Facebook’s software engineers in Boston will be on the move soon, as The Boston Globe reports that the social network will rent about 3,000 square feet on the eighth floor of 1 Broadway in the Kendall Square area of Cambridge.
When Chief Technology Officer Bret Taylor left Facebook last year to launch a startup with Kevin Gibbs, his friend, the founder and tech lead of the Google App Engine and creator of Google Suggest, would “word processor” have been anyone’s guess as to what they would create?
Facebook Signs Letter Seeking More Transparency From Federal Government On National Security Data Requests
Facebook was among the more than 60 companies, investors, civil-liberties groups, and trade groups to sign a letter to top federal government officials requesting the ability to disclose more information about data requests related to national security, Time reported, as fallout from the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative continues.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is in South Korea to promote her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, but sources told The Korea Herald she also did some leaning in on Samsung Vice President Shim Soo-ok, with the two companies discussing a potential mobile partnership.
Facebook still uses encryption keys with 1,024-bit lengths, while the industry standard used by Internet companies — including Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, Dropbox, and MySpace — is 2,048 bits, and that may have enabled the National Security Agency to more easily gain access to its servers, CNET reported.
Facebook’s advertising-simplification process is running at full throttle, as the social network followed up its announcement earlier Wednesday of updates to reports from its Ads Manager by introducing a way for application developers to bypass the process of registering their apps with Facebook before creating mobile app install ads.
Student group Europe Versus Facebook has tangled with the social network before, in case you couldn’t tell by its name, filing numerous complaints related to Facebook’s privacy policies starting in 2011. Now, EVF is taking on Facebook again over its alleged role in the U.S. National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, and the group is also taking on Apple, Microsoft, Skype, and Yahoo.
The good news for AT&T: Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, told CNET the mobile carrier sold out its inventory of the HTC First, the flagship phone for the Facebook Home Android overlay. The bad news for AT&T: It had to lower the price of the handset to $0.99 in order to do so.