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.
Facebook's aerospace team in the UK has completed construction of its first full-scale aircraft, called the Aquila, as part of its Internet.org effort. Aquila is a solar-powered unmanned plane designed to beam down Internet connectivity from the sky.
Facebook unveiled a new software-development kit for its Parse mobile development platform that enables developers to create apps that share data with connected devices. Meanwhile, Faceook also announced an update to its Messenger app called Messenger Platform that will let the messaging app be used to create and share content independent of the News Feed.
BARCELONA, Spain--Google and Facebook executives said that they are willing to work together to expand access to the Internet and basic web services, despite their contrasting visions for doing so.
BARCELONA, Spain--A year after asking mobile operators to support Facebook's Internet.org effort, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to the Mobile World Congress keynote stage here to tout the success of the program and to reiterate his call for more operators to participate. He also made a point of praising wireless operators' work in connecting new users to the Internet, noting that "it's really important not to lose sight of the fact that it's the operators that are driving this."
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that the social networking giant forced users of its main mobile application to download a separate Messenger app for messaging because it felt that apps should do one thing well and users could be better served by having a standalone messaging app that performed that function well.
Facebook, as expected, unveiled a mobile advertising network at its annual f8 developers conference, catapulting the social networking giant into competition with Google and Apple's more established mobile ad networks. However, in addition to unwrapping the Facebook Audience Network mobile ad network, Facebook also announced a host of tools designed to make life easier for developers and consumers on mobile.
Facebook is hoping to connect more of the world's population to the Internet using a combination of satellites, drones and lasers, and as part of the effort it is launching a new Connectivity Lab via Internet.org, the group Facebook is spearheading.
While Facebook contends it has no plans to build or own a wireless network, the social networking giant is apparently interested in investing in airborne technology that could help bring the Internet to unserved areas.
Keith Mallinson There is a lot to play for and at stake in mobile communications. It is among the very largest industries with operator revenues of $1.16 trillion (€812.4 billion)...