China’s firewall cracks: Facebook allowed in free-trade zone of Shanghai

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Monday night, Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted the above photo to his timeline, showing a map of Facebook friend connections around the world. One commenter pointed out that China looks quite dark.

That may change soon. According to the South China Morning Post, Beijing is lifting the Internet firewall that has prevented residents from legally accessing Facebook and Twitter — but only within the free-trade zone of Shanghai. This decision will also allow residents to view the website of The New York Times.

Previously, such websites were deemed too politically sensitive and have been banned since 2009, but now it appears that Facebook has a foothold into China — and its 1.35 billion residents (roughly 590 million of whom are online). A Facebook representative confirmed to Inside Facebook that the company is aware of this news, but declined to comment further.

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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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Examining Facebook’s long-term goals for Internet.org

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One-third of the world’s population has access to the Internet and two-thirds of the world does not. That’s about 5 billion people on Earth who are without Internet access. Facebook and its partners are planning to change that with Internet.org.

It is a lofty goal, and one that seems to make a ton of sense. You’ve heard the spiel. Today, the global economy functions in a huge way on the web. Online business, trade, sales, communication and marketing efforts take up a gigantic portion of large and small business models alike. Experts agree; the importance of the Internet in business is only going to grow in the coming years.

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook still believe in Home

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Although many consumers have branded Facebook Home (the social network’s Android platform) a flop, the program still has a very important fan — CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg told a packed crowd at TechCrunch Disrupt Wednesday that Facebook is still fully supportive of Home, and teased that Instagram and other social content will be coming to the cover feed soon.

Facebook made a big push with Home in April, but many users who downloaded Home were frustrated and unsure of what exactly it was. Many people complained through Google Play reviews that Home was taking over their phone, quickly deleting it.

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Mark Zuckerberg reflects on IPO, culture of Facebook at TechCrunch Disrupt

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks with TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt. Photo by Courtney Rundles.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks with TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt. Photo by Courtney Rundles.

In a wide-ranging interview with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington Wednesday at Disrupt in San Francisco, Facebook CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg talked about how going public made the company stronger, how Facebook is still focused on Home, and criticized the U.S. government for its handling of the National Security Agency leaks.

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Mark Zuckerberg on Internet.org: Connectivity key to socio-economic balance

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Mark Zuckerberg is out to change the world through building an infrastructure that will open connectivity to everyone.

In a wide-ranging interview with Wired, the Facebook co-founder and CEO says that the goal is possible to meet in as few as 3 to 5 years, if governments, businesses and other stakeholders work together on the initiative dubbed Internet.org. It would be a mistake to rely solely on altruism or one entity to meet the goal, he says.

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Mark Zuckerberg to speak at TechCrunch Disrupt Sept. 11

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Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take the stage once again at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, Sept. 11. Zuckerberg spoke at last year’s Disrupt event about mobile, the company’s initial public offering, and its efforts in search.

Much has happened since then, as Facebook launched Graph Search and Facebook Home, as well as several other mobile improvements.

Zuckerberg will speak at 2:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, the final day of Disrupt. While there’s no sign of exactly what he’ll discuss, between Facebook’s mobile efforts and Internet.org, there will be several potential topics.

3 simple business steps to prepare for the 5 billion additional mobile phone Facebook users thundering your way

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They’re coming. All 5 billion of them. Are you ready? Facebook and six other companies — Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung — just announced that they are looking to connect 5 billion more mobile-phone users to the Internet.

Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s new endeavor is hosted at Internet.org, where he states:

Today, the Internet isn’t accessible for two-thirds of the world. Imagine a world where it connects us all.

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Facebook joins Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm, others, to form Internet.org

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One of Facebook CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s frequent mantras is that he wants to make the world become more open and connected. He took a giant leap toward this goal Wednesday by helping form Internet.org — a partnership between Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung, aimed at bringing Internet access to 5 billion people.

Zuckerberg posted about his newest venture on his Facebook page:

For nine years, we’ve been on a mission to connect the world. We now connect more than 1 billion people, but to connect the next 5 billion we must solve a much bigger problem: the vast majority of people don’t have access to the internet.

I’m focused on this because I think it’s one of the greatest challenges of our generation. I’ve attached a rough plan I’ve written outlining the work Facebook is doing to solve this and how our industry can work together to connect the next 5 billion people.

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Facebook SEC filings: Board of directors chosen, execs offload stock

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Facebook has officially decided its eight members of the company’s board of directors, a vote that was taken earlier this week at the company’s inaugural shareholders meeting. It has been a busy week for Facebook executives, some of whom also sold stock this week.

Facebook confirmed, in a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the company’s board of directors:

  • Mark Andreessen
  • Erskine Bowles
  • Susan Desmond-Hellmann
  • Donald Graham
  • Reed Hastings
  • Sheryl Sandberg
  • Peter Thiel
  • Mark Zuckerberg

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