Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Marrisa Mayer Interviewed By Newsweek

One of the best and knowledgeable people at Google, is a girl and she is Marrisa Mayer, a senior executives at Google.
The interview starts with her answering the question;
"Why are so few women working in the technology industry?" a fine read. After reading the interview, I have to agree with her Computer Science Professor Eric Roberts who said “You know what? You’re really good at this. You could go far in this.”

Marrisa Mayer via Newsweek

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New FLOCK Social Browser, MAC Builds Are Coming This Month.

Flock will finally be available on MAC this month, said the five year old startup. Flock allows users to integrate social networks within the browser, such as twitter, facebook and even LinkedIn :).
The newest Flock, version 3.5 is based on Google's Chromium engine. The initial version, 3.0 ran only on windows platform but now it runs on MAC OS X as well. Of course it runs on Linux as well.
According to a post by Shawn Hardin, CEO and president of the company;

  1. Performance and design: Fast and easy set up, overall browser speed, and fast page loading
  2. The new Flock sidebar: Makes it incredibly easy to follow, find, share, and update all your friends and information
  3. Search: Discovering interesting content from friends when searching in the new Flock 
Flock also tells us that there are about 9.5 million users of which 2.36 Million are active users. They are also seeing 15% increase in active users, every week.
After trying out Rockmelt, I feel Flock to be the better browser. You too could join the crowd, or test it out by downloading Flock 3.5.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

MySpace New Logo, A Better Redesign?

At the Warm Gun Design, as a part of the new MySpace re branding the company. I personally like the old logo then again, I am not even a member of MySpace. It remains to see, if the new logo will help to save MySpace.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Washington DC e-Voting Website Hacked, No e-Voting!

We have been fans of e-voting machines, for a while now. We are yet to like them. Because we feel they are insecure.
But we have another story today. For a week, the D.C. Board of Elections & Ethics requested hacker of any color (Whitehat, Blackhat, grayhat) etc to find faults in the web based voting system, which was designed to allow some 950 military and overseas voters to cast ballots online. The officials were hoping to use it for the November election, for the first time.
Yes, it worked, University of Michigan fight song, called The Victors was uploaded to the site and made to play once ballot is submitted on the thank you page.
Officials promptly took the site down and a scaled-back version of the site was relaunched Tuesday. With a difference,
One could download the ballot but need to mail,fax or e-mail the vote!

Good one for the officials, security matters!
The Washington Times

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Goo.gl URL Shortener Open to The World.

The Google URL shortener shown here shortening it's own URL, Goo.gl

Developing an Immune System for the Internet?

Viruses, spyware, spam, phishing and numerous other badware have affected almost everyone we know. Even the best, sacrifice untold number of computing cycles just to keep tab on these. With cyber crime turning in billions for the criminals, battle is going to become even harder.
I have on my windows machine, a firewall, virus protection software and two spyware, spam and browser malware protection programs running, all the time. But the still seem to find way to seep in.
So StopBadware movement and The Commonwealth Club are coming together on the evening of Monday, October 4 in Menlo Park, CA, for a discussion on how to keep the Net safe.

Three Internet pioneers—all StopBadware Board members—will lead a conversation entitled Keeping the Net Healthy: How Can We Develop an Immune System for the Internet? with opening and closing remarks by StopBadware's Executive Director, Maxim Weinstein.
Vinton Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; one of the "fathers of the Internet"
Paul Mockapetris, Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board, Nominum; creator of the Domain Name System (DNS)
Esther Dyson, Chairman EDventure Holdings; angel investor, philanthropist, and recently trained cosmonaut

The event begins with a networking reception at 6:15, followed by the main program at 7:00. Tickets are $30 in advance and $50 at the door. Advance  tickets are available here. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be a spirited and educational discussion.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

EU Defenders Of Online Freedom, Do Not Forget : Public consultation on the open internet and net neutrality

Please remember that the "Public consultation on the open internet and net neutrality" questionnaire is due September 30th 2010.

Deadline: Thursday 30 September 2010

DG Information Society and Media has launched a public consultation on key questions arising from the issue of net neutrality. European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, announced in April 2010 her intention to launch this consultation in order to take forward Europe's net neutrality debate. The consultation is part of the Commission's follow-up to its commitment – one of the prerequisites for the successful conclusion of the 2009 EU telecoms reform package – to scrutinise closely the open and neutral nature of the internet and to report on the state of play to the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
 The consultation covers such issues as whether internet providers should be allowed to adopt certain traffic management practices, prioritising one kind of internet traffic over another; whether such traffic management practices may create problems and have unfair effects for users; whether the level of competition between different internet service providers and the transparency requirements of the new telecom framework may be sufficient to avoid potential problems by allowing consumers' choice; and whether the EU needs to act further to ensure fairness in the internet market, or whether industry should take the lead. All interested parties – service and content providers, consumers, businesses and researchers – are invited to respond to the consultation by 30 September 2010. The consultation will feed into a Commission report on net neutrality, which should be presented by the end of this year.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Immigration, Citizenship and Border Security With / And Stephen Colbert

It was a funny look at a serious issues facing United States and perhaps many other developed countries today. Following video is the opening statement by the comedian, a hearing of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Security (from C-SPAN 9/24/10 coverage). C=SPAN has the complete series here, http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/29...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

RIAA under "Operation Payback" Just As MPAA, And AiPlex!

RIAA sites, RIAA.org and RIAA.com are under DDOS attacks that started a while ago with MPAA and Indian Anti Piracy site called AIPLEX.
The anti anti-piracy movement dubbed, "Operation Payback" by the members of the Internet collective Anonymous.
AIPLEX supposed to have quoted to a news paper;

"How can we put the site down? The only means that we can put the site down is [by launching a] denial-of-service [attack]. Basically we have to flood [the site] with millions and millions of requests and put the site down."
 I would like to see their faces now! Panda Security have dubbed this weekend’s attacks as “the future of cyber protests“.
When I tried to access RIAA and MPAA today, I got following responses.

The group released an anonymous press release which stated;
Operation:Payback is a bitch.
DATE \September 19, 2010\
To whom it may concern,
This is to inform you that we, Anonymous, are organizing an Operation called “Payback is a bitch”. Anonymous will be attacking the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), the MPAA (Motion Pictures Association of America), and their hired gun AIPLEX for attacks against the popular torrent and file sharing site, the Piratebay (www.thepiratebay.org). We will prevent users to access said enemy sites and we will keep them down for as long as we can. But why, you ask? Anonymous is tired of corporate interests controlling the internet and silencing the people’s rights to spread information, but more importantly, the right to SHARE with one another.The RIAA and the MPAA feign to aid the artists and their cause; yet they do no such thing. In their eyes is not hope, only dollar signs. Anonymous will not stand this any longer.We wish you the best of luck.
We are legion.
You can get more info at Torrent Freak.

"Google Me"? Google's Social Media Layer Emerges

Techcrunch asked Google about the ways to slay competing dragons like facebook, in the social networking world. Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google had a few words to say that summarizes all "Google Me is not a product, it’s a social layer across all products"(more after the jump).

Arrington: How important is social to google’s future, and how might google go about competing with a large established competitor?
Schmidt: Our view of social is a little different than what everyone has been writing. we want our core products to get better from social information. The best thing that could happen is if Facebook opened up its network and if we could just use that information…Failing that, there are other ways in which we can get that information.
We are trying to add a social component [to google's core products] to make them even better. With your permission…and knowing more about who your friends are, we can provide more tailored recommendations, search quality will be better.
A reasonable expectation [of launch] will be the Fall.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Impersonation Could Soon Be Outlawed In CA

Do you see me now?
According to BBC News, State of California may pass a bill, authored by State Senator Joe Simitian, outlawing online impersonation (E-impersonation). The bill seeks to update the current identity laws on the books, which go back more than a century to 1872.
"Our identity is one of the most personal things we have, and when someone misuses that it seems there ought to be some sort of deterrence, In the days when the original law was written, no-one could have anticipated Facebook or Twitter or even e-mail - all of which are ripe for the kind of online impersonation this bill seeks to address. It seems to be that for anyone who engages in this kind of behaviour there ought to be consequences." Senator Simitian told BBC News.
While this look good in the view of increasing Identity theft and associated crimes, EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) worries that the bill too wide and one of the big casualty of this proposed law will be political parody.
"We have over the past several years seen a new form of political activism emerge online that involves 'credibly impersonating' public officials and corporate executives for the purposes of political satire," said Ms McSherry.The way it works is that this impersonator makes an outrageous statement to cause a press controversy and bring attention to an issue.It is important that for this to work, one credibly impersonates the executive or official and I am worried a judge will look at this bill and feel this applies to that kind of speech. The bill does not include enough protections for satire and parody, in my view," said Corynne McSherry, senior attorney at EFF.
She pointed out Yes Men, who are activists who engage in such parody to make a wider point. One of its members appeared on a BBC World News program as an apparent representative of Dow Chemical on the 20th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster in India, claiming the company accepted responsibility for what happened.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Is Microsoft Throwing More Than Bing At Google?

Looks like Google is being called into be questioned by Texas Attorney General for it's supposedly anti-trust conduct.
The Texas AG already have asked about some companies that have complaints against Google.It seems that some of the web sites wants to be in the top regardless of their content or intentions. These companies have alleged that Google is unfair in its conduct of search engine ranking and what ever else and even have sought courts aid and have failed in proving their cases.
According to a post published on Google's public policy blog, some of these companies seem to have some common facts  related Microsoft behind them. Comscore tells us that there is a big difference in search engine market share between the two companies. After trying to woe users with various offerings to use Bing for search, it seems the reactions are bit stagnant. Bing has 11% while Google has 65.8% with Yahoo in the middle with 17.1% in explicit core searches in July 2010. (Explicit Core Search” excludes contextually driven searches that do not reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.)
So is it possible that this is similar to Microsoft's SCO tool against Linux a few years ago, against Google? Well these are the sites sighted by Google in the post, you may decide! Follow those links below as they are not Google sites.

  • Foundem -- the British price comparison site that is backed by ICOMP, an organization funded largely by Microsoft. They claim that Google’s algorithms demote their site because they are a direct competitor to our search engine. The reality is that we don’t discriminate against competitors. Indeed, companies like Amazon, Shopping.com and Expedia typically rank very high in our results because of the quality of the service they offer users. Various experts have taken a closer look at the quality of Foundem’s website, and New York Law School professor James Grimmelmann concluded, “I want Google to be able to rank them poorly.”
  • SourceTool/TradeComet - SourceTool is a website run by parent company TradeComet, whose private antitrust lawsuit against Google was dismissed by a federal judge earlier this year. The media have noted that TradeComet is represented by longtime Microsoft antitrust attorneys, and independent search experts have called SourceTool a “click arbitrage” site with little original content.
  • myTriggers - Another site represented by Microsoft’s antitrust attorneys, myTriggers alleges that they suffered a drop in traffic because Google reduced their ad quality ratings. But recent filings have revealed that the company’s own servers overheated, explaining their reduced traffic.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

"Social Networking System" Patented By Amazon

Using PlanetAll in 1998, Amazon has convinced USPTO that it invented the "Social Networking System", with a description which sounds like good old BBS, used in the dial up days;

'A networked computer system provides various services for assisting users in locating, and establishing contact relationships with, other users. For example, in one embodiment, users can identify other users based on their affiliations with particular schools or other organizations. The system also provides a mechanism for a user to selectively establish contact relationships or connections with other users, and to grant permissions for such other users to view personal information of the user. The system may also include features for enabling users to identify contacts of their respective contacts. In addition, the system may automatically notify users of personal information updates made by their respective contacts.'
You can socially engage in a discussion about this patent, prior arts associated and what facebook is going to do at Good old Slashdot!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cold War Kids At CAL Berkeley On CAL Day!

 UC Berkeley Events
UC Berkeley is having a free concert on Saturday, April 17 | 4-6 p.m. | Memorial Glade

Bring your blanket and sit on the grass to cap off Cal Day with live music on Memorial Glade with the Cold War Kids, an indie rock band from Long Beach. Band members are Nathan Willett (lead vocals, piano, guitar), Jonnie Russell (guitar, vocals, percussion), Matt Maust (bass guitar), and Matt Aveiro (drums). This event, sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), celebrates Global Outreach (GO) Week, highlighting UC Berkeley's commitment to public service and global awareness.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

SXSW Foursquare Badges Released By Mistake

Technical misadventure has released SXSW 2010 Special Edition badges to users this morning at forsquarebadg.es and two users who got the badge have tweeterd their luck.
The site also revealed 15 special badges to be released at this year’s SXSW 2010 conference, which starts this week in Austin, Texas.