Tech News Today 63

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Episode 63

Tech News Today 63: Paul Allen vs. The World

Paul Allen sues everyone, Diaspora challenges Facebook, and 'Face' getting trademarked?


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Interval Research Corp. is a defunct Palo Alto, Calif.-based lab and incubator that Allen invested $100 million in during the internet bubble. He still owns the patents.

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Tony from New Zealand: Caller from Gmail chat outside US


From Davey:

The difference between net neutrality and connection choice

With the recent discussion about the ISP providing gamers with a lower latency connection it led me to think about the differences, if any, between net neutrality and my ability to choose my connection preferences. Today we commonly have a difference of speeds we can choose from. This ISP offering lower latency is a choice that their customers can choose. How is that different than the choices between speeds? If I want higher speeds I can choose a faster service and if I want lower speeds I can choose a slower service. How is this different than saying, I would like lower latency?

For me I want to have more customization of my connection. Choosing the difference latency, up and download speeds, etc. that I want. But how does that play into having a open Internet?

Email from Samir:

I'm guessing the music downloads (deezer) are not included on the 1gb internet cap because its not the internet. Cell tower, telecom wired infrastructure and music servers that they now own is similar to a intranet. its a music service not that different from tv on copper (adsl+) based triple-play, its all data but iptv, voip telecom services are not counted. i prefer telecoms playing the game with their own media services than trying to change the rules of the game (verizon of course).

Email from Phill from Sydney:

when Google rolled out their free calls from gmail to any number in the US and Canada it got me thinking. Firstly they get their android phones out into the market as broadly as possible. Then they provide a way for gmail users to get free calls. What's stopping them taking the next step and provide ""data only"" phone plans to their US customers. This would be perfect for people that spend most of their time in wifi areas that seldom make phone calls, and Google can sell the plans cheaply.



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