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Facebook and Google Maps Reign as Most Popular Smartphone Apps

Smartphone users today have access to an unimaginably wide array of mobile apps, providing solutions for even the most obscure of consumer demands. Yet, when it comes to global popularity, Facebook and Google seem to rule the roost. The Nielsen Company recently conducted a survey of more than 4,200 people who had downloaded an app in the 30 days prior to the study, and Facebook reigns as the...

McDonald's, Facebook Team Up to Offer Location-Based Obesity

Share Facebook has made clear its intent to incorporate location-based technology into its platform. And McDonald's has made clear its intent to shed its unhealthy, fatty factory image. So the two have joined forces to bring location-based services to the world's most sedentary population: McDonald's customers. Soon, fast food fanatics will be able to check in on Facebook from any McDonald's...

Facebook Has Been Adding Apps to Your Profile, Without Telling You

Share As Facebook continues to expand its Internet-swallowing Open Graph network, it's only become clearer how scary an idea it was at the outset. As InfoWorld reports, the social networking site has apparently been adding apps on user profile pages, without bothering to tell anyone about it. If you've visited a given site while logged into Facebook, there's a good chance that there's now an app...

New Data Policies Are a Good Reason to Delete Facebook Apps

Apparently slipping under the radar of some non-developers at the f8 conference yesterday was the fact that Facebook is ditching the limits on data retention for applications. Originally, developers could only store user data for 24 hours before having to flush it and request the information again from Facebook. That restriction has been nixed, and now developers can store user data for as long...

Bulgarian Politicians Reprimanded Over 'FarmVille' Addiction

We knew that 'FarmVille' was popular, and potentially addictive, but we were always under the impression that it was bored stay-at-home parents and 13-year-old girls that were driving its popularity. We never imagined that the Facebook-based game would prove to be a major concern for the City Council of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. A couple of weeks ago, several members of the council were found playing...

'Official' Facebook Anti-Virus Is Neither Official, Nor an Anti-Virus. Discuss.

Share Given the barrage of viruses and scams that have hit Facebook recently, it would only seem like a logical solution to download some sort of anti-virus application specifically designed to combat Facebook-oriented malware. The only problem, though, is that the latest anti-virus app to pop up on user profiles is a total fraud. As AllFacebook reports, the application does a great job of...

Scary 'Stalker Apps' Silenced by Facebook Due to Security Concerns

Share We may soon be able to tell all of our Facebook friends exactly where we are, but we won't, apparently, be able to see who's actually following us. It's not that the latest stream of stalker apps to hit Facebook violate some basic human right to privacy; it's that they don't actually work. As the BBC reports, Facebook watchdogs have begun "actively disabling" the rogue apps, including...

YouTube's Never Gonna Give Rick Up, Walmart Ready To Nix Racy Vudu Vids

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Yesterday was a terrifying and depressing day for juvenile online pranksters. YouTube pulled the king of Internet memes, Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up' video, apparently ending the hilarious and tortuous Rick Roll phenomenon. Google, though, has now returned the video, and says its removal was a mistake because a few...

Classmates.com to Digitize Yearbooks, Reveal Your Painful Puberty

Pine for your glory days but hate pulling those dusty old yearbooks from the attic? Well, Classmates.com hopes to provide a solution with some new changes to its site. According to Tech Flash, the social networking site that just won't die plans on digitizing yearbooks over the next couple years, and charging users to view and customize full-size images from their high school or college days....

Facebook Hole Reveals Friend's App Activity

Share Facebook's little snafu with the 'un named app' is nothing compared to the latest bug discovered by All Facebook. The social network's new dashboard features, which at the moment are only available if you have the Facebook Developer app installed, allows you to see what applications your friends have or had installed -- whether they want you to or not. The applications and games...

Apps and 'FML' Top Status Updates on Facebook in 2009

Nothing corresponds to the old "finger on the pulse" idiom quite like a social networking site. Facebook and Twitter, in particular, have become increasingly effective anthropological tools, as the sites provide instantaneous and unrivaled data about trends in pop culture. Since it's currently the seasonal period of awesome lists and rankings, Facebook is taking a look back to see which trends...

Find Your Facebook Twin With Coke's Profile App

The Coca-Cola advertising gurus who developed the humorous and creative Coke Zero conspiracy duo are attempting to bring an interactive version of that successful campaign to Facebook. The Coke Zero facial profile app seeks to answer the question, "If Coke Zero has Coke's taste, is it possible someone out there has your face?" The app scans your Facebook photos and attempts to match similar faces...

ACLU to Facebook: Get Quiz Apps Out of Users' Business

Update: In response to Canada's Office of the Privacy Commisioner's yearlong investigation of Facebook's privacy policies, Facebook has announced that it will improve privacy controls for users. More after the break. In a surprising bit of news from CNET, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has taken issue with Facebook's treatment of its users' privacy. As anybody who's spent time on...

Britney Spears Selling Virtual 'Gifts' on Facebook

When Facebook gifts displaying cute puppies and baby penguins can no longer satisfy your lust for online treacle, you can always kick it up a notch and give Britney Spears. Yes, leave it to the former boa-constrictor-wearing, Madonna-kissing pop queen to plaster her likeness on the social networking site's virtual gifts. According to TechCrunch, the collection of Britney-themed gifts were...

'Stalker Check' Monitors Infatuation on Facebook

Facebook-stalking has become so ingrained in pop culture that it's warranted mentions in TV shows, earned an entry in UrbanDictionary, and even inspired a stalker Web site. Tapping into that Net surveillance hoopla, a new Facebook app, 'Stalker Check,' allows social networkers to track their most ardent followers. The app accounts for wall posts, gifts, pokes, invites, and other activities in...