Facebook is reportedly testing a new conversation view for messages, VentureBeat reports. The view adds a “Reply” button next to the “Like” button in messages, which should help make comment threads a bit easier to decipher.
Like Google Apps for Business? Have friends you like to talk to? Enjoy the comforting presence of $15 in your pocket? Well, Google is sure going to tickle you. The company announced on its Enterprise blog today that is will pay out a $15 bonus for each new user someone brings in to the fold. [Source: Google]
UBS today raised its suggested target price for Facebook to $90 and said that pricing strength at the company was looking good, on the back of the WhatsApp purchase and strong cost per ad sell figures. With Facebook trading at just over $72, it puts the company at 25 percent undervalued. [Source: TechCrunch]
The team of hackers at StartupBus had a ton of computers stolen from a house in Florida ahead of a hackathon this week at SXSW. Now, Microsoft has swooped in, buying the team new PCs. Yeah it’s a publicity stunt but come on, it’s pretty cool of them to replace the laptops and save some coders’ SXSW trip from ruin. [Source: Digiday]
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Mike Judge, the showrunner behind HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” says Kara Swisher, formerly of AllThingsD and now of Re/Code, will have a cameo as a tech journalist. [Source: Hollywood Reporter]
Shazam – or as it is more commonly known, “the app that tells you what song is playing in the background” – has confirmed that as expected it is has raised $20 million, valuing it at $500 million. [Source: VentureBeat]
NASA’s Near Earth Object Observation Program is charged with hunting for asteroids that fly past our planet, creating in the process reams of data that no man can get to on his own. Current algorithms have so far proven just 80 to 90 percent effective and NASA have offered up a $35,000 prize for any coder in the next six months that can improve upon how we detect, track and analyze incoming space rocks. [Source: Wired]
Google has launched a new advertising feature today, announcing that it will highlight data from its Consumer Surveys under regular text ads to call attention to the strengths of the business. For participating companies, these will roll out over the coming few days. [Source: TechCrunch]