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What If Mark Zuckerberg Stepped Down as CEO From Facebook?

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg

What will happen if Mark Zuckerberg steps down as the CEO of Facebook? Will the company collapse or it can improve under the leadership of a capable and an ‘experienced’ CEO? Well I think there are more positive aspects of his stepping down as CEO. There are historical incidents related to this, which are in support of my ideology.  Stepping down as CEO by the founders has mostly helped the companies. Examples are the well known Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Alarmingly and disastrous slide in the stock prices have resulted into the half the price of IPO when it all started. Facebook’s major investor Peter Theil sold off nearly all the stock worth $400 million. Is this the end of cool guys’ making headlines? Will he ever make cover page news again? Well, yes of course! But only if he steps aside as CEO for now and give the control of the company in a safer and an experienced hands.

At some point of time one should concede that he is not capable of doing things as things have become large and vast. Zuckerberg is only 28 and has no prior experience. Handing over the CEO post to a more authentic and able person wont be about ignoring the responsibility but will be a future securing step. Tech giants as I mentioned earlier, like Apple, Google, and Microsoft have gone this way, ceded control and it turned positive.

The Apple Incident

Isn’t it surprising that how can a man get fired from the company he founded himself? Well it was not over. He returns to the company he founded after a gap of 12 long years. And that return was so triumphant that still that return is considered to be the key incident in making company ‘the most valued company’ of all time. What happened here? When Jobs was not experienced enough to handle the fastest growing company he had to quit. Later when he returns triumphantly it brought all the laurels and all the optimism to the company. Being dethroned from the same company Steve Jobs founded was no shame. He started from the beginning. He founded NeXT which turned to be the next turning point for the Mac OS and other software of Apple Inc.

The Google Incident

Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google. When the business turned huge he headhunted the perfect CEO in his 20’s while enjoying the executive power himself. Eric Schmidt served as a CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011 and Page-Brin continued to learn from him, and actually retained the control of the company with themselves. In 2011 Page was ready to take the helm as CEO. Not to forget that in regime of Schmidt Google saw its transformation form a mere search engine to a powerful global tech house.

The Microsoft Incident

Bill gates was also among the few who step aside from the CEO voluntarily. Gates became the Chief software architect while his old friend Steve Ballmer was made CEO. And now the record of Ballmer is also astonishing as I believe all is depended on the release of much anticipated Windows 8.

 

So, these are the examples of some CEOs exit which at some stage turned to be positive for the company. But lastly it is not my company and it will not work according to my notions. I believe there are more intelligent people sitting out there at Facebook headquarter. My best wishes to the Facebook’s billionaire for his cool company. I often remember the dialogue from the movie ‘The Social Network’ goes “Money, or the ability to make money, doesn’t impress anyone around here.”So true. 

Finally facebook makes iphone app which runs twice as fast

Facebook for iOS

The new Facebook app for iPhone and iPad hit the App Store yesterday which promises a mobile experience that’s twice as fast as the previous version. Download it from iTunes Store. The new version speeds up the Facebook mobile experience to make everything from scrolling through your News Feed and photos to simply starting up the app a bit smoother.

With a faster load times for news stories and photos there are minor upgrades too. Messenger, which was previously a standalone app has now been integrated into the general Facebook app. Photos now appear in full screen mode and you can swipe between those like you did in the iPhone’s camera roll. 

A “Sort” feature lets you sift through the stories in your News Feed by Top Stories and Most Recent. And iPad users can now view Timeline.

Definitely this long awaited speed update is good news both for the users and for the advertiser-hungry Facebook. 

Want to be a Facebook India Ambassador?


It’s time for you all to be an Ambassador at Facebook Representing Indian Ambassador of Facebook.

 

Facebook has now introduced a new Ambassador program in India to promote the usage of Facebook on mobile phones in the country.

The requirements are simple and everyone can participate. You are supposed to convince your friends to install the Facebook app on their mobile phones. Once the app is installed, your friend will also have to associate his or her mobile phone number with Facebook.

You can then pass on this list of phone numbers to Facebook India and users who bring the maximum number of conversions will be rewarded with the Facebook Ambassador status.

 


There’s no compensation involved and going forward, you may be required to promote Facebook in your school too.

 

If instructed by Facebook, you will engage in activities to promote Facebook.

These activities may be like working with your school administration to setup the authentic page for your school on Facebook, creating you college Yearbook on Facebook, uploading pictures of each class and tagged students in the pictures, organizing a Facebook Day on Campus that focuses on educating the audience about using Facebook on mobile devices, etc.

Happy Facebooking! J

 


 

Now Access Facebook on Any Mobile Without Data Plan

Do you have an old phone like the Nokia 1100, which has no browser and you wanna do little more than only making calls? Or are you stuck in some remote place where there’s no Internet or no other form of data (EGDE/GPRS/3G) connectivity is available?

Well then you can use your Facebook account in India by dialing *325# (or *fbk#) from your mobile phone – this service requires no data plan or Internet and it will even work on every phone with or without data plan or Internet Connectivity. Here is how.

Facebook India has partnered with Fonetwish to bring Facebook on every mobile phone without requiring any apps or even the Internet. You dial the *325# number, then enter your Facebook username and password and you are in. You can then send number based commands to access various features of Facebook, chat with friends who are online, add new people to your friends list, and more.

PRICE is reasonable too. Just pay a subscription fee of 1.00 per day for unlimited usage.

iPad popularity sends laptop component makers to cloud

The world’s two biggest laptop assemblers are seeking shelter in the cloud as Apple Inc’s iPad threatens the future of personal computers.

Quanta Computer Inc and Compal Electronics Inc, the Taiwanese companies that together make half of all portable computers, are turning to servers and the tablets that access them.

Revenue from building notebooks for clients such as Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell Inc at Taoyuan, Taiwan-based Quanta fell last year for the first time since the company listed in 1999 as the US PC market declined for the first time in a decade.

Sales of the iPad, cheaper and lighter than most laptops, have forced a slowdown in the $233 billion PC market, pushing the assemblers to chase orders from Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc for servers and tablets.

The Taiwanese companies are taking a cue from their customers. Dell is cutting its reliance on PCs and HP considered spinning off the business, seven years after International Business Machines Corp ( IBM) exited the market.

“The golden era for notebooks is over,” said Arthur Liao, an analyst at Fubon Financial Holding Co in Taipei, who rates Quanta an add and has no rating on Compal. “Quanta and Compal need to diversify into cloud computing devices like tablets and servers if they want to survive and grow.”

The success of iPads and other tablets has accelerated the growth of the cloud. Unlike PCs, tablets don’t store reams of data, but rather rely on frequent access to remote servers to run their applications, stream videos and music, and tap into all manner of other data.

Cloud computing

Sales at Quanta, the world’s biggest laptop assembler, from cloud-computing products will climb 80 per cent this year as Google and Amazon boost orders, said Kirk Yang, an analyst with Barclays Plc. Compal last year more than doubled the proportion of its revenue from devices other than notebooks, said Jimmy Chen, an analyst with Masterlink Securities Corp in Taipei.

Sales of cloud-computing products, including servers, tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Internet routers, at Quanta will account for 13.4 per cent of revenue this year from 8.7 per cent last year, Yang said. Analysts estimate revenue growth will be 9 per cent this year after dropping 1.3 per cent last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Quanta Chief Financial Officer and spokesman Elton Yang declined an interview request.

Facebook, Twitter

“Quanta and Compal recognized a while ago that notebook growth is slowing and they needed to look for new products,” said Chen, who rates both companies hold and estimates that combined they made about half the world’s laptops in the past decade. “Moving into cloud devices is new and risky territory for them, but it’s a move they need to make.”

Quanta’s shares have climbed 20 per cent this year in Taipei and Compal’s have added 8.6 per cent, compared with a 7.8 per cent advance in the benchmark Taiex index.

With social networking sites such as Facebook Inc, Google and Twitter Inc gaining in popularity and more people using the Internet to buy and store music and data, demand for servers continues to climb.

That same can’t be said for PCs. Global computer shipments climbed 0.5 per cent last year to 353 million units, trailing the 7 per cent rise in sales volume for servers, according to researcher Gartner Inc. Significantly, server revenue gained even higher, at 7.9 per cent, Gartner said, indicating average prices increased during the year.

Reign of PCs

Computer prices have declined annually since 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The average price on Dec. 31 was $660.07, compared with $786.90 on Dec. 31, 2008.

Tablet shipments will almost double to 119 million units this year, while computer shipments will climb 4.4 per cent, according to Gartner. Sales of smartphones, which also can access cloud-based services, will climb 34 percent this year to 660 million units, according to IDC Corp.

In the past seven months, Google has announced more than $700 million of spending on Asian data centers, which are large warehouses that host its servers. That’s because increasingly more users in the region are accessing sites such as YouTube from handheld devices, Asia-Pacific President Daniel Alegre said in an April 3 interview.

Amazon, the largest Internet retailer, almost doubled capital spending last year to $1.9 billion, according to Bloomberg data. The Seattle-based company boosted technology and infrastructure expenses to support its Web services, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said Jan. 31.

Apple products

“The reign of the personal computer as the sole corporate access device is coming to a close,” Stamford, Connecticut- based Gartner said March 12. “By 2014, the personal cloud will replace the personal computer at the center of users’ digital lives.”

Compal, based in Taipei and lagging only Quanta in laptop assembly, is the manufacturer of Acer Inc’s Iconia tablet. Compal boosted revenue from non-notebook devices such as tablets, all-in-one PCs, televisions and smartphones, to 16 per cent of sales last year from 7 per cent the year before, Masterlink’s Chen estimates.

That figure may climb to about 20 per cent this year, though the company’s decision not to manufacture servers makes Compal less diversified than Quanta and more at risk from the notebook- industry slowdown, Chen said.

Compal Chief Financial Officer Garry Lu, who also is the company’s spokesman, didn’t answer calls seeking comment. Besides servers for Amazon, Quanta is manufacturing the online bookseller’s Kindle Fire. The device was the second-best selling tablet in the fourth quarter behind the iPad, according to DisplaySearch Inc.

Quanta also is the biggest assembler of Apple computers and laptops, making it an indirect beneficiary of the iPad, which has helped Apple lure consumers to its Mac devices from Microsoft Corp’s Windows-based models, Liao said. Apple accounted for 24 per cent of Quanta’s revenue in 2011, and that should climb to 34 per cent this year, he estimated.

“Cloud computing is their future.” Barclay’s Yang said. “The challenge is that it’ll take a few years to get there.”

Facebook to pay Microsoft $550m for patents

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON: Facebook will pay Microsoft Corp $550 million for hundreds of patents that originated with AOL, beefing up its intellectual property arsenal.

The deal gives social network Facebook 650 patents and patent applications and license to another 275 patents and applications. It comes shortly before Facebook is expected to have the largest initial public offering in Silicon Valleyhistory.

Patents have become a top priority for technology companies as many of them, including Google Inc and Apple Inc, become embroiled in patent-related lawsuits.

The patents, which Microsoft bought this year from AOL, cover a broad spectrum of technology, including mobile services, cell phone handsets, advertising and e-commerce, a source familiar with the situation said.

Microsoft trumped Amazon, eBay and other tech companies this month with its more than $1 billion purchase of most of AOL’s patent trove. Valuing patents is a complex process, and it was not immediately clear whether Microsoft profited from the deal with Facebook.

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, said in a statement on Monday that the Facebook deal allows it “to recoup over half of our costs while achieving our goals from the AOL auction.”

Facebook was also a participant in the AOL auction, a source said at the time.

The auction included technology rights from AOL’s current and former businesses, ranging from Web browser Netscape and instant messaging service ICQ to MapQuest and early online service CompuServe, the source said on condition of anonymity because the information was not public.

All or nothing
Microsoft bought the AOL patent portfolio knowing that it was an all-or-nothing deal and always planned to sell a large number of them while retaining licenses to them, a source close to the Facebook deal said. Microsoft will retain a license to the patents and applications it is selling to Facebook under the terms of the deal.

The purchase marks Facebook’s second recent move to bolster its patent portfolio, which consisted of 56 issued patents and 503 applications as of December 31, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In March, it acquired 750 patents from International Business Machines Corp.

Facebook’s deal with Microsoft comes as the world’s No.1 social networking company prepares for an initial public offering that could value it at up to $100 billion and as it battles Yahoo Incin court.

Yahoo sued Facebook earlier this year, claiming that Facebook had infringed 10 Yahoo patents, including several covering online advertising technology. Facebook countersued Yahoo in April, accusing Yahoo of infringing 10 of Facebook’s patents.

“Nothing about today’s action changes the fact that Facebook continues to infringe our patents … We see today’s announcement as a validation of our case against Facebook,” a Yahoo spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

The deal for AOL’s patents, which is subject to regulatory clearance, would help “protect Facebook’s interests over the long term,” the company said.

Technology companies have sparked a frenzy for patents in recent years, bidding up prices in a defensive move to keep competitors at bay.

On July 1, 2011, Apple, Microsoft, Research in Motion Ltd and three other leading technology companies outbid Google to buy wireless patents from bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp for $4.5 billion.

Google quickly responded by successfully announcing plans to acquire Motorola MobilityHoldings, which owns 17,000 patents and 7,500 patent applications, for $12.5 billion.

The agreement between Facebook and Microsoft is the latest occasion that the world’s No.1 online social networking service and the world’s largest software company have teamed up.

Microsoft invested $240 million in Facebook in 2007 for what was then a 1.6 percent stake.

The two companies have forged various business collaborations over the years. Facebook features search results from Microsoft’s Bing search engine in its social networking service as well as video chat technology provided by Skype, which Microsoft acquired last year.

Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings serves on the board of directors of Facebook and Microsoft.

Microsoft also has ties to Yahoo through a 10-year search partnership they struck in 2009.