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Free WiFi is a good thing, and these days you can find it at all over the place from McDonald's to Starbucks, but what if you're out in the park to catch some fresh air? Now there's a plan to cover 32 of New York City's parks with free WiFi, provided by Cablevision and Time Warner in exchange a ten year extension of their city cable contracts.
If you charge someone for something they can get for free elsewhere, a lot of people won't pay. That's the simple reality of it. You pay for a newspaper, sure, but would you, say, subscribe to The Wall Street Journal online, when you could just read blogs? Rupert Murdoch tried to make that happen, but now everyone who isn't him hates it.
Social-news site Digg, apparently in the hope of not needing people to describe it as a "social-news site" when talking about it, completely revamped its website last week. Since then its users have been in open revolt, going so far as gaming the site to steer Digg visitors to competitor Reddit. What's all the fuss about? We've distilled the drama into a graphical timeline.
In a study titled, "Broadband Performance," the FCC, also known as the Federal Communications Commission — you know, an entity of the U.S. government — is making it official: ISPs are telling consumers that their Internet connection is faster than it really is.
Right now, the data you find on the Internet is more or less eternal. Sites come and go, sure, but traces remain, and as long as there's someplace to store information that information will persist. Maybe it shouldn't, according to a Dutch researcher, as if data degraded over time we'd more security and less piracy.