided by consumer-management-suite provider Gigya earlier this week on the same topic.
Facebook is looking to carve its niche in the new tabbed design introduced by Gmail, as the social network is urging users of both services to move their Facebook emails into their primary tabs in Gmail.
From the “Take this with a grain of salt” department: According to a survey (of just 250 adults) conducted by Google for virtual-private-network application provider TunnelBear, 33 percent of millennials would rather be victims of identity theft than reveal the histories of their activities on Facebook.
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.