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Next billion users will come from India: Google, Facebook and others can't afford to ignore them
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Next billion users will come from India: Google, Facebook and others can't afford to ignore them

India is and will remain a “must-present market” on every organisation’s strategic roadmap for the next two decades

Facebook at 15: Things Mark Zuckerberg didn't talk about in his anniversary post
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Facebook at 15: Things Mark Zuckerberg didn't talk about in his anniversary post

As Facebook turns 15, with its huge user base, it has the potential to do a lot of good. It just needs to be reminded of that often.

Facebook has partnered with Airbus to test solar-powered Internet drones again
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Facebook has partnered with Airbus to test solar-powered Internet drones again

Project Aquila was grounded in the middle of last year, with Facebook remaining mum on the subject.

Facebook has launched an Express Wi-Fi Android app in Kenya and Indonesia: Report
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Facebook has launched an Express Wi-Fi Android app in Kenya and Indonesia: Report

Facebook has launched an app of the Express Wi-Fi in two countries, though the Express Wi-Fi network is in five developing countries.

Ravi Shankar Prasad says he denied Facebook permission for Free Basics; bats for non-discriminatory internet access
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Ravi Shankar Prasad says he denied Facebook permission for Free Basics; bats for non-discriminatory internet access

TRAI had issued a regulation in Feb 2016 on discriminatory pricing over Internet access which led to the ban of platforms like Free Basics and Airtel Zero.

Net neutrality: Right to non-discriminatory internet access is not negotiable, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
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Net neutrality: Right to non-discriminatory internet access is not negotiable, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said he had denied permission to Facebook's Free Basics platform when he was handling a portfolio of the communications ministry.

Net Neutrality crossroads: Here's why India’s policy process has important lessons for the US
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Net Neutrality crossroads: Here's why India’s policy process has important lessons for the US

The debate on net neutrality is hence primarily about what kind of Internet can nurture a fair society.

Citizen's right to access internet is non-negotiable and no companies will be allowed to restrict that, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
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Citizen's right to access internet is non-negotiable and no companies will be allowed to restrict that, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Speaking at the Global Conference on Cyberspace Security, he said the government did not allow social networking giant Facebook's Free Basics programme because it offered access to select Internet services

TRAI expected to issue recommendations on net neutrality regulations in a month
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TRAI expected to issue recommendations on net neutrality regulations in a month

The telecom operators and internet content providers have been at loggerheads over the issue of net neutrality.

Centre is planning to reinforce IT law to curb cyber crimes, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
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Centre is planning to reinforce IT law to curb cyber crimes, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said the Centre was mulling "further reinforcement" in the IT law to prevent cyber crimes including, posting and sharing of videos containing sexually abusive material.

Facebook Lite reaches 200 million users worldwide, and it’s a lot better than Free Basics
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Facebook Lite reaches 200 million users worldwide, and it’s a lot better than Free Basics

Even with a narrowed down access point, Facebook Lite presents a fairly neutral picture of the internet at a fraction of the cost.

Like Facebook and Google, China's UCWeb is looking to offer free internet in India
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Like Facebook and Google, China's UCWeb is looking to offer free internet in India

UCWeb, a subsidiary of China’s Alibaba group, is looking to make inroads in India by offering subsidised or even free internet access to Indians.

Facebook tests Express Wi-Fi: Zuckerberg's possible attempt at rebranding Free Basics
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Facebook tests Express Wi-Fi: Zuckerberg's possible attempt at rebranding Free Basics

Facebook is currently testing a new internet infrastructure "Express Wi-Fi" in partnership with BSNL in rural areas to provide 'affordable' internet to people who don't have access to the cheap internet or in some cases, no internet at all.

Facebook tests 'Express Wi-Fi' in rural parts of India
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Facebook tests 'Express Wi-Fi' in rural parts of India

Months after it received flak for allegedly violating net neutrality with Free Basics, social networking giant Facebook is now testing a new model for public Wi-Fi deployments for offering quality internet access in rural parts of the country.

Facebook bids for IPL digital rights; the social network is invading culture, media, news and governance
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Facebook bids for IPL digital rights; the social network is invading culture, media, news and governance

Facebook is getting increasingly active in Celebrity Culture, Mass Media, Sports, Music, News, NGOs, and Governance.

Here are 10 questions that we're itching to ask Mark Zuckerberg
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Here are 10 questions that we're itching to ask Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is set to host his first, live QnA session on, you guessed it, Facebook Live! The session will start at midnight on June 15 and will be open to all

India's GDP to increase by $1 tn by 2020 if entire population gets online: Report
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India's GDP to increase by $1 tn by 2020 if entire population gets online: Report

Four of five Indians could afford the Internet if data costs fell by 66%, according to a Facebook-commissioned report on Internet access.

Satya Nadella follows a long list of tech leaders travelling to India: We better be benefitting!
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Satya Nadella follows a long list of tech leaders travelling to India: We better be benefitting!

When Modi met key leaders – Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella, Tim Cook, and a host of others – the agenda was clear. To communicate that India is a land of opportunities, growth and ease of doing business.

TRAI mulls free internet service within net neutrality framework
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TRAI mulls free internet service within net neutrality framework

Telecom regulator TRAI proposed exploring models to give consumers free Internet service within the Net neutrality framework, months after barring platforms like Facebooks Free Basics and Airtel Zero under its differential pricing rule.

Egypt blocked Facebook Internet service over surveillance
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Egypt blocked Facebook Internet service over surveillance

Egypt blocked Facebook Inc's Free Basics Internet service at the end of last year after the U.S. company refused to give the Egyptian government the ability to spy on users, two people familiar with the matter said.