War for the Web


14 05.12

The Broadband Crunch

There's a great feature on Ars Technica this week about data, and more importantly how data moves. Broadband makes the Internet work; physical cables, physical wires that connect servers and computers all over the globe are the backbone of the Internet globally. Installing these cables is expensive; maintaining them is expensive. So what happens when the cables we have no longer carry enough traffic to support our growing data habits? Read more
06 04.12

Iran: A Private Internet

Iran has begun to block Tor traffic. Tor is a program that allows you to anonymize your Internet traffic by disguising where it comes from. By blocking Tor traffic Iran is basically telling its citizens that it will monitor their Internet traffic, and it will prevent them from disguising it. Read more
28 03.12

Packet Switching: First Look

Feel free to leave comments on the video here. We definitely want to hear what you think of our first attempt to explain the workings behind the Internet. Read more
27 03.12

Verizon and Cable, an unlikely friendship

Normally you would expect two companies offering the same services in different ways to compete with one another. That's the principal of the free market, let the best product win, et cetera. But with Verizon, Comcast, and Cox, competitors in the same industry offering the same services to consumers, this isn't what is happening. I cannot possibly give a better, more detailed explanation of what is happening than Harold Feld of Public Knowledge, so check out his explanation here: Harold Feld's Insanely Long Field Guide to the Verizon Deal. Read more
26 03.12

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Here's a great dilemma that illustrates the physicality of the Internet, and the real dollars that drive it. When the Justice Department shut down Megaupload, they froze Megaupload's ability to pay its bills. Megaupload's ISP, Carpathia Hosting, cancelled their service contract. Carpathia Hosting houses all of megaupload's content. Everything that consumers have uploaded to the site lives on Carpathia servers and hard drives. Read more

We got a shout out on Tech News Today!

Tech News Today gave us a shout out on the weekly podcast. Check out the video! Read more
22 03.12

Gizmodo’s case against Google

Gizmodo has an article today titled "The case against Google." It's an interesting read, and details some of the changes Google has made to its platform overall. It also details some of the transgressions that the author feels Google has made to its mantra "Do no evil." We believe that this article is misguided. The issue at hand is not Google or its platform changes. Google has every right to make whatever platform changes it wants. In addition it is a publicly traded company, it has an obligation to its shareholders to continue to make a profit. It needs to think be innovative to do that, otherwise it risks a lawsuit over mismanagement. Read more
21 03.12

Community Broadband

It is quite clear that communities with robust Internet connections have a competitive advantage in attracting business and educational opportunities. Having a strong local network draws these businesses in because it saves them having to build their own infrastructure. It also aids these communities in other ways. The local government rents its bandwidth to local businesses and consumers; many of these networks pay for themselves or even turn a profit. Read more
19 03.12

Google and Co-Location

We had the good fortune of sitting down with Andrew Blum last week for lunch in Brooklyn. Andrew is a journalist for Wired and just finished a book, to be released in May, called Tubes. Tubes is about the physical infrastructure of the Internet. One of the most interesting and telling aspects of the infrastructure of the Internet is that it's shared at the most important locations. Read more
16 03.12


Some of the latest news is the Yahoo lawsuits, and the major telecoms getting investigated for price-fixing. Yahoo has sued Facebook, basically stating that basically their entire service is a violation of Yahoo's intellectual property. Read more