Is Facebook for old people? Over-55s flock in as the young leave

A forecast 700,000 UK teenagers and young adults will leave the social media site in 2018 It’s official: Facebook is for old(er) people. Teens and young adults are ditching Mark Zuckerberg’s social network as popularity among the over-55s surges, according to a report. In 2018, 2.2 million 12- to 17-year-olds and 4.5 million 18- to … Continue reading Is Facebook for old people? Over-55s flock in as the young leave

We Need More Alternatives to Facebook

About 10 years after TVs began to be ubiquitous in American homes, television broadcasting was a staggering financial success. As the head of the Federal Communications Commission observed in a 1961 speech to broadcast executives, the industry’s revenue, more than $1 billion a year, was rising 9 percent annually, even in a recession. The problem, … Continue reading We Need More Alternatives to Facebook

Facebook/M8 bet on AR/VR

每年的 F8 大会是 Facebook 公司全面展示其新技术、新战略和新想法的全球开发者大会,而刚刚过去的 2017 Facebook F8 大会也毫无疑问吸引了全世界开发者们的目光,人们都想从这家科技巨头身上看到他们对未来的展望和设想。 出乎大家意料的是,在今年的 F8 大会上,Facebook 将重头戏放到了 AR 技术上。作为一家以社交网络为主业的互联网公司,很多人都对 Facebook 做出这样的选择很不解,它背后的理念和逻辑是什么?为什么 Facebook 会做出这样的选择?这样的决策对于整个行业有着怎样的影响? 带着这样的问题,我们在美国 San Jose 与百度公司总裁、同时也是这个领域世界级专家的张亚勤先生进行了一场独家对话。通过他的解读,我们一方面能够更好地理解 Facebook F8 大会以及 Facebook 这家公司,同时也能对目前互联网科技领域的发展动向有一个更好的认知。 Facebook 的思路很清晰 对于 Facebook 来说,去年的 F8 大会为外界展示了他们的公司整体规划,尤其是十年的路线图,连通性(Connectivity)、AI、AR/VR 一字排开,构成了这家公司的三大板块。在张亚勤看来,Facebook 因为有了用户、应用和平台这三大基础要素,他们可以根据这些要素让自己的技术有具体的落地场景。「Facebook 很清楚的是,产品、技术是为我产品服务的。」这句话也许是他对 Facebook 这家公司最重要的解读。 张亚勤:去年的 F8 大会我也来了,扎克伯格在去年第一次讲到了 Facebook 这家公司的十年路线图,其实相当清晰。首先是连通性(Connectivity),然后是 AR、VR 作为一种新的交互方式,后面 AI 作为根本性的技术。这个思路很清晰。 而 Facebook 最大的优势是它拥有十大 APP 里面的四大 APP,这个很厉害,包括了 Messenger、Facebook、Instagram 和 … Continue reading Facebook/M8 bet on AR/VR

How does Facebook avoid paying tax, and what will the changes mean?

Q | How does Facebook currently avoid its UK taxes? A | Like most US technology companies, it bases its international operations in Ireland, where corporate tax is 12.5 per cent compared with Britain’s 20 per cent. Until now, money made from sales to advertisers in the UK have been routed through Ireland. Q | So … Continue reading How does Facebook avoid paying tax, and what will the changes mean?