As the second major tech site to experience widespread downtime today, Facebook appears to be recovering from an outage that has lasted for more than an hour. Early into the interruption, users believed the problem pertained to a DNS issue. Although the main site (facebook.com) wouldn't resolve for millions of users, subdomains such as m.facebook.com, touch.facebook.com and beta.facebook.com loaded fine.
Although a purported member of Anonymous quickly took credit for causing outage, Facebook has since chalked the issue up to a botched traffic optimization test and not nefarious deeds. As part of its tinkering, the company made a DNS-related change and that resulted in many users being misrouted. The company says that the largest downtime occurred in Western Europe, but that Facebook should be fully operational now.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:33
Google will start charging small businesses to use its Google Apps productivity suite as the company mines previously free services for new revenue streams.
Businesses with 10 or fewer employees will now be charged $50 a year -- the same rate paid by larger businesses to use the Web-based tools, which include e-mail, word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics tools.
The move will allow the Web giant to focus on the quality of the business user's experience, Google explained today in a company blog post.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 December 2012 12:01
Microsoft has created an advert and a website as lures for people who used to think that Internet Explorer (IE) "sucks" but now think it "sucks...less".
Marketing is a funny thing. It pushes envelopes, thinks outside of imaginary boxes, runs things up flagpoles and makes viral videos. Microsoft's marketing is no different, and you can rely on it to try out some wheeze or other once or twice a year.
The "Browser you loved to hate" campaign is a pretty good idea. Take a web browser that not many people have anything good thing to say about, massage it a little and leave the watcher with an impression like, "meh, maybe it is sort of alright then...." Or something.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 November 2012 12:43
Gmail just added a new feature that lets you "attach" files to messages by selecting them from Google Drive, giving you much more leeway in how much you can send.
Drive allows you to send files up to 10GB in size, which is much larger than you can send with traditional attachments.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:56
A privacy notice is finding its way onto many Facebook profiles, as it supposedly offers protection from Facebook's claim to the copyright of users' individual posts. It's unofficial, doesn't actually do anything, and you should not post it if it crosses your path. Here's what the fake notice looks line:
In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 14:35