Faster, leaner, smaller — no, it’s not an advertisement for a gym, but rather, a description of the changes Facebook has made to its flagship Android application with an eye toward making it more accessible worldwide, including in areas that are still reliant on older networks and devices.
Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer program added some Turkish flavor with its addition of Istanbul-based Adphorus, an ad-optimization platform that uses the social network’s ads application-programming interface.
Facebook has established a strong presence in London, and its Parse cloud application platform will now follow suit, as its co-founder and CEO, Ilya Sukhar, announced in a blog post that it will begin building a team in London.
Those may have been the drones Facebook was looking for, but they now belong to Google. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google will acquire Titan Aerospace, a near-orbital, solar-powered drone manufacturer that the social network was reportedly in talks to acquire last month, with an eye toward using its Solara 60 unmanned aerial vehicles to help provide Internet access to unserved parts of the world, starting with Africa, as part of the Internet.org initiative.
Mark Hamilton, who had been a client managing director, Middle East and north Africa, for Starcom Mediavest Group, joined Facebook as head of marketing communications for the central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CEEMEA) regions, The Drum reported.
Facebook Head of Global Connectivity Chris Weasler said in an interview with FierceWireless at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, last week that the social network has no plans to build or operate a wireless network of its own.
No, Facebook drones will not be swooping down from the sky to deliver up-close-and-personal pokes, but according to a report by TechCrunch, the social network is in talks to acquire near-orbital, solar-powered drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace for $60 million, with the aim of using the drones to help bring Internet access to parts of the world currently lacking, starting with Africa, as part of its Internet.org initiative.