Those may have been the drones Facebook was looking for, but they now belong to Google. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google will acquire Titan Aerospace, a near-orbital, solar-powered drone manufacturer that the social network was reportedly in talks to acquire last month, with an eye toward using its Solara 60 unmanned aerial vehicles to help provide Internet access to unserved parts of the world, starting with Africa, as part of the Internet.org initiative.
Perhaps Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is just a wee bit excited about the Connectivity Lab, the initiative aimed at using high-altitude long-endurance planes, satellites, and lasers to help connect the rest of the world to the Internet. Zuckerberg followed up Thursday’s announcement on the Internet.org site, as well as his own post on Facebook, with a lengthy post (embedded below) offering a more detailed look at Connectivity Lab.
Facebook’s Connectivity Lab: Drones, Planes, Satellites, Lasers To Further Internet.org Mission Of Bringing Connectivity To The Whole World
Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a drone from Facebook? The social network Thursday announced the formation of the Connectivity Lab, which is made up of experts who previously worked with U.K.-based Ascenta, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Ames Research Center, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
Virtual reality will soon be actual reality at Facebook, as the social network announced its acquisition of immersive virtual reality technology company Oculus VR — maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset — in a deal worth about $2 billion.
Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.
Facebook Head of Global Connectivity Chris Weasler said in an interview with FierceWireless at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, last week that the social network has no plans to build or operate a wireless network of its own.
No, Facebook drones will not be swooping down from the sky to deliver up-close-and-personal pokes, but according to a report by TechCrunch, the social network is in talks to acquire near-orbital, solar-powered drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace for $60 million, with the aim of using the drones to help bring Internet access to parts of the world currently lacking, starting with Africa, as part of its Internet.org initiative.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg dined with about 20 executives from wireless carriers Monday night in Barcelona, Spain, site of the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress, Bloomberg reported, and the conversation at the private dinner may have been guarded, given the wireless industry’s concerns over the threat that the social network’s most recent acquisition, cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, presents to their text-messaging services.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended his company’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp during his keynote at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, and he also pretty much ruled out another run by Facebook at photo-messaging service Snapchat.