Canada Ends Facebook Probe, Govts Work on Privacy – The Canadian government’s probe into issues surrounding the way third parties gather Facebook user data has wrapped up. Meanwhile, the privacy agencies of governments around the world — U.S., Canada, several in Europe, Australia and New Zealand —are working to launch the Global Privacy Enforcement Network to help them facilitate international enforcement of privacy laws.
Zuckerberg Donates $100M, Presents on ‘Oprah’ – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was valued at $6.9 billion this week making him the thirty-fifth person on the Forbes 400 list of rich people. Consequently, and just before the premiere of the uncomplimentary ‘The Social Network’ movie, he donated $100 million to the public schools in Newark, New Jersey as his first large scale philanthropic act.
Facebook Opens Office in Singapore – Facebook’s Singapore office opened this week with Stephen Dolan heading up the office as Commercial Director for Singapore and Southeast Asia.
Eventbrite Deepens Facebook Integration – Eventbrite, an online ticket hub, has deepened its Facebook integration. This new level of integration allows you to login with your Facebook account, shows you the Eventbrite events your friends are attending, and lists recommendations based on your Facebook network.
Stanford is Facebook’s Landlord – Interesting notes about Stanford University cashing in on tech companies like Facebook via its extensive land holdings, according to GigaOm. Facebook, like other tech companies, is housed in Stanford’s Research Park in Palo Alto, Calif. However, some of the locals are not too fond of Facebook employees’ shuttles and taking up their parking spots.
Facebook Gets Facebok.com – Facebook was successful in getting rights to the domain name Facebok.com. A supposed German with a pseudonym had rights to what was a probable popular typo and a site that advertised Apple products; other sites that link to the web site include Facebooj.com and Faceboook.com.
1M Likes to Raise $1M – A Canadian charity campaign for Free the Children is asking Facebook users to Like the Facebook Page and for every Like, sponsors will donate $1 to sponsor international development projects.
Stride Gum Turns You Into a Rodeo Clown – Stride gum launched an interesting Facebook app, Change your Flavor, Change Your Life, to promote its latest gum flavors. The gum changes flavor and sandwiched between two videos from a rodeo clown is an app that allows a user to upload an image and receive an entire album of their transformation into a rodeo clown. The album is published to a user’s stream.
RockYou Launches Deal of the Day for Apps – Social game developer RockYou has launched a Deal of the Day integration for Facebook app developers. The DOTD will present players with opportunities to interact with brands while playing games in exchange for virtual currency and goods, such as watching short videos, completing brief polls or playing mini-games, an extension of the incentive ads that the company has been running since last year, and similar to what other virtual monetization companies have been rolling out as well.
Rotten Tomatoes Has Security Issues – The new Rotten Tomatoes instant personalization integration had some XSS vulnerabilities this week, allowing hackers to get access to Facebook users’ credentials. The problems have since been addressed. These same problems were present for Facebook’s other instant personalization partners, but were also addressed.