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- After 40 Years, the Internet Is About to Get Even Messier
An ICANN representative has led reporters to believe that, till the end of the week, the committee might approve the usage of non-Latin characters in standard web addresses. The change, if approved, will not only be the biggest face-lift given to the Internet, but will also be the biggest technical modification done since its birth 40 years ago.On the 29th of October, 2009, three days from now, the Internet will officially be 40 years old, and there are great chances that a revolution of the way we look at it is about to be approved on the same day.This week in Seoul, South Korea, the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is holding its annual meeting, in which many experts are anticipating the official board approval for non-Latin character URLs. The ICANN has already been testing different technical solutions for this issue alone for a couple of years now, and a resolution seems to have been found to allow non-Latin users to benefit from their language on the web.If approved, characters like Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Greek and Cyrillic will make their way on the web, making it even more messier than it already is. Peter Dengate Thrush, chairman of ICANN, said, “This is the biggest change technically to the internet s...
- Facebook Now Serves 25 Percent of the Pageviews in the US
Facebook is huge, the biggest social network and one of the largest websites on the planet. It's also growing at a hefty pace with no slowdown in sight. It has 300 million users worldwide and is one of the top five sites in terms of traffic in many countries. Yet, despite all this, some stats still manage to surprise us, like the fact that Facebook is now getting one in every four pageviews in the US. That's right, a quarter of the webpages served in the US come from Facebook, quite a feat for a company that, a year ago, wasn't even a threat to the then-dominant social network, MySpace. Looking at numbers from Compete, researcher Perry Drake found that Facebook had grown to be the biggest website in the US in terms of pageviews, trumping giants like Google. While Facebook manages to get 25 percent of the page views, Google only gets about eight percent of the total monthly pageviews in the US, or one in 12. The numbers, of course, may not be precisely accurate, but they do serve as a good guideline. Only traffic to Google's homepage at google.com and related sub-sites is counted, leaving out some properties that are hosted under their own URL, but this is still an impressive feat for Facebook and probably a cause for worry for Google. Facebook's dominance doesn't translate into the number o...
- Yahoo Board Member Carl Icahn Resigns
Yahoo is still far from recovery and, despite a very important deal with Microsoft, it's beginning to look that it wasn't enough to sway the general opinion about the company's future. And that deal itself is looking worse and worse as time goes by, with many believing that Yahoo could have gotten better terms or that it should have stuck with the search business. Now, the grumblings from inside may be rising again as board member Carl Icahn is leaving his chair after quite a turbulent tenure. He thinks it's now time to move on and pursue other more attractive interests in other companies saying, "There was not a need at this time for an activist investor" at Yahoo. The lack of time and the focus on other companies is the official reason for his departure, but, considering his troubled stay at the company, the motivation may be a little different. At the same time, it's likely that many at Yahoo are glad to see him gone, as Icahn didn't exactly make a lot of friends at the company. Still, Yahoo had an official and standard canned response thanking the shareholder for his input. "Carl has been an important member of our Board and has helped us through some significant transitions. We are all grateful for his active role shaping the future of Yahoo," the company said in a statement.
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