WTF? Facebook had a satellite team? For what?
@Johncdvorak something else, what are they going to compete against if starlink is supposed to be free access?
@AlabamaHokie I thought I read somewhere it would’ve been free. I guess there’s stipulations as always
Yeah - here are a couple stories that mentions the Facebook satellite internet efforts...
The first one was from May 2018.
@Johncdvorak why wouldn't they? They've got piles of money, and every one of the decision makers remembers when Facebag completely killed myspace over about 18 months. They know it will happen to them eventually.
@Johncdvorak FaceBag needs to make sure where you say you tag your photos are exactly where you say you've tagged them.
@Johncdvorak I don’t know, but it probably involves automatically ordering toilet paper when you’re running low.
@Johncdvorak every billionaire used to need to own a professional sports franchise and now they all need their own space agency
@Johncdvorak It was part of a cell deal. Provide free satellite internet (Mainly to Africa) with requirement that the "user" subscribe to their services. Facebook would, in turn, completely control the content of their "next billion."
@Johncdvorak remember the SpaceX rocket that exploded on the pad? The payload was Facebook's attempt at satilite internet. It seemed at the time like they were trying to compete against Google Loom. I also remember just how much WaPo was smearing SpaceX as Blue Origin was just partnering with ULA and the competition was on to secure NASA contracts. Bezos playing 5D chess here 🤺
@Johncdvorak spacex blew up facebook's satellite that was designed to bring wireless to parts of Africa.
really one of the better booms in years and years
an aside, this failure is very similar cause
all the same sub-contractor, copv high pressure helium bottles....
@Johncdvorak I am guessing to provide free “Facebook internet” to developing countries. Likely scrapped when they realized no one wants to buy ads that target people with no money
@chaoticmass Remember this?
Also @Johncdvorak reply to my DM please
@Johncdvorak FB had a satellite team to bring internet to Africa, allegedly. https://www.dailydot.com/debug/facebook-africa-space/
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