Facebook Roundup: fellowship, Africa, shareholders, Windows Phone, more

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By Sara Inés Calderón

Facebook announces 2012 fellows – Facebook announced 12 picks for its Fellowship Program this week. The company had about 300 applicants for the positions which include a year’s worth of tuition, a $30,000 stipend, $5,000 for travel and $2,500 for a computer.

Fellows have specialties including mobile computing, computer networking and cloud computing, machine learning, storage systems, search, distributed systems, programming language technology, computer security, programming languages, computer security, distributed data storage and programming languages and computer security.

Mobile coverage in Africa could mean growth for Facebook – French mobile carrier Orange announced a new service for low-end mobile phones in Africa, meaning that about 70 million subscribers may now be able to access Facebook.

ISS criticizes Facebook’s shareholder rights – Institutional Shareholder Services analysts wrote this week that Facebook’s dual-class share structure may cause problems if the structure ever changes. Analysts wrote that this dual structure potentially divides owners into opposing groups, creating potential for future conflict.

Microsoft’s Windows phone Facebook app upgraded – A new version the Facebook app for Microsoft’s Windows Phone, was introduced this week and includes a new profile design, banner images, access to pages, groups, the ability to view Likes and more.

Australian film simultaneously released in theaters, Facebook - “Tomorrow, When the War Began” is an Australian film that is set to be released into U.S. theaters, Facebook and VOD at the same time, on Feb. 24. The film is being distributed by Milyoni’s Social Cinema technology. [Image via Facebook]

Paul Ceglia owes Facebook $76K – The man who claims to own part of Facebook, Paul Ceglia, owes the company a hefty sum of legal fees, according to U.S. Magistrate Judges Leslie Foschio. The judge ordered Ceglia to pay about $76,000 in legal fees to the company.

Vitrue’s SRM livestreams Coldplay across 240 pages – iHeartRadio used Vitrue’s SRM technology to livestream a Coldplay concert across 240 Clear Channel-affiliated pages last week.