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Facebook launched ten years ago in February 2004. A month later, so did this site. Social media hasn’t, doesn’t and won’t stay still. As Myspace rises, Friendster declines. The pattern’s repeated itself a few times already, and even Google hasn’t quite cracked the magic social network formula, at least not yet. The crown currently belongs to Facebook, a company that’s made some bigbig startup purchases on the way, although Twitter continues to pack (arguably) more influence. A whole lot has happened in the last decade, but we’ve tried to squeeze the more interesting parts into something a little more visual. Check out the full ‘graphic, right after the break.

Facebook head complains to Obama over privacy

Posted by Nuttapon_S On March - 14 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Mark Zuckerberg says he called US president over surveillance, and says government policy is damaging the internet.

Mark Zuckerberg, the head of Facebook, has revealed that he telephoned the US president to complain that the US government is undermining confidence in the internet.

In a post on his Facebook page on Thursday, Facebook’s founder expressed anger towards Washington, in what appeared to be a reaction to some of the latest revelations about US government surveillance.

“I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform.”

Zuckerberg’s comments come amid growing tensions between the technology sector and US administration over leaked documents describing the vast surveillance ability of the National Security Agency and other spy services.

“The internet works because most people and companies do the same. We work together to create this secure environment and make our shared space even better for the world,” he said.

“The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.”

Facebook users have consistently expressed their concern over the social media network’s data collection practices, and how it uses private information.

The comments come a day after a report citing leaked NSA documents said the secretive spy agency had imitated a Facebook server to inject malware into computers to expand its intelligence collection capacity.

The report by former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald said the NSA had developed malware that allows it to collect data automatically from millions of computers worldwide.

(CNN) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, speaking to mobile tech leaders in Barcelona, said WhatsApp, the mobile messaging app purchased by the social media giant last week, was “worth more than $19 billion.”

Zuckerberg’s comments at Mobile World Congress, referencing the eye-watering price paid for WhatsApp, were met with surprise.

But Zuckerberg said the company was “a great fit for us. Already almost half-a-billion people love using WhatsApp for messaging and it’s the most engaging app we’ve ever seen exist on mobile so far.

“It’s on a path to connecting a billion people. There are very few services in the world that can reach that level and they’re all incredibly valuable.”

Zuckerberg said there were no plans to harvest data from WhatsApp messages, in answer to a question from the audience. “That’s the service that people want, we would be silly to change it.”

Asked if he thought concerns over privacy could be a problem for Facebook as it aims for greater global penetration, he said: “The NSA issue is a real issue, especially for American internet companies.

“Trust is just such an important thing when you’re thinking about using any service where you’re going to share important and personal information.

“We continue to work to be sure we can share everything that the government is asking of us.”

“The government kind of blew it on this. Governments have a responsibility to protect folks and to also be transparent about what they’re doing and I think they’ve just been way over the line in terms of sharing what they are doing.

“But they are only now starting to get to the range of where they should have been. I think this whole thing could have been avoidable and it would have been a lot better for the internet.”

Asked if Facebook would consider bidding again for Snapchat, Zuckerberg said: “After buying a company for $16 billion you’re probably done for a while.” Snapchat reportedly turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook last year.

Zuckerberg’s debut at the trade show, the biggest of its kind in the world, underlines the importance of mobile to the future of the social media giant.

While audience interest was in WhatsApp, Zuckerberg — on stage with technology journalist and writer David Kirkpatrick — was at the show to promote Facebook’s work with Internet.org.

Facebook partnered with technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities and experts for the initiative.

“Most people in the world don’t have access to the internet at all … it’s about 2.7 billion people today.
Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg said the goal of Internet.org is to ensure everyone in the world has access to the internet in some form, either for a small cost or for free. He said this could be achieved by improving mobile infrastructure and reducing the amount of data required to use services.

“Most people in the world don’t have access to the internet at all … it’s about 2.7 billion people today. It’s growing way slower than you would imagine. Our vision is to try to connect everyone.”

Earlier Monday, Facebook announced it would help roll out an online education program in Rwanda. The deal, which will initially be offered to university students, has been done in partnership with telecommunications giant Airtel, which is providing free educational data for a year to those who sign up and Nokia, which is offering discounted smartphones to those participating.

Pamela Clark-Dickson, senior analyst at Informa, said Zuckerberg’s appearance in Barcelona made sense given that mobile is key to Facebook’s strategy.

“It gives him the opportunity to engage with key mobile operator partners, which will be important in the wake of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp,” she said.

“Mobile operators will be keen to discuss with and to learn from Zuckerberg his plans for developing Facebook further as a service from which he can generate revenues from mobile.”

Clark-Dickson said the announcement in Barcelona by WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum that the messaging service will add voice calls to its product in the second quarter of 2014 will also be something that mobile operators will want to talk to Zuckerberg about.

Editor’s note: Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest mobile tech trade show looking at the current state of mobile and where it might go next. Watch CNN International’s coverage live from Barcelona on 24 February to 28 February. Get the latest live updates from the event on CNN’s liveblog.

Why did Facebook spend $19 billion on a messaging app?

Posted by Nuttapon_S On February - 20 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

WhatsApp is a voice and text instant messaging platform with apps for most every smartphone OS. It provides free service for the first year and costs a dollar annually after that. Why then, did Facebook just buy WhatsApp — aside from the obvious cachet, keeping it away from Google and free advertising that comes with its omnipresence in Katy Perry’s Roar video — for $19 billion (with a ‘b’), when it already has Facebook Messenger?

In a word: users. 450 million of them to be precise, and 315 million of those are active on a given day. In fact, WhatsApp’s users are so prolific, its messaging volume is roughly equal to that of the entire world’s SMS traffic. And, WhatsApp is huge overseas and in emerging markets. According to a report from mobile marketing and research firm Jana, the app is far and away the most used messaging service in India, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa. The Information, which got a more in depth look at Jana’s research, shows that Facebook Messenger usage is far, far lower in those same countries.

Now, is that massive international user base worth $19 billion? It’s hard for us to understand how it possibly could be. WhatsApp’s founders have pledged to keep the app ad- and gimmick-free, so there aren’t any indications that new revenue streams are coming. And, while the acquisition fits in perfectly with Facebook’s plan to expand its app offerings, the social network has promised to use the same hands-off approach it did with Instagram — leveraging its “expertise, resources and scale” to grow the platform, while keeping WhatsApp operationally independent. So, we’ll have to wait and see how WhatsApp plans to prove its worth. Maybe some more music video synergy like the kind found after the break?

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