Actrix Online Informer – July 2014
The Actrix Online Informer is published each month to help keep
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help ensure they have every opportunity to benefit from it.
Welcome to the July Actrix Online Informer
Welcome to the Actrix Online Informer for July 2014. This month we celebrate the internet's 25th birthday by taking a look back at how some of our favourite websites used to look. From Google to Facebook, you might be shocked and surprised to see how ugly these websites used to be (or how our standards for what we think looks cool have risen).
We also round things off with 10 interesting facts we're certain you didn't know about Facebook.
In this month's YouTube feature we meet Frane Selak, who, depending how you look at it, is easily the worlds luckiest or unluckiest man. His story has to be seen to believed, but it involves crashing trains, falling from planes and winning the lottery. Wikipedia on Frane Selak.
The world-wide-web turned a quarter of a century old this year – in which time the Berlin Wall came down, we've witnessed one of the worst financial crises ever and the All Blacks finally won another World Cup. To celebrate, here's something you may have forgotten from the last 25 years – how some of your favourite websites used to look.
Last month we looked at 10 things you probably didn't know about the internet – this month we bring you 10 things you probably didn't know about Facebook. Enjoy!
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Cyberspace news snippets
What's been happening in the online world?
MP claims IT report falls short: Concerns that New Zealanders and Australians are paying over the odds for software, digital entertainment and computer gadgets are back under the spotlight. Click here for more.
Coastlines NZ surf brand catches SAP software wave: Kiwi surf and beach brand Coastlines has announced a partnership with software firm SAP, allowing the company to run all of its operations in the cloud. Click here for more.
Dotcom party comes down hard on Copyright Law: People wanting to watch TV blockbusters such as Game of Thrones at the same time as the rest of the world will benefit from changes to copyright law proposed by the Internet Party. Click here for more.
Wellington IT pros… What are YOU earning?: The first half of the year saw certain areas in demand in Wellington in IT, widely renowned as the tech capital of New Zealand. Click here for more.
Auckland IT pros… What are YOU earning?: The first half of 2014 was busier than usual in Auckland's IT recruitment market, even in January, traditionally the quietest month of the year. Click here for more.
IT jobs in NZ… What's in demand?: New projects were the key drivers of demand for IT professionals across New Zealand in the last six months, according to the latest report from specialist recruitment consultancy Robert Walters. Click here for more.
T1red of p@sswords? Y0u @re Nt @lone!: Good thing she doesn't need a password to get into heaven. That's what Donna Spinner often mutters when she tries to remember the growing list of letter-number-and-symbol codes she's had to create to access her various online accounts. Click here for more.
US auctions 30,000 bitcoins from raid: The US Marshals Service has auctioned off about 30,000 bitcoins seized during a raid on Silk Road, an internet black-market bazaar where authorities say illegal drugs and other goods could be bought. Click here for more.
Google execs in Cuba to promote open internet: A team of top Google executives is visiting Cuba to promote open internet access, according to a dissident blogger who says she met the group in Havana. Click here for more.
Playable Kickstarter-funded games hit 100: Backing a project on Kickstarter is always a gamble. Even if a crowdfunding campaign gains traction and meets its funding goal, there is never any guarantee that the project and its associated rewards will ever be delivered. Click here for more.
Big US broadcasters crush internet upstart: The United State's Supreme Court's ruling against Aereo is a huge deal - not because it'll upend the American TV industry, as some may have hoped, but because of the disruption it won't cause. Click here for more.
Are you as happy as Facebook says you are?: Are you as happy as your Facebook page says you are? A new short film satires how people report their setbacks on Facebook. Click here for more.
Anger at Facebook's emotion experiment: A recently published study that manipulated Facebook News Feeds has sparked outrage among users who are criticising the ethics behind the experiment, which was conducted by Facebook and several universities. Click here for more.
Would you use Facebook for work chats?: Facebook is reportedly building an at-work version of its social network, according to TechCrunch. Click here for more.
War and tweets: War and technology have long travelled an intertwining path, with war changing technology and technology changing war. War brought us barbed wire. Technology brought us sarin gas. War brought us the internet. Technology brought us atomic bombs. Click here for more.
How to stop Facebook snooping on you: Privacy advocates are mounting a campaign against Facebook's recently announced plans to extend their harvesting of users' personal data beyond the Facebook site. Click here for more.
Status update: Facebook not so diverse: Facebook, the world's most popular social network, released statistics on the makeup of its workforce that do not reflect the demographics of its users around the globe. Click here for more.
Russia asks Twitter to block accounts: Russia has asked Twitter to block access to a dozen accounts it deems "extremist", the head of the country's telecoms watchdog said, as Moscow seeks greater control over internet sites based beyond its borders. Click here for more.
Apple and Android
Apps bring speed reading to the digital age: Speed reading has been around for more than half a century, but new apps are bringing the technique into the digital age, helping users breeze through books faster. Click here for more.
Snowballing your fun...: Gearing up for the snow season can be costly, but some gadgets will make life easier on the slopes or add an extra element of fun. Click here for more.
Security and Privacy
NSA release first transparency report: The US government on Friday for the first time released data on the scope of some of its most sensitive foreign intelligence-gathering efforts, saying that it had targeted nearly 90,000 foreign persons or organisations for surveillance through US companies last year. Click here for more.
Google begins editing European results: Google has begun deleting some search results at the request of its users, following a court ruling that European Union citizens have a right to ask for the removal of embarrassing personal information that pops up on a search of their names. Click here for more.
Net neutrality protest arrest at Google campus: A protest by a group calling itself Occupy Google resulted in the arrest of 10 people late Tuesday night after they refused to leave the Internet giant's campus, according to police. Click here for more.
US will allow EU citizens to sue over data: President Barack Obama's administration will push the US Congress to enact legislation to give European Union citizens the right to sue in the United States if they think their private data has been released or misused, the US attorney general has said. Click here for more.
Dating site exposed 254,000 Aussie lonely hearts: Australian online dating company Cupid Media breached the Privacy Act by failing to take reasonable steps to secure the personal information of 254,000 Australians held on its dating websites, the privacy commissioner has found. Click here for more.
Indie labels turn to EU over YouTube row: Music trade association Impala has asked European Union antitrust regulators to intervene in a row with Google's YouTube over its paid streaming music service, saying some conditions demanded by the company were anti-competitive. Click here for more.
Experts reveal police hacking methods: Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups have said. Click here for more.
US warrantless bulk surveillance ruled legal: A federal judge has affirmed the legality of the US government's secret, warrantless bulk phone and email data collection in denying an Oregon man's motion to dismiss his terrorism conviction. Click here for more.
Heartbleed: Hundreds of thousands vulnerable: Two months after Heartbleed, 300,000 web servers are still vulnerable to the OpenSSL vulnerability. Click here for more.
The Weird, Wide Web
Seinfeld's guide to internet etiquettevideo: You might not want to actually follow his advice. Apart from the bit about filming a concert with an iPad. You should follow that one. Click here for more.
Each month we dredge through our archives to pull out stories from the Actrix Newsletter of exactly five years ago. Sometimes these stories will show just how much the net has changed in such a short time, and sometimes they'll be included just because they're interesting.
Is Anne Tolley more risky than a junkie?: What do Amy Winehouse and Anne Tolley have in common? The troubled singer and our education minister both feature in the top 10 most "dangerous" internet searches in New Zealand. Click here for more.
Kiwis spend less time online: New Zealand adults spend nearly 50 percent less time on the internet than other adults worldwide, a new survey shows. Click here for more.
Google Street View nabs Dutch muggers: Dutch police have arrested twin brothers on suspicion of robbery after their alleged victim spotted a picture of them following him on Google's Street View map application. Click here for more.
Wikipedia entries slag off Palmerston North: References to gang violence and crime on Palmerston North's Wikipedia page have seen overseas investors and professionals shy away from the city. Click here for more.
Trade Me grudge lands man in home detention: A man who began a vendetta against a senior employee of online auction site Trade Me after being banned from the website was today sentenced in Wellington District Court to home detention. Click here for more.
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