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Facebook Launches 'Discover,' A Secure Proxy to Browse the Internet for Free

Facebook Launches 'Discover,' A Secure Proxy to Browse the Internet for Free

May 06, 2020Ravie Lakshmanan
More than six years after Facebook launched its ambitious Free Basics program to bring the Internet to the masses, the social network is back at it again with a new zero-rating initiative called Discover . The service, available as a mobile web and Android app, allows users to browse the Internet using free daily data caps. Facebook Discover is currently being tested in Peru in partnership with local telecom companies such as Bitel, Claro, Entel, and Movistar. Unlike the regular rich-content browsing, Facebook's latest connectivity project only provides low-bandwidth text-only based browsing, meaning other forms of data-intensive content such as audio and video are not supported. Another key differentiator is that it treats all websites equally, whereas users of Free Basics are limited to a handful of sites that are submitted by developers and meet technical criteria set by Facebook. The move, ultimately, drew criticism for violating principles of net neutrality ,
Breaking — India Bans Facebook's Free Basics Service

Breaking — India Bans Facebook's Free Basics Service

February 08, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Facebook's Free Basics Internet service has been Blocked in India. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has banned mobile carriers and broadband providers to charge customers based on what services or content they access over the Internet. Under Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016, "no service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content." With this, Facebook's Free Basics is dead in India. All Zero-Rated Internet Services are BLOCKED!  It is not just Facebook's Free Basics Internet program that has been blocked inside the country, but also the zero-rated internet services altogether. Zero-rated internet services means those services that allow people access to some websites and web services without utilizing any of their mobile data allowance. Under the new regulation, no such services are now allowed. Free Basics (previously known by Int
India temporarily Bans Facebook's Free Internet Service

India temporarily Bans Facebook's Free Internet Service

December 24, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Facebook's Free Internet access to India has hit a hurdle: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ( TRAI ) has ordered the mobile carrier to temporary suspend the Facebook's Free Basics Internet program. Facebook's Free Basics is an app that allows users to access certain Internet websites, including Facebook, for free. However, India's independent regulatory body has asked Reliance Communications – the only mobile carrier that provides Free Basics in India – to disable the free internet service temporarily while the regulator investigates whether the service violates net neutrality . Facebook's Free Basics – Free Internet for ALL Facebook introduced Free Basics ( then known as Internet.org ) app to India in February this year, offering people access to more than three dozen Web services for free. Users of Facebook's Free Basics app must have a Reliance mobile network and are limited to a range of portals including Wikipedia, BBC New
THN Weekly RoundUp – 12 Hacking Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

THN Weekly RoundUp – 12 Hacking Stories You Don't Want To Miss This Week

October 12, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Here we are with our weekly roundup, showcasing last week's top cyber security threats and challenges. Just in case you missed any of them (ICYMI), THN Weekly Round-Up helps you provide all important stories of last week in one shot. We advise you to read the full story (just click ' Read More ' because there's some valuable advice in it as well). Here's the list: 1. Facebook to Launch Its Own Satellite to Beam Free Internet Facebook has revealed its plans to launch a  $500 Million Satellite  by next year in an effort to provide free or cheap Internet access in the developing countries. The social network giant has teamed up with the French satellite provider  Eutelsat  Communications to  beam free Internet  access to several parts of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. For detailed information on Facebook's Satellite Project –  Read more … 2. Angler Exploit Kit Campaign Generating $30 Million Took Down Researchers took down a large ran
Facebook to Launch Its Own Satellite to Beam Free Internet

Facebook to Launch Its Own Satellite to Beam Free Internet

October 06, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Do you hear the same as me? Is Facebook planning to Launch Satellite? Yes, it's True. Facebook has revealed its secret plan to launch a $500 Million Satellite by 2016 in order to provide Free or cheap Internet access in the developing nations. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made an announcement that the social network partnered with French satellite provider Eutelsat Communications to beam free Internet to several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Internet-by-Satellite The plan is part of Facebook's Internet.org project that has been criticized for net neutrality issues in some countries, particularly India, where businesses believes that the plans could give Facebook and its partners unfair benefits in developing Internet markets. Facebook has been exploring ways to provide the Internet to hard-to-reach places and this latest initiative to use Satellite technology for providing affordable Internet is part of the Facebook initiative to connect the
WhatsApp, Viber and Skype Internet Calls may No Longer be FREE in India

WhatsApp, Viber and Skype Internet Calls may No Longer be FREE in India

July 18, 2015Swati Khandelwal
We all are aware of Net Neutrality and the recent controversies over it in India. Net Neutrality is simply the Internet Freedom — Free, Fast and Open Internet for all.  India has been battling for Net Neutrality since zero-rating services such as Facebook's Internet.org and Airtel Zero were announced. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has now released a much-awaited report [ PDF ] on the Net Neutrality issue, recommending the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to regulate the voice calls conducted by the Internet users of over-the-top (OTT) services. Over 100 pages-long report details the DoT's understanding of Net Neutrality Principles, which has been criticized by consumer groups because it could End Free domestic voice calls offered by apps like WhatsApp and Skype. The Report says, "the core principles of net neutrality must be adhered to," and user rights on the Internet need to be protected, so that the Telecom Service Provid
These Laser Beams Will Offer Free Internet to the World from the Sky

These Laser Beams Will Offer Free Internet to the World from the Sky

July 02, 2015Mohit Kumar
During a wide-ranging online question-and-answer session on his Facebook page Tuesday, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg predicted some wild things for Future. It includes: Telepathy Technology , the ability for humans to talk to each other with their minds. Laser Beams , used to transmit data from the sky to Earth. Growth of Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality . Today, Mark Zuckerberg has posted a couple of demonstration pictures from its Connectivity Lab. To help connect people around the world, Facebook's Internet.org initiative is testing a method for delivering the Internet via Lasers. Laser Beam Technology - Future of The Internet  According to Mark, the Connectivity Lab has developed a laser beam technology (as shown) that has the ability to transmit data from the sky into communities. He has plans to equip drones and satellites with lasers to allow those laser-equipped devices to beam down Internet signals anywhere in the w
Facebook Opens Free Internet to Developers, But won't Support HTTPS Encryption

Facebook Opens Free Internet to Developers, But won't Support HTTPS Encryption

May 05, 2015Swati Khandelwal
After facing much criticism for violation of Net Neutrality, Facebook has opened up its new Internet.org platform to developers for creating their apps and services in India and other countries. Facebook's Internet.org aims at offering free Internet access to " the next 5 billion " impoverished people around the world who currently don't have it. This current move now would potentially allow any website to be accessed for free via the Internet.org service, but only in the case, if the website ditches the encrypted communications (HTTPS), JavaScript, and other important things. Internet for All: Facebook offers free mobile Internet access to people in India , Zambia , Colombia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Philippines and Indonesia . However, in order to access the free Internet, users must have special Android apps, Internet.org's website, the Opera Mini web browser or Facebook's Android app. Until now, the Internet.org scheme had been
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