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.
Former Facebook Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions, U.S. Tom Arrix, who left the social network last July, will help advise one of its Strategic Preferred Marketing Developers, as he was named to the board at Ampush.
Facebook joined mobile carriers association GSMA last November, and Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will team up with technology journalist and writer David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, for a keynote session Monday, Feb. 24, at the 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Facebook reminded application developers that the end of the holiday season does not mean their efforts to attract more users must end, as well, and the social network also offered tips on successful engagement strategies for mobile apps.