Posts in Internet

Lycos to roll out a new proprietary search engine in 2013- offers end to “trial and error” searching

// December 27th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

Former search engine giant Lycos, has revealed that they are rolling out a new, proprietary search engine in 2013 in an attempt to regain its status as a (the) leading search engine. The current Lycos search engine is powered by Yahoo but the new version will signal a return to its roots. Lycos CEO Rob […]

Amazon’s US-East data center agony – takes Netflix offline for 18 hours on Christmas Eve

// December 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

Amazon’s US-East Region 1 data center is a popular choice for their ELB (Elastic Load Balancing) service because it’s cheap and typically is the first data center to get new services when Amazon rolls them out. It also tends to be a headache for US-East customers who rely on its CDN delivery network. On Christmas […]

And the spam gods say “Woot!”. Facebook to charge $1 for privilege to send message to any user’s inbox

// December 20th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

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First Instagram says “Doh!” and then their mothership figures they should also irritate their customers too. Facebook has announced on their blog that they are rolling out a new “Inbox delivery test”. For $1, a small group of users can pay to send messages to anyone, whether they are connected with them or not, and […]

Call for sharing of pictures of local school “sluts” on Instagram leads to full-scale riot in Sweden

// December 18th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

An Instagram user asked for pictures and tips on “sluts” in the Gothenburg, Sweden area and promised anonymity to anyone sending in pictures of the local school “whores”. In response, the user received more than 200 pictures of girls and boys aged 13 to 14, many accompanied with names and explicit descriptions of their alleged […]

Instagram suicide note (new legal TOS): we have the right to sell your photos to the highest bidder

// December 18th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

Instagram is changing its terms of use in January and eagle legal eyes spotted a section that pointedly states that if you use the Instagram service, you agree to grant Instagram the right to license and sell your personal pictures to other businesses “without any compensation to you”. Users of the service are outraged. The […]

And without further ado, here are the top Google searches for 2012

// December 13th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

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For the 12th year, Google has updated its Zeitgeist site for the year ending 2012, looking at the most popular search trends of the year. The results are based on 1.2 trillion searches in 146 languages. And without further ado, here is Google’s top searches for 2012.

Bitcoin-Central licensed to operate just like a bank

// December 10th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

Bitcoin-Central has reached an agreement with French payment processor Acoba and France’s Credit Mutuel bank to become a payment service provider. This will allow Bitcoin-Central to function much like a bank. it’s the first exchange of the digital currency to be licensed to operate as a bank and function within the framework of European regulations. […]

White House to start pinning on Pinterest in 10 days – Snapchat account to follow?

// December 8th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

The White House has announced that they have started a Pinterest account (WhiteHouse44 – Obama is the 44th President, get it?) and will begin pinning on December 17, 2012. No word on whether or not a Snapchat account will follow. According to the White House, pins will range from “inspiring images and quotes to infographics […]

Wired South Korea plan to stem digital addiction – start training kids at 3-years-old

// November 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

South Korea is one of the most wired countries in the world with an estimated 98% of the population connected with broadband Internet and 2/3 of the population owning smartphone devices. But being ultra-wired does have its drawbacks. Officials estimate that 160,000 children between the ages of 5 and 9 are addicted to the Internet. […]

U.N. plans to seize bigger role in Internet governance – seeks to pass control to oppressive governments

// November 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

This weekend, the U.N. plans to seize a bigger role in Internet governance, one that would pass control of citizen’s Internet access to the nations’ governments, including oppressive governments such as Russia, China, and North Korea. Strongly backed by China and Russia, the meeting and its proposals are being withheld from public view while the […]

Google Fiber hi-speed network rolls out in Kansas City – 700Mbps speeds reported by users

// November 15th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

Real world tests of Google’s Fiber project, a high-speed ISP network installed in Kansas City, are beginning to arrive and the results are outstanding. Kansas City Google Fiber users can expect 700 Mbps down on hard-wired connections. One user reported that he BitTorrented Ubuntu in only 2 minutes. When will it arrive in your neighborhood?

Microsoft’s Skydrive website sending millions of Null characters to web users – kills Opera browsers

// November 12th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

An Opera browser core tester has found an interesting bug in Microsoft’s Skydrive cloud drive service. For some strange reason, the Skydrive website sends a large quantity of NULL characters to users who open their files from the website. The Nulls are likely some sort of padding and do not affect Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, […]

The joys of living behind an iron curtain – China blocks all Google services during their 18th Party Congress

// November 10th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

On November 9, 2012, China set their national firewall (the Great Firewall) to block all Google services including Gmail, Google Maps, and search. Google reported the block on their Transparency Report. According to Google, everything was OK on their end indicating the block was coming from China themselves. It is assumed that the block was […]

Google Chrome browser update (v23) rolling out – battery saving feature and do-not-track included

// November 6th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

Google is rolling out a Chrome update, v23 (23.0.1271.64), that includes a video decoding enhancement designed to use less power on laptops. The enhancement enables GPU-accelerated video decoding by shifting video graphic decoding from the main CPU to the GPU (graphics processing unit) which uses much less power than the CPU.

Instagram begins rollout of new web-based interface – looks much like Facebook

// November 6th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

Fast growing Instagram is slowly rolling out a new web-based interface to its iOS and Android users this week. The new html5/jquery based web interface puts it much more in line with Facebook and can now truly be considered a direct competitor, an odd situation given that Facebook purchased Instagram in September 2012 for $715 […]

Rumor: Twitter working on Instagram-like photo filtering service

// November 6th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

According to a recent report, Twitter is working to add photo filters to its upload service in an attempt to compete with Instagram (who is at 1 million users and growing). The update will be launched within the next few months. Right now, Instagram uploads are only available via IOS and Android (although rumors are […]