Submarine cable map details the secret world of the underwater internet

Submarine Cables mapEven though we’re living in 2013 and can stream entire seasons of TV shows in between banking and sending work emails on our phone alone, sending data around the world is not exactly an easy feat. The internet exists how it does today thanks to the help of cables sunk deep into the world’s oceans. A new, gorgeous map details the world’s submarine cables as they appear in 2013, and shows us where the underwater internet is headed in the future.


NTT cuts fiber internet prices in Japan, may be reacting to an LTE generation

Samsung Galaxy S III at NTT DoCoMo

As manic as LTE adoption has been in the US, it could be triggering a full-fledged generational rift in Japan. NTT is cutting prices for fiber-to-the-home internet access by as much as 34 percent in the midst of falling landline subscriptions, and Australia’s Delimiter hears from unofficial sources at the provider that the cuts may be in response to youth being enamored with 4G on their phones. The tipsters believe that many of the younger set are picking one expensive LTE plan, even with data caps, instead of paying for two services; a price drop would be an attempt to keep at least a few of these wireless rebels onboard. Take the assertions with a grain of salt when there’s no official statements to match, but there’s no doubt that 4G demand is booming when NTT’s own DoCoMo just landed its 7 millionth Xi contract. We only wish American wired and wireless carriers would be so accommodating of our temptation to cut the cord.

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Via: GigaOM

Source: NTT West (translated), Delimiter


ICANN stops taking custom domain names at 7PM ET, details the TLD explosion June 13th

ICANN to stop taking custom domain names at 7PM ET, detail the TLD explosion June 13th

ICANN anticipated that we’d see the first fruits of its open season on top-level domains (TLDs) roughly a year after the hunt began; sure enough, it’s winding down applications tonight. If you have the $185,000 plus $25,000 per year to make a domain your own, you’ve got until midnight GMT (7PM ET) to get that custom spin on the web. Don’t think that you’ll get the rubber stamp right away, though. ICANN plans to detail the requests on June 13th and consider any objections over similarity or multiple bids for the same name. If all goes smoothly, the first generic TLDs will be active within nine months, while those who face a fight could be waiting roughly one to two years. We’re just hoping someone had the courtesy to pick up .gadget for us — not that ICANN’s worried about a gap in registrations after taking $352 million in fees and over 2,000 applications so far.

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