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Internet roundup: Google for non-profits, Facebook location sharing & more

Google for Nonprofits launched in India


Google has partnered with TechSoup to provide Google for Nonprofits to all centrally registered nonprofits in India. Specified Nonprofit Corporations, Public Interest Corporations, and Social Welfare Corporations can apply for this initiative.

The program will allow these nonprofits to free AdWords advertising through keyword targeting, free versions of the Google Apps busines productivity suite which includes Gmail, Docs, Calendar etc and branding capabilities on YouTube channels. Google mentions various nonprofits are already using the program including cancer patients support agency CanSupport. Interested nonprofits can apply for the program here.

Facebook Messenger now lets users share location


Facebook has announced an update to its Messenger app, that allows users to send a map of their whereabouts in messages to others, reports The Next Web. To use the feature, users can tap on the ‘More’ icon to bring up the ‘Location’ option.

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Selecting this option will bring up a map with the user’s location pinned, which can be shared as a new message. Users will also be able to search for a spot to meet up and share that location via messages as well. Location can only be shared via these messages, and the app will require no new permissions to activate this feature.

Facebook launches its Lite app in Asia

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Facebook has launched Facebook Lite, its low data usage lightweight app, in countries across Asia including India. The platform will launch in parts of Latin America, Europe and Africa in the coming few weeks. The platform had previously launched the app in Bangladesh, Nepal, South Africa, Nigeria, Sudan, Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in January.

The ‘Lite’ app itself features standard smartphone features like push notifications, camera integration and chats, although the app is based on Facebook’s feature phone client Snaptu. The app is a lightweight install at just 252KB in size and works on Android versions 2.2 and above, in contrast to Facebook’s primary app, which doesn’t allow users to chat, is over 25MB in size with its companion messenger app being over 16MB in size.

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