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.
NEW DELHI: Facebook’s billionaire co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is pulling all stops to swing opinion in India in favour of Internet.org, even as he explores alternatives to subsidize access to certain internet services including Facebook. Zuckerberg in recent weeks initiated dialogues with key people in India’s startup and technology world to convince them of the virtue of Internet.org, a partnership stitched by the social networking giant that allows certain services including Facebook to be provided free of data charge to users.
NEW DELHI: In another bid to promote its Internet.org platform in India, social networking titan Facebook is running a campaign – on users’ timelines. The new campaign, started earlier this week, aims to make the social network’s users believe that the Internet.org platform is actually ‘free internet.’ However, Internet.org has been widely panned as being against the principles of net neutrality as it allows users to access only websites that have signed up for the platform, while blocking access to those that did not join the Facebook initiative.
Nothing quite unites mankind like natural disasters. Be it nations or corporations. Much like the Japan Earthquake and more recently the Uttrakhand floods, technology companies have once again stepped up to assist relief and rescue efforts in Nepal after it was shattered by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. From the biggies like Google and Facebook to new-age internet companies like Viber and Uber, tech firms have come up with a host of initiatives to find missing people and get in touch with them. Thumbs up to tech with a conscience, we say!
NEW DELHI: National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), a body under the IT Ministry, today said it strongly supports Net Neutrality and any move by telecom operators to selectively bundle the services will go against the basic concept of internet. NIXI coordinates with internet service providers on issues related to IP or computer addresses. “National Internet Exchange of India as the neutral exchange in the country, strongly supports Neutrality of the internet which is the only way forward to make the Internet open, free and innovative. “Any move by Telcos to bundle application or content selectively will hamper the very basic concept of internet,” NIXI said in a statement.
NEW DELHI: At a time when Nepal and parts of India have been convulsed by a devastating earthquake, modern web technology is turning out to be a boon as distressed family members are able to locate their loved ones. Social networking website Facebook, and Google’s Person Finder have helped locate the whereabouts of those stranded in quake-hit areas. For instance, members of one Himmatramka family residing in Birgunj in Nepal marked themselves safe on Facebook. “Our relatives back in India were worried about our safety. So, we marked ourselves safe to inform them,” said Nitesh Himmatramka.
BENGALURU: Social media site Facebook has started a ‘Safety Check’ feature for users stranded in Nepal or any of the other affected zones, following a massive earthquake near Kathmandu that rocked the subcontinent on Saturday, the site’s billionaire chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said. In a post on Facebook on Sunday, Zuckerberg said the feature is a simple and quick way to reach out to worried family and friends.
Internet.org, the app initiated by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg that allows people to access certain online content for free, launched in Indonesia just a few days ago in partnership with Indosat. So far it seems as if Internet.org has had a smooth start in Indonesia, and is not struggling with the huge backlash it’s getting in India. In India, some media outlets and internet firms that had initially been part of the Internet.org initiative decided to step out due to concerns about violating net neutrality with the app’s limited, curated selection of accessible sites.
Facebook’s newest earnings report for the first quarter of 2015 reveals plenty of good news in terms of its growing user base in Asia, but the picture is not so pretty if you scroll down to the part about Facebook making money from its users. The big picture is that Facebook is losing the battle to get its users across Asia to pay for things online. While Facebook’s revenue from Asia is growing, the vast majority of that is from advertising.
Facebook’s newest earnings report, for Q1 2015, comes at a time when Mark Zuckerberg’s company is able to boast some ginormous milestone numbers. Indeed, that’s what Zuckerberg did on his Facebook this morning. In Asia, the headline number is that Facebook has now grown to 471 million monthly active users (MAUs) in Q1 2015, up from 390 million MAUs the same period the year earlier. That’s out of a global total of 1.44 billion MAUs in the newest figures.
NEW DELHI: Facebook’s free internet initiative Internet.org has been officially launched in Indonesia, marking the programme’s second largest launch in Asia till date. On his Facebook page, CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted, “After today, everyone in Indonesia will have the opportunity to share in the benefits of the internet and access free services in areas like jobs, health, education and communication on the Indosat network.”
On April 17, through a Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg declared to the world that Facebook’s Internet.org app is now available in Indonesia, in collaboration with mobile phone carrier Indosat. Internet.org is an app which offers a suite of useful services – including Facebook – to users without charging for data transfer. In India, the app has caused some controversy. A number of members of India’s startup community, including investors and founders, came out against the initiative.