Facebook Roundup: Govt Requests, Stock, Skype, Tablet Apps, Like & Send Buttons, Syria, Zuckerberg and More
How Facebook Handles Govt Requests – Facebook recently told Forbes.com that the company has a dedicated team of professionals supervised by two former federal cybercrime prosecutors to deal with governmental requests for user data — subpoenas, for example. The company says they do not have a streamlined process to do this, but respond when necessary to legal requests.
MOL Malaysia Owns $100M Facebook Stock – TechCrunch wrote an interesting post this week pointing to the fact that MOL Global in Malaysia owns $100 million in Facebook stock (valued at $31 a share) that came in a deal when the company sold Friendster’s patents to Facebook last year. MOL received 700,000 shares as part of the deal, which have turned into 3.5 million shares since.
2.5M Sites Have Like Buttons – SearchEngineLand reported that 2.5 million websites have Like buttons.
25,000 Websites Have Integrated the Facebook Send Button – The Facebook + Media Page posted that since the April 25th launch, 25,000 sites have added the Send button social plugin. Meanwhile, Facebook’s Engineering Team posted a note about how the company built the Send button, which allows users to share a URL to their Facebook Groups, to specific friends via Facebook Messages, or in an email.
Facebook, Google, Try to Partner with Skype – Both Facebook and Google are trying to partner with Skype, reported Reuters.
Syria Attacks Facebook – The Electronic Frontier Foundation reported this week that several ISPs in Syria have reported security warnings that are really a man-in-the-middle attack against the HTTPS version of Facebook.
Federal Investigator to Preserve Govt Facebook Posts – The head of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, is concerned that official federal social media updates on platforms like Facebook will not be preserved for posterity. Legally, all documents created by an administration must be archived.
PowerReviews Raises $10M – Ecommerce solutions provider PowerReviews, which we wrote about last month, raised $10 million in new funding led by Four Rivers Group, bringing total funding to $37 million this week, according to TechCrunch.
Facebook Friending in Conflict Regions – The Friends Without Borders Page yesterday released an infographic visualizing data from http://peace.facebook.com/ It shows that the growth rate of friendships across conflicted borders such as Israel – Palestine has increased significantly this year.
Zuckerberg Buys Palo Alto Home – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently purchased a home in Palo Alto, California for $7 million.
Warner Bros. Acquires Flixster - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment recently acquired Flixster, a social movie discovery website, TechCrunch reported. Rotten Tomatoes, the movie rating site, was also included in the acquisition. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Booshaka Classifies Facebook Likes – Booshaka, a Facebook search company, now ranks and classifies your Facebook activity via comments, Likes and posts.
Tigerlily Raises $1.3M – Tigerlily, a French Page management company, raised $1.3 million USD this week and is set to use this additional funding to expand in Europe.