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Online Video Piracy Is Fading Away, Thanks To Netflix (NFLX, AMZN)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/netflix-bittorrent-sandvine-report-2012-11

Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Remember the threat of digital video piracy, the scourge of Hollywood?

A new report suggests that it’s dropping fast, thanks to licensed streaming services, chiefly Netflix.

Netflix utterly dominates online-video traffic, according to a new study by Sandvine, accounting for 33 percent of peak traffic in North America. Amazon, its closest rival, has only 1.8 percent, and Hulu has 1.4 percent.

The real alternative to Netflix is BitTorrent, a popular file-sharing protocol through which users upload and download copies of movies and TV shows. Because it’s a technology for file sharing rather than a centralized service or piece of software, BitTorrent has proven very hard for movie studios to shut down.

But BitTorrent is down to 12 percent of all traffic in North America. It’s easy to see why: With Netflix’s wide selection, relatively low monthly price compared to cable-TV subscriptions, and speed of delivery, few people opt to wrestle with the complexity and delay of file downloads.

In Europe, BitTorrent is at 16 percent of traffic, and in Asia, where video services are less available, it’s 36 percent.

By 2015, Sandvine CEO Dave Caputo forecasts that peer-to-peer file-sharing traffic will drop below 10 percent of network use.

It’s not a given that BitTorrent use indicates illegal downloading of a video file—some game developers use it to distribute legal copies of their software, for example—but it is heavily used for video downloads.

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012 news No Comments

Google Wallet update purportedly leaks plans for a real-world card, transfers and transit passes

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/01/google-wallet-update-purportedly-leaks-plans-for-real-world-card/

Google Wallet update purportedly leaks plans for a realworld card, transit passes and transfers

Google Wallet hasn’t had much uptake in the real world. When most of its use has revolved around one carrier, few payment points and even fewer phones, most of us have had to sit on the sidelines. If an Android Police source really did come across a leaked future build of Google Wallet as he claims, though, we may know how Google surmounts that problem: going old school with a real-world card. Screenshots in the app supposedly show a mail-in option for plastic that could completely replace credit and debit cards without turning to NFC. Any charges after a typical swipe of the magnetic strip would simply go to whatever payment source is set as Wallet’s default, letting minimalists slim down their actual wallets while sharing in the same discounts as their phone-wielding counterparts. Digital-only purists would still get something out of the deal, as the update could also bring person-to-person money transfers and support for mass transit cards. How soon the as yet unconfirmed app would appear is still a mystery, but it dovetails with Google teasing a Wallet revamp that’s rumored to take mobile use beyond its Android-only roots; we just didn’t anticipate that the company might bypass our phones altogether.

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Google Wallet update purportedly leaks plans for a real-world card, transfers and transit passes originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hurricane Sandy has knocked out 25 percent of all cell towers, cable services in 10 states

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/31/fcc-sandy-fallout/

FCC Hurricane Sandy has knocked out 25 percent of all cell towers, cable services in 10 states

Julius Genachowski has revealed that Hurricane Sandy has knocked out a full quarter of cellphone towers and cable services in the 10 most affected states. The FCC chief believes that, as more towers expend their battery back-ups and the storm’s continued presence, the situation’s going to get worse before it gets better. He’s also reiterated that users should avoid making non-essential calls and use e-mail or social media to avoid overloading the straining networks. One point of interest in the call, was that land line phone outages were much less widespread — which might be something to remember if you’ve ever considered cutting the cord.

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Hurricane Sandy has knocked out 25 percent of all cell towers, cable services in 10 states originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 31 Oct 2012 06:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 news No Comments

Sales Of Wall Street’s Favorite Computer Have Stagnated

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/bloomberg-terminal-sales-2012-10

Bloomberg Terminal

Perhaps this is an indicator of how Wall Street is really doing.

Via Zerohedge, the New York Post’s Keith J. Kelley reports that Bloomberg LP has grown its Bloomberg Terminal sales by only ~1,000 units in the first nine months of this year. 

In 2011, Bloomberg sold 13,672 terminal subscriptions, which was short of the sales goal of 15,000, the report said.

A Bloomberg Terminal is basically a computer that Wall Streeters use to obtain real-time market data, news and stock quotes among many other cool functions. 

There are about 315,000 Bloomberg Terminals installed worldwide.  A subscription costs about $20,000 per year, the report said.

The other problem is 50 percent of Bloomberg employees’ bonuses depend on terminal sales and non-terminal revenue growth.

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 news No Comments

Forrester survey finds first ever decline in people ‘using the internet,’ but a changing notion of ‘being online’

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/17/forrester-survey-finds-first-ever-decline-in-people-using-the-i/

Forrester survey finds changing notion of 'being online,' less of the old more of the new

A survey measuring people’s internet use used to be a fairly simple thing. If you dialed up to your ISP and logged onto CompuServe or AOL, you were “online” until you disconnected. Even in more recent years, you were “online” for as long as you were looking at a web browser or a chat window. But things have gotten more complicated as we’ve grown more mobile and connected than ever, and that’s now resulted in the first ever decline of people “using the internet” in Forrester’s annual survey since it began asking the question in 1997. As AllThingsD reports, this year’s survey found that people spent an average of 19.6 hours per week using the internet, compared to 21.9 hours in 2011. According to Forrester’s Gina Sverdlov, however, that’s not due to a shift back towards TV or other activities, but to a changing notion of what “being online” means to individuals. As she puts it, “given the various types of connected devices that US consumers own, many people are connected and logged on (automatically) at all times,” and that “the internet has become such a normal part of their lives that consumers don’t register that they are using the internet when they’re on Facebook, for example.” The full report isn’t available to the public, but you can find a few more details from it at the links below.

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Forrester survey finds first ever decline in people ‘using the internet,’ but a changing notion of ‘being online’ originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 news No Comments

Facebook outlines its ad targeting strategy on one handy page, presents a complex privacy picture

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/01/facebook-outlines-its-ad-targeting-strategy-on-one-handy-page/

Facebook privacy padlockTo say that Facebook has to tread lightly around privacy issues is an understatement, especially with a targeted ad push underway. Rather than navigate that minefield once more, the social network hopes to skip it entirely by posting an overview of how the ad system tracks habits while retaining our anonymity. For the most part, Facebook walks the fine line carefully. Its Facebook Exchange auction system relies on a unique, untraceable browser ID to target ads to specific people without ever getting their identity; both a mechanism targeting ads beyond Facebook and a Datalogix deal to track the ad conversion rate use anonymous e-mail address hashes that keep advertisers happy without making the addresses readable to prying eyes. The initiative sounds like it’s on the right course, although there’s caveats at work. Opting out of any Facebook Exchange ads requires tracking down individual ad providers, which isn’t likely to result in many of us leaving the ad revenue stream. Likewise, those who’d object even to the completely anonymous ad profiling don’t have a say in the matter. With those concerns in mind, it’s doubtful there will be many significant objections in the future — Facebook knows its advertising money train can only keep churning if its members are comfortable enough to come along for the ride.

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