Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage in San Francisco on Wednesday during F8, the Facebook developer conference. There, Zuckerberg and his underlings gave viewers and attendees alike a vision of the future of Facebook—and while nothing is going to set the world on fire, there were enough interesting ideas presented that make Facebook seem poised to make some big moves down the road.Spherical Videos Coming to Facebook and Oculus
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The new, work-focused social networking experience from Facebook is launching today, TechCrunch reports. Accessible via the main Facebook site, but also packaged into an Android and iOS app called “Work,” the new service will be available as part of a limited roll out while Facebook tests everything out.
According to the report, businesses will be able to create their own Work networks and give access to their employees. From there, posts and messages can be shared among that limited network, walled off from the rest of Facebook. [...]
A report out of Reuters today says that Facebook is in the process of getting into the healthcare market in the near future. The information comes from “three people familiar with the matter,” who say that the initiative will introduce “support communities” to help bring people with similar health issues together if they like.
Additionally, another facet of Facebook’s plans include the introduction of “preventative care” applications to help users “improve their lifestyles.” What form that might take remains to be seen. Unlike [...]
After turning down a $3 billion offer to be acquired by Facebook, Snapchat demanded the tech world’s attention. What was so special about this company that would give them the guts to give Mark Zuckerberg and his piles of cash a polite, if surprising, “no thank you”? Part of the answer might be hidden in today’s announcement of “Chat,” a new feature coming to Snapchat that might actually transform it from smartphone fad to must-have app.
In a new post on the Snapchat blog today, the team explains the new Chat feature, saying that [...]
Less than a week ago, Facebook stunned the tech world by spending $2 billion to acquire virtual reality start-up Oculus, and the company’s in-development headset, the Rift. The backlash among former Oculus fans was swift and immediate, pretty perfectly encapsulated by the just-as-sudden announcement of Marcus “Notch” Perrson’s cancelation of the also in-development Rift port of Minecraft. A few days ago, alpha-nerd and Doom creator John Carmack—the Chief Technology Officer of Oculus who left his longtime position at the studio he [...]
News broke moments ago that Facebook will spend $2 billion to acquire Oculus, the Kickstarted maker of the Rift, a virtual reality headset that’s had the gaming world talking for the last several months. While not as numerically huge as its $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp last month, the implications of Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus can’t be ignored.
For starters, this means that Oculus won’t have to worry about funding, well, ever again. With Mark Zuckerberg’s deep pockets, Oculus has more than enough [...]
About an hour ago, Mark Zuckerberg announced on his Facebook page that his company was buying WhatsApp, a cross-platform, non-SMS messaging app that’s gaining a million new users every day. According to a report from Reuters, Facebook is ponying up a whopping $19 billion in cash and stock, a hefty sum when contrasted with Facebook’s failed attempt to buy Snapchat back in November for the already absurd (but now paltry-seeming) sum of $3 billion. It would seem that Zuckerberg wasn’t interested in being told ‘no.’
The Reuters [...]
Remember how we told you that 15 second video ads are coming to Facebook? Well, they still are but apparently Mark Zuckerberg is being very cautious about the launch of the video advertising product. The video ads, which may launch as soon as the fall, will be 15 seconds or less and run on both the web and mobile version of the social network. Additionally, the video ads will be prominently placed on users news feeds — making advertisers happy, while hopefully not upsetting the user base.
One way Facebook may keep users [...]
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with Samsung today to discuss potential partnerships that would boost advertising sales from mobile devices, according to a report by Bloomberg. In addition to discussing partnerships, Samsung’s President Shin Jong Kyun also spoke about the state of the tech industry. Facebook really wants its users to use more of its mobile products and services, and Samsung being the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones, may be just the right company to help.
In April, Zuckerberg and Co. presented [...]
The Facebook Home on Android event is today and everyone is expecting to see a Facebook phone that has been developed in partnership with HTC, running an modified version of Android. At least that’s what everyone is anticipating with all the leaks that have occurred over the past few days. But a Facebook phone is contradictory to everything Mark Zuckerberg has said in the past, a Facebook phone “is the wrong strategy for us,” he said at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco this past September. If you don’t believe [...]