Archive for 2011/08/22
Facebook and Twitter both broke records last month with the highest number of visitors seen by both sites, according to data released by ComScorePosted: 2011/08/22 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
The Cloud, a BSkyB ( Sky Broadband ) owned Wi-Fi Hotspot operator, has announced via Twitter that they’ve teamed up with Caffè Nero, a continental-style Italian Cafè in Great Britain, to begin offering FREE wireless internet access across all 400+ of their nationwide outletsPosted: 2011/08/22 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
Fox’s 8-Day Delay on Hulu Triggers Piracy Surge. If fans can’t get a show through legal channels they turn to pirated alternativesPosted: 2011/08/22 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
Video streaming service Hulu is accepting initial acquisition bids starting on Wednesday, according to The Wall Street JournalPosted: 2011/08/22 in Education / Awareness
Don’t look now but smartphone prices are starting to creep higher. This strategy is going to be tested amid a weakening economy and an iPhone 5 that may sell at $199.99Posted: 2011/08/22 in Education / Awareness, Mobile tech, New Business Models
When questioned about various information stored on social networking sites, forums, groups and other interactive services, 42% admitted to posting their date of birth, 18% their telephone number, 28% opted to have usernames and passwords remembered and 14% did the same for bank detailsPosted: 2011/08/22 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has successfully completed a $6 million effort to encrypt all at-rest data throughout its enterprise, giving members peace of mind that their personal information is securePosted: 2011/08/22 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
BlueCross invested more than $6 million and 5,000 man-hours in the data encryption effort, which included:
- 885 Terabytes of mass data storage
- 1,000 Windows, AIX, SQL, VMWare and Xen server hard drives
- 6,000 workstation hard drives and removable media drives
- 25,000 voice call recordings per day
- 136,000 volumes of backup tape
Google is finding that some ISPs in Argentina are blocking access to the outfit’s blog service. The move comes in response to a court ruling which called for some illegal blogs to be banned. The blocked IP address linked to more than one million blogs hosted on Blogger, containing various authorsPosted: 2011/08/22 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Google, Jurisprudence
Some ISPs have decided it is easer just to block the entire site rather than try to shut down individual blogs
Sony Ericsson is to mix music and social networking in a new smartphone. Opting for “deep Facebook integration”Posted: 2011/08/22 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
Vodafone will be the first operator in Europe to add the cost of apps to the phone bill, signing up with Google Marketplace to offer the service in the UK and GermanyPosted: 2011/08/22 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
After a Dutch person shot 6 people at a shopping mall, a debate sparked as to why he was (or whether he should be) permitted to carry a gun in the first place. Information that could provide an answer was possibly sent to the Dutch police in .pdf format. Unfortunately the .pdf turned out to be “not accessible” anymore according to the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Having investigated these statements, the reporters of online magazine Webwereld.nl discovered that the file was not “inaccessible” but “lost” instead. Internet users called on the Dutch government to have independent forensic investigators locate the .pdf, something which was refused at first.
Finally, the prosecutor’s office asked the Dutch Forensic Lab http://english.forensischinstituut.nl/ to investigate.
No word on whether both the inbox of the receiver and sent box of the sender are being investigated and how long the investigation may take.
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Dutch provider Leaseweb: Just because the police “wants” something, doesn’t mean they can get it all. Dutch police after more than name and address details. Also after phone numbers, login information and payment detailsPosted: 2011/08/22 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Legislation, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
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Dutch government contacting Saudi government over blocked websites. Internet freedom important to the DutchPosted: 2011/08/22 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Dutch language article:
Internet users in Saudi Arabia have been unable to access Radio Netherlands Worldwide websites for the past couple of weeks. People attempting to visit the site are presented with a message stating that the website has been blocked