Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.
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.
Some Facebook iOS users who installed the social network’s most recent update, version 7.0, received access to a new feature, Highlights, under a new tab, People.
Facebook’s Messenger application will finally make its Windows Phone debut, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Manager for Windows Phone Program Management Joe Belfiore said this past weekend, prior to the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended his company’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp during his keynote at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, and he also pretty much ruled out another run by Facebook at photo-messaging service Snapchat.
Sheryl Sandberg, David Ebersman: No Ads In Facebook Paper In Near Future, No Large Increase In Mobile News Feed Ads
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman used the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco Tuesday night as an opportunity to quell users’ fears about oversaturation of advertising on the social network, saying that Facebook’s recently introduced Paper iOS application will not feature any ads in the near future, and that there will not be a large increase in ads on the mobile News Feed in 2014.
Facebook users who are unhappy with the photos chosen by the social network for their A Look Back videos will soon be able to do something about it.
Will Facebook users start seeing ads from Facebook while they’re using other applications? The social network announced in a post on its Facebook for Business page that it is running a “small test” of Facebook ads in mobile apps, with “a small number of advertisers and publishers,” billing it as an effort to enable developers to monetize their apps and to expand reach for advertisers.
Photo-messaging application Snapchat reportedly turned down Facebook’s acquisition offer of more than $3 billion last November, but that didn’t stop Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg from praising Snapchat during a talk with Stanford University President John Hennessy at the school’s Memorial Auditorium.