Operating a website in the world of SOPA and PIPA

January 19, 2012

Notable websites including Wired and Wikipedia marked Wednesday as a day of protest against two pieces of proposed legislation currently being considered by the United States Congress. If enacted, these bills, “Stop Online Piracy Act” and “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011” would force major changes in how website owners managed their online properties and most likely resulting in limits on free speech.


Registration opens for new .XXX top-level domain

September 6, 2011

Starting tomorrow, members of the adult Sponsored Community who are verifiable trademark holders can apply for domains in the latest Top-Level Domain (TLD) .XXX. Back in March, 2011, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the group that manages top-level domains (e.g. .com, .org and .net) approved the new .XXX TLD.


Google search update makes waves in SEO community and beyond

March 1, 2011

Each search engine uses a different algorithm—the software that determines which pages turn up for any search. That’s why results on Google are different from those of Bing, and other competing search engines. As a significant business asset, these algorithms are kept secret, though it is suspected they receive updates often. Generally, the updates are minor, and difficult for the average user to notice. Google rolled out an update last week, but this one was different, and people took notice.


FTC endorses "do not track" legislation

December 2, 2010

Changes may be in the works in laws covering the collection or use of data that can be connected to website visitors, whether it is a specific person or simply tied to a device such as computer, or mobile phone. Yesterday, Federal Trade Commission staff issued a press release outlining the commission’s recommendations for overhauling how businesses handle online privacy issues.


China domain registration email: true, spam, or scam?

October 19, 2010

An email concerning a "Notice of Internet Intellectual Property Rights Dispute in China" seems to be traveling around the Internet recently, spurring a number of clients to contact DesignHammer inquiring what to do. The email in questions seems pretty official. Is it true, SPAM, or a scam? Let's consider the possibilities.


Mashable Media Summit: "10 Web Content Urban Legends"

June 16, 2010

Last week as part of Internet Week events in New York City, Mashable presented their very first Mashable Media Summit. The day was full of an excellent array of speakers from organizations such as Starbucks, CNN, Foursquare, The Red Cross, and included a special presentation from Edward Norton to introduce his new philanthropy website, Crowdrise. Here is a brief summary of Ricky Van Veen's presentation on the "10 Web Content Urban Legends," which could also be appropriately titled, "Guidelines for Creating Great Web Content."


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