Facebook is testing the Wedge 100, a super-fast Ethernet switch that has 32 ports and is capable of delivering data at 100-Gig speeds. The switch, which Facebook built, will be used to move data around the company's server farms, according to Jay Parikh, Facebook's global head of engineering and infrastructure, as reported by VentureBeat.
ZTE said it has won LTE contracts for Cameroon and Zambia from Afrimax. Meanwhile Facebook has partnered with Airtel Africa to roll out Free Basics in 17 markets.
Apple, Facebook and Netflix are all having discussions with CBS for the rights to broadcast both TV shows and live events, CBS CEO Les Moonves told Bloomberg. Further, Moonves said that CBS "probably" will reach an agreement with Apple for the iPhone vendor's rumored live TV service.
Social media giant Facebook is testing a new section of its web and mobile sites that will provide a dedicated location for users to find, view or share videos with their Facebook friends. The addition lays a direct challenge at the feet of YouTube and puts other social media sites on notice.
Social media may boost TV shows that score weak on traditional TV ratings. A new study by Engagement Labs that measures social data for online and offline conversations (word of mouth), found that series on Fox, ABC, NBC and other broadcast networks that have middling to low traditional TV ratings do well in terms of engagement scores.
How did the wireless industry perform in the third quarter of 2015? In this earnings summary, we list results from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.
Facebook is teaming up with European satellite operator Eutelsat Communications to leverage satellite technologies for getting more Africans online.
Research conducted by Analysys Mason for IT software and services company AsiaInfo found that 62 per cent of operators surveyed felt they were currently at least two years behind large Internet players such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple in their efforts to monetise customer data.
Digicel, a wireless carrier that counts roughly 13 million customers across 31 markets in the Caribbean and South Pacific, said it will begin blocking display and video ads in mobile web pages and in apps. The carrier said the move will reduce its customers' data usage by 10 percent. And, importantly, the carrier said it will charge companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook to bypass the block so they can deliver their ads to Digicel customers.
Facebook's Internet.org continues to work to connect more and more people across the globe to the Internet-- according to the Wall Street Journal, more than 9 million people across the world have connected to the Internet through the program-- but that effort is now running into some static. Specifically, Facebook has changed the name of the program to "Free Basic by Facebook," likely to address concerns over whether the program runs afoul of the principles of net neutrality.