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Articles tagged with: world wide web

Security Firm CloudFlare Raises $20 Million In Funding

A web security startup, dubbed CloudFlare has just raised $20 million in series B funding led by New Enterprise Associates. The San Francisco startup plans on using the money to hire more manpower and fuel its infrastructure.

If you’ve never heard of CloudFlare before, it’s basically a cloud-based software program that helps protect websites from vicious attacks such as DoS (Denial of Service) and other types of cyber attacks.

Verizon Cancels ‘Unlimited Data’ Plan

Verizon Wireless will join AT&T and T-Mobile, starting next month, by eliminating ‘unlimited data’ plans for mobile phones. Users will have to fork over additional money for fees in excess of their monthly allotment of media and web content.

With the huge influx of tablet PCs and wireless carriers getting stingier by the day, who knows what kind of an effect we will see on tablet PC sales. Will people mainly buy tablets to use on their own WiFi networks?

ICANN Approves Unlimited Top Level Domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recently voted overwhelmingly to approve unlimited TLD (top level domains). Whereas people used to only have a select number of domain options (.biz, .org, .com, or .net)–users will now be able to choose any domain they want.

Although many were originally concerned that this new change would confuse users, that worry has apparently been set aside. At the present time, I cannot envision too many people adoption a facebook.facebook approach, but I could see various creative ways to market a website.

U.S. Spreads Democracy Through Shadow Networks

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and Mobile phone systems that citizens of repressed governments can use to bypass censorship in their native countries. The initiative is funded with $2 million from a State Department grant and the Internet is deployed from a small briefcase.

The idea is to smuggle the briefcase (full of Internet) across the border and quickly set it up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the world wide web. This could be the first step out of many that gives people a greater freedom to step up against their government. The new liberation-technology movement involves creating these stealth wireless networks so activists can communicate outside their government’s ears in countries like Iran, Syria, and Libya.

IPv6 Testing Goes Well, Full 2012 Launch To Come

According to experts in Technology, the Internet successfully passed the IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) test without any serious problems this week due to hundreds of companies jumping on board during the 24-hour stress test.

The Internet Society had organized the test to raise awareness for the need of a transition to IPv6 as the number of Internet addresses are slowly winding down. It is essential that we take the time now to understand the glitches in the system before a mass transition to the IPv6 platform, which is expect in 2012.

Bing Begins 24 Hour IPv6 Testing

IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) will be available this evening at 5PM, Pacific Standard Time and will end tomorrow, June 8th at the same time. This 24 hour duration will allow for world-wide IPv6 connectivity to www.bing.com. For those who already have IPv6, connectivity will be automatic, requiring no special system tweaking or tuning to access the Bing site. All Windows 7 PCs already have an IPv6 configuration.

IPv4 traffic will remain intact to Bing, without causing any slowdown in connection to the well known search engine.

Chinese Hackers Spoof Gmail To Target Gov’t Officials

Google has recently caught a series of phishing attempts targeted at United States and South Korean government officials. The attacks originated from Jinan, China and attempted to gain access to Gmail accounts of hundreds of users by tricking them into sharing their passwords. Chinese political activists, military personnel, and journalists were also victimized.

The attackers were seeking to monitor their victims’ e-mail accounts by changing the account settings to automatically forward messages. The attempts actually started in February and have been since ongoing.

Verizon Announces 75MB Data Plan For $10/Month

Verizon has announced a new value pack, offering 75MB of data for only $10 a month. Before you go crazy on the price, realize that this deal was meant for basic phones, knowing that 75MB isn’t a whole lot of data. 75MB will allow you to send a few e-mails each day without going over, but won’t let you listen to Pandora (an online radio service).

Not only does the $10 offer you 75MB data, but it also provides monthly subscriptions to Mobile email, VZ Navigator, Verizon Wireless’ audible GPS navigation, and Ringback Tones.

Schmidt, Stop Hitting Yourself, We Love Google

Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, claims that Google knew how to do search, enterprise applications, and ‘mobile’, but could never figure out how to create a successful social network like Facebook. Schmidt believes that Facebook has created a fundamental service as it has shown people for their true colors (something that was previously not found anywhere on the Internet).

Where anonymity is usually stressed all over the web, through the use of screen names and avatars, Facebook forces users to sign up with their real names. On a typical Facebook profile, you can see a person’s full name, photo, and some brief information.

Gordmans Amazing Facebook Advertising Technique

Gordmans is a company that partnered up with BlitzLocal.com for advertising campaigns. One of the campaigns was to promote and event and another one for advertising a tab. These ads helped traffic more visitors. As most of you may already know about Sponsored stories, which has a sponsored like, targets friends of your fans, and a Sponsored post, shows messages to existing fans.

While most Facebook ads are lucky to get a 0.05 percent click rate, this campaign drove a .4 percent click rate on the first day, unfortunately it fell by 45 percent within 48 hours to .2 percent.
Generally, anything above one is very good. Sponsored likes also cut the cost per click by an amazing 70 percent and cost per fan by 83 percent overall. So, basically you are getting a 77 percent discount. In two days, this ad drove 515 clicks for $76 and gained 418 new fans. That works out to 18 cents per fan and a click-to-conversion rate of 81 percent.