Verizon Communications' $4.4 billion purchase of AOL will mean the telecommunications giant is no longer just competing directly against the likes of AT&T. The deal is all about advertising technology, or ad-tech, and with it Verizon will now be competing against Google, Facebook and others in the digital ad market, especially in video. If Verizon can develop content for its OTT venture, it now has the tools to make money off of that using AOL.
The main beneficiary of the transition to mobile has been Facebook, which is the fastest growing in ZenithOptimedia's top 30 media owners.
Facebook has worked hard to not only create a place where people want to share personal information, but an area that's attractive to app developers. Based on Twitter commentary, however, those developers are less than impressed with changes to its API.
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Facebook unit WhatsApp is finally launching voice calling service for its Android users. An updated version of the application is now available via Google Play and the company has promised to bring the feature to Apple's iOS shortly.
At its F8 conference in San Francisco and on Facebook, the social network responsible for much of the traffic on mobile devices let the world know it is also looking out for the future, with a successful first test flight of a solar-powered drone in the UK.
There were a lot of questions around whether Facebook Messenger was powerful enough to become a standalone app, and the company answered them at its recent F8 developer conference in San Francisco by turning it into a platform for third-party developers.
Facebook unveiled a new software-development kit for its Parse mobile development platform that enables developers to create apps that share data with connected devices. Meanwhile, Faceook also announced an update to its Messenger app called Messenger Platform that will let the messaging app be used to create and share content independent of the News Feed.
Facebook is open-sourcing an internal tool it has used to test how apps perform on 2G, EDGE, 3G, and LTE networks. The social networking giant is making the tool available on GitHub.
Even though it is now officially owned by Facebook, the recent actions of WhatsApp toward developers might best be described as "pulling a Twitter."