No, Facebook drones will not be swooping down from the sky to deliver up-close-and-personal pokes, but according to a report by TechCrunch, the social network is in talks to acquire near-orbital, solar-powered drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace for $60 million, with the aim of using the drones to help bring Internet access to parts of the world currently lacking, starting with Africa, as part of its Internet.org initiative.
The Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night led to more than 25.4 million interactions (status updates, comments, and likes) by some 11.1 million Facebook users, and the top social moment was the crowning of 12 Years a Slave as best picture.
Facebook has begun allowing users to set limits on who can comment on their public posts.
What happens to status updates before and after two Facebook users enter into relationships? The Facebook Data Science Team was on the case as part of its series on love and Facebook for Valentine’s Day week.
The entrance by Team USA in the Parade of Nations during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, was the most-buzzed-about moment on Facebook during the event, while the sport that was mentioned most in chatter on the social network was bobsled, according to data released by Facebook.
The partnership between Facebook and social TV analytics specialist SecondSync, announced in late January, bore its first fruit in the form of white paper Watching with Friends, which generated its findings from an analysis of several television shows from September 2013 through January 2014 in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.
As Facebook turns 10 Tuesday, Pew Research Center released a treasure trove of facts about the social network, including one that debunks the theory that Facebook has a teen problem: 73 percent of U.S. Internet users between the ages of 12 and 17 are on the social network.
With Super Bowl XLVIII set to conclude the 2013 National Football League season Sunday, the Facebook Data Science Team examined the emotional side of the sport, analyzing the sentiment of posts by fans before, during, and after games, and throughout the season, and highlighting the differences between wins and losses.