Amid the breaking news of events in Paris on Friday evening, Facebook launched a new safety feature to alert users about their loved ones. Why did they not use it for the Beirut bomb attack hours before?
Facebook Inc (FB.O) said in a report on Wednesday that government demands for its user data surged in the first half of 2015, taking a trend that began at least two years ago when the company started revealing such requests to new heights.
Take a look at your iPhone. Chances are, the lockscreen is probably cluttered with notifications about e-mail, news, weather and other information. All of these notifications are produced by separate apps, built by separate developers, and all routed through Apple's iOS.
Now, Facebook wants to take all that information and route it through a platform it controls instead: Notify, an app that's purpose-built to send you notifications.
With Notify, you subscribe to various "channels" that provide you with information you might otherwise get via someone else's app. Want CNN breaking news alerts? You can get those through Notify by toggling a setting. Want sports scores? You can get those through Notify, too. Updates about the new Star Wars movie trailer? Yep. Just make sure Fandango is enabled in Notify.
Notify isn't just a bid to get you more information, faster. What it really stands for is an attempt by Facebook to become the dominant interface for your own smartphone.
By now, you're probably familiar with Facebook's overall strategy, which is to ensure that consumers spend as much of their Internet time on Facebook. This leads to more user engagement with Facebook, which means more ad revenue, which means a stronger business. Facebook has an incentive to keep you on its social network, or on properties associated with the social network, as much as possible....
因拒絕配合網路審查，Google在2010年從中國本土退守到香港，目前在中國的搜尋市占率僅有5%，絕大部分中國網民皆使用百度作為搜尋引擎。《微博不能說的關鍵詞》（Blocked on Weibo: What Gets Suppressed on China’s Version of Twitter (And Why)）作者伍仟華（Jason Q. Ng）便認為，會使用Google搜尋的中國人大多是年輕的科技高手，通常也已知道如何避開政府審查，而不太需要Google的協助。