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When Sharks Attack The Internet, Most People Want Net Neutrality, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 15-08-2014

Also, the great and good from the tech world douse themselves, YouTube looks better on your TV, IFTTT adds Giphy GIFs, Tom Hanks releases free typewriter app, and judging people by what they watch on Netflix.

Sharks Are Attacking Undersea Cables

Google has been forced to strengthen its undersea fiber-optic cables to protect them from sharks. The data cables running along the bottom of the Pacific Ocean are being covered with a Kevlar-like matting to prevent sharks from biting into them. If a shark damaged the glass fibers inside it could adversely affect Internet services Is Internet Freedom Under Threat From Internet Service Providers? [MUO Debates] Imagine a world where the content you are allowed to view on the Internet is tightly controlled by your Internet service provider. On MUO Debates, we explore and question this reality. Read More around the world.

This was revealed by Google product manager Dan Belcher during a Google Cloud Roadshow event. It turns out old copper cables used for communications weren’t prone to attacks by sharks, but fiber-optic cables are being attacked on a regular basis. As can be seen in the above video.

The most logical explanation for this behavior is that the high voltage carried through the cables attracts sharks owing to their ability to detect bioelectric fields to aid with hunting prey. In other words, they’re mistaking our Internet cables for a hefty meal. The greedy gits.

Examining FCC Net Neutrality Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ended up receiving 1.1 million comments regarding net neutrality New Raspberry Pi B+ Released, FCC Tallies Net Neutrality Comments, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Beats goes after Chinese counterfeiters before Apple sale, Hulu nabs South Park, Twitter tracks Wikipedia edits from politicians, Amazon trolls the French government, and an honest game trailer for Minecraft. Read More . Which is a stunning endorsement of the need to debate big topics. But what sort of comments were received? And how did people frame their arguments for or against the open Internet?

TechCrunch recently tallied the words used most, with the F word being high on the list. And now, as reported by NPR, data analysis firm Quid has created a cluster map showing the emergent themes. It suggests that most comments were firmly pro net neutrality, and most of those against it were created using a template.

The debate on net neutrality What Is Net Neutrality & Why Should I Care? A significant number see Net Neutrality as essential to the survival of the Internet. In this article, we're going to look at why Net Neutrality matters, and why we should fight to protect it. Read More is set to continue, but if the FCC rules in favor of the ISPs who want to change the rules it appears they would be going against public opinion.

Tech CEOs Humiliated For Charity

Several high-profile tech CEOs have willingly humiliated themselves for charity. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge sees people being asked to either douse themselves in cold water or donate a sum of money to the ALS Association. Or preferably both.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo (seen above), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Apple CEO Tim Cook are amongst the great and good who have already taken part. Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, and Reed Hastings have all been nominated but haven’t yet delivered. Watch this space.

YouTube On Your TV Gets A Makeover

YouTube has given its TV app a much-needed makeover, bringing it more in line with the desktop, smartphone, and tablet apps. The biggest change, beyond the obvious visual overhaul, is a new guide on the left side of the screen. The update has been rolled out to the Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More first, with other streaming devices updated in the coming weeks.

IFTTT Adds Support For Giphy GIFs

IFTTT has added support for Giphy, which means it’ll be a lot easier for you to discover which GIFs are trending online in the future. The new IFTTT Giphy channel even includes a recipe for sending an email “every time a new cat GIF hits the Internet!” Admit it, you’re tempted 8 Purrfect Cat Websites For Feline Lovers Cats are everywhere online… as photos shared by friends on social networking sites, as cute pics on Reddit, on any of the cat-centric Tumblr sites, and even here on MakeUseOf. Oh, and then there’s Nyan... Read More .

Hanx Writer Is Tom Hanks’ Typewriter App

Tom Hanks has released a free app that brings all the fun and frustration of using a typewriter to your iPad. Hanx Writer is typewriter devotee Hanks’ ode to this outdated technology, and he told USA Today it’s “just my little gift to the future Luddite hipsters of the world.” If Hanks like hipsters 7 Great Websites Poking Fun At Hipsters Hipsters, or scenesters as they're sometimes called, are a sub-culture who want to be different. At all costs. That longing to be different has now come full circle, where it's actually the norm (or at... Read More then I no longer like Hanks. Are you with me?

Judging People By Their Netflix Account

And finally, although we think Netflix offers great value for money Is Netflix Worth The Money? There are more people who don't subscribe to Netflix as those who do, and that swathe of the population wants to know if they're missing out on anything. Is Netflix worth the money? Read More , it’s certainly not perfect. Especially when it comes to relationships. Netflix knows exactly what you watch and recommends more content based on your previous viewing habits. Which is great until your date uses Netflix The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix This guide offers everything you need to know about using Netflix. Whether you're a new subscriber or an established fan of the best streaming service out there. Read More to profile you. Aaaaand she’s gone.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

What should we do about sharks attacking our undersea Internet cables? Are you for or against net neutrality? Who would you like to see taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Tom W
    August 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I hope the Youtube update adds adverts to the PS3 app. I like watching it on the big screen but I also like supporting the people I'm subscribed to.

    • Dave P
      August 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      That may be the first request for adverts I have ever seen online. You're a good man, Tom!

    • Tom W
      August 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      I actually sent them some feedback a while ago asking for ads. I think I got one ad on one video after that, but I may have imagined it.