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Submission + - diaspora* version released ( 1

jaywink writes: A new diaspora* version is out. It includes a lot of pages ported to Bootstrap, many bug fixes and small enhancements. Also included is a Terms of Service -feature for podmins. Diaspora* is an open source social networking server that joins all running pods into one big decentralized social network.

Submission + - App Store piracy figures debunked (

HankSagittarius writes: A UK games journalist has taken a fine tooth comb to the claims made this week that App Store piracy has cost Apple and developers over $450m, and come to the startling conclusion that the figure represents an exaggeration of as much as 150,000%.

Submission + - Sandy, Utah tops U.S Cities for Broadband speed (

darthcamaro writes: If want to live in a city with fastest average broadband connection speed in the U.S. you have to move to Utah. According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report, Utah Sandy, Utah, is at the top of the list for U.S. cities with the fastest average broadband speeds, with an average connection speed of 33,464 Kbps (33.5 Mbps).
Overall in the U.S., the average broadband connection speed in the third quarter of 2009 came in at 3.9 Mbps, down by 2.4 percent on a year-over-year basis, but that's not a major cause for concern in Akamai's view.

"The overall year-over-year decline in the U.S. average connection speed was relatively minor," report authoer David Belson, director of market intelligence at Akamai Technologies said. "The larger year-over-year sample base may have contributed to the decline, especially as mobile usage grows."

Submission + - WHO Bit Tax on the Internet? (

gsgriffin writes: The World Health Organization has a novel idea. As a global organization in need of funding, why not be the first to tax everyone on the Internet with a "Bit" tax. Page #9 of a released Executive Summary from Dec, 2009 suggests that this is a brilliant way to distribute the burden of financing for their research and development. Who knows, if this somehow gets accepted and catches on, more and more global organizations may be able to jump on this bandwagon and find a novel way to generate funds. Their cause may be noble, but is there means of funding justified?

"Summit meetings tend to be like panda matings. The expectations are always high, and the results usually disappointing." -- Robert Orben