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Apple working to adopt 802.11ac 5G Gigabit WiFi this year

Apple is expected to rapidly deploy support for the new 802.11ac specification this year, adding so called “Gigibit WiFi” to new AirPort base stations, Time Capsule, Apple TV, notebooks and potentially its mobile devices.

The new 802.11ac standard achieves much faster wireless networking speeds than the existing 802.11n specification (in use on the latest Mac, AirPort and iOS devices) by using 2 to 4 times the frequency bandwidth (from 80 to 160MHz), more efficient data transfers through sophisticated modulation, and more antennas (up to 8; existing standards support up to 4, while Apple’s Macs currently use up to 3).

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SOPA is dead, Smith pulls bill

The tech and Web community came together for a single cause and won!
Now if only OWS can get their act together..

(Credit: CNET)

(AP) – Yielding to strong opposition from the high tech community, Senate and House leaders said Friday they will put off further action on legislation to combat online piracy.

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Anonymous Shuts Down Corporate and Government Websites Worldwide … The Timing Couldn’t Be Worse

Anonymous launched one of the largest hacking attacks in history today.

Gizmodo reports that – in response to the Feds’ shutting down of the extremely popular file-sharing site MegaUpload – Anonymous has shut down the sites of the main corporate copyright enforcers, including:

  • Motion Picture Association of America
  • Recording Industry Association of America
  • Universal Music
  • EMI

Anonymous has also shut down the main U.S. governmental copyright enforcers, including:

  • U.S. Copyright Office
  • Department of Justice
  • FBI

Plus foreign agencies, including:

  • French copyright authority HADOPI

Given yesterday’s success in forcing so many congress members to back off of SOPA and PIPA, the timing could not be worse.

As free speech champion Michael Rivero argued after Anonymous took down DOJ’s website today:

In aligning with the pirates and attacking the DOJ, anonymous has handed the US government more justification for draconian controls on the internet.

I would not be quite so upset if this had occurred after Congress passed a draconian web censorship bill such as SOPA. But the fact that this is happening only 24 hours after the web’s successful protestconcerns me greatly.

Disclaimer: I have never used MegaUpload.com, and so may be underestimating its importance. I also don’t know what percentage of their usage is legitimate free speech, as opposed to piracy.

 

Anonymous Shuts Down Corporate and Government Websites Worldwide.

At $400 billion, Apple is worth more than Greece – Jan. 19, 2012

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Apple’s value on the stock market briefly rose to $400 billion on Thursday, a record high for what was already the world’s most valuable technology company.  The company’s market cap slipped below the $400 billion mark by midday as Apple’s (AAPLFortune 500) stock fell back from the all-time high of $431.37 it set earlier in the morning. Shares ended the day slightly down, leaving Apple with a $398 billion market value.

 

At $400 billion, Apple is worth more than Greece – Jan. 19, 2012.

Kodak Says Tech Firms Hastened Chapter 11 Filing – WSJ.com

Technology companies such as Apple Inc. and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. accelerated Eastman Kodak Co.’s slide into bankruptcy court by playing hardball in patent negotiations, the struggling film company said Thursday. In a filing with the federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan, Kodak Chief Financial Officer Antoinette McCorvey said Apple, RIM and HTC Corp. took advantage of Kodak’s weakened financial condition to drag out litigation over alleged violations of the company’s intellectual property. Kodak relied had heavily on patent litigation as a source of funds as its film business shrank.

Kodak Says Tech Firms Hastened Chapter 11 Filing – WSJ.com.

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