Facebook’s efforts to acquire satellite navigation startup Waze in a deal potentially valued at as high as $1 billion have hit a major roadblock, as Israeli daily newspaper Calcalist reported that Waze’s co-founders and CEO are balking at the shuttering of the company’s development center in Israel and the relocation of some of its employees to the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
Facebook has company in the billionaires’ club, as Google-owned video site YouTube announced in a post on its blog that it has reached 1 billion unique monthly users. Of course, Facebook had 1.06 billion monthly active users as of Dec. 31, 2012, and MAUs are more specific than unique users. But 1 billion is still an impressive number.
Facebook can’t legally get into China, but in a few years, the social network might be bigger than the country. A new blog post from Pingdom suggests that by 2016, there might be more people with profiles on Facebook than living in China, making Facebook larger than any country in the world.
Since 2010, PayPal has been one of the main methods of payment for Facebook developers. But as Facebook grows, the company is changing its PayPal policies for new developers in emerging markets, such as China, Brazil, and India. According to TechCrunch, developers in several countries must show extra identification as a means of authentication, such as photo IDs or incorporation papers, in order to be paid via direct deposit.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has always said that his goal for the company is to connect the world. With Facebook being the social network of choice in 127 countries across the globe, it is doing a pretty good job so far. However, its work is far from done. It’s up to devices powered by Google’s Android to continue Facebook’s international vision.
Facebook is increasingly becoming an international phenomenon, as Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that his goal for the company is to connect the world. While that might take a while, Facebook is rapidly growing in countries such as Brazil, South Korea, and Russia, according to new data from sister company Quintly (formerly AllFacebook Stats).
As Facebook shoots past 1 billion users, countries all over the world are becoming more plugged in to the social network. People in Brazil, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and India love Facebook, as there has been 41 percent growth in those countries this year, according to a new infographic from BestFreeOnline.
If you were asked to guess which country had the highest percentage of users of Opera mobile Web browser Opera Mini users accessing Facebook in October, would you have come up with Macau?
Laws are meant to be broken, including, apparently, the one banning Facebook in China, as research firm GlobalWebIndex reported that Facebook users in the country have skyrocketed from 7.9 million in July 2009 to 63.52 million as of the second quarter of 2012.