Internet

  • 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

  • Are site reliability engineers the next data scientists? Crunch Network

    Are site reliability engineers the next data scientists?

    It’s no secret that “data scientist” is one of the hottest job titles going. DJ Patil famously proclaimed data scientist “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century” before moving on to join the White House as the first chief data scientist of the U.S. Once a rarified in-house role at a few leading Internet companies, data science has since grown into a global… Read More

  • Twitter Forms A “Trust & Safety Council” To Balance Abuse Vs Free Speech

    Twitter Forms A “Trust & Safety Council” To Balance Abuse Vs Free Speech

    Twitter’s latest step in the tricky balancing act of championing free speech without also handing a free pass to orchestrated harassment via its platform is the announcement today that it’s formed a “Trust & Safety Council” comprised of multiple external organizations with various interests in the two issues. The company said today that the Twitter Trust &… Read More

  • With Lo And Behold, Werner Herzog Offers Up A Humanist History Of The Internet

    With Lo And Behold, Werner Herzog Offers Up A Humanist History Of The Internet

    What does a humanist history of the Internet look like? Though it isn’t a documentary in the journalistic sense, Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World paints a unique picture of the bones and skin of our technologically interconnected universe. Read More

  • With $4.3 Million PayJoy Is Ensuring Smartphones Land In The Hands Of The Next 2 Billion

    With $4.3 Million PayJoy Is Ensuring Smartphones Land In The Hands Of The Next 2 Billion

    With Project Loon and Internet.org Companies like Google and Facebook are spending hundreds of millions of dollars each to ensure that everyone on the planet has access to the internet, but with a modest $4.3 million in equity and debt the new startup PayJoy is solving an equally important problem — getting actual smartphones into those people’s hands. Co-founded by Mark Heynen… Read More

  • Chicago And Los Angeles Are Next Up For Google Fiber

    Chicago And Los Angeles Are Next Up For Google Fiber

    You know the drill. Once a city has spoken with Google about bringing Fiber into their hood, there’s a process for the city to go through. A lengthy one. Checklists. The whole nine yards. Two new cities are exploring Fiber with Google and they are Chicago and Los Angeles. Yes, San Francisco has been skipped again and I’m going to go cry into my slow internet from… Read More

  • Samsung Launches Web Browser For Gear VR

    Samsung Launches Web Browser For Gear VR

    You’re strapped into a virtual reality delight and you want to Google something. What do you do? Now you can use a web browser built and optimized specifically for the Samsung Gear VR. The company announced the web browser today, and it’s called simply “Samsung Internet for Gear VR.” Read More

  • Neobase Wants To Become Your Private Home Communications Hub

    Neobase Wants To Become Your Private Home Communications Hub

    Earlier this year, Neone announced its plans to launch a private social network based on a small hardware appliance called the Neobase. The original Neobase Kickstarter didn’t succeed, but instead of giving up, the team decided to rework its original plan, and now Neone is back and ready to sell the Neobase directly to consumers. Read More

  • Data, The Speed Of Light And You Crunch Network

    Data, The Speed Of Light And You

    We — humanity, that is — created 4.4 zettabytes of data last year. This is expected to rise to 44 zettabytes by 2020. And no, I didn’t make up the word “zettabytes.” For scale, it is estimated that 42 zettabytes could store all human speech ever spoken. One zettabyte is around 250 billion DVDs — almost enough fit the whole Friends series. Read More

  • Study: Heavy Internet Use Linked To High Blood Pressure In Teens

    Study: Heavy Internet Use Linked To High Blood Pressure In Teens

    Researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have found a link between heavy Internet use in teens and high blood pressure. Teens who spent over 14 hours a week on the Internet had “elevated blood pressure.” Of the 134 teens studied and defined as heavy Internet users, “26 had elevated blood pressure.” From the report: This is believed to be the first study to show… Read More

  • Why The Internet Needs IPFS Before It’s Too Late Crunch Network

    Why The Internet Needs IPFS Before It’s Too Late

    IPFS isn’t exactly a well-known technology yet, even among many in the Valley, but it’s quickly spreading by word of mouth among folks in the open-source community. Many are excited by its potential to greatly improve file transfer and streaming speeds across the Internet. From my personal perspective, however, it’s actually much more important than that. IPFS eliminates the… Read More

  • The Internet Is Failing The Website Preservation Test

    The Internet Is Failing The Website Preservation Test

    The other day I was writing an article and I wanted to link to a piece I wrote when I was at CITEworld in 2013 — just two years ago. I went searching for it, but soon discovered that IDG, the publication’s owners had taken the site down — and all of its content with it. While this was one small example, it illustrates the issues we have around content preservation on… Read More