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Facebook intros 60 new Open Graph partners, opens to all

  SAN FRANCISCO–Facebook’s making its Open Graph initiative a little more open.

At an event here, this evening the company announced a crop of 60 new partners that have integrated their applications with Open Graph, as well as promising to approve new applications that make use of it.

The feature lets Facebook developers add real world actions to their applications, taking Facebook’s sharing features beyond links and liking items to sharing what exactly that application does. Some of the early demo products that came with that introduction were Spotify, Netflix, and RDIO, with user actions in those apps showing up as “listened” or “watched.”

Joining those tonight are some 60 companies including TripAdvisor, Ticketmaster, Digg, Kobo, Zynga, Rotten Tomatoes, and Buzzfeed. The company says these extend into categories Facebook did not originally include in its launch announcement.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Carl Sjogreen, Facebook’s director of platform products. “Our vision for Timeline and the application platform is that whatever app you’re using, you can add it to your timeline.”

The new Open Graph features these apps make use of were first introduced at the company’s F8 conference last September, an annual event where the company shares new features aimed at developers.

At F8, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg–who was not in attendance this evening–pitched Open Graph actions as something that could deliver a “frictionless” experience across the Web, and create “a completely new class of social apps than what was ever possible before.”

News of the additional Open Graph apps going live tonight were first reported by All Things Digital earlier this week.

Timeline–which is tied to the Open Graph features as it appears on user profiles– continues to be an opt-in feature for users. It was introduced alongside the latest additions to Open Graph at F8. The feature is a visual and functional redesign of user profiles, putting activity into a page that covers the entirety of someone’s use of the site, and third-party services that are connected to Facebook through the Open Graph.

Following F8, Facebook only made Timeline available to developers before beginning to roll it out slowly to users as an opt-in service. Over the weekend the feature became available to all Facebook users worldwide. The company made no mention tonight about if or when it would become the new default view.

Here’s a full list of companies that are a part of the launch:


•  Gogobot

•  Airbnb

•  TripAdvisor

•  Wipolo

•  Where I’ve Been


•  Foodspotting

•  Cookpad

•  Snooth (wine)

•  Urbanspoon

•  Yummly

•  Foodily


•  Pose

•  Pinterest

•  Polyvore

•  Oodle


•  eBay

•  Giftrocket

•  Payvment

•  Livingsocial


•  MapMyRun

•  Runkeeper


•  Rotten Tomatoes

•  Dailymotion (French video site)

•  Cinemur (French video site)

•  Metacafe (videos)

•  Ford (game)

•  Wooga (Bubble Island, Diamond Dash)

•  OMGPOP (Draw My Thing)

•  Zynga (Words with Friends, Castleville


•  Causes

•  Fundrazr



•  BranchOut (job search)

•  Monster (job search)

•  Color (photo and video sharing)

•  Courserank (education)

•  Grockit (education)

•  Foursquare (location)

•  Goodreads (books)

•  Kobo (books)

•  StubHub (ticketing)

•  Ticketmaster (ticketing)

•  Ticketfly (ticketing)

•  ScoreBig (ticketing)

•  Appsfire (app discovery)

•  Artfinder (art)

•  Autotrader (cars)

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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Socail Networking


Facebook on Mission to Wipe Koobface Off Face of the Web

    Facebook eradicated the Koobface virus from its site about nine months ago. However, the social network says it is on a mission to vanquish it completely.

It’s been three years since the virus first appeared on Facebook, and the company has learned quite a bit about it and its creators, it said in a blog post. It intends to share what it knows with law enforcement and the larger security community.

Fake Friend Messages

The language Facebook uses in its post — “the full force of law brought to bear against those who have made millions in ill-gotten gains” and “to rid the Web of this virus forever” evoke images of Captain Ahab and his white whale.

Indeed, the Koobface virus was particularly harmful to Facebook, because it took aim at the site’s raison d’être — the sharing of information.

The virus would send fake friend messages encouraging recipients to click on links. When they did, a malicious worm would download. The message, which would appear to come from someone on a user’s friend list, used such phishing-savvy subject lines as “why do you look so stupid in this photo?”

After installing malware on a user’s device, it would redirect the user’s traffic and, in some cases, trick the user into paying for fake antivirus software. Koobface made its profits via pay-per-click and traffic referral schemes.

Others on the Trail

Facebook has hardly been alone in its efforts to track down Koobface — and it is not the only one with identifying information about it either. Earlier this month, security researcher Dancho Danchevpublished photos of the Russian-based botnet master, his telephone numbers, multiple email addresses, and the license plate for his BMW.

Danchev got his hands on this mother lode through the botnet master’s carelessness, he wrote. He used his personal email to register for a domain parked within Koobface’s command-and-control infrastructure “that at a particular moment in time was directly redirecting to the ubiquitous fake Youtube page pushed by the Koobface botnet.”

Facebook may have been instrumental in this series of events. Facebook Security performed a technical takedown of Koobface’s “Command & Control” Mothership last March, it said in a blog post, “and since then we have had no new sightings of Koobface for over nine months and our teams are working hard to keep it that way.”

Arrest, Prosecution?

Despite all the information available about the Koobface gang, their ultimate fate is still uncertain.

Facebook and other security researchers’ focus “will most certainly bring attention to the lavish lifestyles these criminals are leading, and that may or may not lead to consequences to their actions,” Robert Siciliano, online security evangelist for McAfee, told TechNewsWorld. “The million-dollar question is, will Russian law enforcement actually make an arrest, or will that be superseded by a payoff?”

However, one shouldn’t think just in terms of law enforcement, he added. “Public humiliation has long been a solution to problems that affect the public. These boys are either going to need a good lawyer or a good publicist.”

Nothing Changes

Others take a more pessimistic view of how this will play out.

“Though Facebook has taken a bold step in revealing the names of the Koobface gang in an effort to curb the group’s cybercrime activities and prompt Russia to take proactive measures against these criminals, the unfortunate reality is that Koobface will continue to wreak havoc, infecting many more people through alternative social networks and online properties,” John Viega, an application security expert at Perimeter E-Security, told TechNewsWorld.

“The newly released information from Facebook does little to aid law enforcement, as members of the gang have operated openly for some time. Their identities are no big secret — and they are certainly not trying to hide. To date, Russia has provided a haven for Russian citizens who perpetrate online crime and hasn’t yet shown interest in busting the Koobface team.”

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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Socail Networking