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.
In an effort to get a leg up on Facebook marketing, many like-obsessed pages resort to buying fans — fake profiles which only exist to boost pages’ numbers. Now that Facebook has broken down fans by country, VentureBeat notes that it’s easier to see which pages have acquired fans honestly, and which ones flat-out paid for them.
Did you hear that? Facebook is testing a sound to alert users when they receive new notifications.
Not long after King.com’s Alex Dale weighed in on the state of Facebook games, the social network’s own director of game partnerships, Sean Ryan, sat down with VentureBeat. Ryan talked about how Facebook games are now a worldwide phenomenon and also addressed subscriptions, SongPop, trends, and 3D games.
The birthday notification has been a mainstay of the top right corner of your Facebook page for years. Soon, another type of notification will join it — one for weddings and engagements. Facebook introduced this new feature Thursday, which allows you to write a quick “Congratulations!” on a newly wedded or engaged friend’s timeline, much like you would on their birthday.