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As I sit down to write this week's Grouse column, I find myself having to work through one of those rather dull and annoying headaches, which, I'm almost certain, is from repeatedly slapping myself in the forehead over the course of the last few days. It's not that I'm a masochist -- I'm just upset with myself for not being the first to think of a Netflix-style site for books and book lovers.
Can websites that I'm not visiting still track me?
By Peter EckersleyPosted 03.09.2009 at 12:15 pm 2 Comments
Yes, and there are lots of ways they can do it. Web pages are a flexible platform for exchanging information, but that also means it can be easy to track what you're looking at on them. The first method is through third-party content. Say Company A is an advertising or tracking firm. When you visit sites that display A's ads or use A to track their visitors, A can identify your browser and see what pages you visit on those sites (and more).
Just outside the small town of Rheinbach, the German army has begun preparations for a new kind of war. Following on the heels of attacks against the Internet infrastructure of Estonia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, as well as a large scale hacking attack by China against a number of European countries, the German army, or Bundeswehr, has established its first unit dedicated solely to cyber war.
Sure, people said they were working during yesterday's inauguration, but the Internet tells a different tale. It seems that a large portion of Americans actually stopped working and searching the Internet while Obama was speaking, and on the flip side, Twitter and Facebook shot through the roof.
By John MahoneyPosted 09.23.2008 at 12:51 pm 1 Comment
To the unconverted, Twitter is just a way to deliver mundane details of your life to many friends at once. The free service(
Twitter.com) is a social-networking site in which you post updates, or “tweets,” to a page where friends who “follow” you can view them. But since it lets users post and receive tweets via text messages, it’s actually a powerful platform for getting things done on the go.
Despite the economic flogging we're trying our best not to think about, most of us don't bat an eye when shelling out that monthly 50-plus bucks for Internet access. I guess that's a testament to how deeply integrated into our lives the Web has become in just the last few years. Between my home Internet service from Time Warner and my data plan from Verizon Wireless, I'm paying about $80 per month to get online. If I travel, I pay T-Mobile et al. another toll to browse in the airport terminal and then I usually end up paying someone else for Internet access once I'm in my hotel room. When all is said and done, I cough up $100 or more per month to get online.
I don't know about you, but that seems like a lot of bread these days.
Oh yeah, remember Friendster? While the social networking site disappeared stateside years ago, it's still holding strong with Filipino teens
By Megan MillerPosted 08.06.2008 at 4:55 pm 0 Comments
Back in 2005, Friendster was faced with a really strange problem. Or opportunity, depending upon how you looked at it. See, the social networking site was based in the U.S. and funded by U.S. advertisers, but it turned out that a massive bulk of the site's millions of users were actually based in the Philippines. Friendster execs' hearts—and hopes for financial solvency— sank when they realized they weren't targeting their intended audience. Without a U.S. consumer base, their advertising would dry up.
Say goodbye to slow downloads: Australian scientists develop chip that makes Internet 60 times faster
By Holly OtterbeinPosted 07.28.2008 at 4:09 pm 12 Comments
Sometimes, what futurist Ray Kurzweil calls the "ever-increasing rate of technology" is scary. (Who, exactly, wants to live forever? Or grant robots the same rights as humans?) But when singularity—the theory that technology will improve exponentially until it reaches a state of unprecedented progress—quickens the Internet's pace by a hundredfold, I will gladly drink Kurzweil's Kool-Aid. Scientists from the University of Sydney have inadvertently demonstrated this theory by making the Web 60 times faster than current top-notch speeds, and promising to raise that to 100 times in the near future.