Facebook roundup: Outages, Apple, HQ, hackers, awards, Ceglia, Bing and more

Facebook offers little information on outages — Facebook went down for many users over the course of several hours Thursday, but the company won’t share the extent of the outage or what caused it. Facebook said in a statement that some users had “issues loading the site,” but it would not confirm whether its social plug-ins or other platform features were functioning during this time. The company told TechCrunch that the outage was not the result of an attack, despite rumors that the hacker group Anonymous might have been involved.

Apple CEO hints Facebook integration could be imminent — Apple CEO Tim Cook told the audience at AllThingsD’s D10 Conference to “stay tuned” regarding possible collaboration between Facebook and Apple. Many expect the company’s next iteration of iOS to integrate Facebook, similar to how it currently integrates Twitter.

Facebook to expand in Menlo Park — The City of Menlo Park voted to allow Facebook to expand its headquarters to eventually support about 6,600 people, up from the current headcount of 3,600.

Facebook gives hackers $300K — Facebook’s bug bounty program, which awards hackers who find security problems with the site, has paid out more than $300,000, according to Forbes.

Facebook partners with Access to offer innovation award — Access, a digital activism organization, is partnering with Facebook to offer the Access Facebook Award as part of its yearly innovation prizes for individuals or organizations that have the best ideas of how to use information technology to promote human rights or other social good.

Ceglia’s lawyers set to dump him as client — The Los Angeles Times reports that attorneys for Paul Ceglia — the man who claims he’s owed a 50-percent stake in Facebook — asked a judge if the firm could withdraw from the case.

New Bing Facebook integration live — Bing’s latest redesign, which includes deeper integration with Facebook through a “social sidebar,” is now available for all users after three weeks in open beta. The sidebar helps users find and connect with friends who are likely to have information about a search query based on information from their Facebook profiles.

Identified reaches 10 million users Identified, a career site built on the Facebook platform, announced this week that it has reached 10 million registered users eight months after launch. The company is relocating its headquarters to San Francisco’s China Basin to accommodate its now more than 50 employees.

Polygraph releases reports productsPolygraph Media released its Polygraph Reports product, which allows for real-time data collection, data mining, analytics and visualizations of Facebook page metrics.