internet

Microsoft's First Website From 1994 Looks Delightfully Ancient Today

In 1994, there were just a few thousand websites on the internet. HTML was still new, and the concept of web publishing was still embryonic. It was the year that Microsoft launched its own website — and to celebrate its 20th anniversary on the web, the company dug that old website up and put it back online.


This Is Why Facebook Bought WhatsApp For $US16 Billion

Briefly: WhatsApp’s throughput of shared photographs is astronomical and rising at an insane rate. (See also, the purchase of Instagram and the crazy offer for Snapchat.) [KPCB]


Why You Should Set Up Your Own Community Fibre Network

Between the net neutrality debate and the Comcast/TWC merger, high-speed Internet access is getting more attention than ever. A lot of that attention is negative, and rightly so: Internet access providers, especially certain very large ones, have done a pretty good job of divvying up the nation to leave most Americans with only one or two choices for decent high-speed Internet access. Many of us don’t like those options.


A New Underwater Internet Cable Directly Connects Crimea And Russia

Russia’s connection with Crimea is an unsolved geopolitical quandary, but the physical connection to the Russian mainland just got a bit stronger: Crimean ISPs have transitioned over to a new 46km long underwater cable connecting directly to Russia, bypassing the old connection through Ukraine.


Russia Wants To Expose Tor For Fun And Profit

Crack your knuckles and get out your chequebooks, hackers! Russia is offering a $US110,000 contract to the first person who can come up with a good way to discover the personal information of otherwise anonymous Tor users. But there’s a catch. The privilege of competing will cost you over $US5500.


The Ways Modern Secret Societies Use The Internet To Hide In Plain Sight

Secret societies are as old as humanity, and they sure as hell aren’t going away any time soon. But in an internet age where privacy is harder than ever to come by, secret societies face all kinds of new challenges. And Matt King has seen some of their newest tricks first hand.


7 Dead Websites That Should Be Brought Back

We can think of more than a few dead or long-ignored websites we want dusted off and brought back to life. Here are the seven sites we miss the most. Let’s surf the web of nostalgia.


Net Neutrality Must Apply To Mobile Internet Access Too

Recent debate about network neutrality has largely focused on how to make sure broadband providers don’t manipulate their customers’ Internet connections (or as John Oliver put it, how to prevent “cable company f*ckery”). But in today’s world of smartphones and tablets people are spending less of their time on the Internet typing at a computer and more of it swiping on a smartphone. This is why it’s critically important for net neutrality principles to apply to mobile broadband too.


Ask Tim Wu -- The Guy Who Coined "Net Neutrality" -- Anything

Tim Wu is a busy man. When he’s not teaching law at Columbia or writing for The New Yorker, he’s testifying before Congress about the FCC proposed net neutrality. And as of last month, Wu is running for lieutenant governor of New York State. Busy might not be the right term, actually. Tim Wu is brimming with purpose.


Inside The Giant Data Centre Hidden In The Middle Of Manhattan

Between 1928 and 1932, two Art Deco skyscrapers were built in Lower Manhattan to house the telecommunications infrastructure for Western Union and AT&T. Almost 100 years later, the towers are still fulfilling their original intentions as data centres for Telx, an internet services company.