Links for Monday

Paging George Jetson! (Or Bladerunner fans.) The Mundus Group has a "Flying Car" that it will now sell as a kit vehicle "under the experimental kit aircraft protocol." The website describes vehicles for police and emergency crews that use Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) technology. You know, the same sort of tech that powers helicopters! (Look at the pictures!) Social networking early adopters should check out Flock 2.0 beta. Flock's social networking browser is based on Firefox and the Gecko web rendering engine. The press release says that Google Mail and Zoho Office run twice as fast on Flock 2.0. Primary schools and colleges in Bangladesh will receive free wireless access; the service, AlwaysOn Network Bangladesh, will also be available for "underserved rural and urban areas." iDayo, a stock selector venture, has announced a website redesign. Is this a common press release practice? In any case, I don't know…continue reading →

Broadband: BBC Calls For More; Comcast Throttles

Across the pond the BBC is calling for government "intervention in the market in order to ensure everyone has access to broadband internet." [We] would like to emphasise the importance of considering the case for a new definition of universal service aims in a higher-speed future. There is a need to scope the case for public intervention to ensure all parts of the UK have access to modern broadband networks, even in areas where it may be commercially unattractive. For if broadband delivers social value that goes beyond private value, then it will be essential to ensure that no-one is left out. In the US, the FCC Chair told Congress that Comcast was blocking peer-to-peer traffic even when there was no network congestion, contrary to what Comcast had told the FCC. Then there's the Dave Winer Comcast story from last week. With no warning, Comcast cut off his service, not…continue reading →

Apple Wants To Rent Movies

The Financial Times reports that Apple is negotiating with Hollywood to rent movies online; the company current sells movies for purchase and download. This would put Apple in competition (of sorts) with Netflix, which provides instant viewing of movies if you own a PC; Amazon, which also provides instant viewing of movies with its Unbox store if you own a PC or Tivo; and Microsoft xBox Live. Apparently Macs, Linux and RePlayTV folks need not apply. The FT continues: A film would cost $2.99 for a 30-day rental. Its digital rights-management software would allow films to be moved from a computer to at least one other device such as the video iPod or iPhone. The software would prevent movies being copied.continue reading →