Putin plays cat and mouse with Russian online critics

  MOSCOW (Reuters) – Before the Internet, Anton Nossik remembers painstakingly copying out Soviet dissident Joseph Brodsky’s forbidden writings on a clattering typewriter for samizdat publications.   On his popular blog, the online media entrepreneur now instructs readers on ways to use new technology to get around online censorship, warning them: “There’s not much time …

Obama Contradicts FCC Chief on Fast Lanes, Net Neutrality Backers Say

  The Internet must remain open and accessible to all so that the “next Google and the next Facebook” have the opportunity to succeed, President Barack Obama declared on Tuesday, in his strongest comments on net neutrality since the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to craft new Open Internet rules. “One of the issues around Net Neutrality is …

Netflix speeds lag for Verizon users amid dispute

Netflix’s internet provider claims Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner are causing streaming bottlenecks (update). Having trouble streaming “House of Cards?” A stand-off involving Verizon and Netflix may be to blame.   Streaming speeds for Verizon FiOS customers dropped by 14% between December and January, according to Netflix. Meanwhile, Netflix speeds on most other Internet service …

EU, Google reach deal on competition remedies

The EU and Google agreed Wednesday on how to settle complaints the US Internet giant is squeezing competitors in Europe’s search market, avoiding legal action and billions in fines. “I believe that the new proposal obtained from Google after long and difficult talks can now address the Commission’s concerns,” EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said. …

Online Content Africa’s Next Consumer Boom?

The Alaba Market, in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos, is a chaotic mass of noise, vehicles and electronics shops; open air stalls selling software and movies of dubious provenance and tiny dark rooms housing the country’s ruthlessly profiteering film producers.   Financed at Alaba and filmed in houses-turned-sets, ‘Nollywood’ has become a $500 million-a year …