This is a short article showing how some companies are starting to see company pictures in SERPS. The two examples given are Progressive, which does not use rel=author but has a strong G+ presence and PEA.com which does use rel=author and is starting to use G+. The information here is not conclusive but is a sign of what may be coming soon.
This article presents some possible uses for the new Open Graph Search from Facebook. This new type of search will let you filter searches within Facebook by different things, and combination of things, and searches friends as well was friends of friends. This provides useful information such as finding people that have liked your brand and also live in a certain city or like something else.
Some suggestions for use are research for articles and networking, looking at brand likes and locations for planning events and looking for crossover in likes to steer content and marketing efforts.