Let's go ahead and drop all pretenses that anyone uses private browsing modes to shop for birthday gifts or to plan surprise anniversary getaways. There's a reason it's referred to as "porn mode," and like it or not, the Internet can be a naughty place. In just a couple hours from now (11AM EST), the Internet will be home to more than 100,000 ".XXX" domains, and you can bet that number will swell in quick order.
Dolphin Browser HD is one of the most popular alternative browsers on Android, which is why the latest news on that front is so disconcerting. According to an exhaustive investigation by Android Police, Dolphin HD is sending all user URLs in plain text to a Dolphin webserver. The goal is to match URLs to a webzine whitelist service that Dolphin then provides to users, but as Android Police said, this is “an amateur solution.”
Facebook, the world's largest social playground, is partnering with Websense to protect its netizens from malicious links. Starting soon, when you click on a URL posted to Facebook, it will be checked for a number of red flags. If none are found, you'll proceed to the destination just as you always have. But if it appears suspicious for any reason, a security alert will warn you that "This link may not be safe!"
Everyone knows that sex sells. PETA -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- seems to think the power of sex will also sell the general public on its views for animal rights and giving up meat. The organization is so convinced of its idea that it went and applied for the domain PETA.xxx.
American businesses are scrambling to protect their brand names before .xxx Internet domains launch in December, and the $200ish fee has a few them feeling a bit peeved. What's rubbing them the wrong way is the potential for cybersquatters to cherry pick high profile brand names and turn them into sultry websites. A person could, for example, scoop up Nike.xxx and get creative with the company's "Just Do It" slogan, or Reebok.xxx with its "Life is short, play hard" tagline.
Even if you're lucky enough to toil away in an enlightened work places that lets you Tweet away to your heart's content during the day, your boss might not be very understanding if your feed's full of porn links from your potty-minded pals. Your days over hovering over bit.ly links, paralyzed in fear may soon be over. Twitter's rolling out a new tweak to its API that will let you block your friends' linkbombs from even showing up.
Reports from all over the Web are saying the GoDaddy.com just changed hands for billions of dollars. According to GoDaddy's official statement, however, this isn't a sale, but a "strategic investment" and partnership with KKR, Silver Lake, and Technology Crossover Ventures, a trio of investment firms.
Good luck finding a .com address that isn't already registered to someone else for your awesome new website idea. Most of the good ones have already been taken, but the good news is if you have enough money, you can apply for your own domain suffix rather than settle for .net or .info. During a special meeting, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a plan to dramatically increase the number of domain name endings.
Go Daddy's Super Bowl commercials might get a little more sultry, if you can imagine that. The spunky Internet domain registrar and Web hosting company is already known for running ads that, as Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons describes them, are "fun, edgy, and a bit inappropriate," and it will be even tougher to walk the line of what can and can't be televised when the company becomes one of the first to start offering .XXX domain name extensions.
As the number of remaining iPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) addresses continues to dwindle, Microsoft went on a buying spree of sorts. The world's largest software maker agreed to pay a tidy sum of $7.5 million to Canadian communication equipment manufacturer Nortel in exchange for 666,624 iPv4 addresses at $11.25 a pop.