Around the IT Industry 5/21-5/25

by Modis on May 25, 2012

Google Releases Copyright Complaint List

For the first time ever, Google is including information about the organizations who most frequently submit copyright infringement complaints to the search engine company so that the search algorithms will avoid the infringing sites. This information has been made available in Google’s latest Transparency Report, which allows the public to glimpse some of the goings-on being the scenes at Google headquarters.

Yahoo’s New Browser, Axis

Originally designed as an application for the iPhone and iPad, Yahoo’s new web browser, known as Axis, is designed to relay search information to the user in a more image-intensive fashion rather than the more traditional text-based results of other browsers and search engines. Now, this browser is available on other devices as a plug-in for Internet Explorer. At this time, an Android platform version of the browser is still in development.

NY Legislation Battles Online Anonymity

Some controversial legislation has been proposed by New York government officials, which is aimed at preventing anonymous comments from slandering or otherwise harming business, individuals, or websites. The legislation proposes that users who wish to post criticisms or other harmful statements would be required to attach their real legal name to the post or the comment would be deleted. Needless to say, this legislation treads a very fine line regarding the First Amendment’s freedom of speech, particularly with regards to comments on public issues. With this legislation in force, a political candidate could theoretically force dissenters to reveal themselves or have their statements removed.

IPv4 Addresses: The New Internet Real Estate

With the Internet expanding every day at an exponential rate, the IP address allocation system currently in use all over the world known as IPv4 is beginning to run out of addresses to assign to new destinations on the web. A new protocol called IPv6 is being implemented to provide significant room for future growth, but the remaining IPv4 addresses are currently a hot commodity on the world market as some enterprises carefully guard the ownership of these addresses to be sold to other interested parties in the event that IPv6 transition is not as smooth as they hope.

Next Generation Input Devices

MIT has recently developed a prototype virtual interface that will allow users to create, manipulate, and delete objects in a virtual 3D environment using only a motion-sensing glove and a tablet screen. The future implications of such a technology are far-reaching, including virtual keyboards that can detect keystrokes typed into thin air, video games that project elements directly into a real-world setting, digital sculpting, and many more.

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