Vuze, the online video service that uses peer-to-peer technology to distribute its content, has come up with hard data suggesting “bandwidth throttling” is more widespread than previously thought.
Some internet service providers (ISPs) have not taken kindly to surges in P2P traffic on their network, with the file exchanges consuming large amounts of bandwidth. Although consumers can argue they have paid for unlimited bandwidth with their monthly subscriptions, companies such as Comcast have used techniques that disrupt P2P traffic and have become the subject of complaints to the Federal Communications Commission in the US.
Has Red Hat scrapped its plans to take on Microsoft with a Linux desktop machine for the emerging world?
Unfortunately it’s not easy to answer that question. A Reuters report from India suggests the answer is yes. But my own questions to the company over the past 24 hours have brought nothing in the way of enlightenment, and Red Hat has now instead churned out this verbose and obtuse posting on its company “blog” (if companies keep using their blogs for this kind of corporate-speak we’ll even look back on good old press releases with nostalgia.)
Along with positive earnings reports this week by IBM and Intel, the latest figures on PC shipments pubslihed on Wednesday by Gartner and IDC should offer some relief to technology investors who have been trying to assess the likely impact of a US slowdown on sales of IT equipment.
Both groups found that the US slowdown had begun to hit PC shipments in the US. But they also found that slower US growth was more than made up for by a stronger-than-expected preformance overseas.
Another Semantic Web company looking for cash: William Tunstall-Pedoe of True Knowledge says he needs $10m in venture capital to back the next stage of his Cambridge (UK)-based company, which is trying to build a sort of “universal database” on the Web.
Tunstall-Pedoe’s plan is to collect information in a structured way in an online knowledge base, making it much like MetaWeb’s Freebase (which has raised $42m.) Users could then query that using natural language questions, and an open API would make the information machine-readable.
Virtual online worlds may seem more fashionable these days, but The Sims, an eight-year-old computer game that simulates life, has just sold its 100 millionth copy.
The Sims was only expected to ship in the hundreds of thousands when it was launched in 2000, but it has become the best-selling PC game of all time for its publisher Electronic Arts.
The clicking habits of Google’s US users continue to cause concern.
For the third month in a row, the number of “paid clicks” (or impressions on adverts) in the US was little changed in March from a year ago. That is according to data from comScore that started to seep out late on Tuesday (the information is given first to analysts before being made public officially later.)
That is the new mantra for a band of internet operators which until now has lived in a twilight world where the value of domain names can rise and fall as fast as a dotcom stock price, and where mastering the latest tricks for syphoning traffic from Google can make the difference between fortune and bankruptcy.
Communicate.com (now renamed Live Current Media) is a case in point. The various businesses this company has been through, as described to me by new boss Geoff Hampson, read like an opportunists’ history of the internet:
Humour and ingenious gameplay are giving small independent game developers a fighting chance against the big-budget efforts of the major video game publishers.
At least that was the impression left by Nintendo’s Wiiware demonstration for the gaming press in San Francisco today.
Vertical search, social search and now… identity search?
The attempts to outflank Google continue. This time it’s Barry Diller’s IAC, which has already failed to make much of a dent in the three years it has owned Ask.com. Diller’s latest gamble: that a search engine aimed at a particular demographic has a better chance of success.
Flickr is the Apple of online photo-sharing with its high multimedia standards, cool interface, tools and fanatical following, but a failure to add video has been a major shortcoming of the service.
No longer. The Yahoo subsidiary finally introduced video today, but with some limitations.