Free Federal Wireless Broadband For All Americans? Fuggedaboutit!
The United States government is not going to be providing free WiFi Internet access to consumers anytime soon. That news may surprise anyone who read a startling Washington Post story on Sunday that seemed to confuse a fairly esoteric telecom policy proposal about the use of so-called “white space” wireless spectrum with some sort of free national wireless Internet access plan. The “free WiFi for all” story, which was passed around uncritically by Internet blogs and news sites, set off a furor because the notion cuts to the heart of ongoing battles over access to the Internet, the “digital divide,” and federal policy decisions that could have major implications for the telecom, cable, and technology industries. But the story was wrong, as Ars Technica pointed out. On Tuesday, outlets that repeated the bunk story began walking their reports back, in some cases apologizing for giving bad information to the public. The episode, which provoked a strong pushback from tech ...
Facebook ‘Friends’ Apple and Takes a Shot at Google
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it crystal clear Wednesday that the social networking juggernaut has a better working relationship with hardware giant Apple than it does with Web search leader Google. The 28-year-old billionaire said his company is working closely with Apple on applications for new mobile products. Google? Not so much. “Our relationship with Google isn’t one where the companies really talk,” Zuckerberg told Wall Street analysts in a startling disclosure on the conference call following the company’s earnings report. By contrast, Zuckerberg spoke highly of his counterparts at Apple. “I’m really happy with the partnership we have with them,” he said. With those comments, Zuckerberg laid down a marker in the escalating battle for Internet advantage between Facebook, Apple, and Google. The chips are now on the table; the war is on. Facebook recently launched a heavily-publicized new search product, which could pit the company against search leader Google. Facebook ...
How four companies took over the Internet
There are four tech companies controlling the industry's direction: Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook. Will they still be ruling the tech field in a decade?
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Amazon takes up whispering in class
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 04:28 David McNew/Getty Images Press a button and your students suddenly have new textbooks in their hands. Amazon thinks it can do this using its Kindle electronic reader. Teacher's fantasy: Press a button your students suddenly have new textbooks in their hands. Amazon thinks it can do this using its Kindle electronic reader. The company has just unveiled something called Whispercast , a free wireless system that lets a teacher's Kindle communicate with student tablets and new books materialize from the ether. Amazon hopes to use this to gain a foothold in the education market where Apple has a head start. Unlike the free-for-all that is the internet, Whispercast is about control. You can block Facebook andTwitter, important for schools," says Brian Barrett, managing editor of the tech news site Gizmodo . "You can make sure that no purchases can be made from the device. You can regulate the Internet so that only approved websites are visited." Amazon isn't ...
John Shinal's Tech Investor: Facebook Home is Zuckerberg’s ROKR
Apple used another company’s cell phone to dip its toes into the mobile biz. Mark Zuckerberg is likely doing the same, writes John Shinal.