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Today marks the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web. Intended as a way to make sharing information over computers easier, the Web has transformed lives in ways its creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee never thought possible. Critical of Internet surveillance by governments world- wide, Sir Tim Berners-Lee now believes an online "Bill of Rights" is needed for a healthy, open Internet.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wish the World Wide Web a happy birthday.
Yesterday, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced a new sales program dubbed "Google Apps Referral Program" to help drive sales of the Google Apps software suite. Cheerfully described by some as a way of "sharing so others can benefit", other bloggers describe it as a way of "sharing to annoy others." Designed as a way to complete against growing Microsoft Office 365 adoption, time will tell if the controversial approach will garner sales for Google's application suite.
But why the umbrage from certain bloggy corners? Although a hard direct sales approach sometimes works; too often a socially-shunned salesperson never gets the chance.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers make money the old-fashioned way.
A star has been born at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. As an annual gathering point on the rubber chicken pilgrim trail of Hollywood execs and hipsters, SXSW is intended for showcasing music and film talent. This year, the talent is a bit irked, a scene-stealer is in their midst. A virtual reality headset named Oculus Rift -- starring in an HBO "Game of Thrones" exhibition -- is getting all of the attention.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers knew her before she was famous.
After a year of hard work, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has just deployed changes to the desktop version of its "News Feed." Bloggers -- on the whole -- seem pleased with the changes. No problems, everything is great. Still, the "new look" has many bloggers scratching their heads, unsure of what has changed exactly.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers want to keep things the way they are.
High fives and thumbs up. That's what celebrating CEO Jan Koum of instant messaging company WhatsApp was doing after Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) decided to buy his company for 19 billion dollars. Not everybody is in cheer though: privacy groups Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) are determined to crash the party.
GnuTLS, the widely-used open-source encryption library, has a simply horrible bug. And it's had that bug since 2003. It has a similar effect to the recently-discovered one in Apple OS code: It fails to correctly validate certificates.
The conspiracy theorists are beginning to have a field day, with fingers pointing in the NSA's direction.
The MtGox Bitcoin exchange is bankrupt. Not a huge surprise, but insiders are also alleging chronic incompetence within the company, flowing from the CEO, Mark Karpeles. Supposed hackers have also leaked some PHP code that appears to substantiate those allegations. But could it all be an elaborate ruse to steal customers' imaginary money?
MtGox Co., Ltd. is now aiming for "civil rehabilitation" in a Tokyo District Court (similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S.).
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers release the frickin’ ill-tempered, mutated sea bass.
Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) new CEO is doing some spring-cleaning. Looks like Tami Reller's getting the blame for Windows 8, and there's simply no reason to keep Tony Bates hanging around like the metaphorical bad smell.
In other news, Scrooled-meister Mark Penn is getting a promotion. Oh brother.
This is not a Nigerian "419" scam, a method to earn millions browsing the web from home, or an attempt to sell a bridge in Brooklyn. However, some bloggers are having a hard time believing rumors that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) will soon give Windows 8.1 away for free.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are skeptically optimistic and optimistically skeptical.