Facebook is looking for a few good men and women to build a few good drones.
Facebook vice president of global public policy Marne Levine is moving over to Instagram, where she will become the photo- and video-sharing network’s first chief operating officer, Re/code reported, and The Washington Post’s The Switch blog reported that Facebook VP of U.S. public policy Joel Kaplan was promoted to succeed Levine.
Andrew Bocking, who led the BlackBerry Messenger effort for BlackBerry before leaving that company in February, joined Facebook as product manager for its recently announced Internet.org application, Re/code reported.
Arranging a ride home via Facebook Messenger? It could be possible down the road, as Re/code reported that Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick have engaged in preliminary discussions about adding the service, which matches available cars and riders, to the messaging application.
Still not convinced that Facebook is a mobile company? According to a new study by digital advertising company Quantcast, the social network accounts for 24 percent of mobile referrals to news and entertainment sites, and Facebook is now the largest third-party browser on iOS, responsible for 12 percent of browsing on the mobile operating system.
Facebook initially began testing a mobile ad network in September 2012, and it began performing a second round of testing in September 2013. The tests will become reality in an announcement at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco April 30, “multiple sources” told Re/code.
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.
King.com broke 300 million month active users on Facebook Wednesday, according to AppData. That puts the newly public company at more than triple the MAUs of Zynga on the same platform. So far, King.com’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange has been rocky: Shares closed trading Wednesday at $19 each, more than 15 percent lower than the offering price.