The concept of a bug bounty program is nothing new, and even Facebook will line your pockets with cash if you discover a qualifying security vulnerability in the social network or select acquisitions it's made. Until now, however Oculus Rift was exempt. Facebook has now extended its bug bounty program to Oculus Rift, which joins other Facebook acquisitions such as Instagram, Parse, Onavo, and Moves.
If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, Facebook must be all shades of red from blushing. Twitter on Tuesday announced a whole new user profile, and the comparisons to Facebook's profile are inevitable. Comparison to its rival aside, the much needed revamp allows Twitter users to build a much more attractive profile by uploading a larger profile photo and and a customized header image.
World's most popular online playground turns 10 years old
They grow up so fast, don't they? One day they're these little immature things making friends, and the next they're forming alliances and making tons of money. We're talking about social networks, of course, and though it might be hard to believe, Facebook is celebrating its 10th anniversary today. Mark Zuckerberg used the occasion to reflect back on the past 10 years as well as ensure users that he fully expects Facebook to be around for another decade, and beyond.
An energy efficient storage system for infrequently accessed data
It's a bit early to write the obituary for optical discs. Though many desktop users have made the transition to the cloud, Facebook found a use for Blu-ray discs -- 10,000 of them, in fact -- as part of an energy efficient storage system capable of holding a petabyte of data. Facebook showed the prototype system at the Open Compute Project summit meeting in San Jose, California, noting that it's intended to store data that rarely needs to be accessed.
Vine makes the move from mobile-only to offer web access as well
Vine users online everywhere, rejoice! Yesterday, the six-second video microblogging service opened up Vine to users on the Vine website. Where previously you were relegated to viewing videos on mobile applications, you can now log in via vine.co to check out friends ' videos just like you would on Twitter or Facebook.
New features include New Stories and 320 snap view
Windows 8.1 users who spend a lot of time on Facebook will be delighted to find the social networking app has been updated with a slew of additional features. Given the fact that Windows apps often go ahead and complete updates in the background, these new features may come as a surprise to some users, but for the unenlightened, we'll outline what you can expect the next time you get the urge to look at photos of babies and cats. That's what Facebook is now, right?
A young Taiwanese woman in her mid-20s nearly became a candidate for a Darwin Award when she walked right off the end of St Kilda pier in Melbourne, Australia. She never saw the end of the pier because she was too busy checking Facebook on her mobile phone. To make matters worse, the woman wasn't a good swimmer, though she did manage to float for around 20 minutes until a high-speed boat arrived.
See what others around you are tweeting with Nearby
If you interact with a lot of close friends on Twitter, you might start noticing some friends are closer to you than you think. The social network is, via TechCrunch, testing out a brand new service called Nearby, which would roll out tweets by users in the same area, whether you follow them or not.
Tweeting without internet access will soon be a reality for some
Tweeting is best done with an internet connection, as we all know. How else can you stay up-to-date with your feed, share your updates, and discover new friends and faces to follow? That's all about to change, as Twitter has partnered with a Singapore business that would aid the social network site to grow in smaller markets.
Sick of seeing that same badly-Photoshopped meme about 'Merica with bald eagles and something or other about freedom for the third time? What about pictures of babies? Great news -- Facebook is working to prioritize "high quality" news stories on user feeds rather than memes or similar types of content.