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New .blog TLD opens up early registration applications

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VC Charlie O’Donnell on building up community on the cheap

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Facebook: No SMS Charges for Account Kit Until August 2018

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Facebook announced that developers using its Account Kit, initially introduced at F8 in April, will not be subject to SMS charges until August 2018.

Software engineer Calvin Mak said in a blog post that when August 2018 rolls around, standard SMS rates will apply for apps with more than 100,000 confirmation messages per month, adding that FbStart apps will be permanently exempt.

Mak added:

We are also building features to rely less heavily on SMS as a confirmation mechanism to offer a better consumer experience and help lead to higher conversion rates. We will share more details as we have them.

The social network said at F8 that Account Kit gives developers a way to allow users to login to their applications with their phone numbers or email addresses and to register for their applications without creating passwords, making the process simpler for users and hopefully boosting engagement for developers.

Mak also said in the blog post that since its introduction in April, Account Kit has been implemented by developers in 26 countries, resulting in conversion rates of up to 90 percent.

Developers: What have your experiences been like with Facebook’s Account Kit?


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Vettery raises $9M as it expands its hiring marketplace to San Francisco

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Workday gives IBM big win with seven-year cloud deal

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All your questions about startup fundraising for KPCB… Asked and answered.

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Security experts have cloned all seven TSA master keys

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The diagnosis and the cure of automation

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Japanese robot giant Yaskawa Electric's industrial robot Motoman performs a cooking demonstration at the International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition in Tokyo on June 10, 2015. Some 680 Japanese and foreign food machinery companies are exhibiting their latest technology and products in the four-day trade show.           (Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

Prisma for Android is now live for all in the Google Play Store

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Facebook on Diversity: Slow Progress, More to Do

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Facebook’s 2016 diversity update continued a familiar theme: slow progress and the understanding that more needs to be done.

Maxine Williams, the social network’s global director of diversity, said in a Newsroom post that while Facebook’s senior leadership is currently 3 percent African American, 3 percent Hispanic and 27 percent female, its hires over the past 12 months have equaled 9 percent, 5 percent and 29 percent, respectively.

Facebook also released LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) data for the first time, saying that 61 percent of its employees responded to a voluntary survey about sexual orientation and gender identity and, of that group, 7 percent identified themselves as LGBTQ.

As for what the company is doing to help speed the process of diversity, Williams noted that Facebook committed $15 million to Code.org, a nonprofit organization aimed at encouraging computer science education and teaching students how to code. She wrote:

Facebook’s five-year commitment will help Code.org to drive the development of curricula, public school teacher training and student skills building, particularly among traditionally underrepresented populations in engineering and computer science. It will give thousands of students across the country the access to computer science they deserve.

Aside from the Code.org commitment, Williams outlined Facebook’s short-term, medium-term and long-term plans:

  • Short term: The social network aims to build a diverse slate of candidates, as well as to ensure that those who make it through the process are given every opportunity to thrive.
  • Medium term: The company plans to continue to grow its Facebook University and Computer Science and Engineering (CS&E) Lean In Circles program.
  • Longer term: Facebook will continue to invest in TechPrep, its online resources for parents, guardians and future programmers, which is available in both English and Spanish.

Williams concluded her blog post as follows:

While there is a lot of distance to cover in the short, medium and long term, we’re moving in the right direction.

Readers: What are your thoughts on Facebook’s diversity efforts?

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