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USB 3.0 Promises Faster Speeds, Backward Compatibility

January 6, 2009 (PC World) Nearly a decade after USB 2.0 was first introduced, this practically ubiquitous technology is poised for its first major upgrade in years. Symwave, a semiconductor start-up, and hard-drive maker Seagate are showing the first working demonstration of SuperSpeed — otherwise known as USB 3.0 — at CES 2009. The company's demo setup includes an adaptation of an external Seagate FreeAgent hard drive equipped with the new interface, and shows the high read/write throughput and streaming video performance potential of USB 3.0.


Google, Microsoft say they still support Net neutrality

December 15, 2008 (IDG News Service) WASHINGTON – Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. said today that they have not backed away from their support for Net neutrality principles, despite a report to the contrary.

Both companies denied much of the information contained in a Wall Street Journal story that suggested that both companies have abandoned their support for Net neutrality rules. The article reported that Google is trying to negotiate with broadband providers for an Internet fast lane for its content, apparently in conflict with its support for Net neutrality rules prohibiting broadband providers from blocking or slowing content from some applications or companies.


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