Facebook aims to get more of world’s people online

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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.

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  • 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.

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