by John Moe // Posted: 06/09/10 11:23 AM
It’s not being rolled out with the same fanfare as the notorious Wave or Buzz, but Google’s new Caffeine indexing technology, which is live right now, is going to be a lot more significant to your web experience (granted, EVERYTHING is more significant to your web experience than Wave or Buzz). It’s essentially the new guts of Google’s search engine. They say that it will mean more frequent web crawling and in smaller bites to retrieve up to date information faster and produce results that are 50 percent fresher than the old Google search. On the one hand, how much faster and broader do we really need search to be? On the other hand, sometimes it does take a while for relatively recent information to show up in Google’s search results. Google has gotten some competition from Bing in the past year but there’s no evidence of Bing cutting into Google’s significant margin of dominance in that category. If you need more information, I’ll Buzz you a Wave and we can talk about it.
09/26/10 11:15 AM
There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.
On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.
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