Push Pop Press, the digital book software company known for creating the highly interactive iOS version of Al Gore's book Our Choice, has been acquired by Facebook.
The social networking giant assures us it's not getting into the e-book publishing business, but rather snatched up the startup so that it can allow "some of the technology, ideas and inspiration behind Push Pop Press to become part of how millions of people connect and share with each other on Facebook."Continue
Facebook has a new tutorial to set up small and medium businesses on the social platform for success. Dubbed Facebook for Business, the page is an "education center" that teaches businesses how to create Pages, advertisements, Sponsored Stories and Facebook Platform, which covers apps, social plugins and Facebook Credits.Continue
Waiting for a Google Plus invite? Google is rolling out the service in waves and you can expect it to become a ubiquitous social option in the coming months. We have been playing with the service since getting invites yesterday and there are a lot of things to like about Google's new social initiative.Continue
Facebook bought ten companies last year, and told us to expect more this year — and today it is putting itself in a better position to execute on that plan, by hiring Google veteran Amid Zoufonoun.
Having been at Google since 2003, Zoufonoun has led major acquisitions including On2, Grandcentral (Google Voice), Metaweb, Widevine, Feedburner, and Simplify Media, according to his LinkedIn profile.Continue
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Facebook CTO Bret Taylor says buying servers was a mistake. A very big mistake. At the time, he was chief executive at FriendFeed, which eventually was sold to Facebook for the tidy sum of a reported $50 million. But these were the early days. He and his team needed to decide between buying servers or using Amazon Web Services. They bought the servers.
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The Qwerly API lets developers easily link together users' various social network accounts. For example, given Tim O'Reilly's Twitter username, it can reveal his public profiles at other services like Facebook, Flickr and Plancast. Why is this interesting? Bridging the barriers between different social networks weakens the lock-in effect that makes it tough to opt out of popular services.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on December 17, 2010 via ReadWriteWeb
Facebook will double its pace of startup acquisitions next year and expects to acquire as many as 15 different companies in order to absorb new ideas and technology. That according to statements made by Michael Brown, corporate development manager at Facebook, at a seminar titled "Startup Exit Seminar: Early Stage M&A," in San Francisco last week.
Brown's statement was videotaped and reported on by Alastair Goldfisher of private equity blog PEHub this afternoon. We've embedded the key part of the video below.Continue