Facebook has set a new company record for lobbying expenditures in the first quarter of 2014, drawing closer to industry leader Google in efforts to influence federal lawmakers on a variety of issues. During the first three months of 2014, Facebook spent a personal best of $2.78 million to pay lobbyists to talk to lawmakers about issues such as privacy, security, online tracking, online advertising, patent litigation reform and immigration reform, a congressional lobbying report filed April 21 shows.
Facebook app to ditch messaging; Messenger to take on exclusive role
This week in your world of Android: the HTC One (M8) finally launched, rumors of business features coming to Android surfaced, Google Now hit Chrome, Office for Android went free, Facebook bought VR startup Oculus, and news broke that Google mandates OEMs to use “Powered by Android” on boot screens.
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This week in your world of Android: Google introduced the all-seeing Project Tango, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion, more details emerged about the HTC One and Galaxy S5, LG introduced the G2 Mini, Samsung kicked off its KitKat update campaign, and the Tizen-running Gear 2 launched.