31 March 2014

What Has Happened to Facebook?

Are desperation and panic starting to set in? Whatsapp $19 billion, Oculus $2 billion, and yet Facebook users are older, and getting older (see 3rd story down) --

Is Facebook Too Big to Care? - NYTimes.com
By By VINDU GOEL
In a letter posted to Facebook, Eat24 recounted all the reasons why brands are unhappy with the social network. Facebook's chief executive, Mark ...
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Facebook Has Become The New Yahoo, And It's Obvious Mark Zuckerberg Knows It
By Nicholas Carlson, Business Insider
One thing Silicon Valley industry insiders like to knowingly whisper to each other is that Facebook is the new Yahoo .... Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-has-become-the-new-yahoo-2014-3#ixzz2xTcWzx7X

Facebook Users Have Old Computers - Business Insider: "Facebook product designer Julie Zhuo says Curtis has it wrong. She says the reason Facebook went with the older-looking design is that, unlike Facebook employees, Curtis, and the kinds of people who read blog posts about design, most Facebook users still have older computers with crappy monitors."

Has Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Lost His Mind?
Barron's
Zuckerberg is a brilliant CEO, but the $2 billion acquisition of a development-stage company smacks of doing something simply because he can....

Cable’s Next Big Threat: Loss of Ad Dollars To YouTube, AOL - Digits - WSJ: "The cable versus Web video conversations actually started quietly last year. Some online video outlets said they received requests from agencies to put together potential ad packages at much larger spending levels than they were used to seeing—with the implication that the outlets were being given a shot to steal dollars that otherwise would go to cable networks. The Web video companies didn’t land many of these deals, but it meant that agencies were ready to pit the Web versus cable in negotiations. Industry insiders expect more such negotiations this year."

Apple and Samsung head to court again
USA TODAY
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple ...

Apple, Google, Intel And Adobe Still Headed For Trial Over Wage Collusion Pact
Forbes
Several of the big tech firms in the Valley are headed to a trial over their collusion to limit wages by agreeing not to hire each others' engineers.

Google, Facebook, Twitter eye Rs 500 crore social media poll pie
Times of India
NEW DELHI: As political parties throng social networking platforms to woo voters, internet giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter are looking for ...

Google And Facebook Hedge Against The Data Backlash
Forbes
It's fascinating to see Facebook's rapid diversification, first into fee-based services, via WhatsApp, and now into virtual reality. Google too is ...

Apple chart of the day: From 66% revenue growth to 9.2%
Fortune
FORTUNE -- Robert Paul Leitao manages a Los Angeles Catholic Church by day, but his real devotion is to Apple (AAPL). When I first met him, Leitao ...

Facebook planning to use drones to spread Internet
Atlanta Journal Constitution
FILE - This Feb. 8, 2012 file photo shows a view inside Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook is now allowing teenagers to share ...

Google Says Government User Info Requests Jump 120 Percent Since 2009
eWeek
The latest Google transparency report shows a surge in the number of requests the company gets for user information from governments worldwide....


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