Facebook, Inc. is an American online social media and social networking service company. It is based in Menlo Park, California. Its was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. It is considered one of the Big Four technology companies along with Amazon, Apple, and Google.
The founders initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students and subsequently Columbia, Stanford, and Yale students. Membership was eventually expanded to the remaining Ivy League schools, MIT, and higher education institutions in the Boston area. Facebook gradually added support for students at various other universities, and eventually to high school students. Since 2006, anyone who claims to be at least 13 years old has been allowed to become a registered user of Facebook, though variations exist in this requirement, depending on local laws. The name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students. Facebook held its initial public offering (IPO) in February 2012, valuing the company at $104 billion, the largest valuation to date for a newly listed public company. It began selling stock to the public three months later. Facebook makes most of its revenue from advertisements that appear onscreen.
The Facebook service can be accessed from devices with Internet connectivity, such as personal computers, tablets and smartphones. After registering, users can create a customized profile revealing information about themselves. Users can post text, photos and multimedia of their own devising and share it with other users as “friends”. Users can use various embedded apps, and receive notifications of their friends’ activities. Users may join common-interest groups.
Facebook had more than 2.2 billion monthly active users as of January 2018. It receives prominent media coverage, including many controversies such as user privacy and psychological effects. The company has faced intense pressure over censorship and over content that some users find objectionable.
Facebook’s initial public offering (IPO) in February 2012 was the largest initial valuation to date for a public company ($104 billion).
Facebook offers other products and services. It acquired Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus Rift and independently developed Facebook Messenger.
U.S. lawmakers have been skeptical about Facebook and the libra coin and some of the Libra Association look to distance themselves from the project.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in the half year ended June 30 was 125.8 million euros ($139.39 million), from 70.3 million euros in the same period of 2018. The company grew strongly in all key metrics, with net revenue up 41% to 222.1 million euros and net profit up 92%.
Facebook Inc further extends its reach towards establishing its dominance in the Asian market. Having that it’s instant-messaging app – WhatsApp partners with multiple Indonesian digital payment firms to offer their mobile transaction services.
A recent Binance Labs participant, Cere Network, is designing blockchain CRM software to compete with giants such as Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce.
ZenGo crypto wallet has announced the support for Facebook’s Libra testnet which gives its users a first-hand experience of using Facebook’s native cryptocurrency.
Apple could be coming up with not just one but four new models of the Apple Watch Series 5 this year. The four models filed this week were listed as A2156, A2157, A2092 and A2093 and would be running the smartwatch OS, the WatchOS 6.
Just recently, Amazon cloud service AWS experienced an outage which is causing a service disruption on several Asian cryptocurrency exchanges. Binance is one of the exchanges.
The WalletLink feature provides a secure encrypted link connecting the browser to the Coinbase Wallet app and letting users access the DApps from anywhere.
Ending the 10-year history of naming releases after desserts, the company is bailing on providing a codename beginning with a subsequent letter of the alphabet (in this case, Q), which is the way we’ve been referring to Android up to now. This year is Android 10, next year will be Android 11, and so on.
The new iPhones, iPads, MacBook Pro, and Apple Watch are all expected by the end of 2019, the report said, whereas the revised AirPods and HomePod could come later.
HitBTC recently in a press release announced that they are lowering the exchange trading fees, presenting a new fee adjustment system. The fees have been lowered as much as 1,3%.
Experts from the payments industry believe that Apple Card launch can boost the company’s Apple Pay digital wallet system which can give tough competition to giants like Venmo, PayPal, and Square Cash.