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Why the Top-Level Domain Revolution Fizzled Out

February 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Feb. 4 last year, Internet users could for the first time have some fun with their website domain names. For decades, the web had been restricted to handful of top-level domain names (TLDs), such as the .com in qz.com. But in 2014, website registrants could start using the first...

The Search Engine of the Future Will be All-Seeing, All-Knowing ‘Watcher in the Sky’

January 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ever since Google burst onto the scene with its pristine white homepage and barebones results page, search has remained essentially the same. There have been improvements: instant search, location- and history-based results, images, news clippings, video. But any query still begins with a user typing in a set of keywords...

5 Tech Predictions You Should Actually Pay Attention To

January 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow January may be coming to a close, but the flood of predictions, forecasts, and prognostications for the year ahead hasn’t abated. Among the dross however is the annual list of predictions from GP Bullhound (pdf), a boutique investment bank that specializes in tech companies. The bank is worth listening to:...

Why Fewer Americans Are Googling Things

January 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Quartz argued last year, Google’s hold on the search market is indisputably solid, but it is not set in stone. While no single company will be able to bump Google off its pedestal, several rivals are attacking from different fronts—the latest of which involves Mozilla’s Firefox browser. In November,...

How Even the Remotest Parts of the World Are Getting Mobile Coverage

December 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For mobile operators, setting up shop in some of the remotest places on earth can bring rich rewards, but also tremendous risk. Sometimes the risk is too much—Digicel founder Denis O’Brien said his company lost nine people in “plane crashes, accidents, car crashes” when it was building its network in...

Why Robots Won't Take Over the World Anytime Soon

December 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just this week, the world’s most famous living physicist, Stephen Hawking, laid out his worries about artificial intelligence: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” he told the BBC. In October, Elon Musk delivered much the same message, warning that “we should be...

Worrying About Cyber War Is Making Us Less Safe

December 3, 2014 Ten days ago, on Nov. 24, online security firms revealed the existence of a powerful computer virus called Regin. A tool of espionage (pdf), the bug displayed all the hallmarks of nation-state backing, researchers said. Suspicion immediately fell on the US and Israel. The following day came news of a...

Survey: Americans Do Care About Online Privacy After All

November 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the past year, it has become increasingly clear just how public our private communications are. Edward Snowden exposed the extent of government snooping in western democracies, large retail firms have been repeatedly subject to security breaches—with millions of individuals’ personal details leaked each time—and journalists have been energetically revealing...

China Poised to Dominate E-Commerce by 2018

November 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chinese shoppers are celebrating the online shopping extravaganza Singles Day, and by 1:30pm local time, they had spent nearly $6 billion on Alibaba, the country’s biggest e-commerce site. Last year it took them the full day to cough up that much cash. It is a sign of just how quickly...

CEOs, Beware -- Someone is Snooping on You Using Hotel Wi-Fi

November 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “CEOs, senior vice presidents, sales and marketing directors and top R&D staff.” These are the people who have been targeted by Darkhotel, a sophisticated security threat, as they check into hotels around the world, according to a new report (pdf) by Kaspersky Labs, an online security firm. The vast majority...

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