China's been catching a lot of grief lately for ruthlessly culling scores of websites from the Internet, but as it turns out, Google may have been unintentionally doing it's part, too. Yesterday, James Breckenridge, the director of operations at UK Web Media, reported an exploit in Google's Webmaster Tools that allowed anybody to remove any website from Google's search results. And, as everybody knows, if you're not on Google, you might as well not even be on the Internet.
Large companies like Google and Microsoft have wide-ranging business interests, and consequently run the risk of spreading themselves too thin. While the cornucopia of resources at their disposal is a great insurance policy against this risk, it’s always wise to have more “wood behind fewer arrows,” as Google CEO Larry Page put it during the company’s last quarterly earning call. The company has decided to sacrifice Google Labs on the altar of better product prioritization.
China talks big when it comes to the Internet. Not just big as in "Shutting down 1.3 million Chinese websites in 2010," but also big as in "Holy crap that's a lot of people on the Internet." A Chinese non-profit group with ties to the government says the country's population continues to jump on the Interwebs bandwagon in droves. Heck, they claim the number of Chinese people who use Internet-enabled cellphones now outnumber the entire US population. But some experts are little leery of the numbers being tossed around.
As part of the ongoing beauty- and experience-enhancement drive that Google announced earlier this week, the company is working on a series of interface updates for Gmail, which will be rolled out in a graduated manner over the next few months. The web colossus today launched a couple of new themes to give you a taste of what’s to follow.
Browser vendors are making a conscious effort to make their browsers as self-effacing as possible. As a result, modern browsers usually feature a minimalist UI design that gives precedence to the web over the web browser. Norwegian browser vendor Opera Software also has something similar in mind for its eponymous browser with the new “Featherweight” UI.
Back in September, The Wall Street Journal reported that the world’s premier domain registrar GoDaddy had put itself on the block. The paper seems to enjoy a monopoly over news relating to the possible sale of the privately held domain registrar and web hosting company. It is now reporting that the GoDaddy Group is on the verge of being acquired for as much as a whopping $2.5 billion.
In its "Do No Evil" quest to become the entire Internet, Google hit a milestone in May that no other website has ever hit before. Just when you thought that the company couldn't possibly attract new visitors simply because everybody and his sister already used the service – no one searches the Web anymore, after all, they Google it – the Internet giant became the first website to ever have 1 billion unique visitors in a month.
The initial response to the first Chromebooks has been rather lukewarm. But that is unlikely to deter Google, which is in it for the long haul. Now all eyes are going to be on the first few installments of changes and new features. Lack of offline functionality is being seen as the Achilles heel’ of Chrome OS. It will become a touch more usable offline when Google Docs offline support returns later this summer after a long hiatus. There are signs of the much awaited return of Docs offline support being just around the corner.
Unless you stick to nickjr.com or your ISP's content portal, the Internet can be a little rough around the edges. It is the fertile birthplace of classics like goatse.cx, furries and "Two Girls One Cup," after all. (If you don't know what those are, count yourself lucky and DO NOT Google them.) Now, thanks to the jackass lawmakers in Tennessee who already made it a crime to use your mom's Netflix account, anybody who posts an image on the Internet that's likely to "frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress" can be criminally prosecuted.
You know that bug-eyed guy on that stands on the corner by your favorite pizza joint? Yeah, the crazy dude who goes on about alien abductions being an accidental side effect of the JFK consipracy. Turns out he was right! No, not about ET; about the Internet. Earlier this year, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority actually ran out of IPv4 Internet addresses. Don't worry though, the Web's not going to disappear into a black hole. Tomorrow, over 400 organizations are banding together for what they're calling "World IPv6 Day," the first large-scale trial run of IPv4's successor.