Facebook To EU: Please Review Our WhatsApp Deal

WhatsApp Usually, companies don't want to be subjected to regulatory scrutiny. However this time, it appears, Facebook is actively soliciting antitrust review of its roughly $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition from the European Commission. As explained in a Wall Street Journal article the strategy appears to be an end run around individual country regulatory authorities, seeking to avoid antitrust investigations in multiple nations. Facebook has reportedly indicated that it faces potential antitrust review in the UK, Spain and Cyprus. Interestingly, because there are few revenue implications from th [...]

Leaked: Facebook’s International Mobile Numbers Show Successful Global Adoption

facebook-mobile-phones-featured A leaked Facebook magazine was obtained by TechCrunch that touches on first ever breakdown of international mobile use. The verdict? Facebook's mobile adoption is quite healthy with most countries up over the 50% mark of total mobile users. Previous reports clumped this data by region, but this glimpse shows the breakdown across 7 countries. The report breaks down both the Daily Active Users (DAU) and Monthly Active Users (MAU). Here's a look at the specific data from the official Facebook document: Germany 43% of German Internet users are on Facebook 19 Million daily active us [...]

Facebook For Business Globalizes, Now Available In 11 Languages

Facebook-Business-Global Launched this summer, Facebook for Business aimed to provide businesses information on all potential marketing solutions featuring guides, success stories and tutorials. The initial launch was rolled out to only the North American region.  As of today, Facebook for Business is a global resource. The new languages that are supported are: Brazilian Portuguese European Spanish French German Italian Japanese Korean Latin American Spanish Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese UK English In addition to the localized languages, Facebook is working on serving locali [...]

Facebook Bolsters TV Presence Thanks To Partnerships With 8 Overseas Stations

Facebook TV ads The battle between Facebook and Twitter for share of the "third screen" wages on. Today Facebook announced that they are beefing up their global battlefront with 10 major networks in 8 countries. Facebook will begin providing data on comments to networks around popular shows to help solidify their television integration overseas. The TV stations receiving the data include  U.K's Channel 4, France's TF1, Germany's ARD, Brazil's Esporte Interativo and India's STAR networks. This is on the heels of Facebook offering data to US stations and media outlets to further their mindshare during telev [...]

Facebook Leads Group To Connect The Rest Of The World

Facebook world 2 Facebook's mission is to make the world more open and connected. The company is now literally trying to do that by leading a group of mostly mobile companies to help bring 5 billion more people online. The initiative resides at internet.org. From the press release: The founding members of internet.org -- Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung -- will develop joint projects, share knowledge, and mobilize industry and governments to bring the world online. These founding companies have a long history of working closely with mobile operators and expect them to play [...]

With Acquisition Facebook Now Speaks “Jibbigo”

Jibbigo As widely reported yesterday, Facebook has acquired Mobile Technologies (MT) and its translation app "Jibbigo." There are a wide range of potential applications of the technology for a global site and platform such as Facebook. They extend to translating real-time communications in Messenger, translating News Feed and even ads. Facebook's long-term vision for MT probably goes well beyond these relatively straightforward translation scenarios. In a sense this is another "Facebook is a mobile company" play. But it's far from mobile only. The technology can be used in PC and "offline" contexts [...]

Facebook Beats Q2 Expectations, Mobile Climbs To 41 Percent

Facebook-Home-Logo Facebook announced Q2 2013 revenues this afternoon. It beat analysts' consensus expectations with $1.81 billion in total revenue. Ad revenue was 88 percent or $1.60 billion, representing 61 percent growth vs. last year. Facebook surprised especially with a big jump in mobile ad revenue, which climbed to 41 percent of the total (vs. 30 percent last quarter). In real dollar terms the company made $656 million on mobile ads in the quarter. Non advertising revenue (payments/fees) came in at $214 million. Facebook published the following daily and monthly user numbers for the quarter [...]

Google, Facebook In Transparency Battle Over PRISM Disclosures

online privacy Last night, what might be called a "transparency battle" erupted between Google and Facebook following Facebook's disclosure of government-related user-data requests: For the six months ending December 31, 2012, the total number of user-data requests Facebook received from any and all government entities in the U.S. (including local, state, and federal, and including criminal and national security-related requests) – was between 9,000 and 10,000. These requests run the gamut – from things like a local sheriff trying to find a missing child, to a federal marshal tracking a fugitive, to a p [...]

France Wants To Tax Facebook, Google “Personal Data Collection”

taxes-featured Summarizing a report issued by the French government last week the New York Times says that France is considering a range of creative taxation schemes on US based Internet companies -- Google and Facebook in particular. France is trying to generate new revenues amid a challenging economic climate in Europe. Google and Facebook are seen by many European governments as "deep pockets." There's also a punitive quality to the various taxation proposals as well. France (among others) has been frustrated by what it sees as domestic tax avoidance by large Internet companies. It is seeking to c [...]

Norway Investigating Facebook Facial Recognition Tagging

facebook-mask-featured Facebook's automated system of suggesting image tags based on facial recognition has brought the company another formal privacy investigation in Europe, according to Bloomberg. This time it's Norway seeking to determine whether Facebook has violated its privacy rules. Norway’s data-protection agency joins other regulators from the EU investigating the feature. Norway is not an EU member state but is reportedly coordinating its initiative with other states, including an ongoing Irish probe. Germany was also investigating Facebook facial recognition but has suspended its investigation and d [...]

Facebook Passes Google As Most-Visited Site In Brazil

facebook-google-logos Google's dominance outside the U.S. is taking a slight hit with news today that Facebook has overtaken it five times this month as the most-visited website in Brazil. The news comes from Serasa Experian (link in Portuguese), the Brazilian version of Experian Hitwise. The company reports that Facebook first beat out Google for most visits back on April 1st, then again on April 6th and April 8th. It happened for the fourth and fifth times this past weekend, when Facebook was the most popular site in Brazil on both April 14th and 15th. On the 14th, Facebook received 10.86 percent of all we [...]

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