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Facebook Enables IPv6 For Developers May 18 (AllFacebook)
Developers will be able to begin tinkering with the IPv6 version of Facebook on May 18, to prepare for the Internet’s global upgrade to the broader set of addresses on June 6. Facebook Developer Blog Based on the results of last year’s IPv6 test, we are confident that enabling IPv6 on our platform will be a success. ZDNet For the uninitiated, IPv6 is a version of the Internet Protocol slated to succeed IPv4, which currently directs most Internet traffic, but is running out of addresses. IPv4 allows 2^32 addresses (about 4.3 billion) while IPv6 allows up to 2^128 addresses, and includes several other improvements. WebProNews Facebook will enable IPv6 access on beta.facebook.com.
Kickstarter Funding Explodes, On Pace to Triple This Year to Around $300M (VentureBeat)
The site, which never had a million dollar project before 2012, keeps breaking its own records. The Pebble smartwatch, which has now raised more than $5 million, is leading the pack. GeekWire Just to put that number in a bit of perspective: Friday’s MoneyTree report — which tracks venture capital investing — shows $5.8 billion invested during the first quarter alone in the U.S. In Washington state, the total stands at $167 million for the quarter. parislemon I remember Kickstarter first really coming on my radar two years ago when Diaspora, the would-be open Facebook alternative, shot past $50K in crowd-sourced funding. Everyone, including myself, focused on Diaspora. Kickstarter was the story.
Anonymous Builds Its Own Pastebin-Like Site (Ars Technica / Open Ended)
Hacker group Anonymous and the People’s Liberation Front have created a data-sharing site called AnonPaste, meant to host pastes of code and other messages without any moderation or censorship of the information posted. The new site, which uses a free .tk web address, allows users to set a time for the paste to expire. Gizmodo Anonymous describes the site as “a minimalist, open source online pastebin.” The group says it won’t filter out any content, and goes on to claim that the “server has zero knowledge of data being stored. Your data is safe even in case of server breach or seizure.”
Job Posting Hints Skype for Xbox En Route (PCMag)
Microsoft made its intentions clear in a recent job posting for an Xbox software development engineer in London. The job ad reads, “We’re building the next generations of our products and technology right here in London and Skype is looking to hire a software development engineer to contribute to the development of our experiences on Xbox.” GamesIndustry Little has been heard about Microsoft’s plans for the VOIP service since it was acquired last year. Whether Skype would be a standalone service, or see integration into Kinect or the Xbox’s voice chat, is unknown.
Google Ordered to Stop Copyright Violations on YouTube (The New York Times)
A court in Hamburg on Friday ordered Google to install filters on its YouTube service in Germany to detect and stop people from gaining access to material for which they do not own the rights. The Wall Street Journal GEMA, which represents more than 64,000 composers, lyricists, and music publishers in Germany, sought to have 12 musical works for which it holds copyrights taken down from Google’s YouTube site in Germany, and accused the company of taking no legal responsibility for content available on its site, but reaping financial profit from it. The Washington Post “But YouTube isn’t the perpetrator here, it’s those people who illegally upload songs,” presiding judge Heiner Steeneck said. “That’s why YouTube doesn’t have to search all videos uploaded in the past. It only has to help detect videos from the moment it is alerted about possible violations.”
Are You Protecting Your Privacy on Google+? [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
Andreessen Horowitz Made $78M Off $250,000 Investment in Instagram (TechCrunch)
Andreessen Horowitz revealed that it made $78 million off its $250,000 seed investment in Instagram in a post that was meant to quell criticism that it “fumbled” its involvement with the company. “Ordinarily, when someone criticizes me for only making 312 times my money, I let the logic of their statement speak for itself,” wrote general partner Ben Horowitz. “However, in this case, the narrative that some critics put forth has the nasty side effect of casting two outstanding entrepreneurs—Kevin and Dalton Caldwell—in an unfair light and glosses over an important ethical issue that we faced.”
Instagram Bans Content and Hashtags Promoting Self-Harm (The Verge)
Following similar moves by Pinterest and Tumblr, Instagram has updated its community guidelines to prohibit “accounts, images, or hashtags dedicated to glorifying, promoting, or encouraging self-harm.” Instagram Blog It is important to note that this guideline does not extend to accounts created to constructively discuss, or document personal experiences that show any form of self-harm where the intention is recovery or open discussion. While we strongly encourage people to seek help for themselves or loved ones who are suffering, we understand the importance of communication as a form of support, in order to create awareness and to assist in recovery.
Klout Ranks the Time 100: Guess Who’s #1? (Mashable)
President Obama may be enormously influential in the real world, but when it comes to online influence, he’s got nothing on Justin Bieber — at least according to Klout. The social analytics measurement tool published the various Klout scores of the 2012 Time 100 — Time magazine’s list of the most influential people of the year.