TODAY’S OPEN THREAD: FACEBOOK AT WORK TO COMPETE WITH LINKEDIN AND GOOGLE DRIVE

TODAY'S OPEN THREAD: FACEBOOK AT WORK TO COMPETE WITH LINKEDIN AND GOOGLE DRIVE

Share your thoughts on Facebook’s foray into business, Spotify’s Uber partnership, Google’s Project Tango, and more.

According to a Financial Times story on plans for “Facebook at Work,” Facebook may dominate the social network of 1.3 billion people, but it now wants to go even farther into the workplace.

This isn’t about circumventing company firewalls so you can know which Frozen characters your pals are. It’s a smart move to compete with services like Google Drive and LinkedIn, as well as Slack, and establish itself as a real business tool.

According to the Financial Times, the Silicon Valley firm is working on a new product that will allow users to talk with colleagues, connect with professional connections, and collaborate on papers.

“The new site will resemble Facebook in appearance, with a news feed and groups, but it will allow users to retain their personal profile, complete with holiday photographs, political rants, and amusing videos, distinct from their professional identity.”

While this may seem like a smart move for Facebook, how will employees (and their employers) feel about their information being shared and kept on the social media platform? For many organizations, cloud-based workplace collaboration isn’t a novel notion, but I’m curious how Facebook’s offering will be accepted.

What are your thoughts? Your opinions are welcome in the comments section.

Today’s technological news includes:

Spotify and Uber have teamed up to provide you in-car music.

Uber is hosting a press conference with a “special partner guest” later today, but their identity has already been revealed: Spotify the streaming music provider. You’ll reportedly be able to control the music played in your Uber ride from your smartphone, with Spotify songs being supplied to the driver’s phone.

Facebook will take action against ‘overly promotional’ page posts.

If you enjoy Facebook sites that frequently publish competitions or “please purchase our product” updates, you may expect to see less of them in your feed starting in January. The social network warns that “pages who publish promotional material can expect their organic circulation to decline considerably over time.”

Accusations of a smear campaign against Tor

PandoDaily published an article by Yasha Levine summarizing the Tor community’s response to a recent story looking into the link between the internet anonymity tool and US spy agencies.

Google’s Project Tango tablet is now available on Google Play.

One of Google’s most intriguing mobile efforts is Project Tango, which uses 3D sensors and other technology to help you comprehend the environment around you. The first tablet is now available for purchase, but only if you pre-ordered it at Google’s I/O conference earlier this year.

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