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Mobile drives tripling of profit at Facebook

Advertising on mobile has driven significant revenue growth for Facebook in Q1, comprising 82% of its total ad revenue and facilitating the tripling of net income to $1.5bn.

India bans sponsored data while US binges-on

India’s telecoms regulatory authority (TRA) has curtailed sponsored data services in the country, while American operators continue to load up on free or otherwise subsidised data services.

Facebook and Google dominate 2015 US apps chart

Media market tracker Nielsen has published its data on the most used smartphone apps in the US over the course of this year and it’s dominated by Facebook and Google.

Nokia and du launch network testing drones in Dubai

Drones equipped with smartphones are being utilised by du to carry out analysis on its network across Dubai. The first test, announced by partner Nokia, took place at the Dubai International Stadium to report on network conditions when occupied by 25,000 attendees.

Facebook moving towards Nokia’s HERE for mobile

Social media giant Facebook is showing a strong interest in Nokia’s HERE mapping suite for its mobile offerings. TechCrunch first flagged the move up, which was subsequently confirmed by both companies.

Facebook opens Messenger to app developers

The social media giant unveiled Messenger Platform at its developer event – F8 – which is designed to help developers incorporate Messenger into their apps. Facebook reckons 600 million people use Messenger every month so integrating with it is an easy way to ‘socialise’ an app.

Facebook introduces IM money transfers

Social media giant Facebook is the latest company to jump on the mobile commerce bandwagon with the introduction of the ability to transfer money via its Messenger IM tool.

Facebook moves to optimise mobile video with QuickFire purchase

Facebook has moved to acquire video optimisation specialist, QuickFire Networks, in a bid to upgrade its mobile video hosting capabilities. The San Diego-based startup utilises bandwidth compression technology to reduce the amount of capacity required to host video online.

Facebook reportedly developing zone for professionals

Social networking giant Facebook is looking to get into the business networking and collaboration game, according to unnamed sources in an FT report. It would apparently take the form of a dedicated zone, called ‘Facebook at Work’, that would have familiar Facebook functionality, but shield your work contacts from any frivolous content posted in the personal section.

European Commission antitrust probe clears ISPs

The European Commission has announced that an investigation into content delivery antitrust has failed to find evidence of wrong-doing by internet service providers. Inspections were carried out after concerns were raised about the potential abuse of dominant market positions and violation of EU antitrust regulations.

Facebook, Airtel bring free internet to Zambia

The Facebook-backed Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, announced a partnership with emerging markets carrier Airtel on Thursday that will see the Internet.org app provide free basic services to users in Zambia.

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