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.
Love is in the air for the Facebook Data Science Team, as it is devoting Valentine’s Day week to a series of blog posts analyzing related trends among the social network’s users. The first installment, written by Mike Develin, focused on religion.
It’s year in review time at Facebook, and Pope Francis donned the crown as the most-talked-about person or event globally, while Super Bowl XLVII took home the U.S. trophy, according to data released by the social network Monday.
Facebook may still be blocked in China, but that hasn’t stopped that country’s leading social network, Sina Weibo, from tapping login with Facebook to make it easier for users outside of China to register for its site.
The Open Compute Project, which was started by Facebook in an effort to devise more efficient methods of data storage, announced the opening of its second international chapter, in Taiwan, joining the OCP chapter in Japan.
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.
Back in July, we wrote about ecommerce site Limited Run, which shuttered its Limited Pressing Facebook page, claiming that 80 percent of click-throughs to its page from Facebook were initiated by bots, according to a page logger that it built when it found that only 20 percent of click-throughs were actually arriving at its site. Online advertising firm Solve Media took a closer look at the issue of bots and uncovered some alarming statistics.
Facebook will follow up its announcement of a European data center in Luleå, Sweden, with a similar initiative in Asia, at Central Taiwan Science Park.