Sick of seeing that same badly-Photoshopped meme about 'Merica with bald eagles and something or other about freedom for the third time? What about pictures of babies? Great news -- Facebook is working to prioritize "high quality" news stories on user feeds rather than memes or similar types of content.
The administrators of one of France’s most popular file sharing sites, “Liberty Land” have been arrested, TorrentFreak is reporting. The French trio are facing charges of organised counterfeiting, which could net them up to 5 years in jail and $700,000 in fines. The site is, as you might expect, down.
Twitter sent out an email on Wednesday announcing a couple of upcoming updates, one of which includes automatic t.co link wrapping. In the coming weeks, Twitter's link wrapping service will intercept all URLs posted on the microblogging service and convert them into shorter, easier to read URLs. So what exactly has privacy mavens up in arms? This little tidbit:
"When you click on a wrapped link, your request will pass through the Twitter service to check if the destination site is known to contain malware, and we will then forward you on to the destination URL ... When you click on these links from Twitter.com or a Twitter application, Twitter will log that click. We hope to use this data to provide better and more relevant content to you over time," the microblogging site said.
Even so, this will come as little consolation to privacy advocates who view this move as a "disgusting data landgrab."
Woe to the Web designer who lists hyperlinkable text as such instead of appending a URL. You know what I'm talking about - when an errant Web designer spells out something like "go to maximumpc.com for an awesome column," yet doesn't actually make the "maximumpc.com" part of the phrase into a clickable hyperlink. This practice is not only annoying, but it really does defeat the entire point of a hyperlink to begin with.
I sure don't like copying and pasting URLs, or email addresses, into various browsers or applications. And I'm not being petty with this complaint. I surf faster when I can click, bookmark, and open potentially interesting links into new tabs. If I had to copy and paste a significant majority of the links I frequent, I might just give up on the Web entirely--and I bet you would too.
In a blog post earlier this week, Del Harvey, director of Twitter's Trust and Safety team, said the microblogging service is taking a proactive approach to detect and eliminate phishing scams and malicious links.
"Today, we're launching a new service to protect users that strikes a major blow against phishing and other deceitful attacks," Harvey wrote. "By routing all links submitted to Twitter through this new service, we can detect, intercept, and prevent the spread of bad links across all of Twitter. Even if a bad link is already sent out in an email notification and somebody clicks on it, we'll be able to keep that user safe."
As part of this new system, you might see links shortened to twt.ti, but other than that, the service will work behind the scenes. Harvey also said that initial efforts will be put on Direct Messages and email notifications, since those are the areas the attacks primarily occur.
URL shortening services are all well and good, but what happens when one of them goes down? If that happens, you're looking at a lot of dead links, whether they appear in forum posts or magazine articles. That appeared to be the case with tr.im, who recently went offline but is back up and running.
"We have restored tr.im and re-opened its website," tr.im wrote in a blog. "We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the popular response, and the countless public and private appeals I have received to keep tr.im alive."
The blog post went on to complain that bit.ly "has a monopoly position" in the URL shortening business that it cannot compete with, not unless "Twitter offers choice." Nevertheless, tr.im vowed to keep operating indefinitely while the service considers its financial options for the future.