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Microsoft Overhauls MSN – Makes It More Social

MSN-Logo MSN may have lost a lot of its appeal in the recent past, but it is still among the top 10 websites in the world. It is single-handedly responsible for driving 45% of Bing’s queries. It’s no wonder that Microsoft is still serious about a website, which has been dubbed by Michael Arrington as, “The most popular Internet portal that no one actually ever goes to”. Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the first major redesign of MSN in a decade. The new MSN will be rolled out to 10% of its U.S. users today and to over 100 million U.S. users early next year. In the meanwhile you can test-drive the new MSN by going to preview.msn.com.

The new design conforms to modern web design practices and focuses on providing a simple and clutter-free experience. The number of links has been drastically reduced and now most of the content is neatly organised into tabbed modules. The biggest change is the integration of Facebook and Twitter. You can view your activity stream as well as publish updates directly from MSN. The iconic MSN logo has also received a facelift. The other major highlight is the inline integration of high quality video powered by Silverlight.

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Microsoft has been desperately trying to turn around their loss making online division. The launch of Bing was a step in that direction. Although, it didn’t result in any drastic reversal of fortunes, it allowed Microsoft to gain some much needed momentum. The redesign of MSN is another positive move. The new layout gets its basics right. It is more readable, provides tight integration of local content and highlights various services offered by Bing.

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Watch Foo Fighters Concert Live on Facebook

Just a week after U2 did a live broadcast of their concert on , there are reports in TechCrunch, that Foo Fighters will be broadcasting their concert live on using Livestream.

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The concert will be streamed live on the Foo Fighters fan page on Facebook at 7PM PST (10PM EST) today on October 30th, 2009. Fans will be able to update their status on the concert page using the live feeds feature in Facebook.

Bands broadcasting their concerts live on the internet, is definitely great news for fans, as it is not always possible for everyone to make it to a live concert in person. Internet on the other hand provides a great way to connect fans from across the world, allowing them to enjoy the music from the comfort of their home.

The Foo Fighters concert will be broadcast live for 1 hour.

If Facebook Were a Country, It Would Be the 4th Largest One [DYK]

, with a registered user base of over 300 million users, would be the 4th largest country, if it were a country that is?

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According to the latest census reports, the World’s largest populated country is China with a population of 1.3 billion, followed by India with a population 1.1 billion. United States is a distant third with a population of 307 million followed by Brazil with a population of 191 million.

If Facebook were a country, it would easily fit between US and Brazil at number 4. We are pretty sure that the registered user base of Facebook will soon cross 307 million putting it into the 3rd position.

Now are you surprised that Facebook users account for almost 25% of internet usage in United States alone?

Dangerous Virus Spreads Through Fake Facebook Password Reset E-mail

Facebook-Logo Viruses spreading through social media networks is nothing new. The latest incarnation is masquerading as Facebook password reset emails. This particular e-mail claims that your Facebook password was reset to protect you and the new password has been attached to the e-mail. As you may expect, once the attachment is opened your PC will be infected with malware.

The malware in question is a trojan horse called Bredolab. This trojan injects itself into the explorer.exe process and runs the svchost.exe process. Bredolab itself doesn’t cause any further damage. However, it quietly operates in the background and downloads additional payloads (which can be rogue antispyware software or other malware) without your permission.

While it is common knowledge that one should never download attachments received from unknown sources, many users may still fall for this scam. Irrespective how authentic an e-mail appears, if it asks you to download an attachment something is bound to be fishy. Facebook will never send your password as attachments. And if you didn’t reset your password, then you shouldn’t be receiving a password reset email. Spread the message and prevent your friends and family from becoming victims.

via SoftSailor

Switch Back to Old Facebook News Feed

If you are one of the many people who were surprised to see a new homepage on , here is a quick tip that will allow you to switch back to the old Facebook Feed.

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Step 1: Click on the more link in the sidebar in Facebook Home.

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Step 2: Drag the Status Updates menu item and add it to the top of the sidebar.

Step 3: Refreshing the page will now display the live feed to you instead of the news feed by default. Enjoy.

You can also make use of Facebook Lite (http://lite.facebook.com) to view status updates instead of news feeds as default.

[via Steve Rubel Lifestream]

Facebook Humor: Funny Facebook Cartoons

It has been a long time since we did , but seriously we haven’t had time, to have fun in the past few months :-(. However, after a hugely popular series of humor, in the form of Bringing the fun back to Twitter and Twitter humor once again, we decided to spread our wings and include some funny cartoons depicting .

So go ahead, feast your eyes and ROFL (Roll on the floor laughing) while you view these funny images and cartoons for Facebook, and of course our funnier commentary to go with it.

Must Read: What Google Thinks about Social Networking? [This is Funny]

Honey, Mark Zuckerberg is Still in College

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Did You Read the Facebook Terms of Services? Everyday?

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Seriously, I NEED more Friends

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Dual Intensions

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Dude, my Online Friends on Facebook Love me Better!!!

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Facebook was Considered a Waste of Time. Now I get Paid to Not Facebook :-)

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Back in the Days, we could Actually Write on the Wall

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You have Every Right to Update your Facebook Status

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Hey, Don’t Judge Me, I am Just a Dog

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My Boss Created a Facebook App, and Forced me to Use it

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Thanks to Facebook, Elections will be so Simple

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And Let’s Hope he has the Facebook iPhone App Installed Too

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Shouldn’t it be, Dude Let me Update my Twitter Status?

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The Oscars for Facebook Goes To

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Creating a Bomb Everyone App on Facebook would be Fun Right?

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Begging for Facebook

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And Finally, I did not Anticipate my School Friend to Become the World’s Biggest Spammer

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Well that’s it for now, too much of Facebook :-). Before you head someplace else, don’t forget to show your love and become a fan of Techie Buzz on Facebook.

How Much Time do You Spend on Facebook? [Polls]

Earlier today, we wrote about a really startling statistics, where users spend a total of 8 billion minutes on the social networking site, everyday. According to our calculations each user must be spending around 30-35 minutes on an average.

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It would be fun to know how much time our readers spend on Facebook, so here is a short poll to find it out.

We will sum up the results and update the post in the next few days. Your vote will be totally anonymous, so don’t hesitate to vote up.

Looking for tools to measure the time you spend on different websites and applications? Try out a free desktop time management software or some to see how much time you spend on different websites.

8 Billion Minutes Wasted on Facebook, Everyday

In the past we have told you about tools that allow you to measure the amount of time you spend on various websites. Considering a recent report in the Web2.0 summit, we definitely urge you to start using them :-).

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TechCrunch has created a summed up report, from a presentation by Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s VP of Engineering. According to him:

  • Users spend 8 billion minutes online everyday using Facebook
  • There are some 2 billion pieces of content shared every week on the service
  • Users upload 2 billion photos each month
  • There are over 20 billion photos now on Facebook
  • During peak times, Facebook serves 1.2 million photos a second
  • Yesterday alone, Facebook served 5 billion API calls
  • There are 1.2 million users for every engineer at

8 Billion minutes a day is definitely a huge number, considering that we mortals only have 1440 minutes a day. To give you a perspective, Facebook has 300 million users and according to the presented data, an average user spends a minimum of 27 minutes on Facebook. This number may not be entirely correct, since several millions users do not actively use Facebook everyday. We can safely assume that a average user spends 30-35 minutes on Facebook.

The fact that Facebook has 30000 servers to handle these requests, make them more reliable than the smaller players, and gives users a better experience while using their service.

How may minutes do you spend on Facebook? Do let us know about it through your comments.

Microsoft Ties Up With Twitter and Facebook: Will Integrate Real Time Updates Into Bing

Microsoft-Bing-Twitter-Facebook The search engine war is on! Earlier today we revealed that Google may be planning on launching its own music service to enhance music related search results. Now according to latest reports, Microsoft is expected to announce non-exclusive deals with both Facebook and Twitter later today.

This deal will give Microsoft access to both Facebook and Twitter status updates and will undoubtedly give them a huge advantage over Google. Google has clearly started that real time search is their biggest challenge. Unfortunately for them, the partnership with Twitter and Facebook would offer Bing a wealth of data that won’t be available to them. It has already been demonstrated more than once that Twitter is extremely agile when it comes to breaking news. The access to Twitter (and Facebook) data stream will allow Bing to react faster to emerging trends.

While this deal is undoubtedly a big step for Microsoft Bing, it must be remembered that both of them are non-exclusive in nature. In other words, there is nothing stopping Google from partnering with Twitter or Facebook tomorrow. A lot will also depend on Microsoft’s ability to properly integrate real time data received from Facebook and Twitter.

[ via All Things D ]

Confirmed: Facebook Redesign In The Works

It’s official now. Facebook has indeed been working on a redesign of its home page. The planned redesign will take a leaf or two out of Facebook Lite’s book and beef up the activity stream.

The biggest change is the addition of Top Stories. Until now Facebook only displayed the most recent news feeds on the home page. However, in the redesigned version you will also be presented with the option to view the top news feeds. The Top News section will contain the most interesting updates as determined by an algorithm.

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There are numerous other changes in the new home page. The publisher box is now hidden by default and has been replaced with an Update Status button. Facebook has also listened to user complaints and will be bringing back many items lost in the March update. Friend acceptances, relationships, event RSVPs and group memberships will now be featured in the news feed. Facebook page related activities (such as friends becoming a fan of a Page and virtual gifts) will also be included on the home page.

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For more details check out the document leaked by Mashable (embedded below)

[ via Mashable ]

Get Facebook Alerts and Notifications on the Desktop

has over 300 million users and 30000+ servers. However, Facebook does not restrict users to the web browser. You can easily chat with your Facebook friends on the desktop, upload photos to Facebook from the desktop, access Facebook from Gmail, take a break from work and access Facebook from Outlook among other things.

But what about notifications and alerts? Turns out there is a desktop app for that. The Facebook Notifications application, will notify you whenever there is a new notification for your profile. This includes, new friend requests, pokes, event invites, group invites and unread messages.

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The app also adds a transparent notification window on the desktop, and shows you a system tray notification, whenever you have new updates in your account.

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You can also update your Facebook status using the application. By default the application is set to refresh every 30 seconds, you can change the refresh rate by visiting the settings window of the application.

Also Read: Backup your Facebook data using Social Safe

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Ironically, the Facebook Notifications application does not notify you about actual notifications in Facebook, which is shown to you in the right hand bottom corner in your profile, whenever someone comments or likes your posts.

This is a definite dampener. In addition to that, it would be good if the developer adds a dropdown to choose the refresh rate for the app. I mean, why would you want to use a calculator to find out how many seconds are there in 2 hours and 33 minutes, if you want to use it as a refresh rate?

The application does provide you with a quick way to visit your profile and compose messages to your Facebook friends. Install the app if you are a heavy Facebook user, who wants to instantly reply back to events or approve new friend requests.

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Facebook Has 30000 Servers to Serve Users

Ever wondered how many servers it would take to serve 300 millions users? Well, the answer comes from . According to Data center knowledge, Facebook now has 30000 servers, which are supporting their day to day operations.

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In addition to that, Facebook logs over 25 Terabytes of data, every day. Yes, you read it right, it is the amount of data logged onto Facebook servers every day. Though the number of servers are definitely huge, Facebook is still behind several other companies, including Google. It is rumored that, Google currently has over 450,000 servers.

Couple of weeks ago, Facebook lost data for over 1,50000 users. This, goes to show that no matter how much firepower you have in your servers, you still need to have a proper methodology.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg commented earlier this week that their data recovery process was a bit slow.

"It’s a very small percentage of our users, but it’s a lot of people. We want them to be able to (access Facebook) every day. We resolved it in about a week and a half. I think that was too slow."

She also said that they are a bit behind, when it has coming to scaling to the number of users that are using their service.

"We are, I promise, doing our best to scale, and our growth means we’re sometimes a little bit behind."

Managing so many servers is definitely not a piece of cake. However, kudos to the engineers maintaining the servers. Considering the amount of users who login and use Facebook everyday, it is definitely a pretty tough job.

Adobe Photo Uploader For Facebook

There is no dearth of softwares available to upload photos to . The Picasa Facebook photo Uploader works flawlessly, allowing you to edit and upload photos and albums to Facebook. In addition to that, you can also use a desktop application to upload photos to Facebook.

Adobe has released another app based on , which will allow you to upload photos from your desktop to Facebook. The best part about this app is that, you can also view and browse your Facebook wall and friends profile from within the app. You can also reply and comment to your friends posts.

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Once you have downloaded and installed the application, you will need to login and give permissions to the application to upload photos to your Facebook profile. Once you have given all the permissions, you will be logged into your profile, from where you can browse your timeline, comment and like posts from friends and more.

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Uploading photos to Facebook is pretty easy. Click on the Upload tab in the menubar, and choose the album you want to upload the photos to. You can also create new albums using the app.

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Adding photos to your album is pretty easy. Click on the Add Photosbutton, it will show you a browse file dialog. Choose the photos you want to add to the album and click on Ok. You can choose multiple photos at once. Using the photo Uploader, you can also add captions to your photos.

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Once you have chosen all the photos, click on the green arrow in the right hand side to upload the images to your Facebook profile. The upload should take a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the number of images you are uploading.

This app is a definite timesaver. We highly recommend it, if you frequently upload photos to your Facebook profile. Since Adobe Air works on multiple platforms, you can use it to upload images from Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

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Login Using Your Vanity Usernames to Facebook

Remember all the hype and hoopla that was made over Facebook’s Vanity URL where they allowed users to create vanity URLs by adding a username to it?

Turns out that has put that to some good use and users can now sign in to Facebook using that username too. The username is the username that forms the part of your profile URL that you have manually setup as.

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For example my vanity URL is http://faceboo.com/keithdsouza in this case my new username is keithdsouza.

Though this may not be a big change it can definitely come in useful and handy to people with long email addresses. You will still be able to login using your email address too.

If you are on Facebook don’t forget to become a fan of Techie Buzz :-).

Log In with Your Facebook Username [Official Facebook Blog via Tech Crunch]

Facebook Crosses 300 Million Users

has just crossed another milestone by breaking a record of having 300 million active users visit their site, 50 million of which were added in the last 75 days at a rate of 67K users per day.

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According to InsideFacebook, Facebook’s global audience has doubled since the beginning of this year. They actually added 150 million new users since January.

300 million is definitely a huge user base and can convert into huge revenues for Facebook, who, unlike are already making money from the social networking site.

It will be good to see how the social networking rat race between Facebook and Twitter turns out to be, considering that twitter is simplicity at its best but does have a lot of noise in the form of spam.

On the other hand Facebook is slowly copying some more features from twitter and making them their own. It is not the first time they have done this and not the only social networking feature they have copied. The like and comment feature was shamelessly borrowed from Friendfeed which Facebook acquired recently.

As for me I generally visit Facebook less than 5 times a day to check on new updates, whereas I do visit twitter several times a day due to more frequent updates (and less stupid quizzes and mafia wars). What about you?