May 8, 2013 |
Internet access has been restored in Syria after an outage across the country that lasted about 20 hours, writes Hayley Tsukayama : Firms that track Web traffic, including Renesys and Akamai, showed a major spike Wednesday morning after essentially no activity from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning. At WorldViews, Max Fisher writes that the outage resembled a similar outage in November, and that both probably occurred on the orders of the Syrian government : When the November...
May 8, 2013 |
Web traffic in Syria has returned after an approximately 20-hour period during which the entire country appeared to be cut off from the Internet, according to Web analysis firms. Firms that track Web traffic, including Renesys and Akamai , showed a major spike Wednesday morning after essentially no activity from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning. According to a report from the BBC , Syrian state-run media said the outage was due to a "fault" in optical fiber cables that connect the country to...
April 30, 2013 |
In an effort to preserve the Web's history, CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) republished the world's first Web site — two decades after physicists made the technology behind the Web open to everyone. The site's reappearance is part of a project to preserve the history of the Web, and to celebrate 20 years of a "free, open Web" that changed the way we do just about everything. The first reaction to the Web was less than enthusiastic. Mike Sendall, the supervisor who reviewed a 1989...
April 3, 2013 |
2013 is a make-or-break year for mobile startups and advertisers alike. We're at a crossroads as brands move away from the "test phase" in the mobile space and toward real adoption into the marketing mix. Consumer smartphone adoption is approaching saturation, and the media consumption shift to mobile as the "new first screen" is hitting full stride. For mobile startups, big brand interest is what makes 2013 critical. Our products must be ready for prime time as brands pour larger and larger budgets...
March 27, 2013 |
A fight between two European companies has significantly slowed the Internet, making it difficult for millions to access Web services such as Netflix, the BBC reported . According to the report, a Dutch hosting site called Cyberbunker is perpetuating an enormous denial-of-service attack against the anti-spam group Spamhaus. The attack — which is disrupting Spamhaus's services by flooding the company with traffic — has apparently begun to affect the performance of unrelated services.
March 14, 2013 |
It's often hard to tell which is the Web's priority: helping you learn about the world or helping the world — and especially advertisers — learn about you. But that balance is beginning to shift, to the delight of consumer advocates and the horror of industry groups. Browser makers increasingly are embracing privacy controls that could limit the ability of advertisers to track users, threatening to undermine business models that now support many popular online services. The development is...