Facebook is facing another privacy-related lawsuit from Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group, but this time, the class-action suit will be heard on the group’s home turf in Austria, rather than in Ireland, where Facebook’s European operations are based.
Facebook Vice President of Hardware Design and Supply Chain Operations and Open Compute Project Chairman and President Frank Frankovsky left the social network to form an optical-storage startup, GigaOM reported, adding that he will continue as OCP chairman and president as an independent member.
Dating sites aren’t the only legal enterprises having difficulty advertising on Facebook, as GigaOM reports that the social network is rejecting marijuana-related ads in the states of Colorado and Washington, where the retail sale of the drug is now legal.
Facebook’s tradition of inviting the press to events without revealing what it is announcing has been passed down to Instagram, as the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network will hold a media event in New York Dec. 12.
Myriad reports have said that Facebook has a problem with teen users eschewing the site for social networks such as Tumblr. A few sources have reported Friday that Yahoo may be trying to purchase Tumblr, but Facebook could also be in these discussions, as well. According to AllThingsD, Yahoo is rumored to be willing to pay up to $1 billion to purchase Tumblr, but Forbes and GigaOM think that Facebook could swoop in and add the blogging site. However, it’s unlikely that Facebook will get the chance.
Facebook and the Open Compute Project will hold a hardware hackathon at the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, June 18, at noon PT, with the winners receiving up to $10,000 in seed funding and mentoring to groom their idea for pitching to venture capitalists.
Facebook Thursday unveiled the closest thing to a Facebook phone, with Home. Select Android devices will have access to Home starting April 12, and it will later become available to more users. This news was met with curiosity, excitement, and a little bit of fear, knowing that Facebook would go from being a part of the phone to being a part of the entire mobile experience.