Facebook’s latest acquisition is aimed at furthering the global-connectivity goal of its Internet.org initiative, as Finland-based Pryte – which is focused on allowing mobile users in less-developed parts of the world to use applications — announced that its team would be joining the social network.
Consider a very simple smartphone application that will record your daily fitness activities. The app will measure how many steps you’ve walked every day, or how many minutes you walked, ran, drove, or rode, and it will tell you the distance you traveled every day, and even how many calories were burned in any activities you did.
Facebook will shutter its Facebook Messenger for Windows March 3, nearly two years to the day after the application’s debut, and the social network is pointing Messenger for Windows users toward the Facebook desktop site, as well as its upcoming Windows Phone release.
Student group Europe Versus Facebook has tangled with the social network before, in case you couldn’t tell by its name, filing numerous complaints related to Facebook’s privacy policies starting in 2011. Now, EVF is taking on Facebook again over its alleged role in the U.S. National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, and the group is also taking on Apple, Microsoft, Skype, and Yahoo.
Facebook is targeting businesses in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa that have not yet advertised on the social network with ads directing them to the Facebook Start to Success Program, which offers free support for first-time advertisers, as well as a £25 ($39.15) credit toward advertising.
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.
Since we’re on the subject of Europe, network analyst Verkostoanatomia and public-relations outfit Hill + Knowlton produced the infographic below covering the state of Facebook marketing in Finland.