Yandex Overtakes Bing in Search Engine Race

Sunday, February 10th, 2013
Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, seems to be losing more love from the Internet public despite its hyped-up launch in 2009. It is not because Google continues to dominate the competition (actually, it still is), but the significant growth from search engines from other regions. China-based Baidu has been riding high for a long time and continues to chew on Google‘s Chinese market share despite its seco

Streaming Website Stickam Closes Down

Friday, February 1st, 2013
Since its inception in 2005, Stickam has been an online hangout place for the misfits, emos, and anyone else who love doing live-streaming video blogs. But as they say, some good things never last. On midnight of February 1 (US west coast time), Stickam closes down for good. The people behind the site did not say the reason, but Stickam may have lost in the growing competition against YouTube, Google+ Hangouts, a

Kim Dotcom Launches Successor to Megaupload

Monday, January 21st, 2013
Kim Dotcom, the big boss of Megaupload, has launched the reboot of his file-sharing site. The service, called Mega, is a cloud-storage site that allows users to upload and store any kind of file. The launch comes after Megaupload was shut down last year after New Zealand police arrested Dotcom and his employees over accusations of massive copyright infringement from the United States Department of Justice. Dotcom

Google Executive Urges North Korea to Embrace Internet

Friday, January 11th, 2013
Eric Schmidt, Google‘s executive chairman, has returned from a four-day visit to North Korea on Thursday. He urges the reclusive nation’s government to embrace the Web. The mystery-shrouded Scmidt’s tour of North Korea slowly unravels as he, along with a private delegation led by former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, returned to the United States. The visit was intended to press North Kore

Number of Wikipedia Editors on the Decline

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Recent statistics show that Wikipedia–the largest online, volunteer-driven encyclopedia–has been losing editors for the past six years. But who is to blame as to why less and less people are writing and amending content in Wikipedia? A research study from the University of Minnesota suggests that we could point the finger to the new rules and algorithms for quality control implemented in 2007. The stu

China Requires Netizens to Provide Their Real Names

Sunday, December 30th, 2012
China has passed a new law this weekend that would require its citizens to reveal their real names when signing up for Internet and phone services, a move that further controls the world’s largest population of web users. The country censors the Internet by restricting its 550 million netizens access to websites containing pornography, gambling, and content that is critical to the Communist Party. The new la

Iran Launches State-Sanctioned Video-Sharing Site

Monday, December 10th, 2012
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been on a crusade against Western influence from its Internet, even blocking websites for The New York Times and Facebook. And in its efforts to further eradicate “online infidelity,” the Iranian government has launched its very own, state-sanctioned, censored, and monitored video-sharing site., its name deriving from the Farsi word for “affection,”

Google Slams Upcoming UN Meeting on Internet Freedom

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
A conference is being organized by the United Nations in an effort to agree on a new information and communications treaty this December, but Google is not having it, calling the event a threat to the “free and open internet.” “A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future,” Google wrote on its Take Act

Disney Shutting Down Its Online Streaming Site

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
It is not always nice to hear about something closing down. But if a certain idea just doesn’t work, then might as well let go of it. In the case of major animation and film studio Disney, this idea is its online streaming service. The company just recently announced that it is closing down its Disney Movies Online streaming site. According to a post on the website, the company will be closing the online str

Wikileaks Puts Up Paywall, Angers Anonymous

Friday, October 12th, 2012
Wikileaks, the website infamous for leaking highly-classified government documents, is running short on cash. After the United States government successfully lobbied for credit card companies to block supporters’ donations from being processed, Wikileaks has been desperate for server funds and payments for the increasing costs of its founder Julian Assange’s legal fees. The site tried selling tote bag