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Thursday, March 19, 2009
Bracing for NCAA tournament traffic
Live streaming video feeds could derail corporate traffic, vendors say
March Madness hits the iPhone The NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament -- March Madness to you and me -- starts next week, and with it comes equal doses of pleasure and pain for sports fans. The pleasure comes from the sheer volume of basketball being played at once--32 games in the first 48 hours of the tournament! And the pain? Well, if you happen to be an office-bound sports fan, you're reduced to sneaking a furtive glance at the Web to get your hoops fix.
Podcast:Building a better bracket How to build a better bracket with a massive database that can analyze the tournament and increase chances that you'll win this year's "for recreational purposes only" office pool.
WAN forecast? Olympic streaming ahead Another lengthy sporting event, another round of warnings that streaming video traffic could flood corporate networks. This time it's the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing that are raising alarms.
Dolphins' Web sites hacked in advance of Super Bowl The Web sites of Dolphin Stadium and the Miami Dolphins, host to Sunday's Super Bowl football game have been hacked, and malicious code on those sites have been attempting to infect PCs for at least a week, security experts said Friday.
A tool to help curb recreational traffic Twice a year the IT industry starts buzzing about employees slacking off at work. The first flare-up is during the March Madness college basketball tournament, when early-round games are broadcast live over the Internet. Then comes the holiday season, when scores of shoppers use corporate time and resources to find gifts. But in reality, recreational traffic is a yearlong issue.
Fantasy numbers about fantasy football Blazing headlines warning that American business will lose a billion or more dollars because of the college basketball playoffs have become a ritual of spring. Now such sports-related doom-saying is creeping into the fall. I just saw a headline that claimed fantasy football was going to cost American businesses $435 million per week during the upcoming NFL season. The basic premise that this kind of money is actually lost is more than a bit wacko, and this should be clear to just about everyone, so why do these fantasy numbers get so widely reported?
NCAA Final Four to be broadcast live online for first time CBSSports.com Thursday announced plans to provide a live online broadcast of this weekend's Final Four and Championship NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball games, the first time it has shown the final contests of the tournament on the Web.
Ohio State and Florida battle for basketball and network supremacy As the defending NCAA men's basketball champion Florida Gators prepare for another Final Four, the University of Florida IT department in Gainesville is busy overseeing operations of a statewide optical network that links the 11 state universities and will connect the UF physics department to data from the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, a particle accelerator opening later this year.
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