ESPN Adds Recommended Plugin – ESPN added the Recommended plugin to its homepage this week, showing the stories that a user’s friends might have recommended from the site. The news was shared on Facebook’s Sports Page.
Yahoo’s Fantasy Football on Facebook – Yahoo is set to weave Facebook integrations into its fantasy football leagues after a recent acquisition of Citizen Sports. The idea is to push the leagues to Facebook using the Like button, CNET reported.
PlacePunch Launches – The location marketing platform PlacePunch for brands launched this week, aiming to help businesses funnel check-ins via Places, Twitter and Fourssquare. The idea is to help these businesses reinforce brand loyalty by awarding check-ins special deals.
Facebook Beats Google in US Minutes – ComScore reported this week that Facebook absorbed the most minutes of U.S. users of any web site. With 41.1 billion minutes Facebook beat Google, with 39.8 billion, and Yahoo, with 37.7 billion.
Facebook Most Popular Mobile App – Facebook is the most popular mobile phone app across models, according to Nielsen. This includes Android, Blackberry, iPhones and Windows phones.
Interactive Music on Facebook with MXP4 – Artists and labels may now create new ways to interact with fans on Facebook with MXP4’s apps. The company’s apps are set to allow musicians to use an interface similar to that of a video game, according to TechCrunch, to take their favorite songs and create remixes or sing karaoke. MXP4 claims that the average user spends 9.1 minutes using the app per session and click through rates to purchases exceed 3%.
NYC Emergency Facebook App – New York City’s Office of Emergency Management recently launched an app developed by Stuzo to help New Yorkers prepare for an emergency like September 11. The app includes an interactive map of emergency meeting places that people can use to coordinate a in case of an emergency.
AT&T Gets Earful from iPhone Users on Facebook – AT&T sent out an email to customers this week to announce a $18-19 billion dollar investment in the company’s network infrastructure and was bombarded with negative comments on Facebook. The irony pointed out by TechCrunch was that, in order to leave a complaint, Facebook users had to Like AT&T’s Page first.
Swedish Broadcasters Can’t Promote Facebook – Swedish public broadcasters are no longer allowed to encourage their consumers to visit Pages on Facebook. The Swedish Broadcasting Commission found that this would encourage commercial interests and inappropriately promotes a product or service. Broadcasters can mention a service, but not encourage people to use it.
Facebook Files CAPTCHA Patent – Facebook filed a patent for its social CAPTCHA system this week. CAPTCHA is set to prevent spam, scams and bots from exploiting Facebook users’ social graphs by asking questions that only a human could answer, such as correctly naming someone from their photo.
PlacePop Updates Places App – PlacePop, an iPhone app allowing for the monitoring of Places activity, updated their app this week. Now the app allows the inclusion of descriptions from check-ins, something we said was absent in the original app last week.