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  • Today is Friends Day in the Facebook universe

    In a galaxy not so far away, a universe called Facebook, with a population of 1.59 billion active monthly users, invented its own special holiday. Facebook has announced 4 February 2016 is Friends Day. Facebook prides itself in connecting people, not only that but initiating real life friendships that begin or are maintained on the platform. Friends Day is about celebrating those friendships. This year's Friends Day marks Facebook's 12th birthday. To celebrate this day, Facebook has revealed some stats and stories. According to the company over the past five years, the degrees of separation on the platform have decreased...

  • Facebook Q4 and full year 2015 results are on fleek, 1.59bn MAU, 100m hours of video watched a day

    Facebook reported its fourth quarter results, ending 31 December 2015, and full year 2015 earnings today. Nobody really expected Facebook to do badly but the manner in which it has smashed expert estimations is beyond impressive. Facebook hit 1.59-billion monthly active users on average in the fourth quarter, up from 1.55 billion in Q3 and an increase of 14% year-over-year. Facebook's daily active users increased to 1.04-billion for December 2015, an increase of 17% year-over-year, compared to Q3's 1.01-billion DAU. The company completely obliterated expert estimates of US$5.37-billion and US$0.68 eranings per share with a US$5.841-billion in revenue and...

  • Facebook Sports Stadium: a new feature for fans to discuss and follow games live

    Facebook has introduced a new hub that is dedicated to sport lovers. Facebook Sports Stadium is a place to experience sports in real time with friends, users and experts around the world. Facebook claims that it has 650-million sports fans on its platform, something the hub aims to take advantage of. Facebook has long shown interest in sports but this is the first time that it has built a feature dedicated to sports. The hub will pull content from Facebook and not from any sports content producers. Sport has always been a big deal with Facebook users. In 2015,...

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution is to build his own Jarvis-style personal assistant

    The beginning of the year, amongst other things, means making New Year's resolutions. Mark Zuckerberg, known for setting himself some difficult goals, has come out with a New Year's resolution that makes all others appear petty. The Facebook CEO is planning to built his own artificial personal assistant in 2016. Announcing the news on his Facebook profile, Zuckerberg said that this year's resolution theme is about invention. "My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron...

  • Facebook introduces live video streaming, photo collages features

    Facebook has introduced its own live video and photo collages features to take on the likes of Periscope and Meerkat. The social media giant says that it has launched these two features to help its users to keep friends and family updated in real time by live streaming their activities and chronicling their journeys with photo collages. This is not the first time that Facebook has experimented with live video streaming. In August 2015, Facebook launched Live, a way for public figures to connect with their fans via live videos. Live, unlike this new video feature, was only available for...

  • Mark Zuckerberg explains $45b pledge following skepticism

    Earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and co-founder, and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan, announced that Zuckerberg was going to donate 99% of his personal Facebook shares (US$45-billion) over the course of his lifetime to a newly formed entity called Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The donation, he said, was to "advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation”. The reception to the news was -- contrary to what the two might have hoped for -- less than flattering. Two days after making this announcement, the Facebook CEO was forced to clarify the many confused and...

  • Mark Zuckerberg to donate 99% of his Facebook shares to ‘advance human potential’

    Facebook CEO an co-founder Mark Zuckerberg plans to cash in 99% of his Facebook shares to "advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation". This announcement comes after the birth of his daughter, Max, yesterday. Writing on behalf of his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, the founder revealed this enormous commitment in an open letter to their newborn daughter. "We will give 99% of our Facebook shares -- currently about US$45 billion -- during our lives to advance this mission," Zuckerberg writes. Specifically, Zuckerberg and Chan will seek to further personalised learning, curing disease, connecting people and building...

  • Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, others join to fast track clean energy innovation

    Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft's Bill Gates -- alongside a group of 26 other powerful business leaders -- have launched an initiative which seeks to fast track innovation around clean energy. The Breakthrough Energy Coalition is made up of wealthy investors and tech influencers, including Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Virgin Group's Richard Branson, Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn and many more. It also includes South Africa's Patrice Motsepe from African Rainbow Minerals and Nigeria's Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group. "Solving the clean energy problem is an essential part of building a better world," Zuckerberg writes in an announcement. Read more: Following criticism,...

  • Facebook looks set to take on crowdfunding with Fundraisers tool

    Facebook has launched Fundraisers, a dedicated place to raise funds from a non-profit’s Page for a specific campaign. The company says Fundraisers go beyond its usual Donate Button which it has deployed in the past during disasters. Facebook’s 1.5 billion monthly users, when equated to a country are a few million higher than China’s population, making Facebook the biggest country in the world. What happens then when a country of that magnitude takes on a smaller country, said smaller country being Kickstarter. We will have the answer to this question once Facebook’s fundraisers tool matures, for now it is...

  • Facebook introduces Notify, an iOS app that pushes notifications to locked screens from publishers

    Facebook has released yet another app, this time aimed at pushing notifications from a user's preferred content sources to their mobile screen. Notify is an iPhone app and is currently only available in the US. Facebook has not said anything about a release in other markets and when the app will come to Android. "Notifications are becoming one of the primary ways people first learn about things wherever they are" Julian Gutman, Facebook Product Manager, said on a blog post. Facebook has partnered with more than 70 partners, including Bleacher Report, Bloomberg Business, CNN, GQ magazine, The New York Times,...

  • Facebook introduces improvements to its search engine

    Looking for a status update on Facebook is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Change is however coming as the company has introduced new search capabilities to the platform. Search FYI, the new improved search engine, will allow users to find information about any topic that is being discussed and shared on Facebook. “With over 1.5 billion searches per day and over 2 trillion posts in our index, search is an important, long-term effort at Facebook,” the company said in a statement. The plan according to Facebook is for its users to find the information that people are talking...

  • Facebook announces TechPrep, an initiative to address diversity in tech

    Facebook has announced an initiative called TechPrep, an online computer science and programming resource hub. TechPrep is aimed at underrepresented people and their parents and guardians so that they can learn more about computer science and programming and find resources. There is no doubt the tech industry is not transformed, there is still a race, class and gender in the work force in most companies. Facebook has been doing its bit to turn the situation around, both inside and in the industry as a whole. Though its employer numbers, in terms of race, class and gender, are still dismally unequal,...

  • Facebook launches Instant Articles to everyone on iPhone, coming to Android later in the year

    Earlier this year Facebook announced Instant Articles, it's publishing play, but things have been fairly quiet since. On Tuesday however the company has announced that Instant Articles is now live on iPhone starting today. Users can spot an Instant Article by a lightning bolt on the top of right corner of some of the articles. When the feature was announced earlier this year, Facebook had promised that it would solve the issue that some articles take long to load on mobile. According to Facebook, Instant Articles loads 10x faster than a standard mobile web article. In the beginning Facebook...

  • Facebook tests a dedicated Shopping feed in a bid to revolutionise shopping

    Facebook has introduced a feature called Shopping feed in the favourites navigation menu on the company's mobile app. Shopping feed will make the way in which people connect to brands and products on mobile a lot easier and quicker. The company says that a lot of users are spending a lot of time on their mobile, connecting, discovering, and sharing and this presents businesses with the unique opportunity to reach consumers on mobile. The Shopping feed aggregates posts and photos about products that are on sale from retailers onto the users’ mobile app feeds. The feature is accessible from the...

  • Facebook revamps mobile profiles with video profiles, temporary picture profiles, control settings

    Facebook has announced three new features that will improve mobile profiles. The company says that the new changes are to enhance the way users express who they are and to give them more control of the content showcased on their profile. "We believe these improvements to profile will give people more ways to connect and share with each other, and express themselves in meaningful ways," the company states in a blog post. Profile video feature Facebook videos have become important to the company, both in offering content to users and as advertising revenue for businesses. Now the company is pushing its video...