The winner of Facebook’s fourth annual Hacker Cup was Gennady Korofkevich of Russia, who took home a $10,000 grand prize, edging second-place Tomek Czajka of the U.S., who finished second, mirroring his finish in the 2012 Hacker Cup, and took home $3,000; and Makoto Soejima of Japan, who finished third and collected $2,000.
Will she, or won’t she? The Daily Mail stirred up the rumor pot about Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg running for office with a story in which one “source close to Sandberg’s inner circle” pegged it as a near certainty, while another source close to Sandberg said, “It is 100 percent untrue.” There was no comment from Sandberg herself.
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games kick off in Sochi, Russia, in exactly 100 days, but the Olympic Athletes’ Hub application is available right now, aggregating the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds of participants.
Facebook is targeting businesses in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa that have not yet advertised on the social network with ads directing them to the Facebook Start to Success Program, which offers free support for first-time advertisers, as well as a £25 ($39.15) credit toward advertising.
Since 2010, PayPal has been one of the main methods of payment for Facebook developers. But as Facebook grows, the company is changing its PayPal policies for new developers in emerging markets, such as China, Brazil, and India. According to TechCrunch, developers in several countries must show extra identification as a means of authentication, such as photo IDs or incorporation papers, in order to be paid via direct deposit.
Keeping with the theme of the Olympic Games, Kenshoo Social wanted to see which countries offered the most value and effectiveness to Facebook advertisers in areas such as average cost per click and average frequency of delivery for ads. While the U.S. may have brought home the most gold in London, the same was not true in Kenshoo Social’s competition.
Politics and Facebook can be a dicey mix sometimes, but when they are united in a common goal, such as improving life in a city, the results can be positive.