In 2007, Facebook open-sourced cross-language framework Thrift, which it had been using internally for the previous year. Thursday, following the addition of several features and a host of performance improvements, Thrift was re-open-sourced as FBThrift.
Facebook offered some insight into how it handles the more than 300 petabytes of data it stores for its 1.19 billion monthly active users, providing some details on Presto, an interactive query system it created and is open-sourcing, in a note on the Facebook Engineering page.
Facebook held three Facebook Mobile DevCon 2013 events in New York (April 18), London (May 2), and Seoul (May 7), and the social network is making slides from the various sessions and videos available for mobile developers who couldn’t make the events.
The bad news: Facebook was one of the victims of what it called a “sophisticated attack,” whereby some of its employees’ laptops were inflicted with malware, and the investigation into the source of the attack is still ongoing. The good news: The social network said it found no evidence that user data were compromised.
More people access Facebook from their phones (and tablets) than on desktop, but that figure isn’t limited to iPhones, Androids, and BlackBerrys. Many people all over the world check their Facebook from feature phones, and it shows. Facebook For Every Phone, the official page for Facebook’s feature phone application, passed 200 million likes Tuesday and shows little signs of slowing.
A recent post on Forbes.com caused quite the riot. It first referred to Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg (aka right-hand woman to Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg) as Silicon Valley’s new It girl. That was one thing, and a fine thing. But when the article went beyond, comparing Sandberg to Kim Polese, former CEO and co-founder of now-defunct software company Marimba, that was quite another.