Facebook’s HipHop Virtual Machine continues to help software and platforms outside of the social network drastically increase their speeds, as WP Engine, a software-as-a-service content-management platform for websites and applications built on WordPress, became the latest company to tout the virtues of HHVM.
Social relationship platform provider Spredfast announced Friday that it raised $32.5 million in growth capital in a funding round led by Lead Edge Capital, adding that the funds will be used for talent acquisition, product development, and global expansion.
Real-time marketing platform Shift announced Tuesday that it finalized a $6 million series-B funding round, led by DN Capital.
The DMA 2013 conference in Chicago this week will have some Facebook flavor, as the social network will host four discussions at McCormick Place West.
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.
In the past, Facebook has used polls in sponsored stories to collect user feedback on features such as News Feed. The social network is at it again, this time seeking input on its Home Android overlay.
Is Facebook attempting to use reverse psychology, or merely attempting to address one of the most prominent concerns about its Home Android overlay? The Facebook Mobile page published a post reminding Home users that they can turn the overlay off and use their devices normally.
The bad news continues to roll in for Facebook Home and the HTC First, as TechCrunch reported that U.K. mobile carrier EE and French counterpart Orange both confirmed that they will not roll out the only mobile device to come preloaded with the Android overlay.