A few days ago, Facebook open-sourced its artificial intelligence (AI) hardware computing design. Most people don’t know that large companies such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon don’t buy hardware from the usual large computer suppliers like Dell, HP, and IBM but instead design their own hardware based on commodity components. The Facebook website and all its myriad apps and subsystems persist on a cloud infrastructure constructed from tens of thousands of computers designed from scratch by Facebook’s own hardware engineers.
Facebook has released the latest version of its Global Government Request report, which reveals that content restrictions and data requests submitted by governments around the world are on the rise.
The social networking site recently summarized the main findings of its report:
Facebook has over 1.49 billion monthly active users, with people in the U.S. spending a staggering 27 hours on the social networking site every month.
The company thinks that that kind of sky-high usage and engagement gives it certain responsibilities.
“Because people interact with Facebook so often, we’re spending a lot of time thinking about how we can play a role in helping increase security literacy overall across the internet,” Facebook security product manager Melissa Luu-Van tells Business Insider.
With good number of major tech companies fielding their own brand of virtual assistant technology, Facebook is reportedly eyeing its own entry with "Moneypenny," a hybrid feature that helps users complete tasks like buying products and services online.
Being tested internally, Moneypenny, named after the James Bond franchise character who serves as M's secretary, is said to bring a human touch to modern digital assistants, reports The Information. For example, users might ask Moneypenny to research and purchase an HDTV.
Like Microsoft trying to capture a meaningful portion of the smartphone market, getting a foothold in the music streaming business is no small feat. The crowded industry is currently dominated by Spotify and Pandora, with Apple Music and Microsoft's recently-rebranded Groove trying to make names for themselves, and the competition is likely to get a lot stiffer with Facebook supposedly entering the game.