Social networking site Facebook finds itself needing to update its data center infrastructure to support new media applications, and Intel will be the one to help them do it. The two companies on Thursday announced a joint agreement that will see Facebook use "thousands" of Xeon 5400 quad-core processors built on a 45nm manufacturing process.
More than just hardware support, Intel will also work with Facebook to optimize its software for use with the bevy of Xeon chips, giving extra focus to making the software take advantage of the additional processor cores. Moreover, Intel will look to send a message that its microarchitecture can support the massive data centers that will support cloud-computing infrastructures.
"It's a big win for Intel in the general category of web infrastructure and by that I mean categories like cloud computing," said John Spooner, an analyst with Technology Business Research. "Facebook has a large computing infrastructure that delivers these types of web services on demand and it requires the same level of service and infrastructure as a cloud-computing provider."
Facebook wouldn't comment on which OEMs would build the new servers, but according to eWeek, multiple sources have confirmed Dell and HP would be involved.
The Mashable social networking blog reports that the creators of the now-offline Scrabble clone Scrabulous, Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, have now launched Wordscraper. Wordscraper, like its now-vanished sibling, is for Facebook users only.
Wordscraper doesn't look like Scrabble, as it uses circles instead of squares for letter placement. Although Wordscraper uses multiple letter and word scores like Scrabble, it implements them with different-colored circles, and the default board uses a much different layout than Scrabble.
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Social networking Netizens are flocking to Facebook in record numbers, helping the site claim more unique visitors in May than its closet competitor, MySpace. Facebook also enjoyed a slight edge in April at 116.4 million visitors compared to MySpace's 115.7, but a 6 percent increase in unique hits in May pushed the disparity even further to a 123.9 million versus 114.6 million advantage. This comes less than a year after Microsoft bought a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook, valuing the company at a staggering $15 billion. But for all that it's gained globally, Facebook still trails MySpace in the US where the majority of advertising dollars are to be won.
Who's Byron Ng? A total tool, that's who. He's the one who ran a few Google searches and tipped off the Associated Press about a Facebook exploit that's been passing around the 'net for months now. The AP picked up the story and put it in every newspaper under the sun, making him a minor campus celebrity who's now forever disinvited to Facebook Club. It also tippped off Facebook to what was going on, and the company was quick to plug the exploit.