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“Drones Beaming Web Access Are in the Stars for Facebook”

drones-master675The New York Times reports on Facebook’s initiative to provide Internet access in under-served regions of the world:

“Taking to the skies to beam Internet access down from solar-powered drones may seem like a stretch for a tech company that sells ads to make money. The business model at Facebook, which has 1.4 billion users, has more in common with NBC than Boeing …

“‘The Amazons, Googles and Facebooks [and Microsofts!] are exploring completely new things that will change the way we live,’ said Ed Lazowska, who holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. ‘There are other companies out there like Hewlett-Packard and IBM, but they aren’t doing the really huge things anymore.'”

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