Microsoft flagging Chrome for removal

There are numerous reports circulating that the Microsoft Security Essentials anti-malware utility is flagging Google’s Chrome browser as a password-stealing trojan.

In what appears to be a crucial false-positive, Microsoft’s security tools are removing Chrome from Windows machines, marking it as a variant of the notorious Zeus (Zbot) malware family.

Shady, Microsoft. Very shady.

Facebook Just Schooled The Internet.

ll we’ve heard about in the blogosphere the past few months is how Google+ could take down Facebook. How Google actually did something halfway decent in the social space — watch out Facebook! And look — now Facebook is even copying them!

Please.

I have no doubt that some of Facebook’s little moves over the past few months have been in reaction to Google+. But focusing on that is silly. Those are tiny features compared to what Facebook just unveiled today. They weren’t even worthy of being on stage at f8.

While Google was busy rushing to get a social network that could compete with Facebook out the door, Facebook was thinking about the next phase of social networking. They were building the next Facebook! Google+ does compete with Facebook — the old Facebook. It does not compete with what Facebook launched today.

He’s right – the Timeline changes are revolutionary and game-changing. But, it doesn’t change the fact that Facebook is still fundamentally at opposition with users’ desires to control their own information. Facebook paints a pretty picture, but we also haven’t seen any of the truly terrifying privacy-enabled fiascos that Facebook is flirting with come to fruition.

Facebook’s New Timeline: Data Goes In, But Can It Ever Leave?

you can argue, as my former colleague Frederic Lardinois recently did, that what you share on Facebook is not the “story of your life,” per se. As of today, that’s still true. But when the new Timeline features roll out and are adopted by the mainstream, Facebook profiles will become closer to a virtual mirror of our lives than any other network or website, including a personal blog, has ever been.

And to think that your data – that precious, personal, digital archive of a lifetime – will belong only to Facebook, with no discernible exit in site, is downright unsettling.

The answer, for right now at least, is no. Experience suggests it will take G+ rolling out an identical feature, to force Facebook to do what its users already know – but are unwilling – to ask for.

Facebook iPad App to Launch at Apple’s iPhone 5 Event

The relationship between the two technology giants is warming up, however, thanks to the shared goal of beating Google — and the simple fact that Facebook and Apple may need each other. The former doesn’t have a mobile platform while Apple doesn’t have a social platform. The culmination of this renewed friendship: the launch of Facebook for iPad at Apple’s iPhone 5 media event.

At this event, our sources also expect Facebook to unveil a new version of Facebook for the iPhone, with design and speed improvements that mimic the iPad app.

Facebook has also been working on a project to bring the Facebook Platform to mobile devices. The project, labeled “Project Spartan” by some (a name not used internally at Facebook, according to one of our sources), is designed to be a platform where developers can bring their Facebook apps to mobile devices via an HTML5 platform.

What we’re hearing is that Apple is actually working with Facebook on perfecting the HTML5 platform. This could also launch at Apple’s upcoming iPhone event, though our sources wouldn’t commit to a specific launch date for the platform. Facebook decided not to launch it at f8, as it didn’t want to water down the announcement of the new Facebook Open Graph and Timeline.

When we said last week that Facebook would be profoundly changed, we weren’t just referring to the new Facebook Open Graph and the “frictionless sharing” touted by Mark Zuckerberg. We were also talking about its secretive effort to become a mobile platform for the social web. And thanks to Apple, it looks like that effort is about to come to fruition.

Godzilla vs. Megatron.

Clinging To Friction: Some Thoughts On Facebook’s New Features

Take Facebook’s recently-launched music integration, for example. Right now as I stare at my Ticker, I’m seeing a stream of songs that my friends are listening to. Sometimes I’ve never heard of the song. Sometimes I have. Sometimes I really like the song. And, almost always, my immediate impulse is neither to ‘Like’ their update nor to start listening to that song myself. I usually just shrug my shoulders.

The fundamental issue is that there’s no context or emphasis around any of these posts. I see song after song scroll by, and I don’t know which ones are actually important to my friends. I don’t know which are the tracks they love — and which are the tracks they left playing as they stepped away to grab lunch. And, as more applications and sites begin syndicating into the Ticker, I’m going to run into the same problem. I won’t know which news articles my friends have endorsed, and which ones they just happened to click on because they saw a link in Twitter. And there’s just so much stuff.

Klout Now Measures Social Influence On Google+

Google just released a limited API for Google+ last week, so Klout has been working fast. It’s unclear what exactly Klout will be evaluating in Google+ behavior and use, but Klout’s founder Joe Fernandez tells me that he believes that certain Google+ power users will see their scores go up. But as with Klout’s other integrations, if you link your Klout account with Google+, your score won’t go down.

I wonder what criteria they’re using to evaluate the mostly privately-shared social network?

Major Google+ updates

Google+ Hangouts is now available on Android phones via an update today. You can also broadcast Hangouts sessions to the world via a new On Air feature, and collaborate with others during Hangouts by sharing your screen and working together on Google Docs or Sketchpad. Google is also renaming its Huddles group chat feature on mobile devices to Messenger (yes, that sounds familiar).

Notably, Google+ is also opening up for anyone to join today without the need for an invite. The move comes after Google+ has been in field testing for 90 days. Google says it has added over 91 features to Google+ during its field test, and with its announcements today that number has jumped to 107 new features.

Google has also finally added search capabilities to Google+. Typing in queries to the Google+ search box will get you relevant people and posts from within the social network, as well as popular content from around the net. “If you’re into photography, for example, then you’ll see other enthusiasts and lots of great pictures,” writes Google’s head of social Vic Gundotra. “… In all cases, Google+ search results include items that only you can see, so family updates are just as easy to find as international news.”

Sweet! Now, where’s my Circles API?!

The Wall Street Journal is rethinking distribution of its content…on Facebook

With WSJ Social, the Journal is purposely “navigating the content within the app around people,” Baratz told me, and making “every user an editor”; the app, in large part, she says, is about “elevating the role of people as curators of content.” The end result: “When you walk into the app, you have this very curated publication,” Baratz says — one that could, if done right, provide users with a nice mix of personalization and serendipity.

There’s a competitive element to the app, as well. WSJ Social ranks each of the app’s user-editors on a leaderboard according to the number of people that have added those editors to their editor lists. The plan is to reward top editors over time — the reward after the first month being, potentially, a WSJ stipple portrait of the winners. “We really want to show that it’s not a game,” Baratz says. “We really think that these people are curators,” doing important distributive work that, at scale, could prove immensely valuable to the WSJ — and prizes are meant to acknowledge that.

Xbox Might Get Comcast and Verizon Cable Soon

Microsoft appears to be close to closing the deal on bringing Comcast and Verizon to the Xbox, with the console serving as a set-top box, according to Digiday.

If the reports are accurate, the deals could be done within the next 30 days. The deals would allow customers to subscribe to TV packages through Comcast or Verizon Fios directly through their consoles and avoid the dreaded dance with the cable guy.

Love it! Avoiding the $30 charge and 72-hour waiting period to get new cable installations done is simply l33t!

What to Expect from Facebook’s f8 Developers’ Conference

Facebook has been readying content partnerships all year to get ready for the announcements coming Thursday. The theme of f8 is “Read, Watch, Listen.” Facebook is readying itself to become the hub for content sharing across the Web. TechCrunch reported that there will be buttons specifically for read, watch and listen on the platform and perhaps as buttons across the entire Web