Sunday March 2, 2014
Ellen DeGeneres's glitzy selfie taken and tweeted during the Oscars tonight set a new record on Twitter for most retweets -- 1.7 million in under an hour, and over 2 million in less than two hours.
"We crashed and broke Twitter," DeGeneres proclaimed during the live show.
The star-struck "selfie" appeared to be staged and not technically DeGeneres's since someone else (Bradley Cooper) held the camera after she invited a group of celebrities to gather around her and pose for her Samsung Galaxy phone's camera. Pundits were quick to point out that Samsung is a sponsor of the show.
Celebrities caught in the moment included Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Lato and Kevin Spacey.
"If only Bradley's arm were longer. Best photo ever," her tweet said.
Thursday February 27, 2014
Facebook is rolling out a new policy for preserving the accounts of users after they pass away.
For the past few years, its policy has been to "memorialize" or freeze the accounts of deceased individuals upon being notified of their death and only allow the profile to be seen by the user's Facebook friends, even if the user had a public profile and other material they had shared with the public.
But now Facebook adopted a new policy designed to maintain the privacy or sharing settings that each user had set for every photo, status update and other content before he or she passed away.
This means that your exisiting privacy settings on the network will govern what happens to your account if you die, so it might be worth a fresh review of your settings. Read more in this explainer on What Happens to Facebook Profiles After Death.
Other Tips: Do You Know Twitter's Limits on Tweets and Followers?
Thursday February 27, 2014
King Digital Entertainment, maker of the most popular game on Facebook, has filed paperwork with the Securities and
Exchange Commission to sell stock to the public and revealed details about its hit game, Candy Crush Saga.
King said 93 million people play the free game, Candy Crush Saga, on a typical day. Collectively they play about 1 billion games each day. Even though the company has 180 different games, Candy Crush yields 78 percent of King's total revenue, which amounted to a whopping $19 billion in 2013.
King, which is based in Ireland, reported that a small number--only only 4 percent of players, amounting to 12 million people--pay money to buy in-game goods or "enhance" the game with extra lives or levels.
Read more about the extraordinary success of the game in this review of the Candy Crush Saga IPO filing.
Wednesday February 19, 2014
Facebook has agreed to pay a stunning amount -- $16 billion plus $3 billion in stock options-- to purchase the WhatsApp mobile messaging application in what is being hailed as the biggest takeover deal in Silicon Valley history.
Our review of WhatsApp gave it a top-rated five stars for simplicity, ease of use and ability to bypass text-messaging charges from cell phone carriers. It also noted that the app was wildly popular outside the United States and has been giving Facebook Messenger a real run for its money.
Still, the steep price tag (Facebook paid a mere $1 billion for Instagram) suggests a shocking determination by Facebook not to be out-maneuvered in the core function it wants to dominate--personal electronic communication.
In a Facebook status update announcing the deal, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote, "Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. We do this by building services that help people share any type of content with any group of people they want. WhatsApp will help us do this by continuing to develop a service that people around the world love to use every day." Zuckerberg noted WhatsApp gets 1 million new signups daily, which is rapidly expanding its user base of more than 450 million people.