Congress learns all about cookies (not the delicious kind...but maybe the del.icio.us kind), Gmail goes down, and Google proves to be a terrible communicator. Also, the Amazon Kindle may take off after all (har har), and Twitter baffles us completely regarding its follow/follower spam prevention thing. In sum, it's a Tuesday, but it feels like a Monday.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 786
Google apologizes for Gmail outage http://www.crn.com/software/210002714
PC World: Google Apps hit by prolonged Gmail access problem http://www.pcworld.com/article/149524/
Android may be … Read more
This was one of those rare events in the calendar: Google's Gmail went down for the count while Twitter, everyone's regular punching bag, was full of chatterers who couldn't stop blabbing about the outage.
As my colleague Dan Farber recently reminded everyone in these pages, sometimes it does rain on the cloud. That's just the nature of cloud computing, which is still in its relative infancy. Truth be told, considering the load being shouldered, I'm more surprised that systems aren't breaking more often than they do.
For more, check out the video interview I … Read more
Don't call Google's search business a monopoly, the company's executives have reminded us.
Unfortunately, we're running out of other ways to describe it. Researchers at Hitwise released new data Monday indicating that Google in July topped a 70 percent share of U.S. Web searches (70.77 percent to be exact). That's up 10 percent from the same month a year ago and 2 percent from the previous month. Yahoo search was second at 18.65 percent, MSN search was third at 5.36 percent, and Ask.com came in fourth at 3.53 percent. … Read more
Performance-monitoring firm Pingdom thinks we should look at social networks differently.
The popularity of a social site such as MySpace or Twitter is frequently measured in unique users, page views, or user registrations. But a recent ministudy by Pingdom chose instead to look at how much of a proportional lock a given social network has on the countries' Web users. The tool of choice was Google Insights for Search, which was formally launched earlier this week.
Facebook, for example, started in the United States and still has more members there than in any other country. But there's more proportional &… Read more
Google on Tuesday announced Keyczar, an open-source project to help developers select and use safe cryptography in their applications.
Built on OpenSSL, PyCrypto, and the Java JCE libraries, Keyczar supports authentication and encryption with both symmetric and asymmetric keys. It simplifies some of the details by choosing safe defaults and automatically tagging outputs with key version information. Keyczar also provides a simple interface.
The project provides developers with a simple API, key rotation and versioning, and safe default algorithms, modes, and key lengths.
Field tests to determine whether the Federal Communications Commission should open up unused TV spectrum for wireless broadband services are getting mixed reviews as different methods for avoiding spectrum interference are being tested in the real world.
In the most recently concluded tests, Motorola claims its geolocation-based technology got high marks for avoiding interference with existing spectrum holders, while a field test of spectrum sensing technology at a major sporting venue proved that that technology is not up to snuff in avoiding interference with broadcast-based microphones.
The FCC has been conducting these real world tests of different prototype devices to … Read more
Google's e-mail service Gmail is offline for many users right now. Those wondering if they are alone in experiencing the outage can find comfort on Twitter, which is up and sizzling with Gmail down alerts. To track the spread of the outage (and to find out when it is corrected), take a look Twitter Search, which is posting dozens of items a second about the outage.
Some Webware readers are reporting that Gmail's business e-mail service is also down.
Users already logged into Gmail when the outage started may be able to read messages in their in-box, although … Read more
On the ad front, Bloglines has started putting display ads into search results and into individual members' "start pages," with more forms of advertising on the way--specifically within feed readers.
Bloglines first started its beta rollout nearly a year ago; the early player in the RSS feeder niche has faced increased competition from Google Reader as what was once a Mountain View, Calif., side project … Read more