Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take the stage once again at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, Sept. 11. Zuckerberg spoke at last year’s Disrupt event about mobile, the company’s initial public offering, and its efforts in search.
Much has happened since then, as Facebook launched Graph Search and Facebook Home, as well as several other mobile improvements.
Zuckerberg will speak at 2:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, the final day of Disrupt. While there’s no sign of exactly what he’ll discuss, between Facebook’s mobile efforts and Internet.org, there will be several potential topics.
They’re coming. All 5 billion of them. Are you ready? Facebook and six other companies — Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung — just announced that they are looking to connect 5 billion more mobile-phone users to the Internet.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s new endeavor is hosted at Internet.org, where he states:
Today, the Internet isn’t accessible for two-thirds of the world. Imagine a world where it connects us all.
One of Facebook CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s frequent mantras is that he wants to make the world become more open and connected. He took a giant leap toward this goal Wednesday by helping form Internet.org — a partnership between Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung, aimed at bringing Internet access to 5 billion people.
Zuckerberg posted about his newest venture on his Facebook page:
For nine years, we’ve been on a mission to connect the world. We now connect more than 1 billion people, but to connect the next 5 billion we must solve a much bigger problem: the vast majority of people don’t have access to the internet.
I’m focused on this because I think it’s one of the greatest challenges of our generation. I’ve attached a rough plan I’ve written outlining the work Facebook is doing to solve this and how our industry can work together to connect the next 5 billion people.
Facebook has officially decided its eight members of the company’s board of directors, a vote that was taken earlier this week at the company’s inaugural shareholders meeting. It has been a busy week for Facebook executives, some of whom also sold stock this week.
Facebook confirmed, in a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the company’s board of directors:
- Mark Andreessen
- Erskine Bowles
- Susan Desmond-Hellmann
- Donald Graham
- Reed Hastings
- Sheryl Sandberg
- Peter Thiel
- Mark Zuckerberg
Those who own a part of Facebook gathered Tuesday at the company’s shareholders meeting to ask about the future of the company, the direction of Facebook’s stock value, as well as other concerns. Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed concerns about the company’s stock, asking for patience from shareholders who bought stock during the company’s initial public offering (IPO).
Several of the investors who spoke at Tuesday’s inaugural shareholders meeting were unhappy with the way that Facebook’s stock has performed since launching at $38 per share.
HTC today revealed the HTC First, the first Android smartphone that comes with Facebook Home pre-installed on the device.
With Facebook Home pre-installed on the HTC First, users can get all the experiences from the new Facebook Home app, such as cover feed and chat heads. But the HTC First packs some exclusive Facebook Home functionality that the app won’t have like the ability to feed in email and calendar notifications to the home screen.
“It’s a great opportunity to bring mobile and social together,” said HTC CEO Peter Chou at the event today held at Facebook’s headquarters.
Instead of building the mythical Facebook phone or its own mobile operating system, Facebook decided to partner with mobile device manufacturer HTC, and build an Android app that functions as a home screen replacement, without the need to fork or modify the Android OS.
“Android was designed from the ground up to support these deep integrations,” said Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. Zuckerberg also revealed the Facebook Home Program for all original equipment manufacturers of Android devices, so in the future, more and more Android manufacturers could potentially design devices like the HTC First, with Facebook Home pre-loaded as the default home screen.
The HTC First will be available exclusively from AT&T on April 12 for $99.99, with four color choices including red, light blue, white and black. Pre-ordering for the HTC First begins today.
Zuckerberg tops list of highest rated CEOs - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the No. 1 highest rated CEO, according to employee reviews on the career community site Glassdoor. Employees are asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way your CEO is leading the company?” Zuckerberg has a 99 percent approval rating. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who took the top spot last year, came in at No. 18 with 93 percent approval.
Zuckerberg supports immigration reform in letter to Obama - Zuckerberg was one of more than 100 executives of major tech companies and trade associations who signed a letter to the president and Congress this week calling for immigration reform to increase the number of highly skilled workers in the U.S. Specifically, the executives are asking for the quotas and categories for high-skilled nonimmigrant and immigrant visas to be more responsive to market needs and for spouses and children to not be included in those caps.
Users take 1B Open Graph actions daily – Facebook announced this week at SXSW that more than 400 billion Open Graph actions have been shared back to the social network since apps began integrating them in fall 2011. Of that, more than 110 million songs, albums and radio stations have been played 40 billion times via Facebook-integrated apps and 1.47 million books have been shared. The company says 1 billion Open Graph stories are shared daily.
Zuckerberg participates in Code.org video – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, along with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey and other popular tech figures, appeared in a short film by Code.org to promote computer science education. The video, called ”What Most Schools Don’t Teach,” discusses the gap between the number of available programming jobs and the number of qualified graduates to do them. ”Our policy (at Facebook) is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find,” Zuckerberg says. “The whole limit in the system is that there aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.” The video aims to raise awareness of the issue and make coding seem more approachable for students.
Facebook declares support for same-sex marriage – Facebook joined a coalition of about 300 companies including Amazon, Apple and Google, in submitting briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting same-sex marriage this week. The briefs explain how the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 discriminate against employees in same-sex marriages and create undue burdens on companies and employees. The document argues ”recognizing the rights of same-sex couples to marry is more than a constitutional issue. It is a business imperative.”
Facebook runs sale on Facebook Gifts - Facebook continues to promote its Gifts business with new features and deals. This week some users saw offers to get $4 off a gift of $5 or more. This enabled users to send users to, for example, send a $5 Starbucks gift card for only $1. Facebook previously ran $1 gift promotions before Valentine’s Day. Image via CNET.
Zuckerberg and Brin collaborate to launch Foundation – Mark Zuckerberg, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and technology investor Yuri Milner are joining forces to launch the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, which will award 11 scientists $3 million each. The prize will spotlight outstanding minds in medicine and hopes to enhance medical innovation.
Twitter announces Ads API – Twitter has officially launched its Ads API which it began testing last January. Marketers will be able to work with Ads API partners to manage Twitter Ad campaigns and both desktop and mobile ads. The initial partners include Adobe, Hootsuite, Salesforce, SHIFT and TBG Digital. This means advertisers will be able to buy Twitter’s promoted products in similar ways to how they purchase Facebook ads, and many Facebook Ads API companies are likely to incorporate Twitter’s Ads API in their platforms soon.
Facebook re-enables photo tag suggestions – Facebook announced Thursday that it is re-enabling the photo tag suggestion feature in the U.S., which uses facial recognition to help users identify friends in their photos. The controversial feature launched in late 2010, and was removed temporarily last year while Facebook made technical improvements and considered privacy matters. The feature uses algorithms to group photo uploads by those with similar faces, then it suggests friends those faces may belong to by matching them with previously tagged photos of friends. Users can adjust or approve those tags. The feature is on for users by default.
Facebook launches Ask Our CPO feature - Facebook this week launched an Ask Our CPO feature, which allows users to submit questions, concerns and feedback about privacy issues to the company’s chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, who will respond to some questions each month. The feature works as an app on the Facebook Privacy page and is part of Facebook’s attempts to give users more opportunities to raise important matters and get responses from the company, especially after the social network eliminated the option for user votes on policy changes late last year.