Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

Berners-Lee – Facebook May Fragment Web

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Facebook’s popularity seems to scare a lot of people these days …

Founder of world wide web says some of the most successful social networking sites ‘have begun to chip away at its principles’

Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites represent “one of several threats” to the future of the world wide web, its founder, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned.

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Did China Divert US Website Traffic?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I wonder if this was really an accident, or if our friends in China are up to something?

Reuters are reporting that traffic for some “highly sensitive” US websites was briefly redirected through China.  In a report by the BBC, the incident, which happened for 18 minutes last April saw China Telecom send out incorrect routing formation.

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Facebook Messages Launched – Facebook.com Emails for All Users

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Yet another web based email client …

In a blog posting that just went live Facebook’s Joel Seligstein announced Facebook Messages a new service for users to stay in contact with each other. Information is scarce and there is not one screenshot of the interface. Still, here are the top features of Facebook Messages that we could gather from the article:

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Google Instant Previews – Preview Not Available

Monday, November 15th, 2010

This helps to explain those “Preview Not Available” messages …

Google’s new addition to it search engine, Instant Previews, is getting lots of press since its introduction. Google claims the new feature adds 5% to the search engine users satisfaction, others do not like the feature at all and want to disable it (see How To Disable Google Instant Previews for that).

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Could the Change to IPv6 Break the Internet?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Great. Now we have something else to worry about … but it least it makes an interesting topic for a story.

It’s been widely reported that the old IPv4 Internet addressing system is creaking under the weight of the demands placed on it and that the available addresses will run out completely by January 2012.  It’s replacement, IPv6 has now been with us for a while but it’s worldwide roll-out is hardly something that can be called hasty.

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Windows 8 to Feature Cloud Based Online Backup

Monday, November 8th, 2010

This might start out as a free service, but if it turns out to be popular, then I bet it won’t be free for long …

Backups should play an essential in every computer user’s disaster recovery plan. Cloud based backup solutions have gained popularity over the course of the last years, which can be largely attributed to faster Internet connections and falling online storage costs.

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Google Committed ‘Significant Breach’ Over Street View

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

When it comes to protecting the privacy of their citizens, apparently Great Britain takes a much more aggressive approach than we do here in the US …

Information commissioner says search engine giant must sign an undertaking to ensure data protection breaches are not repeated

Google committed a “significant breach” of the Data Protection Act when its Street View cars collected personal data including full emails and passwords from unsuspecting internet users, the UK information commissioner confirmed today.

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IE9 Scrubs Up Well Against the HTML5 Competition

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

From what I’ve seen, Microsoft has no problems complying with their own standards, it’s other people’s standards that give Microsoft a problem …

Microsoft has for years been accused of being shy about standard’s compliance.  For many years they said they could do the web better and, for many years the web went along with it.

Recently though the company has taken a more pragmatic approach and has moved, slowly admittedly, towards full standards compliance.  With their next browser, Internet Explorer 9, they’ve said it will be fully compliant and recent tests from the W3C organisation certainly bear this out.

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Search Engine Labels Money Sites as ‘Spam’

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

After reading this, I find myself interested in trying out Blekko, just to see what kind of results it comes up with …

UK money sites tagged by automated systems as ‘spam’ – but founder says its open approach means it can improve, unlike Google or Bing

A new search engine called Blekko which promises only to show results from “trustworthy” sites has run into problems with two big UK websites, MoneySavingExpert.com and CompareTheMarket.com, which it thinks are spam-laden.

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