You Don’t Have To Be Live On Facebook’s Live

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The new feature of the social networking site let the users to post pre recorded content

Although the name suggests otherwise, however, the new video feature of the social networking giant, Facebook Live doesn’t need to be live. The latest tool of the social networking site is allowing the companies to post their “pre-recorded” content.

This feature is based on traditional methods adopted by TV networks for decades which air previously taped programs on a linear schedule.

Facebook has quite actively worked for making its live-video feature a success. Several media companies now think whether the upload of pre-recorded content may garner greater exposure in the news feed of the users in comparison with the traditional uploading of the content through the site’s non-live video posting feature.

A news company, NowThis –who generally use social platforms for its publications –conducted an experiment with the latest option in late April. This included streaming of company’s favorite viral videos through newly introduced Facebook Live. The video was 38 minute long and, according to Facebook’s counters, got over 20,000 views with over 500 comments.

NowThis President, Athan Stephanopoulos has said that since the feature is relatively in its infancy stage therefore the 38 minute video compilation was “a test and an experiment.” He further added, “We decided to take a bunch of viral videos and run them live. Then we were getting involved in the comments.”

A spokesman from the world’s most popular social networking site stipulated that the company doesn’t have any definite policy which abstain the user from uploading pre-recorded content. He further added that the main point of the feature is that the host/uploader of the content can interact with the viewers in real time.

Mr. Stephanopoulos added that the news agency may not instantly stream pre-recorded footage but it will consider making the most of Facebook’s new features of video.

The new feature is enabling several media companies for the promotion of their Web series by airing on Facebook Live at a certain time, in a similar fashion like linear television show. Once they have been streamed they can be used in the same fashion as normal Facebook videos.

Majority of media companies and publishers are increasing their experiments with Facebook novel live-streaming platform. The platform has brought a considerable amount of viewership.

A self-professed ‘millennial’ news site Mic has said that they will roll tape of the parts of the interview with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Mic’s chief strategy officer, Cory Haik, has expressed that the Live feature of Facebook enables the commenters to be more engaged with a real-time event.

The feature is currently in its initial phase and the time will tell how popular it will be and what future benefits it will hold for the social networking giant.

At the market which closed on Monday, Facebook Inc. stock stood at a price of $119.24.

Facebook’s Plans for 2026 Are Here

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the company has revealed its plans for 2026 that re not just ambitious but crazy

Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference took the industry by a storm where news pertaining to the company’s growth prospects surfaced. Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, the Chief Executive Officer of the company revealed his intentions of coming up with a three stage plan that will transform the course of social media networks.

The three fold plan is as follows: firstly, they need to come up with a futuristic technology. Then they will be required to make a one of a kind product on it. And finally you transform it into an ecosystem that can be used by external companies and developers to come up with their own businesses.

However, the slide that surfaced pertaining to the news created havoc in the industry and some analysts started to question what next?

At this point the social media platform is extremely occupied to come up with a solid answer. However, the information can be considered to a be a part of the bigger puzzle that solves how the world will look like in a decade. The vision of Zuckerberg is intriguing, crazy and ambitious in its true essence with several upsides. However, through this, humans will be giving a lot of control to FB on their lives.

In 2026, Facebook assumes that the entire world will get access to the Internet. This will be possible through the company’s Internet.org initiative. Moreover, the company also holds the view that the users will be making use of virtual reality gears that will become sophisticated over the course of time. The idea is to make them a fashion statement so that users do not look like nerds while wearing them. Moreover, artificial intelligence will grow significantly making it easier for humans to communicate with computers.

So try to imagine what it will actually feel like, particularly from the vision of the tech giant whose agenda is to bring humans together. This actually means that the company’s vision will come to life. People will get their hands on glasses that will allow them to interact and communicate with people giving a real time experience. It would feel like you are right in front of the person irrespective of the fact that they might be far away from you.

Mr. Yaser Sheikh who is working for the research team at Facebook stated during the F8 Developer Conference, “Social VR done right has the potential to let us define our tribe not by proximity but personal choice.”

The pace with which Facebook Inc. is evolving is tremendous. The company has an agenda to enable sharing. Thus it is paving way for a world that makes use of teleportation and interaction on a completely new level. This is not it but other tech giants are also striving to revolutionize the world where its counterpart Microsoft also has the technology and vision to embrace the change.

Technology has become part and parcel of our daily lives and the future will solely be dependent on  it. The company’s plans have started molding and they will soon surface to the world.

Facebook Owned Oculus Apologizes for Delay In Shipment

Facebook Owned Oculus Apologizes for Delay In Shipment

The social media network is ready to post its first earnings for fiscal year 2016 however its virtual reality is going to some trouble which they apologized for.

Oculus VR headset, owned by Facebook Inc. was scheduled to start shipping from Wednesday however the company shared some disappointing news with the users who had pre-ordered their headsets on Friday. The virtual reality device maker sent out a letter to all of its customers, apologizing for the recent delay that it announced for the deliveries. To make up for this inconvenience, the company stated that it will allow free shipping to compensate for the delay.

As per the letter, if a user placed an order for the VR device either before or on April 1, their deliveries will reach 10 days late however the company will bare all of the shipping cost and the user will only have the pay the cost of the device.

Brenden Iribe, the chief executive officer of Oculus even mentioned in a tweet that since the first shipment of the Oculus Rift is delayed and will not reach its customers on time, therefore the company will waive off any shipping charges for recompense for the inconvenience that was caused to the customers.

In the letter that the company sent to its customers, it stated that the management realizes how anxiously the customers were waiting to receive their Oculus Rift Headset and that they apologize for not updating the customer’s order status sooner. The reason that the company gave for the inconvenience was the unexpected shortage of components due to which the whole shipping schedule of the product was disturbed. The letter further stated that the customers will be able to view their order status on the company’s website oculus.com by Tuesday April 12, 2016.

The delay did disappoint a number of fans however the makers of the headset stated initially that the first shipment was not going to declare the success or the failure of the headset anyway because it’s a new technology and ultimately everyone wants their hands on it. Furthermore, the founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey tweeted that it’s a technology that people will want before it becomes a technology that anyone can afford.

On the contrary, the stock of the social media website, despite this delay in the Rift’s shipment showed an upward trend as it jumped by 11% in the past three months. This upward trajectory can be attributed to the first quarter earnings call and the much anticipated F8 Developer Conference. However, many analysts, especially at Deutsche Bank are expecting the price of Facebook’s stock to go down after the first quarter earnings call. The social media company is scheduled to post its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 on April 20, 2016.

The analysts at Wall Street are predicting that the company will post adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.623 and total revenue of $5.24 billion however the firm is expecting to fill the estimations of the Street as they conducted channel checks and according to them the company developed a mixed picture. A rating of Buy has been reiterated by the analysts at Deutsche Bank with a twelve month target price of $145; as the analysts at the financial services and research firm remain quite optimistic towards the future prospects of the social media network, although they highlighted a few drawbacks that the company could come across in the near future.

Analysts At Evercore Are Optimistic About Facebook

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Facebook Messenger’s fate can change after the F8 conference with more interest from developers

 

Facebook Inc. is all set to host its F8 conference that is targeted to the developers. The event is scheduled for April 12 and 13, 2016. The summit will merely focus on the company’s M chat bot. the idea is to improvise and come up with new announcement for the Messenger app.

Ken Sena, who is an analyst at Evercore ISI laid emphasis on the growth trajectory of the Messenger app via an upgraded research note that surfaced out to investors and clients today, right before the F8 conference. The analysts understand that the social media giant is now devoted to bolstering Messenger and thus it is poised to grow in the time to come. Other than that, Mr. Sena highlights that Messenger app is now doing well amongst developers.

As per the analyst, “Given members in the hundreds of millions, the absence of app download, and user ID/password requirements, messaging is beginning to showcase itself as possibly the next leading developer ecosystem, where developers who find themselves on the wrong side of the mobile app usage curve have grown increasingly frustrated.”

Mr. Sena also mentioned that other than top ten applications, the rate of adoption in terms of mobile consumption has dropped significant among the developers.

The analyst noted that the Facebook whose other projects such as Messenger and WhatsApp accumulatively cater to almost 1.8 million users is now offering the developers a mass audience to reach for. This audience does not take the core Instagram and Facebook application users into account. It is merely just the masses active on the two platforms. It can be said that the consumer base is as large as the accumulative user base on Android and iOS while excluding China.

Instagram and Facebook are undoubtedly hot sellers but since the company decided to lower the gatekeepers, they have actually observed a substantial growth in maintenance and transactional activities.

As per the analyst on a grass root level, the mobile applications are considered to be insufficient considering the present business needs that requires you to communicate with clients constantly. A substantial chunk of the globe is linked to one another by the help of messaging thus it can act as a better medium for businesses to expand their capabilities by tactfully regulating the ‘improved customer connection and growing AI capability’.

The functionalities of Facebook Messenger have advanced to a great extent in accordance to the in data collection via the platform has become massive. He further explained, “We see this trend as favoring platforms with data scale, messaging, and artificial intelligence capability, where similar to our virtual reality report on March 10th, The Future Through a VR Headset, Facebook seems among the best positioned.”

It needs to be understood that the growth prospect of Messenger are quite high. The company can unlock new milestones through this medium thus Mr. Sena increase the price target on Facebook stocks by $10 where they now stand at $140. The company observed a 1% increase in stock price while trading today.

 

Facebook, Inc.’s Executive In Brazil Released

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The social media network’s executive was detained in Brazil on a WhatsApp related issued; however he has been released now.

On Tuesday night, Brazilian police detained Facebook’s Latin America VP, Diego Dzodan in Sao Paulo as he refused to help the authorities to break in to the suspects WhatsApp account. The court had requested Facebook to give information regarding the suspects WhatsApp messages who was involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activities.

The authorities stated that they needed the social media network’s help as they believed that suspect might have communicated his plans via Facebook Messenger or the WhatsApp Messenger. A judge in the state of Sergipe called for the detention of the executive who have been released from custody now, as per the news.

It was because of the higher court that the executive was released as they stated that he had nothing to with the criminal investigation and ruled in favor of social networking company. However Diego Dzodan still spent a night in jail but the authorities called it detention and not an arrest. The social media website has ensured that it will assist the authorities as much as it can and so will the executive but of course they will still within the limits of the service.

After this incident, WhatsApp has decided to strengthen its security encryption to ensure maximum security and privacy to its users. Additionally, the instant messaging apps spokesman stated that the messaging platform does not support wiretaps; in addition to that the company has no offices in the state due to which it has no servers in Brazil to store the messages.

Furthermore, the social media company was not happy with this at all as it stated that it was highly disproportionate because Facebook Inc. and WhatsApp work separately. And detaining a Facebook executive was an extreme measure on the authority’s part. This is not the first time the authorities has questioned Facebook and requested it to assist them in such cases.

Four months ago, they requested the social media to wiretap again in an investigating involving a drug carrying cocaine in their vehicle, according to spokesperson for Federal Police in Aracuja, Monica Horta. Two months after the incident, Facebook failed to comply due to which it was charged a fine of $254,000. The spokesperson further stated that the information that would find in the chat will be important evidence in a drug related criminal investigation.

Back in December the instant messaging app was even blocked in Sao Paulo for a while because it failed to provide information in a similar criminal investigation however that ban was taken off after 24 hours.

Mark Zuckerberg Plans To Focus On Artificial Intelligence In 2016

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The CEO of the social media giant is planning to bring artificial intelligence to his home for the new year.

Next objective on Mark Zuckerberg’s list to achieve is ‘Artificial Intelligence’. The chief executive officer of the most popular social media website plans to keep his focus on AI in 2016. According to a post by him on Monday, he plans to run his home by AI for the current year to help him with his work. He stated that it would be something like Jarvis from Iron Man.

The 31-year old billionaire further stated that he would explore the technology that is already out there and start using it in his home, starting from the basic things such as lights, temperature, music etc. He plans to teach the device allow his friends inside by simply letting them look at the doorbell for the entrance. In terms of his work, he plans to use this technology to view his data in virtual reality in order to build better services for the customers and leading the organization more efficiently.

In other news, Facebook stock has seen an upward graph for the past two and a half years and has inclined by as much as 180%. Investors, at this point, wonder whether 2016 will be yet another winning year for the Silicon Valley giant. From the year 2010, the revenue generation of the social media site has increased to $12.4 billion by 2014, from initial revenue of $1.9 billion.

The social media giant has acquired and accomplished a lot in 2015, including the introduction of third-party apps, revamping its mobile app, Timeline, search, innovation in Facebook Messenger and pages. On the other hand, apart from the core business, its three major subsidiaries have kept the investors quite optimistic for the future as well.

User interaction and usage has continued to increase aggressively on the photo blogging platform, Instagram. Its ad business has been flourishing and has provided a multi-billion dollar platform to the networking organization. Additionally, Messenger and WhatsApp have become the basic communication tools now that carry their own sizeable monetization potential.

It is safe to say that the stock of the social media giant will never be cheap and in case that ever happens, it will be the best time to purchase. Investors should focus on buying the shares at this time instead of waiting for the ‘perfect purchasing’ opportunity, according to The Motley Fool.

Presently, the stock is being traded at a share price of $104.66 indicating a decrease of 1.47% with earnings per share and price to earnings ratio of 1.00 and 105.14 respectively. In the previous trading session, the stock hit a high of $110.65 and a low of $72.00.

 

Facebook, Inc. To Launch New Site For Finding Top-Rated Businesses

Facebook, Inc. To Launch New Site For Finding Top-Rated Businesses

The social media website will be taking on Yelp and Angie’s List by launching it’s own searching directory for local and, apparently, international business.

Facebook, Inc., considered as the best performing investment in the market, has redefined itself from a social media company to an Internet services company since it is tapping the e-commerce, crowdfunding, payment process and search engine markets as well. From these additions to platform, it is quite evident that the stock of the social media giant is only going to go higher from here.

At the trade session on Friday, the social media stock was being traded at $104.04 with a decline of $2.05%. This session commenced with a share price of $106.08; it was seen at a higher end of $106.59 and a low end of $103.97. Towards the end of the session the number of Facebook shares being traded was 35,994,199 shares. Current outstanding shares in the social media company are 2,827,994,100 shares.

Next step for one of the four biggest growth plays (rest three being Netflix, Inc. Amazon, and Google) is to launch a service by the name of “Professional Services”. According to ProfileConfidential.com, this new service will allow Facebook users to search and locate local businesses entirely on their ratings and reviews. The social network is very discretely working on this new feature by gathering and compiling a directory of such local businesses and professional service providers which include plumbers, salons, event managers, child care providers etc.

The largest social media network will be competing with the market leaders Angie’s List and Yelp; currently it is learning the strengths and weaknesses from both these professional service providers. Along with these two, Amazon and Google have been working on launching the same service as well. In March, the retail giant will be launching its “Home Services” nationwide while Google will launch an extension for the service. Facebook however is aiming at not just including local businesses but other types of business as well.

Earlier in December, the social media website stated that it has over 50 million active pages on its platform which was at 40 million as of April. To make the experience user friendly, the social media network has been providing its pages owners with new options every now and then, from the Buy Button to the calls for action option. These options don’t only make the experience better for the owner of the pages but also makes the communication between the customers and the owner more convenient.

According to techcrunch.com, it seems that the facebook’s services option is not only for the business in the United States, as upon searching, it was found out that business in Europe, Asia and other countries were available on the website as well. Whatever it is that the social media giant is working on, is going to be big.