SayCheeze is a photography app that's focused on snapping pictures and sharing them on Facebook (almost) immediately. While not all of us are out there snapping pictures wherever we are, those who do will appreciate the simplicity of SayCheeze's interface. Start by using the settings to log in to your Facebook account, then flip the switch for auto-upload to the "On" position. From there, every time you snap a picture, your photo will automatically be uploaded to Mobile Uploads on Facebook almost immediately. If you want to check out images before uploading them, you can turn … Read more
Google remains the dominant player in the online-video space, according to research firm ComScore's latest market rankings.
In July, more than 143 million unique viewers watched at least one video hosted by Google--the vast majority of which, according to ComScore, were on YouTube. That figure represented a slight decline, compared with the 144 million people who watched videos in June on the company's sites. Google viewers watched more than 1.88 billion videos in July, averaging 282.7 minutes of viewing over the month.
In June, Google users played more than 1.81 billion videos and averaged 260.… Read more
Security firm Sophos has highlighted yet another scam that's zipping around Facebook in the form of a third-party application, this one spreading in the form of links claiming to be from friends that encourage members to install a Facebook "dislike button."
Sophos wrote about the scam in a blog post Monday, pointing out that a link to it tends to appear in wall posts that appear to be from the user's friends ("I just got the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!") but which are actually automated … Read more
TweetDeck for Android is finally here. You can download and preview the new Beta by signing up on its Web site, and TweetDeck will e-mail you instructions on how to install it, according to an announcement TweetDeck made on Thursday. As TweetDeck mentions in its announcement, the application is still a work in progress; there are still multiple kinks that it needs to work out. Though the glitches are annoying, the application has an attractive and semi-intuitive interface that features cross-platform syncing and easy status-message updating.
To install the app onto your Android device, sign up for the preview through … Read more
Happy 15th birthday to Internet Explorer and AT&T says Net neutrality is indeed onerous and it's all for Verizon and Google's proposal (um, duh). The Facebook "dislike" button finally launches, but it's a scam; WiFi-sniffing aerial drones are the new black, and we celebrate 50 years of broadcasting to the world the following: "looking for a good planet to plunder? Call Earth."Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Game-streaming technology company InstantAction is launching its very own title on Monday that puts a Guitar Hero-like experience inside of Facebook, and soon on any other site.
Called "Instant Jam," the new title brings the same general gameplay as most music rhythm games, with users having to key in the notes from popular songs as they rush towards the screen against colorful, and animated backdrops.
It requires no special software downloads or hardware on the part of gamers. Instead, it uses the embedded game technology the company debuted early last year to stream visuals from its server farm.… Read more
In yet another small acquisition, Facebook has bought Chai Labs, several sources said.
BoomTown could not confirm the price for the purchase of the content-focused start-up, but it is likely to be under $10 million and more focused on acquiring talent.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based Chai Labs, which was founded by a former Google AdSense exec Gokul Rajaram, raised $1.1 million last year, according to a regulatory filing, and $1.3 million before that.
On its Web site, Chai Labs says that advisors in the company include prominent Silicon Valley players, such as Marc Andreessen, Reid Hoffman and … Read more
Facebook has launched a live-streaming channel designed to provide its users with content detailing what's happening at the company's headquarters.
Dubbed Facebook Live, the new service is basically a PR channel for the company. According to a representative, Facebook Live "is a natural extension of our blog and is a way to communicate with our users more directly." Facebook will be airing interviews with people that stop by its headquarters, highlighting its new products, and trying to capture the "activity already happening at Facebook." Whereas it was doing all this before with text, now … Read more
Police departments maintaining a presence on Facebook and Twitter are nothing new, but Evesham Township, N.J., is taking social-media law enforcement a step further by controversially posting arrest photographs on its Facebook page--like the names and photographs of people arrested for drunk driving. While the police department's Facebook page has been around for about six months, the decision to add DUI photos was added only on Monday.
Ad industry market research firm eMarketer released estimates Thursday that predict ad spending on Facebook will reach nearly $1.3 billion worldwide in 2010--and is poised to hit over $1.7 billion in 2011.
"Brand advertisers are making Facebook a core buy," senior analyst Debra Aho Williamson said in a release. "Ad spending is building quickly and the mass audience is one that marketers cannot ignore any longer."
The bulk of that $1.28 billion figure--$835 million--is in the U.S., which is home to less than a quarter of Facebook's users. That's … Read more