We all know that Facebook is a social networking giant with over 750 million users. The enormous number of potential customers gathered in one place, have garnered the attention of small and large organizations alike. Facebook once was a place for simply messaging friends and viewing pictures of each other, but it has evolved into one of the biggest malls available online.
A Facebook Page is one of the most extensively used resources for businesses to interact with potential and existing customers alike. The reason users interact with a business page is to show their loyalty to the brand, find out about new deals, register a complaint, find out the solution of the problem they are facing with the brand’s product or simply show their approval of a brand’s product or image.
E-commerce and Facebook are beginning to come together. A recent study shows that 50% of the users visiting an E-commerce website are already logged in to their Facebook accounts. With the Facebook Graph API businesses can use the social plugins or Facebook Connect for easy access to the users. Studies also indicates that 88% of the top 200 Internet retail websites have integrated Facebook plugins.
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The DotConnectAfrica (DCA), one of the organizations that have expressed interest to implement and manage “.africa” gTLD, has opposed plans to include “DotAfrica,” “DotAfrique” and “DotAfriqiya” top level internet domains in the List of Reserved Names, a move that would make the strings unavailable during the ICANN’s new gTLD application process in February 2012.
In a commentary posted on the DCA website in reaction to an article published in ComputerWorld Kenya, DCA states that: “The proposal to include DotAfrica gTLD in the List of Reserved Names is a tactic to make this string and similar strings in any language to be unavailable in this ICANN gTLD round so as to give special legislative protection that will benefit the AU, and give it extraordinary powers to separately negotiate and delegate these names outside the ICANN programme.”
The DCA post in reaction to the article which DCA claims creates makes the impression that “the ministerial meeting agreed that the .africa gTLD should be reserved” which means“that organizations that want to bid to manage it must be sanctioned by the AU” and that “ICANN’s new gTLD application process provides for countries and regions with interest in certain names to reserve them.”
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Cloud computing is all the rage. “It’s become the phrase du jour,” says Gartner senior analyst Ben Pring, echoing many of his peers. The problem is that (as with Web 2.0) everyone seems to have a different definition.
As a metaphor for the Internet, “the cloud” is a familiar cliché, but when combined with “computing,” the meaning gets bigger and fuzzier. Some analysts and vendors define cloud computing narrowly as an updated version of utility computing: basically virtual servers available over the Internet. Others go very broad, arguing anything you consume outside the firewall is “in the cloud,” including conventional outsourcing.
Cloud computing comes into focus only when you think about what IT always needs: a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software. Cloud computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet, extends IT’s existing capabilities.
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08/17/2011 | 09:00 AM
Mozilla on Wednesday released what it billed as a faster and more stable version of its Firefox Web browser, version 6.
One of the key changes in Firefox 6 was in the address bar, which now highlights the domain of the website a user is visiting, to thwart spoofing.
“The address bar now highlights the domain of the website you’re visiting,” it said in its release notes.
Mozilla also said it streamlined the look of the site identity block, and added support for the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API.
Support has also been added for EventSource and server-sent events, and for window.matchMedia.
Mozilla said the new Firefox boasts of “reduced browser startup time” when using Panorama, adding it has fixed several stability and security issues.
However, Mozilla also noted some issues in Firefox 6, including:
- Arabic text on BBC.co.uk does not display correctly. The BBC has been notified of the issue.
- For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual.
- Starting Firefox using a locked profile, may cause it to crash.
- In Windows, some users with certain graphics cards and drivers may see a small rendering error on some websites, while some users of Adobe Reader X have experienced instability when viewing PDF documents in the browser. Mozilla recommended uninstalling and reinstalling Adobe Reader X.
- In Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), users may see a crash when the file chooser dialog is shown. Apple has been notified of the issue. Users running Lion are no longer able to use gestures to navigate. Mozilla said this will be fixed in a future release. Mozilla also said this version of Firefox will not work on Macintosh hardware with Power PC CPUs.
- In Linux, the video control buttons may not work when viewing QuickTime videos with libtotem. Also, users compiling from source might need a newer gcc and libstdc++ as the build requirements have changed. — RSJ, GMA News
VeriSign [ http://www.verisign.com ] has announced its almost-annual price increases for .com and .net domain names.
The wholesale cost from VeriSign for .com domain names will increase from $7.34 to $7.85 on January 15, 2012 and the registry fee for .net domain names will increase from $4.65 to $5.11.
The VeriSign fee doesn’t include ICANN’s 18 cent fee per year. So the wholesale cost of a .com domain name will be $8.03 and a .net will be $5.29.
VeriSign just renewed its contract with ICANN to run .net. It allows VeriSign to continue jacking up .net prices 10% a year. ICANN didn’t provide an explanation for this arbitrary increase.
VeriSign’s press release about the price increase mentions the increasing load of DNS queries the company handle.
This increase has come about after an agreement was signed with ICANN, the organisation responsible for managing domain names on the internet. Of course, the price increases will be passed down to the clients of registration offices.
To justify this increase, Verisign indicates that they have been forced to increase their security due to multiple distributed denial of services attacks (DDoS). The company states that they recorded more than 57 billion domain lookup requests on their servers each day in the first quarter of 2011. At this time, there are 96 million .com web sites and 14 million .net websites present in the world.