Around the IT Industry 8/27-8/31

by Modis on August 31, 2012

The Evolution of Big Brother

Internet surveillance is nothing new, but the methods of how it was developed, funded, and implemented over the years are nothing short of fascinating. In this article from Ars Technica, the inner workings of network monitoring are revealed, exposing the multitude of ways in which your everyday Internet usage is being tracked, analyzed, and recorded more often than you might think. In much the same way as CCTV monitors suspicious activity on camera, these surveillance techniques make the same kinds of observations possible in cyberspace.

Time Warner to Expand Fiber Broadband in NYC

With the looming threat of Google Fiber hanging overhead, Time Warner Cable has become the first of the major service providers to make a move to expand its own fiber optic Internet service as part of a $25 million initiative in New York City. While Time Warner has not announced any pricing schedule at this time, the company has stated that the primary audience for this service will be geared toward businesses. Other ISPs are beginning to take notice, however, and it may not be long before fiber-based Internet service becomes commonplace.

Cloudy Knowledge

Most people have heard of “the cloud” by now in one form or another, whether it be cloud computing, cloud storage, or any other kind of cloud service. What most people don’t know, however, is what “the cloud” means. A national survey was conducted recently at the behest of Citrix to find out how much the public really knows about “the cloud.” Only 16% of those surveyed actually knew what cloud computing meant, and a slightly larger percentage falsely claimed or pretended to know. Perhaps most indicative of the cloud’s importance in our lives is the fact that while 54% of those Americans surveyed claimed to never use cloud services, 95% of them actually did in one way or another.

ABC Responds to Piracy in a New Way

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has issued a statement in response to widespread piracy of the network’s television programs via popular torrent sites, but the statement is not exactly what one might expect from a major television network. Rather than implementing new procedures for minimizing piracy, ABC has taken the radical stance of simply making the programming readily available online via the station’s iView service to eliminate the need for piracy. While television viewers will still be able to watch hit shows first, the iView service typically makes programs available for viewing shortly after they air.

Google vs. Apple: The Die is Cast

In what is perhaps the most significant ongoing legal battle in the tech world today, Google has finally thrown down the gauntlet and challenged Apple directly in a suit that could spell ruin for Apple. Citing patents on Motorola’s (a company owned by Google) wireless technology which is currently employed by nearly every Apple wireless device currently on the market, Google is pushing to ban Apple from selling iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers in the United States completely. Needless to say, the outcome of this case could dramatically affect the technology marketplace for years to come.

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