Web News Round Up – March 9

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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.

Got an opinion on any of these topics? Leave a comment below!

About Alistair McBride

Al is the non-techie of the SelfAssemblySites' founding duo. His first businesses were in cultural tours, then later art dealing and consulting. He was SelfAssemblySites' first user and believes if he can do it, anyone can.

He has a wide and diverse range of interests and passions, core of which are usually art, psychology and innovation, and works on both profit and non-profit projects.

Alistair truly believes that a website can be a catalyst to making any idea reality in the 21st Century. You can create all sorts of non-profit and for profit projects take-off with a good website as your launch pad.

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