Facebook is rolling out an update to its Messenger application for iOS to protect users from a vulnerability in the operating system that allowed scammers to force users’ iPhones to automatically place expensive calls.
Facebook announced a flurry of news related to its App Links open, cross-platform solution for application-to-app linking, which it initially debuted at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco April 30: More than 3 billion unique App Links have been created; an App Links blog has been launched; analytics are now available; Windows Phone support was boosted; and support for the referer_app_link was added for Android.
For every person who has ever posted that really unfortunate picture of drawing genitalia on the sleeping drunk guy at the college kegger or posted some really awful poetry to their inamorata after a bad break-up thinking they were going to win them back … now there’s a brand new way to humiliate yourself: Voice Messaging on Facebook.
Facebook continues to make strides in becoming the “cross-platform platform,” as today the company announced a way to track performance of advertising across devices. This will enable advertisers to see how people are balancing desktop, mobile and tablet before they make a conversion.
Facebook engineers have solved a long-term mobile bugging issue in iOS, reducing its crash rate by more than 50 percent. According to the company’s engineering blog, one of mobile’s top crashes was in the Apple Core Data system. The team received the crashes into a report analyzer, but it took months for them to create the correct approach to the problem.
Not surprisingly, most page administrators post to their pages via Facebook on the desktop, but which third-party apps do they use? According to a study by social analytics provider Quintly, Hootsuite tops the list.
Facebook announced two changes to its platform policy for developers that will go into effect Nov. 5: Games that include mandatory or optional in-application charges must disclose those charges in their app descriptions, and users must not be offered incentives to use social plugins or like pages.