Reem Awad

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A Facebook Life

On Facebook, life begins at conception. “We’re expecting!”, your parents post. You don’t have fingers but you’re already accruing likes. A shared sonogram means hundreds have seen you before you’ve even opened your eyes. You have a Facebook presence despite lacking a physical one.<p>Think about that …

Why Facebook Dropped $19B On WhatsApp: Reach Into Europe, Emerging Markets

With 450 million monthly users and a million more signing up each day, WhatsApp was just too far ahead in the international mobile messaging race for Facebook to catch up, as you can see in the chart above that we made last year. Facebook either had to surrender the linchpin to mobile social …

Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent

Facebook is purchasing messaging giant WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and stock, according to a regulatory filing. The deal is being cut for $12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and an additional $3 billion in RSUs for employee retention.<p>A termination fee is attached to the deal …

Facebook’s $19 Billion WhatsApp Acquisition, Contextualized

Facebook just announced it’s buying WhatsApp, a global messaging platform with 450 million MAUs, for approximately $19 billion. It’s one of the biggest tech acquisitions since HP bought Compaq for $25 billion in 2001.<p>It means that WhatsApp, which raised a comparatively measly $8 million since its …

Facebook Tests Mobile “Highlights”, A Cheat Sheet To Your Friends’ Lives

Facebook said there were just big fixes in its 7.0 iOS update it released yesterday, but actually there’s a big new feature it’s testing called Highlights. Inside the People tab you’ll see Highlights including friends’ Life Events and people you’ve interacted with recently. If you’re bored of News …

Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook

You grow old, you slow down, and you die. That is, unless you can inject some fresh blood. After watching the last generation of tech giants wither or stagnate, today’s juggernauts are relying on acquisitions to keep them young and relevant. Check out the interactive infographic below to compare …

Here’s What An iPhone 6 With A Curved Display Might Look Like

It’s that time of year again, friends. It’s been a few months since the last iPhone was released, which means everyone is trying to figure out what the <i>next</i> iPhone will look like.<p>Once upon a time, this meant there was a <i>constant</i> stream of fakes being passed around forums and blogs as the real deal. …

Google Smartwatch Specs Leak, Show Hardware Comparable To Galaxy Gear 2

Some new details about Google’s upcoming smartwatch, which is said to be made by occasional Nexus hardware partner LG, have emerged from mobile leaker @evleaks, who has a solid track record when it comes to unreleased devices. Shortly after TechCrunch reported that Google’s smartwatch development …

WhatsApp For Android Update Lets Users Pay For Their Friends’ Subscriptions

Today WhatsApp, Facebook’s new $19 billion messaging darling, has released an update to the Android version of the app.<p>Among a few new privacy-related features, the update also brings with it an interesting new feature that lets users pay for their friends’/families’ subscriptions, regardless of …

Facebook’s DeepFace Project Nears Human Accuracy In Identifying Faces

Facebook has reached a major milestone in computer vision and pattern recognition, with ‘DeepFace,’ an algorithm capable of identifying a face in a crowd with 97.25 percent accuracy, which is pretty much on par with how good the average human is (97.5 percent accurate) at recognizing the faces of …

Microsoft is winning on Mac as Office for iPad looms

Nearly two years after the launch of Microsoft's Surface tablets, we're still waiting for a fully touch-optimized version of arguably the company's most important product: Office.<p>For iPad users, though, the wait is about to end.<p>While it might seem odd for Microsoft to launch an iPad version of …

Huawei Scraps Plan That Would Have Shipped Windows Phone And Android On A Single Handset

Huawei this morning announced that it has changed its mind and will not release a dual-OS handset with both Android and Windows Phone in “the near future.” This is a reversal of its previous strategy to build and sell such a device, with the company indicating that it would go on sale in the second …

Twitter gives up on encrypting direct messages, at least for now

The company has a reputation for fighting government data collection. So why did it suddenly drop plans to protect private messages?<p>Twitter has shelved a project that would have made it more difficult for the government to intercept users’ private messages without a court order, sources tell <i>The</i> …

Facebook to roll out video ads this spring

After months of tests and limited roll-outs, Facebook (s fb) may finally pull the trigger on video ads. The company announced Thursday that it will …

Facebook rendered more than 720 million 'Look Back' videos

Last month, Facebook created "Look Back" videos for its users as way to celebrate 10 years of the social network, and on Thursday, the company said that more than 720 million videos were created.<p>The Menlo Park tech giant released a blog explaining the engineering behind the massive project. …

Social Media

Google slashes Google Drive storage pricing, offers 1TB for $9.99

Google is cutting the monthly cost of extra storage for Google Drive today. Users always receive 15GB for free, but they can now jump up to 100GB for $1.99, down from the previous price of $4.99. Perhaps the most appealing option is the 1TB tier, which has fallen from $49.99 each month all the way …

Nokia just hit a $571-million obstacle to completing its deal with Microsoft

The Supreme Court of India ruled today that Nokia must deposit 35 billion rupees ($571 million) in an escrow account before it can transfer its factory in India to Microsoft as a part of its 5.4-billion-euro deal to sell its mobile phones business to the tech giant. The court also wants Nokia to …

India

Facebook Continues Redesign Rollout With New Look for Pages

Facebook redesigned its news feed last week, but the company isn't stopping there. Next up for a makeover is Facebook Pages.<p>Facebook announced a new …

Pinterest Joins Other Social Giants, Provides First Transparency Report

Pinterest on Friday unveiled the company's first transparency report, a document detailing the number of information requests Pinterest received in …

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

Technology has altered human physiology. It makes us think differently, feel differently, even dream differently. It affects our memory, attention …

Twitter Usage Depends on Mobile Experience

There's no doubt that mobile is a huge space for social media. Over the past several years, Internet usage has largely moved from the web to …

5 YouTube Facts That Will Surprise You

In the one minute it takes you to read this text, 100 hours of video will be uploaded to YouTube. That's 250 days of video every hour, 16.4 years of …

How to Spend Only 10 Minutes Per Day on Twitter

The No. 1 complaint from businesses new to social media is: “I just don’t have time.” What these people don’t realize is that social media doesn’t …

Average WhatsApp User Sends More Than 1,200 Messages Each Month

Ever since Facebook announced that it will acquire popular social messaging app WhatsApp, there has been a lot of buzz about its impressive user base.<p>…

Social-Media Traffic to News Sites Has Increased 57% Since 2009

Well, this is no surprise: Digital has far surpassed print in the way we consume news.<p>More than half of all Internet users are plugged in to some …

Facebook News Feed Update Gives Brands More Reach

Facebook's greatest asset to marketers has always been its audience — more than one billion active users, a figure that carries some weight.<p>Now, a …

Pinterest Announces Unlimited Secret Boards

Pinterest announced Friday that users can now have an unlimited amount of secret boards.<p>Previously, a user could only have six secret boards. But …

Twitter's User Growth Is Tapering Off Very Quickly

Year-over-year growth of Twitter's monthly active users is declining quickly, both globally and in the U.S.<p>At its peak, within the past three years, …

Uh-Oh, Now It Looks Like There Isn't A New Apple TV On Its Way

The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and 9to5Mac all said Apple was developing a new version of its little hockey puck sized TV box.<p>But on Friday, Apple blogger Jim Dalrymple shot down much of that reporting. He did it in his own signature way.<p>If you don't follow the Apple blogosphere, this takes a …