Facebook took a giant step forward in its efforts to further align itself with the television, publishing, and event venue industries with Friday’s launch of its Public Content Solutions program, which is aimed at providing its partners with dedicated technical and business resources to build out media solutions on the social network and its Instagram photo- and video-sharing network.
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.
Facebook announced a change aimed at giving users more detailed information about games, directing users who click on game stories in News Feed or in the right-hand sidebar, or game recommendations, directly to the games’ app details pages, rather than to the games themselves.
Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, announced last month, became the target of privacy groups, as the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information.
What would you get if you put Yelp, Angie’s List, and Facebook in a blender? The result might look a little something like whodoyou, which mines content and advice shared on Facebook and other social network to provide recommendations for local businesses in the top 500 cities in the U.S. and more than 50 international markets.
Facebook Mobile Measurement Partner AppsFlyer announced the closing of a $7.1 million financing round from Pitango Venture Capital and current investor Magma Venture Partners.
As promised by Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Manager for Windows Phone Program Management Joe Belfiore late last month, Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone is finally a reality and available for download from the Windows Phone Store.
Facebook released an update to its Paper iPhone application, and the most prominent new feature is the ability to share posts via Facebook messages, text messages, or email, rather than solely with friends.