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This morning, many webmasters awoke to emails and phone calls from clients and users informing them that their website was not reachable. Unfortunately, I was on both sides of the story. Shared hosting giant BlueHost announced this morning that they were experiencing "networking issues" that were affecting a good portion of their client base.
Sometime around 9AM EST, websites hosted with BlueHost began dropping offline, while others continued to function periodically. An hour later, BlueHost officially addressed the issue via Twitter and said that the company ran into networking issues during an upgrade the night before and the issues were still persisting into the morning. The latest tweet from the company says that the networking issues are still popping up, but most sites should be back online. It appears that my personal sites fall into the niche that remains offline and a call to BlueHost support resulted in a busy signal. You can follow updates on the outage by visiting the company's support Twitter account at Source #1 below.
When Google first announced plans to shut down its popular Google Reader service, the web was set ablaze with millions of users scrambling to find a new RSS reader to call home. Amidst all of the hustle and bustle, three big names arose out of the noise and offered up awesome solutions to this new found problem.
Digg announced that it would begin building an RSS reader, while RSS reader veteran Feedly welcomed Google refugees with open arms. Finally, The Old Reader started to get major attention as it kept things simple and truly felt like the old Google Reader we were all about to lose. Unfortunately, it appears that the developers behind The Old Reader were flooded by the massive influx of users and as a result, were overwhelmed by the issues that come along with running a project used by millions of people daily.
Today, the developers behind The Old Reader announced that they will be closing all public access to the site in two weeks and will only be allowing a select number of users access to the private site. Currently, new user registration has been disabled and the site is not accepting any more new user accounts at all. Current users have two weeks to export their feed's OPML file that can be used to migrate to another service. I have posted the full release from the developers below.
In the last 7 months, copyright holders have asked Google to remove over 100,000,000 links to infringing sites. The 100 million site figure is double what Google removed in the entire of 2012. Google are processing an average of 15 million "infringing" sites per month at the moment.
Companies are hoping to get consumers back, and in order to do that they need to take the temptation of pirate sites away. This is the reason Google are receiving millions upon millions of DCMA takedown requests. Since January of this year, Google have been asked to remove a staggering 105,300,000 links to 'pirate' websites.
If you take a look at the graph above, things have really escalated in the last twelve months. Which site got hit the most? That would be file-hosting search engine FilesTube with 5,801,661 URLs. Torrentz.eu saw 2,508,595 URLs gone, and third, Rapidgator.net with 2,166,977 URLs.
YouTube's Comedy Week has widely been considered a smashing success and the company is now looking to follow up that success with another week of themed, highlighted content. On August 4, YouTube will kick off its first annual Geek Week event in which the video sharing service will highlight more than 100 channels that feature Geeky and Nerdy content.
Participating channels include heavy hitters such as Chris Hardwick's Nerdist, the UK's Channel Flip, Machinima, and Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton's own Geek and Sundry. Additionally, Schmidt and Co will be hiding easter eggs over the event and will give users collectable virtual badges if spotted. Some big time players in the motion picture industry have taken notice as well, and an exclusive trailer for Thor: The Dark World will premier on Wednesday, August 7, right in the middle of the event.
Yahoo has announced that it will be taking Flickr offline tomorrow, July 25, between the hours of 4pm and 10pm Pacific. The downtime is scheduled so that the company can perform some much needed maintenance on the now quickly growing photo sharing site. Yahoo did not specify what maintenance would be performed, but we assume that it has something to do with networking hardware.
Yahoo says that the outage will affect more than just its Flickr property, and any and all sites that use the Flickr API for image sharing will see the images go offline during this time. This means any Flickr image that has been hotlinked on any website will not work for six hours or so. Once the service is back online, everything should return to normal. The service will be unavailable across all platforms including Mobile, Web, Smart TV, and any other device that can access Flickr.
Just how powerful are Google in the US, well, according to the latest data from analytics firm Deepfield, very powerful. The Mountain View-based giant provide over 25% of all North American Internet traffic.
Just three years ago, Google accounted for just 6% of North American traffic, and is now driving as much traffic in as Facebook, Instagram and Netflix, combined. This is something that truly astounds me. Deepfield says that 60% of all Internet-connected devices connect with Google at least once a day. These devices include PCs, mobile devices, consoles and other devices.
This number would be even bigger if it counted just PCs and mobile devices.
Today Verizon launched its fastest Internet package ever on its FiOS Cable and ISP service. FiOS' new Quantum Tier is capable of 500Mbs downstream and 100Mbs upstream, which is blazingly fast when compared to any other Internet connection package offered by Verizon. In true form the company has placed a premium on the new service which will set you back $369 per month. When combined with a residential cable package the new Quantum service will only cost you $309.99.
The new uber fast service would not be from Verizon if it didn't include a two-year service agreement although the company does say that users can purchase the service in a month-to-month basis without an annual service agreement but they failed to provide any pricing structure for that plan. Verizon says that the new Quantum tier will be available in all markets where FiOS is installed but not everyone will have the service until sometime next year.
As far as Internet-based corporations go, Google is about as big as they get, and rightfully so as the company offers up so many useful tools that many of us use in our daily lives. Today, we learned just how big Google actually is; a new report from Deepfield that was recently released says that based on the numbers Google represents 25 percent of all North American Internet traffic. This means that it is bigger than Facebook, Netflix, and Instagram combined in terms of bandwidth served.
"What's really interesting is, over just the past year, how pervasive Google has become, not just in Google data centers, but throughout the North American internet," says Craig Labovitz, founder of Deepfield, the monitoring company that did the study. Just three years ago, traffic to Google only accounted for about 6 percent of all Internet traffic.
Over the past year, Google has had to add tens of thousands of servers to its ranks to handle this massive growth and has built data centers on four continents within the last few years. Google has even gone as far as adding thousands of servers to ISPs around the world, called Google Global Cache Servers, that store the most popular content from Google's network such as a YouTube video that might be going viral, popular apps on the Google Play Store, or even a trending topic on Google+. These allow this content to be served to you faster than it would if it was all stored in a central location.
ICANN, the governing body behind all the domain names on the Internet, has released today the very first new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). Those added to the list include: the Arabic word for web (.شبكة), the word for game in Chinese (.游戏), as well as the Russian word for online (.онлайн). More importantly, these are the first TLD's that do not use Latin-characters, a process that has been the standard since the Internet's inception.
The announcement was made today at the 47th ICANN Meeting in which a committee meets to approve or deny top-level domain name requests. Unfortunately for Amazon, this meeting marked the end of their quest for the .Amazon domain. ICANN struck down this request as it is likely to cause confusion with the Amazon region and South America. This means that Amazon washed over $185,000 down the drain which accounted for their application fee.
Hot on the heels of Google's public beta of its refreshed maps, the company has now updated its Street View service to include views from atop the Eiffel Tower. Google says that they worked with the Eiffel Tower Operating Company to gather a fairly large stack of panoramic imagery from all three of the Eiffel Tower's viewing platforms. Additionally, Google has built an online exhibit that depicts the story of the Eiffel Tower through 50 archival images, plans, engravings, and photographs.
"In order to capture the imagery, the Street View team followed in the footsteps of 7 million annual visitors and ascended multiple floors of the Tower," Mark Yoshitake of the Google Cultural Institute wrote in a blog post introducing the new material. "Using the Street View Trolley (designed especially for monuments and museums) they filmed 360-degree views of the monument's architecture and its views over Paris."
The Eiffel Tower is 324 meters tall and held the title of tallest construction in the world for 40 years after it was built in 1889 until it was dethroned by the Chrysler building in New York City. It is comprised of over 18,000 separately made pieces and is one of the most photographed structures in the world.