Week in review: Mystery of the vanishing blogs
Blogging platform booted for terrorist links, while Facebook makes a half-billion friends. Also: Stellar earnings from Apple, Microsoft.
A blogging platform that claimed to service more than 70,000 blogs was mysteriously booted from the Internet by its Web-hosting company, and we are getting a clearer picture of how that happened.
of Burst.net--Blogetery's Web host--that links to al-Qaeda materials were found on Blogetery's servers, Joe Marr, chief technology officer for Burst.net, told CNET. Sources close to the investigation say that included in those materials were the names of American citizens targeted for assassination by al-Qaeda. Messages from Osama bin Laden and other leaders of the terrorist organization, as well as bomb-making tips, were also allegedly found on the server.
Marr said Friday the company
There are now 500 million people actively using the social-networking site, and the company is trumpeting it with the shared stories of how it's been used to connect people around the world.
The company's fiscal third-quarter results are buoyed by iPad and iPhone sales, as it earns $3.25 billion in profit.
Its fourth-quarter revenue, which beat expectations, is 22 percent higher than the same quarter a year ago--keeping it just ahead of rival Apple.
Things are pretty good with Bezos and company. So good, in fact, that Wall Street overestimated Amazon's performance for the second quarter of the year.
American businesses that weren't very happy about privacy legislation that Rep. Rick Boucher announced a few months ago may be even less delighted with a 55-page bill introduced by a House subcommittee chairman.
Wikileaks editor Julian Assange tells the TED Global conference that if he had received sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables, he would have not hesitated to publish them.
BP's High Interest Technology Team is considering a wide range of suggested technologies to find and clean up oil in the Gulf, including those of enviro-entrepreneurs.
Federal Trade Commission says the two-week extension gives it "more time to consider a proposed settlement."
But in Capitol Hill testimony, Victoria Espinel fails to provide enough details for some lawmakers on how she plans to get the job done.
Here is information about a new Windows worm that is targeting control systems around the world.
A Chinese official says Google is complying with Chinese law, and what Google chooses to do in Hong Kong is its own affair.
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