Facebook's Real-Time Homepage Goes Live Today
Today Facebook is rolling out the update to user homepages that brings a new look, enhanced filter system, and most importantly, realtime updating. Real-time updates are Facebook's response to Twitter, which has been able to thrive on offering users immediate updates from their friends and favorite celebrities (Facebook's original News Feed took hours to update).
Google Now Lets You Target Ads At Yourself
Google is wading into behavioral ad targeting in a big way today. It will start placing cookies on consumer's browsers to collect information about their interests whenever they visit sites that show AdSense contextual ads. Then it will show ads targeted to those interests to the same person as he or she browses the Web on other sites that also serve AdSense ads (which is a large portion of all commercial sites).
GrandCentral To (Finally) Launch As Google Voice. It's Very, Very Good
GrandCentral, a phone management service that first launched in 2006 and was acquired by Google for $50+ million in 2007, hasn't been in the news much lately. Other than a few good natured jabs at their marketing gimmicks and coverage of outages, that is.
Top Georgian Official: Moscow Cyber Attacked Us - We Just Can't Prove It
Last summer, three weeks before the shooting war between Georgia and Russia began, online attackers started assaulting Georgia's websites. Since then, researchers have tried to find out who masterminded the network strikes - military electronic warriors, patriotic hackers, cyber-crooks - without finding anything definitive.