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It is only a matter of time when we would be able to use Facebook for payments. The intriguing thing would be to send money by including it in a message you are sending to your friend. It is an extremely simplified way of looking at delicate things, but it eventually comes down to this feature.

The only drawback, we are currently aware about, is the opportunity to use only debit cards, but not the credit cards, as well. On the other hand, you just cannot avoid asking yourself a simple question. Why Facebook needs to mess up with the payment trouble in the first place? Is it worth it, for real?

It comes without saying that Facebook is a fascinating money making machine. For what is worth, we do not have to guess twice that Facebook is doing just fine in business terms. The advertising opportunities are increasing at an unprecedented speed and volume. Now, that is not enough, obviously.

It seems that social networks and the major online services keep pushing the limits of our patience. Sooner or later, someone will have to say enough is enough. Both privacy and profit begin with the same letter, but they end up quite differently when it comes to the quality of our life. Are you going to like this one?

Small Ads – Big Profit

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Facebook has launched the so-called Audience Network. This may be a lovely name, but it does not give you enough information what is Facebook really up to with this one. Mobile advertising is a gigantic pie worth almost $150 billions. No wonder, there are so many eyes on this particular field.

With the Audience Network you will have one more annoying option to run into the tiny, but inevitable ads within the apps you are using within the Facebook. This is what is happening cyber boys and girls, they keep finding new ways to draw our attention willingly or unwillingly to the commercial content.

On the other hand, we have to admit that Facebook is not the only one breaking bad about the ads themselves. Google, Twitter, and Yahoo are already rocking the mobile advertising arena. One day we will have ads all over our mobile screens. Can we do something about it? Can we change it?

Well, there is a reasonable fear that the only option left is to either stay and play according to the rules of the platform we are using, or to move to some other less ad infected mobile place. Facebook has a nice opportunity to test the very limits of our patience when it comes to the ads tolerance.

Cyanogen Free As The Oxygen

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Here is something different and quite bold at the same time. In the overwhelming majority of cases, which include the promising startups, the talented entrepreneurs cannot wait to sell their concept to the first serious buyer. As usual, the buyers are the major IT players, who do not have problems with the payment itself.

However, the Cyanogen has said NO to Google. In the IT world, one no can echo much wider and louder than any yes, which included the six or seven figure takeovers. If you recall, not to so long ago Snapchat turned down Facebook’s offer, which was worth $3 billion, without even blinking to it.

Is Cyanogen in a similar position? At this point, that is a little bit hard to say. Cynaogen plans to go out and collect no less than one billion dollars for the future development. That is a bold plan, no question about it. On the other hand, Snapchat has turned down $3 billion, but it has received a Yahoo’s investment of $300 millions.

The current estimated value for Snapchat is more than $10 billions. Cynaogen is on the something real, but it still has to go through a thorny path in order to achieve its goals. Who dares wins. Can this be true for Cyanogen, as well? Let us wait and see. For the time being Google will have to wait a little bit longer.

Photo Boomerang Drone

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It turns out that the Intel’s competition “Make It Wearable” was an extremely fruitful ground for some of the fantastic ideas. One of them definitely deserves our undivided attention. The last time we checked the IT drones were the size of a plane. This one will be a size of a butterfly. What can it do?

Well, believe it or not, you will be able to wear a bracelet on your wrist. Almost like a traditional watch. The difference is that there will be a mini flying drone with a tiny camera. It is supposed to fly and take a photo of you. Then it will land back on your arm nice and smooth. Is this SF or what?

It seems that Intel is dead serious about this project. Intel will support the development of this mini-drone with $50,000 and some of its own computer chips. This is really an encouraging thing. Almost anything you can possibly think of can become a reality. Today in the movies, tomorrow in real life.

For what is worth, our sky will be crowded with a guarantee. Amazon, Facebook, Google, and now Intel has announced their airborne plans. We sure hope there is a clear plan of what needs to be done in order for these busy little and big bees to fly around without any problems. The era of drones has begun.

The Anti-Facebook

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You know how it goes, don’t you? For every action there is an opposite reaction. And for every matter, there is supposed to be an antimatter. Right? Can we apply these rules to social networks, as well? It seems that we can. The new social network is called the Ello. It is absolutely ads-free. Is this enough?

Apparently it is. The number of new users is skyrocketing as we speak. They seem to like the very idea behind this unorthodox social network. On the other side, every now and then we can expect something like this to happen. When you are extremely popular, you can expect an “incident” here and there.

Is Ello only an incident? Something we need to use while being angry at Facebook. Or something more serious? We are not saying that Facebook itself will necessarily meet its inglorious end with the introduction of Ello. We are just asking, maybe the time has come for our good old social networks to evolve?

Who is shaping who? We the social networks, or the social networks we? Let us wait and see for how long the Ello will be able to say a Hello to its new users. Maybe that is all what we need to say one simple Hello to the people we know with no ads or complicated rules and with the full respect of our privacy.

Facebook Gets A European Green Light

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Hey Facebook what’s up? Well, it is WhatsApp. The European Regulatory Commission said that there is nothing wrong with the recent takeover of WhatsApp by Facebook. This is a green light worth $19 billions Facebook has been waiting for. Are you confused? What Europe has to do with the US companies?

Well, if you are going to mess up with the EU customers this way or another, then you have to go through EU regulatory bodies. As simple as that. On the other hand, Google has had some difficult times with the EU busy little bees. It seems that the Europeans spell the word privacy quite differently.

This is not such a big deal, if you have a clear overview of a bigger picture. Every major market has its own rules. It is either their way or the highway. The same things happen in China or Russia, for example. Facebook can acquire any company in the world. That is business 101, and nothing more.

However, if it wants to drive smoothly through other countries’ markets, it needs green lights. That is the law itself. If you are not up to monopoly and unfair competition, then you have nothing to worry about. Right? There is no such a difference between the US and the EU English. Right? Except for the word privacy. Right?

Yahoo Investing 101

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The SnapChat is a huge teenage star. No wonder so many major IT players have knocked on its door. Apparently, in vain. According to some serious rumors both Facebook and Google were among these “door’s knockers”. Yet, the SnapChat did not even want to blink for $3 or $4 billion dollar offers.

The time has proved the SnapChat right. The newest estimates say it is worth at least $10 billions. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know what it means, do you? It means, you do not need big name investors, but rather serious investors. And, this is how we have Yahoo involved in this story.

How? Well, Yahoo is very likely to invest $20 millions in SnapChat. Do not allow yourself a luxury of underestimating Yahoo in this investment game. Yahoo is not carrying any gifts to feed the SnapChat’s vanity or make fun of Google and Facebook. It is about something very serious, but what exactly?

Here is a nice reminder. Back in 2005, Yahoo had invested one billion of dollars not emails in the Chinese dragon Alibaba. That was a compensation for the 40% of its net worth. Nowadays, not even one decade later Alibaba’s estimated worth is more than $200 billions. Not emails, but dollars.

Cyber Drones – Real Wings

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What is your first impression when you hear something new about Google, Amazon or Facebook drones? Do you think about mosquitoes or birds, in terms of size? How big they need to be in order to function for years with no need to land? All they would need is the sun and some nice weather.

Well, Facebook will make you to think bigger. How about the Boeing 747 size? Does this change your perception completely? We know what is the reason for these drones to be airborne in the first place. Every single corner of the world, no matter how remote it may be, will get its own access to the Internet.

That is nice and noble. Yet, what is going to happen with the crowded sky all over Africa, South America and Asia? How this flying circus is going to function in real life? Maybe, we will get tired of drones, which deliver both the Internet and bombs? Now, we have a completely different situation.

Who is the most suitable candidate to be our next SkyNet candidate: Facebook, Google or Amazon? Why this sudden airborne interest among the major IT players? Perhaps, we spend too much time staring at the sky that we miss the real troubles happening at our very doorsteps. So many eyes in the skies.

Social Networks And Political Sparks

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There are so many things to help us or make us remember this year’s referendum in Scotland. One of them is definitely related to the unparalleled increase in the use of the social networks for the political purposes, such as this one. These were no ordinary elections, and this was no ordinary use of the social networks.

Without any exaggeration, we can say that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube literally melted due to the intensity of traffic and exchange of information prior and after the independence vote. On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that we have finally witnessed their true power first hand. Are we sure?

Well, it is one thing to influence an election year with posts and tweets, but it is a whole new level when you determine the very future of the new state or one kingdom’s structure. The guys, who know their line of work on these networks, have become extremely important just like any other participant in the campaign.

What is the moral of this story? Probably that you have to win in the cyber space first in order to ensure the results in the real world. How to achieve such a thing in the quickest possible way with the minimum of efforts possible is a completely different story. We need to find some Cyber Highlander to ask him this question.

The Netropolitan Club

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What in the world is that? Well, that is the VIP Facebook. Or, we can define as a club for people, who apparently have more money than time. Talking about money, we have to warn you. The following information may not be suitable for people, who have a tough time going through the current economic crisis.

For what is worth, and you can rest assured it is worth a lot, only the registration fee costs $9,000. In addition, you are obliged to pay a yearly membership fee of $3,000. Let us put it this way, registration plus membership fee will cost you in total one thousand dollars per month during your first year.

So, what do you get in return for that amount of money? Besides the prestige itself? Well, there are no commercials. This is the ads-free social network. On the other side, a thoughtful moderator is always at your personal service. Do we have to mention that you can chat with extremely wealthy people?

Do not look surprised or shocked, and above all do not judge this network. There will always be the VIP versions of the things we use more or less often. Remember the smartphones made of gold or diamonds? So, what is the difference at the end of the day? Hm, who or what is next to be made of gold?