In February, Facebook Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein said the social network was not scrapping its sputtering Home Android overlay, but a lot has apparently changed in four months, as The New York Times’ Bits blog reported that the team of engineers that had been working on Home has been disbanded.
Is the world’s largest social network dipping its toes into sociology? VentureBeat reported that Facebook will host an academics-only conference on the topic at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., in August, just prior to the American Sociological Association 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco Aug. 16 through 19.
Facebook’s transformation into a mobile company will continue with another huge step, as VentureBeat reported that the social network is working hard toward being able to provide its own mobile analytics platform.
With Disney CEO Bob Iger set to leave the iconic media company in 2016, and one of the most prominent candidates to succeed him, Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC TV Group, announcing Tuesday that she was leaving the company, rumors began to swirl about another potential replacement for Iger: Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
Facebook is in talks with representatives of advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, with the social network and its Instagram photo- and video-sharing network being accused of enabling the sale of guns, while maintaining that Facebook and Instagram are not ecommerce platforms.
Despite the lukewarm reception it has received, Home, Facebook’s Android overlay, is not headed for the scrap heap, Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein told VentureBeat during an expansive interview.
Facebook responded to the bombshell reports Thursday about a long-term Internet-spying initiative led by the National Security Agency, code-named Prism, by denying that it has ever allowed any government agency to have direct access to its servers.
Despite being the creator of the Android mobile operating system that will be the home of Facebook Home, the new overlay introduced by the social network Thursday, Google was noticeably absent from the festivities.
Thursday, Russian search engine Yandex released a mobile application, Wonder, that was something like Facebook’s graph search mixed with Siri. From an iPhone or iPod Touch, someone could ask Wonder, “What sushi restaurants do my friends like in San Francisco?” and it would come up with a list, based on their Facebook friends’ likes and check-ins. A few hours after the app went live, Facebook pulled its data from Wonder.