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As the world begins ringing in the new year, Google has launched a new Doodle celebrating the arrival of 2014. The doodle is quite clever, featuring 2013 dancing the night away on what appears to be a disco dance floor. The number 4 can be seen off to the side, patiently awaiting his turn to boogie down!
Of course the .jpg above does not do the doodle justice, and I highly encourage you to head over to Google.com and check out the fully animated version. Search Engine Land says that they expect the actual new years day doodle to feature audio, with more features being added, so keep an eye on it tomorrow as well. TweakTown wishes everyone a safe and happy new year.
It seems like the drama is never ending at the infamous online drug marketplace known as SilkRoad. Over the weekend, Silkroad's new Admin Dread Pirate Roberts (AKA DPR. Not to be confused with the original SilkRoad DPR) signed off from the site with a post informing users that he would release information concerning the arrest of several SilkRoad employees.
The post was made on Saturday and nothing else has been heard from DPR since. Another site admin who goes by the name DefCon says that DPR has entered exile and his whereabouts are unknown. DefCon says that DPR took the sites key used to unlock its Bitcoin storage with him. This means that none of the bitcoins the site held in escrow can be released until DPR's return. DefCon says that SilkRoad users should not worry too much as DPR will return and the digital currency will be returned.
Edit: It seems to be working seconds after this piece went live - just my luck - but then when I refreshed it was gone. It came back, so it might be OK for now, with intermittent problems.
I woke up this morning, and like the past few mornings, I hit up the Steam Store to see what games are on special during Valve's Steam Holiday Sales. Well today, I couldn't do that, because the Steam Store is completely down.
This could be because Valve is offering Left 4 Dead 2 for free right now - and its servers completely buckled under the immense pressure... but one would think Valve's servers would be equipped to handle that type of traffic. It should be back up soon, but for now, you'll have to keep tapping F5 waiting for it to return.
Hulu has just surpassed the 5 million subscriber mark and is well on its way to passing the $1 billion in revenue milestone in 2014. That amounts to an increase in revenue of more than 300-percent since 2009, with this news, Hulu has announced that it will be bringing more original content to the service in 2014.
Industry analyst attribute Hulu's success to the wide range of devices it is available on which include, Roku, Android, Apple TV, iOS, Chromecast, and many of the so-called Smart TV's on the market today. Hulu now has more than 86,000 TV episodes on its service which are from more than 2,900 TV series, and with more coming in every day, Hulu will only continue to grow.
For the last few years, Microsoft has been making losses on Bing, but going forward, the software giant is optimistic that Bing will turn profitable. ZDNet reported yesterday that Applications and Services CFO, Dave O'Hara, said that Bing was ready to turn the corner.
This is thanks to Microsoft now having the resources to keep its search engine running, without having to continue to pump more investments into it. Future infrastructure of Bing will be incremental, according to O'Hara. The losses on Bing, according to O'Hara, was because the company was building infrastructure to support Bing: things like data centers, and the effort necessary to build Bing's search engine.
The completion of Bing's foundation is now nearly complete, so Bing is ready to be profitable.
Have you ever wished that you could turn back time and stop yourself from signing up for every website you ever visited? While time travel is still impossible, a newly released website will aid in helping you remove your information from many of the websites on the internet.
Just Delete Me is a website that contains a quite expansive list of the most popular websites and newsletters from the past decade and beyond. The service ranks each website by how easy it is to unsubscribe from, with sites like OKCupid being quite simple to remove your information from. On the other hand, sites like Wikipedia are impossible for the user to remove their data from. I took a few minutes and removed profiles from several websites that I have not visited in years, so head over to the source link below and check it out.
The top Google searches of 2013 include the deaths of former South African president Nelson Mandela, 'Fast and the Furious' actor Paul Walker, and the latest generation of the Apple iPhone.
Google compiles the list based on search queries that saw the highest search volume through 2013.
- Nelson Mandela - Former South African president recently died
- Paul Walker - 'Fast and the Furious' movie star; died in a fiery car crash
- iPhone 5S - The latest version of the popular Apple iPhone
- Cory Monteith - Glee actor that died of a drug overdose
- Harlem shake - A song that inspired a viral dance
- Boston Marathon bombing - The tragic bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon
- Royal baby - Birth of England's Prince George
- Samsung S4 - Google-Android device that is the biggest competitor to the iPhone
- PlayStation 4 - Recently released next-generation console from Sony
- North Korea - The volatile nation with a young leader continues to intrigue the world
Can you access Facebook? TweakTown staff have not been able to access the popular social networking site for at least 15 minutes now.
Just 15 minutes, you say? Well, that is a big deal for a massive site like Facebook.
Leave your comments below if you are also experiencing issues accessing Facebook.
It's widely known that Google would like to see the entire world digitized and uploaded to the web, and its newest initiative brings us one step closer to that reality. Today Google launched its Open Gallery service that enables museums and art galleries to easily upload photos and build online exhibits for the world to see.
The new Open Gallery Initiative is part of Google's Cultural Institute, and allows museums and galleries to enhance their existing website, or create a new one for free. Open Gallery will help parties develop extremely high-resolutions images of their exhibits so that visitors can zoom in on paintings and see each individual brush stroke the artist left behind. Entry into the program is on a Google-selected basis at the moment, and interested parties can visit the source link below to sign up to be considered.
Today Google announced that National Geographic will be the first of many companies to contribute its custom maps to Google Maps via the new Public Data Program for Google Maps. National Geographic will upload more than 500 historic and educational maps to the service for everyone to freely access.
National Geographic does plan on offering high-resolution prints of each map however, and copies can be purchased by clicking on those maps once the feature has been implemented. The company says that this will generate revenue back to its non-profit efforts and will allow it to add more custom maps and interactive content as time passes.