Posts Tagged 'networks'

MySpace opens up data, helllooooo spammers

MySpace made good on a promise today to let users take their data with them to other websites and even competing social networks. The social network will offer a rich set tools for third-party developers and enforce strict standards to protect users’ data and privacy.

Last month, MySpace surprised the industry by announcing its Data Availability Initiative, a plan that MySpace’s CEO Chris DeWolfe summed up as “the walls around the garden are coming down.” Until recently, most social networking sites, including Facebook and MySpace, haven’t offered easy methods for users to move or share their data with other sites, let alone competing networks. Aside from some kind of hacked backdoor method or a third-party scraping utility, you couldn’t easily port the photos or all the personal information you’ve added to MySpace over to Facebook or Google’s Orkut. You would have to sign up at those other sites and reupload those photos all over again manually. (link)

$800k monster to end P2P?

Procera Networks will announce today a new standard in deep packet inspection (DPI) gear: an 80Gbps monster called the PacketLogic PL10000 that is targeted at tier-1 network operators. At up to $800,000 a unit, these aren’t cheap, but when you want to throttle, inspect, and shape traffic in real-time on a major network, this is now the fastest thing on the market (and by a large margin).

Procera’s appliances all run the same software, so the difference between them is in the interfaces and the number of racks the units take up. The PL10000, the company’s top-of-the-line offering and provides 5 10Gbps channels and 9 1Gbps channels in a 12 rack unit. It can handle 80Gbps of total speed, but most ISPs will want to keep an eye on traffic moving in both directions, bringing this down to 40Gbps each way. (link)

I call “bullshit”, MySpace & Facebook is just for hooking up

A new study across a wide range of social networks sheds more insight into the ways men and women approach these service. As it turns out, women are more likely to be in it for the socializing, while men are more likely to use these sites for business.

Social web search company Rapleaf performed a study of over 30 million users across sites like Bebo, Facebook, Friendster, Hi5, LiveJournal, MySpace, Flickr, and more. Each user included in the study had at least one friend on one of these services, and Rapleaf broke its results down according to the number of connections users had: “Social Networkers” have 1-100 friends, “Connectors” have 100-1,000 friends, “Super Connectors” have 1,000-10,000 friends, and “Uber Connectors” have 10,000 friends or more.

Overall, 53.57 percent of Rapleaf’s massive study group were female, while 46.43 percent were male. Social Networkers with 1-100 friends made up about 80 percent of the study group, among which women had an average of 62 friends with men at 57. Rapleaf says women are more likely to be Social Networkers, but doesn’t offer exact numbers in that regard. (link)

Tech companies helping schools

On a recent visit to a school library with his sons, the co-founder of U.S. tech giant Sun Microsystems noticed that not one book was off the shelf.

Instead, students were working on their laptops, instant messaging with their cellphones or listening to their iPods while doing their homework. “I looked around and not one person was looking at the books,” said Scott McNealy. “They go to the library because it’s quiet. It’s insulated with all of these books.”

McNealy, now chairman of California-based Sun Microsystems, and Mike Zafirovski, the CEO of Canada’s Nortel Networks Corp. (TSX:NT), are looking to the Internet to bridge what they call the digital and educational divides. (link)

RealNetworks lays off 100 staff

Seattle’s RealNetworks Inc. last week laid off roughly 100 employees, about 35 of them in Seattle and the rest in Asia and Europe, spokesman Bill Hankes said.

The cuts were made across the board to reduce “redundancies” built up as a result of six acquisitions made by RealNetworks over the past two years, Hankes said.

They are the first layoffs the company has made since those purchases, he said.

RealNetworks had about 1,800 workers worldwide before the cuts, Hankes said, adding that no further layoffs are planned.

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