Download Squad Week in Review
Comcast could receive a hefty FCC fine for throttling Bittorrent
Look, we know Comcast probably isn't going to get slapped with a $1.77 trillion fine. But that's what some groups are calling for in response to findings that the cable/internet/phone provider has been intentionally favoring some internet traffic. And next time your downloads slow down or you have to spend an hour on the phone with a tech support person, that $1.77 trillion figure gives you something to dream about.
AT&T openly says it may filter internet content
Oh sweet irony. Not a day after the FCC announced it was considering fines against Comcast for filtering internet content, AT&T officials said they might consider doing the same thing. Seriously, don't they read Download Squad?
Flipping the Linux Switch: Package Management 101
Linux guru Kristin Shoemaker continues her excellent series on Linux for newbies with this in-depth look at package management, one of the coolest and potentially most confusing features of most popular Linux distributions. Don't know what to do with all those .rpm, .deb, .tgz or .ebuild files you downloaded from the web? This article can help. A lot.
Sony may have the oddest plan ever for DRM-free music
Sony finally entered the 21st century and decided to join the other major music labels in offering DRM-free music for download. But when Sony first announced its plan, it looked like you would have to walk into a bricks and mortar store and buy a $12.99 gift card in order to go online and buy your music. A few days later we found out that Sony would also be selling music on Amazon MP3, but we're still baffled at Sony's original announcement.
And here are a few more of the week's top stories:
- Three reasons IT departments are shrinking
- Watch Hulu videos outside of the US with Hotspot Shield
- 5 things missing from your mobile life in 2008: Google Mobile and more
- Microsoft releases new build of Vista SP1