The solution to pricey DRAM is memcached for flash.
You can stuff your home system full of DRAM without putting a hurt on your bank account, but when you're talking about servers on the scale of what's needed to keep Facebook up and running, things tend to get expensive. It's for this reason that Facebook has decided to reduce its dependance on DRAM. In its place, the social networking site built a data cache that runs on flash memory.
What user backlash? Instagram is more popular than ever these days.
Two months ago, Instagram made headlines for inserting curious language into its Terms of Service (ToS) agreement that seemed to give it the right to sell user uploaded photos without any compensation to said users. This didn't fly over so well with the Internet community at large, and though Instragram claimed it was a just a big misunderstanding, it didn't stop the company from being hit with a civil lawsuit. Ah, but that was two months ago, an eternity in this fickle age of the Internet, and now Instagram is bragging about having 100 million users.
Posterous founder Sachin Agarwal thanks its members for the pie and waves goodbye.
You could almost see this one coming from an Internet mile away, which won't come as much consolation to those invested in the service, but Twitter is pulling the plug on Posterous on April 30, 2013. First launched in 2008, the Posterous blogging service was acquired by Twitter in March of last year, and at the time, users were told it would stay up and running. And it did, for a little while, anyway.
Teenage girl plans to buy "stuff" with the $200 she'll receive for quitting Facebook.
An interesting story about a 14-year-old daughter who convinced her dad to pay her to suspend Facebook for five months is making the rounds. Paul Baier, a research consultant in Boston, posted an image on his blog of the contract he and his daughter signed. Under terms of the agreement, little Baier will receive $50 upfront for deactivating her account, and another $150 at the end of June when the contract expires.
It took Facebook less than a decade to accumulate over 1 billion users.
Facebook, the world's largest social playground with over a billion participants and growing, celebrates its 9th birthday today. It was on February 4, 2004 that Mark Zuckerberg and his partners launched "Thefacebook," the original name of the Harvard-only service before Zuckerberg droped the "The" from the title at the recommendation of Justin Timberlake Sean Parker, or at least that's how it was portrayed in the docu-drama The Social Network.
A ghost town no more, Google+ is home to hundreds of millions of active users.
Mark Zuckerberg sees Graph Search as being a better way to sift through your Facebook connections.
For the past week, Facebook's been teasing a January 15 (today!) press event inviting the media to "come and see what we're building." The teaser inevitably led some to speculate the unveiling of the long-rumored Facebook Phone, but apparently Zuckerberg's tucking that little nugget away for another day. So, what was the announcement for? A brand new search engine, though not one that's globally focused like Google or Bing.
Justin Timberlake's new single headlines MySpace's relaunch.
Have you been missing MySpace? Neither have we, but in case you're curious what the social networking site has been up to, just head over to the homepage and check out the redesign. With celebrity backing from Justin Timberlake, who's mug stares right at you on the homepage, MySpace is offering the artist's new single "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay-Z free to people who sign in to the new site.
Out of 200 million LinkedIn members, 74 million reside in the U.S.
LinkedIn likes to tout itself as the world's largest professional network on the Internet, and it's not just lip service. Having now achieved more than 200 million members around the world, LinkedIn is a seriously large social network, professional or otherwise. Let's put it into perspective. If LinkedIn were a country, it would have the 5th largest population in the world.
Even the Zuckerbergs aren't immune to Facebook's murky privacy controls.
Facebook co-founder and billionaire whiz-kid Mark Zuckerberg may think that everything's all hunky-dory with his social networking site, but his sister Randi might have a different opinion. A former marketing director at Facebook, Randi posted a picture to her Facebook Timeline of her family reacting to a new "poke" application. A friend saw the photo of the semi-private moment and, much to Randi's dismay, posted it to Twitter.