Facebook is planning a service that will challenge group-buying sites like Groupon.com. The program is part of Facebook Deals where users can share discounted offers from solicited retailers. The online coupon market made nearly $900 million last year and Facebook hopes to cash-in on the success. In other news, the recent earthquake in Japan has damaged the large underwater cables that provide Internet access to Asia. Half the cables are damaged, but the system between Japan and the U.S. remains unscathed. Damage to undersea fiber-optic cables is an out-of-sight problem much larger than most realize. And finally, AT&T is going to put a 150GB data cap on its DSL customers. It will cost $10 for each 50GB over the cap and is designed to affect the 2% of data-hogging customers. The cap is to ease bandwidth congestion, but some analysts think it’s purely a move for more profit.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – March 15, 2011
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).