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With smartphones now accounting for over two-thirds of Facebook's total revenue, Mark Zuckerberg and his staff have just published some extremely positive Q4 2014 results.
Claimed by the social media giant to make up for roughly 69 percent of total revenue, their total number posted for this period was $3.85 billion. This exceeded the $3.77 billion consensus estimate by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters and is a 49 percent rise when compared to 12 months earlier.
Just one year ago, mobile advertisements made up for only half of Facebook's total revenue, showing that the rise of the smartphone has been sharp and expansive. CEO Mark Zuckerberg was impressed by the results, stating "we got a lot done in 2014. Our community continues to grow and we're making progress towards connecting the world."
Well, the Lizard Squad tried to take credit for the short Facebook and Instagram downtime Monday night, but Facebook admitted that the incident was its fault. The outage hit users in the United States, with members in Asia, Australia and New Zealand briefly losing access, with the problem beginning just after 12:10 a.m. ET last night.
"This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Facebook said in a statement following the short down time Monday evening. "Both services are back to 100 percent for everyone."
Kudos to the Lizard Squad for trying to get itself some glory for something that it had absolutely nothing to do with. Not surprisingly, users logged onto Twitter and other websites to complain about the sudden and unexpected Facebook downtime.
You've all seen the warnings, apparently everything in Australia is out to kill you - just not the friendly human population. First there's the snakes, then the drop bears, then the spiders, the weather, stingrays, sharks and a never ending list of sharp, ferocious or poisonous wildlife options.
In a some more lighthearted social media news, Aussies have taken to Twitter to share their #YouKnowYou'reInAustraliaWhen experiences, explaining their take on various Aussie-related things to do with sunburn, popular TV shows, local animals, online shopping and more.
Here's some of the best that we've picked out just for you - if you're not a native, you're unlike to understand all of them but there should be a couple that drag a chuckle out of you.
After forgetting to grab a lovely ladies number on the train, Crystal Palace fan Angus Mainland took to Twitter, publishing a selfie they had taken together and asking - who's that girl?
They snapped a few selfies, shared a scarf and Mainland claimed he was in love - it seems like it was meant to be. Asking Twitter and the Cross Country Trains for help, he set out on the path to track down his one true love.
With over 4,600 re-tweets and almost 2,000 favorites, Mainland's quest was bolstered into the news-feeds of tens of thousands of would-be do-gooders, seeing this question come back with the goods and finding the girl in the end. In an interview with a local newspaper, The Croydon Advertiser, he stated that "at half time it had got 30 re-tweets and after full time it was over 100," further adding "my friend who's a Southampton fan said that if I got 2000 re-tweets then he'd get a tattoo to commemorate Palace's incredible win. I never expected to have that kind of response, it's been incredible. The majority of people responding have been supportive."
In its latest bid to censor the Internet, Turkey has ordered Facebook to block pages that reportedly "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, with the No. 1 social networking bending over to the demand. If Facebook didn't follow the Ankara court's order, the government could have potentially blocked access to the social networking site.
"In comparison with Twitter and YouTube, Facebook cooperates with the Turkish authorities much better," said Yaman Akdeniz, cyberlaw professor at Bilgi University in Turkey, in a statement published by the New York Times. "Therefore, it's not surprising that Facebook removed these pages right away."
The Turkish government previously blocked Twitter and YouTube in 2014, due to published recordings linking corruption to the President Recep Tayyip Edrogan's associates. Under Edrogan's administration in Turkey, there has been a harsh crackdown on freedom of speech and social media - and the issue will likely continue in the future, as pressure mounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social networking sites.
All Google vs Bing jokes aside, Bing is now almost-everywhere and used by many different programs, social medias and applications for their translation and content services.
Twitter has followed Facebook in providing users with a translate function thanks to Bing. Unfortunately this new feature isn't quite as easy as seen on it's big blue brother - in Facebook all you have to do is click a little grey text link that automatically translates and displays the English version directly in front of your eyes. However with Twitter, it's a little harder of a task. A small globe will appear in non-English Tweets at the top right, once clicked it will take you to the 'details' tweet page, then once clicked again you'll be displayed with the English translation.
As you can see in the image above, we've been informed by the president of Mexico that he went to a cool meeting, or something. Although not as perfect as a real person, this translation tool is now available on web, iOS and Android platforms. However you must be logged in to access it, as we just found out.
Nope, this isn't satire. According to a study by the University of Pennsylvania study, doctors may look towards a Twitter feed in order to gauge your risk of heart disease - rather than monitoring the normal signs like smoking, diet and obesity.
The researchers compared 148 million geo-located tweets from 1347 American counties throughout a period of June 2009 - March 2010. They were looking into the 'emotional language' displayed by the people behind the posts - testing the theory that anger or contentment levels correlate directly to overall health levels.
This study focused on the emotional language of all Tweets monitored, measuring this value and then comparing it with the county-level, age-adjusted mortality rates for AHD. The results pointed out that not only is Twitter good at gauging a county's susceptibility to heart disease, it's also better than any conventional method - even providing as far as a 42 percent improvement.
Users are being asked to flag bogus posts as fake, which will see Facebook limit the amount of news feeds that this content appears on - said to not have any affect on satire websites like The Onion.
Misleading news reports and advertisements are becoming a mainstay in this day and age, seeing click-bait articles often fill up our news feeds and side bars on numerous websites, emails, social media platforms and streaming services. Under new changes announced by Facebook, users will be able to flag misleading content that involve click-bait titles, misleading stories and scams.
Announced on Tuesday, Facebook will make a move to limit how many news feeds this information pops up on - rather than removing it completely. Stories that have been consistently reported and in great number will see an annotation to let Facebook users know that it might be non-legit.
The massive social media network Facebook has just hired Teehan+Lax, claimed as one of Toronto's most successful digital design agencies - seeing three of its top partners joining Facebook as part of a talent acquisition, claimed as not a company buyout.
With John Lax, Geoff Teehan and David Gillis joining the big blue F, their company has in turn decided to shut down. Some previous company employee's are also looking to join Facebook, whereas others are on the search for a new occupation. After the being founded in 2002 and working on large contracts such as Flipboard and some of Facebook's Atlas ad-serving services, these ex-employee's should have no issue moving to somewhere else.
Teehan+Lax's website contained a lengthy closure message, explaining the companies directions, the top three designers' thoughts and feelings and a glimpse into the future. Part of this announcement reads "We are incredibly excited about the future. The things we will be doing at Facebook are amazing new challenges. The scope and scale of them are simultaneously thrilling and scary. The opportunity to make things that will impact over a billion people is extraordinary."
Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have teamed up to bring Amber Alert messages to the No. 1 social networking website. The new alert system will post images to users in the same geographic targeted area, with users unable to opt out of the alerts - though they can be deleted.
"These alerts, which include photographs and other details about the missing child, are shown on mobile and desktop," a Facebook press release states. "People can share the alert with friends and link directly to the National Center's missing child poster, which always has the most up-to-date information about the case."
Amber Alerts were created as a method for law enforcement, wireless carriers, transportation agencies and broadcasters to share data on missing children.