As soon as the ink dried on Facebook’s acquisition of messaging application WhatsApp, industry leaders questioned whether the social network overpaid with its $19 billion buy. So why did Facebook do it? WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton discussed how the company can help Facebook in the future at an event in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday night, hosted by Stanford University-spawned startup incubator StartX.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson urged Facebook to include minorities on its board of directors in a brief speech prior to the question-and-answer session at the company’s annual meeting Thursday at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, Calif.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation released its 2014 Who Has Your Back? report, detailing Internet companies’ efforts to protect their users from government requests, and Facebook was one of a handful of companies to receive stars in all six criteria.
Two weeks ago, Facebook announced App Links, a proposed standard for routing traffic between mobile applications. If the app developer community adopts the App Links standard, there will finally be a cross-platform standard for linking between apps. It will also help drive significant new revenue for Facebook’s ad products.
Adobe added to its already-robust social marketing offerings with several announcements at its Adobe Summit EMEA 2014 digital marketing conference in London, including a beefed-up new release of Adobe Media Optimizer, new features for the Adobe Analytics portion of its Adobe Marketing Cloud, and the introduction of Adobe Experience Manager Communities designed around social learning and field/channel enablement.
F8: Mark Zuckerberg Stresses Platform Stability, Users’ Control Of Data, Gap Between Mobile Platforms
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the social network’s F8 global developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday with a keynote address during which he focused on steps being taken to ensure the stability of the Facebook platform for developers, to give users more control over the data they share with applications, and to bridge the gaps between mobile platforms that developers must typically contend with.
Consider a very simple smartphone application that will record your daily fitness activities. The app will measure how many steps you’ve walked every day, or how many minutes you walked, ran, drove, or rode, and it will tell you the distance you traveled every day, and even how many calories were burned in any activities you did.
Despite Facebook’s move away from HTML5 and toward building its own native applications, Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke kindly of HTML5 during the company’s first-quarter earnings call Wednesday.
Facebook scored high marks in a recent report on the “green Internet” by Greenpeace, as the environmental organization called out the social network’s transparency on environmental issues, its usage of renewable energy at its data centers, and its creation of the Open Compute Project.