Developing successful applications is likely a whole lot easier with $30,000 in free tools and services to start off with, and that’s exactly what selected developers will get out of FbStart, a new program announced by Facebook Wednesday at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco.
In a unique take on Facebook travel applications, Fly to Your Friends from flight-search tool Adioso allows users to select friends they wish to visit and sends them email alerts when prices to those friends’ destinations are at their lowest.
Facebook often touts the results developers have achieved with its mobile application install ads, and a new offering from 2012 Y Combinator alumnus Optilly is aimed at helping developers and other brand marketers ensure that they are fully optimizing their use of the social network’s ad products.
Facebook Signs Letter Seeking More Transparency From Federal Government On National Security Data Requests
Facebook was among the more than 60 companies, investors, civil-liberties groups, and trade groups to sign a letter to top federal government officials requesting the ability to disclose more information about data requests related to national security, Time reported, as fallout from the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative continues.
FWD.us, the political advocacy group spearheaded by Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, added some tech muscle, as Microsoft Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith, and former Facebook President Sean Parker joined the group.
Reporting for work at Microsoft: Mark Zuckerberg? Facebook’s co-founder and CEO said it could very well have happened if the social network hadn’t taken off, and his conversation with Y Combinator Co-Founder Paul Graham at Stanford University’s Memorial Hall Saturday touched on several other topics, including the future of sharing, MySpace, and advice for startups.
A missive posted by Paul Graham, founder of investment firm Y Combinator, warned that there may be funding hurdles for startups in the future as a result of Facebook’s less-than-dynamic initial public offering performance.
Facebook launched an initiative aimed at giving third-party developers included in the portfolios of seed funds advanced notice of new tools and features, with the aim of encouraging those developers to build their businesses around the social network.
Jason Calacanis appears convinced that entrepreneurs are at risk of “partnering” with Facebook, claiming that Facebook will steal any startup’s technology. This follow’s Facebook’s recent announcement that the company would be offering support for any Y Combinator startup who wanted to contribute to making the web more social.