In its quest to get the whole world online, Facebook's Internet.org project has included partnerships with companies like Samsung and Nokia, as well as with NASA. Now it seems that rumors about Mark Zuckerberg's drone dreams are true, and the social network giant is planning on internet-delivering drones, satellites, and even lasers. Here's our first look at how that might take shape. "Today, we're sharing some details of the work Facebook's Connectivity Lab is doing to build drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone," Zuckerberg posted earlier, along with an animation of what it might look like to sail on one of those Facebook-enabling drones through the sky. Advertisement Imagine what that would be like, the video asks—in a slightly creepy way!—when we all have the internet: "What happens when the rest of us get access? It doesn't get twice as good, it gets a bazillion times as good. Imagine for the first time, humanity firing on all … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Drone-and-Laser Plan to Give Internet to Everyone
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Thursday’s Falcon 9 explosion prompted headaches for two very powerful people. The first was Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder, whose company’s future is now in question. The second was Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg, you see, had some very important cargo aboard the ill-fated Falcon 9: the Amos 6, an Israeli-built satellite that was supposed to help bring internet connectivity to Africa. It was part of an over-publicized master plan to connect everybody in the world and, more specifically, those in regions where the web isn’t easily accessed. Zuck wants everybody to have internet access—which is another way of saying that the 32-year-old hoodie enthusiast wants everybody on Earth to be on Facebook. Advertisement But yesterday, around 9am, that possibility literally exploded in Zuckerberg’s face. In some ways, it’s difficult not to see the SpaceX explosion that destroyed the Amos 6 as a sign from above that maybe, just maybe, this … [Read more...] about Is Facebook’s Free Internet Plan Totally Doomed?
In recent months, Facebook has been secretly meeting with White House officials and wireless carriers about launching its controversial Free Basics program in the United States. The idea of this actually happening isn’t just bad. It’s terrifying. News of these meetings comes from a Washington Post report that cites unnamed sources who say that Facebook is trying to finagle a way to move forward with its plan without pissing off regulators. This seems understandable, since the Federal Communications Commission has already started investigating what it can do about zero-rating programs like Free Basics. “Zero-rating” essentially amounts to a net neutrality nightmare. The tactic allows some internet companies to avoid data caps by playing nice with wireless carriers and offering basic services for free. Advertisement As we’ve explained in the past, Facebook’s Free Basics program creates a walled off internet for poor people. Except it doesn’t … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Sneaky Plan to Rule Over America’s Internet Is Scary as Hell
Sometimes in this world, you want to make someone as wildly uncomfortable as humanly possible. That’s why Facebook’s here. It’s a fact many of us have been neglecting in recent months, what with our Twittter and our Instagrams and our Yik Yaks—we’ve been forgetting about the world of mischief potential within the walls of Zuck’s blue and white kingdom. But Facebook is a gift. A sentimental, Buzzfeed- and baby-filled, creepy goddamn gift. And it’s about time we started making use of it. Advertisement Now, some of you may be asking, why would you actively want to make someone uncomfortable? And the answer is: Because you’re not dead inside. It’s the same reason people jump out of planes and try meth—it’s invigorating and dangerous and a wildly dumb thing to do. But it makes you feel alive. Let me help you help yourself put other people in emotional distress. You’ll be happy you did. (Maybe.) Post your face with … [Read more...] about The Creepiest Things You Can Do on Facebook
In either a selfless bid to change the world or an unsurprising play to get another billion users on Facebook, good ol' Zuckerberg has announced a new initiative called Internet.org that teams up Facebook with Samsung, Nokia, Qualcomm and Ericsson to somehow make the Internet available to the entire world. There aren't any balloons involved like Google's Project Loon, just good old fashioned do goodery like simplifying apps, cutting cost of data and general Internetting efficiency. Advertisement Internet.org is really a combination of little goals from a lot of companies rather than rocket launching Wi-Fi balloons in the air. For example, Facebook is talking about reducing the amount of data the Facebook app needs per day from 12mb to 1mb and Qualcomm is figuring out designs to extend battery life and building out better Wi-Fi networks. Basically, it's a theoretical if we all do better, we can do better and we can help more people (and get more Facebook users) type of thing. Or at … [Read more...] about Surprise! Facebook Wants to Get the Entire World on the Internet