Rise of the Drones
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope — it’s a Facebook drone.
The social media site reportedly wants to use drones to bring Internet connection to the two thirds of the world that still lack connectivity, starting with parts of Africa. The initiative is part of the internet.org project, which Facebook backs.
It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It
Netflix isn’t competing with HBO; it’s competing with everything you could possibly spend time doing. [Quartz]
Facebook has released a white paper with details on how it plans to make Internet.org happen. [GigaOm]
Could Twitter open the door for another series of tech IPOs? No pressure, guys. [DealBook]
DataSift and Tumblr are partnering to serve up customer engagement analytics. Those ad dollars aren’t gonna make themselves. [TechCrunch]
Iran had a few hours of access to social media yesterday, before the government cut off access again. [New York Times]
Last week, Mark Zuckerberg loudly debuted his plan for Internet.org, an amusingly named scheme to get billions more people online by reducing mobile data costs. The response was skepticism, with many assuming it’s an attempt to hoover developing nations up into the Facebook Borg.
Well, FYI, Zuck is pretty mystified why we’d all jump to such a conclusion.