Social networking giant, Facebook has indicated that it is planning to take over a Israel-based GPS mobile navigation app Waze in a deal valued at US$ 1 billion.
Some reports suggest that discussions are taking place between the companies but no deal has been finalised as yet. Waze has more than 40 million users and its integration with Facebook will allow the social networking giant to expand into the new field of navigation and possibly add a new source of income for the company looking to create avenues of generatingrevenues.
According to a new survey, overwhelming majority of the respondents said that they do not wish to have their bosses on their friends list on social networking site, Facebook.
The survey showed that about 81 per cent of the respondents did not wish to connect to their boss on the social networking platform. The survey by poll site SodaHead and feedback site YouTell also showed that women were more hesitant in adding their bosses to the contact list on the social network than their male counterparts.
In an apparent indication that `mobile' is one of the key agendas of Facebook at present, the social network recently announced a major upgrade which will bring its Open Graph app and games infrastructure to mobile devices. The upgrade, according to Facebook, underscores "the next evolution of Facebook Platform for mobile."
New Delhi, April 17 : The Facebook page of Yash Raj Films (YRF), one of the most prestigious banners in Bollywood, recently crossed 1 million fans on the social-networking site.
It has over 1,005,561 fans and is said to be the fastest growing fan base with an addition of more than 3,000 likes everyday, said a statement.
The page reflects a new theme every month. The current theme is 'YRF dance dhamaka', which showcases all the dance tracks from YRF films.
In a move which, according to Facebook, is aimed at stopping the users of the popular social networking from sending unsolicited messages to celebrities and people they are not friends with, Facebook users in the UK are now being charged up to £10 for sending messages to other users outside their circle of friends.
With the findings of a Facebook-backed study by research firm IDC revealing that smartphones are increasingly becoming the most popular devices in the US, Facebook's recently sent out invites for an April 4 media event - "Come See Our New Home On Android" - at its Menlo Park headquarters have led to speculations that the social network may unveil its much-rumored mobile handset at the event.
Washington, March 8 : Social networking giant Facebook has announced a major overhaul of its homepage known as News Feed, unveiling a more visually stimulating stream of photos, videos and comments posted by friends that will also let users see more of the topics they are most interested in.
"We want to give everyone in the world the best personalized newspaper we can," said Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg Thursday at a news conference announcing the changes.
Washington, Mar 7 : Facebook users are unwittingly sharing more personal information online than ever, according to a study.
The seven-year study from Carnegie Mellon University found people were more likely to share additional private information with friends and a group the researchers call the "silent listeners", which include Facebook, third-party app developers and advertisers, reports ABC News.
The researchers used data from 5,076 Facebook users in the university''s network to study how privacy and disclosure evolved from 2005 until 2011.
Sydney, Mar 7 : Facebook will reportedly launch a new News Feed on Thursday. The News Feed is believed to include separate feeds for different types of content such as music, images and video; and users can switch between feeds by selecting buttons at the top, reports News. com. au.
The music feed will reportedly contain information about nearby concerts and updates from various musicians as well as updates about what friends are listening to.
The changes are designed to give users more control over the content that appears on their News Feed.
Popular social network Facebook has teamed up with select telecom providers - Airtel and Reliance Communications - in India for offering the advantage of free messaging to the mobile users in the country.
Facebook's tie-up with Airtel and Reliance is part of the social network's recent move to partner with 18 telecom operators in 14 countries - India included - for offering free or heavily discounted access to its Facebook Messenger app on different platforms.
Sydney, Mar 1 : A new less-known social network, Pheed, has become the most downloaded free app in the App Store.
In fact, Pheed is the number one most downloaded free app under the social networking category, outranking both Facebook and Twitter.
It is a social network that works much the same way as Facebook or Instagram, News. com. au reports.
A user needs to sign up, either with an email address or a Facebook or Twitter login.
Sydney, Feb 25 : Australian police are investigating a Facebook ''party page'' after five teenagers had to be treated for alcohol-related injuries at the party promoted on the social networking site.
The party was promoted on a Facebook page described as the ''official'' page to post and promote open events and house parties in the Brisbane area.
Up to 1000 people converged on Tamborine Memorial Hall at Mount Tamborine on the Gold Coast from 7 pm for a party dubbed ''Yo-Yo''s Round 2'', reports News. com. au.
Washington, Feb 21 : A 104-year-old woman in Michigan, Marguerite Joseph, can be forgiven for lying about her age on Facebook, due to a problem on the social networking site that is making her lie about her real age.
Joseph's granddaughter Gail Marlow said that her grandmother was unable to list her real age.
According to Fox News, Marlow said that when she tries inputting her grandmother's birth year as 1908, Facebook changed it to 1928.
So for the past two years, the centenarian has remained 99 online, anyway.
In a February 15-dated blog post, popular social network Facebook revealed that it had been hit by a malware attack, but also added alongside that there currently is no evidence of any user data having been compromised in the sophisticated hacking attack.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's sister Randi Zuckerberg has signed a two-book deal with publisher HarperCollins.
The two books that 30-year-old Zuckerberg will write include her memoir "Dot Complicated," and a children's picture book.
Sydney, Feb 7 : Experts have claimed people who constantly request random people on Facebook to like their pages, pictures, status etc on the social networking website, do so to seek attention.
From puppies to Australia Day parties, cars and trips to Disneyland, bloggers are putting their case to the online community with varying degrees of sincerity and success, but experts claim these are just ways to gain attention from anonymous people on the website, Couriermail. com. au reports.
Sydney, Feb 6 : Facebook users are taking a break from the world’s biggest social networking site for weeks at a time due to too much drama, boredom and scads of irrelevant information, a new US study has found.
A report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project found that some 61 percent of Facebook users had taken a pause of at least several weeks for myriad reasons.
According to news. com. au, yet the use of Facebook, whether constant or not, is pervasive in America.
Washington, Feb 1 : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has disclosed that his social networking giant's relationship with Google `isn''t one where the companies really talk'.
While answering a question about Facebook''s integration with iOS 6, Zuckerberg said the firms `are able to do a bunch of things because they have an open platform.'
According to Mashable, Zuckerberg right after described Facebook''s relationship with Apple.
London, Jan 23 : While Britain braves its freezing temperatures, hundreds of hardy souls have joined a new craze online - posing naked for a snapshot in the snow.
It all started when care worker Leanne Myers, 40, stripped to her undies to pose for a picture playing guitar in the snow with 25-year-old neighbour Danielle Smith, the Mirror reported.
In a bid to cheer up workmates Myers posted the picture on a Facebook page she set up called "Wiltshire, let's get naked in the snow!"
Sydney, Jan 22 : Facebook''s new app - ''Poke'' - which allows a user to text people a message that self-destructs after 10 or more seconds has dropped out of the top 10, 25, 50 and even the top 500 free apps in Apple''s App Store.
That is quite a significant fall from grace, considering that less than a month ago it was the number one most downloaded free app.
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