A Platform for Good, a new online resource from the Family Online Safety Institute aimed at parents, teachers, and teens, launched Wednesday after being initially announced in February, and FOSI member Facebook plugged the launch in a note on the Facebook Safety page.
When Facebook faced a patent-infringement lawsuit by Yahoo, countersuing turned out to be an effective strategy, leading to a settlement between the two companies. The social network is apparently hoping for a similar outcome in a patent suit filed against it by Mitel Networks in March.
Leading up to Facebook’s first-ever earnings call as a publicly traded company, which will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT, the social network, through outside public-relations firm Brunswick Group, is trying to de-emphasize its actual financial results and focus on its accomplishments since going public May 18.
Executives from Yahoo and Facebook have been in negotiations to end their patent litigation battle, started by a suit Yahoo filed against Facebook in March, with the two companies exploring cross-licensing of patents and deeper integration between the search engine and the social network, according to reports.
Facebook reached an agreement with Microsoft to acquire about 650 of the 925 or so patents and patent applications the software giant acquired from AOL earlier this month.
Facebook and seven major online companies have endorsed an alternative online piracy bill that they believe would keep the Internet open and foster innovation.
Last year, MailChimp added support for the Facebook like button in email platforms. WiseStamp is taking the next step, releasing an app that allows users to promote Facebook pages in the signature files of their emails.