WOT for IE applies the Web of Trust's user-based ratings systems to Internet Explorer. When you browse to a questionable site, WOT for IE's toolbar icon changes from green to yellow to red, based on the site's reputation. That reputation is based on feedback by actual visitors and shared through the Web of Trust, a free, community-based online rating service. It does for Web sites what Angie's List does for plumbers; sort the trustworthy from the unreliable, the incompetent, and the scammers. WOT's social features let you read feedback shared by other users and contribute … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the occasion of what would've been Aaron Swartz's 27th birthday, the hacker who was driven to suicide earlier this year by government prosecution was memorialized with a clay statue of his likeness at the Internet Archive.
The half-sized representation of Swartz bears his scruffy, unshaven likeness and neck-length hair, but also an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) T-shirt and a laptop with an inscription on its lid: "10,000,000,000,000,000 Internet Archive 2012 bytes archived." The Internet Archive crossed 10 petabytes of data archived for free in October 2012.
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Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Russ Frushtick reviews Call of Duty: Ghosts.
- People are cramming entire movies into GIFs now, and the results are mesmerizing.
- The Internet Archive seeks donations after fire destroys $600,000 of equipment.
A lobbying group for tech's most powerful companies is voicing its support for Airbnb, as the company faces a subpoena from the New York Attorney General's office.
The Internet Association filed an amicus brief Friday that argues the Attorney General is acting out of his scope of power by filing a subpoena to collect data from the peer-to-peer home rental company. Airbnb, which lets hosts rent out their homes through its site, is a member of the association, along with tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
The AG's office, which filed a response Friday to Airbnb'… Read more
Microsoft's Internet Explorer has a longtime image problem. Over the years, the browser has been criticized for being slow, bulky, and behind the times.
Firefox and Chrome rose up as stars and sent IE into the shadows. But Microsoft doesn't give up easily, and the new IE 11 for Windows 7 is trying to leave the past behind and woo new users.
Microsoft says the latest IE incarnation is faster than the competition and a more secure choice due to its malware-blocking capabilities. The Windows 8 version also sports touch support. There have still been some capability complaints … Read more
Misplaced your defibrillator again? Can't find the dog? Trying to keep track of your warehouse's forklifts?
An Irish chip designer called DecaWave has announced its first chip, the ScenSor DW1000, designed to let customers locate objects indoors with a precision of 10 centimeters, or about 4 inches. The devices uses the IEEE 802.15.4a wireless communication standard to pinpoint the location of medical equipment, pets, or other items.
The chips should cost about $2 to $3 in volume -- perhaps too expensive for attaching to a fob so you don't lose your keys, but justifiable for … Read more
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What would it take to make Internet Explorer hip again? Could an anime heroine do it?
As it gears up for the launch of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 on Thursday, Microsoft posted a new ad featuring Inori Aizawa, a feisty anime girl who battles robots with her trusty SmartScreen shield while wearing a Sailor Moon-esque outfit complete with the Windows logo on her skirt.
Track down a security hole on the World Wide Web, and you could earn as much as $5,000.
Sponsored by Microsoft and Facebook, the Internet Bug Bounty challenges you to hack your way into such critical Web platforms as OpenSSL, PHP, Perl, and Apache. One challenge even invites you to hack the Internet itself, meaning finding a bug that affects a wide range of products and users.
"If the public is demonstrably safer as a result of your contribution to internet security, we'd like to be the first to recognize your work and say 'thanks' by sending … Read more
Remember Clippy, the helpful, googly-eyed paperclip? Microsoft hasn't had a lot luck with anthropomorphic characters. But that's not going to stop Sailor IE from lending a hand to the launch of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 on Thursday.
Known as Inori Aizawa, the Microsoft Singapore character was created to draw local attention to the new IE, as well as Windows Phone-powered Nokia phones and Surface tablets, from attendees of the currently-underway Anime Festival Asia.
A Microsoft representative told CNET that Inori's not about to become an official Internet Explorer mascot, but that doesn't mean that … Read more