April 23, 2014 |
AT&T's announcement that it might extend ultra-high-speed broadband service to Los Angeles and dozens of other communities across the country was greeted with no small amount of skepticism from the digital punditocracy. "Don't celebrate yet," warned Ars Technica. "More hype than hope," suggested Latin Post. And there does seem to be a bit of gamesmanship going on between AT&T and Google, which has also made a habit of announcing potential, rather than actual, deployments of gigabit-speed Internet services.
April 12, 2013 |
Consider some of the things that have bound our nation together: Universal postal service at a flat rate, whether you live in Santa Monica or Sitka, Alaska. Interstate highways, built with taxpayer funds and free of tolls. Regulated phone and electric service, with lifeline rates for the economically disadvantaged. These were all based on a social contract honoring the notion that essential infrastructure should be available to all - indeed, that those normally left by the side of the economic road might be most in need.
April 9, 2013 |
Google Fiber, the ultra-fast broadband Internet service developed by the search-engine company, will be expanding to Austin, Texas, in 2014. In a widely expected move , Austin city officials and Google on Tuesday morning announced the expansion of Fiber. The service is already live in the Kansas City area and provides users with Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which Google says is about 100 times faster than most American users' Internet speeds. "With a population of innovators and early adopters, Austin has always welcomed and embraced forward-thinking ideas," the Austin Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday in a statement.
September 18, 2012 |
It used to be an anomaly when a National Football League game ran more than three hours. Now it has become the norm. According to the NFL, so far this season the average run time of a typical game is 3:11:56. That's about six minutes longer than what games averaged in 2011. Monday's game between the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos ran an astounding 3:40 and there was nothing exceptional about it to explain why it took so long to complete. On CBS, games are running about eight minutes longer than last season.
February 22, 2012 |
The citizens of the Kansas City metropolitan area may soon be watching a Google TV service on a Google TV that connects to the Web using Google Fiber. Google's Google Fiber division filed applications Friday with both the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Kansas Corporation Commission to offer a pay-TV service that would challenge Time Warner Cable and satellite TV services in Kansas City. Read the document: Google applies to offer pay- TV service in Missouri So, you might be wondering, why Kansas City?
July 27, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before seeing if I catch Olympics fever. The Skinny: I've never been much of an Olympics watcher so this will be a true test of the power of social media to drive me to the television. Friday's headlines include a look at the weekend box office (man, how many times have I written that sentence?), concerns about whether NBC is overdoing on the Olympics, Google Fiber's TV lineup and how an Indian movie star is trying to turn into Edward R. Murrow. And yes, I know that last reference dates me. Daily Dose: NBC is gearing up to pummel us with the Olympics for the next two weeks.
January 23, 2013 |
After months of speculation, rumors and guessing about the state of Apple, we'll get some actual numbers when the company reports its earnings Wednesday afternoon. The earnings report is scheduled to be released at 1:30 p.m. PST, shortly after the stock markets close on the West Coast. At 2 p.m., the company is scheduled to begin its earnings call with analysts . We'll have some quick numbers and snapshot analysis between the announcement and the earnings call start. And I'll be live tweeting the call. QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge As a reminder, Apple told Wall Street analysts that for its first quarter, which ended in December, investors should expect the company to report $52 billion in revenue and earnings of $11.75 a share.
February 13, 2014 |
A remarkable amount of cynicism is being expressed in connection with Comcast's $45-billion offer for Time Warner Cable, a deal that will cement Comcast's position as the dominant cable operator in America. The idea is that already the cable industry is a web of monopolies -- no neighborhood in the country has more than one cable operator to choose from. As distilled by Matt Yglesias on Slate , the merger "will in effect turn two medium-size regional monopolists into a big sprawling monopolist.
January 22, 2013 |
Are you jealous of everyone you know? If so, it might be time to take a break from Facebook. Scrolling through photos of other people's vacations, joyful family moments and awesome nights out may be a threat to your sense of personal happiness, say a team of German researchers in a new study titled "Envy on Facebook: A hidden threat to users' life satisfaction?" And if you are the type of person who lurks on Facebook without contributing much yourself, chances are your sense of life satisfaction is even lower, the researchers found.
September 13, 2012 |
"60 Minutes" is headed to Showtime. CBS News said the team behind the venerable newsmagazine is teaming up with Showtime to produce a monthly program that will go behind the headlines to probe the big stories of the sports world. Called "60 Minutes of Sports," it will premiere in November. “Our Showtime edition will offer the same high-quality, original reporting and great storytelling our viewers have come to expect every Sunday night on CBS,” promised "60 Minutes" executive producer and CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager.