In this week's Week News Round Up we look at how the US can seize any .com domain, why Google gives cash to hackers, the benefits of levitating Japanese homes and Pinterest surprises many by referring more than Twitter.
If It Ends In .Com the US Can Seize It
The betting website Bodog.com was recently shut down by US authorities. What surprised most was the fact that it was Canadian and so many had believed that it was outside US jurisdiction. It seems this is not the case. VeriSign manages the registration of .com and other top level domains globally and since it's based in United States it obeys the law and complies with US Court Orders. The popular .net and .org managing bodies are also in the US and can be similarly effected. Read the article.
Google Throws Cash at Hackers to Publicly Crack its Chrome Browser
Google has offered cash prizes to anyone who is able to hack their browser in an effort to ensure Chrome is as safe as possible. The prize money has been on the table for the last four years but it's only this week that they've had to pay out. The talented individual was a Russian university student. Read the article.
Levitating Homes A Possible Solution to Japan's Natural Disasters
Japanese researchers have developed an airbag-like system that keeps your home afloat during natural disasters to help reduce impact. This system as been installed in 88 homes across Japan so far, and requires a powerful set of mechanism that can lift the entire weight of your home. When disaster strikes, the a sensor recognizes the ground’s instability and turns on the compressor within 0.5 to 1 second, releasing enough air to force the home to rise. Read the article.
Pinterest Now Generates More Referral Traffic Than Twitter
The online sharing tool Shareaholic has released figures which indicate that Pinterest refers more traffic through its system than the mighty Twitter. It was quite a story back in February when the visual based social media outfit surpassed Google+, but the scale and popularity of Twitter is a on a different level. Read the article.
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