Borrowing bits and pieces of technology from the automobile industry, Facebook hopes to construct a radical new second building in the city of Luleå, Sweden. This new structure proposes to be the hallmark of new-age production, using modular and lean construction principles. Facebook calls it Rapid Deployment Data Center Concept (RDDC).
A privacy advocate group has asked regulators at the Federal Trade Commission to put the kibosh on Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for a while. It seems they want to get a better idea of just what Facebook intends to do with the private data of WhatsApps existing members. Though WhatsApps has been adverse to collecting data for the sake of advertising, Facebook may not be.
Facebook will clamp down on gun sales on the social network, it's been announced, with the site set to contact private sellers to warn them of their legal obligations as well as prevent attempts to actively evade firearm laws. The ramping up in attention follows reports that, while gun advertising isn't permitted through Facebook's own ad scheme, the site was nonetheless being used by a large number of vendors to sell weapons without background checks, to minors, and across state lines.
By now you’ve likely seen the "selfie" photo taken by Ellen DeGeneres at the 2014 Oscars. What you might not know is the process that lead up to it - and no, that didn’t just happen to be Ellen’s everyday phone taking a selfie for the fun of it. It is true, on the other hand, that the photo did turn out quite well due to the relative excellence of the device at hand.
Facebook's little-loved email service isn't the only service getting shuttered, the social network has confirmed, with Facebook Messenger for Windows also facing the axe. Notifications in the Windows app have begun warning users that it will shut down as of March 3rd, though there's no indication of exactly why Facebook has made the decision.
Facebook is changing how it deals with the profiles of social network users who die, memorializing their timelines while also allowing family and friends to request to see their custom-curated Look Back videos. The policy changes come after a campaign by one father to see his son's Look Back video, which he was unable to access as the son had passed away unexpectedly.
Have you ever told a fable on Twitter, perhaps for humor's sake or as an accidental faux pas? Ever retweeted something, only to later discover it was false? Soon such tweets will be tested under the watchful eye of Pheme, a lie detector of sorts that aims to determine in real time whether a tweet contains the truth or is a lie.