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Wireless carriers openly considering charging per service (update: audio) -- Engadget - http://www.engadget.com/2010...
That slide above is no joke -- it comes from a marketing webinar put on by two companies that count Verizon, AT&T and Vodafone as clients, and it describes a system that identifies customer internet activity and charges a different rate for using Facebook than watching YouTube, while allowing access to Vodafone services for free. Yes, that's basically the nightmare scenario for net neutrality advocates. The two companies behind the slide are Allot Communications and Openet, which sell subscriber-management tools to carriers around the world -- tools that Allot's director of marketing says can scan even encrypted packets to determine what service customers are using and charge accordingly. We're not making this up -- here's the direct quote from the webinar: - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
YouTube Is Said to Be in Talks to Buy Next New Networks - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2010...
SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube, the video site owned by Google, is in talks to buy Next New Networks, a Web video production company, according to two people briefed on the discussions. The acquisition would be YouTube’s first major foray into producing original content, and shows how intently YouTube is focused on offering professional shows, not just amateur videos and other short clips. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Air Force Blocks Access to Sites That Posted Secret Cables - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2010...
The Air Force is barring its personnel from using work computers to view the Web sites of The New York Times and more than 25 other news organizations and blogs that have posted secret cables obtained by WikiLeaks, Air Force officials said Tuesday. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites - WSJ.com - http://online.wsj.com/article...
"We built Google for users, not websites, and our goal is to give users answers," a Google spokeswoman said in a statement. "Sometimes the most useful answer isn't '10 blue links,' but a map for an address query, or a series of images for a query like 'pictures of Egyptian pyramids.' We often provide these results in the form of 'quick answers' at the top of the page, because our users want a quick answer." - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Group finds 5 main flaws with proposed Net Neutrality rules | Tech Policy & Law News - Betanews - http://www.betanews.com/article...
The principle concern these groups have is the Order's omission of "Paid Prioritization," or the ability for service providers to set payment tiers for different types of services and allocate bandwidth accordingly. "Paid prioritization is the antithesis of openness. Any framework that does not prohibit such economic discrimination arrangements is not real Net Neutrality," the letter said. "Without a clear ban on such practices, ISPs will move forward with their oft-stated plans to exploit their dominant position and favor their own content and services and those of a few select paying partners through faster delivery, relegating everyone else to the proverbial dirt road." AT&T's Hank Hultquist openly mocked these groups' knowledge of such issues in August, calling them the "Church of Extreme Net Neutrality," who preach the "old time religion of the dumb network" without taking all facts into consideration. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Google DoubleClick Caught Serving Malicious Ad | Threat Level | Wired.com - http://www.wired.com/threatl...
The malicious advertisement, for gift cards, originates from a bogus advertising agency called AdShufffle, with three f’s in the name. The name appears to be playing off legitimate advertiser AdShuffle. The malicious ad has appeared on sites for Runnersworld.com and OrganicGardening.com, among other sites that are still being determined. Runnersworld.com and OrganicGardening.com are published by the Emmaus, Pennsylvania-based Rodale Inc. A company spokeswoman said the ads have been taken down. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Google App Store Limits App Sizes, For Now | News & Opinion | PCMag.com - http://www.pcmag.com/article...
According to Google's Chrome App guidelines, the limit for "packaged" apps is 10 Mbytes. The company does have a way to get around this limit, however, via hosted apps that require a persistent wired or wireless connection. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Groklaw - Google's Motion to Dismiss Paul Allen's Patent Infringement Complaint Granted - http://www.groklaw.net/article...
Paul Allen's patent infringement complaint against the world and its dog has been dismissed. The court agreed with Google et al that it "lacks adequate factual detail to satisfy the dictates of Twombly and Iqbal" and also "fails to provide sufficient factual detail as suggested by Form 18". The court doesn't agree with Allen's Interval Licensing that the two cases do not apply to patent complaints, but it doesn't even need to go there: "The Court does not find it necessary to determine whether Form 18 is no longer adequate under Twombly and Iqbal because Plaintiff's complaint fails to satisfy either the Supreme Court's interpretation of Rule 8 or Form 18." - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Android Developers Blog: Android Market Client Update - http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2010...
With a focus on improving discoverability and merchandising, we’ve introduced a new carousel on the home and category screens. Users can quickly flip through the carousel to view promoted applications and immediately go to the download page for the application they want. Developers have been very active in creating great Widgets and Live Wallpapers. To make it easier for users to find their favorites, we’re introducing two new categories for Widgets and Live Wallpapers. Applications that include Widgets and Wallpapers will be automatically added to those new categories. We’ll also be adding more categories for popular applications and games in the weeks ahead. In addition, the app details page now includes Related content, which makes it easier for users to quickly find apps of similar interest. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Chrome 8 goes final with PDF viewer, Web Store support | Electronista - http://www.electronista.com/article...
Google today quietly released a finished version of Chrome 8. The stable release adds a new built-in PDF viewer that, like Safari, saves having to use a companion app. The tool is sandboxed to prevent a rogue PDF from compromising the browser and posing a security threat to the rest of the system. Although not directly mentioned, developers have also revealed that Chrome 8 should have the underlying framework for the Chrome Web Store. Google's portal will let users shop for web-based apps, such as Flash games or HTML-based productivity tools, without having to visit separate sites. Access to the store isn't currently active. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Official Google Enterprise Blog: A bridge to the cloud: Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office now available to early testers - http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010...
Users of Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 can sync their Office documents to the Google cloud, without ever leaving Office. Once synced, documents are backed-up, given a unique URL, and can be accessed from anywhere (including mobile devices) at any time through Google Docs. And because the files are stored in the cloud, people always have access to the current version. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Level 3 Communications Issues Statement Concerning Comcast's Actions - MarketWatch - http://www.marketwatch.com/story...
"On November 19, 2010, Comcast informed Level 3 that, for the first time, it will demand a recurring fee from Level 3 to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast's customers who request such content. By taking this action, Comcast is effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content. This action by Comcast threatens the open Internet and is a clear abuse of the dominant control that Comcast exerts in broadband access markets as the nation's largest cable provider. "On November 22, after being informed by Comcast that its demand for payment was 'take it or leave it,' Level 3 agreed to the terms, under protest, in order to ensure customers did not experience any disruptions. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Google Offered To Buy Twitter For $2.5-$4 Billion – Sources - http://www.businessinsider.com/google-...
Earlier this year, as part of an on-going dialogue between Google's corporate development team and Twitter, Google floated the idea of an acquisition with a price around $2.5 billion, we've heard from a source close to an executive involved in the talks. We'd caution that this was not a formal offer – more of a casual offer to offer. The overture was refused – even characterized as "insulting." - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Hard-Coding Bias in Google "Algorithmic" Search Results - http://www.benedelman.org/hardcod...
Suppose the prominent links to Google Finance and Health were actually the result of a genuine algorithmic search -- the same process that yields Google's ordinary algorithmic search results. Then, as confirmed through my comma search tool and through collective experience with Google Search, a trailing comma should not change which results are listed. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Official Google Voice app for iPhone hits the App Store -- Engadget - http://www.engadget.com/2010...
A few weeks after third-party apps started filtering in, Google's launched its own Google Voice app for the iPhone, and it looks to have all the most important features: call and text support, push notifications, and voicemail access (including transcriptions). It's available right now -- US only at the moment -- on iPhones with iOS 3.1 or higher as long as you've got a valid Google Voice account set up... so get to it. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Google Launches Hotpot, A Recommendation Engine for Places - http://www.readwriteweb.com/archive...
Leo's tool? Google has just released Hotpot, a recommendation engine for places. The aim of Hotpot is to make local recommendations more personal and relevant, by recommending places based on your ratings and the ratings of your friends. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Google CEO: Android Is for Touch, Chrome OS Is for Keyboards - http://mashable.com/2010...
Schmidt says to expect Chrome OS “in the next few months” and the new version of Android (a.k.a. Gingerbread) in the next few weeks. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Facebook | See the Messages that Matter - http://blog.facebook.com/blog...
Today I'm excited to announce the next evolution of Messages. You decide how you want to talk to your friends: via SMS, chat, email or Messages. They will receive your message through whatever medium or device is convenient for them, and you can both have a conversation in real time.  You shouldn't have to remember who prefers IM over email or worry about which technology to use.  Simply choose their name and type a message. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Google Gives All Employees Surprise $1,000 Cash Bonus And 10% Raise - http://www.businessinsider.com/google-...
Google has given all of its employees $1,000 cash "holiday bonuses" and 2011 salary increases of at least 10%, a loyal reader tells us. The 10% company-wide raise will take effect on January 1, 2011. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Evernote 2.0 For Android Packs Many Punches - http://techcrunch.com/2010...
Evernote is rolling out version 2 of their app for Android phones, and it represents the biggest update to functionality on any platform in a single release. Updated home screen, tighter integration with the Google Search widget, background synchronization, and simpler sorting with improved views are all great new features, but the most interesting aspect of this update for current Evernote users will be the marked improvement in speed. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Google LatLong: Regarding the boundary between Costa Rica and Nicaragua - http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2010...
Yesterday we became aware of a dispute that referenced the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua as depicted on Google Maps. This morning, after a discussion with the data supplier for this particular border (the U.S. Department of State), we determined that there was indeed an error in the compilation of the source data, by up to 2.7 kilometers. The U.S. Department of State has provided a corrected version and we are now working to update our maps. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Verizon Drops Distribution of White Pages in Pa. - ABC News - http://abcnews.go.com/Busines...
Verizon will stop delivering residential White Pages in Pennsylvania next year, a cost-saving and environmentally friendly move that acknowledges more people are going online to track down phone numbers. The state Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved Verizon's plan to stop delivering the residential phone books, unless a customer specifically requests one. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Google Maps Caught in Border Dispute - Tech Europe - WSJ - http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-eu...
However, in a statement to Tech Europe, the Nicaraguan Embassy in London said: “The Government of Nicaragua has formally requested to Google not to accept the petition of Costa Rica to modify the border demarcation presented on Google Maps service, which recognizes Harbour Head as Nicaraguan territory. The path presented by Google corresponds to the various treaties that define the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border.” - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Google Android Turns 3 - http://mashable.com/2010...
Today marks exactly three years since Google and a slew of hardware and carrier partners officially announced the Android mobile operating system. It was almost a year after that before the first major Android handset was released – the G1 on T-Mobile – and not until late 2009 that the Motorola Droid, complete with an aggressive ad campaign, catapulted the platform into the mainstream consciousness. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Hulu Plus coming to all PS3 users | The Digital Home - CNET News - http://news.cnet.com/8301-13...
Hulu is slowing ramping up the availability of its Hulu Plus platform. Current owners of the 2010 models of Sony Bravia HDTVs started getting access to Hulu Plus yesterday. And next week, the company plans to make Hulu Plus available to PlayStation 3 owners who have a free PlayStation Network account. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
» Google Lobbyist Urged White House to Pressure FTC on Privacy - Big Government - http://biggovernment.com/kboehm...
Yesterday we reported that the FTC’s decision to close it’s investigation into the Google WiSpy affair came less than a week after President Obama attended a $30,000-plate fundraiser at the California home of senior Google executive Marissa Mayer. It also came four days after Google, after months of denials, admitted for the first time that its “Street View” video cameras were intercepting emails, passwords and website addresses sent by unsuspecting Internet users. Now we’ve learned that on September 28, 2009, Becky Burr, another Google lobbyist at Wilmer Hale, emailed White House officials Susan Crawford and Andrew McLaughlin asking for a meeting to request the White House’s assistance in urging the Federal Trade Commission to back off on privacy. Ms. Burr’s email request was as follows (PDF of email exchange can be found here See pages 50-52): - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
YES, Google needs to keep innovating. YES, Google often goes to sleep at the switch. But NO, a moderate improvement in some search results (arguably) will not vault a new search engine to prominence. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Google Sues The US Government For Only Considering Microsoft Solutions | Techdirt - http://www.techdirt.com/article...
Eric Goldman alerts us to the interesting bit of news that Google has sued the US government -- specifically the Department of the Interior, for not seriously considering Google Apps when it put out a Request for Quotation (RFQ) to handle its messaging needs. Specifically, the DOI stated upfront in the RFQ that the solution had to be part of the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite. Google is making the argument that this is "unduly restrictive of competition," and it seems like they've got a decent argument there. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Introducing the Google APIs console - http://www.google.com/buzz...
We're unveiling the Google APIs console today, another big step in unifying and simplifying the Google developer experience. This project is the result of a lot of hard work spanning a number of different teams, and I'm thrilled to see it ship. - Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Lars Rasmussen Quits Google, Joins Facebook - http://www.smh.com.au/technol...
"It feels to me that Facebook may be a sort of once-in-a-decade type of company," Rasmussen said in a telephone interview last night, explaining how he decided to end his six-year tenure at Google after a "compelling personal pitch" from Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. - Jeff Jarvis
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