The Ubuntu server team says it will no longer provide a 32-bit installation option with its impending 12.10 OS release, a move that may signify the end of 32-bit server computing for Ubuntu, Christopher Tozzi writes. But the final farewell is expected to take some time given that not all systems support 64-bit.
Facebook's enormous reach could be the social network's downfall -- and a disaster for the rest of the ad-supported Internet, Michael Wolff writes. Weak demand and a huge oversupply of ad inventory will force Facebook to reduce its per-user revenues, depressing the broader online-advertising market and forcing Facebook and other sites out of business, Wolff writes. "The crash will come. And Facebook -- that putative transformer of worlds, which is, in reality, only an ad-driven site -- will fall with everybody else," Wolff writes.
An international survey found that nearly 15% of people expect the world to end in their lifetimes. Ten percent believe the Mayan calendar predicts that doomsday will come this year. More than 20% of Americans say the end of the world is just around the corner, compared with 6% of French respondents.
Comcast topper Brian Roberts yesterday said VOD is poised for a boom and touted the MSO's aggressive effort to put VOD services in subscribers' homes. Roberts said Comcast now offers about 4,000 on-demand programs and "a couple of hundred" movies available for free.
Executives attending the Next Generation Networks conference in Boston this week said bigger players in the Wi-Fi arena will begin to snap up smaller ones at some point next year. Business customers will drive growth for Wi-Fi as it enters into the mainstream, says Gary Weis, president and CEO of Cometa Networks.