This week brought news that social gaming company DianDian Interactive, otherwise known as FunPlus, raised $74 million in a series-B round. It’s the largest funding round for a social gaming company in nearly a decade.
The Ideas section of Facebook’s Paper iPhone application will be the home to exclusive content from TED 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday through Thursday as part of a collaboration between the social network and the nonprofit conference series.
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.
Does anyone remember the days when Facebook’s gaming ecosystem was dominated by Zynga? The social network continued to extend its reach in the gaming sector with Wednesday’s announcement of the release of a software-development kit for the Unity game engine.
Social media management system HootSuite did some hooting about its accomplishments in the first quarter of 2013, reporting a 272 percent increase in corporate sales (companies valued at less than $10 billion) compared with the year-earlier period, along with a 900 percent jump in international strategic sales (companies valued at more than $10 billion).
Facebook will set up a temporary office in Vancouver, British Columbia, where it will conduct “boot camps” to train recent software engineering graduates for full-time positions with the social network, according to a report in The Vancouver Sun.
Not long after the initial shocked reaction in the wake of a deadly mass-shooting Friday in Connecticut, several Facebook users posted a statement from actor Morgan Freeman, pleading with the media to stop using the shooter’s name. While the sentiment is heartfelt and valid, it apparently did not come from Freeman.
Facebook is increasingly becoming a worldwide phenomenon, with talent coming from all over the globe. The social network recently wrapped up World Hack 2012, where developers from several different countries competed to create the best Facebook applications.
Facebook is taking its hacker culture worldwide, announcing the Facebook Developer World Hack 2012, a series of events this month and in September aimed at educating its developers and having them compete to see who has the best ideas and who can bring them to life.