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The Internet

Netflix Ranks ISP Speeds 186

Carnth writes "Netflix will start releasing monthly ISP speed reports for the U.S. Google Fiber ranks at the top. They say, 'Broadly, cable shows better than DSL. AT&T U-verse, which is a hybrid fiber-DSL service, shows quite poorly compared to Verizon Fios, which is pure fiber. Charter moved down two positions since October. Verizon mobile has 40% higher performance than AT&T mobile.' Hopefully this will give consumers a better overall picture on how their ISP performs compared to others."
Verizon

Is Verizon Breaking FCC Regulations With Locked Bootloaders? 143

First time accepted submitter PcItalian writes with an excerpt from an interesting editorial on XDA Developers: "The open access provision requires Verizon to 'not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee's C Block network.' It goes on to say, 'The potential for excessive bandwidth demand alone shall not constitute grounds for denying, limiting or restricting access to the network.' Verizon bought Block C and tried to have the provisions removed. They failed. ... That means if a device uses the Block C frequencies, Verizon cannot insist what apps or firmware it runs. ... So the question is, do any devices use Block C frequencies? Yes. Some are called Hotspots. Others are called the HTC Thunderbolt... [Hotspots] comply with FCC regulations as far as I'm aware. The HTC Thunderbolt, on the other hand, does not. In the list of rules and exceptions for the Block C license, it says this: 'Handset locking prohibited. No licensee may disable features on handsets it provides to customers, to the extent such features are compliant with the licensee's standards pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section'...'"
Android

Submission + - Google Q2: 550k Android activations/day, 250k apps (phandroid.com)

alostpacket writes: "Many of the Android sites and blogs are reporting some highlights from Google's Q2 earnings call: Android is now up to 550,000 activations per day. This comes just two weeks after they hit the 500k milestone. Adding to the big number news: 250,000 apps, 6 billion downloads, and $9 billion in revenue ($2.5b net) for Google overall. Apple still maintains the high score in the mobile app game though. They recently reported 15 billion downloads and 350,000 apps. And even may be regaining momentum from developers."

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