Facebook's $19bn acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp has been approved by the European Commission, following US regulators in giving the green light after deciding the deal wouldn't be a threat to consumers. Concerns from some quarters, that the purchase would leave the messaging space unbalanced, were dismissed by competition policy chief Joaquín Almunia, who argued that most users aren't reliant on a single service.
Facebook may have just found its next social experiment, or rather public service venue. Anonymous sources close to the matter have revealed that the social networking giant is now interested in entering into the Internet healthcare business. What that means for your privacy and your actual offline health will depend on how Facebook will be able to implement and spin this new outlet.
At first glance, Facebook’s real-name policy doesn’t seem so bad. Unfortunately, that policy edged out some in the LGBT community who weren’t comfortable using their real name on the social entity. To stave off those members leaving — and because it’s the right thing to do — Facebook is reversing course a bit on their policy to support those who may not feel comfortable using their real name.
Do you know what “people-based marketing” is? Facebook’s Atlas ad server is coining the term to make it seem like it’s not tracking you, but it is. By taking your Facebook info and using it to market directly to you, Atlas also thinks it can outperform Google’s cookie-based system.
The advertisement business is big. Google has cashed in with AdSense in a major way in the recent past, and Facebook wants a piece of their pie. To grab said action, Facebook is releasing Atlas, a system that aims to "track people instead of cookies" both on the desktop platform and on mobile devices.
Be it balloons, drones, sattelites or just plain laying cable under the surface, various companies are making an effort to digitally connect the world. Google and Facebook have both vowed to bring the Internet as we know it to parts of the world where connectivity is sparse or absent. Facebook is now laying out their plan of action, saying that they should be able to test drones by next year.
Facebook is a good way to find news (you can find us there, too!), but has faced quite a bit of criticism for not providing timely posts. Today, Facebook is announcing changes to their news feed that will provide users with topical info that is popular, and not simply a sampling of everything in your feed.
Before you comment in rage, note that this experiment was not initiated by Facebook or Oculus VR. Instead it’s a proof-of-concept by a team working under the title Dense Planar SLAM. They’re here to make you understand: the next step in virtual reality is crossing the line between virtual reality and real reality - augmented reality, that is to say.