Google+ Tops 40 million Users

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Google co-founder and chief executive Larry Page on Thursday said that its online social networking challenge to Facebook is growing fast and has topped 40 million users. "People are flocking to Google+ at an incredible rate and we are just getting started," Page said during an earnings conference call.

He added that billions of digital photos are shared at Google+.

Page said social features highlighted at Google+ will be "baked in" to the Internet star's other online offerings.

"Last quarter we shipped 'plus' and now we are going to ship the Google part," Page said of weaving social and sharing features throughout the firm's platform.

"We are still at the very early stages of what technology can deliver," he continued. "These tools we use online will look very different in five years time and we are building these tools into Google-plus."

The Internet giant on September 20 opened google.com/+ to the public as it ramped up its challenge to leading social network Facebook.

The move came with an array of improvements Google to the social network it launched in an invitation-only test format on June 28.

Enhancements to Google+ included letting members take part in video-chat "Hangouts" using camera-enabled smartphones or tablet computers, or broadcast video presentations to groups of watchers using "Hangouts On Air."

Famous figures who have taken part in Google+ hangouts in past weeks include the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and Desmond Tutu, the retired archbishop of Cape Town, who is also a renowned human rights activist (Source : Hindustan Times).

Google Shuts Down Buzz, Other 'Failed' Services

Google Buzz, Google's failed first attempt at creating a social network, will finally be shut down in a few weeks along with a number of products, the search giant announced over the weekend.

But vice president for products Bradley Horowitz hinted some of the products to be shut down may be integrated into ongoing projects like Google+.

"Changing the world takes focus on the future, and honesty about the past. We learned a lot from products like Buzz, and are putting that learning to work every day in our vision for products like Google+. Our users expect great things from us; today’s announcements let us focus even more on giving them something truly awesome," Horowitz said in a blog post.

In the case of Google Buzz, he said it and its API will be shut down and people will no longer be able to create new posts after that.

However, he said people will still be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.

Also to be shut down are the social features on iGoogle, a personalized page for users with Google accounts.

"With our new focus on Google+, we will remove iGoogle's social features on January 15, 2012. iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are," Horowitz said.

Other products to be shut down include :
  • Code Search, which was designed to help people search for open source code all over the web. It will be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012.
  • Jaiku, a product acquired in 2007 that let users send updates to friends. It will shut down on January 15, 2012. Google is working to let users export their data from Jaiku.
  • The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to Google search results for a small number of approved academic researchers. It will close on January 15, 2012.
The Google Labs site will also shut down, and as previously announced, while Boutiques.com and the former Like.com websites will be replaced by Google Product Search, Horowitz said.

"We aspire to build great products that really change people’s lives, products they use two or three times a day. To succeed you need real focus and thought—thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don’t work on. It’s why we recently decided to shut down some products, and turn others into features of existing products," he said.

Source from : GMANews

Facebook Tracks you Online Even After you Log Out

Facebook has had privacy issues for a long time, and while the company has been working to improve its image, today’s episode will likely set it back once again. Thanks to a modified cookie, Facebook allegedly knows what you’re doing online even when you’re not logged in.

At least that’s what self-proclaimed hacker Nik Cubrilovic claims. After running a series of tests analyzing the HTTP headers on requests sent by browsers to facebook.com, he discovered that Facebook alters its tracking cookies the moment you log out, instead of deleting them. Since your uniquely identifying account information is still present in these cookies, Facebook can continue to track you, Cubrilovic argues.

This means that if you log out of Facebook, you’re not really doing much. If you then head to a website that contains a Facebook plugin, your browser will continue to send personally identifiable information back to Palo Alto. Here’s Cubrilovic’s explanation:

With my browser logged out of Facebook, whenever I visit any page with a Facebook like button, or share button, or any other widget, the information, including my account ID, is still being sent to Facebook. The only solution to Facebook not knowing who you are is to delete all Facebook cookies. You can test this for yourself using any browser with developer tools installed. It is all hidden in plain sight.

So how do you get rid of these Facebook cookies in a way that will still let you use the service? Well, you can delete them every time after you log out of the website. Alternatively, Hacker News user buro9 says you can use the following AdBlock Plus rules:

facebook.com^$domain=~facebook.com ~facebook.net|~fbcdn.com|~fbcdn.net

This will supposedly limit your usage of the social network to just facebook.com. If you need to use it on another website, you can temporarily whitelist it with the AdBlock switch.

If what Cubrilovic found today ends up being true, this could be a serious problem for Facebook. I have contacted Facebook for more information on this issue.

This is actually similar to the scrutiny Facebook has faced in Germany, especially recently. See the links below for full coverage.

Source from : ZDnet.Com

NBC uses Twitter to help launch new drama 'Grimm'

Two weeks before the drama "Grimm" debuts on NBC, the network is making the first episode available to those who follow the show handle on Twitter.

Starting Friday, those people will receive a direct tweet with access information to preview the Oct. 28 premiere episode of "Grimm" (9 p.m. EDT).

NBC will also be screening the episode in 10 cities nationwide, starting Tuesday in Los Angeles and including Portland, Ore., where "Grimm" is filmed. Some of the show's producers and cast members will be on hand for the Los Angeles and Portland events.

Showings are also set for Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, Denver, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Seattle.

NBC Entertainment Marketing President Len Fogge, who announced the campaign Friday, said it's a unique approach that matches the nature of the drama.

"Grimm" is a crime drama with supernatural overtones inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tales. The show stars David Giuntoli as a homicide detective who discovers he's the descendant of an elite line of criminal profilers.

Other cast members are Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee and Sasha Roiz.

NBC's promotion of the series also includes a 20-minute preview available on the network's website, Hulu, iTunes and elsewhere.

Source from : BOSTON.com

The word "Steve Jobs" Jumped up to 15,000 Percent

Today, Steve Jobs fans around the world dedicate October 14 as the Day of Steve Jobs. It became so much evidence that idolize Steve Jobs and his Apple products.

Steve Jobs Day may only be enlivened by Apple fans outside of Indonesia. Does this show the people of Indonesia do not care about the frenetic launch of the iPhone 4S and the death of Steve Jobs? Yahoo has the answer for this.

Starting from June 2011, data from Yahoo! Search revealed that the keyword 'iPhone 5', followed by a 'iPhone 4', is one of the top search categories of mobile devices. Three months later, Yahoo! Search observe similar trends and that the jump in the number of searches since the launch of the iPhone 4S.

Interestingly, Yahoo searches indicate that the user wants to know, whether the launch of the iPhone 4S decrease the price of the iPhone 3G and they are also interested in news about the confirmation of the launch of the iPhone 5, which has monitored more than 2,000 percent jump.

Among the many things that attract people of Indonesia is the actual price of the iPhone 4S (in the whole world and also in Indonesia). They are also interested to know about the stores in Indonesia, which has marketed the product.

Obituary of Steve Jobs created a ripple in searches on the news. Within a day, Yahoo search for the name 'Steve Jobs' jumped as much as 10,000 percent. However, soon after the death of Steve Jobs announced, Yahoo Search Trends noted a surge of 15,000 percent for the search keyword "Steve Jobs".

Also seen an increase in searches related to Steve Jobs biography, which may occur because of a desire to know its contribution to innovation and technology.

Indonesia wants to know about the society's official page to be able to participate in providing condolence message, biography, information about the health of Steve Jobs, and information about related families.

Searches through Yahoo This suggests that the Indonesian people want to know the news of the death of Steve Jobs and search specifications of the iPhone 4S observed increased 17,365 percent on the day of its release.

Steve Jobs Doomed Himself by Shunning Conventional Medicine

Steve Jobs would probably be alive today if he had not put off conventional medical treatment in favour of alternative remedies, a leading cancer doctor has said.

Dr Ramzi Amri, a researcher at Harvard Medical School, claims the Apple boss had a mild form of cancer that is rarely fatal and that his choice of treatment 'eventually led to an unnecessarily early death'.

Writing on Quora, a forum frequented by Silicon Valley executives, Dr Amri said: 'Let me cut to the chase - Mr Jobs allegedly chose to undergo all sorts of alternative treatment options before opting for conventional medicine.

'Given the circumstances, it seems sound to assume that Mr Jobs' choice for alternative medicine has eventually led to an unnecessarily early death.'

Mr Jobs died earlier this month due to respiratory arrest caused by pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

His death certificate, released by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department this week, said that Mr Jobs had a 'metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor' and there would not be an autopsy.

The certificate also stated that Mr Jobs had the cancer for eight years before his death and that he was first diagnosed in October 2003.

Dr Amri claimed that Mr Jobs succumbed to the disease more quickly because of his apparent refusal to embrace 'conventional treatment', especially over the last year, the period when he visibly began to lose weight.

The pancreatic cancer expert wrote: 'It seems that even during this recurrent phase, Mr Jobs opted to dedicate his time to Apple as the disease progressed, instead of opting for chemotherapy or any other conventional treatment.'

For nine months between his diagnosis in 2003 and at least July 2004, Mr Jobs 'decided to employ alternative methods to treat his pancreatic cancer, hoping to avoid the operation through a special diet ', according to a 2008 CNN Money article.

But the rapid advance of the cancer caused Mr Jobs to undergo an operation known as a 'Whipple procedure' in which he had his pancreas and duodenum removed. Dr Amri suggests that this procedure, which is only undertaken if the cancer is quickly spreading, might not have been necessary had the Apple CEO pursued conventional medicine sooner.

He wrote: 'The only reason he'd have a transplant would be that the tumour invaded all major parts of the liver, which takes a considerable amount of time.'

Dr Amri claims that had Mr Jobs had the cancer surgically removed immediately after the disease was diagnosed then he may well have survived with 'no residual side-effects'.

He added that as Mr Jobs had comparatively mild neuroendocrine tumors, compared to the far more aggressive pancreatic adenocarcinoma tumours that 95 per cent of pancreatic cancer sufferers have.

He wrote: 'In my series of patients, for many subtypes, the survival rate was as high as 100 per cent over a decade.'

Dr Amri said he had the 'profoundest respect for Mr Jobs and his legacy' and did not wish to offend anyone with his comments.

But he added: 'I have done 1.5 years of research on the type of tumour that affected Steve Jobs and have some strong opinions on his case, not only as an admirer of his work, but also as a cancer researcher who has the impression that his disease course has been far from optimal.'

When contacted by website Gawker, Dr Amri said: 'I wrote that on a personal title and it's my personal opinion.'

Source from : KOMPAS ENGLISH

XXX Domain Registration Has Been Opened

Monday, September 12, 2011

Localization of porn sites finally begins. Internet domain registration. XXX recently approved for use by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) began on Wednesday, 7 September 2011.

However, today, new enrollment is offered for a limited specifically to the brand owners. The official brand owners given priority claim to the appropriate domain name that is registered dalama next 52 days till October 28, 2011.

Of course not free. To claim a website address berdomain. XXX is much more expensive than the domain. COM. Go Daddy is one of the registration application recipients membanderol one address for $ 209.99 U.S. dollars.

There are two offerings are prepared ICM Registry as the manager of that domain name. First is Sunrise A domain name for the owner of the pornography business. Second is the Sunrise B for the brand outside the sex industry who wish to claim that the address can not be taken so that the other businesses not associated with the pornography, for example Disney.xxx.

"Protecting the trademark after the launch openly would be more difficult, more expensive, and time consuming. We believe the current proactive is better to anticipate conflict in the future," wrote the ICM appeal to brand owners.

If it happens the same address registration between the owner of the mark in the porn industry and outside the industry, one can cancel the registration. However, if each one will not budge will be resolved in arbitration institution.

After a limited offer, domain name registration. XXX pornography will be open to the community for 18 days. Registration for new general will be conducted beginning December 6, 2011.

The emergence of these domains had sparked debate among Internet activists. ICANN even up to several times rejected proposals that domain formation before finally agreeing. On the one hand, the localization of porn sites domain through the easier of censorship, but on the other side can not necessarily force the perpetrators of the pornography industry to move from the current domain is already popular on the internet.

Source from : Blogger Maps

Sometimes People Pretend Check Cell Phone

Friday, September 9, 2011

As many as 13 percent of mobile phone users often pretend to examine the phone when she was not to be disturbed or avoid interaction with others. This report was published by the Pew Internet research institute that conducted the survey related to the behavior of cell phone use in adults in the United States.

Of the 2277 adults who responded, 13 percent of whom claimed to have pretended to check the phone or on the phone. In the respondents come from the younger, the age of 18 to 29 years, the percentage is even greater. About 30 percent of respondents claimed to avoid contact with someone with a direct check on their cell phones.

Appear also in the survey, about 42 percent of respondents claimed to have problems working on a job if you're away from phones. "More than half of respondents (51 percent) had used their phones at least once to find the information they need quickly," said the study results.

About a quarter or exactly 27 percent said they had to deal with situations when they have trouble doing things because their phones were not on hand. At least 35 percent of adults now have a smartphone. Other findings, only 29 percent of respondents said that they never turn off cell phones in order to rest.

Source from : Blogger Maps

Hacker Monitoring 300.000 Gmail User in Iran

300 thousand users Google email service (Gmail) on Iran should accept the fact that during this communication may be spied upon by a hacker or hackers. This is because they use fake security certificate that has been designed by hackers.

Previously, users of Gmail using a security certificate from the Netherlands, issued by Diginotar. However, since July 2011 website Diginotar hackers attacked and caused 333 false security certificate can spread to various sites.

Security certificate issued Diginotar should ensure communications made by the user of a website. With the certificate, website visitors, especially email users will feel secure because the communications do not be seen by others. However, since Diginotar attacked by hackers, the entire communication from 300 thousand Gmail users in Iran becomes vulnerable.

Report violations committed hackers discovered by Fox-IT, which then issued its report on Sept. 5. Fox-IT reports indicate that the hackers were able to access an internal system for a month before DigiNotar take action.

DigiNotar has asked the Dutch government to help restore the attack. Behind it, Google and many other companies have issued updates to ensure that the false certificates could no longer be used in email service.

DigiNotar is a second security certificate victims of hackers. In March 2011, Comodo also experienced the same thing. There is evidence that the same hackers were behind both attacks. Messages sent hackers through a site stating that they have also mastered other manufacturers' Web sites security certificate.

Earlier, the Dutch government has also started an investigation to determine whether personal data of citizens of the Netherlands as a file income tax returns have also been monitored hackers. Vincent van Steen, a spokesman for the Dutch Foreign Minister, said that the ministry was working to learn more about how the intrusion occurred and how to prevent future attacks (The New York Times, BBC).

Google Executives Threatened 20.000 Tweet a Year

The U.S. federal agency the FBI had arrested a 27-year-old boy who allegedly sent a threat to Google executives, Marissa Mayer, the past year. The threat has been running for one year, from November 2010 until August 2011 and amounted to 20 thousand tweet.

Mayer, Google's first female engineer who served as vice president of the local map service and location, is the target of threats Calvin Gregory King, the name of the suspect. In his tweet King also alleges Mayer belong to a group that infect him with HIV disease. King also wrote derogatory statements that Jews, blacks, and Latin.

The FBI claimed there was no apparent relationship between Meyer with the King, who was arrested in San Antonio on August 19, 2011 and, after fleeing Virginia. After his arrest, King chose to take to San Francisco, as quoted by the San Antonio Express-News.

The FBI began working on the case since the safety of Google, in writing this report the incident in February 2011. King allegedly used three Twitter account, with the message he sent from Virginia and Texas. When the FBI interviewed Mayer in April 2011, this 36-year-old woman claimed that she was disturbed and felt that the actors always follow all the information about and control over the internet.

If the King found guilty, then he will be snared five-year prison sentence for interstate activities and the threat of an additional 2 years in prison for abuse of communication does.