Facebook’s new acquisition should make its videos look better

Facebook is doubling down on video. After publishing its latest video metrics Wednesday, which show staggering growth, the company announced its purchase of QuickFire Networks Thursday.

QuickFire, not exactly a household name, cuts down the amount of bandwidth needed to stream video online, but keeps the quality of the image high. And that’s exactly what it will be doing at Facebook, powering the company’s increasing amount of video content, both in advertising and from its content partners. As Bloomberg pointed out, this will be useful for Facebook push into the developing world where the service’s users might not have as good of internet service.

At the moment, 1 billion videos are viewed a day on average on the social network, which is nearly one for every 1.35 billion Facebook users. Across the world, each person on Facebook posts an average of 75 percent more videos than they did a year ago. In the United States alone that number jumps to 94 percent. And across the world, 65 percent of that video consumption is happening on mobile. Facebook’s need for cutting edge video streaming technology will only increase as this trend continues.

From QuickFire’s announcement about the acquisition, it sounds like some members of the team will move on while others will join Facebook.

Facebook reportedly in talks to acquire Indian Android app optimization startup

Facebook(s fb) may soon buy a Bangalore startup, called Little Eye Labs, that provides performance analysis and optimization tools for Android(s goog) developers. According to a Monday report in India’s Business Standard, advanced talks are being facilitated by the Indian Software Products Industry Roundtable (iSpirt). This may be connected with Facebook’s quest to better optimize its apps to run on low-end devices and spartan internet connections — like Google, the firm is trying to push further into developing markets. In recent months, Google bought French mobile optimization outfit Flexycore and Facebook picked up data compression specialist Onavo.

Citrix buys Bytemobile, targets mobile operators

Desktop virtualization and cloud computing vendor Citrix Systems is expanding into the mobile infrastructure market, announcing on Thursday it plans to acquire mobile traffic optimization company Bytemobile. The companies didn’t disclose the terms of the deal, but they expect it to close in the third quarter.

Google wants to mobilize your Web site – for free

Google(s goog) is wants to bring more small websites to the mobile phone, and to help nudge those sites along it’s willing to foot the bill for a year. Google and Duda Mobile are offering free hosting and customization of Web sites for mobile browsers.

The biggest market you’ve never heard of

As millions of consumers gained access to the Internet, new market opportunities emerged. But today, content is so heavy, and networks so overburdened, that more efficient use of the network is a critical behavior. This provides a new market opportunity for content optimization and CDNs.

Optimizing the Virtual Data Center

The promise of virtual machines is that operators don’t need to worry about where their servers are. You can have one big server running on five physical computers, or a hundred tiny servers running on one physical machine. This makes it easy to adjust capacity; it also means creating a new server is as simple as dragging and dropping.

But while data center operators might not care where their servers are, the servers do. Today’s data centers are based on Web Services and SOA architectures. Instead of one big mainframe, we have many small servers all talking to one another.

In a traditional data center, machine-to-machine conversations like these can take milliseconds, resulting in slow applications. But if chatty virtual servers live on the same physical machine, they can communicate in microseconds.

Done right, putting virtual servers that need to talk together on the same physical machine could make applications a thousand times faster.

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Optimize Content for the iPhone

Developers have been buzzing since Jobs’ announcement at WWDC to make Safari the unofficial SDK for the iPhone. Many have voiced (or screamed) their disappointment, while others have rejoiced. But despite the variety of opinions on the matter, everyone has questions about how to develop and optimize content for the iPhone.

Fortunately Apple has released a handy guide on the Developer Connection outlining some high level concepts on how to optimize content for the iPhone. Topics such as user iPhone interaction, audio and video experience, and Safari’s supported media (in case you haven’t heard, Flash Player didn’t make the cut) are covered. Here’s a few points of interest:
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