Facebook - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/18071 en Facebook is trying to make its News Feed less spammy http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/facebook-trying-make-its-news-feed-less-spammy-240322?source=rss_facebook <p>Posts on Facebook that repeatedly urge users to like, share or comment on them are being targeted in a new effort to reduce News Feed spam, Facebook said Thursday.</p> <p>Many of those posts are published by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/about/pages" target="_blank">Pages</a> that deliberately try to game Facebook to get wider distribution, the company said. The changes are designed to make more prominent the content people actually want to see, while better detecting and demoting other posts.</p> Applications Security Facebook Anti-spam Social Networking Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:34:29 +0000 admin 240322 at http://www.infoworld.com Web giants join forces for open source MySQL scalability project http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-management/web-giants-join-forces-open-source-mysql-scalability-project-239231?source=rss_facebook <p>Engineering teams from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter have begun work on WebScaleSQL, a project designed to address the challenges of running MySQL at Web scale.</p><p>"Delivering a reliable, personalized experience for the 1.23 billion people who use Facebook requires an expansive and large-scale infrastructure," says Steaphan Greene, a Facebook software engineer. "As Facebook has grown, so has our MySQL deployment, and that deployment is now one of the largest in the world. Along the way, we've learned and benefited from code changes made by the MySQL community."</p> Data Management Facebook Google Twitter MySQL Open Source Software Data Management Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:05:58 +0000 admin 239231 at http://www.infoworld.com 'Hi, my name is Mark, and I'm a Silicon Valley shopaholic' http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/hi-my-name-mark-and-im-silicon-valley-shopaholic-239181?source=rss_facebook <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/cash_case.jpg" alt="'Hi, my name is Mark, and I'm a Silicon Valley shopaholic'" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Ireneusz Skorupa</p> Facebook Cringely Consumer Electronics M&A Social Networking Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 239181 at http://www.infoworld.com Zuckerberg sees virtual reality as next major computing platform http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/zuckerberg-sees-virtual-reality-next-major-computing-platform-239115?source=rss_facebook <p>Mark Zuckerberg has seen the future, and it's inside a virtual-reality headset.</p> <p><a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/facebook-buying-oculus-vr-virtual-reality-company-2-billion-239107">Facebook's $2 billion deal to buy Oculus VR</a>, announced on Tuesday, is about a lot more than gaming. The social network's founder and CEO sees virtual reality as one of -- if not the -- next major computing platform, he said, one that will be a vehicle for communication, shopping, education, and more.</p> The Industry Standard Facebook M&A Social Networking Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:17:20 +0000 admin 239115 at http://www.infoworld.com Facebook Q&A: Hack brings static typing to PHP world http://www.infoworld.com/t/php-web/facebook-qa-hack-brings-static-typing-php-world-239112?source=rss_facebook <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/facebook_APP_DEV_hp.jpg" alt="Facebook Q&amp;A: Hack brings static typing to PHP world" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>The <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/facebooks-hack-programming-language-builds-code-safety-php-238813">Hack language</a>, which brings static typing to the dynamically typed PHP realm, recently was releas</p> Application Development Facebook PHP Web Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:28:34 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239112 at http://www.infoworld.com Facebook buying Oculus VR virtual-reality company for $2 billion http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/facebook-buying-oculus-vr-virtual-reality-company-2-billion-239107?source=rss_facebook <p>Facebook has reached a surprise deal to buy Oculus VR, developer of the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, for about US$2 billion, the social network said Tuesday.</p> <p>The announcement puts Facebook into one of the most-talked-about new markets this year. Sony has also made moves into virtual reality lately, as has Google with its <a href="http://www.techhive.com/article/2099947/video-report-meet-google-s-project-tango.html" target="_blank">Project Tango</a>.</p> The Industry Standard Facebook M&A Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:56:03 +0000 admin 239107 at http://www.infoworld.com Facebook's Hack language builds on PHP http://www.infoworld.com/t/php-web/facebooks-hack-language-builds-php-238870?source=rss_facebook <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/facebook_APP_DEV_hp.jpg" alt="Facebook's Hack language builds on PHP" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>It seems Facebook wasn't satisfied with merely building a <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/facebook-invents-php-virtual-machine-223555">virtual machine for PHP</a>, HHVM, which compiles that language to C++ for faster execu Application Development Facebook PHP Web Web Development Open Source Software Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:32:55 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 238870 at http://www.infoworld.com Facebook's Hack programming language builds code safety into PHP http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/facebooks-hack-programming-language-builds-code-safety-php-238813?source=rss_facebook <p>Facebook has released a programming language called Hack, which marries the ease of PHP with the rigorous safety controls of older languages such as C++.</p> <p>PHP programmers should easily understand Hack, which replicates many of the same features and functions of PHP, and adds a few of its own for greater productivity, said Bryan O'Sullivan, a Facebook engineer on the project.</p> Application Development Facebook Application Development Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:15:01 +0000 admin 238813 at http://www.infoworld.com The Linux security spell is broken http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/the-linux-security-spell-broken-238717?source=rss_facebook <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/11TCseemore_hp.jpg" alt="The Linux security spell is broken" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>I've been dipping into the <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/sad-sexy-or-self-sufficient-your-robot-overlords-await-238438">coming-technology</a>-<a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/sad-sexy-or-self-sufficient-your-robot-overlords-await-</p> Applications Computer Hardware Data Center Open Source Software Security Facebook Cringely Servers Open Source Software Network Security Social Networking Data Center Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 238717 at http://www.infoworld.com Stupid user tricks: The most embarrassing flubs yet http://www.infoworld.com/t/misadventures/stupid-user-tricks-the-most-embarrassing-flubs-yet-238173?source=rss_facebook <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 172px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/oops-sign.jpg" alt="Stupid user tricks: The most embarrassing flubs yet" width="243" height="162" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Andy Dean</p> </em></div><p>Technology has made it easier than ever to communicate with colleagues and customers from all over the world. It's also made it easier than ever to make ourselves look very, very stupid.</p> Applications Mobile Technology Facebook Misadventures Email Software Smartphones Social Networking Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jason Snyder 238173 at http://www.infoworld.com NSA denies Facebook snooping as Zuckerberg lays into Obama http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/nsa-denies-facebook-snooping-zuckerberg-lays-obama-238382?source=rss_facebook <p>An article that accused the National Security Agency of impersonating Facebook to spy on U.S. citizens has triggered a denial from the NSA and a reprimand for the U.S. president from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.</p> Security Facebook Internet Privacy Malware Social Networking Government Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:10:32 +0000 admin 238382 at http://www.infoworld.com Facebook redesign mixes a bit of the old, a bit of the new http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/facebook-redesign-mixes-bit-of-the-old-bit-of-the-new-237925?source=rss_facebook <p>If you, like a lot of people, didn't like Facebook's News Feed redesign last year, you're in luck. The social network is trying to change what you don't like -- with another redesign.</p><p>Facebook announced Thursday afternoon that it's launching another redesign of its News Feed and it's going to be a mix of the old design and the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9237423/Update_Facebook_reveals_a_more_visual_customized_News_Feed">revamp launched a year ago</a>.</p> Applications Facebook Social Networking Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:17:28 +0000 admin 237925 at http://www.infoworld.com No Internet? Facebook could fix that with drones http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/no-internet-facebook-could-fix-drones-237695?source=rss_facebook <p>Facebook's grand scheme to bring Internet access to underserved parts of the world could soon get off the ground, literally, with drones flying high overhead.</p> <p>The social network is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace, a company developing solar-powered, unmanned aircraft that can be used to build a data services network in the air, according to a <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/03/facebook-in-talks-to-acquire-drone-maker-titan-aerospace/" target="_blank">report</a> in TechCrunch, which cited an unnamed source. It put the value of the deal at $60 million.</p> Networking The Industry Standard Facebook Internet M&A Web Services Social Networking Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:15:10 +0000 admin 237695 at http://www.infoworld.com When tech titans join forces: The verdict on 6 big mergers http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/when-tech-titans-join-forces-the-verdict-6-big-mergers-237613?source=rss_facebook <p>Batman and Robin. Siskel and Ebert. Great Britain and the United States in World War II. Cookie dough and ice cream. Usually, when two distinct entities join together, they form one opposable force.</p> <p>Or do they? While there are major success stories to be found when two large tech companies come together, there's a Time Warner-AOL fiasco for every Oracle-Sun combination.</p> The Industry Standard Dell EMC VMware Facebook Google Hewlett-Packard (HP) Yahoo M&A Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:06:25 +0000 admin 237613 at http://www.infoworld.com Mark Zuckerberg wants to friend the whole world via Internet.org http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/mark-zuckerberg-wants-friend-the-whole-world-internetorg-237087?source=rss_facebook <p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a victory lap through Mobile World Congress Monday, right on the heels of <a href="http://www.techhive.com/article/2099509/with-whatsapp-buy-facebook-wants-to-become-the-only-network-you-need.html" target="_blank">Facebook's $16 billion purchase of WhatsApp</a> -- and WhatsApp's announcement that it would roll out <a href="http://www.techhive.com/article/2099984/whatsapp-to-roll-out-voice-calls-this-spring.html" target="_blank">free phone calls</a> to all of its 465 million users.</p> Applications Facebook Social Networking Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:24:17 +0000 admin 237087 at http://www.infoworld.com With WhatsApp, Facebook looks to become the first global telco http://www.infoworld.com/t/mobile-technology/whatsapp-facebook-looks-become-the-first-global-telco-237053?source=rss_facebook <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/facebook_APP_DEV_hp.jpg" alt="With WhatsApp, Facebook looks to become the first global telco" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>I recently <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/facebook-and-whatsapp-another-blow-user-freedom-236811">described the billions Facebook is paying for WhatsApp</a> as "a king's ransom." But another shoe dro Mobile Technology Open Source Software Facebook Wireless Broadband Mobile Technology Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 237053 at http://www.infoworld.com Like it or not, the era of the wimpy CEO has arrived http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/it-or-not-the-era-of-the-wimpy-ceo-has-arrived-237048?source=rss_facebook <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/corner_office.jpg" alt="Like it or not, the era of the wimpy CEO has arrived" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Stockbyte</p></em></div> The Industry Standard Facebook Cringely Net Neutrality Technology Business Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 237048 at http://www.infoworld.com Facebook fleeced -- er, lured by WhatsApp's promise of fresh data http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/facebook-fleeced-er-lured-whatsapps-promise-of-fresh-data-236799?source=rss_facebook <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/facebook_zuckerberg.jpg" alt="Facebook fleeced -- er, lured by WhatsApp's promise of fresh data" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Andrew Feinberg</p></em></div> The Industry Standard Facebook Cringely M&A Startups Social Networking Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 236799 at http://www.infoworld.com With $16B WhatsApp deal, Facebook aims for immediacy http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/16b-whatsapp-deal-facebook-aims-immediacy-236730?source=rss_facebook <p>When's the last time you replied, promptly, to a message sent through Facebook? Aren't sure? Well Facebook, craving more real-time usage of its service, hopes to change that.</p><p>On Wednesday the company said it was <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9246459/Facebook_buying_WhatsApp_for_16_billion" target="_blank">acquiring WhatsApp</a>, a leading mobile messaging service used by people as an alternative to telecommunications carriers like AT&amp;T and Verizon. Facebook said it was paying $16 billion for the five-year-old buzzy upstart.</p> The Industry Standard Facebook M&A Startups Social Networking Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:56:10 +0000 ccraig 236730 at http://www.infoworld.com Google, Facebook, and Microsoft show steady rise in surveillance data requests http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/google-facebook-and-microsoft-show-steady-rise-in-surveillance-data-requests-235612?source=rss_facebook <p>Google, Facebook, and Microsoft were among the technology companies to release new figures Monday showing a rising number of requests for their users' data coming from a secretive U.S. surveillance court.</p> Security Facebook Google Microsoft Data Security Internet Privacy Government Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:59:14 +0000 ccraig 235612 at http://www.infoworld.com