NEW YORK: “Disagreeing” with critics of the zero-rating concept, which allows Facebook-led initiative Internet.org to deliver free basic internet services in several countries including India, its founder Mark Zuckerberg today said universal connectivity and net neutrality “can and must” coexist. Zuckerberg’s comments come amid a raging debate that such plans lead to violation of the principle of Net neutrality in India, with partners in his dream initiative Internet.org leaving the portal.
The third version of China’s data center server technology standard project led by China-based Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are set to be announced at the end of 2015 and the project will cover more standards and adopt a modularized design to help reduce China data centers’ server purchasing costs, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. China launched the first version of the project in 2012 and the second in 2014 and the project is rather similar to the Open Compute Project (OCP) that Facebook has been aggressively promoting.
Facebook has partnered up with a second advertiser in Hong Kong in an attempt to expand its ad business in China, which has blocked major Western social networking websites, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily. Facebook made the move to attract Chinese companies onto a platform it claims will boost their sales and reputation. Facebook is targeting Chinese game developers and publishers such as Youzu Interactive in particular, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Facebook woke up the internet industry when it announced that its popular Messenger app, one of the world’s largest chat apps with 600 million active users, will open up to third-party developers. The move emulates the recipe that brought Asian chat apps Line and WeChat into prominence as platform businesses. Announced on the same day (though overshadowed) was the news about Businesses on Messenger, an upcoming feature on the app that allows users to chat with businesses on customer support matters. Singapore startup Zopim, acquired last year by customer support software company Zendesk for US$30 million, will power the feature.
Apple has joined the Facebook-established Open Compute Project in line with its plans to set up new cloud data centers and replace servers used in existing data centers. Some Taiwan-based white-box server makers have obtained orders from Apple and will begin shipments soon, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
After rolling out the service in six countries since 2014, Facebook today announced the availability of the Internet.org app for millions of people in the Philippines. The app provides mobile phone users free access to basic internet services related to education, health, employment, communication, and information and news. This means Filipinos will now be able to browse Wikipedia for information, read the Inquirer for news updates, check the weather using Accuweather, look for jobs on Jobstreet, chat with friends on Facebook and more – without data charges. However, it’s limited to a bunch of curated sites that Facebook has chosen.
Australian law enforcement and government agencies are asking for increasingly more data on Facebook users, the latest figures from the social media giant show. In the six months from July to December last year, Australian government agencies requested 36 percent more data on Facebook user accounts than in the previous six month period. Facebook’s latest twice-yearly government requests report reveals it received 829 requests for user data on 933 accounts from Australia. It handed over the data on 69 percent of requests.
NEW DELHI: Facebook Inc recorded a slight increase in government requests for account data in the second half of 2014, according to its Global Government Requests Report, which includes information about content removal. Requests for account data increased to 35,051 in the second half of 2014 from 34,946 in the first half, with requests from countries such as India rising and those from others including United States and Germany falling, the report by the world’s largest internet social network showed.
More than 100,000 people have been fooled by a fake Qantas Facebook page offering free first-class flights. The like-farming scam promises free first class flights in return for liking and sharing an image of what purports to be a complimentary invitation to the airline’s first class lounge. The post claims the reward is a celebration of the airline’s achievement in seating more than three million passengers since the start of January this year.
NEW DELHI: Only 13% of subscribers in India are using 3G and 4G networks even as high speed mobile data services are being around for over two years, a study by Facebook-led Internet.org said today. According to the report, India stands at the bottom when it comes to mobile data usage. Internet.org aims to brings together a global partnership of tech leaders, nonprofits and local communities to connect two thirds of the world that do not have internet access.
In case you missed it while you were filling your belly with dumplings and your sky with fireworks over the holiday period, China’s tech companies weren’t the only ones getting into the Spring Festival spirit. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who got some attention for speaking Mandarin at a public forum last year, put his language skills on the line again to wish Mandarin speakers of the world a happy Chinese new year. Here’s the video:
We just launched Internet.org in India — giving people in six Indian states access to free basic internet services for health, education, jobs and communication. Over the last year we’ve rolled out Internet.org free basic services to countries with more than 150 million people total across Africa and Latin America. More than 6 million people are already connected to the internet who previously weren’t, and we’ve started hearing incredible stories about how the internet is changing lives and communities.
MUMBAI: Facebook is set to launch internet.org, an initiative to provide internet access to those who don’t have it, in India through a tie-up with Reliance Communications, two people familiar with the development said. The social media giant and India’s fourth largest mobile operator have called a joint press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday for, what the invite says, “one launch that will make a billion dreams take off”.
MUMBAI: Facebook Inc has tied up with India’s Reliance Communications Ltd to offer free access to a handful of online services in India, broadening its campaign to boost Internet use in the developing world. India, the world’s second-biggest mobile market, will become the first country in Asia to get the new Internet.org app, which targets mobile phone users.
Optimistic about software defined network (SDN) development, Facebook is planning to shift its network switch orders from existing brand partners to Taiwan’s white-box suppliers in 2015 and both Quanta Computer and Wiwynn, a white-box server subsidiary of Wistron, are already preparing aggressively to strive for related orders.
Facebook has an office in Taiwan mainly for educating local enterprises on how to use Facebook to attain commercial goals and training local Facebook advertising agents, according to Asia Pacific regional vice president Dan Neary for Facebook. For these purposes, Facebook plans to hold various workshops, hackathons and roadshows, targeted specifically at advertising and media agencies, small- to medium-size businesses, brand vendors and application developers, Facebook said.
Facebook shows no signs of slowing down in Asia Pacific. The social network’s 4th quarter earnings release shows that its expansion in the region continues to outpace Europe, US/Canada, and the nebulously titled, “rest of world.” Adding an additional 23 million monthly active users (MAU), Facebook now has 449 million MAUs in Asia, a 51 percent increase from the same period two years ago.
Facebook awarded Air China for its strategic use of the social networking site, despite it being blocked in mainland China. The state-owned carrier had been aggressively using Facebook as a tool for marketing. It uses the networking site to link its booking engine, promote giveaways, and even to share recipes. Facebook praised the airline for its innovative use of the social media platform, amid China’s ban on the site since 2009.
WeChat is testing out adverts, according to numerous screenshots floating around the web today. The adverts are in the WeChat Moments section of the app, which is a bit like the Facebook timeline. The first ever ad inside WeChat Moments seems to be a test by Tencent itself. It shows a Moments post by WeChat’s own official account showing up labelled as a “promoted” post in random people’s timelines.
WASHINGTON: Sharing and discussing news content on social media sites such as Facebook can drive greater involvement with news and information, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found. People who share news on social media sites may connect more with that information – and stay connected longer – than people who casually read the news, researchers found.