Facebook Graph Search, the social network's natural language search engine, is maturing in a way that will help it live up to its original promise of freeing all past and present content from the confines of News Feed.
Starting Monday, the engine will enable people -- initially just a small group -- to search for status updates, photo captions, check-ins, and comments on Facebook.com. Previously, Graph Search has only allowed users to query around people, places, photos, and interests.
Graph Search, which has been ordained a "third pillar" product, is as core to Facebook as News … Read more
A group of some of the biggest names in technology and advocacy has written an open letter to Congress demanding greater transparency when it comes to government requests for user data.
In the letter (PDF), companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and Microsoft, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reporters Without Borders, and others wrote to Congress to promote the passage of the Senate's Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013, and the House's Surveillance Order Reporting Act of 2013, "each of which would clarify that companies have the right to publish basic … Read more
Grady Burnett, Facebook's vice president of global sales and operations, is saying so long to the social network after nearly four and a half years. The advertising executive is heading to mobile analytics and advertising firm Flurry where he'll serve as chief operating officer.
"Grady was a valuable member of Facebook's team, and we wish him luck in the future," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET.
During his tenure at Facebook, Burnett helped develop and implement the social network's advertising strategy alongside COO Sheryl Sandberg, and worked to grow the company's international sales team. … Read more
Camera for Facebook lets you automatically upload pictures from your smartphone to any Facebook album. It's a great app if you're frequently capturing images from events or meetings and want not only to keep your photo albums organized, but also to share them with your friends and family.
Camera for Facebook connects to your Facebook account and uploads pictures as you take them. You have the option to upload only over Wi-Fi to save data and pick exactly which folders you want to upload to. You can even make a new Facebook album from inside the app. The … Read more
Facebook is making a move on television networks.
The social network on Monday will start providing new data to the four largest US television networks -- CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC -- in an attempt to attract more advertising dollars to its service, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing Facebook officials. The social network will also provide its data to a precious few other television partners.
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The data Facebook will share will revolve around "actions" that users take on the site, including likes, comments, and shares related to … Read more
Curious about the more than 1.2 billion people currently on Facebook? A new Web site lets you zoom in on each one.
Designed by self-dubbed creative technologist Natalia Rojas, The Faces of Facebook starts off with a running count of Facebook's growing membership, with each person represented by a tiny dot. Click anywhere amid the sea of dots, and the page drills down to reveal thumbnails of the faces of a handful of Facebook users. Click on any thumbnail, and that person's public profile pops up.… Read more
She left you for a Crocs-wearing busker from Bhutan, straight after you lost three fingers in a hang-gliding accident.
He left you for an administrative assistant from Wisconsin, three months after he asked you to marry him. A month later, he married the assistant in Madison. Wait, he met the assistant from Wisconsin the night he proposed to you?
How are you supposed to get over these things? In the world of Facebook, how are you ever supposed to forget them?
Scientists are now becoming increasingly concerned that it's possible you never will.
Can Facebook take a hint? The company said it is adjusting the algorithm behind the ads that run in News Feed to deliver more sponsored content that people might like and less of what the social network knows they don't want.
"When deciding which ad to show to which groups of people, we are placing more emphasis on feedback we receive from people about ads, including how often people report or hide an ad," Hong Ge, News Feed ads engineering manager, wrote Friday in an announcement on the changes.
In essence, Facebook is promising to listen a … Read more
Like Twitter, UK-based King, makers of the smash hit Candy Crush Saga, has secretly filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to go public, according to the Telegraph.
King used the provision in the JOBS Act that allows smaller companies with less than $1 billion in annual sales to start the IPO process confidentially. The games maker is expected to list its shares on the Nasdag with a valuation exceeding $5 billion, the Telegraph reported. A company spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.
Founded in 2003, King touts 100 million daily active players of its … Read more