War for the Web

December 2011

21 12.11

More about SOPA

 
20 12.11

T-Mobile and AT&T

 
16 12.11

SOPA

It has just gotten incredibly easy to protest SOPA. Here's a link to a website that will literally call your congressperson and route the call to your phone, so that you can let them know that SOPA is the wrong answer to the piracy question. Just to be clear, piracy is a problem. But this is not the answer. Click here to let your congressperson know. Read more
 
12 12.11

Verizon to buy Netflix?

Recent chatter on the market, and a subsequent uptick in Netflix stock price suggests that Verizon may be interested in purchasing Netflix. This is interesting for a lot of reasons. Netflix is struggling currently in the face of rising content costs and an exodus of subscribers, and as they expand into European markets they have projected a loss for 2012. For beleaguered investors hoping to see the stock price rise, the news of a Verizon takeover is good. Suggestions of a Verizon takeover of Netflix, however, mirrors the January merger of Comcast and NBC Universal. This is vertical integration of content and content providers and it has potentially scary consequences for every day consumers. Read more
 
02 12.11

The Internet and Piracy

he Internet opened a whole new can of worms for Intellectual property owners. Theft and Piracy have always been a problem for commerce (just ask the fashion houses, and the guys who hustle fake stuff on canal street), but the Internet increases the scale and volume of piracy the same way it does for business in general. Read more
 
01 12.11

Data Center as Furnace

The New York Times just published an article about the possibility of companies outsourcing their data center servers to individual homes, offices, or apartment buildings in an effort to defray the costs of cooling them. The servers could be used to heat the home in colder months, and the head produced could be vented to the outside when it isn't needed. Read more