Facebook announced the launch of its FbStart program for mobile application startups at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco April 30, and a 10-city FbStart tour across the U.S. and Europe kicked off in New York Thursday.
The Facebook Data Science Team turned its attention to check-ins at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, studying how many users of the social network checked in at the various World Cup cities in Brazil between June 2 and 16, where they came from, and who they are.
Odds are that most people are using Facebook while at work, whether they are permitted to do so or not, and now, a source tells Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch, the social network is looking to capitalize on those users with FB@Work, a work version of Facebook being developed at the company’s offices in London.
Facebook Vice President for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa Nicola Mendelsohn discussed the company’s recent acquisitions of mobile messaging platform WhatsApp and immersive virtual reality technology company Oculus VR at the Fortune Most Powerful Women International conference in London.
Faster, leaner, smaller — no, it’s not an advertisement for a gym, but rather, a description of the changes Facebook has made to its flagship Android application with an eye toward making it more accessible worldwide, including in areas that are still reliant on older networks and devices.
How does Facebook protect its users against BREACH attacks on HTTPS traffic, as well as cross-site request forgery attacks? Chad Parry, a London-based member of the social network’s security infrastructure team, and Christophe Van Gysel, who contributed to the mitigation of BREACH at Facebook as an intern, answered those questions in detail in a note on the Protect the Graph page.
Adobe added to its already-robust social marketing offerings with several announcements at its Adobe Summit EMEA 2014 digital marketing conference in London, including a beefed-up new release of Adobe Media Optimizer, new features for the Adobe Analytics portion of its Adobe Marketing Cloud, and the introduction of Adobe Experience Manager Communities designed around social learning and field/channel enablement.
Odds are, most Facebook users have seen status updates in their News Feeds with some variation of the “pay it forward” theme, meaning that if a stranger or friend shows a person kindness in some form, the recipient does something nice for someone else. But which countries and cities were responsible for the most pay-it-forward status updates? Lada Adamic and Thomas Lento of the Facebook Data Science Team have the answers.
Is Facebook getting into the electronic money business? According to a report by Financial Times, the social network is “weeks away” from Ireland granting it regulatory approval to launch a service that would allow users to store, pay with, and exchange money with other users.