Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Faceless Net Giants

A story in the Sydney Morning Herald:  "Faceless Net Giants Writing Own Rule Books."  If you upset Google (or Google Ireland -- the company that Google hides behind), they can just make you disappear.

"Australians use them more than any other websites and to many they have become essential services, oiling the wheels of life and commerce at the click of a mouse. 


But when Google or Facebook no longer wants you, it can be all but impossible to find out why, as internet entrepreneur Mark Bowyer and others have found to their cost.

Earlier this year Google banned ads from his travel website, Rusty Compass, because it said the site "poses a risk of generating invalid activity".

Monday, December 19, 2011

Apple Apps

On Christmas morning, millions of people will unwrap new iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches — and immediately start downloading games and other applications for them. It is the biggest day of the year for app sales, which can mean big money for developers.


Flurry, a mobile analytics firm, estimated that in the period from Dec. 23 to Dec. 26 last year, 240 million applications were downloaded to Apple mobile devices, or about 20 percent of the total downloads for the month.


Source:  NYTimes

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Brand xxx marks dot danger


The arrival of a generic top-level domain specifically for the porn industry has worrying implications and likely costs for many well known labels.
There is more trouble for brand owners brewing in cyberspace, with ­fundamental changes to the domain name system being implemented. In March 2011, following successful lobbying from the adult entertainment industry, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) agreed to allow the ­creation of a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) specifically for the adult entertainment industry. A gTLD is represented by the letters that come after the dot in a domain name, such as .com or .net.
The new adult entertainment top-level domain is .xxx and will come online next year.
This has implications for every business because brand names could be used in domain names for adult websites. For example, someone could register the new domain name sportsgirl.xxx or boostjuice.xxx for a porn website.