Amazon Builds the Spheres, While Google Opts for the Hulk

Analog is the new digital.
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Facebook’s Company Town

Facebook Inc.’s sprawling campus in Menlo Park, Calif., is so full of cushy perks that some employees may never want to go home. Soon, they’ll have that option.

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Facebook’s New Product Press Event Set for June 20

Facebook sent out invitations to members of the press on Friday afternoon, inviting them to an event at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters for a new product launch on June 20. The invitation itself alludes to the announcement’s content, though in less detail than in past invitations: “A small team has been working on a big idea,” the invite, first received by ABC News, said. “Join us for coffee and learn about a new product.” AllThingsD will report on the event from Facebook HQ next week.

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Facebook Plans News Feed Redesign Event

Facebook plans to hold an event to unveil a new look for its News Feed product, the company said on Friday in a series of emailed invitations to the press. The event will be held on March 7 at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. This is the second major event the company has hosted at its home base this year, after introducing its Graph Search product in January.

Facebook’s Ever-Evolving Campus Welcome Sign

Like. Poke. Search. It all ends up on Facebook’s front door at some point.
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With Graph Search, Facebook Needs to Go Beyond the “Like”

Facebook “Likes” this. But that’s not enough for good search results.
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Graph Search: Facebook’s Way of Keeping You Inside of Facebook (Video)

Facebook aims to be your own personal Internet, one search at a time.
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Samsung Confirms Four New Bay Area Offices

Samsung is in the process of building four — count ’em, four — new offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, though they are oddly scattered in four different towns all within a half-hour’s drive of each other. We have previously reported on the start-up incubator in Palo Alto; there’s also the 8.5-acre planned campus in Mountain View and a new strategy and innovation center in Menlo Park. And now comes the official announcement of a 1.1-million-square-foot sales and R&D headquarters north of downtown San Jose.

FaceTagram? InstaBook? Whatever You Call It, All Your Mobile Photo Are Belong to Facebook (for $1 Billion)!

Actually, it’s pretty simple: Photos. Photos. And, oh yes, mobile photos — lots and lots and lots of them.
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Clicking on a Fortune: Facebook to Acquire Photo-Sharing Start-Up Instagram for $1 Billion

A blockbuster exit for the popular and elegant mobile photo-sharing service.
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Lytro Comes Into Focus (AsiaD Demo)

Inside Facebook's Big Move to Menlo Park

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