Reaching the Rest: Facebook and Internet.org Plan to Connect the Unconnected World

By Matthew Lang Sottile, May 12, 2015.

Reaching the Rest: Facebook and Internet.org Plan to Connect the Unconnected World

Is connectivity a human right?

That question, posed by Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was the title of the 10-page letter that coincided with the announcement of Internet.org in August of 2013. Positioned as a “Facebook-led initiative,” the project partnered smartphone industry leaders like Samsung, Nokia, and Qualcomm with the social media giant in an attempt to bring internet access to the places of the world that don’t yet have it.

HBO Now Won’t Be a Cord Cutter’s Dream

By Matthew Lang Sottile, April 25, 2015.

HBO Now Won’t Be a Cord Cutter’s Dream

New details reveal that the new HBO streaming service won’t be sold directly to customers.

Before HBO CEO Richard Plepler joined the stage at Apple’s “Spring Ahead” Event early this month, the conversation on people’s minds was all about the Apple Watch. It came as a surprise to nearly everyone when right off the bat, Apple CEO Tim Cook came on stage and started talking about the Apple TV and the new standalone streaming service that will be available on it.

HBO Now will eschew the business model that HBO has used exclusively up to this point, where customers needed to purchase a cable/satellite television package from their provider and could only opt to add HBO service on as an extra.

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