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When Democracy Falls From The Sky Thanks To Google And Facebook

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The Internet is the ideal channel through which to publish and circulate photos and videos of atrocities, and it is a place where citizens can organize to better resist and overthrow their oppressors — that is, provided they can gain access to the Internet. Enter Facebook and Google, which are working independently on two similar projects to enable free, uncensored Internet access from the sky.

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REPORTS: Facebook To Remove Messaging From Flagship Mobile Apps, Require Use Of Messenger

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Last December, Facebook began prompting users of its flagship iOS application to download its Facebook Messenger app, and the social network also began prompting mobile users to encourage their friends who had not yet downloaded Messenger to do so. Soon, according to reports by TechCrunch and The Verge, Facebook mobile users who wish to chat will not have a choice, as messages will no longer be available in its iOS and Android flagship apps.

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REPORT: Facebook In Secret Talks With Secret

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Anonymity is becoming more accepted at Facebook. The social network has defended its policy of requiring users to use their real names over the years, but Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a January interview with Bloomberg Businessweek that real names will not be required to access the separate mobile applications the company plans to roll out. And now Re/code reports that the social network is in talks with social app Secret.

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Facebook Annual Meeting Set For May 22

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Facebook’s 2014 annual meeting will be held Thursday, May 22, at 11 a.m. PT, at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, Calif., and shareholders will vote on the company’s board of directors, as well as on ratifying the appointment of Ernst & Young as Facebook’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, and on five other stockholder proposals, the social network revealed in a Schedule 14A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Mark Zuckerberg Goes Into Detail On Facebook Connectivity Lab, Internet.org

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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.

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