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IPv6 lights up the Net (pictures)

The next-generation technology that can let people attach vastly more devices to the Internet has arrived. Here's a look at some of the details after the World IPv6 Launch event.

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Stephen Shankland
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1 of 12 screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Google gets IPv6

Google.com now is available over IPv6, as shown by these green entries that the IPvFoo Chrome extension displays.
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2 of 12 Stephen Shankland/CNET

Yahoo gets IPv6

Yahoo.com yesterday was reachable only with IPv4. But when the company made its IPv6 servers discoverable over IPv6, they started delivering data. This image shows the IP addresses of servers used to supply information for the Web page; green means IPv6 and red means IPv4.
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Major sites turn on IPv6

Starting at midnight GMT, many sites started showing their IPv6 servers as being available. Here, pale yellow-green means the site will tell a visitor that an IPv6 server is available for visitors from all the points on the Internet from which the RIPE Internet registry is measuring. Darker colors show lower levels. Many sites already advertised their IPv6 servers, and some still don't, but a few toward the top, including Yahoo, Google, Bing, Facebook, YouTube, and Cisco, show a transition to IPv6 availability.
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Web sites using IPv6

Shown in green, the percentage of Alexa top-50 Web sites (across multiple top-level domains, not just .com) available over IPv6 spiked during an IPv6 test in 2011 but then leveled out at about 2 percent. It started rising again before the World IPv6 Launch on June 6.
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5 of 12 RIPE

IPv6 speed boost?

The tests by RIPE, Europe's regional Internet registry, show that the "ping" test of how long it takes to reach an Internet site is faster for IPv6 than for IPv4 -- if you're in North America trying to reach Google.
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6 of 12 RIPE

Yahoo faster over IPv6

For at least some people, the round-trip network communication time, as measured by the ping command, is faster for Yahoo's IPv6 connections than for IPv4 connections.
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7 of 12 screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Global IPv6 adoption

IPv6 usage is still light at Google, but it's showing up in North America, according to Google.
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8 of 12 screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Europe's IPv6 leaders: France and Romania

In Europe, France and Romania are leaders in IPv6 adoption. France's Free ISP has been particularly aggressive with IPv6.
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9 of 12 screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Bhutan vs. Japan with IPv6

In Asia, Bhutan is an IPv6 leader. Japan's use of IPv6 for internal ISP services means computers can be fooled into thinking IPv6 is available for the broader Internet, which can slow down access.
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10 of 12 screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Historic increase in IPv6 usage at Google

IPv6 usage has steadily increased at Google, which until recently only offered data with IPv6-specific versions of its sites.
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11 of 12 Arbor Networks

IPv6 uptick

Arbor Networks, which runs a network with dozens of Internet service providers supplying anonymous data, said it saw a 20 percent increase in the amount of native IPv6 traffic last night after the World IPv6 Launch began.
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IPv6 brownies

Erik Kline, one of Google's three engineers dedicated to updating the company's products and technology for IPv6, posted this photo of vegan IPv6 brownies on Google+ today. "Needless to say, I 'allocated some IPv6 space' last night," he joked.

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