If you happened to be living under a rock over the weekend, you might have missed the small news story about Kim Dotcom's launch of the new file sharing service Mega. For the rest of the world, you did not miss it - you were just unable to use it.
Mega, the replacement of Megaupload, has been long anticipated, and has been expected to be a major success from the beginning. On Saturday the service went live worldwide, and users were able to sign up for an account, which included 50GB of free cloud storage to get you started. That is about all that most were able to do as the service has for the most part, been extremely slow and plagued with outages.
All of this is of course due to is wide, err... mega popularity. Everyone is flocking at once to check out the new encrypted file sharing service, and that is killing the servers. Dotcom has announced that over one million accounts were created in the first 24 hours alone. We expect that things will cool down in the next week or so as the initial rush begins to settle down.
Kim Dotcom's new file sharing site Mega has launched in the last 24 hours, and it has launched to some huge early success. The launch took place on the one-year anniversary of the raid on his New Zealand home, after authorities close down Megaupload.
After just 10 minutes of Mega launching, Kim Dotcom tweeted that he had his server bandwidth going "from 0 to 10 Gigabit bandwidth utilization within 10 minutes". He later reported that sign-ups were rolling in at a rate of thousands per minute. Mega has been offering 50GB of storage for free, as well as three pricing tiers each offering additional storage and bandwidth capacity.
A total of 250,000 user registrations was tweeted by Kim Dotcom a little over 7 hours ago now, and minute later he tweeted "this is going to be huge", and I will mirror that. Mega is going to turn into somewhat of an elephant in the room, and that room is the US government, various authorities, the MPAA and more. Kim Dotcom just flipped them all off, big time.
It looks like the Pirate Bay is about to get a little bit harder to find on the Internet, thanks to a bunch of malware alerts sent to Google have resulted in sites on the Pirate Bay being flagge by their content advisory service.
If you're like me and rocking Google's Chrome web browser, the advisory is alarment and displays the phrase "visiting this page now is very likely to infect your computer with malware'. Sitting on the Firefox side of the browsing fence will display it an attack page, stating "many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners".
The team over at the Pirate Bay have told TorrentFreak is in relation to one of their ad partners who have "screwed up". There should be no malware threats now, and the warnings should eventually fade away from their side. These automated tools are slipping, and banning certain sites because of the ads, as they're made to target specific items and flag them. TPB getting flagged is another one of those "automatic" anomalies.
Kim Dotcom, the infamous creator of Megaupload, has announced via Twitter in a series of tweets that Mega, the encrypted file sharing service, will feature 50GB of free cloud storage upon launch. It also has plans to bring back Megaupload user's data.
50GB of storage is quite a bit with other cloud based services offering less than 10GB, but we all know that Kim Dotcom loves to do things in grand style. Dotcom also revealed that the service will be hosted on the New Zealand based domain Mega.co.nz.
Dotcom also tweeted that Mega was partnering with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in court to give Megaupload users access to their files. The team of lawyers "will seek court permission" to make the transfer. Mega is set to launch in just two days. Do you plan on signing up on launch day? Let us know in the comments below.
The Internet Archive hosts unbelievable amounts of data, and stores something like 150,000,000,000 URLs and the associated data for these addresses. There has been a campaign pushing for donations so that they could expand their storage and store even more Internet history.
The Internet Archive have now announced they've almost doubled their storage, giving them the capacity to store some 240,000,000,000 (that's 240 billion) URLs - this works out to just over 5 petabytes of storage. All of this data gives you the ability to walk down the Internet Archives' Wayback Machine, cranking the dial all the way back to 1996 all the way up to last month.
The image above is a shot of our site, all the way back in May of 2000!
The Library of Congress and Twitter agreed back in April 2010 that the LoC could archive all public tweets from 2006 to April 2010. It's taken the Library of Congress a while to do that, almost three years in fact, and they have announced that they will complete the archive this month.
The archive now contains 170B tweets and is growing by 500M tweets per day. Compare that with the 140M tweets per day that it was archiving back in February 2011 when the collection system launched.
All of the tweets measure up to be 133.2 terabytes. That number includes two compressed copies of the 2006-2010 archives. "We were excited to be involved with acquiring the Twitter archives because it's a unique record of our time. It's also a unique way of communication," said Bill Lefurgy, digital initiatives program manager at the library.
On Thursday, Google Street View cars were seen driving around Staten Island, documenting the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to be used to update Google maps. The New York Post first reported the car's presence, and some residents are not one bit happy with Google taking pictures of their destroyed homes to post online.
A Google spokesperson is trying to spin it in a better light by saying they hope that the updated maps will help with the on-going recovery efforts. "We hope this accurate, updated imagery that will soon be available in Google Maps will help people around the world better understand the extent of the damage and the importance of coming together as a community to aid in the recovery efforts."
Google has previously used its extraordinary mapping ability in the wake of disasters to help with recovery efforts, but like the map of gun permit applicants, some people feel some stuff shouldn't be posted online for all to view, even though it is public information. What do you think of Google updating and publishing this data? Is it appropriate?
Google's text-to-speech service has a bug in it that causes Google Now and Google Translate to add the phrase "he now praises the iPad" to any sentence that ends in phrase ssuch as "end with," "enraged with," and "filled with." The bug originally showed up in October 2012 and has resulted in some humorous sentences.
You can see the bug in action in the video above. You can also recreate the bug yourself on the Google Translate website by ending a sentence with any of the key words. Use the text-to-speech option to have it add the "he now praises the iPad" portion.
Google will likely fix the bug, but until they do, you can make use of it to create funny sentences or videos for the world to enjoy on YouTube.
Google is getting closer to turning on its newest servers in Taiwan and Singapore later this year. The company is said to be expecting a 30% performance increase across its full ranges of services when the new servers go live.
The new Singapore data center, started in late 2011 is set to go live in the coming months. Google also broke ground on a Taiwan facility this past April.
India is set to be one of the key beneficiaries of the new data centers. "These data centers will be crucial to the Indian market due to its proximity," Lalitesh Katragadda, country head, India Products at Google, said in an interview.
On Christmas Eve, an issue with Amazon's cloud services caused a service disruption to customers on the East Coast datacenter. Netflix was one of the primary businesses affected by the disruption and left many users unable to watch movies. This came at a terrible time as many people were watching Christmas movies that evening.
"We want to apologize," Seattle-based Amazon said. "We know how critical our services are to our customers' businesses, and we know this disruption came at an inopportune time for some of our customers."
Cloud computing has been billed as a method to outsource data centers cheaply and reduce downtime. As these high-profile outages have demonstrated, moving into the cloud hasn't exactly prevented downtime for many of these services.
The outage apparently stemmed from an accidental deletion of data in a maintenance process. The data deleted from the Elastic Load Balancing service resulted in the downtime. At the peak, 6.8 percent of ELB load balancers were affected.
Amazon's S3 cloud storage is usually used by developers, but it can also be used to host static web pages cheaply. The feature, which was first introduced around a year ago, has been updated today to make it easier. Previously, hosts would either have to use a proxy server or force users to enter "www."
The new update utilizes Amazon's Route 53 DNS service and users can now configure it so that it doesn't require visitors to enter "www" when visiting the website. It also removes the need for proxy servers, which reduces the number of points for failure. Amazon offers up this walkthrough to explain the process.
It's a cheap way to host a website as you only pay for the data used. For a small site, it's perfect.
Facebook has patched a bug that would have allowed hackers to turn on a user's webcam and then post the video to the user's profile. The bug was discovered by two computer-security researchers in India. Aditya Gupta and Subho Halder each received $2,500 in cash for finding the bug.
$2,500 is five times the usual price paid by Facebook for finding bugs, so this one can definitely be classified as "serious." Several companies participate in these "bug bounties," though a notable few don't. Microsoft is one of these companies that doesn't. Facebook says that their investigation turned up no users who were affected by the bug.
"This vulnerability, like many others we provide a bounty for, was only theoretical, and we have seen no evidence that it has been exploited in the wild," Wolens wrote in an e-mail. "Essentially, several things would need to go wrong - a user would need to be tricked into visiting a malicious page and clicking to activate their camera, and then after some time period, tricked into clicking again to stop/publish the video."
All told, Facebook, Google, and Mozilla have paid more than $2 million to researchers for finding bugs.
On January 20, 2013, exactly one year after the Megaupload takedown, Kim Dotcom will host the launch-party for his new file sharing venture dubbed Mega. Dotcom will be hosting the event at his sprawling New Zealand Estate.
Promising a return that is bigger and better than ever, Dotcom has said that Mega will be "powered by legality and protected by the law." "Our easy to use one-click privacy feature will turn encryption into a mass product. We believe within five years half of all Internet traffic will be encrypted with solutions born from our new API," Dotcom says.
"I believe in our rights to privacy and legal sharing. I intend to protect those rights when governments are acting in the interest of corporations rather than society and progress," he adds. What do you think? Will Mega revolutionize the way we share data on the internet? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
The once king of search Lycos is planning a comeback for 2013. The exact details of what type of search product they will offer is still a bit of a mystery. CEO Rob Balazy, in a recent interview said "it will offer content on the page itself without having to click off to pages in individual search results"
Back in the late 90s Lycos was what Google is now. Everyone trusted it for their web search needs, it was eventually over taken by giants like Yahoo, Alta Vista, and of course Google. Over the last decade, the name Lycos has all but disappeared from monitors across the world.
At the moment you can still search the web using Lycos, but it is being fed by a deal with yahoo, who in tern has its search fed by Microsoft's Bing. Personally I am excited to see if Lycos will truly bring something new to the search table in 2013 or if they will just rehash the same played out business model we continue to see.
If you're one of those people that has to post on Facebook exactly at midnight on January 1, 2013, Facebook will make your life just a bit easier. They have created an automatic delivery program that allows you to preset your New Year's greeting. The preset greeting will then be shown to your friends at midnight in their timezone.
You can set up midnight delivery on Facebook's website. The program offers up suggestions of people to send the greeting to, though the suggestions are completely random, according to Facebook. "If people are seeing folks that they haven't been in contact with for a while, all the more reason to send them a message," the spokesperson said.
Instead of typing away madly on your smartphone, you can instead be getting your first kiss of 2013. Let us know what you think of the service in the comments.
Google's VoIP service in Gmail will remain free during 2013 in the US and Canada, thanks to a decision by Google. Google announced the news of the extension on the Gmail blog earlier today.
This will be the 3rd year of free VoIP calls through Gmail. Personally I have only used the service a few times when my cell phone was dead or not within reach.
"Gmail voice and video chat makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family using your computer's microphone and speakers. Calls to the U.S. and Canada arefree for at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at very low rates."
Google has set its eye on converting a whopping 90% of Microsoft office users to it's web based Google Docs platform. In a recent interview, Google's head of enterprise Amit Singh said "the Google Docs platform can grab the vast majority of Office users who don't use the more advanced functionality."
"In the last year, if you look at the depth of where we've gone with Docs, both in the core features and in the desktop fidelity, we've made tremendous progress. Our goal is to get to the 90 percent of users who don't need to have the most advanced features of Office." he went on to say
Singh continued, "We know the gaps between our features and theirs. We're improving them week by week. We're going to get to the the 90 percent. If you need the last 10 percent, you'll want to use the desktop. The next thing is the import from PowerPoint to Slides. That's where QuickOffice is going to help us a lot."
WomenWeb.com, a womens only social media website focused solely on women launched today. The Female-only club is a place where women can make friends, share stories and share all of your social media happenings in one place.
The site connects all of its users social networks like Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest, Google+, YouTube and Facebook accounts into a single easy to use dashboard.
With this information, users can see notifications of other user's likes, +1s, pins and tweets. Users are also able to enter chatrooms related to interest, read astrology reports, see Forsquare maps and check-ins.
TheOverclocker: Issue 22 is here, and has a bunch of great stuff for your reading pleasure, such as the cover featuring on AMD's overclocking show, K|NGP|N's guide on how to prepare the ultimate extreme overclocking PC and mo re.
The issue includes reviews on Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Gigabyte's Z77X-UD4H, Intel's latest Core i7 3970X, MSI's N680GTX Lightning, OCZ's Vector 256GB SSD and much more.
There's also a Q+A with Kenny "K404" Clapham, too. You can read the latest issue right here.
Can you believe it? A South Korean pop-star is close, and will bust through 1 billion views in just a few hours from now. Psy's Gangnam Style has taken the world by storm (or is that by horse?).
The song is currently #1 on YouTube, and at the time of writing had 995,842,897 views - just a few million short of one billion views. The song should reach the 1 billion mark in a few hours, I wonder if Google will do a celebration to that user who becomes the one billionth person to watch the clip.
Google's Head of Shopping recently sat down for an interview with AllThingsD, during which he expressed that Google wasn't interested in becoming a retailer. He explained that the acquisition of BufferBox was for other retailers to use to level the playing field, rather than for a future Google retail operation.
Sameer Samat, Google Shopping's VP of product management: "We aren't planning on being a retailer. We don't view being a retailer right now as the right decision."
And about BufferBox: "We are trying to provide a level playing field for retailers."
AllThingsD points out how some of Google's Shopping pages have become somewhat Amazon-like in their appearance. Nevertheless, Google maintains they aren't interested in becoming a retailer. Google is continuing to change and tweak the shopping experience, such as now requiring companies to pay to have their products listed.
That change has prompted Microsoft to run the "Don't get Scroogled" campaign against Google. Of course, I wouldn't rule out Google becoming a retailer in the future. They have lots of consumer data at their fingertips that they could put to use. It's just not in the cards quite yet.