Facebook announced the launch of its FbStart program for mobile application startups at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco April 30, and a 10-city FbStart tour across the U.S. and Europe kicked off in New York Thursday.
People all over Facebook are soaking themselves with ice water to bring awareness to ALS — including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. But how widespread has this been? Facebook released statistics Friday, showing that 15 million people across the social network have posted about, commented or liked a post related to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. People have also posted more than 1.2 million videos.
Facebook turned to The Wall Street Journal to fill a position based on further intertwining the social network with news, as Editor of Emerging Media Liz Heron announced — appropriately, in a Facebook post — that she is leaving the Journal to join Facebook.
Detroit has the highest percentage of single people among U.S. cities, while single people are most likely to find relationships in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the ratio favors males seeking opposite-sex relationships in Memphis, Tenn., while females find the most favorable numbers in San Francisco, according to some Valentine’s Day facts and figures released by the Facebook Data Science Team and the social network’s consumer communications department.
EDITED: Not With Facial-Recognition Technology, But Facebook Helps Catch Creator, Distributor Of Child Abuse Images
Facebook’s use of facial-recognition technology has come under much scrutiny, particularly in Europe, but it also helped lead to the arrest of a man in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for possessing images of child abuse. UPDATED: As it turns out, while Facebook did assist law enforcement with the investigation, the social network’s facial-recognition technology was not a part of the process.
It’s year in review time at Facebook, and Pope Francis donned the crown as the most-talked-about person or event globally, while Super Bowl XLVII took home the U.S. trophy, according to data released by the social network Monday.
Things are about to get a lot more interesting when the clock strikes noon throughout the U.S., as social dating application and website Coffee Meets Bagel officially launched its application for the iPhone and iPod Touch Thursday, just prior to going nationwide starting next week.
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.