Net Neutrality – Internet Needs Your Help to Remain Open

Net Neutrality

The Internet is the most liberating force in the history of human civilization. It’s transformed us from a patchwork of cities, towns, and villages into an intercommunicating organism; linking us to each other. It is vital that Internet remains a free and open platform to everyone in the world.

Turns out, it is that vitality which is it at stake now. Let me tell you how.

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Facebook at Work

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Show of hand if you use Facebook at work, as well? *raises hand while type on a keyboard* well, we all are guilty of this crime. No matter how much work we have on our tables, we put aside a few minutes (which, in reality, are much more) to check notifications, reply to messages in chat, and generally scrolling down our newsfeeds.
In retrospect, many employers have put up restrictions so the employees don’t waste their times liking their friends’ photos and focus on working instead, which is, of course bad for business for Facebook.

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Facebook Acquires WhatsApp for $16 Billion

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The popular mobile messaging service, WhatsApp, gets acquired by Facebook for a whopping $16 billion. WhatsApp, over the course of past few years, has become the most popular service to send text and voice-based messages over the Internet. The messaging volume of WhatsApp has reached the SMS volume of the entire global telecom industry.

Facebook issued an official post yesterday confirming the acquisition of WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg, in his Facebook post, said

WhatsApp had every option in the world so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting. I’ve also known Jan for a long time, and I know that we both share the vision of making the world more open and connected. I’m particularly happy that Jan has agreed to join the Facebook board and partner with me to shape Facebook’s future as well as WhatsApp’s

This acquisition news created rumors about WhatsApp Messenger getting some sort of advertisement for its service. These rumors were soon abolished by Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO. In an official blog post, Koum wrote

Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.

Furthermore, he added,

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Internet.org – The Next Big Thing?

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Internet is no longer a luxury now. It has become one of the basic necessities of our lives. With 2.7 billion people using the Internet, there are still five billion of us out there who don’t have access to the world wide web. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, along with half dozen of the world’s technology giants including Samsung, Nokia, Qualcomm and Ericsson have agreed to work with Facebook as partners on the initiative they’re calling Internet.org. Continue reading