Results for August 2008
  • Comcast Officially Caps Bandwidth
    Comcast, recently sanctioned by the FCC for blocking some peer-to-peer traffic, now officially says it will impose bandwidth caps of 250 GB a month on all residential customers. The company has actually imposed caps for a while now, but hadn't explicitly stated them.
  • Piracy Wars Get Uglier
    For more than five years, the RIAA has attempted to stem piracy by litigating against individual file-sharers. Now, the group has arranged to have a blogger indicted for posting tracks from an unreleased Guns N' Roses album.
  • Microsoft's Privacy Features Can't Outwit ISP-Based Tracking
    Privacy advocates and lawmakers have increasingly turned their attention to behavioral targeting companies that track users across the Web and serve ads based on their activity. Now, Microsoft is throwing itself into the debate with a new product that could foil some forms of behavioral targeting.
  • Tris Plays Its Final Round
    Game developers seem to be increasingly busy policing the Web for imitations. This week, the Tetris Company has persuaded the creator of the iPhone app Tris, which mimicked Tetris, to take down the game.
  • NBC Online Olympics Strategy Fails To Impress
    NBC is facing much Monday-morning quarterbacking today for its decision to limit Webcasts of the Olympics. That strategy left the network with only $5.75 million in online video ad revenue from the Olympics, according to eMarketer estimates. By contrast, CBS made an estimated $23 in online ad revenue from this year's March Madness, which the network made widely available on the Web.
  • Latest YouTube Fuss Shows Tech Limits In Piracy Screens
    As of this morning, a two-minute clip showing a protest in New York by Students For A Free Tibet can once again be seen on YouTube. But earlier this week, the clip disappeared after the International Olympic Committee sent YouTube a takedown notice.
  • AT&T Vs. Google On BT Battleground
    AT&T and Google have been battling each for years on net neutrality issues. Now, that feud is extending into a Congressional inquiry about behavioral targeting.
  • U.S., U.K. ISPs Share BT Privacy Snafus
    The Washington Post Co.'s Cable One might have been the first U.S. Internet service provider to admit to testing a behavioral targeting platform without letting users opt out, but it's not the only ISP to do so.
  • Cable One's Privacy Gaffe
    When privacy advocates first said that ISPs might be violating federal wiretap laws by selling information about users' Web activity to behavioral targeting company NebuAd, the company said it always obtained users' consent to the tracking. But now it's come out that at least one ISP, The Washington Post Company's Cable One, didn't even give subscribers that option.
  • Gag Order Squelches Students' Speech, But Research Lives Online
    Saturday morning, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority obtained an emergency injunction banning three MIT students from presenting research about weaknesses in the transit system's payment cards.
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