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Excellent set of paired essays from Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff, examining the competitive future of the web versus more closed, but more advertiser-friendly, usable apps. Includes a graph of bandwidth usage that shows the rise of video, the fall of earlier tech like Usenet
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Aggressive peering, use of dark fiber means that Google's bandwidth bills are much smaller than we think. Wired piece features excellent research from Arbor Networks on the rise of internet giants who handle much of the Internet's destination traffic... and the implications of this rise for network architecture and cost.
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Provocative post that suggests that the problem isn't online advertising, but advertising as a whole - the Internet introduces the idea of a world without advertising and alternative methods for making purchase decisions and no one wants to go back to the old method. Not very helpful on the subject of finding alternative models, though.
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Nice overview of some of the technical challenges surrounding multilingualism online, with a focus on India. Features Quillpad, an intriguing transliteration tool to make it easier to write in Kannada by typing roman equivalents.
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Nick Carr offers an interesting theory - that as the web expands, we concentrate attention on a few large sites. Seems to miss the point about the technical difficulties of running popular sites, or the power of network affects in large sites. Still, interesting to think about in relation to echo chambers and the homophily problem