Google, Netflix, and Facebook ask FCC to intervene in fight over internet ‘congestion’

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The Internet Association, a trade group composed of some of the biggest tech companies in the world, has filed comment with the FCC asking it to intervene in the conflict over payments being demanded by big ISPs. According to a report in The Hill, companies like Comcast and Verizon are charging Netflix and others for direct interconnection to their networks, a move which allows these companies to bypass congestion and avoid service issues like video buffering. The group wrote in its letter that “interconnection should not be used as a choke point to artificially slow traffic or extract unreasonable tolls.”

This is the latest volley in a war of words between big internet companies and the ISPs that carry their data into customers’ homes….

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Google Glass Creator Heads To Amazon

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glass Where do you go after leading projects at Google’s top-secret skunkworks, Google[X]? NASA? DARPA? The secret underground bunker where they’re keeping the hoverboards, jet packs, and flying cars? Nope. The answer, it seems, is Amazon. Babak Parviz, the Googler most heavily credited with creating Google Glass, has moved on to an unspecified role at Amazon. Yesterday afternoon,… Read More

Overclockable Pentium Anniversary Edition Review: The Intel Pentium G3258

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Many industries, both inside and outside of technology, are versed in the terminology ‘cheap and cheerful’. When enthusiasts were overclocking their CPUs at the turn of the century, this was the case – taking a low cost part, such as the Celeron 300A, and adjusting one or two settings to make it run as fast as a Pentium III 450 MHz. This gave a +50% frequency boost at the lower price point, as long as one could manage the heat output. The Pentium Anniversary Edition is a small nod back to those days, and to celebrate the 20+ years of Pentium branding, Intel is now releasing a $75 overclockable dual core Haswell-derived CPU.

This is the world’s collective view of the World Cup

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A good portion of sports fans across the globe found themselves sitting in front of a TV yesterday to watch Germany and Argentina duke it out in the World Cup, and artists Teju Cole, Jer Thorp, and Mario Klingemann wanted to make something out of that rare worldwide connection. “Simultaneous spectatorship has been possible for decades,” Cole writes on Twitter, “but global social networks have now made it highly visible.” Cole asked his followers to tweet photos of their television or computer as they watched the game, tagging the photos with their location, the minute on the game clock, and the hashtag “thetimeofthegame.”

The result is the website Time of the Game, a collection of photos from people watching the World Cup across the…

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LinkedIn Acquires Newsle To Deliver More Relevant News About Your Connections

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Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 9.28.50 AM LinkedIn announced today that it has acquired Newsle, the machine learning startup founded to help users pare down the ample noise coming across social networks and give them relevant info about their most important contacts. The terms of the acquisition were not announced, but LinkedIn says that Newsle will continue to operate as a standalone product for the time being, while both teams work… Read More

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 review: instant photos in the Instagram age

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Of all the forms of photography you’d expect to have been sidelined by the smartphone onslaught, instant film would have to top the list. Sure, the unique (and useless) ritual of shaking your pictures to speed up development has a special place in the hearts of many. But the traditional advantages of instant cameras — ease of use, shareability, and the ability to see your photo straight away — are matched point-for-point by the tiny shooter embedded in your phone. Instagram didn’t base its…

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