f8 2011

Spotify: 250,000 new users daily after Facebook deal

Spotify: 250,000 new users daily after Facebook deal

Spotify is reportedly seeing 250,000 new users join each day, in the aftermath of its deal with Facebook last week, with monthly active users leaping by 1m to 4.4m. The figures, shared by music industry consultancy MusicAlly, contrasts sharply with criticism of Spotify's decision to tie new sign-ups up with the social network. Spotify currently offers six months of its unlimited access package free to new users.

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Activate Facebook Timeline in 5 easy steps

Activate Facebook Timeline in 5 easy steps

There is a way, ladies and gentlemen, you get yourself aboard an early developers look at Facebook's new layout, that being the one called Timeline that we were introduced to just yesterday. The process is relatively simple, though you must be warned: its designed to allow developers to see the build early and may not be completely set up to show you exactly what you want to see of yourself - my god, your whole Facebook life, right there! Let's get started!

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Facebook Timeline and The Cult Of Me

Facebook Timeline and The Cult Of Me

Mark Zuckerberg is a clever man. Facebook's f8 expo was as all-singing - with Spotify - and all-dancing - with Hulu - as we could've hoped, but at its core it was All About Me. Timeline may be the natural evolution of each user's profile page, but it's also the perfect stage for our self-obsessed times. Don't just tell people where you are now, but let them scroll back through the years to see how you got there.

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f8 2011 Facebook changes Full Guide [Video]

f8 2011 Facebook changes Full Guide [Video]

Without a doubt, today's first and most major keynote at f8 2011 showed Facebook to be making some major changes in the very near future. Starting with a whole new layout and set of functions they're calling "Timeline" and moving through app enhancements that have the potential to change the way we use apps on all platforms, we've got a guide here for you, the Facebook user, to easily understand what you've got in store. This is Facebook as it will exist starting at the tail end of 2011.

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Where do I sign up for Facebook Timeline beta?

Where do I sign up for Facebook Timeline beta?

It's the question that just about everyone in the Facebook world is asking this week after we saw a massive amount of excitement following the big keynote speech at the f8 2011 developers conference covered here: Zuckerberg reveals Timeline, a whole new Facebook at f8 2011. Now we know Timeline is the way of the future, might as well bring it on right away! Facebook is the sort of platform where to upgrade your environment, you've only to tap a button and make it happen. That's what's going on here, and though it's still in beta form, you can go jump in the pool right this second - sign up for Timeline!

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Kobo Reading Life expanded for Facebook during f8 2011

Kobo Reading Life expanded for Facebook during f8 2011

This week the folks at Facebook released a firestorm of updates for their social networking environment including enhancements to both the user interface on their webpage and to their apps. As part of the apps expansion, the eReading specialists at Kobo have announced to their 4.9 million users worldwide that they'll be working with Facebook in the near future to provide both integration and ease with and for Facebook, particularly through their Kobo Reading Life app.

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Color returns to launch new app for Facebook

Color returns to launch new app for Facebook

The fanfare surrounding the Color app, which made a big splash back in March when it launched with a $41 million investment from Sequoia, had quickly died down after the mobile photo sharing app confused users and generally became a ghost town. But now, Color is back and this time they've launched a new app for Facebook.

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Facebook TiVo Integration Announced

Facebook TiVo Integration Announced

This week we're getting bombarded with news from Facebook's developer conference f8 2011, not just because Facebook has been announced to be improving and changing drastically, but because they've begun working with several big buckets full of businesses from all over the media world. One of the first to make a formal announcement is TiVo, this increasing the groups Social TV functionality as they update both their iPhone and iPad apps to include additional integration with Facebook. The social network's new APIs for developers are rolling out today at f8 and TiVo appears to have been able to get on the boat early.

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Facebook Open Graph ushers in new serendipitous era for apps [Video]

Facebook Open Graph ushers in new serendipitous era for apps [Video]

Open Graph is a whole new class of apps, this is the main message that Zuckerberg wants to push forth this week at f8 2011. Open Graph apps allow you to add activity to your news stream without having to press "OK" ever again. No more prompts, ever. With this functionality, "discovering new things through your friends", one of the main goals of the future of apps on Facebook, being accomplished simply. With Open Graph apps you will get a single "permissions" page that'll have you allowing all publishing all at once - Frictionless Experiences and Real-time Serendipity are the big power-points here, and sharing on the fly in real time is the vehicle.

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