Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke with Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times’ Bits blog about the Facebook Creative Labs initiative to create new mobile applications, the differences between Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, and turning 30, among other things.
Last December, Facebook began prompting users of its flagship iOS application to download its Facebook Messenger app, and the social network also began prompting mobile users to encourage their friends who had not yet downloaded Messenger to do so. Soon, according to reports by TechCrunch and The Verge, Facebook mobile users who wish to chat will not have a choice, as messages will no longer be available in its iOS and Android flagship apps.
NorthStar Asset Management issued a rebuttal to Facebook’s guidance in its Schedule 14A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing measures up for vote at its annual meeting, saying in a Form Px14a6g filing with the SEC that shareholders should vote for the resolution involving political contributions, and not against it, as the company advised.
Anonymity is becoming more accepted at Facebook. The social network has defended its policy of requiring users to use their real names over the years, but Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a January interview with Bloomberg Businessweek that real names will not be required to access the separate mobile applications the company plans to roll out. And now Re/code reports that the social network is in talks with social app Secret.
Facebook’s 2014 annual meeting will be held Thursday, May 22, at 11 a.m. PT, at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, Calif., and shareholders will vote on the company’s board of directors, as well as on ratifying the appointment of Ernst & Young as Facebook’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, and on five other stockholder proposals, the social network revealed in a Schedule 14A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Perhaps Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is just a wee bit excited about the Connectivity Lab, the initiative aimed at using high-altitude long-endurance planes, satellites, and lasers to help connect the rest of the world to the Internet. Zuckerberg followed up Thursday’s announcement on the Internet.org site, as well as his own post on Facebook, with a lengthy post (embedded below) offering a more detailed look at Connectivity Lab.
Facebook’s Connectivity Lab: Drones, Planes, Satellites, Lasers To Further Internet.org Mission Of Bringing Connectivity To The Whole World
Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a drone from Facebook? The social network Thursday announced the formation of the Connectivity Lab, which is made up of experts who previously worked with U.K.-based Ascenta, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Ames Research Center, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
The bad news continues to roll in for self-proclaimed Facebook co-owner Paul Ceglia, as U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara ruled Tuesday to grant Facebook’s motion to dismiss Ceglia’s lawsuit against the social network and its co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, following the ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. earlier this month that Cegila must stand trial on mail fraud and wire fraud charges against him for submitting fake evidence and emails and destroying real evidence in his suit against Facebook and Zuckerberg.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during his keynote address at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 24: “Look, when you’ve just bought a company for $16 billion (WhatsApp, not counting the restricted stock units that hiked the total to $19 billion), chances are you are probably done with your acquisitions for a while.” A while was barely more than one month, and Zuckerberg explained the motivation behind Facebook’s $2 billion deal to acquire immersive virtual reality technology company Oculus VR in a call with analysts Tuesday.
Virtual reality will soon be actual reality at Facebook, as the social network announced its acquisition of immersive virtual reality technology company Oculus VR — maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset — in a deal worth about $2 billion.