Learn How They Laid the Transatlantic Cable Back in 1959

In this hyper-modern, satellite-powered wireless age, it's easy to forget how not too long ago our main connection to Europe was a single cable: the TAT-1. This, the first submarine transatlantic telephone cable was finally completed in 1956, just in time for operators to realize they needed a second. Guess what they… » 5/25/14 6:00pm 5/25/14 6:00pm

AT&T and DirecTV Will Follow the Old Net Neutrality Rules For 3 Years

In the wake of such craziness as the Comcast-Time Warner merger and the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules that threaten to destroy the internet, AT&T and DirecTV are trying to be the good guys. AT&T, which announced its acquisition of DirecTV today, will follow the old, good net neutrality rules for three years. » 5/18/14 7:16pm 5/18/14 7:16pm

Report: AT&T Will Announce DirecTV Purchase Tomorrow

Rumors have been floating around all week that AT&T will purchase DirecTV for a reported $50 billion. Now, BuzzFeed quotes unnamed insiders who say the deal will be officially announced tomorrow, ahead of trading on Monday. The deal would give AT&T access to DirecTV's 20 million subscribers, the largest satellite… » 5/17/14 10:53am 5/17/14 10:53am

Weev Is Free to Troll Again After Appeals Court Tosses Out Conviction

Hoards of internet enthusiasts crowed in unison, when Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer was convicted of computer fraud in 2012 and later sentenced to 3.5 years in prison. And on Friday, those cries were justified. A federal appeals panel just overturned the conviction but not for the reasons some activists might've hoped for. » 4/11/14 1:48pm 4/11/14 1:48pm

Report: Google Wants to Become a Wireless Carrier

Google bosses are dreaming about adding wireless service to the search giant's menu of offerings. A couple of unnamed sources "who have discussed the matter with Google" told Amir Efrati at The Information that it would roll out the service in the same areas where Google Fiber is offered. In other words, Google wants… » 4/03/14 11:56am 4/03/14 11:56am

The Experimental Satellite that Gave Us Live International Television

Throughout the 1950s, broadcast television was limited to domestic transmissions simply because we didn't have a means to relay signals far enough to span the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. It wasn't until NASA shot Telstar, an unproven, newfangled "active" communications satellite into orbit in 1963, that mass… » 3/19/14 11:40am 3/19/14 11:40am