Myriad reports have said that Facebook has a problem with teen users eschewing the site for social networks such as Tumblr. A few sources have reported Friday that Yahoo may be trying to purchase Tumblr, but Facebook could also be in these discussions, as well. According to AllThingsD, Yahoo is rumored to be willing to pay up to $1 billion to purchase Tumblr, but Forbes and GigaOM think that Facebook could swoop in and add the blogging site. However, it’s unlikely that Facebook will get the chance.
The revolving door of engineers leaving Facebook continues to spin, as Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson announced that the social network’s head of product for Android, Bubba Murarka, was named a general partner and managing director.
Facebook Software Engineer Josh Wiseman, who has contributed to pretty much every aspect of the site — Timeline, chat, photos, videos, and more — has left the company for an engineer-in-residence position with The Social + Capital Partnership, according to AllThingsD.
When Facebook Home was launched for U.S. Android users on selected devices, many users in other countries wondered when they would be able to experience the company’s newest mobile feature. That day is Tuesday, according to AllThingsD. Facebook Home will start rolling out Tuesday to international users.
As Facebook pushes more and more to become a mobile-focused company, it wants to create experiences that simply cannot occur on laptop or desktop computers. Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call that Facebook is working on mobile-first programs. Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose, elaborated on the social network’s mobile mission at AllThingsD’s D: Dive Into Media Conference Tuesday, saying that Facebook sends 180 million clicks per month to the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Despite erroneous reports that Instagram users were dropping the application en masse in December, the photo-sharing application posted usage statistics that show that it’s still going strong. Instagram published monthly active user data for the first time. This comes not long after Facebook changed the way those kinds of data are tracked.
Rumblings of a Facebook external ad network, where ads gathered by social data show up on sites outside of the social network, sent waves throughout the Internet. But a report from AllThingsD notes that while Facebook may still be working on such a network, it won’t be coming on mobile — at least not yet. A Facebook spokesman told AllThingsD that the company is holding off on testing its mobile ads.
A report surfaced in U.K. newspaper The Telegraph over the weekend that Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg were in talks aimed at having their respective companies collaborate on Web-based search, but AllThingsD pointed out that Yahoo is already locked into a search partnership with Microsoft that is unlikely to be terminated anytime soon.
Every now and then, Facebook holds an event called f8, where it presents developers and entrepreneurs with the social network’s latest and greatest. At last year’s f8 in San Francisco, Facebook announced timeline to the world. According to AllThingsD, there won’t be an event this year, although Facebook will neither confirm nor deny this.