Facebook on Thursday announced three new products, including Open Graph for mobile, to boost its presence in the fast-growing smartphone and tablet markets.
The company said in a blog post and at its mobile developer conference in New York that along with making it easier to implement Open Graph on mobile, Facebook also is improving Facebook Login and is releasing a new SDK 3.5 for iOS.In addition, Facebook also announced a new partner program to help developers integrate Facebook on a variety of mobile platforms. Some early partners include C# SDK for Windows 8 by Microsoft, Corona SDK … Read more
Facebook today unveiled a new downloadable user interface that takes over your smartphone's home screen, lock screen, and wallpaper. Instead of the regular Android features, you're treated to a slideshow of updates, photos, and shared links.
Facebook wants to take direct control of its user base, and it's going about it in a smart way. Home, which will be available for download on April 12 on select Android phones, isn't a new phone or operating system, or even a … Read more
Facebook continues to pull back the curtain on some of the technical details behind its search products, this time with a new look at the Social Graph.
The social network's latest reveal is about LinkBench, a new database benchmark for the Social Graph, which is being released this week on GitHub.
(For reference, according to Facebook engineers, the Social Graph is a graph data structure involving an "immense map" of people, places, and things and the connections between them.)
Touted as a tool for developers who need to benchmark and fine-tune database systems, LinkBench was designed to … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- How Facebook knew a man was gay before anyone else did .
- NYC subways deploy a touch-screen network, complete with apps and Wi-Fi.
- Man who got porn site logos tattooed on his face now somehow regrets his decision.
Facebook posted a deep dive of the tech behind its Graph Search ranking system today and buried at the bottom was a promise of new features: posts and comments search.
Sriram Sankar, an engineering manager on Facebook's search infrastructure team, wrote in the post that Facebook next steps include a better search on mobile and new content.
"We are also extending our search capabilities to do better text processing and ranking and have better mobile and internationalization support. Finally, we are also working on building a completely new vertical to handle searching posts and comments," he wrote. … Read more
Hey, remember that next-generation search product Facebook launched over a month ago that you still don't have access to?
Well, there's good news.
No, you're not getting Graph Search yet, but Facebook wants you to know that other people really love it.
The social network today published a blog post to remind people of all the fantastic ways they can use can the shiny new search engine to find people, places, photos, and interests.
"We are still hard at work on building Graph Search, but want to share some of our favorite ways people are using … Read more
Google, who? Facebook, huh? Yeah, that's right. The Internet behemoths don't pose any threat to business-reviews site Yelp and its still-blossoming local advertising business. Well, that's Yelp's attitude anyhow.
"Today, we're really competing with print, radio, and television," Geoff Donaker, Yelp's chief operating officer, said Tuesday when speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom conference.
But what about Internet businesses like Google and Facebook? Donaker is sure the pair will compete with Yelp in the local advertising arena eventually -- emphasis on eventually. Yelp will let that battle "play … Read more
MENLO PARK, Calif.--On the surface, Facebook's new Graph Search is touted as a new method to enable more connections between people and content worldwide.
It turns out what is making all of that possible is a Unicorn.
During a crash course Thursday at the company's headquarters, a team of Facebook engineers offered a more detailed glimpse at the magic behind the new, third "pillar" of the world's largest social network's strategy to enable new connections.
Soren Lassen, manager of the search infrastructure team at Facebook, described that "in computer science speak," … Read more