Facebook loves to run hackathons, where developers have 24 hours to come up with the best application possible. Earlier this year, Facebook managed World Hack, bringing together the best developers all over the world. Now Facebook HQ will host a hackathon for the Windows 8 platform in Menlo Park, Calif., this weekend.
Facebook Tops 1B Monthly Active Users; Mark Zuckerberg Speaks With NBC’s Matt Lauer, ‘Bloomberg Businessweek’; New Agency Of Record Wieden & Kennedy Debuts ‘The Things That Connect Us’
Facebook officially reached 1 billion monthly active users Sept. 14 at 12:45 p.m. PT, Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed in a post on the social network’s Newsroom, as well as in an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, and in a cover story for Bloomberg Businessweek.
A group from tech agency R/GA traveled to the Facebook Developers World Hack competition in Austin, Texas, hoping to solve a simple problem: what to write on a friend’s timeline on their birthday. Knowing that “Happy birthday!” is entirely passé, the two developers created an application that suggests a more creative post for a friend’s special day. They ended up winning the best mobile application category at the Austin World Hack.
Facebook’s overhaul of its events feature took a big step forward Wednesday, enabling users to view their events in either a calendar or list format, with the changes originating from one of the social network’s hackathon events.
With a soldering iron; a couple of capacitors, resistors, and relays from RadioShack; and quite a bit of dissembling and tinkering, a handful of Facebook software engineers (and friends) hacked the Nasdaq bell, earning themselves a full-fledged badge of geekiness.
You would think Facebook employees would want to get a good night’s sleep Thursday night, with the company’s long-awaited initial public offering set for Friday morning. But that wouldn’t fit with the social network’s hacker culture, now, would it? So, what’s the plan? Hackathon!
Employees of the social network took to the roof with some tar paint to create a 42-foot-wide QR code that is visible from space.
Facebook will livestream an event encouraging engineering students to stick with the program.