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Showing posts with label Facebook. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Yahoo sues Facebook for infringing 10 patents - Yahoo! News

More on Yahoo’s new business strategy

"As a general proposition, when a company is about to go public, the last thing it needs is to get involved in a knock-down, drag out litigation fight," Chien said.

"So that might make Facebook more willing to resolve its differences with Yahoo."

Yahoo has used similar timing to its advantage in the past. Google agreed to issue shares to Yahoo nine days before Google went public in 2004 in exchange for a license to Yahoo's patents. Google later took a $201 million non-cash charge related to the transaction.

Yahoo sues Facebook for infringing 10 patents - Yahoo! News

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Google privacy: A user’s guide - Business - The Boston Globe

Final paragraph of a Hiawatha Bray privacy reality check; check the source for useful tips on Google and Facebook privacy options

We are not facing a privacy apocalypse, despite changes in privacy policies, because every service offers some control for the informed user. Google, Facebook, and other giant companies would track our shoe sizes and what we eat for breakfast if we let them. So don’t let them.

Google privacy: A user’s guide - Business - The Boston Globe

Friday, March 02, 2012

Obama Gets a Facebook Upgrade - NYTimes.com

An excellent case study of the new Facebook Timeline format

Indeed, as Facebook announced that the Timeline feature would be expanded to branded pages for businesses and public figures, President Obama’s Facebook page adopted the new format on Thursday, offering visitors a peek at his extended biography, a deluge of pictures and videos from his campaign and presidency, and a jab at those who question the authenticity of his birth certificate.

The first date on the timeline is Aug. 4, 1961, the president’s birthday. The message reads, “Made in the USA” and includes a photo of his birth certificate, emblazoned onto a coffee mug, which is available for $22.50 on Mr. Obama’s campaign Web site.

Obama Gets a Facebook Upgrade - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Facebook wants to turn the Open Graph into a mobile app store - Yahoo! News

Facebook’s quest for mobile monetization continues

You might not think Facebook would be making waves at Mobile World Congress, but you’d be wrong. Today the social network announced its new mobile billing service – signaling it very much intends to compete with mobile app stores, namely iOS and Android marketplaces.

First, the details of the announcement: Facebook is partnering with AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, KDDI, and Softbank Mobile Corp. to begin its own system, which will allow users to make charges via the Facebook platform as long as their phones are covered by one of the above mentioned networks.

Facebook wants to turn the Open Graph into a mobile app store - Yahoo! News

Yahoo Threatens Facebook Over Technology Licensing Agreement - Businessweek

Apparently Yahoo! finally found a new business model

Yahoo! Inc. asked Facebook Inc. to license technologies covered by its intellectual property and threatened to take legal action if the companies don’t reach an agreement.

“We must insist that Facebook either enter into a licensing agreement or we will be compelled to move forward unilaterally to protect our rights,” Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo said in an e-mailed statement.

Yahoo Threatens Facebook Over Technology Licensing Agreement - Businessweek

The Mounting Minuses at Google+ - WSJ.com

A Google+ reality check

It turns out Google+ is a virtual ghost town compared with the site of rival Facebook Inc., which is preparing for a massive initial public offering. New data from research firm comScore Inc. shows that Google+ users are signing up—but then not doing much there.

Visitors using personal computers spent an average of about three minutes a month on Google+ between last September and January, versus six to seven hours on Facebook each month over the same period, according to comScore, which didn't have data on mobile usage.

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The Mounting Minuses at Google+ - WSJ.com

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Social networks getting a bit less social: poll - Yahoo! News

Probably very positive leading indicators for Facebook

Users of online social network sites such as Facebook are editing their pages and tightening their privacy settings to protect their reputations in the age of digital sharing, according to a new survey.

About two-thirds, or 63 percent, of social networking site (SNS) users questioned in the Pew Research Center poll said they had deleted people from their "friends" lists, up from 56 percent in 2009.

Another 44 percent said they had deleted comments that others have made on their profiles, up from 36 percent two years before.

Social networks getting a bit less social: poll - Yahoo! News

Friday, February 24, 2012

Apple is Rich and Hungry for More Facebook Integration - Yahoo! News

So perhaps no Apple+ in the near-term plan

In response to a shareholder question "Facebook, friend or foe?" Cook said the social network is a friend, according to CNBC's liveblog of the event. "We do a lot with them, our users use Facebook an enormous amount… I've always thought that the two companies could do more together." Rumor has it that Facebook was supposed to enjoy the deep integration that Twitter won with the release of iOS 5 last year, but something went awry. As ZDNet pointed out last month, however, new versions of the software show Facebook fields in native apps like Address Book, so it's not out of the question that a Facebook Share button to match Twitter's Tweet button in Apple apps could be right around the corner.

Apple is Rich and Hungry for More Facebook Integration - Yahoo! News

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Facebook Insiders Limit IPO by Pushing $100 Billion Value: Tech - Businessweek

Strange days indeed

“Facebook is a blue-chip stock and it’s not even public yet,” said Kevin Landis, portfolio manager for the Firsthand Technology Value Fund in San Jose, California. Facebook jumped as high as $44 this month in private trading, valuing the company at $103 billion and leaving it higher than when Landis bought stock at about $30 to $31 in October. He said he aims to add to his holdings.

While demand for the biggest Internet IPO on record may push the stock even higher when Facebook goes public, private trades through channels such as SecondMarket Inc. and SharesPost Inc. are already making it possible for employees and venture capitalists to cash out. That may have lessened pressure on Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to hold an IPO before this year.

Facebook Insiders Limit IPO by Pushing $100 Billion Value: Tech - Businessweek

Google Seen Poised To Overtake Facebook In Display Ads - Digits - WSJ

One of many reasons why I won’t be surprised to see Facebook eventually offer Facebook-centric mobile devices

According to data from eMarketer, Facebook’s U.S. display-ad revenue should reach $2.58 billion this year, besting Google’s expected $2.54 billion in revenue. But for next year, Google is on track to hit $3.68 billion in U.S. display-ad revenue, compared with Facebook’s expected $3.29 billion.

Google’s display-ad growth is coming primarily from mobile phone use and the YouTube video service, and benefits from the company’s existing relationships with online search advertisers, according to eMarketer.

Google Seen Poised To Overtake Facebook In Display Ads - Digits - WSJ

Friday, February 17, 2012

Google's Bid to Be Everything to Everyone - Businessweek

Excerpt from a timely Google snapshot

Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page is clearly looking beyond not just search—still the main cog in its profit-making machine—but software entirely. Here’s why: Apple’s $465 billion-odd market capitalization is currently greater than Microsoft, Google, and Nokia combined, thanks to its ecosystem of tightly integrated hardware and software products. “The line between hardware and software is indistinct and arbitrary, especially in mobile devices,” says Paul Saffo, a consultant with Discern. “You need to control the hardware to control the overall experience.”

If Google hardware takes off—in the form of phones, tablets, TVs, and maybe even visors with Terminator-like information overlays—it would more tightly tie consumers to the company’s products such as search and YouTube. The goal wouldn’t necessarily be to make money on the hardware but to create more ways for Google to serve up the ads that brought in 96 percent of the company’s $37.9 billion sales in 2011. “Google will remain an advertising company, and they’ll use hardware to grow that business,” predicts Aaron Kessler, an analyst with Raymond James Financial.

Google's Bid to Be Everything to Everyone - Businessweek

Facebook Rolls Out Slew of Media Apps for Timeline - Lauren Goode - News - AllThingsD

It’s going to take a while, but the open graph will be populated…

A few months ago, AllThingsD’s Liz Gannes questioned why it seemed as though all of her friends on Facebook were reading articles from the Washington Post online; turns out she, like many users, was seeing an aggregated list of activity from news apps through Facebook’s “open graph.” Today, Facebook announced that even more media apps were coming to Timeline through the social network’s open graph, including “The Daily Show,” MSNBC.com, Huffington Post, Mashable, MTV News and BuzzFeed.

Facebook Rolls Out Slew of Media Apps for Timeline - Lauren Goode - News - AllThingsD

Friday, February 10, 2012

LinkedIn Profit Jumps 30 Percent as Revenue More Than Doubles - John Letzing - Social - AllThingsD

Fortuitous timing for Facebook IPO fans

LinkedIn Corp.’s profit jumped 30 percent and its revenue more than doubled in its latest quarter, providing a lift to the young social-networking industry ahead of Facebook Inc.’s public offering later this year.

LinkedIn Profit Jumps 30 Percent as Revenue More Than Doubles - John Letzing - Social - AllThingsD

Monday, February 06, 2012

Facebook: The Revenge of the Nerds | Monday Note

Excerpt from some insightful Facebook analysis

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog put Facebook’s performance in graphic perspective:

Take a look at the number of employees: a mere 3,200. With 3.7B in revenue, that works out to $1.2M per worker. Turning to cash per worker ($3.9B / 3,200 = $1.2M), Facebook is about as rich as Uncle Apple’s $1.3M cash per “full-time equivalent” employee. It’s a remarkable achievement for any company, and unheard of for one so young.

Facebook: The Revenge of the Nerds | Monday Note

Facebook’s Mobility Challenge - NYTimes.com

Have you ever clicked on a Facebook ad, on a PC or a smartphone?

Facebook is not the only company struggling to translate the success of its Web site to mobile devices, where screen space is at a premium and people have little patience for clutter or slow loading times. It is a problem that plagues companies as diverse as news publishers and the streaming radio service Pandora, and it is likely to loom larger. There were more global shipments of smartphones than of personal computers in 2011, according to a recent report from Canalys, a research firm.

But the issue seems particularly urgent in the case of Facebook, which is wildly popular among its users and is seen as a company of the future, a hybrid of social hub and information conduit, platform and publisher. In other words, if Facebook cannot figure it out, who can?

Facebook’s Mobility Challenge - NYTimes.com

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Facebook Is Using You - NYTimes.com

For two timely dystopian Facebook reality checks, see this NYT opinion piece and also Evgeny Morozov’s The Death of the Cyberflâneur; tangentially, on Google, see Who Does Google Think You Are? (Bloomberg BusinessWeek).  A couple things to keep in mind, from my perspective: 1) scripta manent (assume everything you write down and share, one way or another, will eventually be public information) and 2) there is no such thing as a free Internet service (e.g., with Facebook and Google, you are bartering personal information every time you visit the sites); people who remain circumspect about these realities and their on-line activities are more likely to avoid the dystopian downside dimensions. 

LAST week, Facebook filed documents with the government that will allow it to sell shares of stock to the public. It is estimated to be worth at least $75 billion. But unlike other big-ticket corporations, it doesn’t have an inventory of widgets or gadgets, cars or phones. Facebook’s inventory consists of personal data — yours and mine.

Facebook Is Using You - NYTimes.com

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Staying on Message - NYTimes.com

Excerpt from an extensive Facebook COO profile

Her attention to women has paid off for the business in other ways, too, investors and analysts say.

Ms. Sandberg has said that women drive 62 percent of activity on Facebook in terms of status updates, messages and comment. Women also drive 71 percent of daily fan activity. Women have 8 percent more Facebook friends than men, on average, and spend more time on the site. In Facebook’s early days, women were first to upload photographs, join groups and post to walls.

“It’s no secret that women are an incredibly powerful market segment, buying online and making decisions in the digital world many times a day,” said Aileen Lee, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the venture capital firm, which has invested in Facebook and several start-ups led by women.

Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Staying on Message - NYTimes.com

Friday, February 03, 2012

Facebook chief faces tax bill of $1.5bn - FT.com

Perhaps Mitt Romney could provide some timely tax tips

Mark Zuckerberg faces a tax liability of more than $1.5bn this year, vaulting the Facebook co-founder into the leagues of all-time highest taxpayers and leaving a big question mark over his company’s initial public offering.

The taxes will fall due on a vast profit of nearly $5bn that Mr Zuckerberg, 27, plans to take on stock options he was handed in 2005 for acting as Facebook’s chief executive.

Facebook chief faces tax bill of $1.5bn - FT.com

Facebook’s new friend request: political insiders - The Washington Post

Investing long-term

Facebook has studied mistakes by older rivals, such as Google and Microsoft, and is responding quickly, experts say, by strategically hiring experienced Democratic and Republican operatives. The company has brought on key operatives from the past three administrations.

Last year it hired Marne Levine, who was chief of staff to Obama’s former chief economic adviser Larry Summers, as head of global public policy in Washington. General counsel Theodore Ullyot was deputy assistant to President George W. Bush. Joe Lockhart, Facebook’s vice president of communications, was President Bill Clinton’s press secretary.

Facebook’s new friend request: political insiders - The Washington Post

No "Facebook fatigue" for longtime users: survey - Yahoo! News

Another Pew summary

A survey released on Friday shows that people who have used the social networking site over a long period - since its founding in 2004, say - show no sign that they are tired of posting pictures, updating weekend plans or just relaying random thoughts.

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Ahead of the IPO, one concern about Facebook has been that users will simply bore of it after a while, a phenomenon known as "Facebook fatigue." The Pew research suggests those worries may be unfounded.

No "Facebook fatigue" for longtime users: survey - Yahoo! News