This year, fate has something less exciting in store for developers building on Facebook’s platform.
Since the launch of Facebook’s social music tools, Facebook users have listened to songs on the social network 1.5 billion times.
Facebook was the talk of the day with chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s f8 conference keynote speech and the announcement of many new features being added to the Facebook platform.
Facebook made its power move to capture everything about your life today. In a keynote speech at Facebook’s f8 developer conference today, Facebook CEO executive Mark Zuckerberg talked about how to make the social network indispensable to the recording of our memories, the big moments in our lives, and our interactions with friends.
Facebook’s next-generation Open Graph platform will deliver a bounty of new features for social games, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said today at the company’s f8 event.
An update to the Facebook’s Open Graph platform will allow people to express themselves in new ways and will let developers create a new class of app, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced this morning. Friends can use these apps to do things like listen to a song at the same time and help each other discover new music.
Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled some huge changes to the social network and its platform at f8, Facebook’s developer conference.
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Social networking site Facebook will launch its long-rumored music service at its annual developer conference f8 this year, according to a report by CNBC.
Facebook has scheduled its f8 conference for Sept. 22 in San Francisco. The all-day event is where the company’s engineers and product teams will highlight “new tools along with best practices for developers and partners building the next generation of social practices.”
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Mark Zuckerberg has a reputation as a billionaire boy wonder and is often compared to a young Bill Gates. The chief executive of Facebook attended his own keynote speech in blue jeans and a hoodie at the f8 conference today in San Francisco. In his speech, he stayed on message.
VentureBeat has been drowning today in posts from f8, Facebook’s developer conference in San Francisco. Obviously, we think there was plenty of news worth covering, but for someone who wasn’t checking the site every few hours, it might be a little overwhelming.
Facebook’s f8 conference, a one-day event in San Francisco for software developers and entrepreneurs looking to make money off the social network’s seemingly unstoppable growth, is in full swing right now. But a bunch of people on the Internet have admitted to each other that none of us knows where the name “f8″ came from. Nor do we know for sure the correct pronunciation — that is, what they call it at Facebook. Is it “eff ate” or “fate?”
Marc Andreessen, the venture capitalist who also cofounded Netscape and Ning and serves on the board of Facebook, weighed in today on the Twitter platform debate with a position that probably won’t make Twitter developers happy.
New details emerged today on Facebook Credits, a long-awaited virtual currency on the social network that will likely have a lot of impact on how much money is made by Facebook’s ecosystem partners.
Following Facebook’s announcement this morning of powerful new social tools for websites, book- and document-sharing site Scribd is unveiling features taking advantage of the new capabilities. While that might sound like a minor upgrade, founder and chief executive Trip Adler said the improvements should reshape who uses Scribd and why.
The core of Facebook’s big f8 conference today is centered around the idea of an Open Graph, a map of people’s relationships and their connections to all objects and content on the Web. That means Facebook can not only map who you’re friends with, but it and other applications interacting with the social network can also graph the restaurants, books, movies, news articles and cities you like.
Facebook is getting rid of restrictions that developers can only store user data for 24 hours in a move that could rekindle privacy concerns.
FriendFeed, a site where users can aggregate their social networks and communicate in real-time, has become something like a forgotten stepchild after Facebook acquired the company last year. As one of a dwindling number of users, I felt pretty confident that the site would disappear eventually, but apparently there are no plans for a shutdown.
One of the more promising parts of the coming upgrade of Microsoft Office is the online version — but the responses I’ve seen to sneak peeks of the web-based Office apps have been pretty mixed. Beyond the Office brand name (which is certainly formidable), what’s going to make these apps any better than what companies like Google already offer?
At its f8 conference in San Francisco Wednesday, Facebook announced that it is launching a series of plugins that will dramatically expand its presence across the Web.
[updated with comment from Zuckerberg]
Before making the big announcements today at f8, Facebook’s developer conference in San Francisco, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg shared some numbers on how massive the site and related services have become. Oddly, the big number, 400 million users worldwide, was the same milestone the company mentioned crossing back in February.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to delivered the keynote address at the f8, the conference for Facebook application developers, today at 10am Pacific. Stealing back the spotlight from Twitter, which announced its advertising business model at its Chirp conference last week, Zuckerberg is expected to unveil a bunch of new features.
During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote today, senior representatives from Microsoft and Amazon came on stage to demonstrate how they’re integrating their services with Platform. Google was nowhere to be seen. Forget the Facebook-Myspace rivalry — could an anti-Google triumvirate be forming?
Update, 4pm: Significantly, Zuckerberg said Facebook is encouraging developers to build applications to make money, both from advertisements and other transactions. Developers would do this from a “canvas” page given to developers to work on. Zuckerberg stressed two other themes, “deep integration,” and “mass distribution,” examples of which are illustrated in our Agape/Causes on Facebook story posted after this one.