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 […]
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And the spam gods say “Woot!”. Facebook to charge $1 for privilege to send message to any user’s inbox
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
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 […]
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 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. […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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
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
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 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.
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 […]
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 […]
Facebook developing a Craigslist-like classified ad service to inject personal ads in Facebook friends’ Timeline
The Daily is reporting that two independent sources have acknowledged that Facebook is working on a new service, code named “MarketPlace”, that will allow users to create short advertisements that appear in their friends’ news feeds. Much like Facebook’s “promoted posts” service, MarketPlace would allow users to pay a small fee in order to create […]