Video: Facebook’s ultra-efficient server, a guided tour

I’ve been spending the afternoon at the SC11 supercomputer conference, taking place this week in Seattle, where one of the more unexpected companies on the show floor is Facebook. Actually, it won’t be a surprise if you’re familiar with the Open Compute Project, an open-source-style project that started with the social network’s efforts to share… Read More


Intelius quietly buys Facebook genealogy app Family Builder

Intelius is best known for its background checks on family members, friends or employees. But now the Bellevue company is expanding in a new direction: Helping busy families connect and communicate. Intelius quietly purchased popular Facebook app Family Builder on June 15th, rebranding the service as Live Family. The company has kept the acquisition pretty… Read More


Zuckerberg on the tech ‘war’ with Amazon, Apple and Google

Mark Zuckerberg is more of a lover, than a fighter. After all, he doesn’t want to engage in an all-out war with the likes of Amazon.com, Apple or Google. Instead, the Facebook co-founder sees ways to work together with the tech titans — well, maybe, everyone except for Google. Zuckerberg, appearing tonight on The Charlie… Read More


Google+ expands with Apps, ‘Ripples,’ and photo effects

Google+ is still trying to find its niche as an alternative to Facebook, with mixed results. But the company announced a series of enhancements to Google+ today, hoping to boost the appeal of its fledgling social network for corporate users, trend watchers and photography fans. The company opened Google+ to Google Apps users, giving corporations… Read More


Twitter handles 250M Tweets a day, targets everyone on planet

Twitter’s growth over the past few years has been nothing short of staggering. And now we’re getting a closer look at just how fast the microblogging service is growing, with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo saying today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco that they are now processing more than 250 million Tweets …… Read More


Intersect CEO says Facebook Timeline ‘falls far short’

Upon hearing about the new Facebook Timeline feature today, my immediate reaction was: “Huh, isn’t that exactly what Seattle’s Intersect is all about?” After all, Intersect — like the Facebook Timeline announced today by Mark Zuckerberg — is all about creating a space where Internet users can chronicle and share life’s most important moments. And… Read More

Zuckerberg at the F8 conference

Facebook Music: Rhapsody chimes in with 30-day trial

Rhapsody made a surprise appearance at Facebook’s f8 conference today, at least in the form of its logo on a slide shown by Mark Zuckerberg as he introduced the social network’s new Facebook Music platform for listening to tunes with friends. Here’s how Rhapsody is involved: The Seattle-based music service will be offering a free… Read More


Google+ gets passive-aggressive with new ‘ignore’ feature

Attention fellow Seattleites, this new Google+ feature is for us. The search company’s fledgling social network last night introduced a new feature that lets you ignore content from people who’ve added you to one of their circles on Google+. It’s not as harsh as completely blocking someone, because the ignored person will still be able… Read More


Classmates users to split $2.5M in suit over phantom friends

See who’s signed your guestbook! Classmates.com users will be splitting $2.5 million among themselves in the latest proposed legal settlement over those email marketing tactics used by the Seattle-based social network to get people to pony up for premium subscriptions. Under the deal, Classmates users will be eligible for part of the money if they… Read More


Facebook to expand data center operations in central Oregon

Yesterday, we told you about Facebook’s desires to find more office space in downtown Seattle. But that’s not the social networking giant’s only expansion effort in the Pacific Northwest. The company also just announced that it plans to begin construction this October on the second phase of a new data center campus in Prineville, Oregon…. Read More


Did Microsoft just accidentally leak its social search site?

Earlier this week, Fusible.com uncovered a Microsoft splash page at Socl.com which appeared to be part of a larger social search strategy at the software giant. Curious, I checked out the site yesterday. Glad I did because now the graphics and editorial content on the page, along with the code-name for the project, Tulalip, are… Read More


Heavily-funded social networking upstart Lockerz buys AddToAny

Fresh off its $30 million venture capital round, Seattle-based Lockerz has purchased AddToAny for an undisclosed amount. AddToAny, whose free widget is used by online publishers, describes itself as the “world’s best sharing platform.” It has been installed on more than 1.6 million WordPress sites to date. “With over 60% of all sharing activity not… Read More


Recap: Twitter and Obama reinvent the town hall, with a little help from algorithms

Guest Post: Today, President Obama participated in the first White House Town Hall on Twitter. The White House asked people to participate by sending their questions via Twitter using the hashtag #askobama. Social media have introduced two-way direct communication and Obama used the town hall as a way to harness this real-time communication. The town… Read More