October 31, 2007 |
Facebook Inc. has inspired a revolution rocking the Web: Google Inc. and a group of like-minded tech companies are banding together to create a standard that makes it easier for software developers to write programs for social networks. The high-tech players include some of the top social networks in the United States and abroad, including LinkedIn, Friendster, Plaxo, Ning and Google's Orkut, as well as business software companies Oracle Corp. and Salesforce.com Inc.
September 27, 2013 |
With the "Breaking Bad" series finale coming this weekend, it's certain that a flurry of spoilers are going to be plastered across Facebook and Twitter. But there is a way to avoid seeing them without having to spend Sunday night under a rock. A free iPhone and iPad app that launched this week called Spoiler Shield claims to be able to block spoilers from "Breaking Bad" while still giving users access to other content on their Facebook and Twitter feeds. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 Besides "Breaking Bad," Spoiler Shield can also block spoilers from about 30 other TV shows as well as NFL and Major League Baseball results.
November 14, 2007 |
Bebo Inc., the No. 3 social network website, is trying to catch up to market leaders MySpace and Facebook Inc. by allowing major media companies to add music and videos to its site for free and keeping any ad revenue they generate. Bebo's strategy, which it unveiled Tuesday: Add popular entertainment for users to share with their network of friends in the hope that the site can grow its audience and get it to stay tuned in longer. Launch partners include Viacom Inc.'s MTV, CBS Corp.
December 30, 2007 |
Six months ago, new father Joe Kraus returned to Google Inc. from a three-week paternity leave to take charge of another fledgling. His assignment: Help run a team that would figure out how to match the runaway popularity of Facebook Inc., which has been stealing Google's spotlight.
November 7, 2007 |
Facebook Inc. wants to turn the members of its popular online hangout into champions of the brands that advertise there. Trying to mine its commercial potential, the social networking site Tuesday unveiled an advertising strategy that piggybacks on one of its most powerful features: the news feed, which shows users a streaming list of what their friends are doing. Facebook hopes the news feed also will help users promote its advertisers.
January 19, 2012 |
Five major ticket sellers — Ticketmaster, StubHub, ScoreBig, Eventbrite and TicketFly — have launched an online store on Facebook, hoping to boost sales by tapping into the social network's 800 million users. The store is part of Facebook's ambitious plan, unveiled in September, to become an entertainment hub for its users, an online touchstone for discovering new bands, watching the latest viral videos, finding local concerts and organizing friends for a night out on the town.
July 1, 2012 |
The gig: June was a busy month for David Sacks, chief executive of Yammer, which helps companies create private social networks where employees can chat, share documents and work together on projects. First, Sacks rented the Fleur de Lys mansion in Los Angeles and threw himself a lavish "Let him eat cake" Marie Antoinette-themed costume party for his 40th birthday with hundreds of friends including Snoop Dogg. Then just this past week he sold his 4-year-old San Francisco start-up to Microsoft for $1.2 billion in an all-cash deal.
June 19, 2008 |
For years MySpace seemed to draw its Web-design inspiration from Jackson Pollock's splatter-it-all-over-the-canvas style. But on Wednesday, the social-networking site took on a more refined look that more closely resembles that of rival Facebook. The redesigned MySpace home page, where millions of people come every day to log in, displays a more modular appearance that makes it easier for users to find the most sought-after features, such as videos, music and news. The goal is to create a more inviting, almost portal-like experience to attract mainstream advertising.
July 13, 2011 |
Electronic Arts Inc. has agreed to purchase PopCap Games Inc., the maker of Bejeweled and other popular games for mobile phones and social networks, in a deal valued at as much as $1.3 billion. The game industry giant said Tuesday that it would pay $650 million in cash plus $100 million in stock for PopCap. In addition, EA agreed to pay as much as $550 million should PopCap meet certain profitability milestones over the next three years. Although long a dominant force in console gaming, EA has made a series of acquisitions to bolster the company's presence in the growing market for games played on social networks and mobile phones.
January 11, 2013 |
A survey released this week found that there were more teens and young adults who said they use Tumblr on a regular basis than those who said they use Facebook. Fifty-nine percent of respondents between the ages of 13 and 25 said they use Tumblr regularly; 54% said they use Facebook on a regular basis. Among those 13 to 18, the percentage who said they use Tumblr regularly was even higher -- 61% compared with 55% who said they use Facebook regularly. The survey was conducted by Y Combinator start-up Survata.