The head of Google+ and Google Senior VP Vivek "Vic" Vic Gundotra has announced today that he’ll be leaving the company. Having been a part of Google for nearly 8 years, Gundotra also worked earlier with Microsoft as a Platform Evangelist. Gundotra was also instrumental in starting Google’s yearly developer conference Google I/O.
It should be clear at this point that Facebook’s acquisitions are not relegated to easily interpreted use-cases for social networking. Announcing today that they’d been acquired by Facebook, the ProtoGeo Oy and their Moves app are "delighted" that they’re going to be joining the brand giant.
If you head to your own Twitter profile page today, you may notice a relatively large set of changes going on. If you’ve not been there for a while, relying only on 3rd-party Twitter readers or your normal news feed, you’ll notice changes in a major way - either way, it’s all going down today.
Facebook plans to eventually use its new "Nearby Friends" feature to power new location-based adverts and marketing, the social network has conceded, potentially souring what was generally seen as a privacy-mindful launch of the functionality. Nearby Friends began rolling out last week as a new addition to Facebook's mobile apps, optionally showing those on your friendslist your location, and making it easier to organize impromptu meet-ups. However, Facebook has more in mind than promoting socializing.
Facebook has added a new feature to its mobile apps, Nearby Friends, allowing users of the social network to find those on their friendslist when they're nearby, though Facebook is clearly wary of a privacy backlash. The feature, which will be rolled out to the Android and iOS apps over the coming weeks, shows your GPS position and that of your friends on a map; however, Facebook is turning it off by default, and relying on users to opt-in instead.
Starting at 4PM PDT today - that’s California time - you’ll find Google’s registration for their developer conference opening their doors. This registration is unique in that previous years had hopeful attendees signing up as fast as their buttons would click, while this year all is random. The times are set, but the choosing of who goes is said to be done with a selection up to the fates.
The second wave of Facebook’s sharing of Government Request data comes this week in short form. Facebook is one of a collection of groups to have begun showing off what they’re able in government data requests since the age of the NSA spill came to fruition last year.
Facebook will force iOS and Android app users to download the standalone Facebook Messenger app if they want to continue chatting, with plans to remove the messaging functionality from the regular Facebook app. The decision, likely to cause some consternation among Facebook users, is part of the social network's ongoing shift to standalone software for each key feature it offers, rather than bundling them together and running the risk that they get overlooked.