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Facebook enhances mobile app with sidebar

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Facebook has enhanced the sidebar space within its Facebook mobile app – creating a dedicated place for you and your friends to stay up to date on all of the things you do every day.

Facebook enhances sidebar within its mobile app.

Facebook enhances sidebar within its mobile app.

People go to News Feed to catch up on what friends are posting at certain times of the day, like a best friend’s engagement or pictures from a university reunion.

But many users want a place to see and share the smaller updates that are a part of their day.

Setting your sidebar status in the Facebook app.

Setting your sidebar status in the Facebook app.

The Facebook sidebar is used by millions of people daily to quickly find and contact friends and loved ones while on the go with their mobile.

Now, you can visit the sidebar to get a quick look at what your friends are currently doing.

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Eduardo Saverin & Sequoia funds launch of 99.co expansion

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The growing online property portal 99.co has officially launched its web and mobile search products, announcing a major round of funding and expansion into the residential sales segment.

Panel at the official launch of 99.co at the AVALON at Marina Bay Sands. From Left: Tan Kok Keong (CEO, REMS); Evan Chung (VP, DTZ); Darius Cheung (CEO, 99.co); Eduardo Saverin (Co-founder of Facebook and investor of 99.co); Eugene Lim (KEO, ERA); Mohd Ismail (CEO, Propnex). Photo credit: 99.co.

Panel at the official launch of 99.co at the AVALON at Marina Bay Sands. From Left: Tan Kok Keong (CEO, REMS); Evan Chung (VP, DTZ); Darius Cheung (CEO, 99.co); Eduardo Saverin (Co-founder of Facebook and investor of 99.co); Eugene Lim (KEO, ERA); Mohd Ismail (CEO, Propnex). Photo credit: 99.co.

Online property search portal 99.co has officially launched an expansion of its services into the residential sales segment and new investments totaling S$2.7 million to date.

“When I was trying to find a home for myself here in Singapore a few years ago, 99.co didn’t exist and I naturally explored all web and mobile tools available, and I was nothing short of disappointed. Were the listings real and available? Was the pricing data and other details accurate? Why so many duplicates?  It was a high-friction and time consumer experience that had to change,” says investor and user Eduardo Saverin.

The portal aims to “create the most trusted and authentic way for users to find a home they’ll love”.

99.co prioritises the end consumer experience first, promising unbiased search results, personalised to the query of the end user and sorted by the quality of the listing data versus by the promotional spend of the agents.

Since its soft-launch in November last year, 99co has introduced two mobile apps and ListRank, an algorithm that provides users the best and most relevant search results, and in the process doubled its web traffic.

In the same period, the company says its competitors such as PropertyGuru and iProperty have seen a decrease of web traffic between 10 and 20 percent.

Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook, sharing why he invested in 99.co.

Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook, sharing why he invested in 99.co. Photo credit: John Tan, taken on Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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Facebook to buy Instagram photo app for US$1 billion

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

US$100 billion Facebook Inc has agreed to fork out US$1 billion in cash and stock to acquire the photo-sharing application for smartphones. The deal is expected to be completed this quarter.

Is Instagram worth one-hundredth of Facebook?

Is Instagram worth one-hundredth of Facebook?

Facebook is probably looking at attracting the users of mobile devices through its acquisition of Instagram – its biggest acquisition yet.

“Instagram, owned by San Francisco-based Burbn Inc, was valued at $500 million after raising about $60 million last week from investors,” Bloomberg was told.The idea is to attract the advertisers interested in reaching the mobile users.

Instagram started out as the top free photo-sharing app on Apple’s App Store with more than 30 million users.

Only last week, the company introduced the app for Android devices as well.

Instagram has only 13 employees so the offer works out to some US$76 million per employee, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“We need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook. That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently,” – Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook fanpage.Instagram was launched in October 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger with a seed funding of about US$500,000.

It subsequently raised US$7 million in 2011, when it had 1.75 million users, according to Bloomberg.

California-based Facebook is the biggest social-networking service today and intends to raise US$5 billion in its initial public offering (IPO) – which is to date the biggest IPO for an Internet company, valuing it at US$100 billion.

Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said it plans to let Instagram retain its independence, in an effort to reassure Instagram users and potential advertisers.

Akamai helps visualize World IPv6 Day

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Akamai has announced that it will provide a real-time data visualization of IPv6 Web traffic served from its global platform on World IPv6 Day on 8 June 2011. The visualization will show the pattern of traffic served during the 24-hour period.

Akamai is the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online.Hundreds of websites and Internet service providers around the world are joining Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Akamai, and Limelight Networks as participants in World IPv6 Day for the first global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6, being organized by the Internet Society.

During World IPv6 Day on 8 June 2011, more than 225 participating organizations from every part of the globe will enable IPv6 on their main services for 24 hours. With IPv4 addresses running out this year, the industry must act quickly to accelerate full IPv6 adoption or risk increased costs and limited functionality online for Internet users everywhere.

World IPv6 Day participants are coming together to help motivate organizations across the industry—Internet service providers, hardware manufacturers, operating system vendors and other web companies—to prepare their services for the transition.

“We see this test flight as an important step towards ensuring the global Internet can continue to grow and evolve so that it can connect billions of new users and devices,” said Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer for the Internet Society.One of the goals of World IPv6 Day is to expose potential issues under controlled conditions and address them as soon as possible. Given the diversity of technology that powers the Internet, the global nature of the trial is crucial to identify unforeseen problems.

The vast majority of users should be able to access services as usual, but in rare cases, misconfigured or misbehaving network equipment, particularly in home networks, may impair access to participating websites during the trial.
“We’ve been working to make Google services publicly accessible over IPv6 since 2008, because we believe it’s critical to the long-term prosperity of the open Internet,” said Erik Kline, IPv6 Software Engineer at Google.
Current estimates are that 99.95% of users will experience no problems connecting to web services on IPv6 Day, and participating organizations will be working together with operating system manufacturers, home router vendors and ISPs to minimize the number of users affected.

The Internet Society is supporting World IPv6 Day as part of its efforts to accelerate IPv6 deployment. IPv6, the successor to the protocol currently used on the Internet, was designed in the late 1990s but has not seen deployment on a global scale. With IPv4 address space running out, the industry cannot afford to wait much longer.