Mobile World Live — Facebook is holding talks with a number of ISPs in India to expand its Express Wi-Fi programme, after trials in rural areas in partnership with BSNL. Express Wi-Fi, aimed at making broadband in rural areas more affordable, rolled out 125 rural public Wi-Fi hotspots with the state-run operator as part of a pilot project, the Economic Times reported.
FT — Banks in Singapore are collaborating on a new service that would allow customers to make payments using Facebook IDs or Twitter username. The system will allow electronic transfers between account holders who have registered their social media identities with their banks, allowing users to make payments by selecting the payee’s Facebook ID instead of typing in an account number and sort code.
Hindustan Times — Facebook, Microsoft and Google have agreed to work with Bangladesh government over “inappropriate contents” on the Internet, the Parliament was told today amidst a series of brutal killings by Islamists of secular bloggers and minorities.
Channel News Asia — SINGAPORE: The police are investigating a case of online threat by a Facebook user after he left a comment on a Facebook Group, “We are against Pinkdot in Singapore” on Jun 4. The group says it “serves as a public policy discussion platform on the Pinkdot movement in Singapore”, and “stands against the normalisation of homosexuality within Singaporean society”.
The Guardian — Indian police have asked YouTube and Facebook to block a video that mocks cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, sparking the country’s latest row over freedom of expression. Comedian Tanmay Bhat posted the clip, which also lampooned famous Indian movie singer Lata Mangeshkar, on Snapchat and Facebook on Thursday, angering rightwing politicians in Mumbai who complained to police.
Mobile World Live — Myanmar’s largest operator MPT has launched Free Basics and Facebook Flex to give subscribers free access to basic information and resources on the the internet. The operator said Free Basics offers access to more than 35 sites dedicated to health, education, jobs and finance. Facebook Flex has two modes – free mode and data mode. Free mode allows people to post, comment and chat for free, however, they can’t view images and videos.
Straits Times — On Thursday (May 26), Microsoft and Facebook announced that they will be building a high-speed Internet sub-sea cable that will connect the United States and southern Europe across the Atlantic, in order to meet growing demands for faster and more reliable services. Microsoft’s cloud services such as Skype, Xbox Live, Office 365, search engine Bing and its cloud computing platform Azure will benefit from the construction of this cable.
Business Review Europe — Microsoft and Facebook have announced an agreement to build a new, state-of-the-art subsea cable across the Atlantic, connecting America to Spain. The new “MAREA” cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers.
China Post — SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft and Facebook on Thursday announced they will work together to lay a high-speed internet cable across the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. A new, sub-sea “MAREA” cable was expected to be completed by late 2017, with the aim of meeting growing demand by the tech companies’ customers for fast, reliable data connections.
Times of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has joined other tech giants working to deliver the internet in remote parts of the world, although it’s taking a smaller-scale approach than some of its rivals. Google and Facebook are pursuing expensive, ambitious efforts to extend Internet access through networks of satellites, drones and high-altitude balloons.
Tech in Asia —- Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin has closed US$143 million in funding for his venture capital firm B Capital, according to US regulatory filings. It’s targeting a fund size of US$250 million. What’s unique about this fund though is its global focus, especially on Asia. B Capital founder Raj Ganguly explained the opportunities in Asia, and further said that the continent faces a funding gap:
The Verge — Facebook and Microsoft announced a partnership today to lay the highest-capacity subsea internet cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean, starting with hubs connecting Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain. The cable, called “MAREA” after the Spanish word for “tide,” will be capable of 160 terabits per second of bandwidth and will stretch more than 4,100 miles of ocean in a submarine cable system.
Enterprise Innovation — The presidential election held in the Philippines this week lighted up social media, mainly Twitter and Facebook, as voters and non-voters alike take poll-related conversations online. Facebook said with 22 million people engaged in conversations related to the elections on the social media site, which generated 268 million interactions, makes Filipinos the most engaged Asia-Pacific elections on Facebook to date.
Enterprise Innovation — Facebook reported more government requests for user data and content restrictions pursuant to local law in the second half of 2015. The report posted in the Facebook newsroom by Chris Sonderby, Deputy General Counsel, stated that government requests for account data increased by 13 percent, from 41,214 requests to 46,763.
Tech Crunch — Facebook appears to have been blocked in Vietnam as a part of a government-imposed crackdown on social media, amid public protests over an environmental disaster attributed to toxic discharges from a steel complex built by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics. Dissidents are blaming wastewater from the steel plant for a mass fish death at aquatic farms and in waters off the country’s central provinces.
Facebook blocked in Vietnam over the weekend due to citizen protests
Times of India — Social networking giant Facebook has started boarding companies for ‘Facebook at Work’ in India. ‘Facebook at Work’ is said to be social networking gaint’s Slack competitor. According to the company, “Facebook at Work lets you create a work account that is separate from your personal Facebook account. ”
WARC — KUALA LUMPUR: Facebook is to open an office in Malaysia, as more than 18m Malaysians use the social media platform every month and 6.5m use Instagram, its photo-sharing service. Nicole Tan, the former managing director of ad agency J. Walter Thompson Malaysia, will head a local team that will be looking to connect more Malaysians and businesses with the company’s solutions, New Straits Times reported.
rappler — MANILA, Philippines —Facebook recorded about 22 million Filipino Facebook users actively engaging in conversations about the 2016 Philippine elections with friends and family members. “This has been the number one most engaged elections in Asia-Pacific,” Elizabeth Hernandez, the head of APAC Public Policy at Facebook, told Rappler in an interview on Monday, May 9.
Enterprise Innovation — Facebook this week announced the official opening of its office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, weeks after its launch of its Manila, Philippines office on 20 April last month. According to Facebook, more than 241 million people in Southeast Asia (SEA) access the social media network, with the vast majority (94%) doing so from mobile devices.
IT News — A security researcher has earned a top bug bounty from Facebook after discovering vulnerabilities and a backdoor on a server operated by the social network that led to hundreds of staff passwords being captured by an unknown hacker. Orange Tsai, of Taiwanese security vendor Devco.re, scanned Facebook’s IP address space and found a domain name that piqued his interest.
Tech in Asia — Facebook has opened its first office in the Philippines. Facebook’s vice president for Asia-Pacific Dan Neary announced the move on his Facebook page on Wednesday and during a press conference held in Manila on Thursday. The Philippines is clearly an important market for the social networking giant, he says. He counts around 49 million Filipino Facebook users – equivalent to 91 percent of the population with internet access.
eMarketer — Data documenting Facebook ad performance in Asia-Pacific sheds light into the key markets helping drive the company’s fortunes in the region. According to research from advertising automation firm Nanigans, India and the countries of Southeast Asia delivered some of the strongest results.
SAN FRANSICO: After India said ‘no’ to Free Basics and opted for net neutrality recently, the social networking giant Facebook has unveiled two new initiatives to improve internet services for the rural population in the developing countries, including India.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: More than 46 million people interacted on social networking platform Facebook during this year’s ICC World Twenty 20, which culminated in thrilling victories by both the West Indies men and women’s teams on April 3 in Kolkata.
Tech in Asia — As seems to be his wont from time to time, Mark Zuckerberg has been in the China news again of late, doing things like running around in Beijing’s cancerous air, and meeting with China’s head of propaganda. The goal, as far as anyone can tell, is to try to convince Chinese officials to let Facebook into the country.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: A part of the Vivekananda Road flyover, that was under construction, collapsed on Thursday in Kolkata leaving dozens trapped under the debris. Facebook promptly activated its Safety Check feature following the news of the incident where people can be marked safe by friends on Facebook in the affected area, thus assisting in accounting process.
Times of India — NEW YORK: The social networking giant Facebook apologized on Monday after a bug turned its “safety check” featureinto a breaking news alert for all users after a powerful blast ripped through a public park in Lahore, killing 69 people and injuring over 250. Facebook turns on the “Safety Check” feature to help let friends and family know they are safe in case being trapped after a natural disaster or terror attack.
Channel News Asia — SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook apologised on Sunday for a bug that sent a Safety Check notification to users around the world following a deadly suicide bombing in Pakistan. Facebook users from Honolulu to Brussels and Cairo to Hong Kong were baffled by the notification, a feature that lets users signal to friends that they are safe following an event in their area like a terror attack or natural disaster.
Times of India — BEIJING: Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg met China’s propaganda tsar Liu Yunshan in Beijing on Saturday as part of a charm offensive in one of the few markets where the social network cannot be accessed. The rare meeting, reported by China’s state news agency Xinhua, suggests warming relations between Facebook and the Chinese government, even as Beijing steps up censorship of and control over the internet.