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Google’s NewsPass – an olive branch?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday June 22, 2010 )

There is no love lost between Google and some newspapers. Rupert Murdoch’s decision to ban Google from indexing content shows the level of contempt some in the industry have towards the Mighty G. But Google might have a solution to keep everyone (well some) happy. (more…)


Wikileaks founder in hiding

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday June 18, 2010 )

Running a web site can be hazardous to your health – and I’m not just talking about posture, nicotine or caffeine related issues. The Australian founder of whistleblower site Wikileaks is fearing for his life. (more…)


Google Chrome browser usage statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday June 17, 2010 )

Google Chrome is really becoming a browser to watch. I was looking at the browser statistics of a few sites I monitor and was surprised to discover how much market share Chrome is starting to grab. (more…)


Twitter to “wrap” links

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday June 11, 2010 )

Twitter is working towards addressing security threats posed by some shortened links – and collecting a bunch of data in the process. (more…)


Internet grows by 1 million domains

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday June 9, 2010 )

According to the latest Domain Name Brief from Verisign, the Internet grew by 1 million domain names in the first quarter of 2010. (more…)


Google reported to Australian police

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday June 6, 2010 )

I wonder if Google founders Serge and Larry ever envisioned this happening as they were tinkering away in a garage in the 90’s on their search engine. The Australian Federal Government has requested the Australian Federal Police investigate Google in related to alleged privacy breaches. (more…)


IP addresses running out?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday June 5, 2010 )

An article on CNN says an IP address shortage looming with new IP numbers running out in as little as 18 months – or will they? (more…)


Google Bing-ified as Chrome OS nears

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday June 4, 2010 )

The changes at Google are again flowing thick and fast, with the latest having more to do with personalization – and some directly challenging Microsoft in more than one way. (more…)


Comment quality – the tide is turning?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday May 29, 2010 )

It seems some major sites are rethinking how they deal with user comments after increasing numbers of attention-seekers litter comment threads with, well, crap. (more…)


Debt collectors spying via Facebook?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday May 26, 2010 )

A couple of weeks back I posted about another blogger raising the possibility of banks using social networks as a financial assessment tool. It seems that debt collectors may have already made a start. (more…)