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TWiT 220: Buffet Neutrality

by Jon Cole in TechNovember 10th, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

TWiTUnsurprisingly, this week’s TWiT starts with talk about the Verizon Droid.  Leo notices that a lot of his friends in the tech community seem to be interested, which says a lot for the phone.  Mark Milian talks about how the iPhone is often praised as a good pocket personal computer, but Verizon’s network undeniably guarantees that the Droid will be a good phone at square one.

Comcast is now in the business of throttling bandwidth and Frank Barnako can’t help but protest.  Since throttling is effectively false advertisement, it negates the purpose of tiered bandwidth plans, which he says are fine as long as they’re fully transparent and honest.  That conversation transitions to net neutrality, which amounts to the idealist hope that competition, for instance WiMAX or 4G providers, could bring the system closer to capitalist self-governance with subtle pushes from an outside government organization.

The podcast finishes with a handful of smaller topics, including Ebay’s settlement with the Skype founders, the Hadron Collider, and Modern Warfare 2.

Covered news and topicsLaunch of Verizon Droid, Verizon Wireless Launches Three More Anti-AT&T 3G Network Commercials, AT&T Sues Verizon Over Anti-iPhone Ads, Comcast Internet Throttling is Up and Running, FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal is Ambiguous, EBay settles lawsuit filed by Skype founders, The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate, Judge Halts BlueBeat’s Sale of Beatles Tunes, New Call of Duty Could Set Entertainment Record, Zynga To Remove All In Game Offers

Why bandwidth shaping is like potato salad, how the Higgs Boson protects itself, and AT&T vs. Verizon…

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