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Google's Gmail appears to have been blocked by China at IP level

Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:38
China is apparently blocking Google’s Gmail service in the latest move by the country to curb foreign Internet services. Internet performance monitoring company, Dyn Research, said Sunday that China was blocking Gmail at the IP level when served from Hong Kong. All Gmail traffic to China is through Hong Kong and affected by the block, unless users deploy evasion techniques, wrote Earl Zmijewski, Dyn’s vice president of analytics, in an email. Google’s real-time measure of…

Facebook's year in review is sometimes a year to forget

Sunday, 28 December 2014 15:30
Algorithms have become an essential part of our daily lives online. From Google Search to LinkedIn's "People You May Know," algorithms help us find what we're looking for even when we're not looking for it. But one algorithm has some users upset. Facebook launched its "Year In Review" this past week, which compiles users' most engaged posts. But as some users are quickly learning, most engaged doesn't mean most joyful. The application is reminding some…

Farewell, Orkut: Google shuts down its first social network

Sunday, 28 December 2014 07:21
A decade ago, Google launched its first social network. Called Orkut after its creator, Google software engineer Orkut Buyukkokten, Google launched the network just months before Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg brought Facebook to the world. Orkut never amounted to much, and on Monday Google officially shut it down. The more surprising part of that news is that Orkut was still around at all. In 2008, Google shifted Orkut's operations to Brazil, where the network had…

MEA tops charts among other ministries in social media presence

Friday, 26 December 2014 08:25
New Delhi, Dec 25: As social media has emerged as a key communications tool, the External Affairs Ministry has come on the top among various ministries and government departments in terms of its presence on digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+. On the micro-blogging site Twitter, Indian Diplomacy with its @IndianDiplomacy handle (the official account of India’s Public Diplomacy, Ministry of External Affairs) has as many as 2.76 lakh followers – larger than…

Facebook, other Web giants unite to scale MySQL

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 17:39
Facebook has joined a number of other Internet services heavyweights, such as Google and LinkedIn, to better equip the MySQL relational database management system for large- scale work. The new group, called WebScaleSQL, includes engineers from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter. "Our goal in launching WebScaleSQL is to enable the scale-oriented members of the MySQL community to work more closely together in order to prioritize the aspects that are most important to us," wrote Facebook…

Oracle buys Westminster ad-analytics firm Datalogix

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 02:23
Oracle Corp. will buy startup Datalogix Holdings Inc., an important advertising partner to Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. The deal shows how big software companies are refashioning themselves into marketing powerhouses. Westminster-based Datalogix is working with Facebook, Google and Twitter Inc. to prove that ads bought on their websites propel people to buy the advertised products in brick-and-mortar stores. Datalogix does this by matching information about Facebook or Google users with retailers' e-mail databases and…

Facebook's key to success in 2015 is...

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 13:14
The holidays could not be merrier at Facebook. Not only does Instagram now have more users than Twitter, but the Palo Alto, California-based company's shares are up about 50 percent year to date. Now, for Facebook to carry its momentum into 2015 the key factors are mobile and advertising, Colin Sebastian, a senior research analyst at Robert W. Baird, a Milwaukee-based financial services firm, told CNBC on Tuesday. "Facebook is really at the epicenter of…

Facebook's key to success...

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 13:14
The holidays could not be merrier at Facebook. Not only does Instagram now have more users than Twitter, but the Palo Alto, California-based company's shares are up about 50 percent year to date. Now, for Facebook to carry its momentum into 2015 the key factors are mobile and advertising, Colin Sebastian, a senior research analyst at Robert W. Baird, a Milwaukee-based financial services firm, told CNBC on Tuesday. "Facebook is really at the epicenter of…

The Wall Street Journal: Oracle agrees to buy Datalogix Holdings

Monday, 22 December 2014 15:54
Oracle Corp. on Monday agreed to buy startup Datalogix Holdings Inc., an important advertising partner to Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. The deal shows how big software companies are refashioning themselves into marketing powerhouses. Datalogix is working with Facebook FB, +1.97% Google GOOG, +1.65% and Twitter Inc. TWTR, +3.64% to prove that ads bought on their websites compel people to buy the advertised products in brick-and-mortar stores. Datalogix does this by matching information about Facebook…

Facebook’s Money-Making Solution To App Discovery? A Whole Feed Of Install Ads

Monday, 22 December 2014 13:52
Finding a good app can be like looking for a needle in a truckstop bathroom. Apple and Google aren’t doing much to help you sift through their messy app stores. Facebook has tried to step up, but sometimes you don’t care about your friends and just want a new mobile toy to play with. So Facebook is taking haters’ worst nightmare and turning it into an app discovery tool. Today I noticed a new bookmark…
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