Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg dined with about 20 executives from wireless carriers Monday night in Barcelona, Spain, site of the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress, Bloomberg reported, and the conversation at the private dinner may have been guarded, given the wireless industry’s concerns over the threat that the social network’s most recent acquisition, cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, presents to their text-messaging services.
The bad news continues to roll in for Facebook Home and the HTC First, as TechCrunch reported that U.K. mobile carrier EE and French counterpart Orange both confirmed that they will not roll out the only mobile device to come preloaded with the Android overlay.
Mobile payment platform Bango is about to process a £6.5 million ($10.2 million) transaction of its own after announcing the closure of an investment round Friday featuring new and existing investors.
France Telecom’s Orange mobile service provider quietly rolled out its internet+ solution Oct. 31, which allows Facebook users to complete mobile payments with just two clicks, rather than being required to repeatedly enter credentials such as phone numbers, bank details, and login information.
Mobile phone users in Africa may be saying, “Orange you glad we can get on Facebook now?,” as France Telecom’s Orange service provider announced that the social network will soon available on any phone within its footprint across the continent, potentially giving Facebook’s mobile user count a huge boost.
Orange, the European mobile service provider, recently launched a new campaign to have users tag their friends in a massive photo from the Glastonbury 2010 festival. The 1.3 giga-pixel photo includes 70,000 people in the crowd. So far 5,640 people have been tagged in the photo. The photo in itself is pretty impressive, and with only 5,200 people liking the page so far, it’s somewhat surprising that so many people have already been identified.