For developing nations that can't afford high-cost infrastructure, the solution may be simple: Cut the cord.
By Benjamin Schenkel, contributor
FORTUNE -- It's one thing to bring fiber-optic cable to the coast of a landmass; it's quite another to then build that network into the interior of that landmass. Without much infrastructure already in place, the cost of new broadband cables is extremely high. The result is a bitter irony: Those MOREJul 16, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The U.S. has a long way to go before it becomes the world's most connected nation.
By Andrew Blum, contributor
FORTUNE -- The Internet was born in the U.S., but we can hardly claim to have the greatest percentage of citizens online (in fact, we are 23rd, behind Slovakia). Why is that? We're accustomed to thinking the problem is the "last mile," meaning the connection between our phone or cable company's MOREJul 16, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Data has a long way to travel across the World Wide Web. It needs a lot of help getting around.
By Andrew Blum, contributor
FORTUNE -- If the Internet is a global phenomenon, it's because there are fiber-optic cables underneath the ocean. Light goes in on one shore and comes out the other, making these tubes the fundamental conduit of information throughout the global village. To make the light travel enormous MOREJul 16, 2012 5:00 AM ET
OpenTable is a reminder for investors eager for a piece of a hot tech IPO: It doesn't take a stock bubble on the scale of the 90s dot-com mania for investors to lose money on a supposedly hot Internet stock.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- Nothing lasts forever, but the speculative momentum that can drive up tech stocks is especially fleeting. Just ask OpenTable (OPEN).
The company that made online restaurant reservations MOREJan 3, 2012 8:50 AM ET
"Let me describe the world I live in"
Steve Jobs got a lot off his chest in his Q&A session with developers at WWDC 1997 -- the first after he returned to Apple (AAPL) from his years in the desert at NeXT.
We've dipped once before into the 70-minute video (available here) to highlight his remarks about Wall Street and the press. (See The stock will take care of itself.)
But there's lots MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 24, 2011 5:41 AM ET
The Agency's country-by-county Internet count plays catch-up to Wikipedia
The last time we visited the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook -- a document that is supposed to be updated every week -- its "country comparison" list of Internet users seemed woefully out of date. Specifically, its December count of Internet users in China (298 million) differed from Wikipedia's (425 million) by 127 million people.
Wikipedia's numbers struck us as more credible MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 1, 2011 8:25 AM ET
A curated selection of the day's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.
Multiple outlets are reporting that Egypt has shut off local web access, a first in Internet history. Tweeted CNN reporter Ben Wedeman: "No internet, no SMS, what is next? Mobile phones and land lines? So much for stability. #Jan25 #Egypt" The move comes as thousands of Egyptian protesters call for an end to the 30-year dictatorship of 82-year-old MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 28, 2011 6:00 AM ET
New research ranks the countries with the fastest Internet connections, and all 50 U.S. states too.
The speed at which people around the world connect to the Internet is climbing at a 14% annual clip and now averages nearly 2 megabits per second, according Akamai's "State of the Internet" report that is due out tomorrow.
There remain huge variations around that average speed. South Koreans hook into the Internet at 14 MOREScott Woolley - Jan 23, 2011 6:00 AM ET
Online games such as Age of Conan and Farmville are hot. Now industry leader Activision Blizzard is jumping into the fray with a new Internet strategy.
When videogame publisher Activision announced its merger with Vivendi Games in late 2007, analysts predicted that Vivendi's Blizzard unit, maker of the hugely popular Internet-based fantasy game World of Warcraft, would help Activision migrate to the online world.
Three years later the combined company, Activision Blizzard, MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Dec 20, 2010 5:00 AM ET
Watch out, Silicon Valley. Thanks to Google, Foursquare, and others, the Big Apple is fast becoming home to some top Internet talent.
New York's tech cred is on the rise: Manhattan-based Foursquare's geolocation service is the envy of Silicon Valley. Facebook bought out two New York startups, and Google just purchased the huge Chelsea building where it employs nearly a tenth of its global workforce. Now incubators are sprouting downtown, venture MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Dec 6, 2010 3:00 AM ET
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