Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.
Despite Instagram’s rapid growth, the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network still does not have an official application for Apple’s iPad tablet, and developer Codegent is looking to fill the void with Flow, which debuted on the iTunes App Store this week.
Facebook’s new executive creative director brings a hint of Apple, as Scott Trattner, who held the same title at TBWA/Media Arts Lab, which focused on advertising for Apple, is now on board at the social network.
Facebook teamed up with AOL, Apple, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo on An Open Letter to Washington regarding global government surveillance reform, urging governments around the world to take action.
Locations such as retail outlets that want to display real-time like totals can use Fliike from French startup Smiirl if they opt for a stand-alone counter device, or LikeScreen from Pretty.Digits for any HDMI-compatible screen. Now Apple’s iPad tablet is an option with the release of the Like Counter Pro application, also from Pretty.Digits.
Facebook’s Graph Search is finally going mobile, as it will be added to the social network’s flagship application for iOS, according to a report by 9to5Mac, which added that the Messenger app is undergoing an overhaul, as well.
After taking care of users by updating its flagship iOS application for iOS 7, which Apple officially rolled out Wednesday, Facebook took care of its developers with the release of a new software-development kit for the operating system.
Facebook marked Apple’s official rollout Wednesday of its iOS 7 operating system for its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices with the release of a new application, version 6.5, with design changes to conform with the new elements of iOS 7.
Are you Down with Bang with Friends? The controversial “matchmaking” application, which is aimed at allowing users to discover if any of their Facebook friends are interested in becoming friends with benefits, returned to Apple’s App Store, but under a different name: Down.