Nomads, death of used book stores, clothing factories in American South, Time Warner and CBS fight, music discovery (or not), making love like a movie star and fighting cancer are some of the stories on the weekend reading menu this week. Read more »
If there was any doubt about Google and its dominant reach on the web, then the five minute outage that took down all Google properties including GMail and YouTube on late Friday proved it for once and for all. Go Squared, which keeps track of web traffic, on its website noted that “the number of page views coming into GoSquared’s real-time tracking — around a 40% drop.” According to Deepfield, an Ann Arbor, MI based networking company, Google (not including its other properties) now accounts for nearly 25 percent of internet traffic on an average. “I’d say the overall impact was modest since the outage mainly seemed to impact lower bandwidth (but arguably more critical) services like gmail,” said Craig Labovitz, founder of Deepfield and added, “Specifically, the large volumes of Youtube traffic originating from distributed Google Edge Caches (GGC) do not appear to have been impacted in the same way.”
Raffi Krikorian, Twitter’s Vice President of Platform Engineering, shared in a blog post Friday how the company went from essentially a patchwork infrastructure to one that could handle almost 143,000 tweets per second, a new record set last week. Twitter did this by blending its homegrown and open source technologies. What a marvelous read for the weekend.
The growing popularity of video streaming and the emergence of more and more connected devices means that our need for bandwidth is going to grow. No wonder we are seeing a booming demand for 100G optical gear with 200G & 400G upgrades to follow. Read more »
Cisco entered the data center business in 2009 and four years later, that has turned into a $2 billion a year business and there are no signs of a slowdown. Looks like Cisco built the right products at the right time. Read more »
In the fiercely fought battle for pay TV subscribers, the phone companies are stealing customers away from cable and satellite companies, a trend that is likely to continue for remainder of the year. The worst loser? Satellite companies like Dish Networks. Read more »
If you were wondering how and why videos go viral, Twitter has the answer for you — it doesn’t really know. “There are no rules to “virality” — while some ignite, and spread like wildfire across the web, the growth of others is much more measured, like ripples spreading across a lake,” the company wrote in a blog post Monday. Bottom line: after all these years, content popularity on the internet is like playing the lottery — hey, you never know!
Facebook is launching two new features on its mobile applications – restaurant booking and TV & movie listings as an attempt to take a slice of the local commerce and influence offline spending. Yelp, GroupOn and Fandango should be worried. Read more »
Breaking Bad was a hit both in terms of rating and on Twitter, and yes there is a correlation. Read more »
Phil Zimmermann, creator of PGP, in a wide-ranging interview talks about the corrupting nature of big data, the end of privacy and the rise of the surveillance society. He also shared his thoughts on Moore’s Law and its marriage to public policy, and why Silent Circle shutdown its email-service. Read more »
Is New York only for successful and what is the value of the unknown? What does tungsten have to do with smartphones and can orange be saved if we change its DNA? Tony Soprano of tomatoes, art phonies and the great guns: Now that a mix! Read more »
Apple has won a partial victory in its battle with Samsung over patents. Days after the US President vetoed a patent ruling, the US ITC today said that some Samsung devices infringe two Apple patents but it didn’t find any violations on other four Apple patents. Read more »
My save-to-read-later habits made me wonder if I needed to carve out more time to read. And to make sure I wasn’t too despondent, Pocket CEO Nate Weiner said that I was reading two books’ worth of text every month on Pocket. But at what cost? Read more »
Best selling author Nicholas Carr points to the first quarter 2013 sales data from the Association of American Publishers as a testimonial for flattening of ebook sales. Carr talked about the slower ebook sales in 2012 earlier in the year and offered up many arguments. While they might be true, I tend to agree with Matthew MacInnis, co-founder & CEO of San Francisco-based Inkling, a publishing platform company. He believes that while it has been great to repurpose the classic book format as ebooks, going forward the industry needs to think of ebooks from a different lens. Why not? After all in the age of tablets, shouldn’t we expect interactivity from cookbooks and textbooks that come with newer fun ways of combining knowledge and learning?
Jeff Bezos has always thought three steps ahead. His purchase of The Washington Post shows he’s thinking about where Amazon will be and what it will need politically. Read more »
A lot of ink (pun intended) has been spilled on why Jeff Bezos bought the Post, how much Jeff Bezos loves reading and what Jeff Bezos will do with the media company. The right question to ask is: What does it all mean? Find out! Read more »
Is save and read it later service Pocket becoming like my old (forgotten TiVo) — lot of saving and a lot less reading? CEO of Pocket says no, not really. But when I look at my own data, I read only a third of what I save. Read more »
TDS Telecom of Madison, Wis., says it has closed its $267.5 million purchase (first announced in February 2013) of Alamogordo, N.M.-based Baja Broadband, a small independent phone company that provides broadband, video and voice services to over 214,000 homes in parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. It has 59,000 high-speed Internet customers and in 2012 has annual sales of $85.6 million. It was owned by private equity firms, M/C Capital and Columbia Capital.
Longreads is a virtual startup with five part-timers and funded primarily by members. And it has quietly energized the demand for in-depth storytelling on the web, thanks (ironically) to the rise of tablets and smartphones, those weapons of mass distraction. Read more »
It is remarkable to see Wi-Fi, a technology so core to our modern existence, brought alive by color and illustrations. These five gorgeous visualizations show us how Wi-Fi networks propagate and work in the real world. Read more »
40daysofdating is a website that combines text, photos and video to tell the story of two friends Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman who after failing at finding love, are dating each other and sharing the experience. It is like reality television, except for the web. Read more »
Drew Johnson, a columnist for Chattanooga Free-Press newspaper, recently wrote an editorial that blasted President Obama, “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.” The editorial, which lamented the gigabit fiber network built in Chattanooga, generated a lot of attention, but earlier this week Johnson was fired by the paper for changing the headline of the editorial without permission. The new headline for the editorial is – President Obama’s policies have harmed Chattanooga enough. Johnson later tweeted that he was the first person to be fired for writing the most read article in the newspaper’s history. The episode illustrates the heated debates around municipal funded networks (fiber or otherwise), often fueled by the lobbying dollars incumbent monopolies.
President Barack Obama has nominated Michael P. O’Rielly, for the job of FCC commissioner. This is a Republican vacancy. O’Rielly was an advisor to Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn and has spent a majority of his life working for some senator or the other. A Senate committee recently approved Tom Wheeler as the chairman of FCC.
Time Warner Cable saw its broadband growth slow during the three months ending June 30, 2013. And that’s not all — the company saw a huge decline in video customers as well. Oops! Read more »
The privacy and anonymity apps are hugely popular and that is reflected in rising valuations of these companies. Whisper app is the latest to benefit from this trend and is about to raise $15 million in series B funding led by Sequoia Capital. Read more »
Comcast is the leading broadband provider in the U.S., and the second quarter only enhanced its lead. It added 187,000 new customers and made a whopping $2.56 billion from its broadband business during the quarter ending June 30, 2013. Read more »
Former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor and his co-founder Kevin Gibbs, formerly of Google have launched Quip, which has developed a post social, post-mobile word processing service that works on the PC, web and a plethora of iDevices. Read more »
After being on a downward slide for nearly a year, past one month has seen Apple reverse the losses a little bit. though we don’t think it is becoming a trillion dollar company anytime soon. Read more »
Today we’re opening up registration and announcing the first speakers for our third annual RoadMap conference, an experience design event for the tech industry. Speakers include Square co-founder Jack Dorsey, typographer Erik Spiekermann and many more. Read more »
The New York Times reporter Tanzina Vega takes a closer look at the mega merger of advertising industry giants – Publicis and Omnicom – and outlines how technology evolution is reshaping the business of Don Draper. A great read that well augments my analysis of the deal from yesterday.
Publicis Groupe of Paris and Omnicom of New York are merging to create world’s biggest advertising group. The deal is as much influenced by technology as it will influence the technology landscape as media, content and technology continue to become even more enmeshed. Read more »
Rise of internet-enabled cut-and-paste fashion, men’s insults from across the Atlantic, San Francisco’s busyness, Jim Rodgers, rise of predictive policing and smart cities — those are some of the topics on the menu this week. Read more »
This new photo-sharing app, which was built by the guys behind CoTweet, is a pretty neat way of sharing photos by allowing friends to add them to a stream and create video clips. Read more »
Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt who took the job in 2001 will retire at the end of 2013 and hand over the chief executive gig to Rob Marcus. Perhaps this will open possibility of a merger with John Malone. Read more »
Zynga tends to hire executives — and then say goodbye to them after about 16 months. That’s about how long it takes for Mark Pincus to fall out of love with new hires. Read more »
Doug Tompkins, founder of The North Face, talks to the Guardian about the negative impact of technology on the planet and why he believes that it might be time for us to dismantle the techno-industrial society. He also shares his thoughts about Steve Jobs, whom Tompkins describes as a friend.
Moorman cites family health issues as reason for stepping back from president’s role. Read more »
Eight years after it floated the idea of blanketing San Francisco with free wireless Internet access, Google is ready to launch WiFi in 31 of city’s parks. If you use a smartphone, you gotta be happy about it. I know I am. Read more »
The rise of smartphones has led to a smarter shopper, one that is almost always looking for a bargain. A new study shows that this behavior of price matching is rising and the beneficiary is none other than Amazon, which has out-Googled Google. Read more »
Dan Loeb, the activist investor and CEO of Third Point, is selling a substantial part of his Yahoo stock, making a profit of $655 million and leaving the board along with his two appointees. The question is why, and more importantly, why now? Read more »