Amazon is denying that it’s developing an “over-the-top” live streaming service for televisions. [The Verge]
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority approved a pilot program last night that requires companies operating employee shuttles (cough Google and Facebook) to obtain permits and pay fees. [Recode]
The Internet is about to have its “big bang.” On Feb. 4, thousands of domain names, like .pizza, will be on sale. [Quartz]
Don’t freak out Marissa with this news, but Tumblr’s traffic is reportedly declining. [Forbes]
Uncarrier T-Mobile is launching Mobile Money, a low-cost bank account for people who are uncomfortable with traditional banks. Interestingly, users can access more than 4,000 ATMs for free. [CNet]
API Rate Limit Exceeded Back in April of 2010, the Library of Congress promised to add every tweet up to that date to its famous archives. But like anyone following too many people at once, it’s just caused one big mess. The library now has an archive of approximately 170 billion tweets totaling to a compressed 133.2 terabytes. Now the librarians of Congress are planning to work with Gnip, the company currently organizing all of the data, to develop a plan for archiving all of the tweets.
Apparently there have already been more than 400 access requests to the Twitter archives from researches doing work on citizen journalism and political communications. Someone needs to teach the librarians how to make lists as soon as humanly possible.
Perhaps it’s time for a burner phone? The New York Times reports that the NYPD has begun quietly and methodically accumulating heaps of call logs and putting them into a searchable database called the Enterprise Case Management System.
It works like this: When someone has their cell phone stolen, the NYPD frequently subpoenas the call logs for that phone, hoping that if the thief used the phone, the recordings will provide evidence that can help track him or her down. But instead of deleting the logs after closing the case, they continue to exist in the NYPD’s database, and could “conceivably be used for any investigative purpose.”
T-Mobile, the only major carrier in the U.S. that doesn’t sell iPhones, can’t afford to shy away from an aggro advertising strategy. In August, Untethered.com got a hold of an internal memo to T-Mobile employees to aggressively “sell against the iPhone,” starting today. (The blog also noted the drawback in performance for iPhone users Read More
The Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit today to block AT&T’s $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile, attempting to abort the marriage of the first and fourth largest mobile carriers in the nation, respectively. AT&T was hoping to acquire T-Mobile’s spectrum (i.e. the bandwidth that mobile data travels on), which would help AT&T improve Read More
As of its “Fastest Mobile Networks 2011” package, PCMag road-tested eight 3G and 4G networks in 21 U.S. cities, including all five boroughs of New York. Surprising no one, the news was not good for AT&T customers.
In NYC, we got some of the slowest AT&T speeds, and least-reliable AT&T connections, of all Read More
AT&T’s decision to buy T-Mobile has been praised, by AT&T, as the right decision for the company, one that may improve service for both carriers. In the press release AT&T notes the deal “makes T-Mobile USA, currently a German-owned US telecom network, part of a US-based company.”
But not everyone is so patriotic. Read More