Times of India — MUMBAI: As a debate rages on about the net neutrality and the role of Facebook’s Internet.org platform, the social networking giant’s Indian partner for this programme Reliance Communications (RCom) said it has brought on board one million Indians to experience internet. “We piloted this for six months in seven circles. And in six months, I am happy to share with you, we brought nearly one million people to come on the internet and experience the internet,” Reliance Communications’ consumer business CEO Gurdeep Singh told the company shareholders here.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been praised for his salesmanship in Silicon Valley, for extracting large commitments towards Digital India from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Cisco and Qualcomm. They pledged to partner with the government, and do their bit for rural communities in India.
Jewo City — Following the announcement, Kumar Sundaram wrote on Asia Progressive that Modi and Zuckerberg have come together to “end net neutrality in India“. While Mr Modi said India-US partnership was driven by economic ties, Mr. Obama said: “We also had a chance to talk about trade and investment”, adding that Mr. Modi is hoping that Indian Americans can contribute to India’s growth. The Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer also chose to include the Indian tricolour in his own Facebook profile picture.
Times of India — SAN JOSE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attended a townhall meeting with Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook headquarters. Before the townhall meeting, both PM Modi and Zuckerberg changed their profile pictures on the Facebook. Here are important quotes from PM Modi and Zuckerberg’s townhall event:
Flipkart, Facebook, Nokia’s maps division, Makemytrip.com and several other companies have corroborated complaints that the US internet giant abused its dominant market position, in their response to queries raised by the Competition Commission of India. Based on the responses from 30 businesses spanning search, social networks, e-commerce, travel and content sites, the CCI director general last week filed a report that accuses Google of abusing its dominant position to rig search outcomes, both the actual search result as well as sponsored links.
Times of India — BENGALURU: With 125 million monthly active users in India, the country has become an important market for Facebook. It’s the second largest user community outside the US. Ime Archibong, the strategic partnerships director of Facebook talks to TOI about Facebook’s plans for the startup ecosystem in India through its platform FbStart, which provides free tools and services.
Times of India — SAN FRANCISCO/MUMBAI: Facebook is trying to lure skeptical advertisers in India with features such as free email support for questions about advertising and advice on increasing sales in a bid to boost revenue from its second biggest market. Facebook has 132 million users in India, trailing only the 193 million in the United States, according to the company, and the country is critical for the Menlo Park, California, social network’s global expansion.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Facebook is mustering support of its users in India to defend its platform Internet.org, with just a week left for public comments on a DoT panel’s report, which says free internet services like that of the social network’s violate net neutrality principle. Facebook has started the public campaign to make a case before lawmakers for allowing free internet access platforms like Internet.org.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The government today reiterated its commitment to provide non-discriminatory access to internet for all in the country and stick to the ‘fundamental principles’ of net neutrality. “Government is committed to the fundamental principles and concept of net neutrality and strives for non- discriminatory access to internet for all citizens of the country,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written statement to the Rajya Sabha.
Nation Multimedia — That’s equal to 952,320KB or 952 megabytes that’s taken up in the network by simply looking up someone’s Facebook profile or clicking on a photo. This is how social networking sites – like Facebook and Twitter – are eating up traffic in companies’ networks. According to Steve Chappell, chief operating officer of Wedge Networks, 60 per cent of the traffic in an average company’s network will be Facebook. “It is actually consuming the companies’ networks,” he said at a recent conference among Asia-Pacific service providers held by NetEvents in Singapore.
PRNewswire — TEL AVIV: Following years of serving the Asian markets’ biggest mobile companies, AreaOne now becomes the first Facebook Marketing Partner to open offices in Beijing, China. “As one of the most important markets for AreaOne, opening a branch in China was a natural strategic next step for us,” explains Alon Michaeli, AreaOne CEO.
Vietnam Net — A report released days ago by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup Institute showed that Vietnamese youth do not watch TV for information but instead get updated information through online channels. Facebook is one of the three most popular sources of information. Facebook’s business report shows there are 20 million people using Facebook in Vietnam each day and 30 million a month.
India Times — DELHI: With eye on huge 2G subscriber base, social media giant Facebook today announced the launch of its new lighter version of Android-based mobile app ‘Lite’ in India that will consume much less space and work in all network conditions. The new application occupies less than half megabyte (mb) of space of phone compared to over 34 mb space that its main application occupies.
Facebook is accelerating its moves in Korea, as shown by the announcement of its willingness to make an investment in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the country. According to industry sources on June 7, Facebook Korea has recently been holding various kinds of events and carrying out projects to provide support for local SMEs. So far, most events have been restricted to major areas in Seoul. Starting with the Facebook’s Roadshow for SMEs, the company is planning to tour Daegu, Ulsan, and Busan, and to provide expertise and technical skills for its marketing free of charge.
Mark Zuckerberg’s bid to connect the unconnected via Internet.org is already facing its first major roadblock – not from cellcos, but from internet companies and activist groups who claim Internet.org’s business model violates net neutrality principles and creates a walled garden of content for poor people rather than the “real” internet. The latest flashpoint is India, where Internet.org has partnered with Reliance and Bharti Airtel to offer free internet access to specific apps for free, with the data usage subsidized by apps developers.
Facebook, in collaboration with local partner Telenor, announced today that Internet.org is available for users in Pakistan. The initiative is part of a campaign to make the internet accessible and affordable to the two-thirds of the world that remain offline. Mobile users from Pakistan will now have free access to an array of services, including health, education, finance, news, and jobs. Some of the sites included in the initiative are ESPN Cricinfo, BBC,Accuweather, OLX, and UNICEF Facts for Life.
DELHI| BENGALURU: Google has put on hold plans to provide free data to end users in India by zero rating certain apps, due to recent public backlash against a similar initiative by Facebook and Airtel, two people familiar with the development said. The internet giant, which was in early discussions with telecom operators and applications developers to launch a zero rating platform, has now decided to take a wait and watch approach, they said. “Google has shelved the idea of any kind of zero-rating tie-up because they are very scared of the backlash which came up against (Facebook’s) Internet.org in India,” said one of them.
BENGALURU: Social networking giant Facebook is making an aggressive bid to lure video creators, actors and top artists in India, striking exclusive deals to have first dibs at video content. The company, which is trying to edge out other services as the go-to destination for videos, has already taken the battle to YouTube in other key markets like the US, and India is its new battlefront. The social network has been offering free advertising credits to content creators in exchange for exclusivity, sources said. It asks for 48-72 hour exclusivity before it is uploaded on other platforms like YouTube.
NEW DELHI: Airtel’s Zero Rating platform and the Facebook-Reliance Communications combine’s internet.org plan have been found to be against the spirit of net neutrality by a preliminary inquiry conducted by the telecom ministry. The findings assume significance as they come at a time when a high-level committee of the ministry is finalizing a regulatory set-up for various issues related to net neutrality. Also, the committee will define how telecom operators are to deal with numerous internet websites, or over-the-top (OTT) players, who ride on their network.
KOLKATA: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gained as many as 12 million followers on Facebook in his first year in office, according to data released by the world’s biggest social networking website. With a total of 28 million followers on Facebook, Modi maintains his position as the second most-followed world leader, behind US president Barack Obama, who has 43 million followers. Modi is way ahead of third-placed Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish president, who has 7 million followers. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egyptian president, has 4.5 million and Mexican President Pena Nieto has 4.2 million followers.