It’s round two for Facebook’s mobile ad network test: After beginning to test a mobile ad network in September 2012, and then putting the project on pause in December of that year, the social network is in test mode again.
The mobile payments product test Facebook confirmed last month is going live on a small scale Monday night, with pilot partner men’s apparel site JackThreads joined by photo-book provider Mosaic on the shopping application side and by payment processors PayPal, Stripe, and Braintree.
Sept. 12 has come and gone, and when the calendar turned to Sept. 13 Friday morning, Facebook Credits joined New Coke, the eight-track tape, and dinosaurs on the extinct list, as the social network completed its conversion to local currency, which was made official in March and first announced in June 2012.
Mark Zuckerberg Discusses Going Public, NSA Controversy, Home, ‘Moving Fast’ At TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed a variety of topics with TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 Wednesday, including his advice for Twitter as it prepares to go public, whether Android overlay Home is a failure, and his opinions on how the government handled the aftermath of the reports about the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative.
Facebook For Android Update Includes Ability For Home Users To Control Music Apps Via Cover Feed, Animated Stickers
The Facebook for Android Beta Testers program continues to bear fruit, as new features to the social network’s flagship application for the platform, which were added to its beta app earlier this month, are now part of the mainstream app, with the most dramatic addition being the ability by users of the Home Android overlay to control music apps they are using — such as Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and Rdio — directly via their lock screens.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at last year’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, where he discussed topics including the social network’s focus on mobile, brain drain at the company, its initial public offering, search, and his vision for the future. What will he do for an encore?
Facebook went through a phase around 2010 when it sought to discourage other social Internet companies from using the terms “Face” and “Book” in their names, and now its photo-sharing network, Instagram, appears to be doing the same for “Insta” and “Gram.”
The latest version of the Facebook for Android beta application includes an intriguing new feature, giving users of its Home Android overlay the ability to control music apps they are using directly via their lock screens.