Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos and videos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo to the left of Microsoft Co-Founder and Chairman Bill Gates discussing charity partnership group Giving Tuesday; as well as the photo atop the post, behind the scenes on the set of The Hobbit, from Director Peter Jackson.
The 2013 World Series got off to a rousing start for the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night, as the home team routed the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 8-1, while capturing 62 percent of Facebook chatter related to the game, compared with 38 percent for the Redbirds.
Just when it appeared that the class-action lawsuit against Facebook over the use of users’ images in sponsored stories had been settled, Batman showed up — Jo Batman, that is, of Corpus Christi, Texas.
The 2013 college football season kicked off with a handful of games Thursday night, and Data Editor Robert D’Onofrio helped Facebook users prepare for the first weekend of tailgating by analyzing the social network’s fans of the top 25 teams in the AP preseason rankings, uncovering some surprising findings, and some that were not so surprising.
Texas Colleges Test P.A.S.S. Facebook App To Connect Students With Sober Drivers, Curb Drunk Driving
With colleges throughout the U.S. kicking off their fall semesters, the Texas Department of Transportation launched a pilot Facebook application at three universities in the state — University of North Texas, Midwestern State University, and University of Texas at Brownsville — designed to help students hook up with sober drivers and avoid drunk driving.
Texas Attorney General candidate Dan Branch debuted his first campaign video on Facebook Thursday, only to find that the social network wasn’t a big fan. The Republican candidate’s ad video was allegedly removed for violating the site’s community standards, according to The Texas Tribune. It turns out that the removal of the video was a mistake, Facebook said Friday.
New York Yankees Relief Pitcher Mariano Rivera made his final appearance in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Tuesday night, as the surefire Hall of Famer will retire at the end of the season. Rivera walked away with Most Valuable Player honors, both from the game and from Sports on Facebook, as he was the most-mentioned player on the social network between 7 p.m. and midnight ET Tuesday.
The Miami Heat captured its second consecutive Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy Thursday night, edging the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in the seventh and decisive game of the National Basketball Association Finals. While the series was not decided until the waning moments of the final game, the Heat, particularly superstar Forward LeBron James, blew away the Spurs on Facebook.
The ax has begun to fall at troubled game developer Zynga again, as the company confirmed that it will lay off 18 percent of its workforce, lowering its pretax annualized cash expenses by $70 million to $80 million, and AllThingsD reported that Zynga is shuttering its offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas.
Game developer Zynga and Facebook, once virtually intertwined, continue to drift further apart from each other, as Zynga announced in a post on its blog that while login with Facebook will still be an option for game players, it will no longer be a requirement starting next week.