Items tagged with Mark-Zuckerberg

Oh, so that’s why. Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp was big news, primarily as it left many of us wondering why exactly the company would spend such an unbelievable sum of money on it. After a speech at MWC in which WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum stated that WhatsApp will soon offer free voice calls, it all makes much more sense. Effectively, when WhatsApp rolls out voice calling capabilities--Android and iPhone this spring and then BlackBerry, Nokia phones, and Windows Phone at some point, too--it, and by proxy Facebook, will be a sort of mobile carrier. Essentially what’s happening here is that the WhatsApp guys realized that data is the primary... 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...
Love him or hate him, Mark Zuckerberg is undeniably a true early 21st century visionary, and Facebook has changed the world. Folks like Zuckerberg shoot first and ask questions later in the sense that they figure out how to implement some amazing idea and then worry about implications and other peoples’ opinions after the fact. Facebook has played that out over the years, as Zuck and Co. have rolled out change after change, often tweaking privacy, security, and advertising settings and options that have produced a great deal of backlash from users. He does have a counterbalance, though, and--wouldn’t you know it--it’s his sister, Randi. Randi Zuckerberg Randi Zuckerberg’s... Read more...
Is Internet access a human right? That’s the question Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was wrestling with--”was”, because he stated in a long document that he’s come to believe that it is. And Facebook is doing something about it. Zuckerberg and Facebook, in collaboration with “technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities, and experts”, have launched an effort to deliver affordable Internet access to the two-thirds of the world that don’t have it called Internet.org. Essentially, the group has identified three key areas that need to be addressed in order for ubiquitous Internet access to be a global possibility. The three “levers” are:... Read more...
Well, that’s one way to prove a point. One Khalil Shreateh (pictured), after discovering a bug in Facebook that allows users to post on someone else’s Timeline even if they’re not friends, failed to get Facebook’s attention regarding the matter. So he used the exploit he found to post on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall. “Dear Mark Zuckerberg,” he wrote , “[Errors included] First sorry for breaking your privacy and post to your wall, i has no other choice to make after all the reports i sent to Facebook team.” Shreateh went on to describe how his interactions with the Facebook security team resulted in no action or acknowledgement of the existence of... Read more...
According to a report from Reuters, Tesla chief Elon Musk and his billions of dollars have backed out of FWD.us the political advocacy group co-founded by such tech luminaries as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Dropbox’s Drew Houston, and LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, among others. Musk did not make public his reason for leaving, but he apparently took issue with the support FWD.us gave to certain senators, at least one of whom is in favor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and oil drilling in Alaska. The advocacy group funded ads for senators who have taken sympathetic positions to the group’s immigration reform cause, although Reuters says that the ads focused more on... Read more...
Facebook Home is now available on select handsets and is preloaded on the HTC First (available from AT&T), and Facebook is running a series of ads promoting the deep integration app launcher UI skin...thing. The latest ad shows Mark Zuckerberg giving his team a (surprisingly boring) “Atta boy, you did it” speech at Facebook headquarters, and apparently the actors in the ad are the actual team members that built Facebook Home. At least one of the team members would rather dink around on Facebook than listen to Zuck drone on describing Home’s features, so he’s toying with his phone instead of listening. Hijinks ensue. Warning: screaming goat alert. You have to hand it... Read more...
Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s protestations to the contrary, evidence is mounting that Facebook will indeed be releasing a Facebook-skinned phone. The latest confirmation comes from some leaked screenshots of the UI, which looks rich and clean. 9to5Google posted the images, which include separate Status, Photo, and Check-In icons above the apps on the main home screen, a colorful notification center that incorporates texts, phone calls, and social media all together, and copious sharing options for photos. The above is all in addition to AndroidPolice’s shots of the “Facebook Home” build, which is apparently the name of the Facebook-centric Android skin. One item of note is... Read more...
Brace yourselves, folks: The complaints will be coming hard and fast, mostly via Facebook, as the social juggernaut is planning to yet again tweak its look by rolling out a revamped Newsfeed. All the details will be revealed on March 7th at a press event on Facebook’s Menlo Park (California) campus, but a few folks have snuck a look ahead of time. TechCrunch’s Josh Constine claimed that he saw a working version of the mobile Newsfeed in person and stated that it “creates separate feeds for a few different content types including news and photos”. Navigation entails swiping sideways through a story at a time, which sounds terribly slow but may be effective if there are... Read more...
For many, the idea of becoming a coder sounds like a terribly difficult if not esoteric thing, a skill set as exclusive as brain surgery or rocket science. And while being good at coding will open virtually an unlimited number of doors, it’s not as unattainable as it may seem. Code.org is a website designed to both spread the word that there are tens of thousands of vacant jobs for programmers out there and also provide an “authoritative database of all programming schools” available, both online and at physical locations. You can also begin to learn to code right there on the website. If you’re unconvinced, check out this video of smart and talented people telling you... Read more...
Perhaps taking a cue from Bill Gates, more of the richest and most successful tech moguls (and their significant others) are funding the new Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, which is distributing $33 million to 11 different recipients for “excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life”. The Breakthrough Prize brings together some of tech’s heavy hitters, including Apple Chairman of the Board Art Levinson (who will serve as the Breakthrough Prize’s chairman, as well) and co-founders Sergey Brin (of Google fame) and his wife Anne Wojcicki, who founded genetic testing company 23andMe; Yuri Milner, an early Facebook investor who is... Read more...
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