Netflix launches Fast.com, a dead simple way to test your Internet speed

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Now that watching video is one of biggest uses of the web, the speed of your connection has never been more important. 

To that end, Netflix, one of the primary sources of what the entertainment industry calls over the top (OTT) content, launched a tool on Wednesday that lets you test your Internet speed.

This isn’t any old website. The company cleverly managed to snag the most appropriate domain out there: Fast.com. That’s one of the best domain names — for any service — you could possibly have. 

No technical knowledge is needed. Simply visit Fast.com and the site immediately starts calculating what your current Internet download speed is Read more…

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The Internet can’t stop talking about Aishwarya Rai’s purple lips at Cannes

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Indian actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai’s annual appearance at the Cannes Film Festival is a closely watched affair in India. This year, Rai startled a lot of people when she appeared on the red carpet with purple lips.

Rai wore the lip shade with a Rami Kadi floral gown for the premiere of her forthcoming film Sarbjit. The look divided Twitter, with some hailing it as an edgy beauty trend and others joking about it.

A Cannes veteran, Rai however, couldn’t care less about the fashion police. 

“I was not nervous (abut the Cannes look) as it has been 15 years (since I have been) representing L’Oreal here. I enjoy fashion and I treat it like art,” she told reporters. “So it doesn’t stress me out. It doesn’t get me nervous… I am a professional.” Read more…

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U.S. Set to Give up Its Last Power Over the Internet

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The U.S. government will give up its last measure of control over the Internet, possibly as soon as next year.

An agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is set to expire in 2015 and will not be renewed, according to a report from the Washington Post.

The details of the handover are not set yet. A commerce official told the Post that a new oversight body must be created first. The U.S. role in web domain management has been among the last pieces of the Internet under the government’s control

The U.S. has been widely criticized for its control of aspects of the Internet, particularly in light of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the actions of the National Security Agency. The EU recently called for a replacement to ICANN in an effort to minimize U.S. control. Read more…

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