Uh-oh, here comes some holiday bad news for the cable and content incumbents: Speaking today at the Dealbook conference, chairman Eric Schmidt insisted that Google Fiber isn’t just some kooky attempt to turn Kansas into a high-speed-Internet Oz. “We’re running it as a business,” Mr. Schmidt told moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin.
What’s more, he Read More
The MPAA and the RIAA aren’t raking in as much cash as they used to. [TechDirt]
This breed of ants works a little like the Internet. [PC World]
Time Warner is expanding its fiber network in New York City, hopefully preventing any more techies from tearing their hair out over problems getting high-speed Internet. [Wall Street Journal]
IAC has purchased About.com for $300 million, because of synergy. [The Hollywood Reporter]
America’s V.P. gets no Facebook love. [Buzzfeed]
Getting your Gmail hacked is going to look like a walk in the park once hackers can rifle through your innermost thoughts. [ZDNet]
I Want My Free TV
America loves, wants, needs high-speed Internet access. Witness, for example, the gnashing of teeth over Silicon Alley’s poor connectivity. Rural communities are clamoring for it. The prospect is even enough to inspire outright underhandedness on the part of some cable operators.
However, across the pond, they are apparently in far less of a hurry. ZDNet reports:
Are you a Kansas City employee of Time Warner Cable? Are you also, perchance, an amateur sleuth? Well, get out your magnifying glass and your deerstalker cap, because your corporate overlord wants something investigated.
Let’s back up. Kansas City is a pilot location for Google Fiber, an experiment in ultra high-speed Internet access. It’s not clear entirely Read More