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Internet TV Makes Stranger Bedfellows

Ever thought you'd be able to order Xfinity TV service from Amazon; or watch Netflix through your cable set-top box? If politics makes strange bedfellows then programming for Internet TV is like:

... last call at a college bar.

... a '70s key party.

... an episode of 90 Day Fiance.

Let's just say that some unexpected relationships have been forged thanks to the disruptive forces of online video. It's changing the way that we as an industry look at TV and certainly what consumers expect from the many available services.

Akamai's CTO for Media, John Bishop, will help to make sense of it all as part of the CES session, "Internet TV, The Disruption: Programming Everywhere." Taking place on Thursday, January 5th, as part of the CES Digital Hollywood Conference track, John will join panelists from Deloitte & Touche, DISH, Strategy Analytics, Vubiquity and 87AM to explore the options ranging from a la carte viewing to premium bundles.

If you're attending CES and want to learn how we can help support your OTT service and strategy, feel free to arrange a meeting with us. We'll have demos and subject matter experts available to discuss your business and technology needs, and how Akamai's global content delivery capabilities can help.

Chris Nicholson is a senior public relations manager at Akamai.

*Batteries not included

If you grew up in the 1970's and 80's, this simple statement could ruin your holiday - if Mom & Dad hadn't had the foresight to stock up on AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt batteries before you opened your presents, you had to put your handheld video games, animatronic animals, and talking dolls aside for a few days.  In contrast, today's gadgets tend to come with a USB charging cable, so needing to have batteries on hand is no longer a real issue.  (And if you find yourself in a *Cables not included situation, you probably have one or more stashed away somewhere in your office or house that you can use.)

Over the last 10 years, connected devices have grown in popularity and availability.  While keeping them charged remains an issue, keeping them connected has arguably become a bigger one.  These devices now rely on Internet connectivity for activation, for core functionality, and for content - without it, they essentially become expensive paperweights. (You *do* still have some paper around, right?)

In the first of this two-part blog, I reported the impact that the Dyn DDoS attack had on the financial services industry.  Banks, insurers, credit cards, and others had two waves of impacts on Oct. 21, with many websites clocking in with 60 second page response times, and others with outright failures, not able to service their customers.

In Part 2, we'll dig into some details to better understand the technology risks of financial services websites, and extract some lessons learned for the industry.

Nominum, now part of Akamai, inaugural security report published by its Data Science team, Data Revelations: Fall 2016, includes an analysis of some of the largest threats that are impacting organizations and individuals, including ransomware, DDoS, mobile malware, IoT-based attacks and more. Since DNS is the launch point for over 90% of cyberattacks, it offers a great vantage point from which to examine, understand, thwart and proactively prevent threats1. With industry-leading research experience, and by applying machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, neural networks and more, Nominum Data Science is able to locate, analyze, prevent and predict some of the most sophisticated and dangerous cyberthreats ever to hit the internet.

The increasingly digital consumer lifestyle, fueled by explosive growth in the use of the internet, mobile technologies and social media, has given rise to the empowered customer. With access to more information, choices, and opportunities, consumers across all industries are in a position to demand not only what they want, but also where and how they want it.

Do you want to build a server empire?

Have you ever visited a soybean farm in North Carolina? I haven't, despite the fact that it's one of the top 5 crops for the state. I have, though, visited one of the lesser known profit driving farms in NC, the server farm. To be more accurate, I visited the front end showroom for a major server manufacturer and service provider. It was a fully functioning cold server room, with a raised floor, and giant cables criss-crossing the ceiling. It reminded me of the scene in the Matrix when Morpheus leads Neo into the giant weapons cache.

Automating your Image Workflow with Akamai Image Manager

Images are used to inspire, evoke emotion, and provide ways of communicating that simply cannot be done with words. It's no wonder that web pages with images get 94 percent more views than those without.

Images have become integral to how we experience the web, and the importance of delivering the right image at the right time to your users couldn't be more important. First impressions matter, and your users will see and experience images on a web page 60,000 times faster than text.

With the Black Friday, Cyber Monday holiday weekend upon us, retailers in the U.S. and abroad are preparing for another peak period for customer acquisition and commerce revenues.  In 2016, the U.S. eCommerce market is the second largest globally and is expected to reach a total of $482 billion by 2018.  China is still the global leader with its B2C eCommerce market accounting for 38% of worldwide turnover; this Singles' Day, November 11th, 2016, Alibaba's success highlighted the region's potential turning over $17.8 billion in sales in one day (and $1 billion in just the first five minutes), surpassing last year's record of $14.3 billion record by 24%.

Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best

Leading up to the U.S Presidential Election last week, the oracles of the security world were warning of all the possible types of attacks we might see during the day of decision making.  We were preparing for attacks against voting machines, disinformation spread through social media platforms, more email leaks, and above all Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against everyone from the White House to news sites around the globe.  Yet none of these seem to have materialized.

Threats don't like being ignored

I outran a ferocious dog once. The memory is still very fresh for me, despite the fact that it happened 30 years ago. What should be most impressive about this story is that I ran up fourteen flights of stairs, without stopping. I don't think I've ever accomplished this level of physical excellence ever again. I wonder what would have happened if I had been exposed to Gamma rays just as the chase began. We'll never know.