For three days from June 20, heads of states, business leaders and civil society representatives will gather in Brazil to tackle the world's environmental problems at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
After releasing a new version of its browser, Firefox 11, the Mozilla foundation has laid out its plans for 2012, and there are definitely some interesting things in the works for one of the most popular web browsers out there.
Supremely obvious observation: We love the Web. We love scrolling through tweets and blog posts and constantly updated news sites like rats in Skinner boxes. We love accessing the cloud, floating up into that sweet mass of data like Icarus and his wings of wax and feather.
A month ago, Google's three-year effort to push its Web browser, Chrome, took a major step when analysts said it had passed Mozilla's Firefox to become the second-most popular tool of its kind on the Internet.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 is no longer the world's most-used browser, according to a Web analytics firm. But its replacement isn't a different version of IE: It's Chrome, Google's upstart Web browser.
Is the future of online advertising one of incredibly targeted advertising based on your interests, online activities and Facebook "likes," or is it one dictated by robust privacy controls that keep those details out of the hands of marketers?
Remember when the only way you could electronically ruin your life after imbibing a few G 'n' Ts was by picking up the phone? "I stilll lurrvvvee you... even if you are a lying jerk who still kisses like a reptile at age 34. Please take me back! I'm outside your building... It's raining and my shoes are all squishy."
If you're concerned about using open Wi-Fi networks because of Firesheep, the highly popular new hacking tool, you should check out BlackSheep, a Firefox add-on that makes surfing on open networks safe once again.
I'm sitting in a coffee shop. At a table against the opposite wall is a guy named Michael C. I've never seen him before. However, I know his name (including his last name, which I'm deliberately not saying here) because right now we're using the same Wi-Fi network and he's logged in to his Facebook and Google accounts.
Cryptography expert Bruce Schneier used to write his passwords down on a slip of paper and keep it in his wallet. Today, he uses a free Windows password-storage tool called Password Safe that he designed five years ago and released into the open-source community.
Creative agency Jess3 has developed a Firefox plugin that aims to black out all mentions of BP (British Petroleum) across the web. As one popular tweet espouses, "Want BP to [blank] up your browser like they've [blank] up the Gulf? Install the Oil Spill Firefox plugin from @jess3."
Hard as it may be for anyone under 30 to imagine, there was a time when people used to shoot eight-millimeter films while on vacation and then show them to friends and family gathered around a projector in the living room. Nowadays, capturing video is far easier (whether you use a video camera, a digital still camera with video capability or even a cell phone), as is the sharing: YouTube has proved that millions of folks have learned to upload video to a computer and instantly e-mail a link to family and friends.
Leave it to a small business to reinvent consumer electronics. Tiny New York City-based Bug Labs is about to come to market with a do-it-yourself modular hardware gadget that lets customers custom create their own electronics.
Internet veterans have long complained about the steady erosion of civility -- and worse, intelligence -- in online discourse. Initially the phenomenon seemed to be a seasonal disorder. It occurred every September when freshmen showed up for college and went online. Tasting for the first time the freedom and power of the Internet, the newbies would behave like a bunch of drunken fraternity pledges, filling electronic bulletin boards with puerile remarks until the upperclassmen could whip them into shape.
Even this far into the digital age, one vital part of business remains stubbornly analog: the legal contract. Almost every corporate obligation and partnership requires reams of paper and at least a couple of lawyers. Internet-based, do-it-yourself contracts tend to be relegated to the level of eBay sales - and even they are notoriously difficult to enforce if something goes awry.
Facebook Inc., the fast-growing Silicon Valley social networking site, said Thursday it has acquired Internet start-up Parakey, which is run by two of the co-creators of the popular Web browser Mozilla Firefox.
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Prompted by the runaway success of Mozilla's Firefox Web browser, Microsoft finally got around to updating Internet Explorer, and its second beta release of Internet Explorer 7 is drawing reactions. Blogger Shel Holtz tried it out and found a lot to like, though he thinks some of the new security features will intimidate non-tech-savvy users. Informationweek, in its review of IE7, asked if Firefox had finally met its match.
After a mock rap video by actress Natalie Portman from NBC's Saturday Night Live hit YouTube and other websites, NBC lawyers launched a cease-and-desist campaign to prevent the clip from appearing anywhere besides nbc.com. The move followed an earlier push to fight copyright infringement of SNL's "Lazy Sunday" video. Those were boneheaded moves, say authors Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba on their Church of the Customer blog. Limiting SNL videos to NBC's own website and to official sales channels like iTunes, they argue, kills the viral effect that prompted hundreds of thousands of Web users to download and share them -- a phenomenon that has given the venerable-but-tired SNL new buzz.
When it comes to browsers, Microsoft's Internet Explorer has a stronghold on the market, but other products are starting to make inroads, giving Web users a choice about what software they use to surf the Net.
The years, they go by so fast. Just when I was getting used to the currency of the phrase "Boston Red Sox, World Series Champions," the calendar now tells me that I must say "last year" when referring to it. Alas, 'twas ever thus.
Pundits are predicting that this year's Thanksgiving travel will be the thickest in four years. Here's hoping you made it to your destination safely and on time (if that's a good thing when you're visiting your in-laws).