The 2014 Winter Olympic Games kick off in Sochi, Russia, in exactly 100 days, but the Olympic Athletes’ Hub application is available right now, aggregating the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds of participants.
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.
A November 2011 order by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ULD) for the state of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany that ordered companies to deactivate their Facebook pages was overturned Wednesday by the Administrative Court of Schleswig-Holstein, IDG News Service reported.
Fighting Over The TV: Facebook Provides Data To 10 Overseas Networks; Twitter Provides Data To Nielsen
Facebook and Twitter dug in their heels Monday in their attempts to establish beachheads in the world of television, with Facebook announcing plans to release data on actions (likes, comments, and shares) related to TV shows to 10 networks in eight overseas countries, while Twitter announced that it will provide data to ratings powerhouse Nielsen on the number of tweets about TV shows and those tweets’ total audiences.
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo to the right, of ABC News’ Ann Compton and Diane Sawyer celebrating 40 years at the network for Compton; as well as a Sept. 11 tribute by Lee Greenwood of “God Bless the U.S.A.” fame.
Since Facebook launched its bug bounty program two years ago, more than $1 million in rewards has been handed out to 329 people in 51 countries, Security Engineer Collin Greene reported in a note on the Facebook Security page.
The 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament is in the books, with two first-time champions having been crowned — Andy Murray of the U.K., marking the host country’s first Wimbledon winner in 77 years, and Marion Bartoli of France — and Facebook Consumer Content Manager Alex Walker and Data Editor Robert D’Onofrio reported in a post on the Facebook Newsroom that there were nearly 20 million global interactions (posts, comments, and likes) leading into the final matches.
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.