Facebook on Thursday activated its Timeline feature for all users of the social network. Facebook’s Timeline totally revamps a user’s profile page and lists events, such as check-ins, new friends, photos and more, in chronological order. We registered as a developer and have been using the Timeline feature for the past few months. We love that we’re able to go all the way back to 2004 when we first joined the social network to see early posts, but it’s a bit tedious to go through years and years of content to delete or hide posts that are no longer relevant. Facebook Timeline also allows each user to set a unique “Cover” photo that sits at the top of a user’s page and is independent of a profile picture. The Cover feature makes each page feel different and allows a user to add a unique flavor to his or her profile page. Overall, it’s definitely one of Facebook’s better updates in recent memory and we think most users will like the new features. Timeline was originally unveiled in September during Facebook’s annual F8 conference. More →
According to security firm Symantec, some advertisers on Facebook may have had access to your person profile, photographs and chats thanks to a security leak that was enabled by close to 100,000 Facebook applications. Thankfully, Symantec doesn’t think the advertisers ever knew that they had access to the personal data, and Facebook has already “taken corrective action to help eliminate this issue.” Symantec said that Facebook IFRAME applications were leaking “access tokens” — think of them as “spare keys” — that are granted to Facebook applications. While Facebook now uses OAUTH2.0 for authenticating users, hundreds of thousands of older applications still use a different authentication method. “There’s no good way to estimate how many access tokens have already been leaked since the release of Facebook applications back in 2007,” the report said, but Symantec thinks some may still be available through log files in third-party servers. Symantec advises Facebook users to change their passwords to invalidate those floating access tokens. More →
On Tuesday, Sony issued an update explaining the recent PlayStation Network and Qriocity outages. The company said it has discovered that between April 17th and April 19th, someone broke into its network and stole user information. In an effort to stop the security breach, Sony temporarily killed access to its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, hired a security firm to investigate, and started beefing up its security measures. However, the leaked information may be alarming to PlayStation network users. Here’s part of Sony’s statement:
We believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained.
Sony said that it doesn’t think credit card data was taken, but that it will not rule out the possibility, and says that it’s possible credit card numbers – excluding the security codes – may have been obtained by the intruders. The firm advises that its customers “remain vigilant” by closely monitoring credit statements. Sony says the services will be reactivated as soon as possible and that customers can dial 1-800-345-7669 with any questions. Hit the jump for Sony’s official statement. More →
Today Xobni, the company behind the popular inbox management software with the same name, announced that it will begin offering a beta browser-plugin for Chrome and Firefox that works with Gmail. Xobni for Gmail creates profiles for each contact in your address book, and automatically fills in company, title, social network profiles, and more. If you search for a contact, you’ll see their profile, as well as analytics on how often you’ve exchanged emails with them, at what times, and more. Xobni also announced that clients for both the iPhone and Android smartphones will be entering into beta-testing soon, and will eventually be offered alongside the BlackBerry version — which is already available. Those with multiple accounts across different devices may want to opt for Xobni’s cloud-based Xobni Pro package. As we’ve said before: Xobni basically makes your boring inbox awesome, so if you haven’t given it a try before, you may want to check it out now. Hit the jump for the full release. More →
RIM has made Facebook for BlackBerry, version 2.0, available via its BlackBerry Beta World portal. The latest update includes support for Facebook Chat and messages — which will now automatically land in your unified mailbox. Provided that you leave yourself signed in, the app will automatically notify you of new chat messages, even if you don’t have the app open. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve accidentally “Liked” a random friend’s status while scrolling through our Facebook News Feed, so a revamped layout that prevents this from occurring is certainly welcome. It’s also now possible to check-in, update your status, or post photos, directly from the top of your News Feed. Facebook for BlackBerry 2.0 offers revamped navigation controls, and a new notifications bar that looks a lot like the “Today View” in BlackBerry 6. Lastly, the profile view has been tweaked, and now allows users to toggle between wall, info, and photo tabs on a friend’s page. More →
Just a few tidbits of Facebook news to report here. Reuters is reporting that the social networking site paid a hefty $8.5 million to acquire the domain fb.com from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Last year, Facebook launched its revamped messaging service, offering its users facebook.com email address in the process. The alternate domain fb.com was purchased by the company for internal employee email addressing. The Farm Bureau now calls fb.org as its home.
In conjunction with this new messaging service, Facebook also announced a new profile layout designed to easily present and share more information with friends. For the past month, users have been able to voluntarily opt-in to the new design by visiting http://www.facebook.com/about/profile. Now, it seems as though the update will be pushed out to all users over the next several days, like it or not. More →
If you don’t have the talent and know-how to construct a visually appealing and improvised Facebook layout like that of French artist Alexandre Oudin, fear not. A new Facebook application dubbed Profile Maker will allow you to easily and painlessly emulate Monsieur Oudin’s thoughtful layouts. So if you’re low on creativity, but still want to impress your friends, give Profile Maker a shot. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
The genesis of Facebook continues. Yesterday, via a blog post, the social networking site announced that it would be rolling out a new, more intuitive profile page for its users. The new landing page, which houses all of your personal details, offers a new introduction, featured friends, an improved way to share favorite music, movies, books, and television shows, and better photos and friend pages. The goal of the new layout is to enable viewers of your profile to learn more about who you are and who you’re friends with in less time. For example: where you work, live, and attend(ed) school, whom you are in a relationship with, and when you were born are now prominently displayed on your profile page.
The new feature will be rolling out to all users through the end of this year, but if you are anxious to try out the new goodies, you can head to www.facebook.com/about/profile and manually enable the new style. If you take the plunge, let us know what you think. More →
XML files with user agent profile information found on HTC’s website reveal that the HTC Mozart and the Mondrian will be Windows Phone 7 handsets. The XML files confirm much of what was rumored about the handsets including the presence of a 480×800 display, a keyboard-less slate form factor, Bluetooth with A2DP and various hands-free and headset profiles, along with (duh) Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Mobile 7. Obviously, XML files reveal cursory specs and not launch dates, but we can safely postulate that these handsets will launch later this year, most likely around the same time the HTC Shubert lands at T-Mobile. More →
A recently discovered profile sheds some light on the HTC Espresso, one of those mystery phones whose codename was embedded in the leaked HTC Android 2.1 ROM. According to the profile details, the Espresso will have the standard 528MHz processor found in the Hero/Magic, a QWERTY keyboard and a 320×480 display. HTC Espresso = a QWERTY keyboard-packing Hero, any takers? More →