Facebook has just made available a new set of cryptographic API for developers on Android. Aptly named Conceal, this Java library will allow app developers to encrypt data, even large ones, on disk in the most resource efficient way.
In a recent update, Facebook gained the ability to read your text messages. For a company that has a checkered past with regard to the privacy of information, it raised eyebrows. Was Facebook trying to pry deeper into your device to force ads upon you? The explanation from Facebook points to a really simple solution.
Facebook Paper is edging towards reality. According to "two people familiar" with the goings-on at Facebook, the social networking giant has been seeking Editors for the news reader. Via the news of hiring Editors, we also get a glimpse at what could make Paper familiar, as well as unique.
Facebook has started to run ads on mobile devices. More to the point, they’re running ads on other apps, meaning they’re probably finalizing details on their own ad network. Something of that nature would put them in direct competition with the likes of Google, who remains the kingpin of all digital advertising.
Last week, we told you about midwestern women who loved using Pinterest. While that particular study dealt with domestic social media platforms, we now have a better idea of global usage. Facebook is still king, and their other platform, Instagram, is the fastest growing.
When it comes to acquisitions, Google has made headlines lately. Prior to their announced acquisition of Nest, they purchased robotics from Boston Dynamics -- and let's not forget about Waze. If it seems like an exorbitant amount of spending, it is. When considering their rivals, Google spent more than their five leading competitors combined.
Facebook Paper, their rumored magazine-style news aggregate, is said to be launching later this month. Sources familiar with the plan suggest it will mimic Flipboard’s layout, bringing data from your News Feed. Though Facebook has refused comment, all signs point to a nearly complete project.
Facebook has been sued in a California court by two users, claiming the popular social media platform reads private messages for targeted advertising. The suit alleges that Facebook scans private messages, then uses the info gained to serve up ads that highlight interests. Such actions would violate the Electronics Communications Privacy Act and some California privacy and unfair competition laws, the suit argues.
King, the game developer who can probably be blamed for a lot of killed productivity thanks to Candy Crush Saga, is unleashing another one of its games, but this time with a healthier theme. Farm Heroes Saga, a hit casual game on Facebook, has now arrived on mobile platforms for Android and iOS users to enjoy and fawn over.
If your Facebook addiction knows no bounds, it might be time to jump on T-Mobile’s bandwagon. The coolest carrier on the planet has announced they will allow Facebook to be accessed offline for those who are on one of their GoSmart Mobile plans. GoSmart, which is essentially T-Mobile’s lower-end prepaid offering, was announced earlier this year. With plans starting at $30/month, it’s aimed at the emerging mid-tier smartphone market.