Advertising: Skype Launches Adverts

For the first time, Skype, the online VOIP and instant chat service, will service adverts on its users home screen, opening up a market of 145 million monthly users to advertisers around the world. Skype has partnered with Meebo in the U.S., Ad2One in the U.K., and Ströer Interactive in Germany to sell advertising for … Read more Advertising: Skype Launches Adverts

Internet: UK Communities Urged to Bid for Broadband Support

Communities in Britain are being urged to bid for government support in a new broadband project designed to provide a fibre connection in every community by 2015. Local Public Authorities will be able to apply to Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) for a slice of £50 million to improve broadband in their area. Around 9 million … Read more Internet: UK Communities Urged to Bid for Broadband Support

Computers: Apple Launches the iPad 2

The Apple iPad 2 was released on March 2nd 2011 by Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, who said: “With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices. While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar … Read more Computers: Apple Launches the iPad 2

Internet: Twitter Outage

Twitter experienced a temporary outage at around 11am GMT on Saturday 26th February 2011 and posted the following message for frustrated users: Currently experiencing elevated error rates You may experience some problems loading twitter.com and with Twitter clients. We are aware of the problem and are taking action. It is unclear whether the outage was … Read more Internet: Twitter Outage

LinkedIn Blocked in China

LinkedIn, the very successful networking site for professionals, has according to spokesman Hani Durzy, been blocked in parts of China, including Shanghai and Beijing. LinkedIn is predominantly a social network for professionals, many looking for jobs, which has allowed it to stay relatively untouched by Chinese censors until now. Facebook, Twitter and Youtube have all been victims … Read more LinkedIn Blocked in China

BMW Offer Special Apple iPhone Apps for the Mini Connected

BMW is now offering further Apple iPhones apps for the Mini Connected. For €150 drivers can listen to web radio, send and receive Facebook and Twitter posts through the car’s display and be operated by the iDrive Controller. In addition to the new special option Apps, the requirements for this function are Bluetooth connectivity and … Read more BMW Offer Special Apple iPhone Apps for the Mini Connected

Internet: UberMedia Gets Slap on the Wrist from Twitter

UberMedia is to restore its apps services after being temporarily suspended from Twitter. CEO Bill Gross gave the following statement about the fortunes of the social media service on Friday 18th February 2011: “Early Friday morning, Twitter shut off access to its service by several of our Twitter client applications: UberTwitter, Twidroyd, and UberCurrent. Twitter … Read more Internet: UberMedia Gets Slap on the Wrist from Twitter

Internet: Groupon Completes $950 million Round of Financing

Groupon, the international local deals website, has raised $950 million in financing from a raft of investors. The financing consists of several venture capital firms and late-stage investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, DST, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Maverick Capital, Silver Lake and Technology Crossover Ventures. Allen & Company LLC acted as … Read more Internet: Groupon Completes $950 million Round of Financing

Technology: Making the Asian Highway also an Information Highway

Rohan Samarajiva PhD is founding Chair and CEO of LIRNEasia, an ICT policy and regulation think tank active across 12 emerging Asian economies. He is a member of the Board and former Chair of the Lanka Software Foundation and Board Member of the International Communication Association. Here, he discusses the issues of broadband quality and … Read more Technology: Making the Asian Highway also an Information Highway

Skype Down Owing to Problem with “Supernodes”

The Skype VOIP service which allows millions of users to call one another over the internet, usually for free, has been down for almost 36 hours. Falling call volumes led the company to investigate and they found that “supernodes” which allow the Skype service to locate users were no longer working. Engineers have been working … Read more Skype Down Owing to Problem with “Supernodes”

FCC Rules on Net Neutrality Regarding Broadband Providers

The Federal Communications Commission in the United States of America has issued a ruling on the neutrality of broadband providers after complaints were made about the conflicting interests of broadband providers who serve internet businesses with whom they compete. The FCC issued a broad defence of the principles of fairness: “This process has made clear … Read more FCC Rules on Net Neutrality Regarding Broadband Providers

Indian Broadband Goes 3G

Deltenna has enlisted Bangalore based Entuple Technologies to make the WiBE available across India, sold via the country’s 3G mobile network operators. The WiBE (Wireless Broadband Enabler) uses multi-beam antenna technology to extend the range and throughput of a 3G mobile network. This allows the 3G network to be a viable option for fast Internet … Read more Indian Broadband Goes 3G

Gaming: 17 Year Old Arrested for Call of Duty Cyber Attack

A 17 year old in Greater Manchester area of the UK has been arrested under the English Computer Misuse Act after used software known as “Phenom Booter” to initiate a Denial of Service attack on the online version of the Call of Duty game. Software developers, Activision, discovered the attack and reported the IP address … Read more Gaming: 17 Year Old Arrested for Call of Duty Cyber Attack

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) May Purchase Deals Website Groupon

News is circulating today that Google is on the verge of purchasing daily deals website, Groupon, in a deal believed to be worth IRO $5-$6 Billion. Rumours abound that Yahoo Inc. had been in the market for the local deals site with a bid of their own worth between $2 billion and $3 billion. The … Read more Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) May Purchase Deals Website Groupon

Technology: Watchmouse Reports Black Friday Uptime

“Black Friday” is America’s hottest retail weekend when the majority of the year’s sales are made. Tradition dictates that the Friday before Thanksgiving sees major discounts and sales across US retail. Watchmouse conducted a survey of the 100 leading American retail websites to test availability in the month leading up to Thankgiving and the all … Read more Technology: Watchmouse Reports Black Friday Uptime