Archive for 2010/08/17
It goes without saying that texting is startlingly popular—but what does popular even mean? Mashable has an infographic illustrating who’s texting the most (hint: teen girls), where, and how far we’ve come since the advent of the SMS.
ISP Eclipse Internet has today warned about the impact that Yahoo’s recent acquisition of the rights to stream UK Barclays Premier League Football highlights could have. The service, which offers approximately 5 minutes worth of video clips for every game played, could cause some internet users to exceed their monthly usage allowances and thus incur significant extra costs.
It’s impossible to imagine but IMS Research has claimed that by the end of August 2010 the world will be home to 5 BILLION Internet connected devices. This includes personal computers, phones, ebook readers, bank atm machines, smart fridges and iPad’s; just a small selection of the devices that go online each day from various locations around the globe.
Hopes that HBO content would soon stream on Netflix’s Watch Instantly service appear to be dashed, as statements from HBO’s co-president point to the company focusing on its own streaming service instead.
It was fun while it lasted. I had wondered how Grooveshark could charge just $3 a month for unlimited on-demand music streams to your iPhone while other companies charge more than three times as much.
Turns out, it can’t.
Earlier this month, the Grooveshark iPhone app appeared in Apple’s App Store. On Monday, Apple pulled the app. According to Grooveshark’s blog, Apple received a complaint from Universal Music Group UK.
During his visit to the the Swedish capital Stockholm, Wikileaks spokesman Julian Assange struck a deal with the local Pirate Party. The Party, which participates in the national elections next month, will host several new Wikileaks servers to protect the freedom of the press and help the whistleblower site to carry out its operation.
Yes, the situation is ridiculous, but this is an emotionally driven topic, and the response people want to see is what Craigslist is doing proactively, not how others are worse.
Judge Raquel Fernandino has launched a probe to determine if the company illegally collected data from unsecured wireless networks while its SnoopMobiles scoured the streets.
The band’s music continues to be available in superior lossless format on unlicensed music sites.
Are you a privacy lawyer? Would you take pride in working for a company with “a real soul”? Is your brain impervious to cognitive dissonance? Could you grow a brass neck?
If you answered “yes!” to all of the above questions then Google has the job for you.
Google UK’s new lawyer will also presumably be working with Peter Fleischer, the Paris-based global Privacy Counsel. He’s a man who knows the perils of taking on the privacy brief at the world’s dominant web firm: he’s a wanted criminal in Italy as a result.
Android users consume more data than iPhone users and are more likely to stream video over 3G as well.
The FCC crunches the numbers and reveals a dirty secret: real broadband speeds and “up to” broadband speeds aren’t even close. Most Americans get half the “up to” speed they purchased.
For now, broadband buyers should just expect their connections to offer about half the promised maximum speed. If that gets you down, just remember: you aren’t in this alone. UK broadband users also see speeds only half as fast as advertised.
Google wants all the money, and the FCC wants all the power. Google controls the FCC, for now, so they are perfectly comfortable. Deep packet inspection is inevitable, but if Google can delay it for a few years then they will have an extra few billion dollars in their pockets. If Google and the FCC succeed in taking over the Internet, you will live under their thumb.
The company’s customers include Comcast, which installed the Fairshare system as part of its “protocol-agnostic” bandwidth management approach after getting called on the carpet by the Federal Communications Commission for blocking upstream BitTorrent requests. Almost half of Sandvine’s Fairshare Traffic Management customers are mobile network operators.
The malicious software attack warning appears limited to users of FireFox. We spoke with a Pirate Bay IRC operator who goes by the name Tequila, who suggested it’s probably a false alarm.
DiaryDig.org is an independently produced website which provides an easy way to search through the Afghan War Diaries, which were made public by Wikileaks on 25th July 2010. The documents are a set of over 76,000 reports (with more coming in the future) which cover the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2009.
From here, you can browse through all of the documents that have been released, organized by type, category, date, number of casualties, and many other properties. From any document page, clicking on the green underlined text will open a popup that links to other documents that contain those phrases, making it possible to see important search terms and connections that you might not otherwise notice.
Hackers stole customer data from eight online supermarkets in Japan, including Uny Co. and Neo Beat Co, in July using a hacking technique called SQL injection to access their databases, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday.
A source close to Neo Beat, which also operates the websites of these online supermarkets, said it believes that the approximately 30,000 unauthorized accesses to its database server were likely ‘‘perpetrated by a group of professional hackers.’‘
A quick search on Google and Yahoo! revealed that there are around 500,000 and 5,000,000 domains affected and serving malware, respectively. A manual check of some 200 parked domains on the list showed that all of them were provided with the malware-serving widget.
The World Trade Organization has ruled that the European Union should not have imposed duties on certain electronics products imported from the U.S., Japan and Taiwan. The Geneva-based body has also ordered that the duties must be lifted otherwise the E.U. faces trade sanctions.
MobiTV announced the availability of a new technology that will allow download of mobile media content for local playback on the BlackBerry Torch smartphone from AT&T.
One proven way to maximize the availability of mobile network bandwidth is to offload as much traffic as possible onto WiFi or other fixed networks. And if ABI Research is correct, nearly half of all mobile traffic will be diverted to the fixed network by 2015.
I can understand 3D porn movies at home, but IMAX 3D porn? Who wants to sit through two hours of explicit 60-foot tall 3D sex scenes, no matter how engrossing the plot could be? With other people around, I mean.
A year after Fujifilm introduced the first 3D camera to us, they’ve fine-tuned their encore act, the W3—which shoots 3D video in 720p resolution, taking it from VGA to HD.
As the line between traditional TV programming and online video continues to blur, Google and Adobe are jumping out ahead to showcase what’s coming with Google TV
ComScore’s July online-video rankings reveal that, as expected, Google’s YouTube reigns supreme as a destination among online-video consumers. It is followed by Yahoo and Facebook, respectively.
The court ordered the site’s owner to pay “$3,053,339 of inappropriate profits, $63,600 of attorney’s fees, and $85,478,600 of statutory damages.”
We’ve been discussing the need for a federal anti-SLAPP law for a while, to protect people against frivolous lawsuits designed solely to get people not to speak up.
RIM will be talking to the Indian government this week – trying to explain just how difficult it is to intercept encrypted communications, while promising to do just that.
Why do we care about a processor that calculates probabilities instead manipulating of data to get a certainty? Because an increasing number of applications in far-ranging fields are about trying to figure out the probability of something happening and acting on those probabilities.