Internet

  • Google and Facebook are building the fastest trans-Pacific cable yet

    Google and Facebook are building the fastest trans-Pacific cable yet

    Google and Facebook are teaming up to build a 120 Terabits per second (Tbps) submarine cable that will connect Los Angeles with Hong Kong. The two companies are working with Pacific Light Data Communication — a wholly owned subsidiary of China Soft Power Technology that’s relatively new to the sub-sea cable game. Once the new 12,800 km cable is at full capacity, it’ll be… Read More

  • The U.S. is not ‘handing over’ the internet Crunch Network

    The U.S. is not ‘handing over’ the internet

    Instead of cheering a reduction of needless government involvement, some — including a few members of Congress — are arguing that the U.S. needs to insert itself in a clerical role for certain coordination functions for the internet. The companies, organizations and individuals that actually use the functions have agreed that the U.S. government involvement isn’t needed. Read More

  • Average broadband speed in US rises above 50 megabits for the first time

    Average broadband speed in US rises above 50 megabits for the first time

    Speedtest has released its mid-year broadband speeds report, and there’s actually quite a bit of good news in there. Speeds are steadily increasing despite machinations within the industry, and in fact the average in the U.S. just went north of 50 megabits for the first time ever. Read More

  • Google-backed undersea cable between US and Japan goes online tonight

    Google-backed undersea cable between US and Japan goes online tonight

    Google started making investments in a number of undersea cables back in 2008, but one of its largest investments was in the $300 million FASTER cable between Japan and the U.S. West Coast. Back in 2014, Google announced that it was joining a consortium of six companies, including NEC, China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit and KDDI, to better connect the two countries. As the… Read More

  • 7 of the Internet’s best animated 404 pages

    Gone are the days where a humorous picture or phrase will get your site’s 404 page noticed. In a version of the Internet where GIFs are the new text and videos are the new photos, it’s going to take a lot more than a witty phrase to stand out amongst the crowd. But, we were surprised to see that most sites still aren’t taking advantage of that valuable real estate. Read More

  • 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