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BT Broadband Throttles Online Video

Avid Youtube fans and BBC addicts will be upset to learn that Britain’s largest ISP, BT Broadband, has started throttling online video. The cuts are pretty substantial. One customer with a 8mbps connection says he can only stream BBC’s HD iPlayer at 500kbps, a service that requires at least 3mbps: …

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PIR to introduce new security for .ORG

The Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit organization responsible for managing .org top-level domains (TLD), will announce today that it is adopting DNS security extensions called DNSSEC. Domain Name System Security Extensions is a set of extensions that helps domain name systems (DNS) verify the integrity and security of data. …

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Obama's new cyber judge

President Barack Obama’s choice for U.S. Supreme Court justice is apparently well versed in cyberlaw. Tuesday, President Obama named Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice David Souter. Her experience with technology issues, particularly those related to the Internet, is most likely not a coincidence. According …

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How Accurate Are Alexa Rankings?

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Last week, I discussed how Google PageRank is essentially a useless figure. Another popular metric used for comparing website and expired domain traffic, Alexa ranking, is also of dubious value. Alexa rank is easy to understand. It is a simple number that pits your website against the rest of the …

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Team ARIN To the Rescue…

For years, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has been pushing for a switch to IPv6, stressing that the IPv4 system still used by most providers will run out of addresses very soon. In an effort to promote the switch, the non-profit has created Team ARIN: Team ARIN is …

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