Rise of the Drones
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope — it’s a Facebook drone.
The social media site reportedly wants to use drones to bring Internet connection to the two thirds of the world that still lack connectivity, starting with parts of Africa. The initiative is part of the internet.org project, which Facebook backs.
In a move that surely induced cringes in teens and twenty-somethings the world over, Bill de Blasio tweeted a profoundly corny dad joke about Facebook last night.
The missive was deployed at 8:58 p.m. and was both topical and punny. Referring to both Facebook’s new offices and its recent acquisition of WhatsApp, the mayor said: Read More
death and taxes
Last summer, we learned that Facebook’s NYC team would be leaving its Madison Ave. office for a Frank Gehry-designed space in Astor Place’s 770 Broadway building. Guess what? Moving day is finally here.
Great Achievements in Facebook
On the off chance that disaster strikes on your commute home, you might want to delete your more incriminating tagged photos. Facebook has tweaked its policies to make more of your profile information available to the general public after you die.
Previously, when a user’s account was “memorialized” after their death, it was virtually sealed off so that only friends could view their information, a Facebook blog post says. Now, their privacy settings will be preserved so that even if their account is memorialized, other users will still be able to view whatever information they made public.
After consulting with LGBT advocacy groups, Facebook is finally adding a slew of gender options for users beyond the typical male-female binary.
The social network announced the switch in a blog post yesterday. Now, users can choose male, female or custom under the gender category. To select a custom gender, start typing and a list of options will come up.
Comcast is acquiring Time Warner Cable for the low, low price of a $45.2 billion all-stock transaction. [The Verge]
We all know the folks at Facebook aren’t saints. Just in the past few months, they’ve steamrolled smaller startups, bribed third-rate celebs to use their product, and decided not to allow ads for marijuana. Who’s afraid of a little pot?!
And this viral video (which is blowing up this week) says Facebook’s system of likes for companies might be tainted.
Bitcoin’s value plummeted 20 percent last night after a major glitch hit trading exchange Mt. Gox. [CNBC]
Google laid the ultimate body slam against Russia’s anti-gay laws as it’s about to kickoff the Winter Olympics. The search giant changed its homepage into a colorful logo with a slam at the IOC for not addressing the problems. [Verge]
The FTC approved Google’s $3.2 billion deal to buy fancy thermostat maker Nest. [Recode]
Here’s an honest version of how those Facebook “Look Back” videos should really look like. [BI]
After being snubbed by Spotify, Tesla inked a deal with Rdio to include the service in its vehicles. [GigaOM]
It doesn’t look like a lot of you are going to update your status celebrating Facebook’s birthday. A new survey from Pew Research discovered that only ten percent of its 1.2 billion users change their status daily while just four percent do it more than once a day.
With only a few Faebook users sharing their annoying life announcements, it means that the social network is a one-way conversation ”buoyed by Internet voyeurs who relish the ability to document their lives with their friends or the public,” writes the WSJ.
Facebook is turning 10 years old today in case you didn’t know. Here’s an interview with Zuck. [Today]
Google has been ordered to move its mysterious barge currently creeping in the San Francisco waters because of lack of permits. [Recode]
When the government asked for user data, Tumblr gave it out 76 percent of the time according to a so-called Transparency Report. [CNet]
Now any website or developer can make their website compatible with Google’s Chromecast. [ReadWrite]
Please stop retweeting this fraudulent Esurance account on Twitter because it’s not going to help you win millions the company is giving out. [BI]