The U.S. government is putting together proposed new Internet regulations that could have more widespread implications for your privacy than anything Mark Zuckerberg ever did to your Facebook news feed.
On any given day on the World Wide Web, a lot of people say a lot of things. But when the guy who actually invented the Web takes the podium, people might be more inclined to listen. If, that is, they have access. Tim Berners-Lee – Internet pioneer, MIT lecturer, and the guy invented the World Wide Web – sounded off on a variety of issues during his keynote at Nokia World today, but one point was especially interesting: the idea that everyone in the world should be given a free low-bandwidth Internet connection “by default.”
The fastest broadband in the country is coming to Chattanooga, Tenn., by the end of the year, as the small southern city beats Google at its own gigabit game, the New York Times reports. Chattanooga choo-choo indeed.
The Internet seems to offer countless chances to win -- "You're Our Lucky 10,000 Visitor!!! Click Here to Claim Your Free iPod!!!" -- but this month you really could be the lucky winner. According to IMS Research, sometime this month the 5 billionth device will connect to the Internet, and within a decade that number will swell by more than four times.
The much-hyped, rarely understood Google Wave project--essentially an email application with more intensive real-time collaboration and communication tools bolted on--will be developed no longer, Google announced in a blog post this afternoon. Can't say that it's much of a surprise.
Robonaut-2, NASA's robot astronaut, now has a Twitter account. Indeed, the space-bound humanoid machine is taking questions from humans, tagged #4R2 on Twitter, and will be posting its answers tomorrow morning.
In the war over Internet privacy, money has apparently won a major battle.
Microsoft engineers initially wanted a feature in Internet Explorer 8 to limit the powers of third-party tracking cookies by default, the Wall Street Journal reports today. But executives, concerned with the ramifications for online advertisers, won out--and the world's leading browser was designed to share users' private information with advertisers.
Just how breathtakingly, heart-stoppingly awesome was Landon Donovan’s 91st-minute goal in today’s win-or-go-home U.S.-Algeria World Cup game? It was definitely significant enough to temporarily overwhelm Twitter. And it just might have been the single biggest driver of Internet traffic ever.
Very early this morning, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff authorized the execution by firing squad of convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner. Then he fired up the TwitBird app on his iPhone and announced the solemn news to the world.