Facebook beat Wall Street analyst’s expectations, who estimated revenue at $1.53 billion. Shares were also reported at 17 cents, while the Street was expecting 15 cents. The company also announced net income of $64 million.
The New York Police Department will be given 35,000 smartphones, and patrol cars outfitted with 6,000 “ruggedized” tablets, as part of an effort to bring the department into the 21st century. The upgrades will cost $160 million over three years; the funding will come from a settlement paid by a French bank. [Source: The New York Times]
Spring.me has raised $5 million to create what it’s calling the world’s “friendliest social network” out of the question-and-answer site Formspring, TechCrunch reports. The idea is that Spring.me’s older user-base will be less inclined to bully than younger counterparts — as if teenagers are the only people who become assholes as soon as they go online. [Source: TechCrunch]
Judging from the sheer number of posts on the topic published on this slow Friday morning, it seems like people actually care that Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet. The tweet was sent during the opening of the Information Age exhibit at Science Museum. It was pretty standard stuff. Now let’s talk about literally anything else. [Source: Engadget]
“In some ways the higher echelons of Google seemed more distant and obscure to me than the halls of Washington. … I was intrigued that the mountain would come to Muhammad. But it was not until well after Schmidt and his companions had been and gone that I came to understand who had really visited me.” ~Julian Assange, in Newsweek
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has called for a briefing on Whisper’s privacy practices in the wake of the Guardian’s report claiming that the “anonymous” app tracks users. [Source: Re/Code]