Google Rolls Out “Contributor” Which Allows Users To Block Adsense Ads For A Fee

According to CBS News,  Google is rolling out a new service called "Contributor" that will allow users to block seeing AdSense ads on site  users visit for a charge. "Working with a handful of websites, including Mashable, the Onion, Science Daily, wikiHow, Imgur and Urban Dictionary, Google is offering subscriptions for $1, $2 or $3 per month that will block AdSense advertising on those sites, … [Read more...]

NYC.com Making Email Expensive

Gothamist did a piece about NYC.com offering email addresses and their not cheap. The article looks at all of the recent attention around "NYC" branding. The new .NYC extension is mentioned along with the offering of email addresses from NYC.com. From the article: The email addresses are not free, they come with a monthly rent ($69, $99, $199, and $999 a month are the current prices). So, for … [Read more...]

Tech Companies Want Senate To End NSA Collection Programs Before Republicans Take Control

Tech companies coming together to get the Senate to act to eliminate the NSA's bulk data collection programs. Companies like Google and Microsoft etc... are worried about losing business around the world as foreign governments might fear that the U.S. government can gain easy access to the data of their citizens. With the change of power in the Senate there is a fear among tech leaders that this … [Read more...]

Law Enforcement Cracks Down on the Dark Web, Seizes 400 .onion domains

We have had news stories before about international law enforcement agencies banding together to take down websites that deal in illicit goods or counterfeit merchandise. Yesterday the U.S, Canada and European agencies made another round of takedowns, the difference this time is that they hit the "Dark Web" websites using stuff like the onion router or TOR. USA Today covered the story: Police … [Read more...]

England Turning Up The Heat on Internet Trolls

England is getting tougher on Internet trolls it seems, the BBC is out along with a host of other publications, that the most serious offenders could now see their sentence quadrupled from 6 months in jail to 24 months in jail. I remember last year reading an article about a British boxer, The Guardian covered it, When Curtis Woodhouse lost his English light-welterweight title on points to Shane … [Read more...]

Reforms Needed Before U.S. Hands Over Control of ICANN

Senator Mark Warner (D-Va) wrote a piece on Information Week that discusses the reforms that need to be addressed before the keys to ICANN are handed over. He touches upon things like, Who will hold ICANN accountable, transparency with the public and the sanctity of the DNS. From the article: The FCC recently received more than 3.7 million comments on its proposed rules to govern how … [Read more...]

News Corp Acquires Publicly Traded Move.com For $950M

News Corp has agreed to acquire Move, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOVE) "a leading online real estate business that brings consumers and Realtors® together to facilitate the sale and rental of real estate in the United States." "The Move Network of websites, which also includes Move.com, reaches approximately 35 million people per month, who spend an average of 22 minutes each on its sites1. REA Group … [Read more...]