Category: Internet Providers
Verizon Acquires Yahoo and Apparently It’s Worth It – Here’s Why
Verizon and Yahoo have been sleeping with each other in one way or another since at least 2005 (when the domain verizon.yahoo.com was launched), but now Verizon is finally going to make an honest woman of Yahoo. Yesterday it was announced that Verizon has acquired Yahoo for $4.83 billion. Now we just need to agree on what the Hollywood-style name for the new couple should be – should it be Veriz-hoo or Yahoozon?
What’s the Big Deal about the Starry Internet Device? Not Much. At Least Not Yet.
If you run in certain circles, you may be hearing people swooning over the Starry Wireless Internet appliance and service. “Starry is a radical new Internet service!” “The Starry router requires no cable, no contract, no technician.” Starry “will revolutionize how we connect to the internet.” “When you move, you just take it with you!” Not so much, at least not yet.
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Why the U.S. is Concerned about Russian Submarine Activity near Undersea Internet Cables
The United States is worrying about something that they consider a new Russian threat: increased Russan submarine activity around the undersea fiber optic cables that carry Internet communications, and the potential that those submarine cables could be severed, crippling U.S. Internet operations. Whether you see this as promoting Russia as a bogeyman, or a real possibility, the reality is that history has demonstrated that undersea Internet cables can be cut, and that it wreaks havoc.
Yes the .Sucks Top Level Domain is Real
Just when you thought it was safe to go into the interwebs, along comes the newest ridiculous top level domain (TLD): .sucks
Why GoDaddy is in the Dog House with Their “Lost Puppy” Superbowl Commercial
GoDaddy’s 2015 Superbowl commercial featuring a lost puppy has been pulled from the Superbowl XLIX lineup over controversy and howls of outrage from animal lovers and animal rights activists. Here’s why.
The Spinning Disks of Internet Slowdown Day Explained
If you go just about anywhere online today, September 10th, 2014, you will find yourself encountering all sorts of banners and graphics of spinning disks (or spinning discs, take your pick), that exhort you to affix your name to a petition to support net neutrality.
How Will the Comcast Time Warner Merger Affect Me?
The Borg are the dreaded, unstoppable enemy that was introduced to us first in Star Trek: The Next Generation. And of course many are familiar with Jeri Ryan’s Borg character, Seven of Nine as she appeared in Star Trek Voyager. The concept of the Borg, what made them so scary, was that they were basically all consuming and couldn’t be stopped. They took new technology and assimilated it into their “collective.” And what was considered inferior was discarded or otherwise ignored.
The Copyright Alert System – What it Means for You
You may have heard recently about the ‘Copyright Alert System’, or “CAS” (also being called the “Six Strikes” system. This is the ‘6 strikes’ system that was proposed by the RIAA as a new way for Internet service providers (ISPs) to help combat the illegal downloading of copyrighted materials such as movies and music. Did you catch that? Your ISP is getting involved in the fight to keep you from downloading illegal content.
Free Wi-Fi in New York City Courtesy of Google
We first reported that Google was aiming to provide free public wifi Internet access to the world over seven years ago, and they kicked off that goal by offering free wi-fi to Mountain View, and now they’ve announced that the area of Chelsea in New York City is the latest recipient of free Google wifi as they do their part to grow Manhattan’s Silicon Alley.
Ongoing List of Sites Down Due to Hurricane Sandy
With Hurricane Sandy having battered the East Coast and Eastern Seaboard, and she has left several websites, such as gawker, gizmodo, jezebel, jalopnik and kotaku, offline as servers are flooded with sea water, and other related problems combine to knock Internet service and sites offline.
Network Solutions Accidentally Deactivates Countless Domains
First it was Go Daddy going down for the count due to a hacker, now it seems that the granddaddy registrar of them all – Network Solutions (NetSol) – has just ‘lost’ countless customer domains, when they accidentally somehow deactivated those domains in the wee hours of the morning. As of this writing, nearly 12 hours later, these lost domains are still down.
The Copyright Alert System: Did You Get a Warning from your ISP for Downloading Copyrighted Material? Here’s Why
Be prepared for a series of virtual hand slaps if your ISP is saying that you downloaded copyrighted or infringing material or files. A “graduated response” program, aimed at cutting down on illegally downloaded files, was rolled out at the beginning of July and has drawn widespread criticism for both its intent, and execution. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) CEO, Cary Sherman, is at the helm of a new initiative that aims to punish those accused of illegal downloading.
Turning the Homeless into Portable Wifi Hotspots: “Homeless Hotspot” Business Model Debuts at SXSW
How many times have you thought “Damn, if only I could get on the Internet right now! Where is the nearest public access wireless hotspot?” And how many times have you seen a homeless person standing on a street corner trying to raise some cash? Well, BBH Labs (the Bs stand for Bartle and Bogle and the H stands for Hegarty) have what they believe to be the answer: combine the two by turning the homeless into on-demand portable wifi hotspots. BBH debuted the so-called “Homeless Hotspots” at South by SouthWest (SXSW) this week, in Austin.
Customers Leave GoDaddy in Droves as CEO Bob Parsons Flaunts Killing Elephant, Defends Elephant Video and Leopard Kills
Usually it’s the feminists who are outraged by the actions of GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons, but this time he’s raised the ire of the animal rights activists, including (but by no means limited to) PETA (which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). It’s not hard to understand – in this day and age people are more likely than not to be upset by the killing of an elephant, let alone by the braggadocio posting of a video of the deed. And despite the timing, the GoDaddy elephant video is no April Fool’s joke – it’s all too real.