Which cloud and CDN is best for you? Ask Cedexis

A new visual dashboard by Cedexis provides a glimpse into what clouds and content delivery networks are performing best at a given point in time. Cedexis’ aims to help content owners pick the best infrastructure for their cloud workload on an ongoing basis.

Free Tool Maps the Health of the Web

Gomez, a provider of Internet performance stats has compiled its knowledge into a visual map of the world that uses colors to show how fast web sites are performing for customers i various geographies. The map showcases aspects such as DNS lookup times, throughput, response times.

This Just In: The Mobile Web Isn’t the PC Web

[qi:004] Disappointment in the user experience on the mobile web is ramping up nearly as quickly as traffic itself, according to an Equation Research study that will be released Monday. The survey — which was commissioned by Gomez, a developer of software for Internet publishers and as such, a company with a dog in this hunt — indicates the U.S. mobile web audience grew 34 percent from July 2008 to July 2009. But two-thirds of those users reported having trouble when trying to access web content on their phone, and more than 80 percent said they’d use the mobile Internet more if the experience was as fast and reliable as it is on PCs. Read More about This Just In: The Mobile Web Isn’t the PC Web

Stat Shot: Google’s Circumnavigation Edition

This morning, Google (s GOOG) somehow rerouted some of its vast hordes of web traffic through Asia, causing service delays, interruptions, and a bit of craziness on Twitter. But it also managed to slow down a few retail web sites, and cause a noticeable gap in the worldwide web traffic. Check out the charts below.

Arbor Networks, which provides telecommunications gear and network security information, noted on its blog that Google comprises up to 5 percent of the web’s traffic, and when that traffic disappeared earlier this morning, it created an obvious lull.

arborgoog Read More about Stat Shot: Google’s Circumnavigation Edition

Google Slow, Twitterati Hysterical

UPDATED: Google appears to be having problems across its Gmail, search and even its Blogger platforms, judging by complaints on various social networks. A Google spokesman said, “We’re aware some users are having trouble accessing some Google services. We’re looking into it, and we’ll update everyone soon.” Update: “The issue affecting some Google services has been resolved. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, and we’ll share more details soon.” Update #3: Google says the slowdowns and outages today were caused by a mistake that meant some of its traffic was routing through Asia, causing service interruptions and delays.Google explains it very generally on its blog, and says about 14 percent of its users were affected. Read More about Google Slow, Twitterati Hysterical

The $899, 17-inch iMac for Education: Still Here, Always Has Been

imac17News “broke” over the weekend via a leak from Apple (s aapl) itself that the company still offers the low-end iMac model with a smaller, 17-inch screen, though it is available exclusively for education customers. The news came via the Apple eNews for Education newsletter for March, although clicking the “Buy” link from the iMac page does not reveal the option to buy a 17-inch model, at least not in the U.S. education store where I attempted it. It’s still there, but you may have to try to get a quote for a bulk purchase as an educational institution to find it.
Maybe it’s because the iMac is so tricky to find that the story got picked up so quickly over the weekend, and by so many different outlets, but readers were quick to point out that the “news” of a possible $899 iMac was in fact not news at all, since the model has been available at that price point since 2006. In fact, rather than being the deal of the century, the iMac priced at $899 is actually probably one of the least appealing value propositions available from Apple, unless you want an old white plastic model to keep sealed in a box in the hopes that it will become a priceless collector’s item in 20 years time. Read More about The $899, 17-inch iMac for Education: Still Here, Always Has Been

12seconds.tv Brings Video Recording to the iPhone…Sort Of

12seconds.tv has just launched a new iPhone app ($0.99) in the App Store that allows you to output video files from your iPhone and share them with your friends on the web. It’s just not the video that you had in mind. This clever little app lets you take three photos, or pick them from your photo library, and then add a voice note over a nicely animated slideshow, complete with Ken Burns effects.

The name of the service comes from the maximum length of any video, just 12 seconds, no more (and no less either, at least from the iPhone app). The videos are uploaded to the 12seconds.tv community site where you and your friends can view them, link to them, or embed them in a web page.

The 12seconds iPhone app has a very different feel from staring into a webcam. The ability to select the photos and have some control over the composition of the video before recording the audio creates some distance between the author and the video. The result is something that still feels intimate and personal, but has a stronger sense of telling a story, even in 12 seconds, than you might get from talking into the camera.
Read More about 12seconds.tv Brings Video Recording to the iPhone…Sort Of

SOASTA Raises $6.4M to Test in the Cloud

Software testing provider SOASTAhas closed a $6.4 million Series B financing from Formative Ventures, Canaan Partners and The Entrepreneur’s Fund, bringing the total amount of money it’s raised to $10 million.

Flash Exploit Shows the Dark Side of Web 2.0

Update: As pointed out in the comments below, Symantec has since clarified their original worries about this being a zero-day exploit affecting current versions of Flash. However it still remains a problem affecting earlier versions of Flash. For details about the specific issue, see Adobe’s post on the problem.

Yesterday’s news of an exploit in Flash that gives hackers the ability to redirect a web site’s visitors to malware-laden servers highlights one of the biggest dangers and problems around the interactive web. Allowing third-party programs — such as Flash, mashups, widgets, or even specialized programs for activities such as bill payments — to run in web sites introduces vulnerabilities and performance troubles that are outside the web site owner’s control.

The Flash exploit is noteworthy because people take Flash for granted, the way they do JPEG and GIF images. So they are willing to let third-party content providers such as video sites or advertisers insert Flash into pages. The problem with this is that Flash is much more than an image or video; it’s a powerful programming language. And as a result, it’s vulnerable. Read More about Flash Exploit Shows the Dark Side of Web 2.0