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Internet Could Run Out of Capacity in Two Years

A new study by Nemertes Research Group, released on Monday, suggests that consumer and corporate internet use could overload the current web capacity and lead to problems such as online blackouts in as little as two years. This comes after a sudden rise in the popularity of new web content such as video sites like YouTube, music downloads and peer-to-peer file sharing. Internet users are expected to create 161 exabytes of new data this year – to put that into perspective, one Exabyte is approximately equivalent to 50,000 years of DVD-quality video. The group’s co-chairman Bruce Mehlman said the following:
Video has unleashed an explosion of Internet content. We think the exaflood is generally not well understood, and its investment implications not well defined.
The research suggests that internet providers need to invest as much as $137 billion in new capacity (double what was already planned), with investments of $42 to $55 billion needed in North America alone in the next three to five years.Source: Macworld

South Korea Helps People Addicted to Internet

As one of the strangest nations on earth, Korea is now taking care of youths who have internet addiction. The Jump Up Internet Rescue School, is the first camp of its kind in South Korea destined to help young kids addicted to the Internet. In South Korea, ninety percent of homes connect to cheap, high-speed broadband, online gaming is a professional sport, and social life for the young revolves around the PC as they have practically universal Internet access. Up to 30 percent of South Koreans under 18, or about 2.4 million people, are at risk of Internet addiction, said Ahn Dong-hyun, a child psychiatrist at Hanyang University in Seoul who just completed a three-year government-financed survey of the problem. To address the problem, the government has built a network of 140 Internet-addiction counseling centers, in addition to treatment programs at almost 100 hospitals and, most recently, the Internet Rescue camp, which starts now. Find out more here.


Source: New York Times

America Extends Tax Moratorium by Seven More Years

American citizens can be glad in the fact that once again, the government will not be charging them for the privilege of using the internet. American internet customers have not been taxed for their internet use since 1998, and the moratorium has been renewed in 2001 and 2004. The senate is considering a permanent tax moratorium on the internet, due to strong opposition from Internet Service Providers on an internet tax.Source: DailyTech

Comcast Actively Interferes With File Sharing Services

Comcast, one of the largest providers of cable television and internet in America, decided recently that they were fed up with the huge amount of file sharing traffic on their network, which was beginning to affect the speed of other users connections. And so, they've snuck a little code into their cable internet services. Subscribers of Comcast can download all the BitTorrent/P2P content that they desire without a problem. However, when they in turn try to upload it to other BitTorrent/P2P users, Comcast forbids the file transfer from completing. Whether this is done via hardware or software is unclear. Regardless, this certainly puts a damper on file sharing. While this does stop potential pirates in their tracks, an independent film maker or artist hoping to share their content via BitTorrent will have to find a different service provider to share their content on.Source: DailyTech

New Zealand Brewery Offers Lifetime Supply of Beer for Safe Return of Laptop

When someone loses something valuable or close to them, chances are they will pay handsomely to hold what is dear to them again. This is clearly the case in New Zealand, where a brewery is offering a lifetime supply of beer (a 12 pack a month) to whoever returns their laptop to them. The computer owned by the Croucher Brewing Company, in the central North Island city of Rotorua, contains very important designs, contact details and financial information. The company is offering smaller quantities of beer to anyone with clues leading up to the laptop.Source: BBC

Western Union Hoping to Enable Money Transfers on Mobile Devices

Western Union, one of the easiest ways to send money from one place to another, will soon find a new office: your mobile phone. Western Union recently announced that they are working with roughly 35 cell phone operators around the world to bring Western Union services to phones. Western Union has already tested this across America, and hopes to bring it to the public in Q2 2008. To make sure that there are no Nigerians trying to get you to cash fake checks, Western Union made it so that no transaction can happen without connecting the user "to a company operator to complete the transaction".Source: EnGadget

GMail Accounts Get 3 GB of Storage Space

When GMail was first unleashed in 2004, its 1GB of storage space quickly put it ahead of the competition. Now, GMail is looking to further that previous lead, by booting storage space up to 3GB. The reason behind GMail's new storage space is a simple lack of space in some GMail accounts. Google saw a problem, and quickly found a way to fix it. Google Apps will also have storage space increased to 3GB, and Premier Google Apps members will get between 10 and 25GB of storage space.Source: Neoseeker

American Department of Homeland Security DDoS' Itself

A simple blunder in an E-mail server's code recently caused the Department of Homeland Security to give itself a miniature DDoS attack. Here's the low-down on what happened: a reader of the DHS' daily Open Source Intelligence Report replied to the list address with a request for a change. The message quickly found itself E-mailed to all subscribers of the newsletters, which numbers in the thousands, for reasons unknown. Unfortunately, once those subscribers got the request, they also got the list of recipients. When the good subscribers tried to report this problem, the same problem happened to the server, and every subscriber quickly found themselves knee-deep in E-mails asking for an un-subscription. That's not the only E-mail passed around the DHS network, though. Subscribers also received requests to cease replying, urgent requests from the Department of Defense and DHS officials for recipients to "kindly stop now please," a "vote for me" political ad, job offers and updates on the local weather. All in all, the server sent, received, and otherwise handled 2.2 million E-mails over the course of an hour, causing a mini-DDoS. The problem is resolved now, and the DHS is ensuring that such a problem will never happen again.Source: EWeek

McDonald's to Offer Free Wireless Internet in United Kingdom

Seeking a new way to bring customers to McDonald's, McDonald's now is the proud owner of the largest free wireless internet provider in the United Kingdom. Every McDonald's restaurant within the United Kingdom will give their customers free access to wireless internet in the store. This is a vast improvement from the regular way to access wireless internet in the UK, which generally involves a contract/pay-as-you-go service, which can add up to 5 pounds per log-in. After the 1,200+ McDonald's restaurants all have free wireless internet, they will own 10% of all wireless coverage in the UK.Source: EWeek

Kim Jong-Il: 'I'm An Internet Expert!'

For the second time ever, the leaders of North and South Korea met to talk about the state of the country. The conversation at one point or another turned to the leader of South Korea asking for internet access for South Korean companies operating in a North Korean industrial district. Kim Jong-Il's response:
I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired. If that problem is addressed, there is no reason not to open (web access).
Kim Jung-Il did not elaborate on what those problems were, but it might have something to do with the explicit ban on any citizen of North Korea to access the internet or use a mobile phone, outside of the government.Source: DailyTech
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