How Megaupload Takedown Hurts Cloud Computing

How self-destructive US policies are hurting hiring and industry

One of the biggest concerns regarding the passage of SOPA is that entire domain names could be blocked by federal authorities due to a single offending blog or web page. In this past week, major websites such as Wikipedia and Google engaged in an education campaign in order to have consumers put pressure on politicians who eventually reversed course on their support of the bill.

On a...

By Rich Tehrani, 23 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Content, Government, Piracy.

Megaupload founder arrested as US shut down popular file-sharing site

The founder of one of the world’s biggest file-sharing websites, Megaupload, has been arrested for running the website that breaks US online piracy laws.

Kim Dotcom (also known as Kim Schmitz) and three others now face extradition hearings and prison after the US Department of Justice sent New Zealand police to seize their 'playboy lifestyle' homes on Thursday.

More than $8 million in cash, luxury cars and guns were also seized after search warrants were granted around...

By Dani Millward, 20 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Piracy.

SOPA under fire from all sides

Wikipedia, the world’s fifth most visited website, has today replaced its English language pages with a holding page in protest against controversial anti piracy legislation currently making its way through the US Congress.

For 24 hours, Wickipedia’s global English-language pages have been replaced by a landing page explaining the issues surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). If passed, the legislation could “fatally damage the free...

By Matt Henkes, 18 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Government, Industry, Licensing, N America.

Will Companies Be Forced into Google+?

A month or so ago, Google started to integrate corporate Google+ results into its SERPs or search engine results pages. On the one hand this isn’t such a surprising move as a few days after my Google+ personal page went live it showed up in a Google alert for my name.

The potential challenge here is with this new search result behavior Google may be using its near-monopoly in search to take over another market – namely social networking. While the...

By Rich Tehrani, 24 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Government.

2 Insanely Simple Steps to Completely Bypass the Stop Online Piracy Act

How completely BROKEN is the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)?

Here are the two steps ANY consumer can take to COMPLETELY bypass the DNS filtering proposed in SOPA:

1. Find The Computer's DNS Settings

On a Mac, go into System Preferences, then Network, select the network connection being used (typically "Wi-Fi" or "Ethernet") and then click on the "Advanced..." button in the lower right corner. On the resulting screen, click on the "DNS" tab to see a screen like this one:

SystemPreferences

On a Windows computer, go into the Control Panel and look for "Network and Sharing Center", find the adapter being used, right-click it and choose "Properties". Next click on "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" (or IPv6 should you use...

By Dan York, 19 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government.

If Government IT requirements are not driving the tech train, what can be done?

Not too long ago, the government drove the information technology (IT) narrative for computing and telecommunicaitons.  There are many examples:

  • Lease and use of the Hollerith punchcard system for the Cenus of the United States of America. This legitimized the use of technology to improve business activities.
  • The “first” all-electronic computer (albeit without stored programs) the ENIAC. Funded by the government to speed ballistics calculations.  This mainstreamed the idea of digital computation
  • The purchase of the first Univac computer for the US Census Bureau (one...

By Wesley Kaplow, 12 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security.

Do data caps punish the wrong users?

Datacaps-thumbIn late 2009, Herman Wagter and myself wrote an article entitled “Is the ‘bandwidth hog’ a myth?” postulating that the way most ISPs were looking at their users’ consumption patterns was misaligned with what really happens in access networks.

In particular, we suggested that the limitations imposed on heavy users (the so-called “bandwidth hogs”) by ISPs hoping to alleviate congestion were unlikely to work because the ISPs’ worldview confused data consumption and bandwidth usage, i.e. how much data was downloaded over a whole period with how...

By Benoît FELTEN, 01 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Government.

Apple gets the nudge on Samsung in patent wars

As Apple and Samsung continue to circle each other in the ring over a number of alleged patent infringements, the lawyers in the Californian corner may have landed a couple of jabs that could lead to victory, in this round at least.

As you have no doubt read, Apple is obstructing the release and continued sale of various Samsung products, fighting a bruising 20 cases across 10 countries on the grounds of design patent infringement on a number of features built into its iPhone and iPad devices.

A number of...

By Matt Henkes, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America.

Should We Define 4G Before the Government Does?

Every few years the American people elect politicians who say one thing to get elected and do another once in office. Conflicts of interest, scandals related to campaign contributors, tax evasion and other related issues have made us numb and political ethics is a phrase you may have just read now for the first time.But of course politicians being politicians need to help the people - at least that is what they say they want to do. One of the latest focus areas is 4G - what exactly is it? My company TMC runs a show on 4G called

By Rich Tehrani, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.