Facebook wants to bring free web access to 100 countries by end of year

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BARCELONA — Facebook told a few members of the press this week that its Internet.org initiative, which aims get more of the world's population online, is on track for an aggressive expansion.

Chris Evans, VP of Internet.org at Facebook, said the company plans to expand into 100 countries by the end of the year. The program is currently set up in six countries — Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Colombia and India — and has helped more than 7 million people access health, employment and local information services without data charges.

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Audi Sends A Self-Driving Car 566 Miles To CES

Audi takes a group of journalists to CES in "Jack," via piloted driving.

According to Audi, the best way to avoid a mind-numbing stretch of highway is to let the car do the driving. Audi has showed off its "piloted driving" technology before, but the company's latest stunt is a two-day, long distance journey that's specifically timed to the start of the Consumer Electronics Show, which opens today in Las Vegas and is intended to showcase technology that's "production ready." The A7, affectionately named "Jack," left San Francisco Sunday and will arrive in Vegas 566 miles later.

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Chris Hadfield’s ‘Guide to Optimism’ for the New Year

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Chris Hadfield wants to hear your New Year's resolutions.

In a video called "Guide to Optimism", the retired Canadian astronaut shared his optimistic take on the state of the world today, citing a continuing rise in global literacy, a decrease in infant morality rates and the eradication of deadly diseases, such as smallpox in 1980 and rinderpest in 2011

"We live the way we do because people chose to tackle their problems head-on," Hadfield says, before encouraging people to actively take up causes they're passionate about in the New Year.

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