Hamadoun Touré, the Secretary General of the UN's International Telecommunications Union since 1999, says that it's crucial that we start thinking in new terms about cyberspace. If not, he warns, we could face a destructive potential "worse than a tsunami."
Social-news site Digg, apparently in the hope of not needing people to describe it as a "social-news site" when talking about it, completely revamped its website last week. Since then its users have been in open revolt, going so far as gaming the site to steer Digg visitors to competitor Reddit. What's all the fuss about? We've distilled the drama into a graphical timeline.
In a study titled, "Broadband Performance," the FCC, also known as the Federal Communications Commission — you know, an entity of the U.S. government — is making it official: ISPs are telling consumers that their Internet connection is faster than it really is.
A fellow named Peter Craig has secured the record for having the world's longest and active email address at 345 characters. Good on him, too — it's not just the gibberish it could have been.
Your IP address is your ticket to the greatest ride humanity has ever built: the Internet. You don't get the same one every time, and in less than a year you may not get any at all. We're running out of IP addresses to go around. So, is it time to panic?
Right now, the data you find on the Internet is more or less eternal. Sites come and go, sure, but traces remain, and as long as there's someplace to store information that information will persist. Maybe it shouldn't, according to a Dutch researcher, as if data degraded over time we'd more security and less piracy.
For years now, if you wanted to get online at Starbucks you had to pay for it. Makes sense, right? I mean, Wi-Fi doesn't seep out of trees, sonny. Yet the company has now announced that, starting July 1st, you'll be able to use its Wi-Fi for free. Forever. What's the deal?
Google just released one of its biggest updates in a long while. It's called "Caffeine," and it fundamentally changes the way Google performs searches. Before, Google saw the Internet as a series of layers, and explored it as if going through a stack of paper one piece at a time. So how about now?
Google's laying down a big keynote today at its Google I/O developers conference, and one of its biggest announcements is the new Chrome Web Store. It'll be offering both free and paid apps that will run on its upcoming Chrome OS, as well as the Google Chrome browser on Mac, PC and Linux.
When Paul English, the co-founder of travel search engine Kayak.com, says that he has a "big, big project" ahead of him, he's not kidding. That's because he's planning to cover all of Africa with free Wi-Fi, and he wants it...