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WikiLeaks former partner Daniel Domscheit-Berg has said he is set to launch the next-generation of leaking 'software' in the "coming months". It's set to be called OpenLeaks and will try to fix the "problems" associated with the WikiLeaks model, mostly centralization.
The difference between OpenLeaks and WikiLeaks is, WikiLeaks publishes the information, vets it then releases it on it's site. OpenLeaks will simply be a "conduit" of information. Domscheit-Berg says it "aims to provide the technological means to organizations and other entities around the world to be able to accept anonymous submissions in the forms of documents or other information."
Ah Google Chrome - your extensions are like a big hug to your users. Well, even amongst the pillow fight between Google and Facebook (with Facebook removing the feature of importing your Google contacts from Gmail into Facebook), a new Extension is out that allows you to export your Facebook contacts through Chrome.
It will export your contacts into both Gmail and CSV files. The extension is not officially affiliated with Google or Facebook, obviously after a bit of airtime between sites (like this post) it might disappear. So quick, go export your friends to Gmail!
A new and expanded WePC community launched today and is open to anyone with a passion for technology, especially ASUS products with Intel Inside®. Building on its mission to bridge innovation and technology with consumers' needs, the new WePC.com has more ways for fans to present their ideas, interact with community members and drive product development for two of the world's leading technology brands.
As one of the first crowdsourcing communities, WePC.com empowered members to play an integral role in the PC design process of a number of cutting-edge technologies, such as intuitive touchscreen interfaces and kid-friendly netbooks. Last year at CeBIT, ASUS initiated the industry's first dual-panel concept notebooks, making intuitive control possible. The community also supported the direction for the development of future pad devices.
Looks like the fight between Internode and Telstra Wholesale is beginning to benefit the customers...
Internode has today announced a speed boost to their suffering ADSL customers stuck on 512kb/1.5Mb plans - Internode have renegotiated their contract with Telstra Wholesale which means customers once stuck on ADSL/TW hardware can possibly now get ADSL2+.
Mark Zuckerberg calls the new messaging system a "modern messaging system" - I call it "about damn time".
Mark says it's not a new email system, email is "too formal" - the new system is designed to be seamless, simple and short when compared to email. Mark adds "We think we should take features away from messaging -- it should be simple."
I'll admit it; I thought it was pretty sweet when Ask Jeeves came about and you could type in a question and the site would answer it for you, whether by providing web links or more straightforward answers. Today Ask.com, formerly Ask Jeeves, has officially bowed out of the web search business that it entered in 1996. After years of not finding a suitable way to compete with big dogs Google and Microsoft, Ask.com's owner InterActiveCorp (IAC) is cutting 130 engineering jobs in China and New Jersey in the U.S.
Ask.com will now focus on their new community based Q&A service that was launched this summer. Ask.com's search engine will now deliver results from a competing company, although it is not clear yet whether this will be covered under IAC's current deal with Google or if Microsoft will poke their nose in there to get Bing results used.
All without telling the music labels? How nice of Apple!
With this news, Apple are increasing the preview of a song from 30 seconds to 90 seconds - for the consumer, us... that is great, but for the actual music labels - without telling them, is a bit harsh. Apple have said to them, that the change is happening - whether they like it or not as it's for their own good.
If you love trying to find holes in the security of sites, Google wants to pay you some money to help them find theirs. In an announcement yesterday, the Google Security Team announced that rewards of at least $500 will be given to researchers who report vulnerabilities in Google-controlled sites.
These rewards will be given for vulnerabilities in not only Google direct sites, but others under their flag like YouTube and Blogger as well. They are looking for vulnerabilities Any Google web properties which display or manage highly sensitive authenticated user data or accounts may be in scope. Cash rewards from $500 to "$3,133.7" USD are possible. You see what they did there?
Due to sanctions, reports from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria are not eligible for the cash reward. Check out more details and all the fine print at the Source Link.
Impulse buyers watch out - PayPal have just enabled in-app, in-site buys - allowing anyone to purchase something, anywhere.
For example - if you're in a game or on a webpage - you'll no longer need to leave whatever you're doing to use PayPal to fund your task. Instead - you'll use a new tool PayPal has introduced, you just have to click a single link.
Clicking the link will trigger a PayPal pop-up, which you'll obviously have to approve of.
Google has launched Instant in Australia.
Google Instant is a new way of using Google's search engine, by displaying results as a user types in their search term.
The feature was announced back in September, it uses the existing search suggestion feature, while providing an auto-corrected suggestion in grey within the search bar - without hitting enter, users are provided with an instant search result based on what they have typed in.
Google Instant was available in the US at the time of launch - but Google waited a few weeks before rolling the feature in localised domains such as google.com.au and google.com.nz. Google confirmed today that Australians should be able to use the feature in the next few days.
Of course, with things like this - users can find a way around it, before today you could just use google.com instead of google.com.au to be able to use Google Instant.