Earnings of Tech & Social Media Giants


In just 10 seconds, close to 225,000 GB of data is transferred with over 500,000 posts on Facebook, 57,000 tweets, 46,000 searches on Google, and 2 million messages sent on WhatsApp. While each click or view may only translate to pennies for the world’s tech giants, in aggregate it amounts to so much more



Google Introducing Chromebook: A New Kind of Computer

A new kind of computer invented by the Google Inc will be going to sell from the 15th June 2011.  These notebooks are purely based on internet will use the Google’s Chrome operating system. The new web-centric PCs, made by Samsung and Acer, are Google’s latest attempt to change how consumers and companies use their computers.  Dubbed as Chromebooks, the laptops run on Google’s cloud-based operating system and expand its Web browser Chrome.

Here are the features of the Google’s latest invention termed as ChromeBook –

1. Chromebooks are a new type of laptops that will run an Internet-based operating system developed by Google.

2. Chromebooks will supposedly boot in under 10 seconds, allowing users instant access to the internet and the Cloud.

3. Since everything you do on your Chromebook is Cloud-based, all your apps, files, and settings are stored on the Internet. So even if you lose your Chromebook, you can log in using another Chrome-based machine and access those files.

4. Needless to say, you’ll need a very good internet connection to use Chromebooks, which will come with built-in Wi-Fi and 3G.

5. Chrome promises full support for the latest web technologies along with complete support for Flashbased content.

6.  Since it is webbased, you will have an automatically updated OS and softwares.

7.  According to Google, Chromebooks will run millions of web apps, from games to spreadsheets, and many of these will continue working even when you’re not connected.

8.  As also mentioned before, everything is on the cloud. Hence the laptops will be tightly integrated with Google’s “cloud” online services, and will have almost no capacity to store information. Though they will have slots to plug in other storages device users buy separately.

9.  Samsung Electronics Co and Acer Inc are making the first Chromebooks. They will sell for $349 to $499 at Best Buy and Amazon.com Inc in the US.

10.  Acer’s Chromebook will have an 11.6-inch (29.46-centimeter) screen display and up to six hours of battery life. Samsung’s version, selling will have a 12.1-inch (30.73-centimeter) screen and up to 8.5 hours of battery life.

11.  Google Chromebook comes with security features such as secure tabbed browsing (called sandboxing), data encryption, and verified boot. According to Google, “Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain.

12.  Chromebooks will go on sale on June 15. The laptops will be available for purchase online beginning June 15 in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and the United States.

Source: Google

Internet is running out of IP spaces

The internet is running out of room. The regulator in charge of issuing internet protocol (IP) addresses has warned that it will run out of the essential online monickers in less than two years. IP addresses are numerical codes that use four groups of figures between 0 and 255 to provide access to the internet for as many as 4 billion devices.

The past few years have seen a boom in the number of devices connecting to the internet as the cost of Web access has fallen. Equipment such as household appliances that can be controlled remotely through the internet have also contributed to the increasing demand for space on the Web.

Since the 1980s, the regulator has assigned IP addresses under a standard called IPv4, which is reaching its limit. Another standard, IPv6, is capable of providing a near-infinite number of Web addresses but has not been widely incorporated.

“Many decision makers don’t realise how many devices require IP addresses – mobile phones, laptops, servers, routers – the list goes on,” said Raul Echeberria, the secretary of the Number Resource Organisation.

“The number of available IPv4 addresses is shrinking rapidly, and if the global internet community fails to recognise this, it will face grave consequences in the very near future.”

The concern that is keeping IT managers up at night is that everything connected to the internet that uses IPv4 technology will be rendered obsolete as soon as it runs out of available connections.

An estimated 10 per cent of IP address capacity remains under the IPv4 standard. “It’s going to be a lot like what happened with the Y2K bug, except this time it’s real,” said Ahtram Pirzada, a support engineer for Al-Futtaim Technologies.

Mr Pirzada said that anyone owning electronic equipment that was not IPv6 compatible would have to upgrade it or replace it with new equipment. While the impact on the region’s IT budgets will be felt over the next two years, Mr Pirzada does not expect too many disruptions when IPv4 addresses have been exhausted.

“This won’t be too much of a problem because companies already have upgrade policies set in place that will get new devices that will be IPv6 compatible,” he said.

Facebook becoming a major competitor for Google, becomes Most-Visited Site

Facebook becoming a major competitor for Google, becomes Most-Visited Site. Although the “thud” wasn’t verified, it seems that an online giant fell a couple of days ago. According to new data from Hitwise, Facebook managed to beat Google in terms of visits between March 7th and March 13th, becoming the most visited website in the U.S. for the week.

The graph visible below makes the changeup pretty clear, What’s more, it doesn’t look like Facebook’s going to relinquish its lead anytime soon.

Facebook reached an important milestone for the week ending March 13, 2010 and surpassed Google in the US to become the most visited website for the week. Facebook.com recently reached the #1 ranking on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day as well as the weekend of March 6th and 7th. The market share of visits to Facebook.com increased 185% last week as compared to the same week in 2009, while visits to Google.com increased 9% during the same time frame. Together Facebook.com and Google.com accounted for 14% of all US Internet visits last week.

Facebook Vs Google
Facebook Vs Google
Source: Hitwise