It’s been going on since mid-2010 and if Oracle has anything to do with it, it won’t be ending anytime soon. Despite the fact that the judge had ruled in Oracles favour, they weren’t awarded any damages and had to pay Google’s legal fees. Oracle has said that they intend to appeal the decision.
With the increasing problem of cyber-bullying, which is said to have reached an epidemic level on social networking websites and internet forums, one could be forgiven for thinking that these websites suffer from a worrying degree of lawlessness.
Social search engines are a recent trend towards aggregating trends. And brand new search engine Bottlenose is positioning itself to be the new market in real time trend results and analysis. The search engine, who just released their beta version, tracks the trends of any topic or keyword as they develop across the internet, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news any relevant subject.
Content on the internet today has stretched to the limits of what can be stored digitally. We can share entire movies in minutes, video chat in almost perfect quality without any lag and take self-paced virtual tours through cities.
Google isn’t exactly new to being accused of privacy issues or being ruled against in such cases. It’s to be expected for a company whose activities include photographing the cities and streets so people can take virtual tours of it (Street View) or monitoring search activity to make their results more intuitive.
Social search has been a hot topic over the last few years. With the amount and speed of content being propagated on these types of sites, being able to navigate effectively through such a breadth of potentially valuable data was valid interest.
It’s one of those inventions that seemed logically inevitable. As computers have become almost effortlessly mobile, with the introduction of smart phones, many wondered when the fabled hands-free computerised glasses (otherwise know as Augmented Reality Glasses) would hit the market. While many semi-functional concept models have surfaced over the years, nothing was really commercially viable.
Twitter was offline yesterday, with about four, tense, tweetless, hours passing before it was back up to full function.
5 years have passed since Google first announced it’s plan to protect all users of their search engine from malware and phishing attacks, with its Safe Browsing policy.
ICANN has revealed that it will announce the proposed new Top Level Domains soon.
Increased internet penetration and growing web savvy lead to greater numbers of South African’s online, and more e-commerce.
As of yesterday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, (ICANN) began accepting applications for the new gTLD
Steve Jobs, Apple visionary, has died aged 56 after a protracted battle with pancreatic cancer.
Steve Jobs has announced his resignation as the CEO of Apple, one of the leading producers of consumer electronics.
According to a recent report in WebProNews, IAB, the Interactive Advertising Bureau, is opposing the recently publicised decision by ICAAN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to lift restrictions on generic top level domains.
In an early morning (our time) post in Google+, Matt Cutts has announced that Google has discovered that some users computers appear to be infected by a type of malware (malicious software) that uses their computers to send traffic to Google through a series of proxies.
In what has been hailed as the most significant decision since the creation of the “.com” suffix, more than 25 years ago, ICANN, (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) the global body that regulates domain naming conventions among other things, has voted in favour of the implementation of new top level domains.
Last week, Microsoft’s Bing, the heavily touted, (but perhaps not so heavily used) new search engine that was supposed to provide an alternative to the pervasive Google, launched a service that may be designed to compete with Google Places.
The first South African search engine optimisation and marketing conference is scheduled for July 2011, when the Sandton Convention Centre will host the SAOMA conference, with over 30 exhibitors from all over the world
The big news in internet circles right now is the recent decision by Mweb, put into practice yesterday, to stop peering with any service provider who charges for local peering.
There’s a domain sales con that’s been going around for quite a few years now, and it looks like it’s come back with a vengeance again. In the last few years, we’ve probably fielded over 500 calls from concerned clients asking for our advice on this one, and a recent spate of new enquiries has prompted us to write this article.
About a year ago, we published an article about the proposed new privacy laws that were to be tabled before parliament. These laws are aimed at reducing spam, and regulating the use of personal information for marketing purposes.
Although the official announcement is only slated for later today, Google’s map integrated street view for South Africa is now live. Google Street View is Google’s integrated 360Â° photography taken, as the name suggests, at street level.
According to a recent report by ICANN, (the International Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers), the global body that allocates IP (internet protocol) addresses, the world is rapidly running out of IP addresses.
As the internet evolves, so too do the tools that we use in order to navigate and use it. Despite the original Microsoft monopoly on browsers, over the past few years number of new browsers have slowly supplanted Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. They’ve offered different browser experiences, as well as different ways of looking at, and interacting with, the world wide web.
Now that South Africa has finally got access to PayPal, one of the easiest and safest methods of online payment, we’re getting a lot of queries about how to get a PayPal account. (For those who’ve been living under a rock, PayPal allows you to make and receive online payments, without needing facilities to accept credit card payments, or exposing your credit card details online.)
After lengthy speculation following the hint first leaked on Twitter some weeks ago, (see our article, PayPal To Come To SA?), the wait has finally ended. Today, First National Bank (FNB) has confirmed that it’s users will have access to PayPal, an internationally utilised online payment system, as part of their internet banking package.
According to the results of the latest survey by the South African Domain Name Authority, (ZADNA), South African businesses and private website owners prefer to use .co.za domain names, rather than .com ones.
According to some very widespread, but still officially unofficial rumors, the global online e-commerce payment solution known as PayPal will finally be available in South Africa.
According to a notice we’ve just received from Google, the search engine giant has decided to phase out support for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 from the 1st of March 2010.
For a long time, the Sat-3 fibre-optic link that runs up the west coast of Africa was the only way that South Africa could get their internet access. Before Seacom, the majority of our internet traffic travelled this line, and even since the installation of the new cable, a lot still does, especially traffic to Europe.
Except for this week.
According to a report by the research group World Wide Worx, the number of internet users in South Africa has, for the first time, exceeded the 5 million mark. The Internet Access In South Africa study sponsored by Cisco, revealed that the number of people with online access in South Africa grew by 15% last year, and is expected to double in the next 5 years.
According to reports released over the last couple of days, more than 10,000 Hotmail accounts were hacked, with the passwords and account details of some of them being posted on a web development forum before being taken down.
A day later, it was reported in the news that users of Google’s Gmail, and Yahoo Mail, were also targeted in the large-scale attack, which was largely directed at users in Europe.
By now, I’m sure that everybody knows about the carrier pigeon Winston, who last week famously raced a Telkom ADSL line from Howick to Hillcrest, carrying 4 Gigs of data strapped to his leg. The pigeon won. In fact, it won by a huge margin. But I’m not sure that it really counts.
Hard as it may be to believe, it could be possible for you to legally lose the rights to your domain name.
If you haven’t registered a trademark which incorporates your domain name, you run the risk of somebody else doing so, and potentially winning any ensuing domain name dispute.
A recent article in Business Day caused some interest in the online community, when it suggested that several new domains could be established in South Africa next year, including city-specific domains, such as Joburg.za.
According to a recent news report, new legislation has been approved by Cabinet that will prevent any institution from divulging personal information unless required by law to do so.
Today sees the third birthday of the popular search engine optimisation browser tool, SEOQuake, first launched and approved as a legitimate add-on to Mozilla Firefox in 2006.
Business Day reports that there’s a new face at the head of Google South Africa, replacing Stafford Maisie, who stepped down in April, after 18 months at the helm of the South African division of the search engine giant.
Ending years of negotiation and speculation, Microsoft and Yahoo have finally announced that they will join forces in a move that is largely seen as an attempt to reclaim some of the huge search engine market share currently held by Google.