Good morning (and happy Friday)!
The latest column from Vivek Wadhwa is out today. This week, he argues that the government has a role, but it is not in innovations. And, don’t forget, you can always get more from Vivek and Dominic right here.
And now, the morning read awaits:
1) Leading ISPs to copyright infringers: Six strikes and you’re out
Comcast, CableVision, Verizon, AT&T and Time Warner Cable are among the Internet service providers (ISP) joining forces in a united front against copyright infringement. The six-strike system will comprise of a series of — you guessed it — six messages sent by the ISP to the alleged infringer (or the account holder) warning them that they have been caught and, if they persist, there will be unpleasant ramifications.
Ars Technica’s Nate Anderson reports on what users can expect if they reach the last two strikes:
ISPs have agreed to institute “mitigation measures” (or, as you and I know them, punishments) based on the collected say-so of copyright holders. These measures begin with the fifth or six alert, and they may include “temporary reductions of Internet speeds, redirection to a landing page until the subscriber contacts the ISP to discuss the matter or reviews and responds to some educational information about copyright, or other measures that the ISP may deem necessary to help resolve the matter.”
It’s worth noting that the ISPs are not required to disable a subscriber’s service outright, which would entail cutting off phone, internet and voice services that could be needed in an emergency. However, they can shut off a subscriber’s service if they choose to — a right they have always had.
The actual act of scanning the Web for the alleged culprits will be done by copyright holders. They will gather the IP addresses of suspected copyright infringers to see which ISP controls it and, from there, send the service provider a message. The ISPs who have chosen to join the six-strikes program have agreed to send those messages on to the subscriber.
2) Did Facebook just give away its music service?
The Internet is a-twitter about what may be a clue as to Facebook’s next and long-rumored development: A music platform. Jeff Rose, a software developer and author of the blog Life is a Graph, claims to have found a slice of code in Facebook’s new video chat feature that identifies an element called “vibes.” According to Rose, an installer that comes as part of the Skype chat interface supports two different applications. One application is called “com.facebook.peep,” and the other is called “com.Facebook.vibes.”The “peep” code line returns the “VideoChatPlugIn,” while the ”vibes” line returns a “MusicDownloadDialog.”
A request to Facebook for comment was not immediately answered.
3) The U.S. shuttle program through time and space
Our colleagues at the Post have put together a visual timeline of the U.S. space shuttle program as the final shuttle launch looms.
4) Innovating the meat we eat
Food producer Cargill will be opening an “innovation center” that will focus on the production of U.S. meat products. The center is scheduled to open on July 15.
Cargill’s vice president of research and development, Scott Ellert, called the center, “the crown jewel of meat-oriented food innovation centers currently found in the U.S.” The 75,000 square-foot center will employ 70 people, including chefs who will “work with customers to develop new products and demonstrate the way existing ones can be better prepared and used,” according to the company’s press release.
5) What if a hipster chronicled GE’s history?
General Electric has posted its entire 130-year history on Tumblr. If you think that’s the end of the hipster-ness of GE’s pursuit, you’re wrong. The entire history is posted in Instagram photos — the go-to photo-sharing utility of hipsters the world over.
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