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Rumor: Improvements to the PS3 Web Browser Coming in April?

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282w ago - Some of you might of heard of Trend Micro... it's a useful tool you can use from keeping underaged children from going to explicit Web sites in the PlayStation 3's Web browser.

This image (below) says that the service will remain free until April 30th of this year.

Does Sony expect people to actually pay for this service for those that want to keep harmful Web sites away from children? Or will they include it with something else like a brand new Web browser?

Sony [Register or Login to view links] said they're bring something big this coming Tuesday. Could it be linked to this? Or is it something completely different? Feel free to comment below!
 

Australia's Web Blacklist Leaked, Government Blocked Businesses

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283w ago - The secretive Internet filter blacklist held by the communications watchdog ACMA has been leaked, revealing the government has understated the amount of banned Web pages by more than 1000.

Multiple legitimate businesses and Web sites have been banned including two bus companies, online poker sites, multiple Wikipedia entries, Google and Yahoo group pages, a dental surgery and a tour operator.

Betfair CEO Andrew Twaits was furious the government has potentially annexed tens of millions of dollars in revenue after its Betfair.com gambling site was blacklisted.

The blacklists were reportedly leaked by a Web filter operator to wikileaks which has published the full list of banned URLs.

Outraged privacy advocates say the government has effectively lied about the amount of URLs included in the blacklists, totalling more than 2300, and the type of content which it would ban.

Electronic Frontiers Association (EFA) spokesman Geordie Guy said the list, dated August last year, would now be far more extensive in both the amount of URLs banned and the type of content included.

"The list is quite a bit bigger than what we have been led to believe; we were told it contained about 1600 pages in its current incarnation, and ACMA reports have claimed as low...
 

Firefox Web Browser is Catching Up with Internet Explorer

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284w ago - Firefox is eroding Internet Explorer's reign as the most popular Internet browser.

An online study conducted by marketing research firm Fittkau & Maass showed that 38.4 per cent of German-speaking Internet users browse either with Firefox version 3.x or 2.x.

The Internet Explorer 7.x version accounted for 37.2 per cent of the same group, while the previous version, 6.x, had 16 per cent.

Apple's Safari is used by 3.2 per cent of the 105,000 survey participants.

It was followed by Opera with 2.3 per cent and Google Chrome with 0.8 per cent.
 

PlayStation 3 Guide: Surfing the World Wide Web

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294w ago - SCEA Associate Product Manager Kristin Neirinckx has added a forth how-to guide on the PS Blog today as follows:

Today's "How To" video has some helpful tips on surfing the Web. Once your PlayStation 3 is hooked up to the Internet, you can access all of your favorite Web pages via the Web browser on your PS3.

It brings the Web to the bring screen... so take a look at the video and check out some of your favorite sites.

Video is below, enjoy!




 

Nintendo Blocks User Chat on Social Networking Web site Bebo

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298w ago - According to NewMediaAge magazine, Nintendo has become the first ever consumer brand to disable user communication and feedback on the popular social networking site Bebo.

Nintendo has launched a major campaign for a game on Bebo, but has disabled the wall feature that allows fans to comment across the campaign pages.

EA admitted they were surprised by this move, as talking is what people do one these sites.

To quote: The move to silence users has been met with surprise by brands and agencies, which said it contradicts the very nature of social media as a communications medium.

Nintendo global policy bans all comments, blogs and forums on Official Nintendo online material.

Nintendo said it selected Bebo as it reflected the social aspect of the Animal Crossing game, but it's the first consumer brand to block communication features on the social network.

The campaign, which also includes display advertising linking to the Bebo site, enables users to play games, watch videos, download branded skins and enter a competition, but the comment feature has been removed.

EA, which also runs activity across Bebo and its own forum for users, said banning users from talking about brands online was a surprising move.

Colin Blackwood, CRM...
 
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