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  1. Just 20 ISPs Are Responsible for Nearly Half of All Email Spam Worldwide

    Considering the wide variety of products spam email acts as a barker for, you might assume that there are an equally diverse range of individuals, or at least programs, trying to sell you important goods like mirrors, plastic sheers, and of course medications for male stamina. (Also, wow, am I ever troubled by what my spam folder seems to think of me.) According to a recent look at the numbers, though, that's not the case. In fact, the study from the University of Twente suggests that just 20 of the more than 42,000 Internet service providers worldwide are responsible for nearly half of the emails that you get looking to sell you penis enlargement pills and various other high quality goods and services.

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  2. Six Strikes And You’re Out: What The Copyright Alert System Means For You

    As of today, three of the major Internet service providers in the United States -- Verizon, Time Warner, and AT&T -- are teaming up with the MPAA and RIAA to let you know that they're watching when you use torrents  to download music, movies or TV shows, and that they don't approve. That disapproval will initially be registered by warnings that remind you that Big Brother your ISP is watching -- the digital equivalent of a disapproving glare -- but that's not the only measure they have at their disposal. Repeat offenders could find themselves blocked from certain sites or even have their connection cut entirely, if temporarily. Keep reading to learn what we know about the new policy, what we don't, and how it could impact the way you use the Internet -- especially if you use it to download media, and come on, who doesn't?

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  3. Netflix Executive: Canadians Have “Almost Third-World” Internet Access

    The Internet is serious business. These days, a number of businesses absolutely require the Internet to function. This is especially true if those companies are looking to stream media content to their customers. When Internet service providers gouge their customers for bandwidth, they're less likely to use said streaming services. It's for this reason that Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, isn't a big fan of Canadian providers.

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  4. New ISP To Make Customer Privacy Its Top Priority

    In this world where online privacy -- or more accurately the lack thereof -- is becoming more and more of an issue for many, there is no lack of complaints, but a distinct lack of solutions. One man thinks he has the way to put an end to this. Nicholas Merrill wants to start an Internet service provider with one thing at the forefront of its policy: Respecting user privacy. By means both technological and policy related, Merrill's in utero service would fight tooth and nail to keep its customers information from getting into the hands of anyone who doesn't need to see it. With bills like CISPA on the horizon, he could stand to find quite a few customers.

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  5. FCC Measures Real Internet Speeds, FIOS Wins

    The FCC won't let me be or let me be me released a study yesterday that outlines some data it has collected, including the actual, for realsies Internet speeds that people get based on provider. The chart you see above provides the most summarized data showing how respective Internet providers live up to (or fail to live up to) their advertised speeds. FIOS is tops, consistently over-performing expectations, while it appears that several others don't ever meet their advertised speeds and can drop to as low as nearly 50%. The study notes that "actual download speeds are substantially closer to advertised speeds than was found in data from early 2009," which is a bit of a double-edged comment. Things are getting better, but we're still mainly seeing ISPs move closer to advertised speeds.

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  6. Most Australian Internet Users Will Have Their Web Censored Next Month

    Next month, two of Australia's largest Internet service providers, Telstra and Optus, will begin blocking over 500 websites that they have voluntarily agreed to censor. The sites in question have the common theme of child abuse, and a list of the sites will be given to the ISPs by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, as well as other sites compiled by unnamed international organizations. As anyone who regularly uses the Internet can probably assume, blocking 500 sites won't exactly prevent any greenhorn eyes from potentially laying upon the blackened depths of the Internet, but more casual users may see the move as a positive step toward cleaning up the web, or at least a savvy public relations move by the two ISPs.

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  7. Judge Denies Copyright Holder the Right to Subpoena ISPs

    District Court Judge Harold Baker has denied a copyright holder the right to subpoena internet service providers of alleged copyright infringers, because IP addresses are not people. This ruling may end up setting a precedent for future cases regarding copyright infringers, as just in the last year alone, copyright holders have sued over 100,000 infringers, but with this ruling, copyright holders may not be able to legally force an ISP to divulge the IP addresses of its customers, which would prevent the copyright holders from obtaining the personal information of the infringers.

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