The poorly named Cyber Monday may be a great time to cash in on online deals and discounts, but your chance to grab some criminally low-priced items may have been snatched away today by the US government. Last year, the DOJ and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency caused a big online stir when they joined forces for “Operation In Our Sites” (har, har) and seized the domains of 82 different sites that sold counterfeit goods on the Web. Today, one year to the day after last year’s announcement, the agencies announced that they’ve seized yet another 150 counterfeit sites.
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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.
Investors left holding the worthless scraps of paper that the Pets.com stock became after the dot-com bubble burst can tell you that figuring out the worth of a Web property can be a tricky proposition. With companies liked LinkedIn, Groupon and Pandora going public and making millions – or billions – on an almost daily basis, media pundits are worried that another bubble may pop soon. Cautious investors trying to stay ahead of the game measure a Web property's worth by its users' worth. So what are you worth to some of the biggest sites on the Web?
Your mom may have warned you not to judge a book by its cover, but if Jersey Shore has taught us anything, it's that people will eat up anything as long its wrapped in an attractive package. As it turns out, shiny objects trap the attention of computer users, too. A new study published by Australia's University of Melbourne suggests that even though malware and botnets rear their ugly heads more and more frequently these days, computer users are more likely than ever to trust websites – as long as they look pretty.
Sorry Tupac Shakur fans, the former rapper is, to the best of everyone's knowledge, still dead. Tupac was gunned down nearly 15 years ago in the Las Vegas metropolitan area of Nevada and later died of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. Conspiracy theorists believed that, like Elvis Presley, Tupac never actually died but took himself out of the public spotlight. A recent story on PBS's website appeared to substantiate these claims, except that it was all a hoax.
In an effort to seize domains involved with counterfeit goods and child pornography, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's ICE office and the The Department of Justice managed to shutter 84,000 legitimate websites, TorrentFreak reports. The gaffe occurred when ICE put the clamp on mooo.com, which belongs to FreeDNS, a free DNS provider. Mooo.com is the largest shared domain at afraid.org.
What a year it's been for Facebook, the world's largest social networking playground with over 500 million registered users. As 2010 comes to a close, Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of this troops can celebrate that Facebook is now the most visitied website in the U.S., Reuters reports.
From January to November 2010, Facebook accounted for 8.9 percent of all U.S. traffic. Google, which held the top spot since 2008, dropped down to second place with 7.2 percent. And for those of you still following MySpace, it's dropped from being the most visited website in the U.S. in 2007 to No. 7 in 2010.
It would appear that social networking is more popular than searching for answers, though to be fair, Google still retains the top spot if you add up all of its ventures. Factor in YouTube and Gmail, for example, and Google jumps back into first place with 9.9 percent of all U.S. traffic.
We imagine getting Rickrolled would be just as annoying today as it ever was, only we wouldn't know because hardly anyone is lame enough to keep this prank going. But hey, if you do happen to fraternize with idiots who still get a kick out of Rickrolling, there's a new Firefox add-on that may help.
At this point, we can't even call it fashionably late to the party, it's just plain late. But whatever, "RickRemoval" version 1.0 promises to thwart Rickrolling attempts by cross-referencing every site you visit against a database of over 200 known Rickroll pages.
There's also a second layer of protection applied to YouTube destinations. The add-on scours the video page looking for any suspicious keywords, and if it finds too many warning signs, it won't load the page.
Sound like something you need? Then find a new group of friends. Barring that, you can grab the add-on here.