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Facebook Completes New Sustainability Project “MPK 21”

Next year, Facebook plans to complete a two-acre park with a public plaza and event space, which can host its festivals, mobile farmers' market and other local programmes

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Facebook has completed a new sustainable building project called “MPK 21” that has a 3.6-acre rooftop garden featuring over 200 trees and a half-mile meandering pathway.

Nestled at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, The building has been designed to promote teamwork and allow employees to do their best work, Facebook said in a blog post late on Tuesday.

“Inside is an open workspace designed to foster collaboration between teams, as well as quiet areas for focused work,” the company said.

A single pathway runs the length of the building. Along this path are five unique dining options, 15 art installations and a 2,000-person event and meeting space.

Facebook project MPK 21
Facebook’s project MPK 21. (IANS)

Designed by world renowned American architect Frank Gehry and built in less than 18 months, “MPK 21” encourages active engagement inside and outside of the building with pedestrian walkways, access to various outdoor areas, visible stairways, and flexible work stations.

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“The reclaimed water system recycles and filter’s MPK21’s water and will save approximately 17 million gallons of water annually. The roof includes 1.4 MW of photovoltaic solar panels, which will generate nearly 2 million kWh of electricity annually,” said By John Tenanes, Vice President, Global Facilities and Real Estate at Facebook.

Next year, Facebook plans to complete a two-acre park with a public plaza and event space, which can host its festivals, mobile farmers’ market and other local programmes. (IANS)

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Social Media Giant Facebook Rolls Out Meme-Making App ‘Whale’

Facebook has quietly rolled out a meme-making app called 'Whale' on the Canadian App Store

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Facebook quietly launched meme-making app Whale. Pixabay

Social media giant Facebook has quietly rolled out a meme-making app called ‘Whale’ on the Canadian App Store that may come to other markets including in India later.

The app’s listing confirms that it has been developed by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team, which was set up earlier this year to develop new experimental apps for the social networking platform that has over 2.6 billion users globally.

‘Whale’ is the latest app from NPE, after music app ‘AUX’ and chat app ‘Bump’, reports The Information.

According to Facebook, these apps are intended to help the company discover new features and services that people like.

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According to Facebook, these apps are intended to help the company discover new features. Pixabay

Facebook is slowly launching apps in new genres beyond chats to woo more users and open new avenues to make money.

Facebook-owned Instagram has also launched a new video-music remix feature called “Reels” to take on Chinese short video making app TikTok.

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“Just like TikTok, users can soundtrack their ‘Reels’ with a huge catalog of music, or borrow the audio from anyone else’s video to create a remix of their meme or joke.

Rolled out in the Brazilian market first, “Reels” will be available on both iOS and Android. (IANS)