Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Sky joins Carphone Warehouse & Orange with "free" broadband


The "free broadband" battle hots up as Sky enter the fray, news items from the BBC and silicon.com

Thought these quotes were particularly interesting, definitely a longer term strategy thing as it looks like there won't be any significant returns for some time:

"Shares in the group fell on the news amid analyst fears that the decision may mean expensive initial outlays - partly down to the cost of installing Sky equipment in BT telephone exchanges to access the local loop."

"The broadcaster expects its ISP business to become profitable in the 2009 or 2010 financial year."

...also interesting from the "net neutrality" perspective too of course.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Google is watching you?


Bit of a scary one this...detailed analysis of the rising influence of Google from PC Pro, particularly the information Google gathers and retains on your search habits. GoogleWatch is also worth a look too.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Net neutrality


Interesting to see the coverage the net neutrality issue has received in the media. Net neutrality can be broadly defined as the principle of treating all Internet traffic as being equal. Attempts to enshrine this principle in legislation in the US have failed, leading to concerns that ISPs and telcos could start restricting which sites users are able to access...more compelling evidence to help build the case for a dedicated network for education? Silicon.com have published a useful cheat sheet on the issue.

Myspace & internet safety


Loads of coverage of Myspace & other social networking sites in the media at the moment, with much (very repetitive) analysis of "web 2.0" technologies. Who comes up with these terms? Honestly...anyway, I thought this article on the US FindLaw site was much more interesting and thought provoking. It's an objective overview of US legislation relating to the much publicised suit that's been brought against Myspace (by a 14-year old who was sexually assaulted by someone she met via the site). Is the law an ass in this case? Not sure...