Google+ (g+)has gotten off to a good start. Unfortunately it's hit a rocky spot that could, if not handled properly, destroy the momentum it's enjoyed so far. Rafal Los (aka Wh1t3Rabbit) reports that the hacker community is in an uproar. Apparently Google has been disabling the accounts of people who are using handles instead of their real names. Some people have lost everything they had in Google.
According to Tricia Duryee at the All Things Digital blog, Google is about to hit Facebook in the pocketbook. Google is launching a social gaming network that may cost developers less than the traditional 30% it costs them to play in the Facebook and Apple App store universes.
The EFF has taken a closer look at agreement reached between big content providers (read MPAA and RIAA) and major ISP's (AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, etc.) to help enforce copyright, and it's not very pretty. Corynne McSherry and Eric Goldman report on what they found in the Deeplinks blog.
I strongly recommend you read their report, but a few of the major points are:
In the Defensive Computing blog at Computerworld Michael Horowitz updates us on the fate of Barry Ardolf. Barry was the genius who hacked his neighbors wifi network then proceeded to try to frame them with crimes ranging from child pornography to death threats on Vice President Biden. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his efforts.
Deborah Copaken Kogan is a successful photographer, author and mother. On MSNBC yesterday she recounted how Facebook saved her son's life. Last Mother's Day her 4 year old son woke up with a rash. Over the next three days there was trip to the doctor and steadily worsening symptoms. Also during the three days she put photos of her sick son on Facebook.
Have you been thinking maybe its time for a change? Could be you've used Windows all your life and you're ready to see why those Mac fanatics are so loyal - and despite Mac Defender, Mac's are still far safer from malware than Windows PC's. Maybe you've been using Mac's for years and are tired of the way Apple just drops support of equipment regularly and far faster than Microsoft. But the expense of replacing all your Windows software is just too great.
Last year I told you about a company called Social Intelligence that scours the web for your social media presence as a (for fee) service for companies. It took a while longer, but the guys and gals at Gizmodo.com heard about them, and decided to test out the service on six of their people.
Ricky at digitizor.com reports that Google+ ran out of disk space on a notifications server this weekend. It was a small glitch in a service that's still in limited field test, so it's not a big deal. But it should be a wake up call for Google, who admit that they should have foreseen the rapid expansion in notifications.