Facebook buys Indian startup Little Eye Labs

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Facebook buys Indian startup Little Eye Labs

Facebook buys Indian startup Little Eye Labs

Posted: 08 Jan 2014 09:42 AM PST

(Credit: Little Eye Labs)

Facebook has acquired a startup in India, making it the social network's first acquisition of a company in that country.

Little Eye Labs announced on Wednesday that it was acquired by Facebook. The company, which didn't announce the terms of the deal, analyzes and optimizes Android application performance for developers. Little Eye Labs released its tool in April.

Although few details were shared on the Little Eye Labs site, the company said that its entire team will be moving to Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters. The Little Eye Labs team plans on using its optimization tools to "help improve performance of [Facebook's] already awesome apps."

Little Eye Labs customers won't be out of luck just yet. The company says that it'll inform current customers soon on its plans to offer its optimization platform for free until June 30.

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MPAA joins Web standards group amid video DRM dispute

Posted: 08 Jan 2014 07:55 AM PST

The wry W3C Memes blog mocked the arrival of the MPAA at the W3C by likening it to Star Trek's merciless Borg aliens assimilating humans.

(Credit: W3C Memes)

The movie business now will have a direct voice in a controversy about how to handle copy protection of videos on the Web.

That's because the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has joined the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a group that creates Web standards, such as the HTML technology that underlies every Web page on the Internet.

"Just met with W3C CEO Jeffrey Jaffe. We're excited to join W3C and look forward to listening, learning and contributing," tweeted Alex Deacon, the MPAA's senior vice president for Internet Technology at the MPAA. Jaffe has been at CES this week.

The MPAA's arrival is timely, given its years of effort to prevent unauthorized video copying. The W3C has added the ability to host video directly on Web sites using a new component of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language).

The HTML video tag initially offered no mechanism for copy protection, but Microsoft and Google worked with streaming-media giant Netflix to build that support with an a... [Read more]



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