Zambia may seem like an odd choice for the site of an application’s launch, but it makes perfect sense when the developer of that app has a mission statement of connecting the rest of the world. Internet.org – the global partnership formed last August by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung to “connect the next 5 billion people” — announced the launch of its app, starting with Airtel subscribers in Zambia.
Social media management system Sprinklr announced the closing of a $40 million series-D investment round from Iconiq Capital, Intel Capital, and Battery Ventures, adding that the new funds will help speed its entry into the paid social market.
Facebook announced the winners of its 2014 Facebook Studio Awards Tuesday, with top honors, the Blue Award, going to “If We Made It,” a campaign by Droga5 and Heineken USA in support of Newcastle Brown Ale.
Last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of Facebook’s acquisition of mobile application-development platform Parse, and the social network said the number of apps built on the platform has soared by some 250 percent in the past year, to more than 260,000.
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.
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.
Cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook in a $19 billion deal last month, sneaked a unique way to potentially grow its user base into the update to its Android application.
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.
Russia may have topped the medal count for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, held on its home soil, in Sochi, but when it comes to official Olympic sponsors, Visa took top honors, according to a study by social marketing platform Engagor.