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Congratulations to TalkTalk, who were just named the number one provider in the UK for Fibre Broadband response times by the SamKnows industry benchmark. How did they accomplish this? With the support of Nominum's, now part of Akamai, carrier-class DNS software solution, CacheServe.

Girls Who Code Week 2: Let the Coding Begin!!

The Akamai-sponsored Girls Who Code program is well under way! Week 2 featured lots of activity in the Girls Who Code classroom at Akamai's Cambridge, MA headquarters.

The girls learned to use Scratch, a visual programming language that was developed at MIT to help people learn to code. They used Scratch to create a paddle-ball game and a side-scroller game. This included the use of functions, parameters, user input, conditionals, and cloning to create their games. With these building blocks in place, the girls will continue to learn about more complex computing concepts as they progress through the program.

Don't Say Goodbye to Your OTT Viewers

Takes a second to say goodbye
Say goodbye, oh, oh, oh
It takes a second to say goodbye
Say goodbye, oh, oh, oh, say bye bye
Where you going to now

When U2 penned the lyrics to its song, "Seconds," in 1983, there was no such thing as online video. In fact, video had killed the radio star only four years earlier, and the Internet was a notion that barely extended beyond the walls of a few educational and government institutions. Yet, the above passage could very well describe what's weighing on the minds of today's OTT service executives some 30-plus years later.

New research from Akamai shows online video viewers have little patience for symptoms of poor-quality streaming such as buffering and low resolution. The study, conducted in conjunction with biometric research firm, Sensum, was designed to measure viewers' emotional and physical reactions to varying levels of video streaming quality and experiences, and how they relate to OTT business models and brands. And the results were amazing.

There's an old adage that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you're like me, you can apply this to your own experiences. For example, about 5 years ago a small chain of gyms that exclusively used vibrating exercise machines popped up near my home. Their gym goers would stand on a vibration platform for 15 minutes while reading or watching TV. The gym promised weight loss, fat burn, improved flexibility, and enhanced blood flow. The thought of getting a complete workout in 15 minutes without breaking a sweat is pretty appealing. I'm in! Unfortunately, research (or lack thereof) brings us back to reality and it appears that adage about something being too good to be true applies once again and those people who stood on a vibrating platform for exercise, at best experienced minor caloric burn.

Unwelcome Interruptions

Imagine your player's first experience with your game. Finally, after waiting all these years, she's got the game in hand. She tears the cellophane, cracks the case, slots the disc, and . . . "Game is now updating. Please wait." Watching 20 GB load onto a machine is not anyone's idea of fun.

Your customers are unique and they all expect fast, secure, personalized digital experiences. They are spread across the world, in regions of varying network connectivity, utilize a plethora of devices and screen sizes - making it challenging to deliver your experiences.

By delivering 95 Exabytes of data over billions of devices every year, Akamai provides the world's largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform that empowers you to provide fast, secure, scalable and reliable experiences. It is the only platform that seamlessly integrates web and mobile performance, cloud security, enterprise access and video delivery solutions helping you deliver consistent superior experiences no matter where the customers are and what device they are using.

Written by Lisa Adams

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program at Akamai Technologies is off to a great start! During Week 1 we welcomed the class of 20 girls and the teaching team of three instructors from Girls Who Code. The girls began learning how to program in the Scratch language, and already gave impressive demonstrations using their new skills! We also conducted the Meet and Greet event, which was well attended by the girls, the teaching team, the girls' parents and supporters, and the Akamai organizing team and mentor groups. The event featured a talk by Dr. Tom Leighton, Akamai's co-founder and CEO, where Dr. Leighton shared his excitement about Akamai's hosting the Girls Who Code for a third consecutive year. Dr. Leighton told the audience: "You are going to make a difference, even if you don't know it yet. You will define the future."

Written by Or Katz and Raviv Perets

A widespread phishing scam that offers free airline tickets has been spotted in the wild by Akamai's Enterprise Threat Protector (ETP) security research team. The campaign uses a number of social engineering techniques to trick people into providing their private information. When someone clicks on the link in the phishing email, they are taken to a dedicated website that tells them they have "won" two free airline tickets.

Petya Runs Wild

As has been widely reported, a new ransomware known as 'petya' (also being referred to as `notpetya` or `petwrap` in the research community) started circulating on the internet earlier this week. It appears the attacks started in Eastern Europe and caused widespread damage around the globe.

AnswerX - Akamai's 'Secret' DNS Platform

As I work with Operators all over the world, I'm amazed at two worrying. First, Operators are still treating DNS as an afterthought. Everyone knows that if DNS is down, the network is down. Too many people are taking DNS's resiliency for granted. DNS "just works" is assumed to be norm until it does not work. Operators (Carriers, ISPs, Cloud Operators, Mobile Operators, etc) really need to put the robustness of their DNS architectures (in plural) into focus. Simple attacks against DNS are one of the easiest forms of Denial of Service (DOS) attacks.