George C. Dimitriou

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Archive for September, 2009

Facebook has 300 Million Users and Makes Money.

September 16, 2009 By: George Category: Digital World, Trends No Comments →

Facebook has 300 million users and makes money, reports  Mark  Zuckerberg in the Facebook-Blog.

«As of today, Facebook now serves 300 million people across the world. It’s a large number, but the way we think about this is that we’re just getting started on our goal of connecting everyone.

We’re also succeeding at building Facebook in a sustainable way. Earlier this year, we said we expected to be cash flow positive sometime in 2010, and I’m pleased to share that we achieved this milestone last quarter. This is important to us because it sets Facebook up to be a strong independent service for the long term».

Thousands Call for Turing Apology.

September 14, 2009 By: George Category: Computing No Comments →

Thousands of people have signed a Downing Street petition calling for a posthumous government apology to World War II code breaker Alan Turing. Last Thursday the Prime Minister has released a statement , recognizing the “appalling” way he was treated for being gay.

In 1952 Turing was prosecuted for gross indecency after admitting a sexual relationship with a man. Two years later he killed himself.

Alan Turing is most famous for his code-breaking work at Bletchley Park during WWII, helping to create the Bombe that cracked messages enciphered with the German Enigma machines. However, he also made significant contributions to the emerging fields of artificial intelligence and computing.

In 1936 he established the conceptual and philosophical basis for the rise of computers in a seminal paper called On Computable Numbers, while in 1950 he devised a test to measure the intelligence of a machine. Today it is known as the Turing Test.

Korea will Train 3.000 Cyber Sheriffs.

September 14, 2009 By: George Category: Digital World, Security No Comments →

The South Korean government will train 3.000 “cyber sheriffs” by next year to protect the country from future cyber attacks, reports the South Korean Newspaper Korea Herald.

Cyber sheriffs are trained experts capable of maintaining cyber security for businesses from cyber attacks and malicious hackers. The Korean government plans to encourage colleges to open intensive courses to train cyber experts. Graduates of the courses will be hired by government offices and businesses in the future, officials said.

The Internet as a Diversion.

September 13, 2009 By: George Category: Digital World No Comments →

According to an April 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 74 percent of online users – those Americans who use the Internet to keep up with news about the economic recession or their own personal finances – turn to the Internet to help get their minds off recent economic or financial problems. The most common activities were watching online video (54%), listening to music (50%), playing online games (37%), chatting with friends (33%), and creating or posting content online (22%).

Other highlights include:

  •  46% of online economic users who go online as a diversion have also gone online to find or use online coupons.
  •  26% have sold personal items on an online auction site.
  •  15% have signed up online for automatic updates about economic or financial issues, and an additional 15% have tagged or categorized online content related to economic or financial issues.
  •  13% have shared photos, videos or audio files about economic or financial issues. 

Internet as a Diversion

The ‘Internet Manifesto’ and The Future of Journalism.

September 10, 2009 By: George Category: Countries visited No Comments →

15 German journalists and bloggers wrote an “Internet Manifesto” on how journalism works today. Shortly after it was announced online, their server went offline. The reaction was overwhelming. The 17 declarations were discussed worldwide. Guardian columnist Jeff Jarvis retweeted every declaration to his nearly 25,000 Twitter followers.

Bill Would Give U.S. President Emergency Control of Internet.

September 01, 2009 By: George Category: Digital World, Security No Comments →

Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.

They’re not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

The new version would allow the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.

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Global Search Market Draws More than 100 Billion Searches per Month.

September 01, 2009 By: George Category: Search No Comments →

“More than 113 billion searches were conducted in July 2009, representing a 41-percent increase versus year ago. Google Sites attracted significantly more searches than any other engine with 76.7 billion searches conducted, or 67.5 percent market share. […]

Among the five global regions, Europe accounted for the highest share of searches at 32.1 percent, followed by Asia Pacific (30.8 percent) and North America (22.1 percent).”

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