08. 07. 09. 05:03 am
August 6, 2009 | Kim-Mai Cutler

Twitter, Facebook victims of “single, massively coordinated attack”
Not surprising: Twitter and Facebook’s downtime this morning was no coincidence. Twitter and other companies were victims of “a single, massively coordinated attack,” according to co-founder Biz Stone.Stone stressed that the attack didn’t compromise any user data and that he didn’t know what the motive was for the attack. Twitter is working with other companies to investigate, and some users will continue to face degraded service as the site recovers.
“We’ve worked hard to achieve technical stability and we’re proud of our Engineering and Operations teams,” Stone said. “Today’s massive, globally distributed attack was a reminder that there’s still lots of work ahead.”
The Twitter outage began at roughly 6 a.m. Pacific time today and continued for 90 minutes. Facebook similarly confirmed a denial of service attack earlier and also said it didn’t put any user data at risk.
“Earlier this morning, Facebook encountered network issues related to an apparent distributed denial of service attack, that resulted in degraded service for some users,” the company said in a statement. “No user data was at risk and we have restored full access to the site for most users.”
In a denial of service attack, a site is taken down by so many illegitimate requests that real users can’t get through.

August 6, 2009 | Kim-Mai Cutler

Twitter, Facebook victims of “single, massively coordinated attack”

Not surprising: Twitter and Facebook’s downtime this morning was no coincidence. Twitter and other companies were victims of “a single, massively coordinated attack,” according to co-founder Biz Stone.Stone stressed that the attack didn’t compromise any user data and that he didn’t know what the motive was for the attack. Twitter is working with other companies to investigate, and some users will continue to face degraded service as the site recovers.

“We’ve worked hard to achieve technical stability and we’re proud of our Engineering and Operations teams,” Stone said. “Today’s massive, globally distributed attack was a reminder that there’s still lots of work ahead.”

The Twitter outage began at roughly 6 a.m. Pacific time today and continued for 90 minutes. Facebook similarly confirmed a denial of service attack earlier and also said it didn’t put any user data at risk.

“Earlier this morning, Facebook encountered network issues related to an apparent distributed denial of service attack, that resulted in degraded service for some users,” the company said in a statement. “No user data was at risk and we have restored full access to the site for most users.”

In a denial of service attack, a site is taken down by so many illegitimate requests that real users can’t get through.

04. 19. 10. 01:47 pm
De Gule Sider bliver sociale
AF ANDERS CHRISTIANSENTorsdag den 15. april 2010, 10:16
Nu bliver De Gule Siders database kombineret med brugeranmeldelser af restauranter og institutioner.
Kan du bruge blikkenslageren i Benløse til noget som helst? Det vil du snart kunne finde ud af, nu hvor De Gule Sider i samarbejde med Tupalo.com lancerer brugeranmeldelse af alt fra restauranter og institutioner til frisører og blikkenslagere.
– Det er klart, at en sådan service bliver mere værdifuld, jo flere brugere som skriver en lille kommentar, anmeldelse eller anbefaling af den lokale håndværker, de har brugt senest, eller den damefrisør eller restaurant, de lige har besøgt, siger Carsten Kjems Falk, online marketing direktør De Gule Sider.
– Så vi vil bestemt gerne opfordre alle, som har lyst, til at hjælpe med at opbygge deres lokalområdes egen city-guide på nettet – til glæde for både de lokale og for tilrejsende og turister, fortsætter han
Samarbejdet med Tupalo.com er det seneste i rækken af partneraftaler, som De Gule Sider har indgået.
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De Gule Sider bliver sociale

AF ANDERS CHRISTIANSEN
Torsdag den 15. april 2010, 10:16

Nu bliver De Gule Siders database kombineret med brugeranmeldelser af restauranter og institutioner.

Kan du bruge blikkenslageren i Benløse til noget som helst? Det vil du snart kunne finde ud af, nu hvor De Gule Sider i samarbejde med Tupalo.com lancerer brugeranmeldelse af alt fra restauranter og institutioner til frisører og blikkenslagere.

– Det er klart, at en sådan service bliver mere værdifuld, jo flere brugere som skriver en lille kommentar, anmeldelse eller anbefaling af den lokale håndværker, de har brugt senest, eller den damefrisør eller restaurant, de lige har besøgt, siger Carsten Kjems Falk, online marketing direktør De Gule Sider.

– Så vi vil bestemt gerne opfordre alle, som har lyst, til at hjælpe med at opbygge deres lokalområdes egen city-guide på nettet – til glæde for både de lokale og for tilrejsende og turister, fortsætter han

Samarbejdet med Tupalo.com er det seneste i rækken af partneraftaler, som De Gule Sider har indgået.

Skype, TomTom og Microsoft leger allerede med dgs.dk på den ene eller anden måde?

05. 18. 10. 05:12 am

Facebook-konkurrent har vind i sejlene

Facebook-konkurrent har vind i sejlene - Tech & mobil

Fire studerende fra New York har samlet næsten én million kroner for at udvikle en åben konkurrent til Facebook.

På ganske få dage har fire studerende fra et universitet i New York klaret det umulige. De fire unge mænd på mellem 19 og 22 år har samlet næsten én million kroner gennem fundraising-tjenesten Kickstarter for at realisere deres idé om at skabe et frit, åbent alternativ til Facebook.

Daniel Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, Raphael Sofaer og Ilya Zhitomirsky havde egentlig kun sat sig som mål at indsamle 10.000 dollar – men pengene fortsatte med at strømme ind.

Nu vil de studerende bruge den kommende sommerferie til at videreudvikle deres projekt, et frit, decentralt og åbent socialt netværk, der skal konkurrere med Facebook.

Fordelen i det nye sociale netværk Diaspora skulle være, at brugeren til enhver tid har den fulde kontrol over sine personlige data, fotos og videoer.

Diaspora fungerer som et peer-to-peer netværk, hvor hver bruger driver sin egen lille server. Samtidig bruges stærk kryptering til at beskytte de informationer der sendes over netværket.

Facebook bliver ofte kritiseret for sin håndtering af brugernes private informationer og manglende databeskyttelse. Her vil Diaspora forsøge at kapre brugere ved at love, at brugernes data er bedre beskyttet.

I øjeblikket findes Diaspora kun som prototype, men en færdig version skulle være klar efter sommeren.

07. 14. 11. 11:04 am ♥ 3081
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Long Live The Internet
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Long Live The Internet

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08. 09. 11. 07:29 am ♥ 1

A Comparison Guide for Location-Based Offers

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08. 17. 11. 07:42 am

Facebook on the rise in India

08. 21. 11. 05:25 pm ♥ 4

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09. 05. 11. 03:28 pm ♥ 12

THE TRUTH ABOUT GROUPON

Yes, It Can Make Money—No, It Won’t Be Easy

(Personal comment: I have being saying this from DAY ONE…)

Six months ago, Groupon was the hottest company on earth.

The company had just turned down a $6 billion offer from Google, it was generating more than a billion dollars of revenue in year three, and it was said to be preparing an IPO at a ~$25 billion valuation.

Now, after a backlash against “daily deals,” several quarters of $100+ million of losses, and slowing growth, some people are arguing that Groupon is just a “Ponzi scheme” that will collapse the moment the company cuts back on marketing spending.

So, what’s the truth?

Somewhere in the middle.

Groupon has identified a huge new business opportunity and grown mind-bogglingly fast. It has fought off hundreds of competitors, including Facebook and Google. It has humiliated thousands of critics who have dismissed its business as “easily replicable with no barriers to entry.”  And it has done this while consuming very little cash, thanks to its ability to operate with negative working capital.

At the same time, the company has also benefitted from the novelty factor of its primary product, daily deals, and that novelty may be wearing thin.  It is hemorrhaging losses (losses, not cash), leading many observers to believe that it will never be profitable. And its investors have already taken more than $900 million off the table, enriching themselves while leaving the company low on cash.

So, what’s the next chapter in the story?

After taking a detailed look at Groupon’s business metrics, here is our take:

  • Groupon has a real business and should eventually be profitable—provided management doesn’t screw up and run out of cash
  • The transition to profitability will require Groupon to radically cut back marketing spending
  • Cutting back marketing spending will sharply slow Groupon’s growth
  • Sharply slowing growth will likely clobber Groupon’s valuation
  • If Groupon raises a boatload of money in an IPO, several of these concerns will diminish: The company will be able to keep spending aggressively on marketing and not have to worry about running out of money or dealing with slower growth for a while. That said, the transition from growth to profits will not likely be a happy period for Groupon’s shareholders.
  • If Groupon cannot get its IPO done, the company will likely have to raise money in the private market

There are several key metrics that support these conclusions. We’ve attached them as charts, and we’ll walk through them below.

Importantly, there’s precedent for a hyper-growth money-losing company like this transitioning to profitability—one that may offer a glimpse of what’s next for Groupon.

That company is Amazon.

In the late 1990s, many analysts argued that the perpetually money-losing Amazon would “never make money.” For a while, these concerns looked silly: Amazon’s stock soared, the company raised and spent huge amounts of capital, and growth blew the doors off.

But then the dotcom bubble burst and the capital markets shut down. And suddenly Amazon had to transition from hyper-growth and losses to slow growth and profits—without running out of cash in the process.

This transition was seriously challenging. Amazon’s stock tanked (see chart at right), and it nearly went bust. But, eventually, after a couple of rough years, the company emerged as one of the industry’s biggest winners, and it has gone on to build a colossal franchise.

This is not meant to suggest that Groupon is the next Amazon. There are some similarities between the companies, but there are also critical differences.

The part of Amazon’s history that Groupon appears headed for is the transition from losses to profits. How rough that transition is will likely depend a lot on whether Groupon can raise another big slug of cash.

Here’s why we think Groupon isn’t just a Ponzi scheme

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/blodget-groupon-analysis-2011-8#ixzz1X5Gq0PAg

09. 22. 09. 10:58 am

Are Facebook digging a hole for them self ? I found this video on YT (YouTube) and first I was thinking hmmmm interesting viral stuff but then again its a limitation no matter what - and that’s not good -or what?

05. 17. 10. 12:10 pm
one day Facebook will get a lawsuit that will kick their legs away WHY? have you read the Privacy - it’s not gonna “hold water” outside US of A
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12. 25. 10. 09:03 am ♥ 1

my Christmas present to you!

"if you don’t knew this already…"


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Notes:

• Read the FAQ at http://j.mp/fbdcinstall to understand the warning you get when you install Facebook Disconnect.

• I plan to add an optional omnibox icon to indicate blocking activity.

• This extension was originally developed in a single day. If you find a bug, report it at http://code.google.com/p/byoogle/issues/list and I’ll fix it on the double.

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08. 04. 11. 07:47 pm

My good man in the #SwedishMafia @FrankSchuil show me this #marvelous #Have2see #video see it or something could happend next time you cross the street ;)… 

‎3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ….into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling… 

08. 10. 11. 08:17 am ♥ 3

Suck it SmS and iMessage

This is very very interesting development in the Social-War going on right now - I think… well to be honest I am not sure but in the end it will probably end with one big mix of merging services and perhaps companies - what do you think?

Facebook just out-imessaged imessage and SmS is Screwed than ever!

Facebook did a strange thing today: they released a mobile application separate from their main app. They’ve never done this before. But it’s genius. And it’s yet another long-term thorn in the side of SMS.

Facebook Messenger is a stand-alone app for iOS and Android. It essentially merges theBeluga product that Facebook acquired in February with their revamped Messages product. Now it makes sense why Facebook wanted to make it clear that the Beluga deal was for both talent andtechnology (Facebook almost always does just talent acquisition deals).

Shortly after the deal, Jason Kincaid and I talked about the ramifications of the acquisition on our OMG/JK showfor TechCrunch TV (video below). We were both in agreement that while it would be out-of-character for Facebook to do so, they absolutely should release a new stand-alone messaging app. The reason? Speed and simplicity are key in the space. The Messages product inside of the current Facebook apps offered neither.

Now, with Messenger, Facebook is ready to roll into this space. Should competitors like GroupMe and Kik be worried? Maybe, but they’re iterating quickly and adding new features to try and stand out. They’ll have to do that a bit faster now as a player with 750 million built-in potential users just entered the space.

But the service that should be perhaps more worried about Messenger is the still-unlaunched iMessage. Announced by Apple at WWDC in June, iMessage is a new messaging platform that will be a part of the default SMS application in iOS 5. That gives it a huge leg up, obviously. But it’s also potentially going to be harder to use than Facebook’s new Messenger.

The reason is that iMessage, like FaceTime, relies on user email addresses to work (or phone number if they have an iPhone, but only if they have an iPhone). Developers with access to the iOS 5 beta that I’ve spoken with complain that they often run into problems trying to send iMessages because they have no idea what email address their friends’ accounts are tied to. This is the same problem that FaceTime has faced.

Apple does this because email addresses are also how they define identity for Apple ID. But plenty of people have multiple email addresses, and may use a strange one for their Apple ID. For example, I do. You can add other email addresses where people can find you in the settings of iOS, but most users are never going to do this. The system is not ideal.

Much more ideal is using your Facebook connections and actual name look-ups — which Messenger obviously does. Or, if the person you’re trying to reach doesn’t use Facebook, or you’re not connected, you can use a phone number to connect. Yes, you could also do this through iMessage, but whereas Messenger will likely use SMS to bring users into the app, iMessage SMS connections are more likely to continue as SMS communications. While there are some differences between an iMessage and an SMS, they basically look the same, and again, reside in the same app.

Facebook Messenger will also clearly handle group messaging better than iMessage. Whereas iMessage seems like system to circumvent SMS — and for good reason, SMS remains one of the biggest rip-offs out there — Messenger feels like something that goes well beyond it.

Code found today within Messenger by 9to5 Mac suggests that Facebook will soon add video chat capabilities to the app as well. This makes sense, given Facebook’s recent tie-up with Skype for such functionality.

There’s one other big reason why Messenger is likely to out-iMessage iMessage: cross-platform compatibility. iMessage will only work for iOS users. Facebook Messenger works on both iOS and Android devices. And there is one other massive place Messenger messages work: Facebook.com.

Using it today, it’s clear that this is the true power of Facebook Messenger. Someone messages me, and I get it sent to my phone and the message pops up in Facebook on the web, if I have it open. If I don’t, the message goes into my Messages area and I can access it later. It’s seamless.

This iOS/Android/Web compatibility is a big reason why Beluga was my favorite group messaging app. With Facebook.com now the web component of this system, things just got kicked up a notch.

One thing is more clear than ever before: between iMessages, Beluga, GroupMe, Kik, Google’s new Huddle feature of Google+, and now Facebook Messenger, SMS is under complete and utter assault. Yes, most of those service are compatible with SMS, but only so they can be parasitic off of it.

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08. 17. 11. 08:43 am ♥ 4

Crime to be reported to police on Facebook

WELCOME BigBrother there is no way back now :(

Criminals can now be reported to the police on Facebook under a new scheme launched by Lothian and Borders Police.

The ‘Made From Crime’ initiative will allow internet users to report their concerns online, anonymously if they wish, through an advert on the site.

It is the first scheme of its kind in Scotland, and has the backing of the Scottish government, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

» via BBC

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08. 24. 11. 11:16 pm

A Perfect Circle: “Friends”

I was impressed by Facebook’s updated privacyannouncements today. Finally, after years of menus – and menus filled with menus – and menus filled with menus filled with drop-downs — we’re getting simple, direct privacy options right on the page. I’m sure some people will still bitch and moan because well, it’s Facebook. But at least on the surface, these changes look good.

The changes also tie into something I’ve been thinking about for a long time — it’s a subject that has become red-hot again thanks to Google+ and its Circles concept: simple social sharing. With today’s changes, Facebook has whittled six sharing options down to three. And really, there are only now two that actually matter: “Public” and “Friends”.

When you used to share things on Facebook, you had the option to share with “Everyone”, “Friends of Friends and Networks”, “Friends and Networks”, “Friends of Friends”, “Friends”, or a customized group. Read that list over again. It’s ridiculous. And it’s actually still in place right now (the new changes haven’t rolled out just yet).

Again, now those options have been reduced to “Public” or “Friends”. A million times better. And more or less exactly what I’ve been asking for for the past couple of years.

Yes, on the surface the sharing controls are less granular. But “Custom” remains for the power users. In their post on the matter, Facebook also alludes to expanding the sharing options and possibly adding other Groups or Lists you create over time. For most users, hopefully they won’t do this. Again, “Public” and “Friends” are all that matter.

Now that we’re exiting the Google+ post-launch hype cycle and we’re starting to see if the service will actually be useful, a realization about the Circles feature seems to be setting in: Circles, like all lists, are a pain in the ass to maintain. Sure, Google perfected a way to get users to create these lists. But managing those people once they’re in there is just not something people are going to do.

“But but but it will be different with Google+!” No it won’t.

And I’ll go a step further. I would bet that because Google+ forces users to put people in at least one Circle, eventually, most users will just add everyone they want to follow into exactly that: one Circle. A smaller subset will create two Circles: “friends” and “family”. Even smaller subsets will create Circles for their co-workers. And that’s it. That’s the harsh reality of list creation online.

That’s too bad because lists, when you take the time to create them and maintain them, are very useful. That’s why everyone — Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc — has tried to tackle this problem. But I think all plans have been too grandiose. Most lists are ephemeral. That’s why they actually do work well on mobile with services like group messaging. And I would bet that we’ll see a lot of startups spring up around the idea of group creation on the fly based on location.

But on the higher level for these massive social networks, you need to keep it simple for the vast majority of users. One list: “Friends”.

That’s what Facebook has just essentially done. While they give you two sharing options (again, not including “Custom”), “Public” is actually not a list at all. It’s everyone out there in the world, potentially. The only actual list is “Friends” and it’s a list that has always been the fundamental building block of Facebook. You don’t have to go out of your way to make that list, it’s how Facebook works. If you accept or extend a connection, those people are your “Friends”.

Google+ has gotten everyone all excited again about granular controls. But there’s a reason the idea keeps failing, and I don’t believe it’s simply a design challenge.

This is the point where some people will get upset and say that I’ve lost touch with reality in the San Francisco hipster bubble. “How dare you tell me I shouldn’t share personal moments with my family!” I’m not saying that. That’s why all of these services have — and will continue to have — custom sharing options. I’m simply saying that the way I see this playing out — the way lists scale — is by giving the majority of users one list. And by having everything else be public.

Facebook’s new system isn’t perfect. I’d still love to see them more directly implement the concept of a “follower”. That is, someone who is not your “friend” but wants to follow along with the public things you post. This sort of exists when you ignore friend requests (or on fan pages), but it’s still not ideal. It needs to be far more explicit on both ends. Eventually, this will have to be addressed one way or another — “Public” sharing doesn’t make a ton of sense without it.

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