Since 2010, PayPal has been one of the main methods of payment for Facebook developers. But as Facebook grows, the company is changing its PayPal policies for new developers in emerging markets, such as China, Brazil, and India. According to TechCrunch, developers in several countries must show extra identification as a means of authentication, such as photo IDs or incorporation papers, in order to be paid via direct deposit.
You don’t need to be an expert Web designer or engineer to create an engaging Facebook application. A new program from Norway — iFrapp — allows those who manage Facebook pages to create apps via a quick and easy process.
While Facebook users continue to spread false information about privacy on Facebook, officials in Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are taking a very real look at recent announcements by the social network.
Irish eyes (and those of the rest of the European Union) are finally smiling on Facebook, as Ireland’s Office of the Data Protection Commissioner announced that “the great majority” of the privacy recommendations it made to the social network to keep it in compliance with those of the EU have been “fully implemented to the satisfaction of this office.” The major concession by Facebook: Its tag suggest feature, which enabled facial recognition for Facebook photos, has been turned off for all new users in the EU, with existing users to lose access to the feature by Oct. 15.
Facebook’s facial-recognition feature is coming under scrutiny in another country, as the Norwegian Data Protection Agency said it will launch an investigation this fall and speak with the social network about the technology behind it.
If you’ve seen even just one event of the Summer Olympic Games in London, you’ve probably noticed that these are the most social Olympics ever. A China-based athletic apparel company, Li-Ning, is contributing to this effort. Using social platform UNation, Li-Ning is giving fans an inside pass to London by having them connect with athletes such as American triple-jumper Christian Taylor and Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell on Facebook and other modes of social media.
When one of your Facebook friends posts a photo album of their trip to Maui, they’re not just showing off — they might also be acting as a travel agent. Forbes reports that Facebook is becoming a popular travel motivator, because when people see photos and posts from their friends’ vacations, it inspires them to book a flight there, too.
The last act by alleged Norway gunman Anders Behring Breivik was to check in with his more than 7,000 friends on Facebook.