The Internet is the ideal channel through which to publish and circulate photos and videos of atrocities, and it is a place where citizens can organize to better resist and overthrow their oppressors — that is, provided they can gain access to the Internet. Enter Facebook and Google, which are working independently on two similar projects to enable free, uncensored Internet access from the sky.
This week brought news that social gaming company DianDian Interactive, otherwise known as FunPlus, raised $74 million in a series-B round. It’s the largest funding round for a social gaming company in nearly a decade.
The winner of Facebook’s fourth annual Hacker Cup was Gennady Korofkevich of Russia, who took home a $10,000 grand prize, edging second-place Tomek Czajka of the U.S., who finished second, mirroring his finish in the 2012 Hacker Cup, and took home $3,000; and Makoto Soejima of Japan, who finished third and collected $2,000.
The cover of the Oct. 28 issue of Fortune features a look at “The Real Story” behind Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, and in the magazine’s profile, Facebook board member Marc Andreessen discusses how “Sheryl” has become a job title.
Facebook is still dominant when it comes to social login, but its share of the sector slipped slightly in the third quarter, as Google Plus Sign-In began to chip away at its lead, according to a study by user-management platform Janrain.
Facebook and Twitter in China? Not so fast: Chinese daily newspaper People’s Daily contradicted a report earlier this week by Hong Kong paper the South China Morning Post that certain websites would be unblocked in a free-trade zone the government is planning to introduce in Shanghai.
Well, it’s a start: Facebook, Twitter, and other sites that are currently blocked in China will be unblocked, but only in a free-trade zone the government is planning to introduce in Shanghai, Reuters reported, via the South China Morning Post.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg took a shot at knocking down the great firewall of China during her visit to the country, meeting with State Council Information Office Director Cai Mingzhao.