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Facebook reportedly developing zone for professionals

Facebook continues to diversify

Social networking giant Facebook is looking to get into the business networking and collaboration game, according to unnamed sources in an FT report. It would apparently take the form of a dedicated zone, called ‘Facebook at Work’, that would have familiar Facebook functionality, but shield your work contacts from any frivolous content posted in the personal section.

Q3 mobile driving growth for Facebook, Twitter user numbers disappoint

Mobile is growing for Facebook

Facebook has reported third quarter results, again showing strongest year-on-year growth in mobile, where daily active users (DAUS) rose by 39% to 703 million, while overall daily users rose 19% to 864 million DAUS.

European Commission antitrust probe clears ISPs

No wrong-doing found by the European Commission.

The European Commission has announced that an investigation into content delivery antitrust has failed to find evidence of wrong-doing by internet service providers. Inspections were carried out after concerns were raised about the potential abuse of dominant market positions and violation of EU antitrust regulations.

Facebook, Airtel bring free internet to Zambia

Facebook is helping Airtel bring free internet to Africa

The Facebook-backed Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, announced a partnership with emerging markets carrier Airtel on Thursday that will see the Internet.org app provide free basic services to users in Zambia.

Facebook launches mobile ad network

Facebook's example of how ads on its Audience network might look

Facebook has launched a mobile advertising network that will allow it to serve adverts in third party smartphone apps. The Facebook Audience Network will support IAB banners, interstitials and native advertising. Facebook, which announced the network at its F8 developer conference this week, said that it will offer the same level of personalisation and targeting as adverts sold within its own inventory.

Facebook puts the moves on Moves

Facebook is acquiring Moves

On something of an acquisition spree at the moment, Facebook has picked up Finland-based activity tracker app Moves for an undisclosed sum.

Free Facebook comes to Tigo Tanzania

Facebook is pushing into Africa

Developing markets operator Millicom said Thursday that Tigo customers in Tanzania will be the first consumers in East Africa to get free access to Facebook on their mobile handsets. On the back of a similar service which launched in Latin America in December 2013, Millicom and Facebook have now extended the partnership to East Africa.

WhatsApp tops half a billion users

Facebook is to acquire WhatsApp

OTT messaging app WhatsApp has racked up a further 50 million users since its acquisition by Facebook in mid-February. The company on Wednesday announced that half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users.

Facebook kills app messaging in Europe to push standalone Messenger

Facebook is pushing its standalone app

Facebook has been warned it risks alienating users as it seeks to grow the reach of its Facebook Messenger app as a platform for communications, content and commerce. The company has decided to remove its mobile app’s messaging capabilities in some European markets so that users have to download Facebook Messenger instead.

Internet.org building drones to connect remote communities

Facebook has outlined plans to provide internet connectivity to unconnected communities using technology such as drone aircrafts

The Facebook-backed Internet.org initiative has revealed that it is building its first high altitude drone as part of a plan to provide connectivity to unconnected communities around the world, using satellite and free space optics.

Right before your eyes

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Social media darling Facebook this week had an eye on the future as it announced the acquisition of virtual reality technology provider Oculus for a hefty $2bn.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that the decision to acquire Oculus was made to place the firm in a commanding position for the future, as it expects immersive virtual [...]

Facebook to buy virtual reality firm Oculus for $2bn

Facebook is set to acquire immersive virtual reality technology provider Oculus VR

Facebook is set to acquire immersive virtual reality developer Oculus VR for around $2bn, as an investment for the future, when such technology is expected to become commonplace.

Facebook, GSMA to tackle connectivity in developing markets

The telecoms industry continued its courtship of internet services firms at Barcelona this week, where industry association the GSMA unveiled a joint initiative with Facebook.

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19bn, promises to keep it ad free

Facebook is to acquire WhatsApp

In what some have billed the largest startup acquisition in web history, Facebook on Wednesday agreed to acquire cloud-based over the top mobile messaging firm WhatsApp for an eye watering $19bn.

The Ken Burns effect

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Facebook turned ten in early February and, like all ten year olds, it is prone to over sharing. The Informer has long lurked on Facebook, a silent voyeur struck by an often morbid curiosity to click on the banal and fatuous items in his newsfeed. And if your newsfeed looked anything like the Informer’s in early February, it was chock full of people sharing their ‘life story’—Facebook’s gift to the world after a ten-year social bender.

GSMA joins alliance to drive down internet access costs

The GSMA has announced that it has joined the Alliance for Affordable Internet

Telecoms trade association the GSMA has announced that it has joined the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a coalition with 50 members, including Google, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft, committed to bringing down the cost of internet access in developing nations.

FACEBOOK FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN AND CEO MARK ZUCKERBERG TO KEYNOTE AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS

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The GSMA today announced several new speakers in the keynote programme at the upcoming 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress, including the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. The GSMA outlined other new developments for Mobile World Congress, including keynote speakers in the mPowered Industries programme, new elements for the NFC Experience and new partners in Featured Programmes.

Tech firms seek government surveillance reform

Microsoft, Apple, Twitter and Google are among eight cloud firms calling for widespread reforms in US intelligence gathering techniques

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.

Clown cars, gold mines and Happy Meals

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There’s plenty of stuff in this world the Informer doesn’t understand and how companies that make no money can rake it in from a stock market floatation is one of them. The Twitter founders buzzed the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday and released 70 million shares to the frenzied masses. Despite opening at $26, the market closed at almost $45, with the company reflecting a market value of more than $31bn. The company’s valuation ahead of the IPO was closer to $17bn.

Facebook acquires Onavo to strengthen mobile ads play

Facebook says Onavo will boost mobile ad potential and reduce mobile data usage for those accessing Facebook via mobile devices

Social media giant Facebook has acquired Onavo, an Israeli-based startup that specialises in mobile data compression technologies, for an undisclosed sum. The company says the move will bolster its efforts to make the internet more efficient and affordable and strengthen its mobile ad platform.

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