GeekSpeak for 2008-09-27

Bill Tancer 'Click: What Millions do Online and Why it Matters'

Are you fascinated by polls and survey data? As the Internet becomes more ingrained in our lives, from reading the news, to communicating through email and social networks, to transacting online, the byproduct of our aggregate movements provides an even deeper insight into who we are. Join the geeks as they welcome Bill Tancer to discuss his book [Click: What Millions of People do Online and Why it Matters|http://www.billtancer.com/] .

Governor Terminates Texting While Driving

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Wednesday that will outlaw text messaging while driving, the governor’s office said. The law would come into effect Jan. 1, 2009.

Adobe Adds GPU Acceleration

Adobe adds the computing power of your system’s GPU to speed up processing in their Creative Suite 4 product line.

US Senate Passes PRO-IP Act

The Senate has passed the PRO-IP Act. While they stripped out the provision to have the DoJ act as copyright cops, it still contains increased penalties for infringement, civil forfeiture provisions, and creates an “IP czar” to coordinate enforcement. Even though the civil forfeiture provisions are ostensibly intended for use against commercial piracy outfits, history indicates that they will probably get used against individuals at some point. Worse, because they left out the only part of the bill that Bush threatened to veto, it is expected to pass. It is going back to the House where they’re expected to pass it on Saturday, after which the President will probably sign it. So, if you want to contact your representative, hurry.

YouTube - Authors@Google: Bill Tancer

Bill Tancer talking about search terms at a Google meeting.

China Will Be Short of IP Addresses Soon

According to the China Internet Network Information Center, under the current allocation speed, China’s IPv4 address resources can only meet the demand of 830 more days and if no proper measures are taken by then, new Chinese netizens will not be able to gain normal access to the Internet.

Comcast Adds a Second Traffic Stream for Heavy Bandwidth Users

Comcast has reached a plan with the FCC for dealing with heavy bandwidth users. The company will slow its Internet speeds for its heaviest users during congested peak periods. To accomplish this separation, it’ll establish a second traffic stream for those users. That stream will have a lower priority than the primary stream used by its other customers.


! Click: What Millions of People do Online and Why it Matters
What time of year do teenage girls search for prom dresses online? How does the quick adoption of technology affect business success (and how is that related to corn farmers in Iowa)? How do time and money affect the gender of visitors to online dating sites? And how is the Internet itself affecting the way we experience the world? In Click, Bill Tancer takes us behind the scenes into the massive database of online intelligence to reveal the naked truth about how we use the Web, navigate to sites, and search for information—and what all of that says about who we are.

! Bill Tancer Bio:
Bill Tancer is the general manager of global research at Hitwise, the world’s leading online competitive intelligence services. Tancer and his team of analysts are widely quoted throughout the industry on the latest Internet trends. He appears as a frequent guest on CNBC, has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post and USAToday on topics ranging from the state of e-commerce to predicting American Idol winners using search term research. Tancer also writes a weekly column for Time magazine (Time.com) entitled “The Science of Search.”.

He was also named Television Week’s “12 to Watch” for 2008. Bill has served on the board of directors for SEMPO and he is currently on the advisory board for the PEW Internet and American Life Project. Prior to joining Hitwise, Bill has led market research and strategy teams at LookSmart, Zaplet, NBC Internet and Pacific Bell Internet Services. Bill has also covered the Internet sector for Gartner Group as a senior technology marketplace consultant. Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in Quantitative Management and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University.

You can catch Bill Tancer’s weblog at hitwise here: http://weblogs.hitwise.com/bill-tancer/

*! A few of Bill Tancer’s Time.com articles:

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