Back in October last year, Sanmay Ved noticed that "Google.com" was available on Google Domains, so he snapped it up for $12. Yeah, $12 for Google.com - a steal, right?
Ved owned the most iconic domain name of all time, for all of 60 seconds. After they noticed that the Google.com domain had been purchased, Google cancelled the purchase - and then provided Ved with an undisclosed reward. Well, we have found out through a blog post that Google paid him $6006.13, which is "Google" spelled with numbers - nice one, Google.
Ved donated the reward to The Art of Living India, and once Google found out about this, they doubled the reward amount. Good work there, Google!
Besides arguments about politics and fresh memes, sometimes Facebook can be used for other things. In this case, witness someone showcase their amazing musical skills by playing the whole Star Wars theme, solo.
SkillzPosted by Peanut Butter Wolf on Saturday, December 19, 2015
Here's hoping that he doesn't ensure the sacking of a full orchestra with these amazing one-man skills. You can view the video by clicking this link.
The citizens of Down Under haven't had a great run with internet speeds throughout their time in this hot country, with local internet users often taking to social mediums in order to express their frustration at the lack of internet speeds available locally.
Taking matters into their own hands, Reddit user 'asscopter' made a few pro-NBN (National Broadband Network) 'advertisements', highlighting some of the advantages that a high speed, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) setup may provide.
These advertisements, as seen on Gizmodo, aim to show not only a difference between current infrastructure offerings and what FTTP could bring, but also showing advantages over the Government's current plans to offer a nation-wide fibre-to-the-node upgrade instead.
Last week Netflix announced it would be cracking down on users employing VPNs to get around the company's geographic restrictions, and has since made good on that promise. However, VPN provider uFlix has demonstrated how futile those efforts may be, releasing a fix just days after informing its users they were affected by the new measures.
Before its announcement, Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt stated at this year's CES that going after VPN providers was "likely to always be a cat-and-mouse game."
Verizon Wireless is following AT&T's lead in selling data exemptions to online content providers, so watching videos on a particular website or through an app for one example wouldn't count toward your data limit. You'll know the content is safe to consume courtesy of a bee icon next to it. The company is calling this its FreeBee Data service, which is in beta as of today. Should a provider sign up for it, they pay on a per gigabyte or per click usage basis and receive more traffic in return.
Given it puts anyone who doesn't pay up at a disadvantage, most if not all would agree this violates net neutrality. However, it's not currently illegal under the FCC, who review matters like this on a case-by-case basis. That said, they have been hosting "productive" talks about it this month, so it will be interesting to see where this leads.
Ex-CEO and co-founder of Mozilla Brenden Eich has revealed Brave, a new kind of internet browser that wants to disrupt ad-based web surfing.
Brave essentially acts as a filter for the traditional web surfing experience: the browser blocks all targeted ads and replaces them with non-invasive "anonymous" ads. The browser will be released across iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OSX, and is part of the company's "high-precision and privacy" platform, which is powered by a virtually-hosted cloud infrastructure. Brave not only blocks existing ad structures, but also denies cookies that can identify users. The best part is that Brave won't store your user data at any point, ensuring privacy.
"We are building a new browser and a connected private cloud service with anonymous ads," Eich said on the company page. "Brave browsers block everything: initial signaling/analytics scripts that start the programmatic advertising "dirty pipe", impression-tracking pixels, and ad-click confirmation signals. By default Brave will insert ads only in a few standard-sized spaces."
After being blocked in 2012, Pakistan has now removed its total YouTube blackout - coming soon after Google began offering a country-local version of its service.
PC World says that the ban initially came about due to a video called "Innocence of Muslims" which mocked the Prophet Muhammad and other various aspects of Islam.
This ban has now been lifted soon after Google made announcements of localized YouTube versions for Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal, however, neither party has confirmed whether this means a specialty deal took place. What we do know is that Pakistan's ministry for communications and information stated that Google's addition now enables users to apply for the blockings of "offending material" that "can be made by the PTA to Google directly and Google/YouTube will accordingly restrict access to the said offending material for users within Pakistan."
The Big Apple will soon have 24/7 access to free gigabit-speed Wi-Fi.
To the elation of New Yorkers everywhere, New York City is already starting to install its massive five borough Wi-Fi array which will provide free access to high-speed internet connections.
The Wi-Fi hubs--also called LinkNYC access points--will replace traditional payphone booths throughout the city. Apart from free broadband Wi-Fi on tap, the hubs will also feature USB charging stations, touchscreen panels for web browsing, devices to make free phone calls to anywhere in the U.S., a touchscreen tablet to access city services, and two 55-inch advertisement displays. The city plans to rake in more than $500 million a year in advertising revenue alone using those huge panel screens, which will cycle different adverts.
For those looking to kill some hours while they wait for the holiday season to kick off in just a few days time, this series of images made by Hungarian artists Gergely Dudas will both occupy and infuriate you.
Something similar to the 'Where's Wally' of old, this series of pictures prompts you to look for a panda within snowmen or a cat amongst the owls. We're not going to spoil what's happening here, but what we can say is that this has done wonders for the artist's social media platforms, seeing the snowman picture receive over 122k shares and the cat/owl drawing gathering 2.4k shares at the time of writing this article. In addition, his Facebook is sitting at 26k likes and is growing by the minute.
Can you belive it has been 25 years since the very first website went online? Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web went online 25 years ago today.
The website went online at CERN on December 20, 1990 - but the public didn't see it until August 1991. It was an explanation of how the hypertext-based project worked, which was the foundation for the Internet as we know it today. Berners-Lee himself is still around, directing the World Wide Web Consortium that he helped create.
So much so, that Berners-Lee wants to protect the open web against government censorship, and telecoms' desire to crush net neutrality. CERN has shifted its priorities in the last 25 years, where it is now smashing particles together with the Large Hadron Collider.