Via Ars Technica comes the latest results from Nielsen on American viewing habits. For online and mobile video, the news is good:
About 131 million people are watching an average of three hours of video per month via the Internet, according to Nielsen’s data. That’s up from 116 million watching a monthly average of two hours this same time last year. Additionally, about 13 million mobile phone subscribers—up 52 percent from nearly 9 million last year—report watching an average of 3.5 hours of video a month on a mobile phone (time measurements are not available from Q1 last year).
But while online viewing is up, it turns out traditional TV has nothing to worry about—at least not yet:
But those increases pale in comparison to television, which Americans watch more than ever, averaging about 153.5 hours in front of the boob tube in a month. “Television is still the dominant choice for Americans who watch video,” according to Nielsen’s report. “Almost 99 percent of the video watched in the US is still done on television.” You can see how the amount of TV watched by Americans dwarfs the small amount viewed online and the even smaller amount viewed via a mobile phone in the chart below.
Over the weekend, the awkwardly named Wolfram Alpha—the “revolutionary” new “computational knowledge engine” was released. But despite some claiming it was going to be a “Google killer,” the project left Slate’s Farhad Manjoo unimpressed:
Wolfram Alpha is a neat concept, and some of the posted sample queries—you can calculate the payment table for a mortgage or how many calories a 40-year-old male who’s 5-foot-10 and weighs 160 pounds would burn if he ran at 4 miles per hour for 30 minutes (272)—are quite impressive-looking. But in my few days of using it, I’ve found Wolfram Alpha almost completely useless.
Those secret questions websites ask you to answer in order to retrieve forgotten passwords? You know, questions like “What’s your mother’s maiden name?” and “In what city were you born?” Well it turns out that they might no be so secret after all. Technology Review reports:
In research to be presented at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy this week, researchers from Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University plan to show that the secret questions used to secure the password-reset functions of a variety of websites are woefully insecure. In a study involving 130 people, the researchers found that 28 percent of the people who knew and were trusted by the study’s participants could guess the correct answers to the participant’s secret questions. Even people not trusted by the participant still had a 17 percent chance of guessing the correct answer to a secret question.
“Secret questions alone are not as secure as we would like our backup authentication to be,” says Stuart Schechter, a researcher with software giant Microsoft and one of the authors of the paper. “Nor are they reliable enough that their use alone is sufficient to ensure users can recover their accounts when they forget their passwords.”
South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster has recently taken on online classifieds juggernaut craigslist over the site’s “Erotic Services” section. And now, in what could turn out to be a major online free speech battle, craigslist is punching back. From their official blog:
Two weeks ago Mr McMaster presented craigslist with an ultimatum, “to remove the portions of the Internet site dedicated to South Carolina and its municipal regions which contain categories for and functions allowing for the solicitation of prostitution and the dissemination and posting of graphic pornographic material” within ten (10) days.”
“If those South Carolina portions of the site are not removed,” McMaster said, “the management of craigslist may be subject to criminal investigation and prosecution.”
In addition to being unwarranted by the facts, legal experts agree that the charges threatened represent an unconstitutional prior restraint on free speech, and are clearly barred by federal law (sec 230 CDA).
Telecommunications Online interviewed IIA Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman about IIA’s mission, broadband expansion, and the federal stimulus. Here’s a taste:
Telecom Engine: In determining what the right speed is for broadband, one analyst recently said it’s like a moving target. Do you think there’s a certain speed by which we can define a service as broadband?
Melhman: First, it’s a shame that we have the order of battle that we do whereby grant rules happen before a national strategy has been laid out. Both happen before broadband mapping to determine to really understand where broadband is and where it is not and why is done. In a perfect world we would probably go in reverse order.
My sense is policy makers can first focus on first principles first by working with what we know. We know that roughly that roughly 7 percent of the US has no access at all, according to Pew’s information and 47 percent that could sign up has as chosen not to get access. We have a 7 47 problem. It would make plenty of sense to do our best to bring any broadband to the 7 percent that have not been yet found by the markets.
Second, we know the private sector is investing $50-$80 billion every year in telecom network infrastructure. Once this $7 billion stimulus funding has gone through we’re going to need ongoing private sector investment to continue build outs, upgrades and to maintain networks. I would think we would not stimulus rules that scare away either current or future investments.
The Wall Street Journal highlights a new report on the explosion of information online, and how it’s proving to be a challenge when it comes to storage:
In 2008 alone, IDC says the world created 487 billion gigabytes of information, up 73% from 2007. That was 3% more than it forecast at the beginning of the year.
IDC calculates the number by estimating the installed population of data-creating devices — CAT scanners, digital cameras, iPhones, RFID readers, supercomputers — and multiplying each by the amount of data each creates. Not everything has to be stored. Phone call routing information, digital TV signals and spam don’t need to be saved. But a lot of information does.
As health care records are increasingly moving online, the challenge is only going to become greater:
IBM said this week that the average individual’s health-care record, including digital x-rays and scan information, contains as many bits of data as 12 million novels.
The grand online Genome experiment is proving to be a success. Reports Computer World:
Since opening to the public late last month, The Personal Genome Projecthas signed up 13,000 volunteers who will donate genetic material for the benefit of gene research worldwide. Information about the genetic material will also be posted online.
The project was launched last year with the goal of creating the world’s first publicly accessible database of human genomic and trait data from 100,000 people. Initially, it started as a closed test study with 10 volunteers so that those who later sign up for the project “will know what they’re getting into,” said George Church, the Harvard Medical School professor leading the initiative.
With the Obama administration pushing forward on a national broadband strategy, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) has introduced a smart bill tying future federal highway projects to fiber optic networks. Via Broadcasting & Cable:
Rep. Anna Eshoo has introduced the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act, which would require new federal highway projects to include broadband conduits for fiber optic communications.
That will be increasingly important as the FCC comes up with a nationwide broadband rollout plan at the behest of Congress, and the governent hands out over $7 billion to help get broadband service to unserved and underserved areas. Eshoo said in announcing the bill that over half the cost of laying broadband pipe is digging up and repaving roads. This way, the pipe will already be there when the communications provider is ready to install the fiber.
Ad Age has a great story on a small pizza joint, a twitter feed, and a boom in business:
Naked Pizza, a New Orleans healthful-pizza shop that’s hoping to go national—Mark Cuban is a backer—has been marketing itself via the microblogging service. And recently it has started to track Twitter-spurred sales at the register. In a test run April 23, an exclusive-to-Twitter promotion brought in 15% of the day’s business.
“Every phone call was tracked, every order was measured by where it came from, and it told us very quickly that Twitter is useful,” said Jeff Leach, the restaurant’s co-founder. “Sure, there’s the brand marketing and getting-to-know-you stuff. ... But we wanted to know: Can it make the cash register ring?”
Given Twitter’s reach, ease of use (just 140 characters—no need to sweat ad copy!), and unbeatable price (free) it could very well turn into an advertising gold mine for businesses.
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