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OBAMA MOST LIKED LEADER ON FACEBOOK; AQUINO NO. 10


THIS AP PHOTO -President Barack Obama speaks in Washington Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Washington. OBAMA'S FACEBOOK not managed by the White House administration or Obama himself.
DESPITE the bashing he had been getting lately for his veto of the proposed P2,000 pension increase among Social Security System retirees, President Aquino emerged the 10th most “liked” country leader in 2015, with 4.244 million “likes” on his official Facebook account. According to the World Leaders on Facebook study by leading communications and public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, US President Barack Obama ranked as the most popular world leader with more than 46.414 million likes on his “campaign page,” which was not managed by the White House administration or Obama himself. The official White House account, on the other hand, was the eighth most liked Facebook page with 5.44 million likes, according to the study by Burson-Marsteller, which operates in 110 countries.. Obama was closely followed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with 31.745 million likes on his personal page, plus another 10.109 million on the official page of the Prime Minister of India. Third was Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey with 7.991 million. Indonesian President Joko Widodo emerged the highest ranking among Southeast Asian leaders, with 6.014 million likes on his Facebook page. ‘Channel of choice’ Also on the top 10 were Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (5.986 million likes), Queen Rania of Jordan (5.565 million) and Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto with 4.504 million. Burson-Marsteller said in a statement that over the past eight years, the popular Facebook social media platform had become the “channel of choice” for community engagement with world leaders. “Many politicians discover social media channels during election campaigns, such as the Barack Obama page, which was set up in late 2007 as an electoral tool for the former senator of Illinois. READ MORE...

ALSO: JANUARY 28, 2016 - FACEBOOK’S USER NUMBER NOW (2015-2016) EQUAL TO 23% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION


If you thought Facebook’s growth had reached it’s plateau phase, think again because the world’s biggest social network is showing no signs of slowing down. Facebook today announced its Q4 results for 2015, boasting some impressive stats that show just how much the service is growing. Among the highlights is the fact that Facebook’s active monthly user number has now grown by 200 million to 1.59 billion. Its daily user figure grew by 148 million to 1.04 billion. The number of people accessing Facebook via mobile also saw massive growth in December last year, going up by 21% to 1.44 billion people. That number covers all of Facebook’s associated apps as well as the 2G ‘lite’ version of the site. This is particularly good news for a company that’s been putting a lot of work into growing its mobile reach. Some of its efforts have been successful (the introduction of Messenger and the acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram), others not so much (Paper). Total revenue from Q4 2014 to Q4 2015 grew by 52% to over $5.84 billion, while advertising revenue grew by 57% to $5.63 billion. To be more specific, mobile ad revenue increased by a massive 81% to $4.5 billion, and now makes up 80% of total ad revenue. Overall, Facebook’s revenue last year was up 44% totalling $17.9 billion, and ad revenue was $17.1 billion, up 49% year-on-year. READ MORE...

ALSO: As of August 24, 2015, One billion people now use Facebook every single day


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A billion people use Facebook every day, according to the social network's quarterly results, up from 968 million in June 2015. The increase comes alongside a spike in advertising revenue, profit and virtually every other measurable metric: as a result the company's stock has hit an all-time high. The company revealed 1.55 billion people now use Facebook each month, up from 1.49 billion. And its other services are doing well too -- Whatsapp has 900 million users a month and Instagram has 400 million. "Growth is happening across the board and we're of course looking for a lot of growth in the future in emerging markets," said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, to Reuters. "We're also pretty focussed on helping bring the next set of people who are not online, online." Facebook first broke a billion unique visits on a Monday back in August. That trend has continued and in its quarterly results Facebook said it has been averaging 1.01 billion users a day since September. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg shows off laser system that will be fitted to Facebook's fleet of drones to beam the internet to everyone


The laser system will beam signals to Earth from drones flying at 65,000 feet and acting like mobile phone masts.
Facebook's drones are set to soar at 60,000ft for months at a time Will use laser technology to beam data to earth Have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a car Are being trialled at a secret location in the UK Mark Zuckerberg has shown off the lasers that it hopes could beam the internet from a fleet of giant drones. The firm is building a fleet of drones capable of flying at 65,000ft (19,800 metres) and staying in the air for months. Now the first details of their communication system have emerged.
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ALSO: WHO NEEDS BALLOONS - FACEBOOK's MESSENGER's 'WHATSapp' TO USE DRONES TO CONNECT THE 5 BILLION FB USERS AROUND THE WORLD


After picking up a little known messaging service called WhatsApp for the sum of $19 billion, it seems that Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, may be ready to pull out the old chequebook again, this time to buy a fleet of drones. The latest rumoured acquisition for the big blue social network is that of Titan Aerospace, a US based company who specialises in making solar powered drones that can stay in the air for up to five years without needing to land.
The price being thrown around so far is around $60 million (around R650 million) or just over 0.3% of the price tag associated with the WhatsApp deal. The obvious question that leaps to mind is, what will Zuck & Co. be using the fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for? To provide free internet to the world. (Of course or as we will now be creatively calling it in the office from now on Wi-Fli.) It all forms part of the internet.org initiative which Zuckerberg announced last year that aims to connect the five billion plus individuals around the world who don’t have internet access. In his recent keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Zuckerberg said that he envisions Facebook as becoming the ‘dial tone for the internet’, meaning that anyone around the world should be able to access Facebook and get all of their essential services, news, weather, communication and even search results through it. READ MORE, WATCH VIDEO...

ALSO: TALE OF TWO CHAT APPS - Mark Zuckerberg explains his distinct visions for FACEBOOK's WhatsApp and Messenger


The Messenger.
It might seem redundant for Facebook to own two messaging apps, each with its own massive user base, but the company has no plans to consolidate them. In an earnings call with investors today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg relayed his distinct visions for the company’s pair of chat apps, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. WhatsApp and Messenger are the two largest messaging services in the world, with 700 million and 600 million users, respectively. Though Zuckerberg admits it seemed “a little bit counterintuitive at first” to own both of them, he says people use these apps in very different ways. WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired last year for nearly $22 billion, remains a very “utilitarian” tool, primarily designed to replace text messaging, though it now has voice calling, as well. Messenger is centered around connecting Facebook friends and providing a richer experience, such as the ability to send money over the app. “Messenger is very focused on expression and the whole set of things that fit into the tools around the Messenger platform,” Zuckerberg said. Last month at Facebook’s developer conference, the company opened up Messenger as a platform that third-party developers can build apps for. On the heels of that announcement, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton was clear to note his chat app would not be releasing a similar API, saying the team was “conscientious of the user experience.” READ MORE...


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Obama most liked leader on Facebook; Aquino is No. 10


President Barack Obama speaks in Washington Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Washington. AP Photo

MANILA (AP), FEBRUARY 15, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Business Features Editor, Tina Arceo-Dumlao @inquirerdotnet January 20th, 2016 - DESPITE the bashing he had been getting lately for his veto of the proposed P2,000 pension increase among Social Security System retirees, President Aquino emerged the 10th most “liked” country leader in 2015, with 4.244 million “likes” on his official Facebook account.

According to the World Leaders on Facebook study by leading communications and public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, US President Barack Obama ranked as the most popular world leader with more than 46.414 million likes on his “campaign page,” which was not managed by the White House administration or Obama himself.

The official White House account, on the other hand, was the eighth most liked Facebook page with 5.44 million likes, according to the study by Burson-Marsteller, which operates in 110 countries..

Obama was closely followed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with 31.745 million likes on his personal page, plus another 10.109 million on the official page of the Prime Minister of India.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Third was Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey with 7.991 million.

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INDONEISAN PRESIDENT Joko Widodo is a self-confessed heavy metal fan, listing his favourite bands as Megadeth, Metallica and Napalm Death. ABC.NET.AU

Indonesian President Joko Widodo emerged the highest ranking among Southeast Asian leaders, with 6.014 million likes on his Facebook page.

‘Channel of choice’

Also on the top 10 were Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (5.986 million likes), Queen Rania of Jordan (5.565 million) and Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto with 4.504 million.

Burson-Marsteller said in a statement that over the past eight years, the popular Facebook social media platform had become the “channel of choice” for community engagement with world leaders.

“Many politicians discover social media channels during election campaigns, such as the Barack Obama page, which was set up in late 2007 as an electoral tool for the former senator of Illinois.

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Since then, a Facebook presence (had) become part and parcel of any social media political campaign and one of the best ways to engage with potential voters and citizens,” the report said.

Burson-Marsteller added that according to Facebook’s latest figures, 1.5 billion people had registered an account on the platform, of which 1 billion remained active on the social network every day.

In 2015, the number of users on Facebook topped even the population of China, the most populous country on earth.
512 Facebook pages


PHOTO -Facebook’s logo reflected in a window over the Beijing skyline. If Facebook were a country, its population would rival the single most populous country on Earth, China. That’s one eye-popping takeaway from Facebook’s Q3 earnings report (2014) in which the site announced that its monthly active users cleared 1.35 billion — roughly equal the population of China, and 9 percent larger than that of India. By these numbers, nearly 20 percent of the world’s population logs into Facebook once a month. And if we just look at the world’s Internet users, roughly half of them — every other person with Internet on the planet — use the site actively. WASHINGTON POST FILE; (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images) CIRCA OCTIOBER 2014.

A billion people use Facebook every day,
according to the social network's quarterly results,
up from 968 million in June 2015. FROM WIRED.CO.UK

“Given this global audience, it comes as no surprise that governments and leaders of 87 percent of the 193 United Nations member countries now have a presence on the social network,” Burson-Marsteller said.

The 512 Facebook pages analyzed in the study represented 169 governments and had a combined total of 230.489 million likes.

The Burson-Marsteller study added that about 9 of 10 governments had an official Facebook presence and that 87 heads of state, 82 heads of government and 51 foreign ministers kept personal pages on the platform.

WORLD LEADERS ON FB

Based on data collected in January 2016, the World Leaders on Facebook study—the first installment of the 2016 edition of Burson-Marsteller’s annual Twiplomacy study—found that 169 of 193 UN member states maintained an official Facebook page.

The study also found that official government use of Facebook varies among countries.

“While some pages merely broadcast the daily activity of their leaders, others engage with their citizens, replying to the most salient comments and even allowing a free flow of visitor posts on their respective pages,” the report said.

Private lives

“Much like any other Facebook user, world leaders share their private lives on the platform: Celebrating birthdays, sharing pictures of their children, celebrating their latest offspring or grieving the passing of their parents. And these personal posts are generally the most popular,” the report added.

“This first study about governments’ use of Facebook provides valuable insights about the communications practices of political leaders around the world,” said Donald A. Baer, Worldwide chair and CEO of Burson-Marsteller. “There is a great deal (that) corporations, NGOs and other sectors can learn from the ways governments and their leaders use Facebook. By showing their human side, they are creating a closer relationship with their citizens.”

Added Jeremy Galbraith, CEO of Burson-Marsteller Europe, Middle East and Africa, and global chief strategy officer: “This study illustrates that governments are becoming savvier and more professional in the use of social media. An encouraging finding from this study is that, for governments, it seems that quality trumps quantity in terms of what they post.

“It is also very refreshing to see that successful politicians on Facebook behave just like any other Facebook user, sharing pictures of their home life, holidays and their children,” Galbraith said in a statement.

Most engaged leader

The study said Modi had the most interactive fans, with more than 200 million interactions on his Facebook “community” in 2015 (the total number of post likes, comments and shares), more than five times as many as Obama’s.

However, the White House’s posts, while attracting far fewer likes than Modi, were nevertheless shared more frequently.

Argentina’s new President, Mauricio Macri, was the most engaged world leader and had become the undisputed “Facebook president.” with a double-digit engagement rate relative to the number of page likes of almost 12 percent, the study said.
The Facebook page of the President of the Dominican Republic, meanwhile, was the most prolific, with an average of more than 27 posts per day in 2015.

Almost as prolific were those of the governments of Botswana and the Philippines, each with an average of more than 20 posts per day. By contrast, the official page of the President of the United States only published intermittently, but gathered more than 77,000 interactions per post.

At the other end were the governments of 24 countries that had yet to establish their presence on Facebook, including China, where the social network is banned, and Switzerland, where the former president briefly set up a personal page in 2013 before deactivating it four months later.


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JANUARY 28, 2016 - FACEBOOK’S USER NUMBER IS NOW EQUAL TO 23% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION

If you thought Facebook’s growth had reached it’s plateau phase, think again because the world’s biggest social network is showing no signs of slowing down. Facebook today announced its Q4 results for 2015, boasting some impressive stats that show just how much the service is growing.

Among the highlights is the fact that Facebook’s active monthly user number has now grown by 200 million to 1.59 billion. Its daily user figure grew by 148 million to 1.04 billion.

The number of people accessing Facebook via mobile also saw massive growth in December last year, going up by 21% to 1.44 billion people. That number covers all of Facebook’s associated apps as well as the 2G ‘lite’ version of the site.

This is particularly good news for a company that’s been putting a lot of work into growing its mobile reach. Some of its efforts have been successful (the introduction of Messenger and the acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram), others not so much (Paper).

Total revenue from Q4 2014 to Q4 2015 grew by 52% to over $5.84 billion, while advertising revenue grew by 57% to $5.63 billion. To be more specific, mobile ad revenue increased by a massive 81% to $4.5 billion, and now makes up 80% of total ad revenue.

Overall, Facebook’s revenue last year was up 44% totalling $17.9 billion, and ad revenue was $17.1 billion, up 49% year-on-year.

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The company also revealed the growth stats of its subsidiaries, as well as the social network’s most popular features:

Video: 100 million hours of video are now watched daily on Facebook.

Instagram: 400 million monthly active monthly users as of September 2015.

Messenger: More than 800 million people now use Messenger.

WhatsApp: Ended the year with nearly one billion monthly active users.

Free Basics: Free Basics, under Internet.org, is now available in 33 additional countries and has connected 19 million people.

Facebook Lite: More than 80 million people used Facebook Lite in December.

Plans for 2016 include Facebook’s first test flights of Aquila, the first aircraft designed to beam internet into communities from the sky.
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AS OF NOVEMBER 5, 2015 - A billion people now use Facebook every single day FACEBOOK 05 NOVEMBER 15 by CARA MCGOOGAN


FACEBOOK CEO ZUCKERBERG -Michael Kovac/Getty

A billion people use Facebook every day, according to the social network's quarterly results, up from 968 million in June 2015. The increase comes alongside a spike in advertising revenue, profit and virtually every other measurable metric: as a result the company's stock has hit an all-time high.

The company revealed 1.55 billion people now use Facebook each month, up from 1.49 billion. And its other services are doing well too -- Whatsapp has 900 million users a month and Instagram has 400 million.

"Growth is happening across the board and we're of course looking for a lot of growth in the future in emerging markets," said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, to Reuters. "We're also pretty focussed on helping bring the next set of people who are not online, online."

Facebook first broke a billion unique visits on a Monday back in August. That trend has continued and in its quarterly results Facebook said it has been averaging 1.01 billion users a day since September.

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Facebook has revealed that, for the time time ever, one billion people used the site in a single day . Mark Zuckerberg reveals one in seven people on earth used the social network on Monday (August 24, 2915). Zuckerberg said milestone 'just the beginning of connecting whole world'. Is first time Facebook has managed to attract a billion users in a single day. DAILYMAIL.CO.UK

The number doesn't necessarily mean Facebook's user numbers themselves have grown considerably, just that more people are using it on a daily basis. In 2012 the company announced it had hit a billion active users a month -- so it has grown by roughly 550 million users in the past three years.

But the increase in daily uniques, and in video views -- doubling from 4 billion a day in April to 8 billion -- has helped ad revenue grow 45.4 percent to £2.79 billion. Roughly 78 percent of that revenue is now coming from mobile, Facebook added, compared to 66 percent from mobile last year. In a wider sense Facebook's shift to mobile seems to be paying off, with 1.39 billion of its 1.55 billion users visiting from a mobile device.



"We had a good quarter and got a lot done," said Mark Zuckerberg. "We're focused on innovating and investing for the long term to serve our community and connect the entire world."

One of Facebook's next big tasks is to take its Messenger app and turn it into the focus of a user's daily life, providing relevant updates, data and services like shopping and reservations.

"Our goal is to help everyone around the world connect. It's a pretty broad goal, but we want everything we do to tie back to that," Zuckerberg told WIRED in a statement provided for our recent magazine feature on the app.

"It's a big space. There are lots of different ways that people want to share and communicate. In a lot of countries, as much as 99 per cent of the people online will use SMS or send text messages - with people sending 15-20 messages or more every single day."

That makes Messenger "one of the fastest growing and most important members of our family", he told WIRED.


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Mark Zuckerberg shows off laser system that will be fitted to Facebook's fleet of drones to beam the internet to everyone

Facebook's drones are set to soar at 60,000ft for months at a time

Will use laser technology to beam data to earth

Have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a car

Are being trialled at a secret location in the UK

By MARK PRIGG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 19:24 GMT, 2 July 2015 | UPDATED: 20:35 GMT, 2 July 2015


The laser system will beam signals to Earth from drones flying at 65,000 feet and acting like mobile phone masts.

Mark Zuckerberg has shown off the lasers that it hopes could beam the internet from a fleet of giant drones.

The firm is building a fleet of drones capable of flying at 65,000ft (19,800 metres) and staying in the air for months.

Now the first details of their communication system have emerged.

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The laser system will beam signals to Earth from drones flying at 65,000 feet and acting like mobile phone masts.


The laser system will beam signals to Earth from drones flying at 65,000 feet and acting like mobile phone masts

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Facebook aims to use a mix of solar-powered aircraft and low-orbit satellites to beam signals carrying the internet to hard-to-reach locations. The drones, flying at 65,000ft (19,800 metres), will be capable of staying in the air for months. They are relatively cheap and will be most effective for suburban areas that do not have the cables or infrastructure to carry internet or telephone signals.The drones are effectively mobile phone masts in the sky and bounce smartphone communications between satellites and base stations on Earth.
Low-orbit and geosynchronous satellites, which have orbits that match the Earth’s rotation and are effectively stationary, will cover more remote areas in Africa and Asia. The internet access would be transmitted in the form of free-space optical communication, or FSO, which transmits data using infrared laser beams.

'As part of our Internet.org efforts, we’re working on ways to use drones and satellites to connect the billion people who don't live in range of existing wireless networks,' said Mark Zuckerberg.

'Our Connectivity Lab is developing a laser communications system that can beam data from the sky into communities.
'This will dramatically increase the speed of sending data over long distances.

'Normally you wouldn’t be able to see the actual beams, but for this demonstration we made them visible.

'This is just one connectivity project we’re working on, but I was excited to share this with you.

The firm has already begun flying its giant drones designed to bring internet access to the world, Mark Zuckerberg has previously revealed.

'As part of our effort to connect the world, we've designed unmanned aircraft that can beam internet access down to people from the sky,' he posted on his Facebook page.

'Today, I'm excited to share that we've successfully completed our first test flight of these aircraft in the UK.'

'The final design will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a car.

'It will be powered by solar panels on its wings and it will be able to stay at altitudes of more than 60,000 feet for months at a time.'

'Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10% of the world's population that live in remote communities without existing internet infrastructure.'

At Facebook's f8 conference in San Francisco, the firm's Facebook's chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer revealed the firm thought drones were key to getting connectivity around the world.

'This basically mean going to the sky,' Schroepfer says.

He showed off the Aquila, an Internet-connected unmanned drone with the wingspan of a 737 and the 'mass of a small car.'

'Normally you wouldn’t be able to see the actual beams, but for this demonstration we made them visible,' said Zuckerberg.


Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer

At a summit in New York earlier this year, Facebook's engineering director announced the vehicles will be closer in size to jumbo jets, than traditional drones, and they'll soar at 65,000ft (19,800 metres).


'Normally you wouldn’t be able to see the actual beams, but for this demonstration we made them visible,' said Zuckerberg.

Following the tests, it could then be just three to five years until the super-sized, solar-powered drones are hovering above remote parts of the world to provide internet access.

Zuckerberg revealed the final design will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a car. It will be powered by solar panels on its wings and it will be able to stay at altitudes of more than 60,000 feet for months at a time.

Zuckerberg revealed the final design will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a car. It will be powered by solar panels on its wings and it will be able to stay at altitudes of more than 60,000 feet for months at a time.


Zuckerberg revealed the final design will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a car. It will be powered by solar panels on its wings and it will be able to stay at altitudes of more than 60,000 feet for months at a time.

Yael Maguire, engineering director of Facebook’s Connectivity Lab, told the Social Good Summit that the planes will be ‘roughly the size’ of a Boeing 747, but much lighter than the popular aeroplane, which weighs around 600,000lbs (272,155kg) without passengers or fuel.

Facebook previously said the drones will be 'relatively cheap' - although did not specify a cost - and will be most effective for suburban areas that do not have the cables or infrastructure to carry internet or telephone signals.

The California-based tech giant has joined forces with Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung and other tech firms to develop the planes in an initiative called Internet.org.

Facebook has revealed more details about its plans to provide web access to the world. Drones as large as jets are set to extend the reach of Wi-Fi around the world. They will be powered by the sun and hover some 65,000 feet (19,800 metres) above the ground

Facebook has revealed more details about its plans to provide web access to the world. Drones as large as jets are set to extend the reach of Wi-Fi around the world. They will be powered by the sun and hover some 65,000 feet (19,800 metres) above the ground


Facebook has revealed more details about its plans to provide web access to the world. Drones as large as jets are set to extend the reach of Wi-Fi around the world. They will be powered by the sun and hover some 65,000 feet (19,800 metres) above the ground

Today, around 2.7 billion people have access to the internet, which is just one third of the global population.

The members of the initiative said in a report that connecting the world is 'one of the fundamental challenges of our time' and they plan to do it using a variety of technologies, including drones.

'The final design will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 (pictured) but will weigh less than a car,' said Zuckerberg.

'The final design will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 (pictured) but will weigh less than a car,' said Zuckerberg.


'The final design will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 (pictured) but will weigh less than a car,' said Zuckerberg.

'When people have access to the internet, they can not only connect with their friends, family and communities, but they can also gain access to the tools and information to help find jobs, start businesses, access healthcare, education and financial services and have a greater say in their societies.

'They get to participate in the knowledge economy,' the report said.

A recent study by Deloitte found that the internet is already an important driver of economic growth in many developing countries.


INTERNET.ORG PLAN FOR DRONES TO BRING INTERNET CONNECTIVITY TO THE WHOLE WORLD

Expanding internet access could create another 140 million new jobs, lift 160 million people out of poverty and reduce child mortality by hundreds of thousands of lives.

In terms of how this could be achieved, Mr Maquire has previously explained that Facebook is 'looking at a new type of plane architecture.'

The drones are set to fly at 65,000ft (19,800 metres), because this altitude is a point where winds are at their lowest.

It's also above commercial airliners, and even above the weather, and this means the drones will be able to safely stay in the air for months at a time.

‘These planes are solar-powered and they sit there and circle around, and have the ability to broadcast internet down.’

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in March that the social network’s Connectivity Lab was building ‘drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone'
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Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in March that the social network’s Connectivity Lab was building ‘drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone'


Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in March that the social network’s Connectivity Lab was building ‘drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone'

The large drones will be capable of broadcasting a powerful signal that covers a city-sized area of territory with a medium population density, according to Internet.org.

The large drones will be capable of broadcasting a powerful sThe drones will be tougher and able to fly for longer periods of time than balloons, while also being able to have their location precisely controlled.

In March this year, Facebook acquired British drone maker Ascenta for an estimated £12.5 million ($20.2 million).

The company is run by chief engineer Andrew Cox who has helped set records for the longest flights for unmanned aircraft powered by the sun.


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WHO NEEDS BALLOONS, FACEBOOK's MESSAGING 'WHATSapp' TO USE DRONES TO CONNECT THE 5 BILLION FACEBOOK USERS AROUND THE WORLD

After picking up a little known messaging service called WhatsApp for the sum of $19 billion, it seems that Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, may be ready to pull out the old chequebook again, this time to buy a fleet of drones.

The latest rumoured acquisition for the big blue social network is that of Titan Aerospace, a US based company who specialises in making solar powered drones that can stay in the air for up to five years without needing to land.

The price being thrown around so far is around $60 million (around R650 million) or just over 0.3% of the price tag associated with the WhatsApp deal.

The obvious question that leaps to mind is, what will Zuck & Co. be using the fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for? To provide free internet to the world. (Of course or as we will now be creatively calling it in the office from now on Wi-Fli.)

It all forms part of the internet.org initiative which Zuckerberg announced last year that aims to connect the five billion plus individuals around the world who don’t have internet access.

In his recent keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Zuckerberg said that he envisions Facebook as becoming the ‘dial tone for the internet’, meaning that anyone around the world should be able to access Facebook and get all of their essential services, news, weather, communication and even search results through it.

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If the move towards long-term, sustainable, air-based internet sounds similar to another company then you’d be right. Google has already begun using airships outfitted with internet broadcasting services in the form of the Google Loon project, which has a bunch of giant balloons floating around deploying similarly free interwebs to the masses already.

While altruism is certainly part of the equation for both Google and Facebook, their motives are most certainly based on the fact that users of these free internet services will give them invaluable additions to the larger social graph that forms the basis of their respective advertising models.

 

The group of Mark Zuckerberg — Internet.org — intends to make the Internet an option for the 5 billion people who don't have it. Only about one-third of the world's population ... 2.7 billion – has Internet access. “Everything Facebook has done has been about giving all people around the world the power to connect,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his timeline. “There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy. Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it.” The founding members of Internet.org – which also includes Ericsson, MediaTek and Opera — will develop joint projects, share knowledge, and mobilize industry and governments to bring the world online, according to Zuckerberg. source – USA Today Internet.org was launched in 2013.


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TALE OF TWO CHAT APPS: Mark Zuckerberg explains his distinct visions for WhatsApp and Messenger

The messenger. (Alice Truong/Quartz) WRITTEN BY Alice Truong April 22, 2015

It might seem redundant for Facebook to own two messaging apps, each with its own massive user base, but the company has no plans to consolidate them.

In an earnings call with investors today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg relayed his distinct visions for the company’s pair of chat apps, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

WhatsApp and Messenger are the two largest messaging services in the world, with 700 million and 600 million users, respectively.

Though Zuckerberg admits it seemed “a little bit counterintuitive at first” to own both of them, he says people use these apps in very different ways.

WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired last year for nearly $22 billion, remains a very “utilitarian” tool, primarily designed to replace text messaging, though it now has voice calling, as well.

Messenger is centered around connecting Facebook friends and providing a richer experience, such as the ability to send money over the app.

“Messenger is very focused on expression and the whole set of things that fit into the tools around the Messenger platform,” Zuckerberg said.

Last month at Facebook’s developer conference, the company opened up Messenger as a platform that third-party developers can build apps for.

On the heels of that announcement, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton was clear to note his chat app would not be releasing a similar API, saying the team was “conscientious of the user experience.”

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Facebook’s been public for three years now, but it’s interesting to remember that one of its investors’ major hesitations before the IPO was the company’s lackluster performance in mobile.

Today, it’s hard to think of Facebook as anything but a mobile company, with WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram under its belt.

Though it reported mixed earnings today, hampered by slowing revenue growth and a rise in operating costs (particularly in research and development), mobile continued to be a bright spot for the company. Of Facebook’s 1.44 billion active users each month, 87% accessed the social network from their mobile devices.

Mobile now accounts for 73% of Facebook’s ad revenue.

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