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Google Fiber is ‘the most consistently fast ISP in America’

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/11/netflix-isp-ranking-google-fiber-streaming/

Netflix's ISP rankings confirm the expected Google Fiber is 'the most consistently fast ISP in America'

Like there was ever any doubt, right? Netflix — which serves up over one billion hours of video streaming to some 30 million members per month — owes it to itself to keep track of which ISPs are killing it, and which simply need to be killed. Now, the outfit’s finally ready to begin publishing its findings, ranking America’s major Internet Service Providers based upon “actual performance across all Netflix streams.” The shocker to end all shockers? “Google Fiber is now the most consistently fast ISP in America, according to actual user experience on Netflix streams in November.”

Of note, however, Verizon’s fiber-based FiOS offering came mighty close. Of course, Google’s Fiber isn’t available outside of the Kansas Cities region, while Verizon has (loosely) confirmed that it has no plans to expand the existing FiOS infrastructure beyond the 13 states that were lucky enough to get it. Broadly, cable shows better than DSL, while AT&T’s U-verse — dubbed a “hybrid fiber-DSL service” — ranked quite poorly compared to both Google Fiber and FiOS. Head on over to the source for the full rundown, and feel free to begin the relocation process to Kansas. Good internet, good barbecue, Collin Klein — what’s not to love?

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Meat, Cheese, Salt, And Candy

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-next-big-thing-in-tech-meat-cheese-salt-and-candy-2012-9

Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures

Hamburger is a $100 billion market just waiting for technology to disrupt it.

So says top venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, who is funding a stealth startup working on just that.

He’s investing in a company that turns protein, fat, and fiber from plant sources into a juicy, beefy-tasting patty.

“There are no cows involved, but you can’t taste the difference,” he promised during a talk at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco today.

“When you put in on the grill it browns like a burger,” said Khosla. “I’ve tried it. It’s not quite there yet, but this is R&D, high-risk stuff.”

Khosla promised that the product tastes “a lot better than any soy burger.”

He’s also working on fake cheese, which is further along: “I had a couple of people taste the cheese. They couldn’t taste the difference.”

 It takes 33 pounds of corn, plus water, to produce one kilo of beef, he says. So ultimately, if tech could solve this, it would go a long way to feed the masses more affordably.

Khosla also mentioned investing in a startup which is working on less-salty salt.

As well, he’s backed Unreal, a candymaker which promises healthier sweets.

“Innovation driven by tech is altering every area,” said Khosla. “Who would have thought [we could disrupt] beef?”

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