Dene Mackenzie's blog

Be warned: tweet in haste, repent at leisure

As we all tweet, blog, update Facebook and generally live in a social space that encourages informality and quick responses, sort of like a conversation over coffee, there are some lessons to be learned.

New generation of spam using shortened URLs

Most internet security firms release in January their predictions of what nasties will invade our computers during the year.

Big job keeping worst of filth off web

It may soon be easier to block internet porn: The agency that controls domain names has said it will consider adding .xxx to the list of suffixes people and companies can pick when establishing their identities online.

Privacy issues still cause for concern

Privacy on the internet continues to concern Mack-line.

Privacy - or lack of - rears its head again

Facebook privacy has reared its head again, with news coming out late last week that the social media network was rolling out a new feature.

The feeling that Big Brother is watching

Google is great. Really? Latest data out of France appears to contradict the popular view that Google is a good influence on the internet.

Password changes answer to Hotmail hoaxers

Mack-line received a phone call last week from a long-time friend who had a tale of woe regarding his Hotmail account.

Wikileaks in news for wrong reasons

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks was in the news again last week but for reasons it probably did not welcome.

Former high-profile hacker Adrian Lamo admitted he had turned over a United States army intelligence analyst to authorities, a decision met by wide derision on blogs.

"A lot of people have labelled me a snitch," Mr Lamo told BBC News.

Yahoo for email service going social? not really

YAHOO! There is nothing like finding out your favourite, and long-time friend on the internet - - is jumping into social networking by using its massive population of email subscribers as a base for sharing information on the web.

Yahoo was the home of my first email address and it still works after goodness knows how many years.

Latin alphabet reign ends, Facebook backs down

The use of non-Latin characters in internet addresses is a key step to opening up the web and making it more "personalised" for billions of users, the head of the non-profit body that oversees internet addresses says.

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