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Judge Orders Perfect 10 to Pay Giganews $5.6 Million in Legal Fees and Costs for Meritless Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:40:33 GMT

The Ruling Represents a Victory for Usenet and a Deterrent Against Meritless Copyright Lawsuits

Austin, Texas – March 25, 2015 - Giganews, the world's premium Usenet access provider, announced today that the United States District Court for the Central District of California has ordered Perfect 10 to pay more than $5.6 million in attorney's fees and costs to Giganews. The court considered many factors in making the ruling, including the totality of Giganews legal victories and the motivation of Perfect 10's lawsuit. It concluded that awarding fees would "discourage serial litigants from bringing unmeritorious suits and then unnecessarily driving up litigation costs in order to drive a settlement."

Perfect 10 initially brought suit against Giganews in April 2011 for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, trademark dilution, unfair competition, and violation of Perfect 10's right of publicity. Giganews secured a series of court victories during the long-running legal dispute, with the court ultimately dismissing all of the allegations and rejecting all the different theories and claims that Perfect 10 had asserted.

"This judgment is a complete victory for Giganews, a validation of Usenet as one of the foundational protocols of the Internet, and a recognition of the users who rely on it every day," said Ron Yokubaitis, Co-founder of Giganews. In granting Giganews' motion for legal fees, the court recognized, "the Usenet services the defendants offer serve to foster an exchange of information or opinion on a particular topic from, say, the music of Wagner to Balkan politics to AIDS prevention to the Chicago Bulls," and the Court took the position that Perfect 10's "unmeritorious claims against the leading Usenet service provider in the country posed a serious threat to the public's access to free and competitive expression."

Yokubaitis continued, "Online service providers and Internet companies are under assault from copyright trolls like Perfect 10, but we have followed the DMCA since its inception, and are proud to have stood up to the meritless claims of a serial litigator who was hoping for an easy pay day." The court noted, "Perfect 10 has a long, documented history of sending service providers inadequate takedown notices under the DMCA that fail to identify specific infringing material, and then bringing suit for the service providers' failure to respond to deficient DMCA takedown notices." As part of ultimately deciding the need for the large monetary award, the court concluded, "all of the evidence before the Court demonstrates that Perfect 10 is in the business of litigation, not protecting its copyrights or stimulating artistic creativity for the general public good."

Leading up to this judgment Giganews had presented the court with extensive evidence against Perfect 10, showing discovery noncompliance, numerous violations of court orders, and pervasive failures by Perfect 10, its attorneys and its witnesses.

Copies of Tuesday's findings are available here: https://truck.it/p/k5p0b1mCCx

About Giganews

Giganews, the world's largest and most trusted Usenet provider for more than a decade, offers unparalleled newsgroup access through a proprietary, scalable platform designed to maximize speed and reliability. Giganews serves individuals, as well as the largest Internet service providers, telecommunications companies, and multi-service providers in more than 200 countries, making it the top Usenet aggregation point in the world. More articles pass through Giganews on a daily basis than any other provider. In addition, the Giganews Newsgroups Archive hosts more than 12 billion articles requiring several petabytes (PB) of storage. Learn more about Giganews at[...]




Giganews Scores Complete Legal Victory Over Perfect 10, Sets Important Copyright Precedents

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Judges Dismiss Perfect 10's Direct and Indirect Copyright Infringement Claims Against the Usenet Provider

Austin, Texas – November 18, 2014 - Giganews, the world's premium Usenet access provider, announced today the United States District Court for the Central District of California has granted Giganews a complete victory in its long-running legal battle with Perfect 10.

On Friday, the court granted Giganews a series of summary judgment decisions on the various copyright claims in the case, rejecting all the different theories and claims that Perfect 10 had asserted. The rulings followed extensive discovery and fact finding by the parties.

"These decisions and final rulings underscore the fact that Giganews has always acted responsibly and appropriately to work with copyright holders. We're proud to have stood up against these baseless claims and to have stayed the course in defending against Perfect 10," said Ron Yokubaitis, co-Founder of Giganews. "Over the course of the case, three different federal judges issued key rulings in Giganews' favor."

The court had previously dismissed Perfect 10's allegations of trademark infringement, publicity rights violations, and unfair competition. The court also earlier specifically ruled that Perfect 10 had not shown fault in Giganews' process of handling notifications of claimed infringements or Giganews' repeat infringer termination policy.

"We look forward to defending against Perfect 10's inevitable appeal and to recovering an award of attorney's fees against Perfect 10 in due course," said Yokubaitis.

Copies of Friday's orders and opinions are available here: https://truck.it/p/rwCfXHCkSk

About Giganews

Giganews, the world's largest and most trusted Usenet provider for more than a decade, offers unparalleled newsgroup access through a proprietary, scalable platform designed to maximize speed and reliability. Giganews serves individuals, as well as the largest Internet service providers, telecommunications companies, and multi-service providers in more than 200 countries, making it the top Usenet aggregation point in the world. More articles pass through Giganews on a daily basis than any other provider. In addition, the Giganews Newsgroups Archive hosts more than 12 billion articles requiring several petabytes (PB) of storage. Learn more about Giganews at http://www.giganews.com.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.




Giganews announces Mimo Beta Usenet Browser plus new features for all memberships

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 19:30:52 GMT

Giganews, the world's premium Usenet provider, announced today that Mimo Usenet Browser and Golden Frog Usenet Search are out of the exclusive tech preview phase and are now available in beta for all Diamond Giganews members.

Mimo Beta Usenet Browser is a brand new cross-platform Usenet browser developed by Golden Frog specifically for the Giganews Usenet service. Mimo is optimized for faster browsing, searching and downloads. It features image thumbnail viewing as well as filtering capabilities on text, binaries and images. It is integrated with Golden Frog Usenet Search, a feature that indexes all of Giganews' retention.

Since July, select Diamond members participated in a tech preview of the browser and search features, providing feedback that was applied to the ongoing development of the products. From development to preview and into beta, Golden Frog implemented nearly 450 improvements based on Diamond Giganews member feedback.

Golden Frog Usenet Search is the world's only Usenet search engine capable of dynamically indexing Giganews' complete binary retention — that's over 800 days and counting! This is the only Usenet index in the world with the capacity to search all of Giganews. Golden Frog Usenet Search is integrated with Mimo Usenet Browser and runs on servers optimized for speed, providing subject-based binary search across all groups.

About Golden Frog

Golden Frog is a global software company dedicated to developing tools that provide reliability, performance and security. Giganews chose Golden Frog for their focus on service, privacy and online security.

Giganews and Golden Frog partnered together to bring innovative applications to Diamond Giganews members. Last November, Giganews introduced the beta version of VyprVPN, Golden Frog's personal Virtual Private Network, to Diamond members. VyprVPN exited beta in March 2010 and became a regular feature for all Diamond Giganews memberships.

About Giganews

Giganews, the world's largest and most trusted Usenet provider for more than a decade, offers unparalleled newsgroup access through a proprietary, scalable platform designed to maximize speed and reliability. Giganews serves individuals, as well as the largest Internet service providers, telecommunications companies, and multi-service providers in more than 200 countries, making it the top Usenet aggregation point in the world. More articles pass through Giganews on a daily basis than any other provider. In addition, the Giganews Newsgroups Archive hosts more than 12 billion articles requiring several petabytes (PB) of storage. Learn more about Giganews at http://www.giganews.com.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.




Giganews Celebrates 2 Years of High-Quality Binary Retention

Sat, 07 Aug 2010 11:48:36 GMT

The Giganews team is proud to be the first and only Usenet provider reaching 2 years of high-quality binary retention. Giganews members are the only Usenet readers who can still read posts from as far back as two years ago. In two years, the Usenet feed has grown from 400Mbps to over 550Mbps.

Over 6 TB of data in the form of15 million articles is posted to Usenet from global members each day. For perspective, the largest consumer drive available today is 3TB. Usenet fills 2 of those drives every day. Giganews has stored every single article for 2 solid years. To date, Giganews has over 10 billion articles stored. To accommodate this capacity, Giganews stores multiple copies of all Usenet data, preventing incompletes and handle failures.

While increasing retention, Giganews focuses on increasing the power of its service:

Giganews is passionate about Usenet and works hard to create the very best Usenet experience available. Giganews is the only Usenet provider capable of this capacity and retention, and has no plans to stop its retention growth any time soon.

About Giganews

Giganews, the world's largest and most trusted Usenet provider for more than a decade, offers unparalleled newsgroup access through a proprietary, scalable platform designed to maximize speed and reliability. Giganews serves individuals, as well as the largest Internet service providers, telecommunications companies, and multi-service providers in more than 200 countries, making it the top Usenet aggregation point in the world. More articles pass through Giganews on a daily basis than any other provider. In addition, the Giganews Newsgroups Archive hosts more than 7 billion articles requiring several petabytes (PB) of storage. Learn more about Giganews at http://www.giganews.com.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.




Giganews is the First Usenet provider to reach 700 days of binary retention

Thu, 08 Jul 2010 21:33:21 GMT

Today Giganews reached 700 days of high-quality binary retention, and plans to continue adding retention on a daily basis. With a long-term commitment to leading the Usenet provider industry, Giganews now gives members 700 days—and counting—of high-quality binary retention for the more than 109,000 existing newsgroups. From the people to the servers, the Giganews team and infrastructure function under one roof, proactively working to keep the Usenet service running smooth and fast. The first of any Usenet provider to reach this level of quality and length of time articles are available, Giganews pushes the limit and has a history of innovating in order to give its global members the best possible Usenet service.

Most Usenet providers lack the infrastructure and in-house technical professionals to successfully increase retention days and maintain a high-quality and high-uptime service. The Giganews service is built in-house from the ground up and runs on a multi-redundant network of servers, and employees work 24x7x365 ensuring hands-on technical support.

By having a global infrastructure of multi-redundant systems and a highly-scalable platform, Giganews has a solid history of maintaining long-term, high-quality binary retention and increasing innovative features made available to its members:

  • November, 2006 Giganews offers SSL encryption to its members, increasing Usenet browsing security
  • April, 2007 Giganews reached 120 days of high-quality binary retention
  • May, 2007 Introduction of Giganews Accelerator, a software-based news proxy allowing members to compress headers and enable 256-bit SSL encryption
  • September, 2008 240 days of high-quality binary retention
  • March, 2009 365 days of high-quality binary retention
  • November, 2009 Giganews invites Diamond members to beta of VyprVPN, a personal Virtual Private Network that increases online browsing security
  • March, 2010 Giganews adds VyprVPN as an included feature for Diamond memberships
  • July, 2010 700 days of high-quality binary retention

Giganews employees are passionate about creating a premium Usenet experience, focusing on providing reliability from the ground up. Giganews owns its hardware, designs the software, and runs the service on its own network. Giganews' Usenet service provides unlimited speed, 100% uptime and full completion regardless of the age of an article.

About Giganews

Giganews, the world's largest and most trusted Usenet provider for more than a decade, offers unparalleled newsgroup access through a proprietary, scalable platform designed to maximize speed and reliability. Giganews serves individuals, as well as the largest Internet service providers, telecommunications companies, and multi-service providers in more than 200 countries, making it the top Usenet aggregation point in the world. More articles pass through Giganews on a daily basis than any other provider. In addition, the Giganews Newsgroups Archive hosts more than [...]




Giganews and Data Foundry Host 2010's First NANOG Meeting Focused on Internet Advancements and Trends

Fri, 22 Jan 2010 22:15:14 GMT

AUSTIN, TEXAS—January 22, 2010—Giganews, the world's largest and most trusted Usenet provider for more than a decade, and Data Foundry, a leading, global provider of data center outsourcing, managed data centers, and disaster recovery services, will host 2010's first North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG) meeting in support of the non-profit organization's mission to identify and solve problems that arise in operating and growing the Internet.

The 48th NANOG meeting (NANOG48) will be held in Austin, Texas, February 21-24, 2010 at the Hilton Austin. NANOG48 marks the first time the group meets in Austin.

Senior network engineers, operators, and researchers from companies like Giganews, Google (GOOG), Equinix (EQIX), Akamai (AKAM), tw telecom (TWTC), Comcast (CMCSA/CMCSK), and many others, will present, debate, and discuss technology already deployed or soon-to-be deployed in the Internet. NANOG is a relatively small contingent of Internet insiders from Tier 1 and Tier 2 Internet service providers (ISPs), as well as others connected to ISP networking.

"Giganews' involvement in NANOG48 is a direct extension of our absolute commitment to providing the highest level of connectivity, throughput and security for our customers," says Philip Molter, Giganews' Chief Technology Officer. "We've chosen to host this meeting, because, as a major network traffic source for tens of millions of people, we want to foster the continued growth of the Internet as an open—unlimited platform."

Topics to be addressed at NANOG48 span the latest operational issues, including large-scale backbone operations; ISP coordination; traffic engineering; applications of new protocols, specifically Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6); routing policy specification; queue management and congestion; routing scalability; caching; and inter-provider security; to name a few.

"Data Foundry and Giganews—as early pioneers in the Internet space, as well as current innovators, are uniquely appropriate as hosts of discussions and debates that will greatly influence the future of the Internet," says Betty Burke, NANOG Program Manager. "Contrary to popular belief, the Internet doesn't run itself. A lot goes on behind the scenes. It takes the generous efforts and profound insights of those closest to the technology, companies like Giganews and Data Foundry, for example, to keep this dynamic, global resource in working order."

NANOG meetings are held three times a year throughout the country. NANOG is an activity of Merit Network, a non-profit corporation owned and governed by Michigan's public universities. Since 1966, Merit hasoperated America's longest-running regional research and education network and has coordinated NANOG meetings since 1994.

For more information about NANOG and Merit, visit http://www.nanog.org and http://www.merit.edu. To register for NANOG48 visit https://nanog.merit.edu/registration.

About Giganews

Giganews, the world's largest and most trusted Usenet provider for more than a decade, offers unparalleled newsgroup access through a proprietary, scalable platform designed to maximize speed and reliability. Giganews serves individuals, as well as the largest Internet service providers, telecommunications companies, and multi-service prov[...]




Giganews Usenet Promises 365 Days of Binary Newsgroup Retention; Delivers 400 Days

Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:09:38 GMT

Giganews Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet provider, today beat its previous record of 365 days of binary retention. The company now provides customers with 400 days of binary retention in all 100,000 plus newsgroups.

Giganews now stores more Usenet data for a longer period of time than any other Usenet provider.

"It was fantastic to meet our goal of providing a full year of binary retention, and today's announcement is even more rewarding," said Philip Molter, CTO at Giganews. "Providing 400 days of binary retention across all newsgroups really shows that Giganews won't ever stop pushing to exceed our customers' expectations."

Giganews continues to lead the Usenet industry and has plans to further upgrade data storage around the world. The Giganews homepage is updated daily to reflect ever-increasing Usenet retention levels.

Giganews® Usenet is a global, public social networking community that enables its members to share discussions and user generated content on an unlimited number of topics. Today, Giganews Usenet represents over 100K (and growing rapidly) multimedia Internet channels and interactive discussions which is accessed by tens of millions of people from over 180 countries.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.




Giganews Usenet Offers Special and improved Service to Verizon Newsgroup Subscribers

Tue, 01 Sep 2009 20:00:51 GMT

Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet provider, today announced special discounts on Giganews® Usenet service for Verizon customers affected by the elimination of Usenet service. Verizon announced that on September 30, 2009, Verizon will discontinue its Usenet newsgroup service. Subscribers will not be able to access the Verizon newsgroup service after this date. Verizon customers currently connecting to Usenet groups via Verizon will have until September 30th to choose a new source of Usenet access. Giganews is offering several special pricing options to affected Verizon customers:

  • 50% off for 3 months of Giganews' most popular, unlimited Diamond Plan.
  • 20% off for 3 months of your choice of other Giganews plans, ranging from value to premium plans

If you are a Verizon customer looking at Usenet Services, please sign up for a 14 day free trial of the Giganews Usenet: http://www.giganews.com/verizon-special.html.

Giganews® Usenet is a global, public social networking community that enables its members to share discussions and user generated content on an unlimited number of topics. Today, Giganews Usenet represents over 100K (and growing rapidly) multimedia Internet channels and interactive discussion which is accessed by tens of millions of people from over 180 countries.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.




Giganews Usenet Breaks World Record Again with 365 Days of Binary Newsgroup Retention

Fri, 07 Aug 2009 21:40:48 GMT

Today, Giganews broke new ground by providing users with 365 days of binary retention in all 100,000-plus newsgroups. The accomplishment - a full year of binary retention across the board - is an industry first.

A full year of retention means that Giganews stores more of Usenet for a longer period of time and for more newsgroups than any other Usenet provider.

"Providing 365 days of retention is a triumph for us and for Usenet in general," said Philip Molter, CTO at Giganews. "We are absolutely committed to leading the industry, and we'll continue to innovate and stretch limits so we can give our customers the best possible Usenet experience," Molter added.

Giganews® Usenet is a global, public social networking community that enables its members to share discussions and user generated content on an unlimited number of topics. Today, Giganews Usenet represents over 100K (and growing rapidly) multimedia Internet channels and interactive discussions which is accessed by tens of millions of people from over 180 countries.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.




Giganews Upgrades Connections to Increase Speed on All Service Plans!

Fri, 10 Jul 2009 21:27:00 GMT

Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet provider, today announced major service upgrades on all Usenet accounts. Members subscribing to Giganews' premium Diamond plan will get 30 additional connections for a total of 50 simultaneous connections per account - more than any Usenet provider in the world. All other service plans have been upgraded to 20 connections per account.

Giganews members with high-latency links have requested more connections to help them wring as much speed as possible out of downloads. Giganews members with low-latency links have requested extra connections in their Usenet client for group updates and header downloads. With this change, Giganews is ensuring that the number of connections is no longer a barrier to unlimited Usenet speed for any of our members, said Elizabeth Kintzele, Director of Sales and Affiliate Marketing at Giganews. Kintzele added,

"As a Premium Usenet Service Provider, we constantly improve our service to ensure our members have the best Usenet experience on the planet. While increasing connections is a major improvement, in the near future we will announce a new service offering that will truly solidify our premium status."

With current retention across binary newsgroups at 337 days and continuing to spool to 365 days, Giganews provides the longest retention in the industry. Today's announcement increases the speed with which Giganews Usenet customers can access Usenet newsgroups.

Sign up now: Free Two Week Trial and 50% off special! http://www.giganews.com/

Giganews® Usenet is a global, public social networking community that enables its members to share discussions and user generated content on an unlimited number of topics. Today, Giganews Usenet represents over 100K (and growing rapidly) multimedia Internet channels and interactive discussions.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.




Giganews Offers Discounts and Improved Service for AT&T Customers

Wed, 08 Jul 2009 21:37:53 GMT

Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet provider, today announced special discounts on Giganews® Usenet service for AT&T customers affected by the elimination of Usenet service. AT&T has stated that as of July 15th, 2009, their customers' access to Usenet will be eliminated. AT&T customers currently connecting to Usenet groups via AT&T will have until July 15 to choose a new source of Usenet access.

Giganews is offering several special pricing options to affected AT&T customers:

  • 50% off for 3 months of Giganews' most popular, unlimited Diamond Plan.
  • 20% off for 3 months of your choice of other Giganews plans, ranging from value to premium plans

This is a great opportunity for AT&T customers to experience the fastest, most reliable Usenet experience available. We are pleased that we can offer affected AT&T customers all the benefit of Giganews Usenet at an excellent discount," said Elizabeth Kintzele, Director of Sales and Affiliate Marketing at Giganews.

If you are an AT&T customer looking at Usenet Services, please sign up for a 14 day free trial of the Giganews Usenet: http://www.giganews.com/att-special.html

Giganews® Usenet is a global, public social networking community that enables its members to share discussions and user generated content on an unlimited number of topics. Today, Giganews Usenet represents over 100K (and growing rapidly) multimedia Internet channels and interactive discussions.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.




Giganews Announces Portuguese Website for Brazilian Users

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 20:32:30 GMT

Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet provider, today announced the launch of their Brazilian Portuguese website. The new website brings Giganews a step closer to offering information and account management in a total of nine languages.

The Portuguese website provides extensive information about Giganews® Usenet. It also enables subscribers to sign-up and manage their Giganews Usenet accounts online. More translations will follow in 2009.

"We are extremely excited to bring Giganews Usenet to the Brazilian market. We had great success at Futurecomm and Campus Party 2009, so we know that the Brazilian people welcome better access to the powerful community of Giganews Usenet," said Elizabeth Kintzele, Director of Sales and Affiliate Marketing at Giganews. Futurecomm is the largest Telecommunications and Information Technology conference in Latin America. Campus Party is an annual, week-long high-speed Internet party for students, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Giganews Usenet is a global, public social networking community that enables its members to share discussions and user generated content on an unlimited number of topics. Today, Giganews Usenet represents over 100K (and growing rapidly) multimedia Internet channels and interactive discussions. On a daily basis Usenet members upload over 5TB of new discussions and user generated content, which is accessed by tens of millions of people from over 180 countries.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.




Giganews Sets New World Record with 300 Days of Binary Retention

Wed, 03 Jun 2009 20:02:38 GMT

Today, Giganews eclipsed another Usenet landmark by reaching 300 days of binary retention. This milestone stands as the longest binary retention provided by any Usenet provider – ever.

Three-hundred days of retention means that Giganews stores more data for a longer period of time than any other Usenet provider.

“Reaching 300 days of retention is a definite high-water mark for us and for Usenet as a whole,” Philip Molter, CTO at Giganews, said, “As the industry leader, we are excited to offer such lengthy retention times to our customers, and we continue to work toward our goal of a full year’s worth of binary retention.”

Giganews continues to upgrade storage and plans to reach 365 days of retention in August 2009. The countdown to 365 is updated daily on www.giganews.com.

Giganews® Usenet is a global, public social networking community that enables its members to share discussions and user-generated content on an unlimited number of topics. On a daily basis Usenet members upload more than 5TB of new discussions and user-generated content, which is accessed by tens of millions of people from more than 180 countries.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.







Giganews Announces ‘365 Special’ and Commitment to 365 Days of Retention

Fri, 13 Mar 2009 18:58:25 GMT

Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet provider, today announced their commitment to extend content availability to an unprecedented 365 days. Giganews will continue upgrading data storage around the world, ultimately providing members with access to a full year of content.

Timed with the retention announcement, the "Giganews 365 Special" cuts the subscription cost of Diamond and Platinum unlimited accounts by 50% for the first three months for returning and new members. This puts the cost of an unlimited Giganews Usenet account at $12.49 for the first time.

"It's an incredible time; we're adding an additional day of retention every single day," said Philip Molter, CTO at Giganews. Molter added, "It won't be long until we are providing a full year of retention. We're tracking our progress on our website. We hope users will check the site often as we reach this new milestone in Usenet history."

Giganews® Usenet is a global, public social networking community that enables its members to share discussions and user generated content on an unlimited number of topics. Today, Giganews Usenet represents over 100K (and growing rapidly) multimedia Internet channels and interactive discussions. On a daily basis Usenet members upload over 5TB of new discussions and user generated content, which is accessed by tens of millions of people from over 180 countries.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.




Giganews Announces Fast, Free 1Gbps Service during Campus Party 2009 in Brazil

Mon, 19 Jan 2009 14:47:18 GMT

Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet provider, announced that they will provide this year's Campus Party attendees with a free 1 Gbps Usenet connection and free USB drives for students. Campus Party 2009 will take place in São Paulo, Brazil, from January 19 to 25, 2009.

Student Campus Party attendees will receive a free USB drive in their welcome kit. The USB drive is configured with Giganews Usenet browser software that runs directly from the USB drive to make it easy for students to search, upload and download Usenet content. All attendees will be able to access Giganews Usenet via the 1 Gbps Internet connection Giganews will provide.

Giganews will also host Campus Party discussion and binary groups for each specific area of specialty at Campus Party. Every time attendees post to the groups they will be entered in a prize drawing. Prizes include an iPod Nano, iPod Touch and a year of free Giganews Usenet service.

Campus Party is an annual, week-long high-speed Internet party for students established in 1997 in Spain. This year marks the second Campus Party held in São Paulo, Brazil. Campus Party events are attended by thousands of students with 6000 expected in Brazil. Common activities include computer gaming and sharing digital technology information.

Giganews® Usenet is a global, public social networking community that enables its members to share discussions and user generated content on an unlimited number of topics. Today, Giganews Usenet represents over 100K (and growing rapidly) multimedia Internet channels and interactive discussions. On a daily basis Usenet members upload over 5TB of new discussions and user generated content, which is accessed by tens of millions of people from over 180 countries.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.




Giganews Launches Usenet Infrastructure in Hong Kong!

Fri, 09 Jan 2009 20:44:49 GMT

Austin, TX - Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet access provider, has established a news server cluster in Hong Kong, providing faster and more reliable access to members throughout the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and many other nations. This expansion marks the first infrastructure deployment by Giganews into the Asia Pacific region.

Giganews is also seeking regional Internet service providers to establish peering with their Hong Kong cluster. Peering with Giganews' Hong Kong cluster is available at the Hong Kong Internet Exchange (HKIX™) or through a direct connection at Equinix Hong Kong.

"Similar to our recent network expansions into the UK at LINX and Germany at DE-CIX, the primary motivation for launching a server cluster in Hong Kong is to provide download speeds and overall service levels that match our reputation for excellence for our Asian Pacific members. This new cluster also allows regional Asia Pacific ISPs the option to peer with Giganews. Peering directly with ISPs will help encourage the growth of Usenet by reducing bandwidth costs and improving performance," said Philip Molter, CTO at Giganews.

Giganews' Hong Kong server cluster will begin operation on January 6, 2009. Asia Pacific Giganews members will have their traffic automatically directed to the new Hong Kong cluster when they connect to news.giganews.com. No newsreader modification or reconfiguration is necessary.

Expansion into the Asia Pacific region is the end cap to a busy year for Giganews. In 2008, Giganews:

Giganews is excited about the prospect of providing better service for Asian Pacific members through its brand new server cluster in Hong Kong. Giganews members in Asia Pacific regions who are interested in sharing the great new speeds and service levels available through Giganews' Hong Kong infrastructure are encouraged to refer friends and family using their referral w[...]




Usenet Experiences Unprecedented Growth; Giganews Announces Plans for Storage Upgrades

Wed, 24 Dec 2008 16:57:48 GMT

Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet access provider, announced today that due to unprecedented growth in the volume of member uploads, plans to further expand storage capacity have been advanced.

During September 2008, Giganews completed storage upgrades which increased retention levels to 240 days. Shortly thereafter, Giganews' upload traffic jumped to a sustained level averaging well over 400 megabits per second, representing more than 4.3 terabytes of new user generated content and discussions per day. Giganews has seen steady upload growth throughout the decade, but the pace following the recent storage upgrade exceeded all expectations. The chart below displays the Usenet upload growth Giganews has experienced since January 2001:

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"After our storage upgrades we noticed a considerable increase in overall usage and especially uploads," said Philip Molter, CTO of Giganews. "Due to the increase we have plans in motion to install further storage upgrades that will maintain our targeted retention level."

Members will experience retention levels slightly below 240 days until the upgrade is complete. Members can also expect Giganews to announce further storage upgrades in 2009 which will extend retention well beyond 240 days.

Due to the ever increasing popularity of Giganews Usenet, Giganews has actively improved its service and performance throughout 2008. Beyond retention upgrades, Giganews also recently announced the establishment of a network peering link at the London Internet Exchange™ and doubling capacity at the Amsterdam Internet Exchange™.

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Usenet Easier to Access with New Giganews Memberships and an Expanded 14 Day Free Trial!

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 00:36:57 GMT

Giganews, the world's leading premium Usenet provider, is offering new low-cost memberships to make it easier than ever to share and download international multimedia content and discussions over the Giganews® Usenet network. In addition to new membership options, Giganews is increasing download allowances for members purchasing Silver and Bronze packages at no additional charge and offering a 14 day free trial on all new memberships.

Giganews' new low-cost memberships are designed to offer Usenet access to a broad range of people from around the world. Giganews members from many countries have been requesting lower priced memberships to make it easier for them to introduce friends and family to Usenet. Increasing the trial period from 3 days to 14 days will help those new to Usenet who need extra time to explore.

Details on all Giganews memberships and extended free trial offer can be found on the company's website http://www.giganews.com.

"As the leading premium Usenet provider, Giganews has a reputation for excellent service. We are expanding on that reputation by offering low-cost memberships and providing a longer 14 day trial, allowing a larger scope of people to enjoy Giganews' Usenet service." said Michael Douglass, head of product development at Giganews, Inc.

In addition to these new memberships, Giganews is increasing download allowances for current Silver members to 35 Gigabytes per month and Bronze members to 10 Gigabytes per month at no additional cost to current members.

Enhancing membership options, increasing download allowances, and expanding free trials to 14 days is part of Giganews' broader strategy to improve services and make Usenet more available than ever. Over the last year Giganews has:

Giganews is committed to maintaining the premium services it provides to its members, and the company is excited at the opportunity to continue to improve members' experiences and make Usenet easier to access than ever.

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Giganews Connects to DE-CIX, Opens Peering in Germany

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 15:44:18 GMT

Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet access provider, announced that they have established an open peering connection at DE-CIX™ (German Internet Exchange) located in Frankfurt, Germany. Connecting to DE-CIX is the most recent peering action undertaken by Giganews, which also recently established peering points at the London Internet Exchange (LINX™) and doubled network capacity at the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX™).

Giganews' membership in DE-CIX facilitates open peering with ISPs, content providers, and all other organizations that are DE-CIX customers. Joining DE-CIX enables Giganews to better serve members on networks not only in Germany, but also in Central and Eastern Europe through fast and reliable network peering connections.

"As with all of our peering arrangements, joining DE-CIX allows us to exchange traffic with numerous service providers at a negligible cost to all parties involved," said Philip Molter, CTO of Giganews. "We are also very excited at the opportunity to better service our German, Central European, and Russian members with faster download speeds and more reliable service."

Establishment of a peered connection point at DE-CIX is the latest of many actions undertaken by Giganews this year. In addition to joining LINX and expanding at AM-SIX, Giganews has also unveiled support for custom usernames, added PayPal payment methods, increased binary article retention to 240 days, and determined, internally resolved, and alerted the Usenet community to the issue of 64-bit article numbering.

Peering With Giganews

Giganews offers network and NNTP peering through direct cross connects and peering networks such as DE-CIX, LINX and AMS-IX. For more information on peering directly with Giganews please contact peering@giganews.com.

About DE-CIX

DE-CIX Management GmbH is the carrier neutral and indepent owner of the DE-CIX international Internet Exchange ("IX") in Frankfurt. The Company also owns and operates the Hamburg "WORK-IX" and the Munich "ALP-IX" regional Internet Exchanges.

The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the eco Internet Industry Association, a non-profit organization. eco is the largest European Internet industry association, promoting its commercial development as well as providing advice and support to companies that do business with or on the Internet.

Founded in 1995, DE-CIX has establishe[...]




Giganews Doubles Capacity at the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX)

Tue, 04 Nov 2008 21:34:11 GMT

Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet access provider, announced that they have doubled network capacity at the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX™)from 40 gigabits per second to 80Gbps. This expansion effectively allows Giganews to accommodate twice as much AMS-IX traffic as before, which the company expects to aid in delivering broadband speeds that members in Europe have come to expect.

In 2005, Giganews contributed to world-record data transfer speeds when AMS-IX became the first Internet exchange to break the barrier of 100Gbps of sustained throughput.

"The fact that our current individual network capacity at AMS-IX is just short of what was considered a milestone for the entire exchange three years ago speaks not only to the tremendous growth of Giganews in Europe, but also illustrates that the Internet at large is rapidly maturing as demand for reliable delivery of rich multimedia content grows," said Philip Molter, Chief Technical Officer of Giganews.

In general, open peering at Internet exchange points is a desirable practice because of the benefits of reduced costs for traffic delivery, as well as improved fault-tolerance and efficiency in routing traffic among Internet exchange members.

AMS-IX in particular, and Amsterdam in general, is an especially strategic peering point for various reasons. AMS-IX has more connected members than any other Internet exchange worldwide, which ensures that Giganews customers on numerous European networks receive the same excellent performance across the board. The relatively central location of Amsterdam in Europe mitigates the effect of latency for customers throughout Europe. Henk Steenman, CTO of AMS-IX, says "We see many parties aggregating 10GE connections to the exchange these days, however redundant connections of over 40GE are still quite rare and unique. It takes a company with a serious network infrastructure and premium service with dedication to its customers to be able to drive those investments through and implement such a high-end roll-out."

Expanded network capacity for its European customers is the latest in a series of service improvements undertaken by Giganews this year, including support for custom usernames, accepting payments via PayPal™, increasing binary article retention to 240 days, and internally resolving and alerting the Usenet community to the issue of 64-bit article numbering.

Peering With Giganews

Giganews offers network and NNTP peering through direct cross connects and peering networks such as AMS-IX and LINX™. For more information on peering directly with Giganews please contact peering@giganews.com.




Giganews Brings Network to UK through LINX

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 21:46:23 GMT

Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet access provider, announced that they have established an open peering connection at the London Internet Exchange (LINX™). Thanks to this move, Giganews customers in the U.K. can expect consistently improved latency and bandwidth availability when using Giganews.

"Our motivation behind joining LINX was primarily to reinforce our ability to serve customers in the U.K. with speedy and consistently reliable service. From a business standpoint, we also cannot ignore the cost-saving benefits offered by open peering," explained Philip Molter, CTO of Giganews. "We can pass traffic to - and receive traffic from - the many U.K. ISPs that are LINX members in an extremely fast and direct manner with no costs incurred. This also benefits smaller service providers whose customers can now enjoy Giganews at full speed, with little cost burden on the provider."

Establishing open peering arrangements at neutral Internet Exchange Points is a highly desirable practice because the Internet Exchange members are able to significantly improve latency, bandwidth, fault-tolerance, and the routing of traffic between themselves at no additional costs. Without a neutral Internet Exchange to accommodate open peering, back-and-forth traffic delivery would be dependent on individual upstream providers and would not be guaranteed to follow an efficient route across networks.

Giganews has already seen much benefit from their initial connection, and plans to double their network capacity at LINX in the near future.

Giganews' membership of the London Internet Exchange is the most recent of many service improvements Giganews has undertaken this year. Since January, Giganews has unveiled support for custom usernames, added PayPal™ payment methods, increased binary article retention to 240 days, and internally resolved and alerted the Usenet community to the issue of 64-bit article numbering.

Peering With Giganews

Giganews offers network and NNTP peering through direct cross connects and peering networks such as LINX and AMS-IX. For more information on peering directly with Giganews please contact peering@giganews.com.

About The London Internet Exchange (LINX)

LINX is a mutually owned membership association for operators of Internet Protocol networks. Established in 1994, LINX provides a neutral interconnection facility and peering platform while also representing the interests of its 298 members on matters of public policy. The LINX platform has a global reputation for quality, performance and technical excellence and as a result, is able to access 175,000 Internet routes reaching in excess of 40 countries from Europe, North[...]




Giganews Increases Funding to Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), Recognizing Their Work Combating Child Sexual Abuse Images

Mon, 06 Oct 2008 20:27:57 GMT

Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet access provider, announced today a substantial increase in their financial support of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF, see: http://www.iwf.org.uk/) based in the UK. Giganews was the IWF's 50th member to join on October 1, 2004 (see: http://www.iwf.org.uk/media/news.archive-2004.84.htm). Giganews is proud to announce that it has raised its level of support to match the level of AOL, BT, Google, MSN, T-Mobile, Virgin, Yahoo, and many other well known companies.

With all of the recent press from the New York Attorney General in his crusade against child sexual abuse images, Giganews performed a study using the information from his office as well as information at Giganews' disposal. They found two things in this study:

First, by using the New York Attorney General's information, 99.9997% of Usenet has been found to be free of child sexual abuse images. It is clear that Usenet is not the haven for child sexual abuse that some have recently attempted to claim. Regardless of the small percentage, Giganews has never and will never turn a blind eye to the problem.

Second, the Internet Watch Foundation is the most effective agency fighting the spread of this filth. Unlike any US based organization, the IWF actively monitors suspected and known newsgroups as well as any specific images reported to them by Internet users. After they verify the materials are, in fact, child sexual abuse, they transmit takedown notices to all member Usenet providers.

Giganews is extremely thankful to have the IWF acting as its "Child Sexual Abuse Department". Through its association with the IWF, Giganews has a method of verifying reports of child sexual abuse imagery. Ronald Yokubaitis, Co-CEO of Giganews, stated: "The IWF is the only electronic mechanism we have that helps us identify and thus delete this material from our Usenet feed. We are glad to partner with them in actually reducing the availability of these materials online."

Peter Robbins, CEO of the IWF, recognized Giganews' efforts in helping our shared fight: "Your leadership and exemplary corporate social responsibility are clear. The IWF's success in minimising the availability of child sexual abuse content around the world is a testament to the funding and cooperation of our member companies so thank you very much for your enduring support, it is truly appreciated."

About the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

IWF is the UK's internet 'Hotline' for the public and IT professionals to report potentially illegal online content within its remit. The IWF works in partnership with the online industry, law enforcement, government, the education sector, charities, international partners and the public to minimise the availability of this content, specifically, child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world and criminally obscene and incitement to racial hatred content hosted in the UK.

IWF is an independent self-regulatory bo[...]




240 Day Binary Retention Expansion is Complete!

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 05:00:00 GMT

In July of 2008, Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet access provider, announced plans to upgrade retention in binary newsgroups to 240 days. Today Giganews is proud to announce that the full 240 days retention has been achieved.

Retention is a term that denotes the maximum length of time an article will be available on a particular Usenet server. Retention rates can and do vary among Usenet service providers, and the 240 days of binary retention offered by Giganews is by far the highest in the industry.

"Our most recent retention expansion was implemented precisely on schedule and has ensured that we remain a step ahead of the competition, not just with regards to article storage but in all areas important to Usenet consumers," said Giganews.

This upgrade is another step in a continuous effort to ensure the Giganews® Usenet service offers industry leading service that remains on the innovative cutting-edge. This year, Giganews has also offered support for custom usernames, added support for payments via PayPal, and announced the need to move to 64-bit Usenet article numbering.

Expanded retention levels will be available among all single- and multi-part binary newsgroups. Customers will not need to refresh or adjust any settings in their news reader clients to take advantage of the expanded retention levels.

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Usenet Growth Reveals Need for 64-bit Based Article Numbering

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 21:46:29 GMT

Giganews, Inc., the world's foremost premium Usenet access provider, announced today that it has observed that several high-volume newsgroups are poised to exceed the article numbering limit of 2,147,483,647, the maximum possible article number as specified in RFC 3977, the most recent standard for the NNTP protocol. The first newsgroup to exceed this limit is anticipated to do so in about 200 days.

According to RFC 3977, newsgroup article numbers must not exceed 2,147,483,647 (about 2.1 bllion), the maximum value of a 32-bit signed integer. Section 6 of the RFC specifies that "While servers MUST NOT send article numbers greater than [2,147,483,647], client and server developers are advised to use internal structures and datatypes capable of handling larger values in anticipation of such a change."

As suggested in the RFC, Giganews' custom-written news server software already provides internal support for article numbering up to the maximum value of a 64-bit unsigned integer, 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 (over eighteen quintillion). Some news reader clients may encounter issues with article numbers in this range. Most news reader clients download headers by requesting article numbers that are higher than a previous "high bound," and limiting or resetting the article numbering could cause these clients to stop showing new articles. Because of this, Giganews has chosen to continue incrementing article numbers past 2.14 billion. In fact, older NNTP RFCs 977 and 2980 provided no upper limit to article numbers.

Giganews is advising all Usenet client and NNTP software developers to adopt a 64-bit unsigned integer format for article numbering.

Developers that would like additional information regarding this issue are encouraged to contact Giganews using the support form located at http://www.giganews.com/contact.html.

Adoption of an increased article numbering range is the latest of many actions Giganews has taken to accommodate the sustained growth of Usenet, such as their recent announcement of 240 days of retention in binary newsgroups.

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.