Facebook’s internet project turns focus to maps

Facebook Inc. is recruiting editors and experts for its Maps team who will work on improving or delivering internet access to remote, rural parts of the world, CNBC reported. According to the report, new contractors will analyze data from the OpenStreetMap project that uses crowdsourcing to create detailed street maps of areas not represented on typical maps and is also building maps of disaster areas.

Meanwhile, the social media giant said it has abandoned its plans to build high-altitude drones that would, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “deliver the internet to everyone.” The so-called project Aquila began couple of years ago, when Facebook bought British drone maker Ascenta. The Aquila team designed solar-powered drones and tested them over Arizona desert. When Ascenta founder Andrew Cox left Facebook in May, the company decided to abandon the project.


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