Facebook drone deal would be win-win- CNET's Turrentine
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 03:34
Mar. 04 - If in fact Facebook does buy Drone maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million, as media reports say, CNET's Lindsey Turrentine explains how it will create opportunities for Facebook. Bobbi Rebell reports.
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Imagine solar parks around delivering the Internet and face up for all that could be the plant if media reports are right that FaceBook. Isn't talked about a company called titan aerospace for sixty million dollars CNET editor in chief Lindsay turned -- joins me to share her inside so. Welcome first of all. Think you assuming all this talk is true what's good for FaceBook. Well FaceBook has been pursuing this idea of Internet dot org which is an effort to get more people in the world online -- And the idea here is that as phase -- it kind of runs out of connect already connected people to sign up. It can then extend the Internet outside of that the existing connected world to more users and that Pakistan is a good chance to really introduce itself to more people which it desperately needs at this point. So this is not just Philanthropic. It's not I mean it's certainly a win win if more people can get access to the really most important information on the Internet right health information. Basic security information information about housing. Then this really does help them but certainly if FaceBook has a big hand and that and it FaceBook is part of that entire sign up and access process that can only hope -- but you. Spoke with at a -- -- -- difference you Tesla model S with me. What are we know about about the stress how they work. Well we know that they can stay in the air for about five years they they're covered with solar panels that they don't mean much fuel and they're very aerodynamic. So they really can stay aloft for a very long time and they can also though at least the drones that we think. It would be used for this project can carry up to 250 pounds worth of equipment. And that 250 pounds you carry all of these and Internet connectivity equipment. That that FaceBook and Internet dot org would need to get people -- sub saharan Africa. Linked up to the Internet. You that you mention Africa and Google's got a project using solar powered balloons for a similar similar kind of thing. That is a project and how did that comparing an act as a kind of going to be a race story is there room for everyone. You know this is very early it may be a little bit of a race it's been an interesting time right there are five billion people in the world you don't really have reliable Internet access. That that's plenty of people to reach out to. But it it one would think that the first Internet connectivity. A person meets for the first time they're probably gonna stick with for a while. You know -- been working on this for a little while so it'll be interesting to see who covers more ground you know literally and figuratively. First is there a concern out there about for example FaceBook and it -- essentially owning the airwaves. I think that there is a little bit of a concern and you know any time you have. What amounts to. -- an essential piece of a daily life unbiased Pacific company there with concerns about the contents it's channeled through that. You know that service and we have we have a lot let yet to learn have a lot to see what we could just see what happens here. But there is a little bit of a concern there right at FaceBook is that channels for all information coming in from the Internet what is based back. What is -- but actually gonna do with access to information outside the faced with the eco system. He just plots to watch thanks so hot. Think you -- thanks to CNET and it -- I -- not hear about this is writers.
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