Facebook to Pick Up Security Company
Facebook today said it has agreed to acquire a small company called PrivateCore. The company is based in California and helps companies secure the data on their servers. Facebook said it will put PrivateCore's technology to use protecting its servers against "persistent malware, unauthorized physical access, and malicious hardware devices." With 1.3 billion users, Facebook maintains vast server farms to house user data. "I've seen how much people care about the security of data they entrust to services like Facebook," said Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Facebook Expands WiFi Finder Tool
Facebook today made its free Find WiFi service available to more people around the world. Facebook has been testing the tool in select regions since last year.
Facebook Intros A Dedicated Video Platform Called 'Watch'
Facebook hopes its new platform will entice people to consume more video content through Facebook. Facebook Watch is a place for episodic shows that will be available on mobile, on PCs, and in Facebook's TV apps.
Facebook Messenger No Longer Requires Facebook Account
Facebook said beginning today people do not have to have a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger. When first loading the app, users will have the option of signing in with a phone number rather than their Facebook account.
Facebook Releases 'Lite' App for Android Phones
Facebook today announced Facebook Lite, a version of the social network that uses less data and will work on less-robust network connections. The Facebook Lite app is just 1MB to install, and Facebook claims it loads quickly and offers core features, such as News Feed, status updates, photos, and notifications.
Facebook Broadens Its Mobile Shopping Push
Facebook is expanding the avenues through which mobile phone users can purchase goods within the Facebook app. The company is testing a new ad format called canvas that allows people to view quick-loading store sites, drill down into specific products, and make purchases — all without leaving the actual Facebook app.