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Facebook Gives Businesses More Security for Their Apps

Earlier this week, Facebook launched some new security features for user accounts. Now, they’ve followed that up with new security feature for applications. 

"As companies building on Platform grow, they develop the need to give people different levels of access, depending on individuals’ roles," says Facebook engineer Harshdeep Singh.

Social Video Chat Service vChatter Gets New Funding
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Social video chat service vChatter has secured a new $350,000 round of funding, which the company will use to ramp up their development team for faster velocity on the rollout of new features, a spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews. This brings the company’s total funding up to $600,000 after raising an initial seed round of $250K in the summer of 2010.

Facebook Developers Get Access to User Phone Numbers and Addresses

Update: Facebook has decided to rethink its strategy on this, and has temporarily stopped granting access to phone number/address info. More here.

Facebook Desktop Sends You Notifications Without Browser
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A computer scientist named Charles Bihis, who works for Adobe, has created a desktop client for Facebook, fittingly named Facebook Desktop. The app is a side project for Bihis, and is not directly affiliated with either Adobe or Facebook, but Facebook users may find it useful nonetheless. 

One Thing Small Businesses Can Do Just as Well as Walmart
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Take a look at what Walmart’s doing on Facebook. The retail giant has put together a Groupon-like model for driving sales via its Facebook page, with a Facebook called CrowdSaver. Hat tip to The Next Web for pointing this out

A New Option for Businesses to Levarage Facebook Places

Social app developer Fan Appz has just announced that it has integrated its platform with Facebook Places. The company says this gives businesses "a powerful and easy way to create highly relevant offers based on a customer’s offline activities."

That doesn’t sound bad. 

Facebook Moves Toward OAuth 2.0, IFrames, Drops App Tabs from Profiles
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Facebook posted an update for the Facebook Platform Roadmap today. Interestingly, Facebook Places isn’t mentioned once, though it will certainly be a significant part of the picture. 

Don’t Click the Link for the Facebook “Dislike” Button
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Many Facebook users have long awaited the arrival of a "dislike" button for status updates that they find dumb, repulsive, or just annoying. If you happen to see someone on the social network claiming to have found one, however, don’t buy it. It’s a scam.

Playdom (Fresh off Disney Acquisition News) Launches World Series of Poker Facebook App

Playdom has been in the news a lot over the week as Disney announced its agreement to acquire the social gaming company. Today, Playdom announced a partnership with Harrah’s Interactive Entertainment to launch the Official World Series of Poker game on Facebook and other social networks.

Facebook Hits its 500 Million Mark, Launches Stories App
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Facebook was expected to announce that it reached 500 million users this week, and sure enough, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced it today.

Facebook has also launched a new app called Facebook Stories. This lets users share and read hundreds of stories about how they’ve used Facebook, categorized by themes and locations around the world.

Increase Viewership and Monetize Videos on Facebook
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Palo Alto-based Dyyno has introduced what it claims is the first free Facebook app for businesses that want to produce, distribute and monetize video for marketing and promotional efforts. Given Facebook’s huge user base, this is likely a very welcome effort.

Facebook Photo Tagging Goes Web-wide
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Face.com, the developers of the facial recognition technology behind Facebook apps like Photo Tagger and Photo Finder announced that it is opening up its API, which will allow developers to take advantage of this technology anywhere on the web. We had a chat with Face.com founder Gil Hirsch, who talked about the technology, the API, Facebook’s Open Graph, and what kind of apps we can expect to see around this API.

Microsoft Launches Docs App for Facebook

During his keynote today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new Facebook app from Microsoft called Docs, which lets Microsoft Office documents be shared with Facebook friends.

Is Facebook Going to Change the Face of E-Commerce?
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Over the years, Facebook has grown into much more than a social network, including a place to shop. More and more brands are placing product listings on their Facebook Pages, a phenomenon, we’ve discussed more than once within the last week or so.

Selling Through Facebook Doesn’t Mean Spamming Your Fans
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Small businesses are getting more and more opportunities to get some real use out of Facebook. For example, AT&T’s Buzz.com has created a way for brick and mortars to get some positive recommendations through Facebook users’ news feeds.

Does the Facebook Application Dashboard Hurt Privacy?
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Update 2: Facebook has responded to the privacy concerns with the dashboards: "To ensure that the dashboards meet user and developer expectations for a trustworthy experience, we’re giving developers the ability to hide their applications in the Friends’ Recent Activity, Friends’ Applications, and Friends’ Games sections of the dashboards.

Facebook Letting App Users Get Notifications Through Email
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Today Facebook announced that it is giving users the option to receive updates from Facebook applications in their email. This would work similar to how email notifications do, but don’t worry, you have to opt in for developers to be able to email you. According to Facebook, they will not be able to access your email address without your consent.

Facebook App Developers Face New Obstacles
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Facebook has released a developer "roadmap," which it says will simplify communication for users and developers, improve app discovery and engagement, and provide developers with more comprehensive tools for building or expanding their business with Facebook.

Facebook Developers’ Business Models Threatened or Maintained?
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Update: WebProNews received a call from David Swain, Communications for  Facebook Platform, who wanted to give the company’s side of this story. Basically, he says that they view the move as actually maintaining developers’ business models (rather than threatening them), so that advertising can continue to be successful and users will actually trust it.

Facebook eCommerce May Have to Clear Security Obstacle
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Security firm Trend Micro has been researching malicious practices on Facebook, and has discovered numerous rogue apps on the social networking site this week. They’ve been alerting Facebook of them as they find them, but apparently more keep popping up as fast as they are eliminated. Have you experienced security issues on Facebook? Tell us about them.

Over 50 Million Facebook Users Related to Somebody
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If you’re a Facebook user, you’ve almost certainly encountered the "We’re Related" app in one way or another. Whether or not you have actually participated in it, you have probably at least seen an invitation.