Launched in February 2004, Facebook is a social networking service founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Early investors include Microsoft and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka- shing, through his namesake charitable foundation. Facebook’s US$16 billion initial public offering in May 2012 generated huge investor interest although the shares subsequently slumped in price.

Drones and balloons could expand net access, say Facebook and Google

Drones and balloons could expand net access, say Facebook and Google

When you open an app, surf the web or send an email, do you think about how lucky you are? You probably don't. Internet access is cheap, fast and widespread.

Friday, 26 June, 2015, 8:18am

Behind the scenes at CES Asia in Shanghai, complaints about Chinese copycats

More than 200 technology companies from 15 countries are showcasing their consumer technology innovations at CES Asia which takes place from May 25 to 27. Photo: AFP

While the inaugural Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia, taking place in Shanghai this week, has been as jargon-filled as any technology event: B2B, B2C, O2O, etc. But one acronym is only mentioned in private conversations: C2C.

26 May 2015 - 4:39pm 1 comment

Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook for 'violating internet laws'

Kremlin guards perform at the Cathedral Square during a ceremony of the Changing of the Guard in the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia. Photo: AP

Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian internet laws and a spokesman said on Thursday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules.

22 May 2015 - 1:35pm

And now the news... from Facebook

And now the news... from Facebook

Facebook has tied up with nine news publishers to launch "Instant Articles," which will publish articles directly to the social network's mobile news feeds. (Photo: Facebook)

14 May 2015 - 9:20am

Government's youth advisers turn to Facebook to stay relevant

Lau Ming-wai. Photo: Sam Tsang

The top body that advises the government on youth affairs hopes a Facebook account and the relaunch of its "antique" website will help it connect with the younger generation.

14 May 2015 - 11:38am 1 comment

Former Hong Kong newspaper editor ridiculed for standard of English in complaint to Mark Zuckerberg

Robert Chow: a 'very small Facebook user'. Photo: May Tse

Anti-Occupy campaigner Robert Chow Yung is in the spotlight again - this time for an open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg complaining about deleted posts.

15 May 2015 - 8:17am 36 comments

Facebook, Microsoft and other tech firms launch tools to help Nepal earthquake survivors

Nepalese villagers charge their cell phones in an open area in Kathmandu. Tech firms have launched several tools to make it easier to communicate with survivors of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake. Photo: AP

A number of major US technology companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter, have launched schemes to help survivors of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.

29 Apr 2015 - 8:00pm

From Zuckerberg's Chinese to Lei Jun's English: tech leaders busy learning foreign languages

Mark Zuckerberg spoke to students at Tsinghua University in Beijing in Putonghua. Photo: AP

Tech industry leaders from Silicon Valley to Beijing have at least one shared hobby – learning a foreign language as soon as possible – whether it be Putonghua for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg or English for Xiaomi’s Lei Jun.

28 Apr 2015 - 9:30pm 3 comments

Facebook grows to 471m monthly active users in Asia-Pacific, up 20 per cent on 2014

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, California on March 25, 2015. Photo: Reuters

More than 270 million people across the Asia-Pacific region use Facebook every day, according to new filings from the world’s largest social network, even as the company's revenue growth came in slightly below analysts' expectations.

23 Apr 2015 - 4:41pm

Whatsapp the top pick for Hong Kong’s remote workers who need to stay in touch

Whatsapp keeps Hong Kong workers on the job, wherever they are

Messaging app Whatsapp and file sharing tool Dropbox are the most popular remote working tools among Hong Kong workers, according to a global survey on remote working habits.

More than 90 per cent of 365 workers in the city surveyed by serviced office firm Regus reported using Whatsapp when working outside the office, while Dropbox was used by 72 per cent.

21 Apr 2015 - 11:14am

Facebook conducts successful test of drone to deliver internet services

Drones powered by the sun will fly at altitudes of 18,000 metres or higher and be able to remain aloft for months, according to Zuckerberg.

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has proclaimed the successful test of a wide-winged, solar-powered drone built to deliver wireless internet services to remote spots.

28 Mar 2015 - 7:29am

Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger in face of competition from WeChat, Line

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco on March 25, 2015. Photo: AP

Facebook is following the lead of Asian competitors WeChat and Line in opening its Messenger service to developers, as well as allowing businesses to use the app to handle customer support queries.

21 Apr 2015 - 11:11am

New York Times, BuzzFeed and others to publish content directly on Facebook

Facebook hopes that publishers will put all content directly on its platform. Photo: Bloomberg

Facebook has completed its transformation into a one-stop-shop web portal as several major US media organisations are preparing to publish content directly on the social media platform. 

24 Mar 2015 - 4:38pm

Facebook, Xiaomi each launch mobile payment services in challenge to Apple, Alibaba

Facebook is launching a mobile payments service which will allow users to send each other money through the Messenger app. Photo: Reuters

Facebook Messenger will soon let US users send each other money through the app, while Xiaomi said it is launching a money-fund-style wallet for Chinese users. 

21 Apr 2015 - 11:32am

Facebook lets users pick 'legacy contact' to manage profile after death

Facebook users are now able to set a legacy contact, from the security settings.

Beginning in the US, Facebook users can pick a "legacy contact" to post on after they die.

14 Feb 2015 - 10:27am