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FCC To Investigate Comcast, Verizon

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin says the regulatory agency will investigate allegations that Comcast interferes with p2p Internet traffic. He also said Verizon Wireless would be under the microscope after complaints the company blocked text messages from an abortion rights group.

Looking Back on CES

I ‘m now back from CES. Here’s a quick roundup of highlights that you probably won’t find elsewhere:

Best Schwag

EFF Strikes Back Against ISP Interference
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation stepped up its criticism of traffic shaping practices by Comcast and others with a new initiative aimed at broadband customers.

French, Canadians, (Mark) Cuban Go After P2P

Torrents and peer-to-peer networks have had a rough couple of weeks lately. In addition to Cox and Comcast’s recent blocking of torrent sites, file-sharing has been under assault in France and Canada, not to mention from billionaire Mark Cuban.

Whispers Emerge Of A Torrent-Free Future

Closing up parts of the BitTorrent protocol may have been a necessary business decision by Bram Cohen and company, but it’s motivated the people behind The Pirate Bay to start working on a new protocol to replace torrents.

Ad Supported P2P Networks

Close to three-quarters of U.S. Internet users are open to viewing ads in exchange for free downloads, according to the Intent MediaWorks "P2P Usage Survey" from May 2007.

NBC Gets Corny With P2P Fight

Let’s hope the FCC is smarter than this. Wait, which FCC? Oh, crap. In a filing with the FCC, lobbyists for NBC Universal recently made this anti-piracy claim (paraphrased): Piracy hurts corn farmers and farm equipment manufacturers.

YouTube Comprises 10% Of All Internet Traffic
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For the first time in four years, HTTP (Web) traffic has overtaken peer-to-peer (P2P) applications in bandwidth consumption, according to data released by Ellacoya Networks. YouTube takes the biggest chunk of all of them.

File-Sharing Could Get University Funding Cut?
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So as state-funded university tuition rises faster than the inflation rate, grants are becoming nonexistent, and students are actually looking abroad to complete their education cheaper and in half the time, Congressmen cozy with the RIAA are threatening to cut their funding more if they don’t play ball with the recording labels.

YouTube On P2P? Watch Out For Falling Lawyers

These guys seem to be on to something – probably the reason Tribler racked up about $8 million in funding on the other side of the Pond.

Lara Croft Gets View-Throughs, Not Click-Throughs

Broadband video advertising company YuMe Networks just got its Lara Croft in your p2p, or got its p2p into…this sentence can’t finish well. Let me try again. YuMe Networks is allowing marketers to insert dynamic video advertising directly into downloadable content on the BitTorrent Entertainment Network. 

That’s what I get for trying to be cute.

The company says the new program is the first of its kind, offering customized and targeted downloaded or streamed content, displayable on any digital content player.

USPTO Wiki-fies Patents, Pooh-poohs P2P
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The US Patent and Trademark Office is swamped, so they’re going the Digg.com route. Embarking on a patent review pilot project that will allow the online public to comment on patent applications, the USPTO is hoping the experts of the world will share the load.

The USPTO is not, however, that keen on P2P.

RIAA Publishes Piracy

In its ongoing battle of futility against file sharing, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has published a list of the academic institutions that the organization has deemed as the top offenders when it comes to sharing music over a peer-to-peer connection.

In total, the RIAA sent out over 14,500 copyright infringement notices during the last academic year, with Ohio University topping the list at 1,287 letters – accounting for nearly ten percent of the alleged illegal music sharing.

Adobe, Verisign, FMS and P2P

If you are on the ball when it comes to Flash Video then youre likely to have seen the press release that made the rounds in the last few days.

Is There Any Money In Peer-to-Peer?

YouTube pays nearly $1 million per month in bandwidth fees, a 7 figure deterrent to some interested in the business. A digital movie seller may only break even, as per-download bandwidth scrapes away at profit margins. There is a growing camp, though, that believes peer-to-peer (p2p) technology can address these barriers.

Search Advertising For P2P?

Though many aspects of the search market appear difficult to crack – Google’s not going anywhere and blog search is flooded – many contend that an untapped search market lies deep in the lands of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. Skyrider, a P2P platform developer that launched today, seeks to mine those realms via user-generated content.

Avalanche P2P May Be In Vista

Microsoft has been quietly developing its BitTorrent alternative in the UK, and the announcement that Windows Vista-equipped laptops with built-in WiFi will be able to do peer to peer connections could indicate its pending arrival in the marketplace.

Sprint Launches a P2P Passalong Campaign
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OK, a lot of the marketing buzz these days is about the Web, but Sprint is out to prove that you can still execute a really cool person-to-person marketing campaign in the physical world too.

VC Thinks BitTorrent Is A Doll

The file-sharing software company has raised $8.75 million in a funding round from Doll Capital Management.

P2P Pirates Give Booty To Katrina Victims

The Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) and a trade organization for peer-to-peer software providers, content rights holders, and service-and-support companies will offer P2P users a chance to help Katrina victim by buying and sharing music.

P2P Shifting Away From BitTorrent

Services like eDonkey have picked up the load for file sharers as a result of law enforcement action against illegal “tracker” sites.