Following pressure from the entertainment industry the domain registry of Sint Maarten appears to have seized The Pirate Bay’s .SX domain name. The torrent site itself hasn’t been taken down and has quickly relocated to a new address on Ascension Island’s .AC ccTLD. The Pirate Bay team informs TorrentFreak that this UK-controlled domain isn’t their final destination and they will sail to a safer haven in the near future.
Torkington/Radar provides the hook:
different ccTLDs [country code top-level domains, like .co.uk, .us, .tv, etc] have different policies and operate in different jurisdictions, because ICANN gives them broad discretion to operate the country code domains. However, post-Snowden, governments are turning on the US’s stewardship of critical Internet bodies, so look for governments (i.e., law enforcement) to be meddling a lot more in DNS, IP addresses, routing, and other things which thus far have been (to good effect) fairly neutrally managed.
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“For the past two months, traffic has been surging to news publishers. Facebook dwarfs Twitter—and every other social network—such that an algorithmic change like this quickly makes it the largest referrer to most news sites. A programming change is all it takes to remind publishers who’s boss. And maybe that’s the point.”—Why Are Upworthy Headlines Suddenly Everywhere? - The Atlantic (via courtenaybird)
Earlier this year, researchers say, someone mysteriously hijacked internet traffic headed to government agencies, corporate offices and other recipients in the U.S. and elsewhere and redirected it to Belarus and Iceland, before sending it on its way to its legitimate destinations. They did so repeatedly over several months. But luckily someone did notice.
“We should pray that we learn his great gift of introspection, so that we never let the bitterness grow inside us, even when it seems nothing is changing.”—Madiba, I let you go, by South African journalist Marelise van der Merwe, regarding Nelson Mandela.
I’ve spent the past 6ish months building an Android app with Matt. The first version’s out in the wild, and it seemed about time to write up a few things we’ve learned … and, of course, weigh in on the never-ending Android-versus-iPhone debate.
“This year, it should be no surprise that people us mobile devices to buy things online. But when you compare this year’s early holiday shopping numbers with last year, the growth actually is pretty surprising.”—LukeW | Data Monday: Mobile Holiday Shopping 2013
“This is a revolutionary shift. Once upon a time, medicine was a discipline based on the nuanced diagnosis and treatment of sick patients. Now, Big Data, networked computers and a culture obsessed with knowing its numbers have moved medicine from the bedside to the desktop (or laptop). The art of medicine is becoming the science of an insurance actuary.”—Statins by Numbers - NYTimes.com (via fred-wilson)
“In recent years, Pentland has pioneered the use of specialized electronic “badges” that transmit data about employees’ interactions as they go about their days. The badges capture all sorts of information about formal and informal conversations: their length; the tone of voice and gestures of the people involved; how much those people talk, listen, and interrupt; the degree to which they demonstrate empathy and extroversion; and more. Each badge generates about 100 data points a minute.”—They’re Watching You at Work (via iamdanw)
Ever wonder how Black Friday got its name? Amy Merrick explores its origins, and debunks the myths behind shopping’s biggest day of the year: http://nyr.kr/1a8aS0h
“It turns out that a lot of what we’re told about Black Friday is invented by retailers and the marketing experts they hire. Retailers like Black Friday because the earlier customers start their holiday shopping, the more they are likely to spend over all.”