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Group plans to beam free Internet across the globe from space

Group plans to beam free Internet across the globe from space
By Eric W. DolanThursday, February 10, 2011 14:32 EDT The charity group A Human Right said it was planning to purchase a satellite that would provide free basic Internet access to developing countries around the world. The group, which was founded by 25-year-old Kosta Grammatis, is currently raising money to buy the TerreStar-1, the largest commercial communications satellite ever built. The group hopes to raise $150,000 to finalize a business plan, investigate the legal and business aspects of submitting a bid for the satellite, and hire engineers to turn the plan into a reality. “We believe that Internet access is a tool that allows people to help themselves – a tool so vital that it should be considered a universal human right,” the website for Buy This Satellite stated. Nearly 5 billion out of the world’s 6.9 billion people don’t have access to the Internet. The group has already managed to raise $44,781. Eric W. Eric W.

Selective Service System: Welcome HuffPost TV: AOL CEO Tim Armstrong: 'The Next Phase Of The Internet Is About Content' "The next phase of the internet is about content," AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said on Monday's PBS NewsHour. His company had just acquired The Huffington Post, and Arianna joined him on the show to discuss what it means for both companies. "It's amazing to see the work, for example, that we can now do on the local space, the global space, around engagement, the women's space, and with original reporting," she said. Arianna also reiterated one of her big themes of the week: that the left-and-right construct in journalism is "obsolete." As for the business end of things, Armstrong focused on how the strengths of the two companies complimented each other.

ANTIPOLYGRAPH Why there's no such thing as an 'Internet kill switch' Opinion February 5, 2011 08:00 AM ET Computerworld - My iPhone rang yesterday evening. Because we both use the Skype app, the call was free and was initiated with the push of an on-screen button. The strange new reality is that calling from India to the U.S. on an iPhone is more convenient than raising your voice to shout into the next room - and the same price. He was on a phone. It got me thinking: Where does the Internet end? Has the Internet assimilated the human race itself? Resistance is futile The Internet was created as a communications network that could not be stopped. A protocol is nothing more than a set of rules. The Internet protocols make sure that the instructions for any click of a link, sending of an e-mail or tweeting of a tweet are broken down into tiny, individually addressed packets of data and sent on their way along whatever path offers least resistance. The rules provide flexibility, and the flexibility provides reliability. Why the Egyptian Internet shutdown failed

Daily Zen List Japan’s internet holds up desipte the quake and tsunami Japan’s network infrastructure has stayed largely intact despite the huge earthquakes and tsunami which struck the island nation Friday. Renesys reported that the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks have not really affected the Internet’s undersea cables that keep Japan connected to the rest of the world. A small percentage of Japanese internet connections went down and many of those have come back up. That shows that, in a country immersed in technology, the Internet can serve as a critical backbone for people who need to communicate their whereabouts to others. I know that much since two of my cousins, one in Tokyo and another in Hokkaido, both posted messages on their Facebook pages saying that they were doing fine. By contrast, when Taiwan got hit by an earthquake in 2006, several carriers got knock out as undersea cables were broken. But on a micro scale, Karow said that a number of top sites had slow downs, rather than site failures, and most lasted less than an hour.

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AT&T, fearing the Internet of things, will impose data caps for broadband users Telecommunications and broadband Internet service provider AT&T will impose caps on the amount of data its U-Verse and DSL users can download starting in May, according to a report by Broadband Reports. The new plan will cap typical DSL users at 150 gigabytes of data each month and U-Verse customers — who also subscribe to television and home phone services — to 250 gigabytes of data each month. AT&T customers will be charged an extra $10 for each 50 gigabytes of data they consume over the monthly limit. AT&T is known for laying the hammer down on bandwidth hogs, a lesson the company learned after dealing with the same problem on its wireless network after the iPhone launched. It was one of the first wireless companies to impose caps on the amount of data iPhone and other smartphone users could download and upload in order to relieve some of the strain on its network. The typical customer uses around 18 gigabytes of data each month, according to AT&T. [Photo: jamonation]

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Egypt denies clampdown on Twitter and Facebook 26 January 2011Last updated at 17:59 Egyptian anti-government activists clashed with police in defiance of a ban on protests Confusion surrounds the use of web tools such as Twitter and Facebook that have been used by protesters in Egypt to co-ordinate action. The Egyptian government denied taking any action to restrict use of the web, saying it respected freedom of expression. However, Twitter said it is being blocked but said many people have found ways round the restrictions. A Swedish mobile video site also reported that it had been blocked. "The government would not resort to such methods," the government's Magdy Rady said of the blocks. However, overnight Twitter put a message on its official PR stream saying that use was being restricted. "Egypt continues to block Twitter & has greatly diminished traffic. Herdict, a project run from Harvard University that collects data about websites that are down, has had many reports about Twitter being occasionally unresponsive during the protests.

The Complete Idiot’s Guides Study Shows 10% of Internet Time Spent Gambling Online Online gambling has flourished in recent years and the growth and popularity of online casinos is far from over. According to a study taken by the Online Gaming Global Outlook a report from 2010 showed that 10% of all online time is spent gambling or playing games at online casinos and other websites. This number is on the move up with no decrease forecasted. Contributing to the success of online gambling is the increase in high speed internet which allows gamblers to download and install the casinos and their games at a much faster rate and the performance is greatly improved compared to the “dial up” internet years. Users can now spend more time enjoying online casino and poker games and with the no-download (flash) games developers now have an open door to the type of games offered. Any online gambler can tell you that the games introduced 10 years ago compared to the games found now at online casinos are greatly enhanced. Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)