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GigaOM: Indian Villages, Internet and Crazy Headlines

This is a great post on GigaOM by their newest blogger, Shailaja Neelakantan. She writes about a recent Reuters story. The story talks about an Indian village, Hansdehar, that created a website, but isn’t connected to the Internet in anyway. Great post … GigaOM » Blog Archive » Indian Villages, Internet and Crazy Headlines

Don’t forget to check out her inaugural post, Inside India’s VC Boom.

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Scam the Scammers

For everyone who has ever received an email from someone in Africa asking for X thousands of dollars for whatever reason, you MUST read this! AWESOME!!

TITLE: The Incredible Shrinking Artwork
SCAMMER NAME: John Boko
SCAMMER LOCATION: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
SCAMBAITER: Shiver Metimbers

A slightly different twist on my now familiar artwork anti-scam. I manage to secure two pieces of artwork, but unfortunately due to the temperature and humidity fluctuations between here and West Africa, as well as rogue rodents, there are problems.

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Domain Name Trivia

Via Emergic: July 19, 2006 Archives, the Wall Street Journal reports analysis done by Dennis Forbes around Internet domain names.

All of the 1,000 most common English words have been snatched up. The word “a” appears more than any other, though most of the time, of course, it’s just a letter in a longer word. The least-used common word is “consonant,” Mr. Forbes says, which is in just 42 domains, including “consonantpain.com,” which isn’t a misspelling but a word game.

Half of all domains are between nine and 15 characters long; the average length is 13. A domain can have, at most, 63 characters, and there are 550 such domains. In fact, some people have made a haiku-like art out of 63-character domain names.

Read the full article onThe Wall Street Journal Online.

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Telcos Rule the Internet

The U.S. Sentate panel has sided with the telcos in allowing them to create a two-tier Internet. Get ready to pay more for your Internet services and if you’re looking to start a new Internet company, you’ll have to factor in the toll to the carriers to get your content to the public at reasonable speeds. I wonder who the first telco will be to stop (or at best degrade their service) Skype, Vonage, and other VoIP services. We should all be writing to the Whitehouse to have the bill vetoed when it gets to the President’s desk.

WASHINGTON–A U.S. Senate panel narrowly rejected strict Net neutrality rules on Wednesday, dealing a grave setback to companies like eBay, Google and Amazon.com that had made enacting them a top political priority this year.

Senate deals blow to Net neutrality | CNET News.com

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What is Net Neutrality About?

Watch this short video presentation that tries to explain exactly how losing net neutrality will affect all of us.

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