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How the net was lost

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Those who currently struggle to maintain what is called “Net Neutrality” on the internet I think have taken too limited an approach to their struggle. What they ask is to maintain an existing status quo that had already been eroded from the original promise and potential of the internet against those who wish to change it even further. It would be far better to challenge it by fighting to actively restore the rights of all internet users.

Also: Whose Net Is It, Anyway?

PBS Special: Living Online - Good or Bad

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Back in late March, I detailed some of the ways that computers and the Internet had changed my life. I use Google News to check breaking news. I use online services such as Evite to organize face-to-face activities. I communicate with more people through email than by phone or in person. I buy gifts online.

Napster returns to free, limited music

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In a bid to bolster the image of its music subscription service and lure new subscribers, Napster is returning to the days of yore by offering free music. The free web-based offering utilizes Flash, presenting the user with a basic player application, a window for album art, and another for advertising. It works for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.

Toll Lane Ahead for Internet Traffic?

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At issue is the concept of net neutrality, which holds that operators cannot give preferential treatment to content or applications in which they have an interest and that users have a right to use the Internet in a nondiscriminatory, unrestricted fashion.

GoDaddy.com Donation Boosts Open Source Development

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GoDaddy.com recently donated $10,000 to the OpenSSH project, which provides free secure server management tools utilized extensively by Go Daddy in its server infrastructure. This comes after moving all their services to Microsoft solutions. Is it too little to late to dress up that public image now in time for their ipo?

VoIP Basics

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Have we ever realized how much will be benefited by VoIP technology? What is VoIP anyway? If you are new to VoIP and want to get basic understanding of how it works, how will you get benefited by VoIP solution as a customer then this article is for you.

Perens Launches Open Source Domain Parking Service

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Seeking to offset recent gains by Microsoft, a leading open source evangelist has launched a service designed to boost domain parking on open source software. Author and developer Bruce Perens created OpenSourceParking.com in response to a 5 percent market share gain by Microsoft in this month's Netcraft web server survey.

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