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Zuckerberg announces baby girl and donation of 99% of Facebook shares

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 11:36 am

After the Facebook big-wig Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced the arrival of a baby girl called Max on Tuesday, Zuckerberg threw something else interesting into the mix, telling all that he and his wife will donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares to a charity.

 

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This share stockpile is worth around $45 billion and is set to be given to the 'Chan Zuckerberg Initiative,' self-described as having "the mission of advancing human potential and promoting equality." This charity will be lead by Zuckerberg and is set to be worth a massive $3 billion by 2018.

 

A report by The Guardian posted a statement from Facebook which read "[D]uring his lifetime, he will gift or otherwise direct substantially all of his shares of Facebook stock, or the net after-tax proceeds from sales of such shares, to further the mission of advancing human potential and promoting equality by means of philanthropic, public advocacy, and other activities for the public good."

Funded IndieGoGo campaign offers users a hack-safe pocket email server

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 8:03 am

Claimed to be the "World's first ever private e-mail server fits in your pocket" on its IndieGoGo campaign, this fully-funded project further boasts "Hack free & rent free cloud storage."

 

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Citing issues based around others owning your data, the masterminds behind 'Air Space One', aim to offer this private email server in order to keep you and your staff safe from marketing agencies, data farmers and hackers alike. Available to users for $61 on IndieGoGo for the 1TB storage model, this project is set for launch in February 2016.

 

This email server can be used by up to five people at once and is marketed as completely Plug & Play. With Wi-Fi built in and an internal lithium battery offering up to eight hours of video playtime, this company is offering some interesting stretch goals for funding. These goals give a look into possible future expansions, including things such as a private chat clients and a secure voice client for your business.

Google Street View used to monitor climate change

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 1, 2015 3:33 pm

While many users end up scrolling through Google's Street View looking for funny, quirky or weird happenings, Scientists and Google itself have been using this service to track climate change.

 

 

A recently published blog by Karin Tuxen-Bettman, Google Earth Outreach Program Manager, outlines how "Street View gives you a window into climate change." This piece highlighted things such as Polar bears on Hudson Bay surrounded by no ice and how scientists used Street View Trekker to monitor trees, using this tool to draw large scientific conclusions.

 

While seemingly a sort of advertisement for Google's Street View Trekker, there's still a larger meaning placed behind this information, further displayign a use for Google services that most would have never dreamed of.

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Google flooded with 'right to be forgotten', 1 million URLs so far

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 27, 2015 10:39 am

As the EU ruled that 'the right to be forgotten' shall be enforced for its citizens back in May this year, Google has already censored more than one million links in total, now that citizens are allowed to ask this tech giant to delete specific results about them.

 

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While Google is allowed to internally asses if the links should be deleted before doing so, it seems that they are been completely flooded with requests, receiving approximately 350,000 requests since May and to-date taking down over 1.2 million links in total.

 

The take downs have been spread across things such as requests for individual image removal to more serious matters like "convicted criminals wanting links to stories and blog posts about their deeds to be taken out of Google's index," according to an article by itnews. With 58 percent of current requests being approved, most of the link removal requests have been regarding Facebook.

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Viral vandalism video sees young woman 'completely humiliated'

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 26, 2015 4:33 pm

If you're trying to trash public or private property, this recount of someone videoing from the sidelines might make you think again. Pictured in the video is a 23-year-old woman dancing with a bin on her head, working with other friends to completely trash a toilet at a local pub - pictured below thanks to 9 News and News.com.au.

 

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Unaware that anyone was filming them, the video was posted online and quickly went viral, something that the woman in question claims as "pretty much every girl's worst nightmare," further telling 9 News that "I've just been completely humiliated." Alongside multiple death threats and abusive messages from the enraged public, she has also been compared to ISIS, with some social media users going as far as to call her "actual worse than ISIS."

 

All three girls have been identified and banned from the premises, says Brodie Sherring from the venue's management. The video was taken down after over 600 shares and 1500 likes spread it like wildfire through Facebook news feeds, but not before major damage was already done.

Creationists upset over Google 'Who is Lucy' Doodle

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 25, 2015 10:24 pm

Google yesterday commemorated the 41st anniversary of the discovery of a particular set of fossilised bones referred to as Lucy. The skeleton in question led scientists to believe man split from ape ancestors much earlier than previously thought, adding great new depth to the theory of evolution.

 

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Creationists -- who deny the theory of evolution in favor of religious explanations -- weren't happy about the commemoration, responding to Google's tweet about it with choices words such as "since Allah(God)and creation have much proofs than evolution,i expect to see something about it also on your homepage", "Pushing your beliefs on others are you Google? Isn't that what you godless folks object to about Christians?", and "IM NOT A F*****G MONKEY @Google MAYBE WHITE PEOPLE CAME FROM MONKEYS BUT COLORED PEOPLE BEEN NATIVE TO THIS PLANET."

 

Google's tweet has 705 retweets, 1,182 likes, and a seemingly endless well of replies as of press time.

Chrome extension shields you from Star Wars spoilers

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 25, 2015 1:26 am

A new Chrome extension has surfaced that prevents you from being spoiled by what happens in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film.

 

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Essentially, when it detects any mention of Star Wars on a given site, almost immediately a large logo appears on top of the content and warns you that spoilers may be ahead. If you like, you can then proceed past the warning. If you can't see the movie opening day, or if you're worried about potential leaks beforehand, this is an effective if not overly aggressive tool to prevent the experience from being ruined or at least lessened.

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Google Contributor reduces website ads for monthly fee

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 24, 2015 11:33 pm

Google is preparing to launch Contributor, a service that sees you paying in $2-10 per month to see reduced advertising across all participating websites (millions).

 

 

Contribute $2/mo and you'll see 5-15% fewer ads; $5/mo and it's 15-25% fewer ads, and $10/mo will show 25-50% fewer ads.

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Egyptian telecom investment in North Korea becomes a disaster

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 18, 2015 6:32 pm

Encompassing 3 million subscribers on Pyongyang and more, an Egyptian 3G telecom service that launched in North Korea has told news outlets that it has now lost control of its business.

 

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In a bid to modernize and expand North Korea, Orascom Telecom began offering services to North Korea soon after an announcement in 2008. Orsacom chairman Naguib Sawiris wished to offer the North Koreans what they desperately needed, technology. With the North Korean branch being known as Cheo Technology and the service as Koryolink, Orsacom controlled 75 percent of all shares, with the North Korean Government taking care of the rest.

 

In June, an auditor's report stated that Orsacom had received a competitor in this small market, set up by the North Korean Government themselves. Orsacom proposed and was accepted to enter a merger with this new competitor, however talks went stale and Orsacom was unable to contact the Government for some time. In the latest news, Orsacom reported that "in the group management's view, control over Koryolink's activities was lost."

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