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  • Saudi Claims He Invented e-Commerce, Intends to Sue Firms Which Use It

    05/28/2016 11:38:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 27 May 2016
    A Saudi man who claims he invented the concept of e-commerce during the early days of the internet says that he is talks with big firms who wish to avoid litigation for stealing his world-changing idea. “There are now undergoing negotiations with big companies inside [the kingdom] and abroad to find a solution without opting to head to international judiciary,” Faisal bin Fahd al-Osaimi told the local Saudi daily Okaz. Osaimi said he presented the concept of e-commerce to the late King Fahd in 1991, the same year the internet was born. The late king reportedly referred him to the...
  • A Job for Rubio-Cruz: Save the Web (stop BHO plan to internationally censor US open internet)

    05/23/2016 6:54:24 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 1 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 22, 2016 | GORDON Crovitz
    Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, back from the campaign trail, have something productive to do in Washington. They’ve taken the lead against President Obama’s plan to give up U.S. protection of the open Internet. The Obama administration announced in 2014 it would end U.S. oversight by canceling the Commerce Department’s long-standing contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann. Despite enormous effort over the past two years by the multi-stakeholder community of network engineers and developers, no one found an alternative to U.S. stewardship that would protect the global Internet from censorship by authoritarian regimes. The...
  • The death of ‘Internet’

    04/04/2016 8:54:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | April 3, 2016 | by Henry Pickavet
    The folks responsible for the entries in the Associated Press Stylebook have announced that the word “Internet” will no longer be uppercased, thus breaking my heart and making some of our writers very happy. We will lowercase internet effective June 1, when the 2016 Stylebook launches. #ACES2016 pic.twitter.com/nGz63zc5YP— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) April 2, 2016 The AP Stylebook, which many newspapers and websites (one word? really?) use to guide their style efforts, defines Internet as “a decentralized, worldwide network of computers that can communicate with each other.” It’s a pretty big definition and has warranted the glory of a capital I. But...
  • It’s Not Just The Church That Is Being Sovietized

    10/12/2015 2:30:48 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    The Deus Ex Machina Blog ^ | 10/10/15 | S. Armaticus
    Today we go big picture and present a re-blog of a post that appeared on the Zero Hedge website. The post is a brief summary of an interview that Alex Jones did with Matt Drudge. The reason that I am bringing it to your attention is that it represents another bad omen for His creation, i.e. the FAITHFUL. (see original ZH post here and Jones interview below) Now that you have seen the interview, I am bringing this issue to your attention to illustrate the sheer SCOPE of the CLAMPDOWN that is PRESENTLY taking place with respect to the DISSEMINATION...
  • "It's Over For Me" Matt Drudge Warns Public "You're A Pawn In The 'Ghetto-isation'" Of The Web

    10/10/2015 10:18:25 AM PDT · by blam · 54 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-10-2015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 10/09/2015 The very foundation of the free Internet is under severe threat from copyright laws that could ban independent media outlets, according to Matt Drudge. "I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me it’s over for me,” said Drudge, warning web users that they were being pushed "pawn-like" into the cyber "ghettos" of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. As DCClothesline.com reports, During an appearance on the Alex Jones Show, Drudge asserted that copyright laws which prevent websites from even linking to news stories were being advanced. “I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me it’s over for me,” said...
  • Clintons’ Convict Friend: Ken Starr Made Me A Better Person

    06/12/2015 9:15:13 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 8 replies
    DailyCaller.com ^ | 06.11.15 | Patrick Howley
    Bill and Hillary Clintons’ convict crony Webster Hubbell said that Ken Starr’s investigation into his wrongdoing “made me a better person.” Hubbell, 67, told The Daily Caller that he has no bitterness toward independent prosecutor Starr, whose extensive investigation of the Clintons snared Hubbell for overbilling his clients at Arkansas’ Rose Law Firm — where he worked alongside Hillary Clinton. Hubbell served about a year and a half in prison. “You always have regrets,” Hubbell said. “I don’t have any bitterness toward anyone, even Ken Starr. He was doing his job. It made me a better person. It gave me...
  • More than 10,000 websites 'blackout' Congress in protest of NSA surveillance laws

    05/29/2015 3:49:49 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 29 May 2015 12.31 EDT | Alan Yuhas
    More than 10,000 websites blocked users from computers in Congress on Friday, in a demonstration against any possible re-authorization of NSA surveillance powers. “This is a blackout,” read the site to which computers from congressional IP addresses were redirected. “We are blocking your access until you end mass surveillance laws.” “Right now the code affects only visitors from Congress, we’re willing to keep it up,” said Holmes Wilson, a co-founder of Fight for the Future, the group which wrote the code and is leading the online protest. The redirect site also includes semi-nude, sometimes explicit photos submitted by people, under...
  • More Java holes found in Google App Engine

    05/18/2015 10:20:07 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    iTnews AUS ^ | May 18, 2015 12:15 PM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Google slow to respond. A Polish security firm has discovered more vulnerabilities in the Java coding platform used on Google's App Engine (GAE) cloud computing service, which could allow users to get access beyond their own virtual machines. The Security Explorations team, which has made a name for itself by unearthing large numbers of security holes in Oracle's Java framework over the past few years, said it had reported seven vulnerabilities to Google, along with proof of concept code. Three of the flaws allow complete bypass of the GAE Java security sandbox. Such a bypass could be used by attackers...
  • Why The Internet's Balkanization Of News & Culture Is A Good Thing

    05/13/2015 5:50:12 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 13,2015 | John Nolte
    We keep hearing about how awful it is that with the rise of the Internet people now flock to news sites that fit their worldview. We keep hearing about how awful it will be if the 500 channel cable television bonanza is lost to people jumping into their own personal warren holes of specialized subscription channels made available by the new frontier of streaming.
  • Preview: 'Fox News Reporting: The Tangled Clinton Web'(LIVE thread for the FOX special tonight)

    04/24/2015 5:01:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 177 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/24/15 | Fox News
  • Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal

    04/11/2015 2:30:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 10 | Caitlin Dewey
    In post-Soviet Russia, you don’t make memes. Memes make (or unmake?) you. That is, at least, the only conclusion we can draw from an announcement made this week by Russia’s three-year-old media agency/Internet censor Roskomnadzor, which made it illegal to publish any Internet meme that depicts a public figure in a way that has nothing to do with his “personality.” Sad Keanu? Nope. Sad Putin? Absolutely not. “These ways of using [celebrities’ images] violate the laws governing personal data and harm the honor, dignity and business of public figures,” reads the policy announcement from Roskomnadzor. To be clear, this isn’t...
  • Taylor Swift buys .porn and .adult web domain names

    03/23/2015 8:40:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/23/15
    Taylor Swift has bought the web domain names TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult. The addresses are part of a public sale by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The web domain names go on sale to the public on 1 June but some stars and companies are being given the opportunity to buy them ahead of then.
  • Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: "The Internet Will Disappear"

    01/22/2015 11:35:13 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 60 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 22, 2015 | Georg Szalai
    Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Thursday predicted the end of the Internet as we know it. At the end of a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where his comments were webcast, he was asked for his prediction on the future of the Web. “I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear,” Schmidt said.
  • FCC chief: Obama didn't dictate Web rules

    02/26/2015 2:08:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 58 replies
    the hill ^ | 2/26/15 | Julian Hattem
    Federal regulators did not need President Obama to arrive at the net neutrality rules that it voted to issue on Thursday, according to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler. After the agency on Thursday voted to issue tough new rules that fell largely in line with those the president wanted, Wheeler countered Republican concerns that the White House put any undue pressure on the legally independent agency. “I’m quite comfortable that we made this decision with independence and wisdom and based on the record,” he told reporters after the vote. Wheeler has previously said that he began to think...
  • FBI Arrests SpaceX Employee, Alleging He Ran The 'Deep Web' Drug Marketplace Silk Road 2.0

    11/06/2014 10:30:03 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 11-6-2014 | James Cook
    James Cook November 6, 2014 The FBI and Europol have conducted a joint operation to take down the internet's thriving "deep web" drug marketplaces. The official FBI New York Twitter account just confirmed the seizure of Silk Road 2.0, saying that the site's alleged operator, Blake Benthall, was arrested in San Francisco on Wednesday. He now potentially faces life in prison, the FBI says. Benthall appears to be an employee of SpaceX, Elon Musk's private rocket company. (snip)
  • Web outage... ?

    10/27/2014 9:35:24 PM PDT · by BlueNgold · 20 replies
    www | 10/27/2014 | me
    Anyone else having trouble? Major sites.. esp.. Yahoo ... all failing
  • 'Spider-Woman #1' has a special variant cover that is causing some controversy for some reason

    08/21/2014 5:21:53 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 37 replies
    Entertainment ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | Darren Franich
    And also her costume appears to be painted or possibly even just tattooed on. And I guess she’s in a crawling position, even though she’s clearly perched on a ledge, so she doesn’t really need to do the whole “wall-crawling” thing.
  • Norway Islamist Launches Anti-Gay Pride Site

    07/01/2014 6:01:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    A Norwegian Islamic extremist has launched a Facebook campaign against the Europride festival, which is held in Oslo this week, describing homosexuality as "a nasty and cruel disease". British embassy flies the rainbow flag (25 Jun 14) Equality minister booed at Oslo Pride (23 Jun 14) Norway's Islamist referee convicted of hate speech (07 Feb 14) Ubaydullah Hussain, who was convicted of hate speech against Jews in February, launched the site on Wednesday with an attention-grabbing image of a rainbow flag in flames. "This group is created to show our opposition to "gay pride (which is really gay shame)," Hussain...
  • Google launches invite-only domain registration service

    06/30/2014 6:33:32 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 2 replies
    PC World ^ | 1/24/2014 | Tim Hornyak
    If you fancy yourself as a .guru or any other newfangled Internet address, Google wants you to try out its new domain name registration service. The search giant quietly launched Google Domains on Monday as an invite-only beta service. It’s being billed as an easy way to set up an address on the Web with simple management tools. Until now, Google has told people looking to register that it “doesn’t register or host domain names.” It referred them to partner companies including GoDaddy and eNom. Google Domains, though, has features that might make people think twice before going with other...
  • [Tech] Character-based web browsers

    04/05/2014 1:36:00 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 37 replies
    +1396728992 UTC | class C { public: C() {} }
    With the news about the Mozilla Foundation and the desire of many FReepers to drop the Firefox browser, there are some viable (IMHO) alternatives, both of which are character-based:Links is text WWW browser with tables and frames. It runs on Linux, Unix, OS/2 and Windows. Lynx is a text browser for the World Wide Web. Lynx 2.8.7 runs on Un*x, MacOS, VMS, Windows 95/98/NT, DOS386+ (but not 3.1, 3.11), as well as OS/2 EMX.
  • Looking for PC program that creates websites

    03/27/2014 8:57:00 AM PDT · by George from New England · 43 replies
    I have found myself losing business left and right because of the evolution of the internet. I am looking for a simple program that will import an existing webpage, allow the user to edit and change components and then publish the modified page back to the web. I am willing to pay for something that is proven and can be trusted. All the different platforms and their different video and audio codecs are driving me out of business. I constantly get contact emails saying they cannot see my video and yet it works for me in Chrome and Firefox. I...
  • How Much Did the Government Pay for Obamacare’s Broken Website?

    10/11/2013 3:34:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 10/11 | Steve Friess
    Canada’s largest technology company has, until this month, maintained a low profile in the United States. Unlike, say, Blackberry, mentioning CGI Federal at a cocktail party hasn’t tended to elicit strong opinions or emotional heat. After all, it’s a Canadian IT company. That shroud of gentle anonymity has dissipated, however. America is now officially pissed off at Montreal-based CGI, and the company is hunkering down under a barrage of questions — including the one asked on air by a CNBC host: “Should we immediately go to war with Canada over the CGI thing?” The “thing” is the error-plagued national website...
  • Good News! Let's Move Web Site Still Open! (and Amber alert site closed)

    10/07/2013 5:17:41 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 31 replies
    Let's Move.crap ^ | 10/7/2013 | The Government
    Yup. It's open. But look what it says on the Amber Alert web site:
  • Technical Help: Coolest Web Page I've seen so far

    07/31/2013 6:32:50 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 14 replies
    self | jimjohn
    NON-POLITICAL: So a co-worker sends a link to my boss who sends it to me asking 'CAN WE DO THIS??' with excitement. I gotta admin, the web page design looks pretty cool. As I can whip up some pretty good html/js stuff, at first glance, I am at a loss on how they did this. WARNING: just look at the page design, not the elitist content: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/07/31/good-jill-bad-jill-executive-editor-jill-abramson-queen-of-the-new-york-times.html
  • [Technical/HTML] Troubleshooting CSS

    07/18/2013 9:09:59 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 11 replies
    Tympanus ^ | July 17, 2013 | Hugo Giraudel
    CSS is a mess. First introduced in ~1995, it was meant to style basic text documents. Not websites. Not applications. Text documents. It has come a long way since then. Probably a bit too long. A lot of things were not intended in the first place like multi-column layouts, responsive web design and more; this is why it has become a language full of hacks and glitches, like some kind of odd steam machine with a bunch of extensions. On the bright side, this is what makes CSS fun (or kinda)! And this is also why we have jobs. Because...
  • Michael Hastings conspiracy theories: Web goes wild after NSA, CIA reporter killed in crash

    06/19/2013 9:58:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 6/19/13 | Beth Stebner
    News of reporter and writer Michael Hastings´ death at the age of only 33 has shaken the journalism community across the nation, as well as fans of the writer´s hard-hitting reporting.(Snip)conspiracy theorists are speculating that there is more than meets the eye over Hasting´s demise. Twitter, Facebook, and sharing site Reddit were abuzz Wednesday, with some users commenting that it was suspicious that Hastings, who famously brought down U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in a Rolling Stone cover story, died while in the middle of covering several hot-button topics like monitoring by the National Security Agency and the CIA.
  • Tech Ping, My Website Host Has Been Offline for a Week, What to do?

    05/24/2013 10:30:00 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 28 replies
    5/24/13 | Chickensoup
    My website host has been offline for a week citing weather problems. Now I am concerned about my Google ratings when what seemed to be a few days has turned into a long time. Do I need to be concerned. How can I move to a different place if necessary. Help! Hello ronald Ron r: Hello, Welcome to the company.com How may I help you today? Soup: My website www.Womderful website.com is still not online after the power outage is it just my site or are you still having massive failure? Ron: Yes Soup? Ron: Due to severe storms in...
  • My Global Philosophy Course

    05/05/2013 11:46:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/04/2013 | Michael S. Roth
    When I mention online learning to my colleagues at Wesleyan University, most respond initially with skepticism. But based on my experience, I know that real learning can take place on the Web. I am currently teaching a massive online open course, or MOOC, on Coursera. Most MOOCs have great attrition, and mine is no exception: There were almost 30,000 students registered at the start, yet 4,000 remain active as we near the end of the semester. Unlike most MOOCs, which focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, mine is a classic humanities course. "The Modern and the Postmodern" starts off...
  • Wrong names these are NOT the Suspects (Title updated)

    04/19/2013 12:26:29 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 135 replies
    Twitter and web are exploding with idea that t=Suspect #2 is Sunil Tripathy - missing Brown University student (missing for one month now). Suspect 1: Mike Mulugeta Suspect 2: Sunil Tripathi Example: http://www.punditpress.com/2013/04/sunil-tripathi-information-4182013.html
  • Jihadist Web Forums Celebrate Boston Bombing

    04/16/2013 12:46:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/16/13 | staff
    Jihadist web forums lit up on Tuesday with anti-American radicals celebrating Monday’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, which killed three and wounded at least 170. According to SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors the online web activities of radical Muslim groups and individuals, “jihadists expressed their joy and hoped the blasts are acts of jihadi terrorism.” “We ask Allah that this is the start before the storm,” said one user on one Jihadist forum. “May Allah give you the glad tiding of Paradise for this joyous news.” Some forum users hoped a Jihadist group was behind the attacks. Others speculated...
  • Deaf, Blind Sue Over Web Shopping

    03/21/2013 5:05:14 PM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 21, 2013 | Joe Palazzolo
    Commerce has moved online. Now, the disability lawsuits are following. Advocates for disabled Americans have declared that companies have a legal obligation to make their websites as accessible as their stores, and they've filed suits across the country to force them to install the digital version of wheelchair ramps and self-opening doors.
  • Watch Phoebe the Hummingbird as She Readies ANOTHER Nest!

    02/06/2013 11:00:38 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 27 replies
    UStream Hummingbird Nest Cam ^ | February 06, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Just for fun, here's a live web cam feed of Phoebe the Hummingbird refurbishing her 'half golf ball sized' nest, soon to house her new clutch of babies! Phoebe recently gave birth to 'Sandy' and 'Faith'. They both fledged just last week. Amazingly, Phoebe is already preparing another nest for a new clutch! You can learn more about Phoebe, her habits and her remarkable abilities and history as a mom at the Ustream link provided. It is impossible to visit this web cam page and NOT get hooked. Watch the miracle unfold as Phoebe diligently prepares her nest, lays her...
  • What Romney’s Transition Website Would Have Looked Like - Leaked Photos Revealed

    11/08/2012 2:17:13 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 58 replies
    If you’re a conservative, this story could be too painful for you to read. I suggest you click away now.For those who have stayed, below are pictures of Mitt Romney’s transition website that would have gone live had he been elected president on Tuesday. So how are you seeing it today? Well, the site accidentally went live for a brief moment on Wednesday, and because this is the internet, someone was able to grab screenshots before it was taken down.That someone is Roll Call’s Taegan Goddard. Below are the pictures he nabbed, which has a statement from “President-Elect Romney” and...
  • Feds Shut Down File-Sharing Site One Day After Web Protest

    01/19/2012 2:35:21 PM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies · 1+ views
    http://thehill.com/ ^ | January 19, 2012 | Brendan Sasso
    The Justice Department seized Megaupload.com, one of the world's most popular file-sharing sites, and several of its related sites on Thursday. Prosecutors charged seven employees of Megaupload with criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit racketeering and other charges. Each faces up to 55 years in prison.
  • Web addicts have brain changes, research suggests

    01/16/2012 1:08:55 PM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 January 2012 | Helen Briggs
    Web addicts have brain changes similar to those hooked on drugs or alcohol, preliminary research suggests. Experts in China scanned the brains of 17 young web addicts and found disruption in the way their brains were wired up. [...]
  • Web gambling gets boost from Obama administration

    12/25/2011 8:45:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/25/11 | Jim Wolf and Nicola Leske
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration cleared the way for states to legalize Internet poker and certain other online betting in a switch that may help them reap billions in tax revenue and spur web-based gambling. A Justice Department opinion dated September and made public on Friday reversed decades of previous policy that included civil and criminal charges against operators of some of the most popular online poker sites. Until now, the department held that online gambling in all forms was illegal under the Wire Act of 1961, which bars wagers via telecommunications that cross state lines or international borders.
  • Man sentenced to six years for antagonizing women through digital 'sextortion'

    09/04/2011 3:37:25 PM PDT · by thecodont · 9 replies
    Yahoo! News via Drudge Report ^ | Sat, Sep 3, 2011 | By Mike Flacy | Digital Trends
    32-year-old Luis Mijangos was sentenced to six year in prison this week by a U.S. District Court judge in California after pleading guilty to one count of computer hacking and one count of wiretapping in March 2011. Mijangos, a resident of Santa Ana, California, worked as a freelance web designer and developer earning about $52,000 a year, but also spent his days using malware to gain access to people’s computers and extorting up to $3,000 a day from his victims. FBI experts in computer forensics estimated that Mijangos infected more than 100 computers used by over 230 people, 20 percent...
  • Why companies are flocking to HTML5

    08/30/2011 12:56:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Fortune ^ | 08/30/2011 | By JP Mangalindan
    A new crop of apps from Amazon, LinkedIn and Box.net are the latest to take advantage of HTML5. They also signal this young language already has business' blessing. Something in the last 18 months kicked the HTML5 adoption machine into overdrive. Maybe it was tech giants Apple and Microsoft joining hands and dubbing it the future of the web. Maybe it was Google's launch of the Chrome Web Store, with its focus on HTML5, last December. Maybe it was the HTML5-friendly iPad's meteoric sales. Whatever it was, a recent wave of consumer-facing web apps from Amazon, Box.net and LinkedIn confirm...
  • The Web, Apple, NeXT and the evolution of search [Happy 20th Birthday, WWW!]

    08/06/2011 12:53:42 PM PDT · by RightOnTheLeftCoast · 27 replies · 1+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | 6 August 2011 | Jonny Evans
    ...August 6 marks the date the first-ever Web page went online, powered by the world's first-ever Web server, situated at http://info.cern.ch. Assembled by Sir Tim Berners-Lee using a NeXT computer, the browser was also an editor, enabling an interactive Web experience. Unfortunately, with the exception of NeXT machines, most computers just weren't capable of handling all these features, which is why a browse-only Web was born. Who ran NeXT? Steve Jobs. It was his next step project after losing a battle for control of Apple, all those years ago... It is interesting that Berners-Lee used a NeXT computer both as...
  • Drumming Up More Addresses on the Internet

    02/15/2011 5:43:09 PM PST · by La Lydia · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 15, 2011 | Laurie Flynn
    Who could have guessed that 4.3 billion Internet connections wouldn’t be enough? Certainly not Vint Cerf. In 1976, Mr. Cerf and his colleagues in the R.& D. office of the Defense Department had to make a judgment call: how much network address space should they allocate to an experiment connecting computers in an advanced data network? They debated the question for more than a year. Finally, with a deadline looming, Mr. Cerf decided on a number — 4.3 billion separate network addresses, each one representing a connected device — that seemed to provide more room to grow than his experiment...
  • Authoritarian Governments Have Immensely Benefited From The Web

    01/24/2011 7:14:55 AM PST · by Chickensoup · 4 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 01.24.11 | Radio Free Europe
    Evgeny Morozov, a noted specialist on the use of new communications technologies to promote democratic values, has a new book titled "The Net Delusion: The Dark Side Of Internet Freedom." In it, he argues that hype about "Twitter revolutions" and the enormous potential of the Internet to promote open societies and roll back authoritarianism is naive and overblown. What's more, Morozov warns, authoritarian regimes such as Russia, China, and Iran have adapted quickly to devise new ways -- often modeled on commercial Internet-monitoring tools used by Western corporations -- to track and neutralize Internet activism.
  • BlackRock, Inc. website homepage displays Upside-Down

    01/23/2011 9:00:21 PM PST · by Brian_Baldwin · 21 replies
    Take a look - I was checking the BlackRock, Inc. homepage to gather some investment information, and what do I see? Their main "introduction" pane is displaying the words UPSIDE DOWN. Hmmmm.... struck me as so funny, I just HAD to share it! So the only question is, should I really invest? I mean, I don't think this was done on purpose, or am I wrong? I think they were hacked? hmmmm... BlackRock is suppose to be a providers of investment, advisory and risk management solutions. But can they even manage their own homepage? Ok, maybe this is on purpose,...
  • Arabs Target the Internet

    12/18/2010 3:54:34 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | December 18, 2010 | Ethel C. Fenig
    Wow, those Arabs are clever. So clever--or devious, or dangerous--that they've managed to rearrange continents, to rearrange computer domain names to suit their political/religious/financial objectives. In The Lawfare Project, Aaron Eitan Meyer explains this latest Arab attack. "The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the entity responsible for assigning domain names on the Internet. (snip) ICANN works 'in particular to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems.'"[1] Formerly overseen by the U.S. Department of Commerce, ICANN has been under "international and multilateral control" for over a year. And this has brought about...
  • Internet Traffic from U.S. Government Websites Was Redirected Via Chinese Networks

    11/17/2010 9:32:12 AM PST · by Enchante · 29 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 11/16/10 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    According to the draft report, a state-owned Chinese telecommunications firm, China Telecom, "hijacked" massive volumes of Internet traffic during the 18-minute incident. It affected traffic to and from .gov and .mil websites in the United States, as well as websites for the Senate, all four military services, the office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and "many others," including websites for firms like Dell, Yahoo, IBM and Microsoft. "Although the Commission has no way to determine what, if anything, Chinese telecommunications firms did to the hijacked data, incidents of this nature could have a number...
  • Is the Web heading toward redirect hell?

    09/23/2010 8:43:39 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 25 replies
    Pingdom ^ | 22 September 2010 | Pingdom
    Google is doing it. Facebook is doing it. Yahoo is doing it. Microsoft is doing it. And soon Twitter will be doing it. We’re talking about the apparent need of every web service out there to add intermediate steps to sample what we click on before they send us on to our real destination. This has been going on for a long time and is slowly starting to build into something of a redirect hell on the Web.And it has a price.The overhead that’s already here There’s already plenty of redirect overhead in places where you don’t really think about...
  • Will Geopolitics Muddle Control Of Cyberspace?

    09/14/2010 2:18:39 PM PDT · by Slyscribe
    IBD's Click ^ | 9/14/2010 | Reinhardt Krause
    Trouble may be brewing in cyberspace a year after the U.S. loosened its oversight over the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN manages the Web addressing system that enables computers to connect to each other as well as Web site domains. Ahead of the International Telecommunications Union’s Plenipotentiary Conference in Mexico next month, there’s concern that Geneva-based ITU may try to get more involved in Internet governance
  • What the hell is going on on the West Coast?

    08/26/2010 11:05:44 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 58 replies · 1+ views
    8/26/2910 | DGHoodini
    Can't reach many West Coast Major servers /Backbone.. The "Big One" hit?
  • Bill seeks to make electronics accessible to blind, deaf

    08/17/2010 6:52:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    WP ^ | 08/17/10 | Cecilia Kang
    Bill seeks to make electronics accessible to blind, deaf By Cecilia Kang Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, August 17, 2010; A10 Blind and deaf consumers, who have fought to make home phones and television more accessible, say they are being left behind on the Web and many mobile devices. Touch-based smartphone screens confound blind people who rely on buttons and raised type. Web video means little to the deaf without captioning. But legislation is in the works to put pressure on consumer electronics companies that revolutionized an earlier generation of technology for the vision- and hearing-impaired. "Whether it's a Braille...
  • 38 DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD

    07/11/2010 2:43:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 3+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.justice.gov/usao/mow/news2010/harrison.ind.htm JULY 9, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLACK MARKET TRAVEL AGENTS 38 DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD LOCAL INVESTIGATION EXPOSES NATIONWIDE NETWORK THAT USED STOLEN IDENTITIES, CREDIT CARDS TO PURCHASE AIRLINE TICKETS KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 38 defendants from across the United States have been charged in a series of indictments that allege an extensive network of black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme...
  • Do Porn Sites Need .XXX Web Domain?

    06/25/2010 2:48:50 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 53 replies · 3+ views
    abcnews. ^ | June 25, 2010 | KI MAE HEUSSNER
    Internet porn sites may soon have the option to move off the ".com" main street of the Web to their very own adult-only domain: ".xxx." But industry experts say the adult world is divided over whether or not there is actually a need for a dedicated virtual red-light district. Internet domain names are expanding exponentially.The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), an international Internet oversight group, announced Friday that it would proceed with a proposal to register ".xxx," after rejecting the same application three years ago. Peter Dengate Thrush, chairman of ICANN's board of directors, told ABCNews.com that...