Rafe hits us with the best Facebook analogy yet: it's like a nude beach that you have to go to, and also, it rips your clothes off. Also, we get all excited about WebOS in the HP slate until Rafe irrefutably proves how it's not going to work. And then Molly turns into Tom and says a "graduated response" to piracy from ISPs might not be that unacceptable. What!?Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
The lobbying group for the top four recording companies wants to make sure that when regulations on Net neutrality are adopted, they don't impede antipiracy efforts.
That's why the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday asked the Federal Communications Commission to "adopt flexible rules" that free Internet service providers to fight copyright theft.
This week is the deadline for submitting comments to the FCC as it considers proposed regulations for Net neutrality, the term coined by those who want the Web to be open to all forms of content, Web sites, and platforms and also … Read more
A decade after the rise of Napster and a year after promising a new antipiracy strategy, the Recording Industry Association of America appears to be floundering on the piracy front.
The plan adopted last year by the RIAA, the trade group for the four largest recording companies, in place of its controversial litigation campaign seems to have gone nowhere. The RIAA said at the time that it had struck partnerships with major Internet service providers, the Web's true gatekeepers, and that they would help choke off online piracy.
It was all supposed to be a done deal. The Wall … Read more
Mandatory ISP filtering legislation will be introduced in Australia around the middle of 2010, after which there will be a one-year period to implement and activate the filtering technology.
The Australian federal government on Tuesday announced it will introduce amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act, which will by 2011 require all ISPs to block refused-classification-rated material hosted on overseas servers.
As part of the new legislation, the government intends to explore what additional process could be implemented around how Web sites are added to the government's "Refused Classification" (RC) list.
The obvious contender for the new RC … Read more
Comcast on Tuesday announced the launch of a pilot program for its Internet customers to keep track of how much bandwidth they're using. The company is finally introducing a Web-based metering program, which will let users check these numbers from any browser.
This comes a little more than a year after Comcast began enforcing a strict 250GB cap on download bandwidth, exiling those who went over twice for an entire year before being able to get Internet service again. In the interim the company had offered no official tool for customers to see how close they were getting to … Read more
The European Commission has decided that every citizen has a right to the Internet, but still made it fairly easy for the media industry to cut the Internet off. We also see that Intel is in hot water again. And we ask that perennial question, "Why can't I own a Canadian?" And Google answers.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1100
Intel in threats and bribery suit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8343179.stm
Google Dashboard lifts curtain on stored privacy data http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-10390941-265.html … Read more
For the last decade or so, Internet service providers have been dealing with requests to block access to pornographic or copyright-infringing Web sites, or in China, ones that dare to criticize the government.
Now a U.S. House of Representatives bill is taking the unusual step of requiring Internet providers to block access to online financial scams that fraudulently invoke the Securities Investor Protection Corporation--or face fines and federal court injunctions.
The House Financial Services Committee approved the legislation on Wednesday by a 41 to 28 vote.
If you've never heard of the SIPC, you're not alone. … Read more
Over at BlueBeat.com, the best MP3-selling Website you've never heard of, has got it all for your listening pleasure, the entire Beatles catalog in MP3 form for just 25 cents each! Get them while you can (which won't be long). In other news, file sharers might buy more music, Bittorrent might save the Internet, and Apple could save the networks (but kill cable).Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1097
BlueBeat first with legal Beatles downloads — or at least a hell of a lot of cheek. … Read more