Facebook turns 9 – Monday marked nine years since Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com as a social network for Harvard students. The company did not seem to mark the occasion with any public fanfare, though it is having an employee celebration it its headquarters today. Perhaps Facebook will make more of a PR push for its 10th birthday on Feb. 4, 2014. For example, on the fifth anniversary of the site’s debut, Zuckerberg wrote a blog post about the event, the company shared a retrospective of the Facebook profile over the years and allowed users to send their friends a free virtual thank-you gift.
Developers Live debuts – Facebook this week launched Developers Live, a resource for developers to find news, tutorials, speaking sessions and other videos about building apps on the platform. Developers Live is an app on the Facebook Developers page that will include live, recorded and interactive broadcasts. The first live-streamed event will address the top 3 things every mobile developer needs to know in 2013, and will be hosted by Facebook Director of Product Doug Purdy.
Facebook pages display remaining Promoted Post budget – Facebook is testing a way to show page owners their remaining budget for a Promoted Post at a glance. After promoting one of their page posts, somw admins will see how much money they have left on the promotion. Since Promoted Posts run until the budget runs out or they’re no longer eligible to be shown in News Feed, it isn’t possible to change the dates or times for the campaign. Showing the remaining budget could help page owners get a sense of how much longer their Promoted Post will run. Thanks to Kristina Allen for the tip and screenshot.
Facebook eliminates facial recognition in Europe – Facebook has deleted all European facial recognition data, the Irish data protection commissioner and a German data protection regulator confirmed this week. Facebook had already turned off the facial recognition feature for new users in the E.U., but promised to delete templates for existing users. Last week, Facebook re-introduced the suggested tags feature that uses facial recognition in the U.S., but the company says it doesn’t have plans to bring suggested tags back to Europe “for the moment.”
Facebook to pre-load software on millions of smartphones – Facebook is working with Chinese chipmaker Spreadtrum to have its app pre-installed in Spreadtrum’s all-in-one Android smartphone platform that is used by a variety of device makers, according to GigaOm. The deal will ensure that a version of Facebook will be included on a range of handsets, even the lowest end smartphones, which will be used in huge developing markets like India.
Nasdaq could face $5M fine for Facebook IPO issues – Nasdaq is in preliminary negotiations with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a settlement related to is mishandling of the Facebook IPO, according to Wall Street Journal sources, who say the Nasdaq may have to pay a monetary penalty of about $5 million in addition to $62 million to customers who experienced losses from botched trades.