For five years, Ólafur Hand tried get his company to use Microsoft's Yammer. As the marketing head of Eimskip, a 102-year-old shipping and logistics company in Iceland, he was looking for a way to connect all 1,600 of his employees across 19 countries -- some of whom were on ships out at sea. "People just didn't see the reason," Hand told Mashable. SEE ALSO: 18 selfie expressions we've all made at the office Hand discovered an alternative one day last year when golfing with the CFO of Icelandair. His golf partner had recently read on an overseas flight an article about Facebook creating its own enterprise software. Facebook recently had secured the Royal Bank of Scotland as a customer, with 100,000 workers committed to join service by the end of 2016, he said.
While millions of Americans were enjoying a warm spring weekend, Facebook employees were hard at work responding to an avalanche of news about their company. After an already busy week for the social media platform--including a lawsuit from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as a policy change regarding white nationalist and separationist content--five major Facebook stories broke over the last few days, including a Washington Post op-ed in which CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls for the social network to be regulated. Here's what you need to know to get caught up. The torrent of Facebook news began Friday, when COO Sheryl Sandberg said the company was "exploring restrictions on who can go Live depending on factors such as prior Community Standard violations." The decision came less than three weeks after a terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 50 people was livestreamed on Facebook.
Facebook wants to push even further into your home. The social media company is building a TV set-top box with a built-in camera, according to a new report in Cheddar. The device, reportedly referred to internally as "Ripley," will be optimized for Facebook's burgeoning TV platform, Watch. The set-top box would let you stream Watch shows to your television, though it's not clear if it would support content from other platforms. In addition to streaming, the box would also be equipped with a camera similar to Facebook's recently announced Portal speakers.
Retailers who want to know what brought people to shop in their physical retail stores have a new tool to try. Facebook has revised its analytics tools for businesses to show how user behavior online translates into brick-and-mortar purchases. The new capability entered open beta Tuesday as part of updates Facebook made to its Analytics product for developers. Previously called Analytics for Apps, it's designed to be an all-in-one tool for helping businesses understand user behavior across mobile apps, websites, Messenger bots and the big blue social network. Facebook already offered businesses a set of different analytics for measuring user behavior, but this launch brings the tools into one service.
Facebook at Work will have its commercial launch next month. SAN FRANCISCO -- This version of Facebook is safe for work. In fact, it was made for work. Next month the giant social network will release Facebook at Work, a long awaited suite of communications tools for businesses and their employees. The new product, which has been in development for two years, will compete with Microsoft's Yammer and Slack, charging a monthly fee per user.