Facebook vice president of platform Deb Liu on stage during at F8. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters
Also appearing in an app near you soon:
- Instant Articles, the nicely formatted, faster news story pages that open inside Facebook, is now open to any publisher in the world. Why publish on the open web when you can publish a more share-friendly, cleaner bespoke article within Facebook? There is an answer to that: the open web.
- New features added to the analytics tool built for Facebook Apps. Facebook says this is already used by 450,000 apps so that developers can monitor the type of audience using their app.
- The new rights manager identifies video content and helps track copyrighted material on the site. Facebook says this was prioritized after feedback from publishers. A new tracking tool allows publishers to track videos across different Facebook pages, and share videos they want to publish across multiple accounts.
- More features added to React Native, Facebooks open source tool set that allow developers to build Facebook features like login, sharing and app analytics into their apps.
And finally The mysterious building
Facebook has hired Regina Dugan, former head of the US militarys technology wing Darpa, who has been running the advanced technologies and projects lab at Google. Shell lead up a mysterious new project called Building 8, which Zuckerberg said will work building new hardware products to advance our mission of connecting the world and will be infused with hundreds of people and hundreds of millions of dollars.
Dugans hire represents a major investment in Facebooks more experimental hardware and software companies like Oculus. While Googles moonshots at connectivity like Project Loon are mostly years out from real deployment, Facebooks experimental projects are rolling out almost immediately.
Dugan said on her Facebook page: Building 8 is an opportunity to do what I love most tech infused with a sense of our humanity. Audacious science delivered at scale in products that feel almost magic. A little badass. And beautiful. There is much to build at Facebook and the mission is human compelling.