February 2017
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WhatsApp Changes Everything With This New Awesome Feature
WhatsApp Changes Everything With This New Awesome Feature
Nowadays many of us carry powerful smartphones in our pockets each day and not only that, even in few cases those smartphones are more powerful than some older laptops or desktop computers.
However, today we will talk about a concept which is not brand new concept. Yes, we are talking about a concept that we have already seen Microsoft do this with Windows 10, as we are talking about Continuum. As we told that this is the idea that the tech giant Microsoft wants for its ecosystem but that has now been copied by the Chinese Jide, responsible for Remix OS.
It’s called Remix Singularity and it’s a Continuum style from Microsoft, only with Android. Jide, based in Beijing, seems to have finally got an Android smartphone to become much more than a smartphone, given all the hardware it has and the performance it offers.

With the Remix Singularity feature, just you have to plug your smartphone into a monitor/TV to have an authentic PC. Didn’t able to get it, don’t worry, simply watch this video to see that how everything works:-

In smartphone mode, the Chinese company ensures that the user will have available a nearly pure interface that will ensure the best experience. According to the company information, this feature will be available by this summer and will undoubtedly be a strong point of Remix OS.
So, what do you think about this new feature of Remix OS? Simply share your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

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WhatsApp Changes Everything With This New Awesome Feature
WhatsApp Changes Everything With This New Awesome Feature
In recent times, the instant messaging app WhatsApp is already rolling out lots of new features. Recently we have seen WhatsApp launched video call feature for users on Android. It also rolled out two-factor authentication for all like for Android, iOS, and Windows users as well.
So, it is clear that the instant messaging app WhatsApp continues to reinvent itself and bring users new features. Recently it was also revealed that it would indicate in real time the location of users in conversation groups which we forgot to mention that and now it will get a Snapchat like Stories feature in iOS.
WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging services celebrates eight years of existence. As a gift to all users, WhatsApp now provides the renewed “Status” functionality.

With this new feature (which had previously appeared on the Internet), users can now use photos and videos as status update elements just like the Instagram Stories.
Eight years ago, in February 2009, when WhatsApp began to be developed, a feature was created that allowed users to tell their contacts what their status was at that moment. The first version of this functionality was shown in the next image.

WhatsApp Changes Everything With This New Awesome Feature
WhatsApp Changes Everything With This New Awesome Feature
Now, after the eight significant years, WhatsApp is back to innovating and, from now on, is offering renewed status functionality. With this new feature, it is possible to share images and videos with your contacts simply and safely. According to the WhatsApp blog post, even the status updates will remain end-to-end encrypted.

WhatsApp Changes Everything With This New Awesome Feature
WhatsApp Changes Everything With This New Awesome Feature
The WhatsApp service to celebrate eight years on the 24th of February. See if you already have the update available for this app.

So, what do you think about this new feature? Simply share your views and thoughts in the comment section below.

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Samsung will exhibit four new augmented and virtual reality projects out of the C-Lab program at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. C-Lab or Creative Lab is the chaebol's in-house initiative that gives employees time off to work on their most innovative ideas. For instance, the first of the four exhibits is Relúmĭno -- a visual aid app for the Gear VR that can help visually impaired people watch TV and read again "with new levels of clarity." The app does that by enhancing visuals, repositioning images to get rid of blind spots and correcting images that appear distorted for people with metamorphopsia.

The next exhibit is called Monitorless, which is a pair of ordinary-looking glasses that can replace PC and smartphone monitors that you can see in the image above. You can access work applications on them, but you can also use them for gaming. If you want to be as immersed as possible, you can use the virtual reality mode. But you can switch to augmented reality mode if you want to see your app or game superimposed on the environment.

Samsung will also be exhibiting VuildUs, a home furnishing solution composed of an app and a 360-degree depth camera. To use the solution, you'll have to scan your home with the camera to create a VR version of it. Once you're done, you can decorate your virtual home with various digital furniture through the app. It removes the need to measure space in your house before buying, and you can even make purchases within the app itself.

Finally, the company will be showcasing a 360-degree video platform for virtual travelers aptly called traVRer. Similar to Google Street View and Matterport, traVRer gives you a way to visit tourist spots and famous places without having to leave home. All four will be displayed at a platform for startup businesses at the event, together with other projects that have the potential to be released to the public in a few years.
Samsung Creativity & Innovation Center VP Lee Jae Il says:
"These latest examples of C-Lab projects are a reminder that we have some talented entrepreneurial people who are unafraid to break new ground. We're looking forward to further exploring novel applications for VR and 360-degree video because there are endless possibilities in this area."

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Updated WhatsApp Statuses let you share photos and videos that disappear
Updated WhatsApp Statuses let you share photos and videos that disappear
WhatsApp rolled out two-step verification last week, and now it's updating an existing feature to compete with Snapchat. The Facebook-owned messaging app announced today it's updating Statuses, which lets you tell friends where you are or what you're up to at the moment. New Statuses can include photos, videos, and gifs to make shared posts more fun and personal. These decorated or animated statuses disappear after 24 hours, making them akin to Snapchat Stories and story-sharing on Instagram (which is also owned by Facebook).
The Status update coincides with WhatsApp's eighth birthday (February 24), and the new feature will roll out to Android, iOS, and Windows users from now until that date. When WhatsApp first came out, the Status feature was its only feature, as the app was built to let friends and family know what you were doing or where you were. Once messaging was added, Status remained a text-only feature that you could update on a whim.
Now you can choose to add photos, videos, and animated gifs and scribble over them to add more personality to your statuses. Any update you make to your Status will remain on your account for 24 hours before it disappears. If you update it multiple times a day, that will create a string of status updates that are presented much like Snapchat and Instagram Stories. Friends can watch your status story and reply to you privately, but all one-to-one communication still has to be done within private messaging windows. Like every other correspondence in WhatsApp, all status updates are end-to-end encrypted.
WhatsApp messages let you send photos, videos, and, most recently, gifs in individual conversations, but this is the biggest push we've seen from the company to embrace visual communication. As a Facebook-owned app, it's likely WhatsApp's parent company is trying to make as much competition for Snapchat as possible. WhatsApp only now supports visual stories, but Instagram has had its Stories feature for some time. According to a report from The New York Times, more than 150 million people use Instagram Stories every day, and that is enough to make Snapchat a bit nervous about its future. To add more concern for Snapchat, WhatsApp has 1.2 billion monthly users, and many of them live outside the United States. It's possible that WhatsApp could become the visual storytelling app of choice in areas of the world where Snapchat hasn't taken off.
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Micrsoft Developed An App That Can Read Your Eyes
Micrsoft Developed An App That Can Read Your Eyes
Things are tough for people with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Well, it’s a nervous system disease that attacks nerve cells, called neurons in your brain and spinal cord. These cases are very rare. However, the person suffering from ALS, eyes becomes the only means to communicate.
Microsoft’s researchers have developed an app that could help people speak the language of eyes. GazeSpeak is a smartphone app that has been created by researchers while working with Microsoft. It can interpret eye gestures in real time and can predict what the person is trying to say.
The app does the simple job. It divides alphabets into the grid of four boxes which are visible to the individual who has ALS via a sticker on the back of the device. The sufferer needs to look at the stickers, and the app can register the response corresponding to them looking up, right, left and down.
Xiaoyi Zhang, intern at Microsoft Research, explained “For example, to say the word ‘task’ they first look down to select the group containing ‘t’, then up to select the group containing ‘a’, and so on,” GazeSpeak then uses AI and predictive texting to guess the word they were going for.
Meredith Morris at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington said: “We’re using computer vision to recognize the eye gestures, and AI to do the word prediction.” Well, the other method that is used to communicate with patients suffering from this disease is by writing letters on a board and tracking eye movement. But, GazeSpeak beats all another method by taking an average of 78 seconds as opposed to existing methods which takes 123 seconds to complete a sentence.
According to the reports, Microsoft is going to launch the app for iOS devices before the Conference on Human Factors in Computing system which is going to hold in May 2017, the source code of the app would be freely available.
So, what do you think about this? Share your views in the comment box below!
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New Nokia 3310 Concept Running Android Looks Exceptional!
New Nokia 3310 Concept Running Android Looks Exceptional!
We must admit that Nokia’s old phones are strong. That’s the reason why Nokia 3310’s comeback was one of the trending news on the internet. We have noticed several incidences like Nokia handset saved man’s life by stopping a bullet and just now we have seen British Soldier Dave Mitchell’s Nokia 3310 working well after surviving the war zone of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Nokia 3310 was also known as one of the most successful Nokia phones of all time because they are indestructible and most reliable phone ever made by Nokia. Several rumors claimed that there is a possibility of the comeback of Nokia 3310 at MWC 2017.
Some other hard to trust rumors claims that Nokia 3310 will be resurrected as an Android smartphone. Taking these stories to the next level designers have created the renders and concept videos of Nokia 3310.
The teaser of new Nokia 3310 shows the phone have dual cameras, fingerprint scanner and an iconic Nokia boot screen and sound. Concept creator has created the teaser. Have a look at the teaser:

Not only this, concept creator posted another video that shows how new Nokia 3310 will retain its looks. Have an eye on the second video:

Well, these are just a renders. So, we can’t explain how the upcoming Nokia 3310 will exactly look like. However, Nokia 3310 was enough to get excited for. So, what do you think about this? Share your views in the comment box below.
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Google and Microsoft agree to demote pirate search results
Google and Microsoft agree to demote pirate search results
The UK government has drawn up a 'Voluntary Code of Practice' designed to demote search results for copyright-infringing websites. The new guidelines, which come into effect immediately, have been signed by Google, Bing, the Motion Picture Association and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). They formalise and "accelerate" the process by which a rights holder can flag what it perceives to be a site containing illegal content. If the request is upheld, the link will be removed from "the first page of search results," according to the UK's Intellectual Property Office.

Jo Johnson, the UK minister for universities, science, research and innovation, will be monitoring the code and its usage alongside the IPO. The idea, of course, is to make illegal content so difficult to find that casual internet users seek out official alternatives instead. "We have a responsibility to make sure that consumers have easy access to legal content online," the UK's minister for digital and culture Matt Hancock said. "Pirate sites deprive artists and rights holders of hard-earned income and I'm delighted to see industry led solutions like this landmark agreement, which will be instrumental in driving change."

The code builds on existing anti-piracy mechanisms, which include ISP-driven site blocking and written warnings to suspected pirates. While these policies have had some impact, illegal streaming and file-sharing -- the latter mainly through torrenting -- remains rife. Rights holders are relentless in their fight to shut the practice down, but, unsurprisingly, file sharers have always managed to stay one step ahead. At this point, it's all rather like internet whack-a-mole. The BPI admits that the new code "will not be a silver bullet fix," but believes casual users searching for music, movies and TV shows "are more likely to find a fair site" on Google now.

"Pirate websites are currently much too easy to find via search, so we appreciate the parties' willingness to try to improve that situation," Steve McCoy, president of the Motion Picture Association added.
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Apple iPhone 8 Ditching The Home Button
Apple iPhone 8 Ditching The Home Button
This year the tech giant Apple celebrates the 10th year of the launch of the iPhone. The iPhone 8 should be the next smartphone of the tech giant of Cupertino and expect a lot of news at the device level but also within the ecosystem itself.
Recently, we’ve talked about the possibility of the iPhone 8 undergo changes at the visual level and now there is another rumor to support these suspicions.
In addition to saying that the screen of this new iPhone may be “5.8” OLED and not have the usual frame, we are now talking about changes in the area of ​the home button characteristic of the brand of Steve Jobs. This button is expected to be replaced by a functional area where virtual buttons will be displayed as well as new biometric technologies to replace the Touch ID.
Earlier this week an Apple patent hinted that the brand found a way to incorporate a fingerprint reader into the smartphone screen, thus making it no sense to keep the main button with its Touch ID function. The KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo believes that this is the direction that the brand will give to its next device.
Retreating until September, we remember rumors that Apple would remove the bottom of the iPhone and move to a full-screen, end-to-end.
Apple can also pick up on everything it has learned by introducing the Touch Bar in the new MacBook Pro and letting this new functional area fit the application that is currently in use.
Apple iPhone 8 Ditching The Home Button
Apple iPhone 8 Ditching The Home Button
As for the screen is expected to be 5.8″, however, Kuo suspects that the screen area is reduced to 5.15″ due to the virtual buttons. However, the iPhone 8 will be smaller than the iPhone 7 even though the screen is larger.

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Google tests LTE phone calls on Project Fi
Google tests LTE phone calls on Project Fi
As nice as Google's Project Fi service is for the data-hungry crowd, it's not so hot for voice -- switching to Fi frequently means giving up pristine-sounding LTE voice calls with some of your friends. You might not have to make that sacrifice for much longer, thankfully. Google tells subscribers that it's testing voice over LTE with a "subset" of its customer base. This is likely only going to function when you're on T-Mobile's network (it's the only one of Fi's three partners with VoLTE as of this writing). However, you'll definitely know when it kicks in between the improved quality, faster mid-call data speeds and a quicker connection time.

The company hasn't said when all subscribers can expect LTE calling. However, it won't be surprising if a full rollout is contingent on Google's other two wireless partners hopping aboard the VoLTE bandwagon. Sprint already has "HD" calling, but it's still working on VoLTE support that could go live later in 2017. US Cellular, meanwhile, is looking at a similar time frame. Until at least Sprint is onboard, access to the feature could be inconsistent -- you wouldn't want to revert to muddier conventional calls just because you're in the 'wrong' coverage area.
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Now Amazon Echo can access your Outlook.com calendar
Amazon Echo
As a part of Amazon's ongoing quest to make Alexa and its Echo devices deeply embedded within our lives, this week it added support for Microsoft Calendar accounts. If your account ends in Outlock.com, Live.com or Hotmail.com, then it should be accessible with no problem, however, according to the FAQ, corporate Exchange accounts are probably a no-go. Alexa already supports Google Calendar, but that's it. There's no iCloud access either, however, Geekwire points out a Redditor's project on Github that might help.
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This Free Tool Shows How Facebook’s AI Tracks You All The Time
This Free Tool Shows How Facebook’s AI Tracks You All The Time
The social media giant Facebook is much more than a social network, and it is also one of the largest data collection tools on the Internet. Whatever its users visit, comment or simply do like is get registered.
This is a gigantic machine with a lot of useful information that is often explored. The question that each of us should ask is “after all what information Facebook AI or Facebook collects,” and the question already has the answer, in the form of a Chrome extension, Data Selfie.
Data Selfie is a simple and unobtrusive extension to Chrome that can show its users the information that the social media giant Facebook collecting and how it can be used.
It starts without any data and with access to Facebook will accumulate and save the same information that the largest social network of the Internet guard over each of its users.
All artificial intelligence were used to process the collected information, as well as all that was used to create a user profile. It is information that may leave many surprised, but the truth is that this is real and is being used.
Everything you see, how long you see, where you click and where you access are simply get collected by Data Selfie, which then processes the information using natural language processing algorithms, artificial intelligence, and others. The complete result is displayed in an information console that Data Selfie gives to the user.
The information is presented on a timeline and with auxiliary data to be understood. The longer Data Selfie is used, the more information it shows and the better it know the user, just like the social media giant Facebook does.
However, beyond what Data Selfie can process and perceive, it also can predict the future and shows users what their interests will be and what they want to look for. It bases this information on the interpretation of the data collected and also on all the artificial intelligence to which it has access.

As if we talk about the privacy, then in these case, Data Selfie simply keeps all the information stored on users’ PCs, not passing any data out.
Also to ensure that the information is used in a conscious way, the Data Selfie creator has decided to make its code accessible to everyone which is available on GitHub.
However, if you want to know more about the information that Facebook collects about and how it can be used, you should test Data Selfie for a few days.
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Watch a SpaceX Falcon 9 take off from NASA's historic launch pad
SpaceX Falcon 9
At 10:01 AM EST on February 18th, a SpaceX flight will take off from Launch Complex 39A for the first time since the company signed a 20-year lease for its use. The company will also attempt another first stage landing around 9 minutes after take off. Complex 39A is the same historic site where NASA used to launch space shuttles from the beginning through the end of the program. In 2013, the agency opened up the Kennedy Space Center launch pad to private space companies, which prompted Elon Musk and Blue Origin chief Jeff Bezos to bid against each other. After Musk won the bidding war, SpaceX began modifying the site for its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets.

SpaceX's February 18th launch is an ISS resupply mission carrying quite a few new instruments and scientific experiments. One of them is Raven, a module that will test technologies designed for autonomous rendezvous in space. It has three different sensors that can image and track the vehicles visiting the ISS. Raven will convert those images into an "accurate relative navigation solution" to help the spacecraft steer toward the right location. Anything it learns during its tenure on the station can be used to make sure future unmanned spacecraft don't crash into each other.

You can watch the event on NASA TV, which will begin its live broadcast at 8:30AM. SpaceX actually almost canceled the flight after it found a helium leak -- a "very small" one, according to Musk -- in the rocket's second-stage booster. The company's personnel addressed the issue, though, and the FAA approved the flight on Friday afternoon. If the launch doesn't go as planned, the next possible launch schedule is February 19th at around the same time.
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Microsoft bought livestreaming service Beam last August to fold its advanced viewer interactions with its gaming services on Windows 10 and Xbox. They finally opened testing up to select users at the end of January, but today, they're taking the next step in competing against Twitch by launching the Beam app for Xbox One. As with the previous trials, only certain members of the Xbox Insider Program get first crack at it, but you'll now be able to watch our favorite streamers right from your console.

After downloading, hit the Guide button and find the Beam menu icon to start broadcasting. Standard options for toggling on and off microphone, camera and chat, as well as camera position and overlay options, are right in the settings.
Of course, Xbox Insiders who made it into late January's tests could already stream from their console -- the app lets you watch and interact with channels you follow "in near real-time." Viewing in the Xbox One app also generates the service's Sparks currency and XP, just like the desktop version. Beam's promising other ways to interact with streams, which they plan to announce at GDC 2017 in a couple weeks.
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Microsoft Will Keep Building Windows 10 Mobile Beyond Redstone 2
Microsoft Will Keep Building Windows 10 Mobile Beyond Redstone 2
There has long been talk about the possibility of Microsoft abandoning Windows 10 Mobile and focus only on the versions of this operating system for PCs and Xbox.
Now that Creators Update is coming, this idea has once again taken hold, pointing to the certainty of Microsoft’s withdrawal from its mobile operating system. But the truth is that the company has already denied this idea.
With Windows 10 Mobile becoming increasingly less of a consumer option, it might be natural for Microsoft to stop the developments of this platform. The ideal time to do so could be very soon, with the arrival of yet another update, Creators Update.
All this idea has now fallen to the ground, during the Ignite conference, which the tech giant Microsoft held in Australia. After announcing the Insider Program for Business, Bill Karagounis of Microsoft was available to answer questions, and the most obvious of all came up. Several of those presents wondered if the Insider program would be finished for Windows 10 Mobile. Karagounis’ response was clear and shows the company’s commitment to this system.
“We’ve been flighting Mobile builds now for– actually, since the November Update in 2015. We do not plan to change that or to stop that.
And you’ll see – today, we are still flighting Mobile builds, subject to quality, subject to those release promotion criteria, and we fully expect to keep doing that beyond the release of the Creators Update”.
So, according to Karagounis, Microsoft will keep the Insiders program on Windows 10 Mobile in the future, continuing its developments even after the arrival of the next major update.

The future of Windows 10 Mobile

With fewer and fewer users, Windows 10 Mobile seems to need revitalization urgently. The most recent figures show that it reached the lowest level ever and ended 2016 with a market share of only 0.3%.
Microsoft is supposed to prepare for the arrival of high-end devices that will revolutionize the market. Until then it has reduced the availability of the remaining range of devices, in a clear message that it will even focus on a particular niche in the smartphone market.
It will not be easy for Microsoft to keep Windows 10 Mobile without having devices that use it and manufacturers do not seem to have it as their choice. However, until the “Surface” appears the tech giant Microsoft will maintain this system and its developments.
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Zuckerberg Cut a Line About Monitoring 'Private Channels' From His Facebook Manifesto
Mark Zuckerberg
On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg published an updated founder’s letter for Facebook, his first since the company went public in 2012. Largely summarizing the CEO’s previous comments, the sweeping manifesto was newsworthy while containing little news. In at least one version of the text, however, Zuckerberg wrote about using artificial intelligence for online surveillance—a line stricken from the final draft.

As first discovered by Mashable and reportedly confirmed by Facebook, the letter originally suggested using AI to monitor terrorists’ private messages. The passage, which appeared in a version of the letter sent to news organizations before Thursday’s announcement, was published by the Associated Press before it, too, removed the statement:

The long term promise of AI is that in addition to identifying risks more quickly and accurately than would have already happened, it may also identify risks that nobody would have flagged at all — including terrorists planning attacks using private channels, people bullying someone too afraid to report it themselves, and other issues both local and global. It will take many years to develop these systems.
According to Mashable, a Facebook spokesperson said the line was ultimately “revised.” In the AP’s updated story, the following quote took its place:
Looking ahead, one of our greatest opportunities to keep people safe is building artificial intelligence to understand more quickly and accurately what is happening across our community
It’s unclear why Zuckerberg removed the statement, but the letter’s other comments on security offer some clues. In one section, it states that keeping Facebook safe “does not require compromising privacy.”
“As we discuss keeping our community safe, it is important to emphasize that part of keeping people safe is protecting individual security and liberty,” wrote Zuckerberg. “We are strong advocates of encryption and have built it into the largest messaging platforms in the world—WhatsApp and Messenger.”
Simultaneously advocating for encrypted communication and the surveillance of private messages presents an obvious contradiction. It’s possible that Zuckerberg’s commitment to the former ultimately outweighed his speculative interest in the latter.
As life becomes increasingly digitized, maintaining a proper balance between privacy and security will require difficult choices. Many of those decisions will be made by people like Mark Zuckerberg. Hopefully, the convictions of the Facebook founder and others like him will be more steadfast by then.
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Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong arrested on charges of bribery
Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong
On Friday morning local time, Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman of Samsung, was taken into custody at the Seoul Detention Centre shortly after the Seoul Central District Court issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of bribery, perjury and embezzlement. 
According to a translation provided by the BBC, the court said in a statement: "It is acknowledged that it is necessary to arrest [Lee Jae-Yong] in light of a newly added criminal charge and new evidence."
Lee has generally considered the de facto head of Samsung Group, since his father, still the chairman by title, was hospitalized in 2014.
Investigators believe that Lee, who is also known by the name Jay Y. Lee, is involved in the corruption scandal that lead to last year's impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. 
Prosecutors claim that Samsung paid a total of over $37 million in bribes to organizations linked to a presidential advisor and friend, Choi Soon-sil, who has been in custody since November 2016. The money was allegedly designed to foster governmental approval for the merger of two Samsung units.

Lee is the first Samsung executive to have ever been arrested on criminal charges, the Associated Press reported.

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New AT&T “unlimited” plan has no mobile hotspot and costs $100 a month
AT&T company
AT&T is the latest US mobile carrier to announce a new "unlimited" data offer. Starting tomorrow, AT&T will sell unlimited data for $100 a month "to all consumer and business postpaid AT&T wireless customers," the company said in a press release. Previously, AT&T only offered unlimited data to mobile customers who also subscribed to DirecTV or U-verse TV.
The single-line price is higher than AT&T's competitors are charging, and the plan has some limits despite its name. Unlimited data can only be used on the mobile device itself because the plan includes no tethering, an AT&T spokesperson confirmed to Ars. Customers who want to use their phones as hotspots will thus have to buy one of AT&T's capped plans.
By default, the new unlimited plan also has video quality limits. The announcement says that the "plan includes Stream Saver," a reference to a system that reduces video quality to about 480p resolution. Stream Saver was originally intended to help customers use less data on plans with data caps, but in this case it's being applied to customers who don't have strict data caps.
Unlimited data customers will be able to turn it off, however. "You are not required to use Stream Saver. You can turn it off once and it stays off," the AT&T spokesperson told Ars.
By leaving throttling on by default, AT&T will be able to minimize bandwidth usage on its network while giving customers the option of streaming in high definition.
The AT&T unlimited plan will cost $100 for the first line plus $40 for each additional line, AT&T said. Buying a fourth line will provide a $40 credit, reducing the monthly price to $180. The credit doesn't begin right away, so four-line plans cost $220 for the first month or two.
AT&T customers might get throttled during periods of network congestion when they use more than 22GB a month. That's pretty standard in US mobile networks, but the plans are still described as "unlimited" because there are no data caps and overage fees.
This has been a big week for unlimited data, which for a while seemed to be going extinct. T-Mobile and Sprint were already offering unlimited plans, and then Verizon Wireless on Monday announced an $80-per-month unlimited plan that does not restrict video quality and comes with 10GB of high-speed hotspot data. T-Mobile USA responded by adding 10GB of high-speed hotspot usage to its $70 unlimited plan and by giving customers the option to stream video in high definition without paying extra. Sprint then improved its own unlimited plan, charging $50 a month and adding HD-quality streaming video and 10GB of mobile hotspot usage.
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Mark Zuckerberg Posts 6,000-Word Status Update About Nothing
*Mark Zuckerberg takes massive bong rip*
To our community,
On our journey to connect the world, we often discuss products we’re building and updates on our business. Today I want to focus on the most important question of all: are we building the world we all want?
History is the story of how we’ve learned to come together in ever greater numbers — from tribes to cities to nations. At each step, we built social infrastructure like communities, media and governments to empower us to achieve things we couldn’t on our own.
Today we are close to taking our next step. Our greatest opportunities are now global — like spreading prosperity and freedom, promoting peace and understanding, lifting people out of poverty, and accelerating science. Our greatest challenges also need global responses — like ending terrorism, fighting climate change, and preventing pandemics. Progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.
This is especially important right now. Facebook stands for bringing us closer together and building a global community. When we began, this idea was not controversial. Every year, the world got more connected and this was seen as a positive trend. Yet now, across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection. There are questions about whether we can make a global community that works for everyone, and whether the path ahead is to connect more or reverse course.
This is a time when many of us around the world are reflecting on how we can have the most positive impact. I am reminded of my favorite saying about technology: “We always overestimate what we can do in two years, and we underestimate what we can do in ten years.” We may not have the power to create the world we want immediately, but we can all start working on the long term today. In times like these, the most important thing we at Facebook can do is develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.
For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families. With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community — for supporting us, for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all.
Bringing us all together as a global community is a project bigger than any one organization or company, but Facebook can help contribute to answering these five important questions:
  • How do we help people build supportive communities that strengthen traditional institutions in a world where membership in these institutions is declining?
  • How do we help people build a safe community that prevents harm, helps during crises and rebuilds afterwards in a world where anyone across the world can affect us?
  • How do we help people build an informed community that exposes us to new ideas and builds common understanding in a world where every person has a voice?
  • How do we help people build a civically-engaged community in a world where participation in voting sometimes includes less than half our population?
  • How do we help people build an inclusive community that reflects our collective values and common humanity from local to global levels, spanning cultures, nations and regions in a world with few examples of global communities?
My hope is that more of us will commit our energy to building the long term social infrastructure to bring humanity together. The answers to these questions won’t all come from Facebook, but I believe we can play a role.
Our job at Facebook is to help people make the greatest positive impact while mitigating areas where technology and social media can contribute to divisiveness and isolation. Facebook is a work in progress, and we are dedicated to learning and improving. We take our responsibility seriously, and today I want to talk about how we plan to do our part to build this global community.

Supportive Communities

Building a global community that works for everyone starts with the millions of smaller communities and intimate social structures we turn to for our personal, emotional and spiritual needs.
Whether they’re churches, sports teams, unions or other local groups, they all share important roles as social infrastructure for our communities. They provide all of us with a sense of purpose and hope; moral validation that we are needed and part of something bigger than ourselves; comfort that we are not alone and a community is looking out for us; mentorship, guidance and personal development; a safety net; values, cultural norms and accountability; social gatherings, rituals and a way to meet new people; and a way to pass time.
In our society, we have personal relationships with friends and family, and then we have institutional relationships with the governments that set the rules. A healthy society also has many layers of communities between us and government that take care of our needs. When we refer to our “social fabric”, we usually mean the many mediating groups that bring us together and reinforce our values.
However, there has been a striking decline in the important social infrastructure of local communities over the past few decades. Since the 1970s, membership in some local groups has declined by as much as one-quarter, cutting across all segments of the population.
The decline raises deeper questions alongside surveys showing large percentages of our population lack a sense of hope for the future. It is possible many of our challenges are at least as much social as they are economic — related to a lack of community and connection to something greater than ourselves. As one pastor told me: “People feel unsettled. A lot of what was settling in the past doesn’t exist anymore.”
Online communities are a bright spot, and we can strengthen existing physical communities by helping people come together online as well as offline. In the same way connecting with friends online strengthens real relationships, developing this infrastructure will strengthen these communities, as well as enable completely new ones to form.
A woman named Christina was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Epidermolysis Bullosa — and now she’s a member of a group that connects 2,400 people around the world so none of them have to suffer alone. A man named Matt was raising his two sons by himself and he started the Black Fathers group to help men share advice and encouragement as they raise their families. In San Diego, more than 4,000 military family members are part of a group that helps them make friends with other spouses. These communities don’t just interact online. They hold get-togethers, organize dinners, and support each other in their daily lives.
We recently found that more than 100 million people on Facebook are members of what we call “very meaningful” groups. These are groups that upon joining, quickly become the most important part of our social network experience and an important part of our physical support structure. For example, many new parents tell us that joining a parenting group after having a child fits this purpose.
There is a real opportunity to connect more of us with groups that will be meaningful social infrastructure in our lives. More than one billion people are active members of Facebook groups, but most don’t seek out groups on their own — friends send invites or Facebook suggests them. If we can improve our suggestions and help connect one billion people with meaningful communities, that can strengthen our social fabric.
Going forward, we will measure Facebook’s progress with groups based on meaningful groups, not groups overall. This will require not only helping people connect with existing meaningful groups, but also enabling community leaders to create more meaningful groups for people to connect with.
The most successful physical communities have engaged leaders, and we’ve seen the same with online groups as well. In Berlin, a man named Monis Bukhari runs a group where he personally helps refugees find homes and jobs. Today, Facebook’s tools for group admins are relatively simple. We plan to build more tools to empower community leaders like Monis to run and grow their groups the way they’d like, similar to what we’ve done with Pages.
Most communities are made of many sub-communities, and this is another clear area for developing new tools. A school, for example, is not a single community, but many smaller groups among its classes, dorms and student groups. Just as the social fabric of society is made up of many communities, each community is made of many groups of personal connections. We plan to expand groups to support sub-communities.
We can look at many activities through the lens of building community. Watching video of our favorite sports team or TV show, reading our favorite newspaper, or playing our favorite game are not just entertainment or information but a shared experience and opportunity to bring together people who care about the same things. We can design these experiences not for passive consumption but for strengthening social connections.
Our goal is to strengthen existing communities by helping us come together online as well as offline, as well as enabling us to form completely new communities, transcending physical location. When we do this, beyond connecting online, we reinforce our physical communities by bringing us together in person to support each other.
A healthy society needs these communities to support our personal, emotional and spiritual needs. In a world where this physical social infrastructure has been declining, we have a real opportunity to help strengthen these communities and the social fabric of our society.

Safe Community

As we build a global community, this is a moment of truth. Our success isn’t just based on whether we can capture videos and share them with friends. It’s about whether we’re building a community that helps keep us safe — that prevents harm, helps during crises, and rebuilds afterwards.
Today’s threats are increasingly global, but the infrastructure to protect us is not. Problems like terrorism, natural disasters, disease, refugee crises, and climate change need coordinated responses from a worldwide vantage point. No nation can solve them alone. A virus in one nation can quickly spread to others. A conflict in one country can create a refugee crisis across continents. Pollution in one place can affect the environment around the world. Humanity’s current systems are insufficient to address these issues.
Many dedicated people join global non-profit organizations to help, but the market often fails to fund or incentivize building the necessary infrastructure. I have long expected more organizations and startups to build health and safety tools using technology, and I have been surprised by how little of what must be built has even been attempted. There is a real opportunity to build global safety infrastructure, and I have directed Facebook to invest more and more resources into serving this need.
For some of these problems, the Facebook community is in a unique position to help prevent harm, assist during a crisis, or come together to rebuild afterwards. This is because of the amount of communication across our network, our ability to quickly reach people worldwide in an emergency, and the vast scale of people’s intrinsic goodness aggregated across our community.
To prevent harm, we can build social infrastructure to help our community identify problems before they happen. When someone is thinking of committing suicide or hurting themselves, we’ve built infrastructure to give their friends and community tools that could save their life. When a child goes missing, we’ve built infrastructure to show Amber Alerts — and multiple children have been rescued without harm. And we’ve built infrastructure to work with public safety organizations around the world when we become aware of these issues. Going forward, there are even more cases where our community should be able to identify risks related to mental health, disease or crime.
To help during a crisis, we’ve built infrastructure like Safety Check so we can all let our friends know we’re safe and check on friends who might be affected by an attack or natural disaster. Safety Check has been activated almost 500 times in two years and has already notified people that their families and friends are safe more than a billion times. When there is a disaster, governments often call us to make sure Safety Check has been activated in their countries. But there is more to build. We recently added tools to find and offer shelter, food and other resources during emergencies. Over time, our community should be able to help during wars and ongoing issues that are not limited to a single event.
To rebuild after a crisis, we’ve built the world’s largest social infrastructure for collective action. A few years ago, after an earthquake in Nepal, the Facebook community raised $15 million to help people recover and rebuild — which was the largest crowdfunded relief effort in history. We saw a similar effort after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando when people across the country organized blood donations to help victims they had never met. Similarly, we built tools so millions of people could commit to becoming organ donors to save others after accidents, and registries reported larger boosts in sign ups than ever before.
Looking ahead, one of our greatest opportunities to keep people safe is building artificial intelligence to understand more quickly and accurately what is happening across our community.
There are billions of posts, comments and messages across our services each day, and since it’s impossible to review all of them, we review content once it is reported to us. There have been terribly tragic events — like suicides, some live streamed — that perhaps could have been prevented if someone had realized what was happening and reported them sooner. There are cases of bullying and harassment every day, that our team must be alerted to before we can help out. These stories show we must find a way to do more.
Artificial intelligence can help provide a better approach. We are researching systems that can look at photos and videos to flag content our team should review. This is still very early in development, but we have started to have it look at some content, and it already generates about one-third of all reports to the team that reviews content for our community.
It will take many years to fully develop these systems. Right now, we’re starting to explore ways to use AI to tell the difference between news stories about terrorism and actual terrorist propaganda so we can quickly remove anyone trying to use our services to recruit for a terrorist organization. This is technically difficult as it requires building AI that can read and understand news, but we need to work on this to help fight terrorism worldwide.
As we discuss keeping our community safe, it is important to emphasize that part of keeping people safe is protecting individual security and liberty. We are strong advocates of encryption and have built it into the largest messaging platforms in the world — WhatsApp and Messenger. Keeping our community safe does not require compromising privacy. Since building end-to-end encryption into WhatsApp, we have reduced spam and malicious content by more than 75%.
The path forward is to recognize that a global community needs social infrastructure to keep us safe from threats around the world, and that our community is uniquely positioned to prevent disasters, help during crises, and rebuild afterwards. Keeping the global community safe is an important part of our mission — and an important part of how we’ll measure our progress going forward.

Informed Community

The purpose of any community is to bring people together to do things we couldn’t do on our own. To do this, we need ways to share new ideas and share enough common understanding to actually work together.
Giving everyone a voice has historically been a very positive force for public discourse because it increases the diversity of ideas shared. But the past year has also shown it may fragment our shared sense of reality. It is our responsibility to amplify the good effects and mitigate the bad — to continue increasing diversity while strengthening our common understanding so our community can create the greatest positive impact on the world.
The two most discussed concerns this past year were about diversity of viewpoints we see (filter bubbles) and accuracy of information (fake news). I worry about these and we have studied them extensively, but I also worry there are even more powerful effects we must mitigate around sensationalism and polarization leading to a loss of common understanding.
Social media already provides more diverse viewpoints than traditional media ever has. Even if most of our friends are like us, we all know people with different interests, beliefs and backgrounds who expose us to different perspectives. Compared with getting our news from the same two or three TV networks or reading the same newspapers with their consistent editorial views, our networks on Facebook show us more diverse content.
But our goal must be to help people see a more complete picture, not just alternate perspectives. We must be careful how we do this. Research shows that some of the most obvious ideas, like showing people an article from the opposite perspective, actually deepen polarization by framing other perspectives as foreign. A more effective approach is to show a range of perspectives, let people see where their views are on a spectrum and come to a conclusion on what they think is right. Over time, our community will identify which sources provide a complete range of perspectives so that content will naturally surface more.
Accuracy of information is very important. We know there is misinformation and even outright hoax content on Facebook, and we take this very seriously. We’ve made progress fighting hoaxes the way we fight spam, but we have more work to do. We are proceeding carefully because there is not always a clear line between hoaxes, satire and opinion. In a free society, it’s important that people have the power to share their opinion, even if others think they’re wrong. Our approach will focus less on banning misinformation, and more on surfacing additional perspectives and information, including that fact checkers dispute an item’s accuracy.
While we have more work to do on information diversity and misinformation, I am even more focused on the impact of sensationalism and polarization, and the idea of building common understanding.
Social media is a short-form medium where resonant messages get amplified many times. This rewards simplicity and discourages nuance. At its best, this focuses messages and exposes people to different ideas. At its worst, it oversimplifies important topics and pushes us towards extremes.
Polarization exists in all areas of discourse, not just social media. It occurs in all groups and communities, including companies, classrooms and juries, and it’s usually unrelated to politics. In the tech community, for example, discussion around AI has been oversimplified to existential fear-mongering. The harm is that sensationalism moves people away from balanced nuanced opinions towards polarized extremes.
If this continues and we lose common understanding, then even if we eliminated all misinformation, people would just emphasize different sets of facts to fit their polarized opinions. That’s why I’m so worried about sensationalism in media.
Fortunately, there are clear steps we can take to correct these effects. For example, we noticed some people share stories based on sensational headlines without ever reading the story. In general, if you become less likely to share a story after reading it, that’s a good sign the headline was sensational. If you’re more likely to share a story after reading it, that’s often a sign of good in-depth content. We recently started reducing sensationalism in News Feed by taking this into account for pieces of content, and going forward signals like this will identify sensational publishers as well. There are many steps like this we have taken and will keep taking to reduce sensationalism and help build a more informed community.
Research suggests the best solutions for improving discourse may come from getting to know each other as whole people instead of just opinions — something Facebook may be uniquely suited to do. If we connect with people about what we have in common — sports teams, TV shows, interests — it is easier to have dialogue about what we disagree on. When we do this well, we give billions of people the ability to share new perspectives while mitigating the unwanted effects that come with any new medium.
A strong news industry is also critical to building an informed community. Giving people a voice is not enough without having people dedicated to uncovering new information and analyzing it. There is more we must do to support the news industry to make sure this vital social function is sustainable — from growing local news, to developing formats best suited to mobile devices, to improving the range of business models news organizations rely on.
Connecting everyone to the internet is also necessary for building an informed community. For the majority of people around the world, the debate is not about the quality of public discourse but whether they have access to basic information they need at all, often related to health, education and jobs.
Finally, I want to emphasize that the vast majority of conversations on Facebook are social, not ideological. They’re friends sharing jokes and families staying in touch across cities. They’re people finding groups, whether they’re new parents raising kids or newly diagnosed patients suffering from a disease together. Sometimes it’s for joy, coming together around religion or sports. And sometimes it’s for survival, like refugees communicating to find shelter.
Whatever your situation when you enter our community, our commitment is to continue improving our tools to give you the power to share your experience. By increasing the diversity of our ideas and strengthening our common understanding, our community can have the greatest positive impact on the world.

Civically-Engaged Community

Our society will reflect our collective values only if we engage in the civic process and participate in self-governance. There are two distinct types of social infrastructure that must be built:
The first encourages engagement in existing political processes: voting, engaging with issues and representatives, speaking out, and sometimes organizing. Only through dramatically greater engagement can we ensure these political processes reflect our values.
The second is establishing a new process for citizens worldwide to participate in collective decision-making. Our world is more connected than ever, and we face global problems that span national boundaries. As the largest global community, Facebook can explore examples of how community governance might work at scale.
The starting point for civic engagement in the existing political process is to support voting across in the world. It is striking that only about half of Americans eligible to vote participate in elections. This is low compared to other countries, but democracy is receding in many countries and there is a large opportunity across the world to encourage civic participation.
In the United States election last year, we helped more than 2 million people register to vote and then go vote. This was among the largest voter turnout efforts in history, and larger than those of both major parties combined. In every election around the world, we keep improving our tools to help more people register and vote, and we hope to eventually enable hundreds of millions of more people to vote in elections than do today, in every democratic country around the world.
Local civic engagement is a big opportunity as well as national. Today, most of us do not even know who our local representatives are, but many policies impacting our lives are local, and this is where our participation has the greatest influence. Research suggests reading local news is directly correlated with local civic engagement. This shows how building an informed community, supportive local communities, and a civically-engaged community are all related.
Beyond voting, the greatest opportunity is helping people stay engaged with the issues that matter to them every day, not just every few years at the ballot box. We can help establish direct dialogue and accountability between people and our elected leaders. In India, Prime Minister Modi has asked his ministers to share their meetings and information on Facebook so they can hear direct feedback from citizens. In Kenya, whole villages are in WhatsApp groups together, including their representatives. In recent campaigns around the world — from India and Indonesia across Europe to the United States — we’ve seen the candidate with the largest and most engaged following on Facebook usually wins. Just as TV became the primary medium for civic communication in the 1960s, social media is becoming this in the 21st century.
This creates an opportunity for us to connect with our representatives at all levels. In the last few months, we have already helped our community double the number of connections between people and our representatives by making it easier to connect with all our representatives in one click. When we connect, we can engage directly in comments and messages. For example, in Iceland, it’s common to tag politicians in group discussions so they can take community issues to parliament.
Sometimes people must speak out and demonstrate for what they believe is right. From Tahrir Square to the Tea Party — our community organizes these demonstrations using our infrastructure for events and groups. On a daily basis, people use their voices to share their views in ways that can spread around the world and grow into movements. The Women’s March is an example of this, where a grandmother with an internet connection wrote a post that led her friends to start a Facebook event that eventually turned into millions of people marching in cities around the world.
Giving people a voice is a principle our community has been committed to since we began. As we look ahead to building the social infrastructure for a global community, we will work on building new tools that encourage thoughtful civic engagement. Empowering us to use our voices will only become more important.

Inclusive Community

Building an inclusive global community requires establishing a new process for citizens worldwide to participate in community governance. I hope that we can explore examples of how collective decision-making might work at scale.
Facebook is not just technology or media, but a community of people. That means we need Community Standards that reflect our collective values for what should and should not be allowed.
In the last year, the complexity of the issues we’ve seen has outstripped our existing processes for governing the community. We saw this in errors taking down newsworthy videos related to Black Lives Matter and police violence, and in removing the historical Terror of War photo from Vietnam. We’ve seen this in misclassifying hate speech in political debates in both directions — taking down accounts and content that should be left up and leaving up content that was hateful and should be taken down. Both the number of issues and their cultural importance has increased recently.
This has been painful for me because I often agree with those criticizing us that we’re making mistakes. These mistakes are almost never because we hold ideological positions at odds with the community, but instead are operational scaling issues. Our guiding philosophy for the Community Standards is to try to reflect the cultural norms of our community. When in doubt, we always favor giving people the power to share more.
There are a few reasons for the increase in issues we’ve seen: cultural norms are shifting, cultures are different around the world, and people are sensitive to different things.
First, our community is evolving from its origin connecting us with family and friends to now becoming a source of news and public discourse as well. With this cultural shift, our Community Standards must adapt to permit more newsworthy and historical content, even if some is objectionable. For example, an extremely violent video of someone dying would have been marked as disturbing and taken down. However, now that we use Live to capture the news and we post videos to protest violence, our standards must adapt. Similarly, a photo depicting any child nudity would have always been taken down — and for good reason — but we’ve now adapted our standards to allow historically important content like the Terror of War photo. These issues reflect a need to update our standards to meet evolving expectations from our community.
Second, our community spans many countries and cultures, and the norms are different in each region. It’s not surprising that Europeans more frequently find fault with taking down images depicting nudity, since some European cultures are more accepting of nudity than, for example, many communities in the Middle East or Asia. With a community of almost two billion people, it is less feasible to have a single set of standards to govern the entire community so we need to evolve towards a system of more local governance.
Third, even within a given culture, we have different opinions on what we want to see and what is objectionable. I may be okay with more politically charged speech but not want to see anything sexually suggestive, while you may be okay with nudity but not want to see offensive speech. Similarly, you may want to share a violent video in a protest without worrying that you’re going to bother friends who don’t want to see it. And just as it’s a bad experience to see objectionable content, it’s also a terrible experience to be told we can’t share something we feel is important. This suggests we need to evolve towards a system of personal control over our experience.
Fourth, we’re operating at such a large scale that even a small percent of errors causes a large number of bad experiences. We review over one hundred million pieces of content every month, and even if our reviewers get 99% of the calls right, that’s still millions of errors over time. Any system will always have some mistakes, but I believe we can do better than we are today.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the past year reflecting on how we can improve our community governance. Sitting here in California, we’re not best positioned to identify the cultural norms around the world. Instead, we need a system where we can all contribute to setting the standards. Although this system is not fully developed, I want to share an idea of how this might work.
The guiding principles are that the Community Standards should reflect the cultural norms of our community, that each person should see as little objectionable content as possible, and each person should be able to share what they want while being told they cannot share something as little as possible. The approach is to combine creating a large-scale democratic process to determine standards with AI to help enforce them.
The idea is to give everyone in the community options for how they would like to set the content policy for themselves. Where is your line on nudity? On violence? On graphic content? On profanity? What you decide will be your personal settings. We will periodically ask you these questions to increase participation and so you don’t need to dig around to find them. For those who don’t make a decision, the default will be whatever the majority of people in your region selected, like a referendum. Of course you will always be free to update your personal settings anytime.
With a broader range of controls, content will only be taken down if it is more objectionable than the most permissive options allow. Within that range, content should simply not be shown to anyone whose personal controls suggest they would not want to see it, or at least they should see a warning first. Although we will still block content based on standards and local laws, our hope is that this system of personal controls and democratic referenda should minimize restrictions on what we can share.
It’s worth noting that major advances in AI are required to understand text, photos and videos to judge whether they contain hate speech, graphic violence, sexually explicit content, and more. At our current pace of research, we hope to begin handling some of these cases in 2017, but others will not be possible for many years.
Overall, it is important that the governance of our community scales with the complexity and demands of its people. We are committed to always doing better, even if that involves building a worldwide voting system to give you more voice and control. Our hope is that this model provides examples of how collective decision-making may work in other aspects of the global community.
This is an important time in the development of our global community, and it’s a time when many of us around the world are reflecting on how we can have the most positive impact.
History has had many moments like today. As we’ve made our great leaps from tribes to cities to nations, we have always had to build social infrastructure like communities, media and governments for us to thrive and reach the next level. At each step we learned how to come together to solve our challenges and accomplish greater things than we could alone. We have done it before and we will do it again.
I am reminded of President Lincoln’s remarks during the American Civil War: “We can succeed only by concert. It is not ‘can any of us imagine better?’ but, ‘can we all do better?’ The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, act anew.”
There are many of us who stand for bringing people together and connecting the world. I hope we have the focus to take the long view and build the new social infrastructure to create the world we want for generations to come.
It’s an honor to be on this journey with you. Thank you for being part of this community, and thanks for everything you do to make the world more open and connected.