Right now, it's unclear just what the photo-sharing social network will announce. Speculation has ranged from a photo-printing service -- based on the odd form of the invites -- to a private messaging service that could rival Snapchat and WhatsApp.
We may not know all the details now, but our live blog will bring you the news right as it happens.
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PARIS -- People who use Facebook to rant or rave about the latest TV show might soon have more of an audience than their social-network contacts.
For companies that produce entertainment content or that have brands to promote, the conversations people have about them on Facebook are mostly invisible today, said business development vice president Chris Daniels said at the LeWeb conference here. Now the company is working to give brands and media companies a better way find those conversations so they can engage.
"We know people are talking about TV, movies, and media on Facebook. We know it'… Read more
In a coup d'etat, Twitter trampled all other tech companies and took the top spot in Glassdoor's 50 best places to work list for a tech business.
It beat out Facebook, Google, and Apple; and, to pour salt in its competitor's wounds, this was the first year the social network even made the top 50 list. Bain & Company took the No. 1 spot in the overall rankings.
Company review site Glassdoor annually compiles the 50 best places to work list based on comments from employees in dozens of companies. This year, more than half a million … Read more
Facebook's new News Feed, unveiled with pomp and circumstance back in March, isn't headed your way anytime soon, or even at all, according to a new report from AllThingsD.
The now reportedly tabled News Feed design is defined by its larger presentation of content. Updates, photos, and even ads, are so big they're impossible to miss. The 9-month-old refresh, still only available to a small percentage of people, also comes with a collection of filtered feed options for viewing content like most recent updates, music posts, or just photos.
But apparently bigger is not better with Facebook … Read more
Facebook may be loosening its straightjacket on emotional responses with a "sympathize" button for negative news, but a "dislike" button remains a dream.
If the function ever were implemented, users who tag a status with a negative emoticon would see acknowledgements of sympathy versus "likes." Disliking the bad news, however, would not be an option.
Facebook engineer Dan Muriello described the possible function and its origins in a company hackathon, saying the sympathetic response would accompany gloomy updates only. For example, it would only work with posts in which users specified what they're feeling by selecting from Facebook's menu of 40 emoticons, which tries to encompass the vast range of human psychology.… Read more
Google isn't the only major tech company dabbling in artificial intelligence -- Facebook is also getting into the game. And, to prove it, the social network just hired an expert in machine learning and mobile robotics to run its AI lab.
New York University professor Yann LeCun announced on his Facebook and Google+ pages on Monday that Facebook has created a new AI research lab and hired him to be its director. The long-term goal of the lab, dubbed AI Group, is to bring about "major advances in Artificial Intelligence," LeCun wrote.
Part of the deal is … Read more
King's Candy Crush Saga was inescapable this year -- for better or worse -- but it's not Facebook's game of the year. Instead, the social network hand-picked Criminal Case, a hidden object game from Pretty Simple, as its 2013 top pick.
Facebook published its 2013 games of the year list on Monday. The list represents an editorial collection of titles that were chosen based on a variety of factors, including player ratings, quality, monthly and daily active users, commercial success, and Facebook's opinions on innovation and creativity.
"The game maintains the highest possible player ratings … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Hey look, a real-life "Serendipity" story!
- Forget about ordering pizza delivery -- now you can 3D-print a pie at home.
- NASA funds attempt at 3D food printer for pizza.
- Brightest Flashlight Android app slammed for lying to users.
- Yes, those free health apps are sharing your data with other companies.
- Want to text and walk? New cell phone says no.