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We’d bet that when Mark Zuckerberg drunkenly dashed off the original Facebook precursor in his dorm room, he never imagined that within a decade he’d be actively trying to connect two-thirds of the world to the Internet and working with NASA to do so, but that is indeed what has transpired. Zuckerberg announced that Internet.org, the organization comprising Facebook and many other Internet companies, is “working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky” by building drones, satellites, and lasers in the new Facebook Connectivity Lab. Different population densities require different solutions. For example, in low population densities, the team is looking to satellites.... Read more...
Facebook is snapping up Oculus VR, maker of the hotly-anticipated Oculus Rift virtual reality gaming headset. For those immediately worried that Facebook will ruin Oculus Rift, fear not: Mark Zuckerberg assured the world in a post that not only will Facebook be accelerating the Oculus Rift gaming platform, it will be leveraging Oculus VR’s technology into other spaces, as well. Zuckerberg calls Oculus VR a communication platform, and he sees the technology expanding in powerful new ways. “After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or... Read more...
Facebook has endeavored to make coding a more efficient process by developing a coding language called Hack. Facebook has been using Hack internally for quite some time, and now the company is open sourcing the tool for anyone to use. “Hack is a programming language for HHVM that interoperates seamlessly with PHP,” reads the “Hack Lang” website. “Hack reconciles the fast development cycle of PHP with the discipline provided by static typing, while adding many features commonly found in other modern programming languages.” The problem that Facebook addressed with Hack is the problem of the slower pace of static code typing and the lesser accuracy of dynamic... Read more...
The video ads that Facebook began testing back in December are coming. The social network announced that starting today, a “select group of advertisers” will be able to post video ads that will appear in your Newsfeed and last up to 15 seconds. Like the other videos that you see in your Newsfeed, these video ads will autoplay silently as you scroll past them. If you click one, it will open in a full screen view and play with audio. What’s interesting about this launch, though, is that Facebook is not using the same old web metrics to measure their impact. Instead, Facebook is selling and measuring the ads in much the same way TV advertisers do, and the Nielsen Online Campaign... Read more...
If your company has any sort of web presence, you’re on Facebook, and the company is rolling out changes to its official Pages that are designed to simultaneously make it easier for consumers to find the info they’re looking for and make Page management easier for businesses. The new look features all your Page’s posts just on the right side of the screen, instead of that two-column look that has your eyes darting back and forth down the page. The left side of the window has all your business’s information, such as hours, contact info, “about” blurb, and images and video. As the Page administrator, you can see your insights from top-of-the-page navigation;... Read more...
Facebook, and every other social network and website where people virtually congregate and communicate, has a delicate balancing act of allowing as much freedom as possible while also ensuring that the environment is a safe and legal one. Facebook is taking a step further in the “legal and safe” direction by cracking down on the selling of regulated items, with the company specifically mentioning private sales of firearms. “This balance is important to how we view commercial activity on Facebook or Instagram. We have strict rules about how businesses can use our advertising tools,” said Facebook’s Monica Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management. “For example,... Read more...
You have to hand it to Mark Zuckerberg: He is not screwing around when it comes to his ambitious Internet.org venture to connect the entire world to the Internet, at least if the rumors are true that Facebook is going to buy drone maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million. Titan Aerospace makes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, and Facebook would most certainly be interested in the devices’ ability to carry networking equipment that could provide Internet access for all. Credit: Titan Aerospace Titan’s Solara 50 and Solara 60 models appear to be the main target here. The UAVs can be launched anytime powered by an internal battery, and when the sun comes up they’ll... Read more...
WhatsApp is a popular cross-platform mobile messaging app, and it now belongs to Mark Zuckerberg and Co., although the acquisition is leaving Facebook quite a bit lighter in the wallet; the WhatsApp deal is for $19 billion. That’s $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook shares, and another $3 billion in restricted stock units that will go to WhatsApp personnel. WhatsApp has some 450 million users each month with 70% of those individuals active at any given time while another million join the ranks daily. A press release claims that the volume of messages WhatsApp processes is “approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume”. "WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion... Read more...
If you live in San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York, L.A., Atlanta, Miami, or Boston, you’ve been looking for love in the top six wrong places. Or put another way, you’re least likely to find that special someone in those cities, according to Facebook. The Wall Street Journal asked Facebook to run some data based on available profile information. In October, Facebook measured the number of people who were single at the beginning of the month and those who professed to being in a relationship at the end of the month from 48 U.S. cities, with sortable results. The aforementioned cities had the lowest relationship formation rates, while Colorado Springs, CO; El Paso, TX; Louisville,... Read more...
Wondering why it's still a good idea to run security software on your system even if you practice safe computing habits? One reason is because even legitimate websites get hacked, and depending on the extent of the attack, visiting what you thought was a benign domain could open up a can of worms. It doesn't matter how large the site is either -- just ask Facebook, latest victim of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). Hackers representing the SEA tried to take control of the Facebook.com domain by hacking into the social networking site's registrar, MarkMonitor, which has a number of high profile clients and "strong security practices" in place, according to a SecurityWeek report. The hackers were... Read more...
Prepare to retrieve the tissues, because Facebook is virtually guaranteed to make you feel something today. As we mentioned earlier, today is Facebook’s 10th anniversary, and to let everyone commemorate the occasion together the company is automatically creating a special video made from your timeline’s events, photos, your most-liked posts, and other memorable events. You don’t have to do anything but hit the link to the Lookback page while you’re logged in to Facebook. Poof, there’s your one-minute video, complete with emotive music. Highlights will include your first profile pic. (Mine was actually a shot of my brother wearing Mickey Mouse ears and holding a realistic-looking... Read more...
Facebook is launching an app called “Paper” that appears to be an effort to bring you all the best news features of Facebook without actually being on Facebook. “Paper makes storytelling more beautiful with an immersive design and fullscreen, distraction-free layouts. We’ve also made it easier to craft and share beautiful stories of your own,” reads the blog post announcing Paper. In other words, Paper makes it easier and more enjoyable to catch up on news from your friends as well as the news from various outlets. In addition to your NewsFeed, which is the default section, you can browse a variety of other sections that pertain to topics you’re interested... Read more...
Facebook’s new Trending feature is rolling out, and it’s pretty much exactly what you think it is--a sidebar in your NewsFeed that shows you the hottest topics trending on Facebook, with the ones Facebook’s algorithms think you’d be interested in featured most prominently. If you want to know more about a given headline, just click the subject and you’ll be taken to a new page where you can see all the content related to that story, including which of your friends has posted it or commented on it as well as any random posts related to the topic. Trending topics on Facebook has been happening in a de facto manner for a long time, just because of the nature of social... Read more...
In the coming months, you'll stop receiving ads in your feed based on what your family and friends are into. They're called Sponsored Stories and the way they work is by showing up sporadically on your news feed based on the activity of your Facebook friends. So, if your mom Liked a Sponsored sewing page, there's a good chance it will show up in your feed even though you couldn't care less about sewing. Advertisers have until April 9 to purchase a Sponsored Story. After that date, Sponsored Stories will transition to other ad formats, such as a Page Like ad, and advertisers will no longer be able to purchase Sponsored Stories, Facebook announced on its developers page. Image Source: Flickr (SESConferenceSeries)... Read more...
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