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Operation Facebook, Anonymous To Destroy Facebook On 5th November


 

The hacktivist group Anonymous has issued a YouTube video in English, Spanish and German announcing plans to destroy the world’s biggest social network, Facebook.


The hackers offer anyone concerned with the spread of personal information on the web to join the cause and “kill Facebook for the sake of your own privacy” in the action that “will go down in history,” setting the date for November 5, 2011.

 

“Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from around the world,” the video statement, recorded in a typical digitally-altered voice says.

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Bobsled by T-Mobile: Providing Free, One-Touch Calling Within Facebook


Have you ever been chatting with a friend on Facebook only to realize it would be nice to actually hear the person’s voice? You’re not alone. A recent survey found that 88% of Facebook users want voice chat capabilities within the site.* Today, Bobsled by T-Mobile, is making that possible.

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Free Voice Calls Within Facebook
The new Bobsled application provides Facebook’s more than 500 million users worldwide with free, one-touch calling to their Facebook friends from a personal computer and through the social platform’s chat window. With Bobsled, T-Mobile is giving voice to social networking.

How it Works
Once downloaded, customers can use the Bobsledapplication for Facebook to place voice calls to their friends through Facebook Chat with just one click.  This makes it quick and simple to place an impromptu call to a Facebook friend.  The application eliminates the need for dialing – you simply click on a friend’s name to start the conversation. There’s also no need to remember screen names or to input numbers. This even works when connecting with your friends around the globe. Calls from a PC/Mac to a PC/Mac are free, regardless of where you are connecting.

Voice Messages
You can leave a voice message for your friends and family when they are not available. The messages can be public or private. It is up to you. So instead of just writing Happy Birthday on your friend’s Facebook wall, now you can use Bobsled to sing Happy Birthday and post the voice greeting on their wall for all to hear.

A New Brand for T-Mobile
Bobsled by T-Mobile is a new brand aimed at bridging the world of traditional telecommunications with Internet-based voice and data services. This application for Facebook is the first product available under the new Bobsled™ by T-Mobilebrand. As the way people communicate transcends networks and devices,Bobsled by T-Mobile positions T-Mobile as a provider of cloud-based communications services over the Internet.

In the near future, T-Mobile plans to evolve Bobsled by T-Mobile to include video chat, the ability to place VoIP calls to mobile and landline U.S. numbers, and will offer applications on smartphones and tablets across various mobile platforms, regardless of the carrier that powers such devices.

How Do I Get Bobsled?
To download the Bobsled application within Facebook, please visit: http://apps.facebook.com/bobsledbytmo. You can also visit www.letsbobsled.com for more information.

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HOW TO: Add Facebook Questions To Your Brand Page.


Page owners can ask questions with a set of possible answers, and they have the option to allow users to add additional answers for which other users can vote. The best part is users can share the questions for their friends to answer, broadening the potential exposure.

But, if you want to get your hands on the feature for your Facebook Page today, you can add it by following the simple steps below. Note: The feature is not yet available in all countries.

 

 

1. Sign In To Your Facebook Page

Go to the “Account” tab at the upper-right side of your Facebook account and click “Use Facebook as Page.” Click “Switch” next to the page you’d like to be signed into (this should be the page you want to add Questions to).

2. Go To Facebook’s Questions Page

Go to Facebook’s Questions page, which not only outlines the product, but is also where you add Questions to your Page. Once you’re there, click on the bright green button that says, “Get Questions Now.”

The action will apply to the Page you’re logged in as, so if you’d like to add Questions to multiple Pages, repeat step one and two for the specific Page in question.

3. Ask Your First Question

After you’ve clicked “Get Questions Now,” a pop-up box will open confirming that Questions have been added to your Page. You’ll now see the Questions tab on your Facebook Page and you’re ready to ask your first question. You can add poll options and the ability for your fans and others to add other answers. The question will post to your wall as well as the News Feed of users who have “liked” your Page.

It’s as simple as that. Any questions?


Skype Your Facebook Friends “Facebook And Skype Announce New Integration”


Facebook and Skype officially announced a new partnership which includes the complete integration of the Facebook newsfeed into Skype as well as the phonebook which lists all of a Skype user’s Facebook friends.

According to the release, “ Facebook Phonebook in Skype allows users to call and SMS their Facebook friends directly on their mobile phones and landlines”. While the major partnership between the two companies was first leaked a couple weeks ago, the official announcement just came this morning.

The Facebook Blog Reads:

Few things are better than connecting with friends and family, especially when you’re far apart.Skype provides a great way to communicate with people no matter where they are. And starting today, it’s also making it easier for you to connect with your Facebook friends.

When you install the new Skype version 5.0 for Windows and sign in with Facebook, you can easily call or SMS your friends. You also can check out your News Feed, update your status, and like and comment on posts directly within Skype.

We’re working with companies such as Skype to make it easy to find your friends anytime you want to connect. Try out the new Skype with your friends.

This is a partnership of massive proportions as Skype also has a user base of 560 million, a number which Facebook should surpass in the near future (if they haven’t already).

 

Facebook down for 2.5hours – “Worst Outage in Over Four Years”


Facebook Down 7.30pm GMT 23/09/2010 for 2.5hours

Facebook Down 7.30pm GMT 23/09/2010 for 2.5hours

Facebook Software Engineering Director Robert Johnson was kind enough to explain to a curious public exactly why Facebook went down earlier today, calling the mishap “the worst outage we’ve had in over four years.”

In a brief blog post, Johnson discussed last nights downtime, which began around 7.30pm. The site wasn’t functioning again for most users until around 10pm gmt.

the blog read…

Early today Facebook was down or unreachable for many of you for approximately 2.5 hours. This is the worst outage we’ve had in over four years, and we wanted to first of all apologize for it. We also wanted to provide much more technical detail on what happened and share one big lesson learned.

The key flaw that caused this outage to be so severe was an unfortunate handling of an error condition. An automated system for verifying configuration values ended up causing much more damage than it fixed.

The intent of the automated system is to check for configuration values that are invalid in the cache and replace them with updated values from the persistent store. This works well for a transient problem with the cache, but it doesn’t work when the persistent store is invalid.

Today we made a change to the persistent copy of a configuration value that was interpreted as invalid. This meant that every single client saw the invalid value and attempted to fix it. Because the fix involves making a query to a cluster of databases, that cluster was quickly overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of queries a second.

To make matters worse, every time a client got an error attempting to query one of the databases it interpreted it as an invalid value, and deleted the corresponding cache key. This meant that even after the original problem had been fixed, the stream of queries continued. As long as the databases failed to service some of the requests, they were causing even more requests to themselves. We had entered a feedback loop that didn’t allow the databases to recover.

The way to stop the feedback cycle was quite painful – we had to stop all traffic to this database cluster, which meant turning off the site. Once the databases had recovered and the root cause had been fixed, we slowly allowed more people back onto the site.

This got the site back up and running today, and for now we’ve turned off the system that attempts to correct configuration values. We’re exploring new designs for this configuration system following design patterns of other systems at Facebook that deal more gracefully with feedback loops and transient spikes.

We apologize again for the site outage, and we want you to know that we take the performance and reliability of Facebook very seriously.

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Facebook Hits 500 Million Members, Mark Zuckerberg Makes It Official.


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As of this morning wednesday 21/07/2010,, 500 million people all around the world are actively using Facebook to stay connected with their friends and the people around them.

Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg just made things official on the company’s blog: the social network is now 500 million members strong. ceo mark-zuckerberg

This is an important milestone for all of you who have helped spread Facebook around the world. Now a lot more people have the opportunity to stay connected with the people they care about.

Either way, Facebook has put together a collection of stories that users have shared with the company, detailing the impact the social network has had on their lives.

These stories include:

  • Ben Saylor, a 17-year-old high school student, who turned to Facebook to organize a community effort to rebuild the Pioneer Playhouse, the oldest outdoor theater in Kentucky, after it was damaged by floods in May.
  • Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who, during his time in office, would go jogging with 100 of his fans from Facebook.
  • Holly Rose, a mother in Phoenix, who credits a friend’s status message telling women to check for breast cancer with her being diagnosed in time to treat the disease. She used Facebook for support during treatment and became a prevention advocate herself.

In addition, Facebook has put together a photo album with messages of thanks.

Our mission at Facebook is to help make the world more open and connected. Stories like these are examples of that mission and are both humbling and inspiring. I could have never imagined all of the ways people would use Facebook when we were getting started 6 years ago.

I want to thank you for being part of making Facebook what it is today and for spreading it around the world.

This is no surprise to me, roll on 1 billion.

Facebook The Movie “The Social Network” Full-length Trailer Hits the Web


“The Social Network” – the film about the early days of Facebook. The producers are obviously using social media and sites like Youtube, Facebook and Twitter to hype this film months in advance and really build the online buzz. We’d expect nothing less from a film about a social network!

The new trailer, which you can see above, actually includes some scenes from the film. The last two teasers have only given us a basic glimpse. It features much of the same dialog, but this time with the visual context.

A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Eisenberg will play Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became Facebook’s founding president; and Andrew Garfield will play Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who fell out with Zuckerberg over money.

I think that it’s pretty brilliant.

For those of you unfamiliar with the premise, the film is loosely based on the book The Accidental Billionaires and it chronicles the foundation and rise of Facebook.

Although the film is about the early days of the social network, that doesn’t preclude the discussion of privacy and ownership. Sony’s campaign for the film is subtly drawing parallels between the issues facing Facebook today and the fictionalized account of its start. We think that’s a smart way to kickstart discussion around the movie itself.

As an aside, we also have to give huge props for the music choice in this trailer. It’s a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” by the Belgium girls choir Scala.

Are you going to see the film when it hits theaters this October?

What do you think about the trailer?

Let us know!