So long then, Orkut - Google's first social network, now ten years old, is officially closing its doors at the end of this September.
Orkut began life in the earlier days of web 2.0, at the time competing with the likes of Myspace. It was incredibly popular in South America, and enjoyed millions of users in its heyday. Now, in a blog post, the social network is saying "tchau". Orkut "helped shape life online before people really knew what social networking was," the post read. "Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell."
Google plans to keep investing its time in the newer, mentioned networks. But to any users still lurking around, there will be an archive of all public communities - available at the date of Orkut's death late September. Those that don't want their details to be kept online can remove Orkut permanently through their Google+ accounts - where else?
U.S. military personnel on the ground in Iraq to help try to offer guidance to stabilize the country are being protected by armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Both manned and unmanned aircraft have been flying over Iraq, conducting a few dozen reconnaissance trips each day, and drones will now be armed as U.S. boots hit the ground.
There are currently 90 military advisers and 90 intelligence analysis personnel in Iraq, with an additional 120 expected to arrive soon. To help keep the Americans safe, Predator drones with Hellfire missiles are patrolling the skies, in an effort to keep the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) from launching attacks.
"The reason that some of those aircraft are armed is primarily for force protection reasons now that we have introduced into the country some military advisers whose object will be to operate outside the confines of the embassy," said Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, Defense Department press secretary, during a press conference.
The US Marshals Service successfully auctioned off bitcoins seized from Silk Road, with 45 registered bidders participating for their share of 29,000 bitcoins valued around $18.7 million. The auction took 12 hours and winning bidders will be contacted before the end of the day today to claim their prize.
The bitcoins were separated into nine separate blocks of 3,000, and the last one had 2,657 bitcoins. The award process is currently ongoing, so there isn't a final tally of winning bidders just yet, according to the Marshals Service. This is a rather unprecedented event, so the government was unsure if it should reveal winning bidders - and what they paid for the seized bitcoins.
An additional cache of bitcoins valued around $85 million, which belonged to Silk Road owner Ross Ulbricht could be auctioned in the future - pending legal proceedings where Ulbricht saying they are his personal property and not related to Silk Road.
The 2014 World Cup continues to be a major draw for No. 1 social media site Facebook, as the service has seen more than 1 billion posts, likes and comments through the first half of the tournament. In fact, the popular soccer tournament is the most talked-about event Facebook has been a part of - and that tally will only continue to grow.
"People are having conversations on Facebook about what they watch in a really unprecedented scale," said Nick Grudin, Facebook director of partnerships, in an interview with Reuters. "In addition to sharing and connecting with friends, people are engaging in real-time with the media and the public voices they care about most."
Just over one week ago, it was discovered that the World Cup already surpassed the Super Bowl, Sochi Winter Olympics, and Academy Awards in Facebook social interaction combined - topping 141 million likes, comments and shared posts/photos.
A whopping 58 percent of healthcare vendors scored a "D" when it came to data security and privacy standards, as cyberattacks trying to steal medical records become more common, according to security risk management firm Corl Technologies. To put together the report, everything from security incidents, security and privacy policies, and quality of security team in place helped calculate scores.
"[The] majority of health care vendors lack minimum security practices, well short of HIPAA standards," according to the report. "Health organizations are often unaware of how many of their vendors have access to protected information."
It's unfortunate that healthcare vendors earned such a low score, as patient medical records are a valuable asset for cybercriminals. As such, medical identity theft amounted to 43 percent of identity theft cases in 2013, according to a study released by the Ponemon Institute - and HIPAA laws are scrambling to catch up to the current rash of healthcare-related cyberattacks.
A new app has turned up for iPhone users called Fly that allows you to edit together video from multiple devices to make one five-minute video. Users can use the Fly app to trim and cut video as well as create picture-in-picture previews.
The app also offers the ability to add dissolves to transition from one scene to another with swipe gestures. Videos taken with multiple devices can be imported from the camera roll to the app or shot within the app.
Users can also add voiceovers and soundtracks to their videos as well. The big feature of the app is the ability to synchronize up to four iPhones together to record multiple angles. Connecting together of the devices is done via Bluetooth. Fly is on the App Store right now and is available free.
Troubled mobile phone company BlackBerry has hit out at media critics with a dedicated "Fact Check Portal" that aims to dispel myths about how the firm's doing.
In an official blog post, BlackBerry says there have been "many vocal voices from competitors trying to incite fear, uncertainty and doubt about BlackBerry," and that in doing so, "sensationalized reports surrounding our viability and misperceptions about our product portfolio have crowded the airwaves".
"Given this environment, we must fight back," the post said. So far there are three posts on the portal - the first announcing its existence, another entitled "Which EMM Vendor Moves the Most Data - Securely" and another that lays out "myths" about migration from the service.
The latest version of the Akamai State of the internet report has been published. This is a quarterly look at how the internet is changing around the world and according to the latest issue, internet speeds around the world have increased 24% year over year to 3.9 Mbps.
Akamai believes that given the growth rate we are seeing, during the next quarter average internet speeds around the world will hit 4 Mbps. This report also looks at the countries that have the fastest internet speeds in the world. The fastest connections to be had are offered in South Korea at 23.6 Mbps average.
Japan was in second place with average internet speeds of 23.6 Mbps. The third place spot on the list went to Hong Kong at 13.3 Mbps. Rounding out the top ten, in order, are Switzerland, Netherlands, Latvia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, and Ireland.
The United Kingdom is having to import sperm stocks from abroad due to a serious shortage of donors in Britain, the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority has warned.
According to a report from the group, imports make up almost a quarter of donated samples in Britain. It's thought that native donations dropped considerably thanks to the dropping of a clause that would have offered total anonymity to donors in 2005. Back in '05, imports made up just one in ten samples in Britain.
The majority of these are from the United States and Denmark, with the latter country being home to the biggest sperm bank in the world. You can check out the official British government records here, should you want to for any reason.
Nintendo has long had a reputation - fair or not - as being the chief console manufacturer for family-friendly, children's gaming. But now, at least in the United Kingdom, kids are ditching the 3DS for gaming on tablets instead.
According to a study from Futuresource Consulting, just under half of children between 3 and 12 own a tablet - and 30 percent between 3 and 4 have one of their own as well. Parents interviewed for the study agreed they'd be more likely to buy a tablet for their children over the coming months, taking precedence over smartphones or portable consoles.
Older children are more likely to have their own smartphone than a tablet - at 46 percent for those aged 11-12. Parents could quite possibly save money by buying a portable console such as a 3DS for their sprogs, as moms and dads were reported to be spending over 100 pounds - 170 US dollars - on mobile apps every single year, not accounting for the cost of the devices themselves.