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How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without Anybody Noticing

How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without Anybody Noticing | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This spring, even as some 200 million people were using Instagram on their smartphones, a small team of engineers moved the photo sharing service from Amazon’s cloud computing service—where it was built in 2010—into a data center operated by Facebook, which bought Instagram in 2012. “The users are still in the same car they were in at the beginning of the journey,” says Instagram founder Mike Krieger, “but we’ve swapped out every single part without them noticing.”

Facebook calls it the “Instagration,” and it was an unprecedented undertaking for Mark Zuckerberg and company. Facebook has moved other acquired properties like FriendFeed into its data centers, but typically, they were small projects that involved shutting a service down before moving it into the Facebook universe. The Instagram switch was the live migration of an enormous—and enormously popular—operation. “The service couldn’t take any disruption,” says Facebook engineer George Cabrera. Facebook won’t say how many virtual machines were needed to run Instagram on Amazon, but it was in “the thousands.” And the service now stores over 20 billion digitals photos.

 

For Instagram, the move was a way of more effectively plugging into a wide range of computing tools that have long helped drive Facebook’s vast online empire. And for the engineers overseeing Facebook’s worldwide network of data centers, it’s a template for merging their operation with applications the company may acquire in the years to come. “We were patient zero,” Krieger says. But the “Instagration” also provides a lesson or two for the broader tech community as it builds more and more apps atop cloud computing services like Amazon—apps they might one day migrate to private data centers. The key to the migration was a specialized Amazon service known as the Virtual Private Cloud.

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fascinating article about #Instagration — "The users are still in the same car they were in at the beginning of the journey, but we’ve swapped out every single part without them noticing." 

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Infographic: YouTube and Facebook Account for a Third of Mobile Web Traffic

Infographic: YouTube and Facebook Account for a Third of Mobile Web Traffic | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

According to a new report from Sandvine, YouTube and Facebook account for roughly one third of mobile traffic in North America during peak periods. HTTP, the protocol used for simple web browsing, is ranked third, accounting for 12.6% of mobile traffic. 

The Top 10 are comprised of many popular apps/services and account for a combined total of 77%. The remaining 23% percent are accounted for the huge long tail of mobile apps available.

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Facebook's Desktop Business Is In Decline

Facebook's Desktop Business Is In Decline | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Desktop revenue was up barely on an annual basis but is a dramatically declining portion of Facebook's entire business. It's basically flat — and there are no signs of recovery : desktop usage has never gone above its 2012 peak.
Mobile, however, is growing

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Mobile first. And very interestingly low ARPU levels.

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Facebook's Open Compute guru Frank Frankovsky leaves to build optical storage startup

Facebook's Open Compute guru Frank Frankovsky leaves to build optical storage startup | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Frank Frankovsky, Facebook’s vice president of hardware design and supply chain optimization, who helped oversee the development and growth of the company’s custom server effort, has left the social networking company to form his own as-yet-unnamed startup that will focus on building optical storage for the enterprise.

In an interview, Frankovsky said he had resigned from Facebook last week to pursue this idea. Meanwhile, Jason Taylor, Facebook’s director of infrastructure, has assumed responsibility for the hardware design and supply chain teams at Facebook and will continue working with the Open Compute Project on Facebook’s behalf.

Taylor has been overseeing much of that work for the last year, according to Facebook, and he will also be joining the Open Compute Foundation board along with Bill Laing, corporate VP of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft. This brings the OCP Foundation board from five to seven participants. Frankovsky, who will remain chairman and president of the OCP board, will stay as an independent member.

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Hardware is not dead. It is just evolving #OCP

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The Amazing Drones Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Use To Beam Internet To The Entire World

The Amazing Drones Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Use To Beam Internet To The Entire World | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Facebook is reportedly in talks to buy a drone company called Titan Aerospace for $60 million, according to TechCrunch. 

The idea is that Facebook could use the drones to bring Internet access to parts of the world that still need it, as part of Mark Zuckerberg's goal to bring the web to the entire world, through the Internet.org initiative.

It's similar to Google's plan to use balloons to beam Internet access to countries that don't have the infrastructure for broadband Internet. And it behooves both companies to get as many new people online as possible using their services instead of a potential rival's.

So what do we know about these drones?

The drones are covered in solar panels, which store enough energy to lift the craft 20 kilometers above sea level. The drones can stay aloft for five years before having to land or refuel.
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Drones are balloning now. Interesting questions ahead for the FAA and other regulators: who is in charge of avoiding collision routes 20 km above sea level?

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Emmanuel HAVET's curator insight, March 5, 9:07 AM

Il va y avoir du monde sur le FL600. Quel sera le contrôle aérien ?

Herminia ALEMANY PEREZ's curator insight, March 8, 10:00 PM

FACEBOOK  le drone solaire et Internet pour tous,  une solution alternative au super ballon de GOOGLE 

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Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook

Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

You grow old, you slow down, and you die. That is, unless you can inject some fresh blood. After watching the last generation of tech giants wither or..

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Proud to be somewhere in this GAFAY shopping spree. This chart would be even more interesting in % of market cap...

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Social Login Trends Across the Web for Q4 2013 | Janrain

Social Login Trends Across the Web for Q4 2013 | Janrain | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

During the past five years, the ability to register and log in on websites with a social network or email identity has become increasingly prevalent. In fact, 90% of people have encountered social login before, and more than half of people use it. Because it makes the account creation and login process so much faster and easier and eliminates the need to remember yet another username and password, it’s no surprise that social login has become so popular.

 

But which networks are people most likely to choose? How do these preferences differ based on the type of sites people visit? We all use multiple social networks for different purposes. Facebook is generally where we interact with our close friends and family. LinkedIn is where we maintain our professional persona. Google+ lets us do both, by letting us organize our social graph and content we share into circles. We use Twitter to follow influencers, share opinions, and read about topics of interest. And Gmail, Yahoo and Microsoft are our primary means of privately communicating with others via email.

 

For four years, Janrain has published quarterly reports to shed light on consumer preferences for social login, with data aggregated from the websites that use Janrain. The key takeaway, above all else, is that people want choice. In other words, there is not a single identity provider to rule them all.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Interestingly, the real "camembert" does not match what I thought it would look like. My techdom bias would have led me to expect to a smaller G+ and a quite larger Twitter & LinkedIn share...

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Facebook Is Close To Buying Israeli Startup Waze For $1 Billion

Facebook Is Close To Buying Israeli Startup Waze For $1 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Waze and Facebook partnered in October 2012 when Waze released its updated version that allows users to share their drive with their Facebook friends.


This would be Facebook's third acquisition in Israel. It bought Snaptu in 2011 for $70 million and Face.com in 2012 for $60 million.


In the last year, Waze tripled its user base to 45 million and in March alone, 1.5 million users downloaded the free mobile navigation app, Calcalist said.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

the deal would clearly not be for the userbase per se, so it has to be about engagement or part of a bigger plan. I just hope this won't change Waze's service too much as I find it amazing.

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Facebook Lets You Spy on Its Data Centers

Facebook Lets You Spy on Its Data Centers | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

If you walk into the lobby of the data center Facebook operates in the high desert in Prineville, Oregon, you’ll find a flatscreen display on the wall where you can check the pulse of this massive computing facility.

The display tracks the efficiency of the operation, which spans 333,400-square feet and tens of thousands of computer servers. Facebook built this data center in an effort to significantly reduce the power and dollars needed to serve up the world’s most popular social network, and — driven by CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s deep-seeded belief in the free exchange of ideas — the company aims to push the computing world in a similar direction. The display — which shows much the same information Facebook engineers use to monitor the facility — is an advertisement for the Facebook way.

Now, the company is taking this idea a step further. On Thursday, Facebook uncloaked a pair of web services that let anyone in the world track the efficiency of the Prineville data center and its sister facilityin Forest City, North Carolina. “We’re pulling back the curtain to share some of the same information that our data center technicians view every day,” Facebook’s Lyrica McTiernan said in a blog post. “We think it’s important to demystify data centers and share more about what our operations really look like.”

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What's your current PUE?

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Tumblr Has 700,000 Visitors Per Employee – Way More Than Twitter, Facebook, Or Google

Tumblr Has 700,000 Visitors Per Employee – Way More Than Twitter, Facebook, Or Google | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"According to Comscore, it had almost 100 million worldwide visitors in December. What's particularly impressive about that huge number is that Tumblr only has 145 employees."

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lean management

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Facebook loses EMEA chief Joanna Shields to Tech City

Facebook loses EMEA chief Joanna Shields to Tech City | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Facebook's top executive in Europe, Joanna Shields, is leaving to spearhead the government's scheme to create a 'Silicon Valley' cluster of technology businesses in East London.

Shields, who is vice-president and managing director of Facebook EMEA, is to become chief executive of the Tech City Investment Organisation in January.

The social network, which is also looking for its first UK managing director, does not have a replacement for her lined up yet.

 

At TCIO Shields will replace Eric van der Kleij, who did not renew his contract when it ended this summer. She will also take up a position with the government as ambassador for the Digital Industries.

 

Shields joined Facebook in 2010, after a brief period working at Elisabeth Murdoch's digital media media venture ShineVu. She made her name at the social network Bebo, where she was president. She oversaw the sale of the business to AOL for $850m (£417m), later becoming president of its social media divison.

Prior to her role at Bebo, Shields was managing director at Google, where she was responsible for building and managing the company's advertising and syndication network across Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.

 

The Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO) was set up by the government department of UK Trade and Investment in April last year, to support the growth of technology businesses in East London and make it the location of choice for tech and digital businesses.

Businesses that have set up offices in Tech City include Amazon, Google, Intel and Cisco. Shields’ role will involve helping to promote the area, raising its profile internationally, and attracting investment.

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Laurent Charreyron's curator insight, December 18, 2012 5:22 PM

Pendant ce temps, dans un petit village gaulois.....

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New Facebook for iOS changes UI (again) and limits photo uploads #fail

New Facebook for iOS changes UI (again) and limits photo uploads #fail | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

UI design is about maintaining consistency while expanding possibilities. Looks like Facebook's latest iOS update does the opposite...

 

Today facebook changed (once again) the gestures that everybody knew by now (given the high usage rate of the app), which will induce latency, friction and frustration from single handed, zero attention span millions of users.

 

But maybe one can see some wisdom in such choices, that over time may be progressively forgotten.

 

More frustrating are some feature reductions, namely in the photo area of the app that now longer allows posting pictures that are not in the camera roll.

 

For instance, it is no longer possible to enrich a post with a photo picked in an existing album, including the photostream. This is a big restriction in terms of features and UI, with no understandable reason.

 

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Facebook Just Updated Its iPhone And iPad Apps With Some Must-Have Features

Facebook Just Updated Its iPhone And iPad Apps With Some Must-Have Features | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Beyond an impressive (and long awaited) speed and UX improvement, facebook's last iOS release raises the HTML5 vs.native apps debate to a whole new level

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Facebook Just Fired A Huge Shot At Cisco

Facebook Just Fired A Huge Shot At Cisco | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

On June 18th, Facebook introduced Wedge, making good on its promise from last year to push into the $23 billion Ethernet switch market, currently dominated by Cisco.

Wedge is part of the Open Compute Project (OCP), one of the most important tech projects Facebook has ever created. OCP began in 2012 as a radically new way to build and buy computer hardware. It creates free and "open source" designs where anyone can contribute to the designs and use them for free, ordering them from a contract manufacturer.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Attention all European Tech Pundits : OCP is not a hobby, I repeat, OCP is not a hobby.

Sovereignty means control and control now primarily comes from mastering the full stack.

> Bad news : Europe and France are late on this.

> Good news : it took only 20 engineers and 2 years for Facebook to redesign its hardware infrastructure from the ground.

> Better news : the job is done and there are billion $ businesses to be build to cover European region as atoms do not move at zero marginal cost.

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Facebook Figured Out How To Completely Take Over Your Phone

Facebook Figured Out How To Completely Take Over Your Phone | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Last year, it took a shot at creating its own pseudo mobile operating system with Facebook Home, an Android app that replaced your home screen with a pretty stream of photos and updates from your Facebook feed. It was a dud.

Then there were the series of separate mobile apps like Poke, Camera, and Paper that have largely failed to resonate with people. Most seem to be happy with the regular Facebook app, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger.

 

But at today's F8 developers conference, Facebook unveiled some new tools that will give Facebook a deeper level of control over your phone, no matter what kind of device you use.

 

The most important one is called App Link, a tool that developers can use to help their apps and websites talk to each other.

To use Facebook's example, imagine looking up a movie review on your phone on the mobile Rotten Tomatoes site. Well, what happens if you want to use the Fandango app to buy tickets to that movie? As things stand now, you'd have to close out your browser, launch the Fandango app, and then search for the movie again. With App Link, the Rotten Tomatoes developers would be able to provide you with a link that lets you jump right into the movie's ticket page in the Fandango app. In theory, it's seamless.

That process is also called deep linking, and it's been a messy problem for app developers until now. Apple, Google, and Microsoft don't make it very easy for developers to use deep linking on their respective mobile operating systems. App Link is open for any developer to use, so over the next few months you can expect to see more and more of your apps start playing nicely with each other.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

What you offer often tells what you (want to) control.

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Open Compute, un Investissement d'Avenir pour le Cloud Souverain et l'industrie française

Open Compute, un Investissement d'Avenir pour le Cloud Souverain et l'industrie française | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

La prochaine révolution informatique à grande échelle a démarré à partir du projet OCP (Open Compute Project), démarré en 2011 par Facebook avec le soutien notamment de Microsoft et Goldman Sachs (saviez-vous que cette banque dispose de sa propre équipe d'ingénieurs en charge de concevoir leurs serveurs?) qui ont pour objectif d’être au matériel ce que l’open source est au logiciel. Il s’agit de repartir des besoins des clients finaux et de désintermédier les fabricants (OEM) de serveurs comme HP, Dell ou Lenovo en certifiant directement des configurations matérielles adaptées au client et à ses objectifs de coûts.

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Comme le dit Cole Crawford, Directeur Executif de la Fondation Open Compute, "Splitted Desktop is in a critically unique position within Europe.  They have led the charge in driving Open Compute technologies into the region. We will be relying heavily on Jean Marie and his team to produce and promote the world's most efficient computing environments".

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Facebook Buys Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Facebook Buys Oculus VR For $2 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

According to a statement from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the company plans to expand Oculus beyond gaming:

After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home.

Zuckerberg expanded on that in a conference call following the announcement, saying he believes virtual reality will be the next big computing platform after mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

"History suggests that there will be more platforms to come," Zuckerberg said on the conference call, adding that the person who controls that major computing platform will be able to shape the entire tech industry.

"Today's acquisition is a long-term bet on the future of computing," Zuckerberg said.

Oculus got its start on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, where it raised $2.4 million in 2012. Since then, other VCs have invested in the company. Most recently, Oculus raised $75 million in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

User interface revolution or pop of the bubble? 2Bn$ "value creation" in 2 years...

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Meet New Billionaire Jeff Rothschild, The Engineer Who Saved Facebook From Crashing

Meet New Billionaire Jeff Rothschild, The Engineer Who Saved Facebook From Crashing | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Known as “J-Ro” around Facebook’s campus according to sources close to the company, Rothschild was by far the oldest person to work there when he started. An experienced entrepreneur, he cofounded Veritas Software in 1988 (later merged with Symantec in 2005) and gaming company Mpath Interactive in 1995 (IPO in April 1999). Zuckerberg was 4 when Rothschild started Veritas.

As an advisor at Accel, Rothschild was introduced to the company by partners Kevin Efrusy and Jim Breyer in May 2005. The pair had just led a $12.2 million investment into “Thefacebook” after months of persistence and brought on the experienced elder statesman to solve its challenges with growth. Rothschild, who has no relation to the wealthy banking family of the same name, was known at the time for his deep knowledge of backend systems and technology that helped power websites. He was asked by Zuckerberg, according to those close to Facebook,  to set up the proper engineering teams that could handle the tasks that were then being managed by the CEO and cofounder Dustin Moskovitz.

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Software, Infrastructure and value are not antagonistic...

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Here's Why Facebook Is Blowing $19 Billion On WhatsApp

Here's Why Facebook Is Blowing $19 Billion On WhatsApp | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Even in this era of multibillion-dollar valuations for tech startups that have barely moved out of the founders’ parents’ basement, the idea ofFacebook paying $19 billion for a mobile messaging service seems simply insane.

But that’s what Facebook likely will be spending toacquire WhatsApp, the latest–well, not even actually the latest–social network and communications service. The company today announced the deal, which includes $12 billion in Facebook stock, $4 billion in cash, and up to $3 billion in restricted Facebook stock units to be granted to WhatsApp founders and employees over a four-year vesting period.

Why so much for a service that a lot of people have never even heard of? Because it’s growing really, really fast–faster, in fact, than just about any similar service to date, including Facebook. More than 450 million people are using the service monthly, and 70% of them are active on any given day, according to Facebook’spress release. More than 1 million more are registering to use it every day.

Most stunning, WhatsApp messaging volume is apparently approaching the entire worldwide SMS messaging volume of mobile carriers. That’s the kind of growth Facebook, whose own messaging service has been growing rapidly but nothing like that, simply can’t ignore.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Drowning by numbers and Over The Top... WhatsApp valued at approximately half of Orange, with user base twice bigger. 

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Ian CHERABIER's curator insight, February 21, 6:22 AM

Intéressant !

Barbara Chapuis's curator insight, February 28, 4:36 AM

An explanation for such a big amount : off line datas, succesful mature mobile experience and a enormous number of users...

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How To Protect Your Profile From Unwanted facebook Graph Searches

How To Protect Your Profile From Unwanted facebook Graph Searches | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Facebook's Graph Search feature is rolling out to everyone today.

 

The new search tool lets you to search Facebook's huge amount of data to get consolidated results.

Mark Zuckerberg stressed Graph Search's privacy awareness at the big reveal months ago.

"Every piece of content has its own audience, most content is not public, and you can only search for content that has been shared with you," Zuckerberg said at the time.

Despite this reassurance, you still should take some time to look at your Facebook privacy settings to make sure things you share don't inadvertently show up in search.

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Worth the 5 minutes spent

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Facebook Rattles Networking World With 'Open Source' Gear

Facebook Rattles Networking World With 'Open Source' Gear | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Two years ago, Mark Zuckerberg and company turned the hardware world on its head when they launched the Open Compute Project, an effort to improve every aspect of the modern data center and share the results with the world at large. They began by “open sourcing” fresh designs for computer servers and power systems and cooling equipment. Then they did the same with hardware that stores massive amounts of digital data. Then they remade the racks that hold all these machines. And now it’s time for the networking gear.


The idea is to design a networking switch that anyone can load with their own operating system — just as you can load your own OS on a computer server. Typically, networking switches are sold by hardware giants such as Cisco and HP and Dell, and they ship with software specific to the company that designed them. But Facebook aims to separate the hardware from the software.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

After opensourcing data center gear end equipment, Facebook extends the approach to network : towards open SDN?

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The Major Mobile Announcement Facebook Just Made Explained In A Single Graphic

The Major Mobile Announcement Facebook Just Made Explained In A Single Graphic | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Mark  Zuckerberg swore his team wasn't making a Facebook  phone. But today, he greeted a room full of press in Menlo Park with a different  message.

"Today we're finally going to talk about that Facebook phone," the social  network's CEO said.

But by "Facebook phone," Zuckerberg doesn't mean actual hardware. Instead his  team created Home, a concept that changes the "soul of the phone," the home  screen.

"What would it feel like if our phones were designed around people, not  apps?" Zuckerberg asked the audience.

"We're not building a  phone. We're not building a new MP3 player. And we're not building a new  internet communication device," Zuckerberg said.

Instead, Facebook Home  appears the moment you turn on your phone or wake it up from stand-by mode  (Zuckerberg says people turn on their phones an average of 100 times per day).

Facebook Home doesn't  display the typical static background photo. It shows story after story posted  by friends to Facebook or Instagram  in real-time. It displays status updates, photos, and other open graph stories  with large images.

Below is a graphic that  simply explains what Facebook Home is. It's an integration on top of Android's  Operating System but beneath the app icon layer we're all used to seeing on our  smart phones.

Facebook has built the  first home screen that comes to life, and updates in real time.

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A powerful reminder that User Interface and User Experience designs has become both the battleground and the weapon...

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Facebook Now Controls Nearly One-Fifth Of U.S. Mobile Display Ad Revenue

Facebook Now Controls Nearly One-Fifth Of U.S. Mobile Display Ad Revenue | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Facebook has vaulted past its competitors to control 18.4 percent of U.S. mobile display ad revenues.
According to eMarketer, that means Facebook will end the year as the top U.S. publisher in mobile display, with roughly $340 million in revenue for all of 2012.
The chart below presents a visualization of Facebook remarkable performance. The social network wasn't in the picture in 2011. One year later, it has seized a fatter share of U.S. mobile display revenues than heavyweights such as Google, Pandora, and Apple's iAd platform. In the process, a greater share of revenue has accrued to the top six publishers.
However, Facebook's accomplishment needs to be placed in context. First, mobile remains a blip in the total advertising landscape. And within mobile, display still accounts for less spend than search ads— 46 percent to 49 percent of U.S. mobile ad spending. (In other countries the picture is even more lopsided in favor of search.)
Finally, it's early days yet for Facebook's mobile ads, and there are no guarantees the company's mobile ad formats will continue to succeed indefinitely.
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Still haven't clicked on any of these ads...

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What’s Up With Whatsapp? Facebook Might Want To Buy It, That’s What | TechCrunch

What’s Up With Whatsapp? Facebook Might Want To Buy It, That’s What | TechCrunch | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Whatsapp, the multiplatform mobile messaging app that has been one of the runaway success stories for ad-free, paid services, has been in talks to be acquired by Facebook, according to sources close to the matter.

 

We’re still digging around on potential price and other details about how advanced the deal is. But as mobile becomes the most bloody battleground in the Internet’s game of thrones, you can see how such a deal could make sense.

 

For starters, it would be another way for Facebook to continue extending its touchpoints with mobile consumer. Mark Zuckerberg asserted, on the occasion of reaching 1 billion monthly active users on Facebook, that mobile would be crucial to Facebook reaching the “next billion.”

 

“The big thing is obviously going to be mobile,” Zuckerberg told BusinessWeek. “There are 5 billion people in the world who have phones.”

 

Whatsapp also has a footprint that fits with Facebook’s focus on international/emerging markets: The messaging app has users in over a hundred countries covering 750 mobile networks, on the iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia S40, Symbian and Windows Phone platforms.

 

The startup also has demonstrable scale. We’ve heard the company has something like tens of millions of daily active users globally and these users utilize Whatsapp to send messages to family and friends. Every minute a user spends on Whatsapp is likely at the expense of a minute spent on Facebook.

 

At the end of October 2011, when the last time Whatsapp updated its usage numbers, it announced that it was serving 1 billion messages per day — “Just how much is 1 billion messages? That is 41,666,667 messages an hour, 694,444 messages a minute, and 11,574 messages a second,” the company wrote then. In August 2012, that number had grown ten-fold to 10 billion messages per day, 4 billion inbound and 6 billion outbound (because they go to more than one recipient). The app, which is built on Erlang, has the potential and ambition to grow more and wants to provide “a great mobile messaging system for a global market, regardless of your handset.”

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Facebook's Steady March To 1 Billion Users

Facebook's Steady March To 1 Billion Users | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Facebook announced that it now has 1 billion monthly active users. It's an incredible feat. Very few companies can say they have 1 billion customers.

Most impressive is how linear this progression is.
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