Skyway Recommended September 17th to 23rd

Each Monday we’ll pass on links to articles we thought were well worth reading from the previous week, kind of a Digg-lite for those who live where we do (British Columbia, Canada), work like we do (high speed business internet), and think like we do (internet trends, internet privacy, cutting-edge technology, etc.). If you don’t want to wait ’til Monday, we usually tweet and link to these as we come across them

GigaOm: Behold Apple’s massive solar farm from the sky [photos]

A TV station in North Carolina snapped these still video clips of the solar farm being built next to Apple’s data center. It looks like it’s getting close to being completed.

High Scalability (Blog): How Big Is A Petabyte, Exabyte, Zettabyte, Or A Yottabyte?

This is an intuitive look at large data sizes By Julian Bunn. Read More…

Ad Age: Video on Demand Could Make the DVR Obsolete

After a decade of zapping past commercials using a digital video recorder, consumers may be gearing up to fast-forward past the device. Just as Facebook leapfrogged MySpace, the DVR is finding itself outmuscled by new developments in technology, namely video on demand. VOD is expected to gain favor as the consumer’s preferred way to watch TV and other video entertainment. Read More…

GigaOm: What does iPhone have to do with robots?

It is hard to imagine that it has only been five years since the smartphone revolution started in earnest. The sensor driven modern marvels are not only redefining how we interact with the world, but they are also having unintended consequences. Like helping make cheaper robots. Read More…

NY Times: Google Charges Retailers to Appear on Shopping Site

Whether you are looking to buy a power tool or neon jeans online, chances are you start your search on Google or Amazon.com. But which one? Behind the scenes, the two companies are waging a war to become the pre-eminent online mall. Read More…

Electronic Frontier Foundation: New Study Affirms Less Copyright Restrictions Benefit the Economy, Amid Renewed Calls for SOPA 2.0

A new study from Australia presents the latest evidence that loosening copyright restrictions not only enables free speech, but can improve an economy as well. The study, published by the Australian Digital Alliance, indicated that if Australia expanded copyright exceptions like fair use, along with strengthening safe harbor provisions, the country could potentially add an extra $600 million to their economy. Read More…

Network Computing: Can Android Replace Windows?

The growing popularity of tablets within the pantheon of end-user computing devices has helped drive BYOD and cloud projects within the enterprise, made cell-phone networks a common remote-access option and brought relief to laptop-lugging road warriors worldwide. They’ve also made an even more fundamental change in the mix of devices for which corporate networking gurus are responsible, and, with Android, have given Microsoft the first really credible competitor to a major new version of Windows in more than a decade. Read More…

The Vancouver Province: Shaw to launch Web video-on-demand service to rival Netflix

Netflix Inc. is a nasty little threat to the country’s big TV providers. Two years after the cheap video-on-demand service entered Canada, it’s getting more serious about competing with the popular U.S. Web-only movie and TV show service. Shaw Communications Inc. is the latest domestic firm to launch new and improved, beefed-up Web video offerings in a bid to counter Netflix and other U.S.-based online, “over-the-top” content providers. Read more…


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