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With MegaUpload.com now out of the picture, people claiming to be connected to the hacktivist group Anonymous are claiming that they will launch an online locker site of their own called AnonyUpload.com. The news came just after file sharing site Filesonic has disabled its function and MegaUpload was taken down. The website, which is not fully-functional at this time, only has Paypal and social networking buttons working. When you visit the site, you will be greeted with a landing page that requests for funding. The site’s builders...

A number of United States lawmakers have dropped their support for the anti-piracy legislation as Wikipedia, Google Inc., and other tech companies protested the measures. Wikipedia, the world’s sixth most-visited website, has blacked out its English website in protest to the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), which is currently passing through the Senate, and the Stop Online Piracy Act, which is getting passed through the House of Representatives. The protest gained momentum when Florida Senator Marco Rubio, co-sponsor of...

The English-language site of Wikipedia will be going offline for 24 hours to show protest against two American anti-piracy laws, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and Stop ONline Piracy Act (SOPA). The temporary closure is one of the most highly commented discussions on the site, where 591 users supported a global blackout, while 479 supported a U.S. only blackout. Aside from Wikipedia, other websites such as Boing Boing and Reddit said that they will also go offline on Wednesday. Some of the big names online, including Facebook, Google, Tumblr...

In one of the most highly-anticipated move for a long time now, Microsoft has finally said goodbye to its Internet Explorer 6 browser after its market share dropped to near death status. According to Net Applications, usage of Internet Explorer 6 in the United States dropped to 1 percent. This seems to be good news for Microsoft Corp., which has been trying to have users switch from the old browser to their newer release. “IE6 has been the punch line of browser jokes for a while, and we’ve been as eager as anyone to see it...

Have you ever been on a plane or tube, only to curse the fact that you don’t have that ‘great article’ to hand during downtime? clipDO, a forward-thinking startup, has created an innovative solution in the form of an application designed so that you can ‘clip’ news articles straight from the web to send directly to your Kindle e-reader. The beauty of this product is that it’s easy, and even better, it’s free. This new initiative is sponsored by Hiscox, who offer specialist insurance products including home insurance and insurance...

Google’s Chrome browser just snatched the most popular web browser spot from Internet Explorer 8 during the last week of November, according to StatCounter. The browser from Google captured 23.6 percent of the market, surpassing the 23.5 percent of Internet Explorer 8. However, combining all versions of the browsers available, Internet Explorer still takes the cake, followed by Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. According to StatCounter, the upswing can be attributed to the continued increase of business Chrome users. “Google...

Internet search giant Google has now updated its Google Street View to take netizens on a virtual tour of areas in Japan that were affected by a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami last March. Google said that this was a fulfillment of the company’s initiative to archive the affected areas in Japan. “Today, we’re making good on that promise — after driving more than 44,000 kilometers through the affected regions, 360-degree panoramic imagery of those areas is now available through the Street View feature in Google Maps,”...

It seems that YouTube is on a roll as the latest Video Metrix data from comScore has revealed that the online streaming website has passed the 20 billion views mark for the first time. This represents at least 50 percent of all videos watched in the United States. According to comScore, 184 million internet users in the United States watched 42.6 billion in the month of October, 20.9 billion or 49.1 percent of which are from YouTube. This is up from 182 million users in September who watched an average 19.5 hours of video per viewer. The...

Christmas is coming, and if you guys don’t have any ideas what to give to your loved ones, The Sunday Times has revealed its Top Ten Best Gadgets list of 2011. The list is compiled by a panel of experts, and the results will be featured within the main newspaper tomorrow. To coincide with the list’s release, consumer research was conducted, which looks at trends in gadgets and technology, together with people’s spending plans this holiday season. Taking the top spot in The Sunday Times Tech List’s best gadgets is...

A study has revealed that the pivotal age for parents to discuss with their children responsible internet use is 11 years. The research said that more than a quarter (28 percent) of kids start visiting illegal file-sharing websites by this age. The research, which was conducted by youth research firm Dubit on behalf of the film, TV, music and video industries, discovered that by age 11, 21 percent of children access illegal video and music file-sharing websites regularly. When they reach 12 years of age, 28 percent do so and by age 13,...