Facebook aims to get more of world’s people online


NEW YORK — Facebook wants to get more of the world’s 7 billion people online through a partnership with Samsung, Nokia and other large mobile technology companies.

Facebook Inc. announced a partnership called Internet.org on Wednesday. The company says its goal is to “make Internet access available to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected.”

“By reducing the cost and amount of data required for most apps and enabling new business models, Internet.org is focused on enabling the next 4 billion people to come online,” Facebook said in a statement.

The group’s plans include developing cheaper smartphones and using mobile data more efficiently.

Javier Olivan, vice president of growth and analytics at Facebook, said the move continues what the company has already been doing to get more people online. This includes “Facebook For Every Phone,” an app that launched in 2011 to let people with simple, non-smartphones use Facebook.

Recent Stories:

Where to bring the kids–long ziplines, koi ponds, puzzle mansion, mini zoo 5 mins elapsed IS world’s wealthiest terror group 34 mins elapsed Jennifer Laude buried in Olongapo City on UN Day 37 mins elapsed An evening with Italian pianist Christian Leotta at CCP 40 mins elapsed Aquino seeks business sector’s help 42 mins elapsed PH, US want VFA to work, not amend it 46 mins elapsed Stocks close lower 51 mins elapsed BSP approves regulations for investment funds 1 hour elapsed
Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

  • Myth Buster

    Question: What are the eight planets in our Solar System???
    Answer # 1: Mercury, Venus, FACEBOOK, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune!!!

    Answer # 2: Mercury, Venus, GOOGLE, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune!!!

    • TruthHurts

      After Snowden’s affirmation of what we always knew about the NSA and the CIA’s hold on these two Internet highways, we better think twice, especially with their background ambient-noise spying technologies (ambient background noise of a person’s environment to direct targeted advertising to them through technology which could be captured using your mobile phone’s receiver or computer/laptop microphone).

      Two films are closely resembling the reality of it, Enemy of the State and the
      Echelon Conspiracy. Reality is far stranger than fiction, it doesn’t even touch the tip of the iceberg. So, in the next few years, if another scandal explodes about it, I wouldn’t even be surprised in the least.

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94