Facebook responded via email to advertisers who were victimized by a bug Tuesday night, which resulted in several of them receiving receipts that detailed other advertisers’ campaigns and spending.
Facebook offered some statistics about its bug bounty program in a note on its Protect the Graph page, saying that it received 14,763 submissions in 2013, up 246 percent from the previous year, and 687 of those submissions qualified for awards.
Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter face similar challenges in working with open-source database MySQL, and Thursday, the four companies announced that they joined forces to form WebScaleSQL, aimed at sharing a common set of changes to the upstream MySQL branch via open source.
To the average person, lint is something that gets caught by filters in clothes dryers, but to computer programmers, lint is actually helpful, as in lint programs, which help them sniff out bugs and coding errors in C programs. But why did Romanian C++ programmer and author Andrei Alexandrescu choose to write flint, Facebook’s lint program, in the D language? He explained the reasoning in a post on the Facebook engineering blog.
Facebook is working to remedy a vulnerability discovered by application security provider MyPermissions, which blocks users of the social network from revoking permissions granted to apps that allow them to access those users’ information.
Facebook recently made its largest bug bounty payout to date — $33,500, according to ZDNet — to Brazilian computer engineer Reginaldo Silva for his discovery of a vulnerability during the social network’s usage of OpenID that had the potential of enabling a hacker to take full control of one of its servers.
Some Facebook users are experiencing an unusual situation with posts from pages that contain either videos or links to videos on YouTube, where the posts in their News Feeds do not include the ability to share them, but the posts on the actual pages include two share options.
Facebook may be experimenting with new locations for Open Graph actions such as “want to watch,” which it debuted last March for posts from applications, and which were added to posts and lists from friends’ Timelines later that month.
On the same day Facebook expanded its Facebook for Business page to eight more countries and 11 additional languages, the social network also announced a redesign of its Facebook Developers website.
Most of the attention on the mobile side at Facebook goes to iOS and Android, but the social network hasn’t forgotten about its Windows Phone users, as it released an update to its beta application that supports devices with as few as 256 megabytes of random-access memory, down from the previous requirement of 512 MB.