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Facebook buys WhatsApp for $21.8 billion.
$21.8 billion!
Facebook closed the deal today, making it by far the biggest tech acquisition recently, well ahead of Microsoft’s $8.5 billion purchase of Skype and Facebook’s earlier purchase of Instagram for over $1 billion - the size of that deal was considered by some to be surprisingly large at the time.

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $21.8 billion.

$21.8 billion!

Facebook closed the deal today, making it by far the biggest tech acquisition recently, well ahead of Microsoft’s $8.5 billion purchase of Skype and Facebook’s earlier purchase of Instagram for over $1 billion - the size of that deal was considered by some to be surprisingly large at the time.

Here’s a blast from the past: Facebook’s homepage, at launch in 2004.

Here’s a blast from the past: Facebook’s homepage, at launch in 2004.

Facebook reveals 83 million accounts are likely fake.
Facebook have revealed stats showing that 8.7% of user accounts are fake. That currently means 83 million user accounts, taking the total number of ‘955 million active monthly users’ down to 872 million.
The company says that 4.8% are duplicate accounts, 2.4% are user-misclassified, and 1.5% are spam accounts.
Facebook bans 20,000 accounts every day, and estimates that 600,000 accounts per day are compromised.

Facebook reveals 83 million accounts are likely fake.

Facebook have revealed stats showing that 8.7% of user accounts are fake. That currently means 83 million user accounts, taking the total number of ‘955 million active monthly users’ down to 872 million.

The company says that 4.8% are duplicate accounts, 2.4% are user-misclassified, and 1.5% are spam accounts.

Facebook bans 20,000 accounts every day, and estimates that 600,000 accounts per day are compromised.

Facebook approaching 1,000,000,000 active users.
Facebook released their second quarter earnings results last week, here’s the interesting stats:
Monthly active users (MAUs) were 955 million as ofJune 30, 2012, an increase of 29% year-over-year.
Daily active users (DAUs) were 552 million on average forJune 2012, an increase of 32% year-over-year.
Mobile MAUs were 543 million as ofJune 30, 2012, an increase of 67% year-over-year.
Facebook brought in US$1.18 billion in revenue in the three month period, up 32% from the same time last year.
Earlier this year a study indicated Facebook will reach the 1 Billion user mark this month, but more recent estimates say it may still be September or October before that happens.

Facebook approaching 1,000,000,000 active users.

Facebook released their second quarter earnings results last week, here’s the interesting stats:

  • Monthly active users (MAUs) were 955 million as ofJune 30, 2012, an increase of 29% year-over-year.
  • Daily active users (DAUs) were 552 million on average forJune 2012, an increase of 32% year-over-year.
  • Mobile MAUs were 543 million as ofJune 30, 2012, an increase of 67% year-over-year.
  • Facebook brought in US$1.18 billion in revenue in the three month period, up 32% from the same time last year.

Earlier this year a study indicated Facebook will reach the 1 Billion user mark this month, but more recent estimates say it may still be September or October before that happens.

Facebook monitoring you for illegal activity.
Facebook’s Chief Security Officer has revealed details of how the company screens users activity for potential criminal activity. It also monitors for evidence of “imminent bodily harm, or to protect ourselves and you from people violating our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”.
Rather than have Facebook employees screen for activity directly, the monitoring is done by software which monitors for specific words or phrases.

The software pays more attention to chats between users who don’t already have a well-established connection on the site and whose profile data indicate something may be wrong, such as a wide age gap. The scanning program is also “smart” — it’s taught to keep an eye out for certain phrases found in the previously obtained chat records from criminals including sexual predators.
If the scanning software flags a suspicious chat exchange, it notifies Facebook security employees, who can then determine if police should be notified.
Keeping most of the scanned chats out of the eyes of Facebook employees may help Facebook deflect criticism from privacy advocates, but whether the scanned chats are deleted or stored permanently is yet unknown.

Facebook monitoring you for illegal activity.

Facebook’s Chief Security Officer has revealed details of how the company screens users activity for potential criminal activity. It also monitors for evidence of “imminent bodily harm, or to protect ourselves and you from people violating our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”.

Rather than have Facebook employees screen for activity directly, the monitoring is done by software which monitors for specific words or phrases.

The software pays more attention to chats between users who don’t already have a well-established connection on the site and whose profile data indicate something may be wrong, such as a wide age gap. The scanning program is also “smart” — it’s taught to keep an eye out for certain phrases found in the previously obtained chat records from criminals including sexual predators.

If the scanning software flags a suspicious chat exchange, it notifies Facebook security employees, who can then determine if police should be notified.

Keeping most of the scanned chats out of the eyes of Facebook employees may help Facebook deflect criticism from privacy advocates, but whether the scanned chats are deleted or stored permanently is yet unknown.

Infographic: Facebook vs. Google.
With all the talk of Facebook on the stockmarket lately it’s easy to forget they’re still nowhere near as successful (financially at least) as Google.

Google receives approximately 40% more traffic than Facebook every month.

Check out the full infographic here.

Infographic: Facebook vs. Google.

With all the talk of Facebook on the stockmarket lately it’s easy to forget they’re still nowhere near as successful (financially at least) as Google.

Google receives approximately 40% more traffic than Facebook every month.

Check out the full infographic here.

Facebook App Center launched.
This happened a few days ago but seems to have passed me by, maybe because I’m in New Zealand and it’s only officially launched in the US so far. Or maybe because Facebook doesn’t want to draw attention to the fact that they’re jumping on the ‘App Store’ bandwagon and aren’t advertising it too much.
Either way it’s live here, and claims to “give you personalized recommendations, and lets you browse the apps your friends use”. You can access the App Center from any web browser or from the Facebook iOS or Android Apps.

You can send apps you find on your computer to your mobile device using the new “Send to Mobile” feature. If a mobile app requires a download, you’ll be sent to install it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Facebook App Center launched.

This happened a few days ago but seems to have passed me by, maybe because I’m in New Zealand and it’s only officially launched in the US so far. Or maybe because Facebook doesn’t want to draw attention to the fact that they’re jumping on the ‘App Store’ bandwagon and aren’t advertising it too much.

Either way it’s live here, and claims to “give you personalized recommendations, and lets you browse the apps your friends use”. You can access the App Center from any web browser or from the Facebook iOS or Android Apps.

You can send apps you find on your computer to your mobile device using the new “Send to Mobile” feature. If a mobile app requires a download, you’ll be sent to install it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Facebook statistics updated for 2012.
Internet World Stats have released their breakdown of Facebook statistics for the year ending 31 March 2012.
It puts the world total of Facebook users at 835,525,280 - that’s 11.9% of the world population.
Check it out for yourself here.

Facebook statistics updated for 2012.

Internet World Stats have released their breakdown of Facebook statistics for the year ending 31 March 2012.

It puts the world total of Facebook users at 835,525,280 - that’s 11.9% of the world population.

Check it out for yourself here.