Facebook Roundup: Lamebook, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Places, Google, Video and The Beatles

Facebook Backtracks on Lamebook Dispute – Lamebook, a parody of Facebook content which we wrote about here, sued Facebook so the social network wouldn’t sue them first for copyright infringement for using “book.” Then, Facebook blocked Lamebook’s fan Page, disallowed outbound links to Lamebook and disabled Like buttons to their content. Facebook then kind of realized that this sort of total control was a bit much and CTO Bret Taylor admitted to TechCrunch it was “mistake.”

Places Used to Check-In To TV Shows – TVGuide.com reported that people have been checking into their favorite TV shows at a rate of 10,000 a day. Facebook users have checked into 7,400 different episodes of 1,800 shows.

Check In With Places Anywhere in the World – Eti Suruzon made a YouTube video explaining how to configure a VPN on iPhones, iPods and iPads in order to allow you to check in with Places anywhere in the world — Facebook hasn’t yet activated the service in most countries.

Egyptian Opposition Pages Disappear – Reuters reported that two Facebook Pages run by political opposition groups in Egypt disappeared two days before Sunday’s parliamentary election. Neither the Egyptian government nor Facebook was available for comment.

Facebook Banned, Used by Syrian Govt – Although the Syrian government officially bans Facebook, both regular people and government officials use the service widely, according to The Christian Science Monitor. Syria’s first lady has a Facebook profile with more than 2,500 friends and after a Facebook video showed education officials behaving badly, they were removed by the government.

Israeli Military Goes After Draft Dodgers on Facebook – The Israeli military, which requires mandatory service of most of its citizens, has caught about 1,000 women who used religiosity to avoid service. Telling infractions include wearing “telling” clothing, taking the “bait” of accepting party invitations on Fridays and eating in non-kosher restaurants.

Facebook Helps Drive Beatles iTunes Sales – After The Beatles’ music was made available on the iTunes store, traffic to Apple spiked dramatically, in a large part because of Facebook, according to Hitwise.

Facebook-Google War Continues – TechCrunch reported on the ongoing Facebook-Google dispute over user data. Someone created a Chrome extension to allow users to use Facebook data, it was disabled.

Nokia Uses Facebook for Gifting – Nokia has created two apps to help customers find Christmas gifts. One, Gift Together, allows users to gift a phone as a group. Help Me Choose allows users to contact friends of their intended gift recipient to ask what the best gift would be.

Facebook Friends Can Make Videos With ClipTogether – Using Facebook Connect a new app, ClipTogether, allows users to make videos with friends and incorporate photos, videos, audio clips and other effects.

SkyFire 3.0 Browser Adds Android Facebook Integration – SkyFire, a browser popular for playing Flash videos on smartphones, has added a Facebook integration to its latest update. Some features include being able to see popular content, a friends filter to see content from your Facebook connections, a shortcut to your profile, a Like button on each Page and more, as MobileCrunch covers

Vitrue, Scripps TV Partner on Facebook – Vitrue announced a partnership this week with 10 E.W. Scripps Company television stations that will enable the stations’ advertisers to better reach potential customers.

Syncapse Enables Facebook Page Geo-Targeting – Syncapse announced the release of geo-targeting capability for its platform, allowing for location and language targeting.

FBI Meets with Facebook – Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert S. Mueller III met with Facebook and Google senior managers in Silicon Valley last week, The New York Times Reported. Facebook confirmed that Mueller stopped by the offices. Mueller is looking to expand regulations on companies like Facebook via changing the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act.