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And a year ago, OCP announced plans to build a network switch. And not just any network switch, but one designed as a software-defined networking (SDN) device. SDN is a radically new way to build networks that threatens Cisco, or at least Cisco’s 60+% profit margins.

Facebook Just Fired A Huge Shot at Cisco” via BusinessInsider.

It’s easy to forget how big Cisco’s dominance is over the hardware that powers the internet. 

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The numbers raise a basic question about the ability of the new tech giants to launch small experimental projects — and how quickly they’ll pull the plug on a product that they love if it isn’t catching on.

“Paper Isn’t Catching On, And Facebook Has To Decide What To Do About It” via BuzzFeed

It’s amazing to see how big Facebook has grown across so many dimensions. The description of their innovation group (which sounds very similar to a team I once worked on at Microsoft) is a good example of how they have evolved into a mature tech company. Their primary businesses have become so large and established (read = depended on, like Facebook Login), that it becomes hard and sometimes dangerous to innovate directly inside them any more.

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We were willing to tolerate a few bugs to [move fast]. But having to slow down and fix things was slowing us down. ‘Move fast with stable infra[structure]‘ isn’t as catchy, but it helps us build better for the people we serve.

Facebook kills off its ‘move fast, break things’ mantra” via VentureBeat

Short but timely report coming out of F8 about Facebook’s mentality and new SLA around their API’s. We’ve been talking a lot at Contactive about how to balance velocity of development with the need to keep our growing platform stable and working well for our customers.

Taking pride in the craftsmanship of your infrastructure is not as sexy or hip as a flashy mobile app, but everyone one of your customers (including your own developers) will reap the benefits.

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In mobile we see simple, clear, snackable experiences winning,” says Matt Murphy, who manages the app-focused iFund at venture capital shop Kleiner Perkins. “When you introduce complexity, it can dilute the overall experience.

Why Facebook is making it hard to chat with your friends” via Wired

Good article that covers how the Facebook app has grown up to the point that it now needs to break apart to match the “snackable” expectations of users.

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The company tells us that the way things are organized within each section is based on its algorithm and curation team — in a sense its process is similar to Inside.com, which launched earlier this week. Paper is relying on computational programming and human-based expertise in order to know how good of a story is on Facebook, whether it’s receiving any shares or comments or if it’s visually appealing.

Facebook announces Paper, a visual and social news app that launches in the US on February 3” via TheNextWeb

I will add this to the already too-numerous-apps I have for reading news, and I’ll be interested to see how it compares in both content and style to Flipboard (my primary iOS newsreader).

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As the App Store Top Charts seem to prove, people don’t seem to be looking for “an inbox for everything,” but instead for sharply focused apps delivering solid value at a moment’s notice.

Facebook plans suite of standalone mobile apps for 2014” via The Verge

“Calendar could be another opportunity for Facebook to embed itself into its users’ lives. Facebook Events are perhaps the most popular way to send out birthday party invites — yet Facebook has largely ignored its potential. All the while, free apps like Sunrise tastefully bundle Facebook events into your Google or iCloud calendar. A Facebook Calendar app, like the new Messenger, would have to be the best calendar app — not the best Facebook Calendar app — which means no spammy “Sponsored Events” or suggested parties. The app could plug into Google Calendar, like Fantastical or Sunrise, but provide the best Facebook Events experience, since that’s what people are using to track of events they’re attending. It’s also worth noting that Facebook is still the place most people check to keep up on birthdays — a sorely undervalued and essential functionality that Sunrise duly steals.”