Internet

  • ToyTalk renames to PullString, repositions as authoring tool for bots

    ToyTalk renames to PullString, repositions as authoring tool for bots

    ToyTalk, the startup that mashed together Barbie and the Internet of Things and let your kids chat away with Thomas the Tank Engine for hours on end, is cashing out on the bot craze with a slight realignment of philosophy — and a new name. The company developed a whole toolset — called PullString — to enable writers to create narratives for children’s toys. Read More

  • The open web is not going away Crunch Network

    The open web is not going away

    Dries Buytaert and Matt Mullenweg recently posted calls to arms in defense of the “open web.” I, too, am a believer in the open web. It delivers on the promise of the Internet: a world in which everyone is connected, and you can command as much attention as your content deserves. But I agree with them that it is threatened by dominant technology companies who have an economic… Read More

  • The Internet is made with carrots, not sticks Crunch Network

    The Internet is made with carrots, not sticks

    The Internet is at once global and local. The nature of internetworking means that the global Internet is built only of other networks. There is a small but key point of coordination on the Internet, called the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). The U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications & Information Administration recently received a proposal to change the… Read More

  • The death of ‘Internet’

    The death of ‘Internet’

    On April 2, the folks responsible for the entries in the Associated Press Stylebook announced that the word “Internet” will no longer be uppercased, thus breaking my heart and making some of our writers very happy. Read More

  • Relaxing of foreign investment rules set to shake up India’s e-commerce market

    Relaxing of foreign investment rules set to shake up India’s e-commerce market

    India’s e-commerce space might be about to get a shake-up after the government appeared to open the door to overseas companies owning majority stakes in domestic internet sales companies. Read More

  • Google Fiber’s latest innovation is a landline

    Google Fiber’s latest innovation is a landline

    Google Fiber may be the holy grail of Internet service for many, but many people still rely on landlines for everyday communication purposes or emergency use. In order to allow its subscribers to sever connections with the old local ISPs and telecoms completely, Google will soon offer home phone service for Fiber subscribers. Read More

  • The 50-year digital relationship Crunch Network

    The 50-year digital relationship

    I occasionally meet people who think the Internet is going to go away someday. Yes, some of its pieces do move around a bit. Bye, Friendster! Hello, Peach!* But its core benefit — your ability to find any information any time, and to build relationships around common interests at any distance — aren’t going anywhere. Ever. Read More

  • Amazon begins reselling Comcast services on its new site, the Amazon Cable Store

    Amazon begins reselling Comcast services on its new site, the Amazon Cable Store

    Amazon is now reselling Comcast’s Internet and television service on its site, via a newly launched section called Amazon Cable Store – a branding that implies Comcast may be the first of other cable providers yet to come. The Cable Store allows customers to browse a variety of packages, from Internet-only deals up to combined Internet/TV/phone bundles, complete a credit check… Read More

  • Building a brand-new Internet Crunch Network

    Building a brand-new Internet

    We do not possess the ability to read the future, and yet we can predict with a high level of certainty that we will see more major cybersecurity incidents in 2016 and 2017. The world’s cybersecurity capability is not able to advance in line with the growing vulnerabilities. Incremental security changes will not work. We need disruptive innovation. Read More

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