Facebook Roundup: Canada, Privacy, Yahoo, Ads, Lawsuits and the NBA

Canada Gets New Facebook Manager – Facebook has hired Jordan Banks to serve as the new managing director for Canada, overseeing the business side of Facebook in that country. Banks previously helped launch eBay Canada, chief executive of Internet sports/entertainment broadcaster IPTV and co-founder of Thunder Road Capital specializing in early-stage tech companies. [Image via Financial Post]

Yahoo Adds More Facebook – Yahoo has furthered its Facebook integration this week by adding the Like button to some of its content, such as Yahoo sports. The company has also made changes to its email system, now allowing users to read and reply to Facebook items from the news feed within Yahoo Mail.

Facebook Addresses Profile, Ad Privacy Concerns – Facebook posted a note on its Facebook Engineering Page this week explaining to users that a security issue allowing advertisers to potentially see their personal information had been addressed, with a detailed explanation the problem, closing with an assurance that Facebook does not sell their information.

Facebook Stands behind Google, YouTube – Facebook, among other Silicon Valley companies, came to the aid of Google and YouTube in court this week. Media company Viacom has had a long-running $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Google, trying to reclaim what it says are damages caused by the sharing of its videos on YouTube. Facebook, along with eBay and Yahoo, filed amicus briefs to support YouTube, arguing that a ruling in favor of Viacom would “retard” Internet development. The ability to provide services like YouTube (despite illegal actions like copyright infringement on the part of users) would be impended if the court ruled against Google, furthermore, companies like Google wouldn’t be as likely to invest in other similar companies if they were to be held accountable for the actions of their users.

Facebook Gives Advice for Ads – Facebook launched a guide for advertisers on its site this week, which the company said was created in response to advertisers’ queries. Specifically Facebook said advertisers wanted “prescriptive” information, which seems to be addressed on the Page including information on creating ads, budgeting/cost, types of ads, scheduling, billing, best practices, reach, targeting, delivery and payment options. A webinar is also available on the Page with a promise of more content to be made available in the future.

Zuckerberg Donates to Diaspora – Mark Zuckerberg donated money to the social network currently being designed by four NYU students, according to Wired. Facebook would not say how much its CEO added to the $190,000 raised by Diaspora so far, but Zuckerberg said he “appreciates their drive to change the world.”

NBA Group Ticket Buys on Facebook – AtCost.com, a self-service group buying platform allowing Facebook users to create customized offers on the social network, launched an NBA group buy initiative on Phoenix Suns player Amar’e Stoudemire’s Page this week. AtCost partnered with Razorgator Tickets and Stoudemire to sell the tickets on his Page directly to fans on Facebook without having to leave the platform.

App, Evil, Posts Users’ Phone Numbers – A new app, Evil, created by London-based Tom Scott is used to display phone numbers Facebook users have posted on the social network’s groups. The app picks the numbers at random, inserting XXX on the last three digits, all on your computer so that the results are not stored. TechCrunch reports that the only way to remove your phone number from the list is to delete your previous posts.

Facebook Beats Newspapers in Middle East – Facebook subscribers outnumber newspaper circulation numbers in the Middle East, according to a report this week. More than 15 million Facebook subscribers in the Middle East and Northern Africa beat out the number of papers actually in circulation; Saudi Arabia and Dubai are two places where this trend is especially noticeable.