Netflix Slowdown: Who’s to Blame?

Netflix says its service during peak hours is getting noticeably slower. It’s putting the blame on cable ISPs, but it seems more a case of what those companies aren’t doing than what they are. The precise details of the slowdown seem to vary depending on which account you read, but the biggest problem seems to […]

Facebook Now Offers Choice of 58 Genders

Facebook has expanded its options for listing your gender from two (male or female) to 58. The company says that “There‚Äôs going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing, but for the few it does impact, it means the world.” Requiring people to list a gender was actually […]

A Million Folks Like Friendless Boy

A soon-to-be 11-year-old will be getting a surprise on his birthday: a positive message from more than a million people. The Michigan boy, named only as Colin, will have his birthday on March 9. He told his mother Jennifer that he doesn’t want a birthday party as he has no friends and is teased at […]

Firefox to Carry Ads

Mozilla has announced it will carry what is effectively display advertising on its new tabs page. It appears to be a minor step towards financial independence. The change will affect the new tab page which displays thumbnail images linking to nine websites. In normal use, these are personalized to the user, taking into account how […]

Google Reaches Deal to Avoid Massive Six Billion Dollar European Fine

Google has settled antitrust complaints with the European Union, avoiding the threat of a six billion dollar fine. It means some significant changes to how Google operates its search and advertising business. The case involved the same legal question that Google has faced around the world: while dominating a market is legal, and being biased […]

Black Milk’s Awesome New Batman Collection

Black Milk Clothing has a long standing relationship with geek girls world-wide. Their innovative and extremely comfortable line of leggings, dresses and swimsuits have become a staple of many pop-culture convention attendees wardrobes. Now, the company is releasing a collection fit for a night out in Gotham. The collection is a mix of graphic art […]

Dutch Pirate Bay Ban Overturned

A court in the Netherlands has overturned an order that internet service providers in the country must block access to The Pirate Bay. The decision isn’t primarily because of a change in the law or its implementation, but is largely a recognition that the ban simply hasn’t worked. As has happened in several countries, in […]

Facebook Mocks Predictions of its Doom

Two Princeton researchers have forecast that Facebook will lose 80 percent of its users by 2017. Facebook has responded by poking fun at the methodology and making its own forecast that Princeton will disappear by 2021, with the human population lasting only four decades beyond that. John Cannarella and Joshua A Spechler make their forecast […]