PayPal vice president of growth Stan Chudnovsky will join Facebook in February as product manager of its Messenger applications, reporting to a familiar face: VP of messaging products David Marcus, who left his post as president of PayPal in June to join the social network.
Facebook added an Explore button to its recently introduced Rooms iOS application, and product manager Josh Miller said in an interview with Re/code that he remained unconcerned about the app’s low user figure.
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.