I hate to say it, but WiFi in Japan is terrible. On a recent trip, even the WiFi I could access was horrible compared to what I am used to stateside. Google may have had the same impression, and have announced they’re investing in a sub-marine, trans-pacific cable that will link Japan to the US.
Broadview Networks recently did an Internet connectivity speed study and ranked average connection speed all over the United States. With average of 13.7 megabits per second, Virginia took the crown for the fastest Internet in the US. Delaware and Massachusetts come close at 13.1 Mbps.
Bitcoin may be variously misunderstood and mistrusted by financial regulators, but users of the virtual currency are clearly also Wikipedia fans, if the first batch of donation numbers are anything to go by. The Wikimedia Foundation only began accepting bitcoin a week ago, but according to payment provider The Coinbase, the non-profit organization behind the editable-by-all encyclopedia has already raised more than $140,000.
Yahoo, one of several tech companies swept up in the government spying controversy, has revealed that it'll be giving its Mail users an end-to-end encryption option starting next year. The announcement was made at Black Hat earlier today, where Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos detailed the plan.
A Hong Kong court has granted Albert Yeung Sau-shing's libel lawsuit against Google over an auto-complete search suggestion that includes the word "triad". Though automated, the court has found that Google is responsible for its search suggestions, despite efforts on the Internet giant's part to have the lawsuit thrown out.
Speaking at the US Africa Leaders Summit, President Obama had some interesting remarks regarding net neutrality. The ongoing discussion has clearly worked its way into the White House, and the President’s comments could indicate there is internal discourse on the matter.
This evening Comcast is having issues in a number of states across the USA. If you live in Minneapolis/St.Paul, San Francisco, Houston Texas, Orlando, Atlanta Georgia, Richmond Virginia, Philadelphia, NYC, Claremont New Hampshire, Detroit, Chicago, or Seattle - you’re in the yellow zone. It would appear that problems are revolving around internet, though a small amount of complaints suggest a TV blackout is in effect as well.
Comcast, not the most popular company out there, is seeking favorable attention from the public by way of altruistic programs -- namely, up to half a year of free service for low-income families. This is part of its Internet Essentials program, and is hailed as being in time for back to school season.