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    Facebook-Google Rivalry Grows | Fox News Latino

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    Facebook will meet with app developers and entrepreneurs on Thursday as it faces what some analysts see as a critical juncture for one of the world's most well-known tech brands, MarketWatch reported Wednesday.

    Facebook remains the dominant social networking site in the world with more than 750 million users. But analysts say Google Inc., with its newly-launched Google+ social networking site and its broader reach on the Web, looms as a serious long-term threat.

    Which is why the San Francisco conference, dubbed f8, is expected to highlight Facebook's efforts to head off Google's momentum by offering developers more features and tools to build on the Facebook platform."
     
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    How Facebook is


    -- How Facebook Is "Rethinking" The TV Industry

    From the article: "Mark Zuckerberg is developing some human traits, it seems. The aloofness of the Facebook founder and CEO, as depicted by Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network, came across as arrogance. His lack of social graces was allied to an awkwardness in front of an audience. Now, having clearly studied Steve Jobs' legendary keynotes, the 27-year-old is much happier selling his product. With 800m active Facebook users worldwide and a recent valuation of $80bn, that's as you'd expect. Speaking this week at his company's fourth F8 conference for developers, it became clear he's growing up, and so is his site.


    So what does this mean for TV? He mentioned several times how Facebook was "rethinking some industries" - a interesting choice of verb that connotes not just a radical shift, but perhaps a desire to collaborate rather than merely destroy. Where Google TV met a wall of resistance from those who perceived it as a direct threat, Facebook is deliberately positioning itself as a friend to the content aggregators (if not the content owners, which may yet prove a problem).


    The real takeaway this year was Facebook's evolving role as a content hub, with the CEOs of both Spotify and Netflix joining proceedings. Their contributions reminded us how important content such as music and movies is to Facebook, but also how important Facebook is starting to become for content companies.


    It looks like Facebook is not focusing for the moment on becoming the channel through which that content is distributed. The recent experiments allowing users to rent certain Warner Bros movies directly via Facebook may be a sideshow. Facebook's emerging role is as a hub or portal through which we discover great content, prompted and inspired by our friends. But we will still go off to a Spotify or a Netflix to actually consume that content."
     
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