November 2012 -
The tech world loves to pit these two against each other. But for now, they really are on different courses.
It’s easy to call Facebook the social network of the past. It’s harder to build the social network of the future.
To hear Bradley Horowitz tell it, though, Google is well on its way. Google+, he says, lets people share with others in a more natural way than its competitors. Easy privacy controls, an environment free from obtrusive advertising, and highly polished mobile apps combine on Google+ to deliver a next-generation social network, as Horowitz tells it.
“It’s not attempting to chase the social networks of the past,” he said this week at a Business Insider conference in New York, in an assertion that launched a hundred headlines. “We’re charting our own course, and it’s a different course.”
The 15-minute interview with Google’s vice president of product for Google+ showed off a refreshingly pugnacious side of a social network that’s been rather quiet as of late — and, in doing so, got the network its best press coverage in months. (Slagging on Facebook’s increasingly advertising-heavy newsfeed, which no one besides Facebook investors are excited about, can do that for you.) Horowitz went on to suggest that Facebook fails to capture the way people interact in the real world. As a result, he drew renewed attention to the…
Read the full article here: The crazy truth: Google+ can thrive alongside Facebook
An outage at 10:26 a.m. UTC, or 5:26 a.m. ET, shut down all Syrian access to the Web. Phone lines also appear to be down, and airlines are canceling flights.
Syria, ravaged by a vicious civil war, has now lost contact with the outside world.
The Middle Eastern country has been experiencing an Internet outage for several hours, and many people on Twitter are reporting that phone lines are down as well. In addition, some airlines are canceling flights to Damascus.
According to Renesys, which operates a real-time grid that continuously monitors Internet routing data, all 84 of Syria’s IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet. The outage started at 10:26 UTC (12:26 p.m. in Damascus or 5:26 a.m. ET), and there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight.
The site initially said that 92 percent of the country’s routed networks were offline, but the remainder also eventually disappeared. Renesys said it’s “investigating the dynamics of the outage and will post updates as they become available.”
Shutting down Web and phone service is a tactic increasingly pursued by countries to limit the spread of information both within the country and to the outside world. Egypt and Libya switched off Internet access early in their own uprisings last year, but Syria hadn’t taken the step despite being embroiled in a bloody war for many months now.
The move today could signal even tougher times ahead for…
See the whole story here: Blackout: Syria vanishes from Internet