Facebook’s Mobile Bet; T-Mobile, MetroPCS Merge; Mozilla Fights Spyware
Topping tech headlines on Wednesday, Facebook reported growth in mobile users, but a drop in revenue from the last quarter.
The social network now boasts 751 million mobile monthly active users, a 54 percent increase from the same time last year. During a call with analysts, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said the company has seen success with the mobile app installs added to users’ news feeds, driving 25 million app downloads during the quarter. Advertising revenue counted for 85 percent of total revenue, which came in at $1.46 billion, up 38 percent from the same time last year, but down from the $1.585 billion earned in the fourth quarter.
In other news, the merger of T-Mobile and MetroPCS is complete. The combined company, dubbed T-Mobile US, is now trading on the New York Stock Exchange, but each brand will continue to operate separately. They will, however, migrate to a common network infrastructure and similar support functions. Customers of the two companies won’t see any immediate change in their user experience, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray told PCMag, but things are going to start getting better fast for MetroPCS users. One unexpected place you can get T-Mobile 4G LTE, though, is in certain New York City subway stations.
Meanwhile, Mozilla issued a cease-and-desist letter against Gamma International, which is masking its spyware products to make it look as if it’s actually Mozilla’s Firefox browser. Gamma’s FinSpy program may be buried in someone’s PC files and labeled as “firefox.exe,” just like a legit copy of the Mozilla browser. This isn’t the first time FinSpy has used the Firefox name, though. It has also been linked to a campaign targeting Bahraini activists last year, and a spy mission ahead of Malaysia’s General Elections.
Also making headlines Wednesday:
- Trailer for ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Revealed: Shortly after Activision confirmed the upcoming release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, a trailer for the game has been posted to YouTube.
- Microsoft, DailyBurn Team for Second-Screen Workout Experience: Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team announced it has teamed up with fitness and nutrition site DailyBurn to bring a new workout experience to users’ living rooms.
- Microsoft Embeds Wi-Fi Routers in Magazines to Push Office 365: Microsoft has rolled out a unique promotion that combines the medium of traditional paper magazines with the cloud.
- Hulu Tops 4M Paid Subscribers, Reveals New Original Shows: Hulu on Tuesday announced a new lineup of shows coming this summer, just as the popular streaming video service topped 4 million paid subscribers.
- LG Optimus G Pro Coming to AT&T May 10: AT&T will be the exclusive provider of the LG Optimus G Pro, the 5.5-inch follow-up to last year’s Optimus G.
- NPD: Rising Tide for Streaming Media Players: U.S. consumers are using the online capabilities of their home entertainment devices more than ever, but Blu-ray players are slowly giving way to devices like Apple TV and Roku.
- Amazon Updates iOS Kindle Reading App for Blind, Visually Impaired: Amazon is making it easier for blind and visually impaired users to take advantage of the Kindle Store.
- Path Accused of Spamming Via Texts, Robocalls: Path is once again being accused of spamming members’ contacts with text messages and calls, according to the sordid tale of one ex-Path user.
- LinkedIn Debuts New Visual Profile Options: For the first time, LikedIn allows members to showcase their professional story using visuals, like photos, videos, and presentations.
- Twitter iOS Update Improves Vine Playback, Trends: Twitter released an update for its official iOS app, bringing some new features and improvements.
- Facebook Wins $2.8 Million in Typosquatter Case: Facebook earned a victory, and almost $2.8 million, in its case against typosquatters.
- CenturyLink Rolling Out Gigabit Internet in Omaha: CenturyLink announced that it will connect 48,000 Omaha homes and businesses with its new high-speed network pilot.