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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Internet Service by Drone

Posted by on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 6:00 AM

TechCrunch says that Facebook is looking to turn drones into flying ISPs. The plan: "blanket" the world with Internet access, especially the 2/3 of humanity that currently has no Internet. The incentive:

If Facebook can use Titan’s drones to be someone’s first experience on the Internet, they’re likely to get deeply hooked into the social network’s service and eventually become a lucrative lifetime user.

Google, for its part, is going a bit more retro. It wants to use hot air balloons to do the same thing.

 

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Google and Facebook - bringing consumerist garbage (and Slog) to regions of the world that are blissfully free from it.
Posted by floater on March 4, 2014 at 7:59 AM · Report this
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"If Facebook [is] someone’s first experience on the Internet, they’re likely to [...] become a lucrative lifetime user."

You mean like AOL and Prodigy?
Posted by malen on March 4, 2014 at 8:21 AM · Report this
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This would be so cool. I can't wait to live in a world where I can never not be working.
Posted by derpyderpington on March 4, 2014 at 8:22 AM · Report this
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"lucrative lifetime user." Does anyone have any data on how much Facebook actually earns from an 'average' user?

This article:

http://www.abcactionnews.com/money/avera…

Seems to think that Facebook gets about $5/year per user. For some reason, I think that the places of the world that need "Titan" to get internet probably don't even have $5/year in disposable income...
Posted by randoma on March 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM · Report this
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Good use for the Boeing Phantom Eye UAV, which can stay aloft for four days!

http://www.livescience.com/42832-boeing-…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on March 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM · Report this

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