by John Moe // Posted: 06/10/10 11:00 AM
Zynga, creators of the insanely popular game Farmville, have rolled out a new way for you to throw your life away and just in time for summer when you should get outside and exercise. Frontierville is, says Zynga, a cross between the classic Oregon Trail video game, Little House on the Prairie, and Farmville. Interestingly, as popular as Farmville is, there is some statistical evidence to point to the game being on the decline a bit as people just run out of things they can do on it. It will be interesting to see what captured as much as 70 million players worldwide: was it Farmville specifically as a game or was it the kind of game it was?
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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