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Today, the fastest throughput on most of the global  network is 10,000,000,000 bits (10 gigabits) per second – so sending the contents of a full DVD  takes around 4 seconds.

The New Scientist is reporting Verizon has installed a 900 kilometre 100,000,000,000 bits (10 gigabits) fibre-optic link between Paris in France and Frankfurt in Germany.

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YouTube are to start offering movie rentals on a trial basis.

For the initial trial Five full-length features drawn from 2010 and 2009 Sundance Film Festivals will be made available available. The rentals, which will cost $3.99 each, will be available until the end of the month and can be kept for up to 48 hours.

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