Facebook launches Internet.org app in Zambia

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The Internet.org movement now has a mobile presence. Facebook announced Thursday that the Internet.org app is available to those in the landlocked southern African country of Zambia.

Through this app, Airtel customers in Zambia can access these apps:

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Facebook, Internet.org launch Connectivity Lab

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shed some light on the company’s acquisition of drone-maker Titan Aerospace, announcing the launch of Facebook’s Connectivity Lab. This organization will further the efforts of Internet.org, which Facebook started last year in an effort to connect underserved populations to the internet.

The engineering talent behind the Open Compute Project has combined with the team from Ascenta, a U.K.-based company specializing in high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) aircraft. Members of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA’s Ames Research Center and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory have also joined the Connectivity Lab.

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Report: Facebook to acquire Titan Aerospace for $60M

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According to CNBC, Facebook is in the process of acquiring a drone maker.

Facebook is reportedly buying Titan Aerospace, which builds solar atmospheric satellite platforms, for $60 million. This comes just a couple weeks after Facebook purchased mobile SMS-replacement app WhatsApp for $19 billion.

Facebook has not yet responded to an email asking for confirmation.

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Facebook acquires mobile data startup Onavo, branches into Israel

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Mark Zuckerberg’s goal to make the world more open and connected got a bit of a boost when Facebook on Sunday acquired Onavo, a mobile application data startup based in Tel Aviv, Israel and Palo Alto, Calif.

Terms of the deal were not discussed. Facebook will move into Onavo’s Tel Aviv office, becoming the social network’s Israel headquarters. It appears that the Onavo team will be integral in the major goal of Internet.org — providing Internet access to those around the world not connected.

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Examining Facebook’s motivation for translation

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Facebook’s mission has spread far beyond Menlo Park, Calif. Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s CEO and Co-Founder, wants to connect the world. Not only is he a driving force behind Internet.org, the plan to bring Internet access to those in lesser-developed countries, but Facebook has also stepped up its translation services by acquiring startup Mobile Technologies, makers of translation app Jibbigo.

Ofer Shoshan, the CEO of One Hour Translation, applauded Facebook for the move and feels that more major brands on the site should look into translation service as the social network grows internationally.

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Can Facebook bring Internet access to 5 billion more people?

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Mark Zuckerberg wants to add 5 billion more Facebook friends.

Well, not exactly. But he does want to expand the Internet’s reach to 5 billion more residents of this increasingly interconnected planet earth.

In a white paper titled “A Focus on Efficiencyreleased this week under the aegis of Internet.org, a consortium of companies who’ve adopted the same aim of expanding online access, the Facebook founder outlines a plan to expand technology reach and the importance of the Internet as a human right, a way to pull away from a zero-sum resource-based economy and plug into its knowledge-based counterpart.

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