Posts Tagged ‘skype’

Facebook scammers spread app pretending to be ‘Video Calling’

Published by pratyushkp on July 9th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

As Paul Ducklin predicted only a few days ago, scams related to Facebook‘s launch of a video chat service powered by Skype are surfacing.

This particular scam doesn’t use the actual Facebook video service as Paul has predicted they will do, but it certainly is trying to ride the media coattails and attention Facebook’s announcement generated this week.

What is clever about this one is that if it were true that Facebook Video Chat was an application, you might be more easily convinced to approve the application to have more liberal permissions.

This version asks for your personal information, the ability to post messages to your wall, read your posts(?) and to do all of this any time it likes…

Strange, if it were a video calling app it would presumably only need to access my data when I am using it, right?

Fortunately, aside from being a better social engineering trick than many Facebook scams, this one simply spams your friends and leads you to the ubiquitous surveys to fill out and generate referral fees for the criminals.

If you see a wall post referencing “Enable video calls.”, don’t click it! Send your friend a message that they have been tricked.

I am sure this won’t be the last scam targeting folks who wish to use Facebook’s new service. Never download executables or other content proclaiming to enable the service.

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Zuckerberg on Google+: It’s a Validation of Facebook’s Vision

Published by pratyushkp on July 7th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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What does Mark Zuckerberg think of Google+, the search giant’s new social network?

We were curious, so we asked Zuckerberg two questions at Facebook’s video chat event in Palo Alto, California: Will there be group video chat in the future? And what does he think of Google+ Hangouts, Google’s new group video chat feature?

On the first question, Zuckerberg simply said that he “wouldn’t rule out anything,” but argued that we shouldn’t knock the value of one-on-one video chat, especially with a platform as large as Facebook. He also used the opportunity to make it clear that the partnership with Skype has been going on for a long time, even before Tony Bates became the CEO of Skype. “We’ve been working with Skype for a while,” he told the audience.

Facebook’s CEO danced around the second question. He reiterated his key talking point: that the next five years are about building apps on top of the social infrastructure that has been built during the past five years. Zuckerberg predicts that a lot of companies that haven’t traditionally looked at social networking will be focused on integrating it into their apps. He cited Netflix as one example, and was clearly alluding to Google as another.

While he didn’t give Google+ a thumbs up or a thumbs down, he did say that the rise of social in more companies was in line with his view of the world. “I view a lot of this as validation as to how the next five years are going to play out,” he noted during his talk.

Zuckerberg doesn’t seem concerned by the potential threat Google+ presents. “Our job is to stay focused,” he said.

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  • Facebook launches video-chat with a little help from Skype (
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MySpace Released Skype-Powered Calls … In 2007

Published by pratyushkp on July 7th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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How soon we forget. MySpace, the mostly-abandoned, Justin Timberlake-owned social network of yore, was the first to ink a VoIP deal for member-to-member calling — more than three-and-a-half years before Facebook.

This little tidbit of truth was dug up by none other than MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson, who was also quick to point out that the “place for friends” also had one-on-one video chat in 2004.

In the Mashable archives we find that on December 11, 2007, MySpace released a feature that would allow its members to Skype via MySpace IM with a single click (sound familiar?), albeit without the video functionality of today’s Facebook release.

Interestingly enough, Skype was an eBay property at the time. Now, it belongs to Microsoft.

“The point is that people weren’t really ready for it back then,” Anderson, a Google+ user and newly self-professed fan of the competing Facebook offering, writes of video and voice chat on MySpace.

While this trip down social media memory lane might make it seem like Facebook is launching an antiquated tool, we certainly don’t think this ironic uncovering is cause for concern. After all, Facebook now has 750 million active members — Skype, by comparison, has 170 million regular users and 663 million registered accounts — and most of whom will care little about the social network’s seemingly late release, so long as it connects them to friends and family members.

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  • MySpace, Skype announce partnership (2007) (
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