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The internet and Google in HUGE freaking numbers

The internet is BIG, way too big for anyone to really comprehend it, but we can, at, least, see a summary of what it is in a couple of minutes.

About the internet:
– 2.9 billion people use it today
– 96% of it is the dark web or underweb
– S citizens spend at least 2.5 h/ day on the web
– we create 527 million metric tons of CO2 yearly to keep the internet working

Now, about Google:

Google has about 88.2% market share in the world of search and earns 58.7 billion US dollars yearly. A Google engineer receives $129k/year before benefits and when Google shut down for 4 minutes in 2013, internet traffic was 40% lower in those minutes.

That is HUGE. Not many people are able to build empires like Google and many of us would like to be part of such an event. In any case, we live a great era and there’s only going upwards.

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Tech news that you need to read: software patents, German link war, YouTube as a mobster and a confession from a tech journalist

Ok. The title might be longer than the actual blog content, but who cares? I have a huge stack of blog posts ready so I need to cut to the chase and let you know that you need to read these articles to get a better view of what the web is going through right now.

So, here are these news in a couple of phrases:
1. “Abstract ideas” cannot be used for software patenting anymore – while this ruling is fairly narrow it gets us closer to shutting down software patents sometime in the future. Basically, the US supreme Court has decided that abstract ideas that are created into a computer environment cannot be patented. That means that something like an escrow, a means of enforcing the settlement of debts in a multi-party financial transaction, cannot be a software patent. Finally!

2. There is a German war against the link in Google’s SERPs – Jeff Jarvis reports that the German publishers want to ask Google for some money because Google is showing the links to their websites in its SERPs. Do you know what? Why doesn’t Google simply deleted those guys from the index? Fair and square.

3. Youtube is behaving like a mobster – independent music creators are asked to sign some contracts with YouTube and pay YouTube some money if they want to see their videos online. Bad, YouTube, bad. Why? Because YouTube already has a ton of gains from the visitors that come to the site, search for the independent singer and then make views which, in turn, can be monetized via the ads YouTube runs. I say that the independent producers should NOT give in.

4. An ex-Venture Beat journalist confesses: it was hard, but I learned many things – she wrote almost 1700 blog posts for Venture Beat in more than 2 years. That is a lot considering she had to do a lot of meeting and phone calls each day and she had to write about five blog posts a day. That is a lot. She gave some pieces of advice: when you want to contact a journalist or a blogger for that matter, make sure you have something really interesting to tell.

5. Bonus: All About Yahoo’s DMARC Reject Policy – DMRC rehjection policy means that if someone sends you an email using an email address and the server that sends that email is NOT an Yahoo server, then all major email providers will simply reject it. This will reduce a big chunk of the spam that is out there and that uses addresses. A good thing, but with some downfalls. Read the full article to know more.

That’s it for now, folks.

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Vsauce: what’s the difference between internet and web?

Vsauce explains what the difference between internet and the web is. The internet is the collection of networks that interconnect with each other, it is the hardware on top of which runs the web. The web is the total amount of information stored on the internet ie all the sites you can find on the internet.

The web is also divided into open web, the one that is easily accessible to everyone and indexed in the search engines and the deep web, the one that is behind a paywall and that is not indexed in the search engines.

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TPP, a SOPA like treaty is being signed by Obama right now: Goodbye, net neutrality

Tim Wu, the author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires (Vintage) (afill link), wrote for the New Yorker that in 2007 Obama swore to him that he will protect net neutrality, but yesterday it seems that << Obama’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Thomas Wheeler, has proposed a new rule that is an explicit and blatant violation of this promise. In fact, it permits and encourages exactly what Obama warned against: broadband carriers acting as gatekeepers and charging Web sites a payola payment to reach customers through a “fast lane.”>>

That means that they, the ISPs and the authorities, will let the ISPs become the guardians of the web and then discriminate as they wish, by limiting the speed of access to some sites and accelerating the speed of others. No equality, only bullshit from the ISPs.

If the web is not on a plain level, with equal access to data on what device you want, wherever you are and whatever site you’re looking at, then the internet and web as we know them are lost.

Just as Leo Laporte, from Security Now says: “A bit is a bit, no matter if it comes from a text file or a video”. He is damn right and the ISPs and Obama should not behave like the internet, on its whole, is theirs. The internet is ours. We are, as Rebecca MacKinnon says în her book called Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (afill link), “netizens”, not mere users, but people who are living a digital life also, and we demand ISPs to respect us as good paying citizens.

So, stop de bullshit, stop the secrecy. Spread the word and make Obama be a good internet guy again.

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Epipheo: if you do not pay for the product, then YOU are the product

Well, that’s not something new. “Free” was never free. You data is a commodity, a currency with which you pay that free service. And it becomes more obvious with the passing of time that you are paying for every second you are using the “free” service.

How do you pay for the “free” service? You pay with your time, with your input (statuses, photos, videos, knowledge, what you share, your connections and so on) and in return you are returned a ToS (terms of service) sheet that tells you that you basically have no right over your own photos that you upload in a photos sharing website.

We may need to rethink this world and see us not as users that receive free service, but a full members of the Internet, netizens, with rights and obligations and with the right to choose what it’s being done to our information.

the web is not just a place where we hang our anymore. It’s our life, our second life. Facebook and other web silos should start thinking in other terms. They should also create a board where the netizens can word their opinions. We give you our time and data and in return you receive a ton of money from the advertisers. Now you should listen.

I like the video above and the fact that it shows that our data is important and we should keep it dear and near to us.


Power to the online people – infographic

In the infographic from below, created by Open Site, you can see that the idea that social media is the new major media is coined. Thus, social media is reactive. I’m not sure about it being a major media, however social media promises to be the big boy of the web and it has already proven it’s effectiveness in the Arab Spring Revolution.

Social media is also proactive. See the anti-SOPA/ACTA movement. The web has proven that can help in many ways and that we should not ignore any trends that can be seen. Sometimes you can read about an earthquake with 30 seconds before it hits you. Now, that is something!


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Friday is, awesome gets [video]

Best of Web is a collage of the most loved video across the internet. At its third edition this collage has many well known scenes.

Anyone remember the stairs jumping pug, the parkour dog, kittens falling in slo-mo, ninja kid, Gangam style Minecraft and the falling head prank ? Dozens of such scenes are in this video. How many can you recognize?

Via [GaS].

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SOPA – the first American Internet censorship system

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Do we need other words? I’m not in the US, but I still don’t like what is happening. As the video says: if US has a censorship law, then we all will have it. I don’t like it a bit. Censor your site in protests. How to do that? Go to American Censorship and read the section for blogs/tumblr/websites. Thanks [BoingBoing] for bringing this up.
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