Comcast trialing service to alert customers of potential computer infections

Comcast just launched a trial of an automated service that would alert its customers if they have possible virus or malware infections on their home computers. Great, but… it works as a browser toolbar. Granted the average customer probably uses their Internet connection mainly to surf the Web, but what happens if they switch browsers… Continue reading Comcast trialing service to alert customers of potential computer infections

Google’s PowerMeter lets consumers tap into their power usage

Google is currently testing a software tool dubbed the PowerMeter than can tap into the stats that ‘smart’ power meters monitor. It isn’t meant for the power companies so much as it is meant to enable consumers to monitor and shepherd their own usage. Currently, there are over 40 million US homes scheduled to get… Continue reading Google’s PowerMeter lets consumers tap into their power usage

Doctorow not taking ISP’s service change lying down

Good on Cory Doctorow. His ISP, Virgin Media, has just announced that they are pretty much ignoring Net Neutrality and will give 2nd-class priority (or worse) to traffic from websites and services that don’t pay them a premium. Doctorow says that as far as he’s concerned, they’ve just announced that they’re violating the agreement, and… Continue reading Doctorow not taking ISP’s service change lying down