Google+, Gmail, and Google Search can all now be accessed for "free" from an Airtel mobile phone. The aim of this project is "to put the web in the hands of more people and empower first time Internet users with several useful services of the Internet". Besides the Google services themselves, the first page of any external site accessed as a result of a Google Search will also not be metered.
Internet related topics
Cisco's Visual Networking Index for 2012–2017 forecasts usage and growth in Internet traffic in the next five years. Besides the expected excitement on mobile and video growth and Internet penetration, the paper and presentation offer per-country statistic which are quite telling.
Global broadband speeds:
It is common knowledge nowadays that the academic journal industry has largely deteriorated into what can only be termed as a racket. Thousands of journals with shoddy standards have cropped up luring unsuspecting or inept academics and students with the promise of publication.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) apparently already has a team which monitors blogs and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter for stock fraud where manipulators try to influence people to buy certain stocks thereby driving their price up. But it is finding it difficult to perform the same task with Blackberry and WhatsApp messages.
The Indian Express has a rather nostalgic (for some) story on the early days of the Internet in India.
The Delhi high court has, as expected, awarded the Tata Sons vs. Arno Palmen case over the right to the
tatainfotech.in domain to the Tatas.
News broke yesterday of the Egyptian Navy catching three scuba divers off the coast of Alexandria who were trying to sever an undersea fibre-optic cable.
An article in New Scientist covers a journal report on the state of upcoming upgrades to China's national Internet infrastructure.