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  • Netflix launches its own speed test website, Fast.com

    Netflix launches its own speed test website, Fast.com

    Netflix wants you to know how fast your internet connection is, and has today launched a new website, Fast.com, that will give you that information. Basically, it’s a simplified speed test website that only focuses on download speed – as this is the metric that determines your video quality. The goal with the site is to help you figure out who’s to blame when you have a… 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

  • Costs And Risks Of UK’s Draft Surveillance Powers Probed

    Costs And Risks Of UK’s Draft Surveillance Powers Probed

    A U.K. parliamentary committee tasked with scrutinizing the new surveillance powers contained in the draft Investigatory Powers Bill has heard several contradictory views on the proposed legislation. Read More

  • ProtonMail On Battling A Sustained DDoS Attack

    ProtonMail On Battling A Sustained DDoS Attack

    Encrypted webmail provider, ProtonMail, has been fighting a wave of DDoS attacks since November 3 that, by last Friday, had taken its service offline for more than 24 hours. At the time of writing the attacks are still coming. Read More

  • PornTime Is PopcornTime For Other Kinds Of Movies

    PornTime Is PopcornTime For Other Kinds Of Movies

    If you’ve ever used PopcornTime you’ll agree that the Internet is at once amazing and highly subversive. PopcornTime, for example, is a great celestial jukebox of movies streamed from Torrent sites in seconds, a proposition that frightens studios but pleases the consumer. PornTime, by corollary, is a great celestial jukebox of porn streamed from those same Torrent sites that… Read More

  • Google Shames Slow U.S. ISPs With Its New YouTube Video Quality Report

    Google Shames Slow U.S. ISPs With Its New YouTube Video Quality Report

    The relationship between ISPs and large content providers like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube has become pretty contentious lately. To bring some transparency into how well ISPs deliver video content, Netflix launched its ISP Speed Index a while ago and today, YouTube is bringing a somewhat similar report to the U.S. Read More

  • A Photographer’s Take On The iPhone 5S Camera

    A Photographer’s Take On The iPhone 5S Camera

    The iPhone 5S announcement this week was punctuated with a lot of specs and buzzwords. Much of it centered around the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner and the 64-bit processor. But the most intriguing to me was the camera advancements. Apple has been putting a major focus on the camera in the iPhone for a couple of years now. A recent Apple ad touted that more people take pictures with the… Read More

  • Agawi Partners With NVIDIA To Deliver Ready-To-Stream Gaming Architecture To ISPs And Telcos

    Agawi Partners With NVIDIA To Deliver Ready-To-Stream Gaming Architecture To ISPs And Telcos

    Internet providers have been demoted to dumb tubes with the advent of services like Netflix, iTunes, Spotify and others, which is not where they want to be. Agawi, which has spent the past few years building its cloud gaming infrastructure, is now pursuing its plans of making that tech, code named VG36, commercially available to ISPs, with a ready-to-roll white label solution they can pass on… Read More

  • Austin Tops San Francisco In Study Of Fastest Download Speeds

    Austin Tops San Francisco In Study Of Fastest Download Speeds

    Pando Networks is releasing new data today about American broadband speeds, taken from over 10 million downloads facilitated by the company’s consumer-facing software throughout the course of 2011. The study’s goal was to discover which cities in the U.S. had the fastest average download speeds, and not surprisingly, major tech hotspots like San Francisco, Austin, Seattle and New… Read More

  • FCC Analysis Reveals ISP Speed Winners And Losers

    FCC Analysis Reveals ISP Speed Winners And Losers

    So let’s say you walk into a Best Buy looking for a new tablet. You walk up to the guy in the blue polo and tell him what you’re looking for. After taking you to the tablet section, he whips out a handkerchief and blindfolds you. “They’re all really good!” he promises. “The one on the left is $499, the one in the middle is $549, and the one on the right is… Read More

  • Comcast's 105Mbps On Deck For National Rollout

    Comcast is about to nationally roll out its 105Mbps (!) Internet service. The ISP hopes to have the service in several of its top markets, including Boston, Chicago, Denver, and Miami, bringing the total number of potential subscribers up to 40 million. Considering so much of legitimate media consumption these days is based on streaming, having a super fast Internet connection will only help to… Read More

  • Verizon FiOS to No Longer Require Contract

    Lately, Verizon has been attacked by cable companies for its aversion to contract-free services. To combat those statements, today, Verizon has announced a contract-free bundle that includes FiOS TV, internet and voice services for $99 a month. This new price will be guaranteed for one whole year. Previously, customers had to pay an extra $20 per month to be contract-free. Keep reading to see… Read More

  • UK ISPs prepare for Digital Economy P2P fallout

    The Digital Economy Act passed in the UK, as you know, and it’s pretty terrible. One of the more spicy sections of the law involved peer-to-peer use, and how it basically makes ISPs responsible for what their customers download. So if HBO finds that you’ve been download “The Pacific,” (really good show, by the way, much to my surprise) it can contact your ISP… Read More

  • What is Comcast going to do with all its money?

    Do you have Comcast stock? Are you concerned with all the money the company has in its coffers? Yes, that sounds ludicrous, being concerned that a company has a lot of money on hand, but the fear is that Comcast could be ramping up for a big media buy, something no one wants to see. Read More

  • Guess why the big ISPs have refused broadband stimulus money

    There’s two ways to look at the story that many of the country’s biggest ISPs have refused government stimulus money for broadband infrastructure investment. One, the ISPs patently don’t need the money, and are more than capable of delivering broadband to as many Americans as possible with their own capital. Two, the ISPs could use the money, but they’d prefer not to… Read More

  • Verizon calls out Cablevision over ‘fastest broadband in America’ claim

    Game on! Cablevision, a cable company that serves the suburbs of New York City, and whose ISP, OptimumOnline, I use, recently announced that it will offer the fastest broadband in America starting next month. Speeds will top out at 101 megabits per second down, 15 megabits per second up. (That translates to around 12.6 megabytes per second down, 1.8 megabytes per second up. BitTorrent seeding… Read More

  • AT&T is the first ISP to cooperate with RIAA's new ‘spot the copyright infringer’ scheme

    The RIAA received some rare “good press” a few months ago when it announced that it would no longer go after individual file sharers. But then, approximately 27 seconds later, we began hating it again when it emerged that, instead of going after individual file shares, it would work with ISPs to weed out file sharers. A distinction without meaning, I say. Anyhow, AT&T is the… Read More

  • Luck ran out: Irish ISP agrees to music industry demands to selectively block access to Web sites

    An Irish ISP has apparently buckled under the pressure of The Man, and will now block access to any and every site The Man asks it to. Think The Pirate Bay and related sites. Let’s put on our outrage hats, everyone. Read More

  • The FTC updates its privacy guidlines, for privacy

    Here’s one for you tin foil-wearing privacy advocates. (God bless you, but constantly being attuned to The Man watching your every move must be exhausting.) The Federal Trade Commission has set up a whole slew of new suggestions—not quite regulations, then—for Web sites in order to make their privacy policies more clear, and to regulate (without actually regulating) how… Read More

  • The RIAA won't find ISPs so eager to cooperate with its new anti-piracy scheme

    The RIAA’s new scheme to fight music piracy doesn’t sit well with small ISPs. Under the plan, rather than file lawsuit after lawsuit against John and Jane Doe, who may or may not even exist, the RIAA wants ISPs to cooperate with it by, ultimately, cutting people off from the Internet. That’s not going to happen easily Read More