Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter face similar challenges in working with open-source database MySQL, and Thursday, the four companies announced that they joined forces to form WebScaleSQL, aimed at sharing a common set of changes to the upstream MySQL branch via open source.
Facebook may soon be looking for some French translators, as PCWorld reported that French consumer-protection group UFC-Que Choisir issued summonses to the social network, along with Twitter and Google, to appear before the Paris High Court due to unclear portions of their user agreements, particularly those portions that are not in French.
When Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg left Google to join the social network in 2008, all Google employees were fair game in terms of recruitment, Sandberg said in a court filing for a lawsuit in which neither she nor Facebook are named, as reported by Bloomberg.
Facebook’s transformation into a mobile company will continue with another huge step, as VentureBeat reported that the social network is working hard toward being able to provide its own mobile analytics platform.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and five other technology executives met with President Barack Obama at the White House last Friday to discuss the National Security Agency and government surveillance, but the meeting apparently did not adequately address Zuckerberg’s concerns, based on a statement released by the social network.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy — which filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month against Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging company WhatsApp, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information — filed an update with the FTC Friday, in response to a blog post by WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum earlier this week.
Market-research outfit eMarketer projected that Facebook will account for 21.7 percent of the global mobile ad market in 2014, up from 17.5 percent in 2013 and just 5.4 percent in 2012.
Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.
Facebook and Instagram reacted swiftly to appeals last week by advocacy groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, announcing new educational and enforcement measures regarding discussions on the social networks about commercial activity, particularly when it involves regulated items, such as guns.
Facebook and Google users will soon no longer be able to use credentials from those sites to log in to Yahoo services such as fantasy sports and photo-sharing network Flickr, instead being required to register for Yahoo IDs, Reuters reported.