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‘Amazon’ gives e-commerce giant its own internet domain

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SAN FRANCISCO: E-commerce giant Amazon was on its way to running its own online neighborhood Monday after the internet’s address keeper granted the “.amazon” domain to the company.
After waiting in vain for years for the US online retail colossus and an alliance of South American countries to resolve their battle over the right to web addresses ending with “.amazon,” the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) this month sided with the Seattle-based company.
In 2012, Amazon applied for “.amazon” and two internationalized versions of the name. Brazil and several other countries put the US company on notice that they were opposed to the idea.
“Due to its inseparable semantic relation to the Amazon forest, that domain should not be, in any way, the monopoly of a company,” the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs argued on its website.
“On the contrary, it is imperative that the States concerned be able to participate in the management and use of the name in order to defend and promote the natural, cultural and symbolic heritage of the Amazon region, as well as foster the regional economy and the digital inclusion of the populations living there.”
ICANN said it balanced concerns of all involved and stalled the company’s application for the domain in hopes the internet firm and member states of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization would work out a solution.
“ACTO and the Amazon corporation have been unable to come to a mutually acceptable solution or agree on an extension of time for continued discussions,” ICANN said.
“In light of this, the board is now moving forward with the next steps laid out… and is directing ICANN org to continue processing the .AMAZON applications toward delegation.”
There will be a public comment period as per procedures established for granting new domain names.
The Brazilian Foreign Ministry said it feared the ICANN decision did not sufficiently take into account the interests of the South American governments involved and undermined the rights of sovereign states.

 

 

 

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ConnecTechAsia 2019 in Singapore showcases latest smart technologies, trends

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SINGAPORE: ConnecTechAsia 2019, comprising BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and NXTAsia, kicks off on Tuesday in Singapore, showcasing the latest smart technologies and trends that are shaping Asia’s digital future.

According to the organizer Informa Markets, the three-day event attracts many famous technology companies, including Alibaba Cloud, Amazon, Huawei, Google, IBM and Singtel.

These companies get together at the event to outline the latest tech innovations, create new business and network opportunities, and impart thought leadership to visitors from around the world.

Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive of Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority, said at the opening ceremony that ConnecTechAsia is one of the region’s largest telecommunication, media and technology event. This year, the event has over 1,700 exhibitors and a series of roundtable discussions on issues such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

He said that the event is important because it brings together industry leaders, solution providers, entrepreneurs and policy makers to focus on the key issues of the day.

Despite of the significant uncertainties faced by global economy, the pace of the digital revolution remains unabated, according to the official.

“The public and private sector can, and must, work together to achieve our shared goals of harnessing the full benefits of digitalization,” the CEO said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World’s highest operating weather stations installed on Mt. Everest

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ISLAMABAD: The National Geographic Society has announced the successful installation of the worlds highest operating weather stations on Mount Everest to provide researchers, climbers, and the public with near real-time information about mountain conditions, the media reported.
“The multi-disciplinary team installed the world’s two highest operating automated weather stations at Balcony area (8,430 m) and South Col (7,945 m), as well as three other weather stations on Mount Everest,” Fae Jencks, Director, Marketing and Communications at the National Geographic Society, said in a statement.
The other stations were placed at Phortse (3,810 m), Everest Base Camp (5,315 m) and Camp II (6,464 m), the statement said, adding that each weather station will record data on temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed, and wind direction, The Himalayan Times reported.
Data from the weather stations and other new research conducted as part of National Geographic and Rolex’s Perpetual Planet Extreme Expedition to Everest will help communities respond to climate risks that threaten the lives and livelihoods of the more than one billion people in the region.
The successful installation aims to break new ground in our monitoring and understanding of climate change as the stations will help continuously monitor the upper reaches of the atmosphere, which is critical to tracking and predicting weather patterns around the globe, the statement added.
“The Balcony weather station is the first weather station installed at an elevation above 8,000 meters, meaning it will also be the first to sample the stratosphere as natural variations in the atmospheric boundaries change over time.”
From April to June, an international team of scientists, climbers, and story-tellers, led by the NatGeo Society and Tribhuvan University and supported in partnership with Rolex, conducted a scientific expedition to Everest, believed to be the most comprehensive single scientific expedition to the mountain in history, it claimed.
With team members from eight countries, including 17 Nepali researchers, the expedition team conducted trailblazing research in five areas of science that are critical to understanding environmental changes and their impacts: biology, glaciology, meteorology, geology, and mapping.

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Instagram, PlayStation hit with outages

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SAN FRANCISCO: An Instagram outage on Thursday left users of the Facebook-owned social network flocking to Twitter to vent frustration.

The website DownDetector.com showed a spike in reports of Instagram being unavailable in the afternoon, nearly hitting 54,000 before diving back down.

“Earlier today, a technical issue caused some people to have trouble accessing their Instagram accounts. We are now fully recovered and apologize for the inconvenience,” an Instagram spokesperson said in a statement.

The company did not elaborate on the cause or extent of the outage.

People using the #instagram hashtag on Twitter posted that attempts to access the service on mobile apps or computers had been met with messages such as “couldn’t refresh feed” or “something went wrong.”

Along with complaints and animated gifs playing on the inconvenience, some offered words of wisdom.

“Imagine if Instagram and social media closed every day at 6 pm like a shop,” read a tweet from the account of @stevebartlettsc.

“We would all be forced to meet up and speak to each other in real life, to be present with our families, to work out, to go outside, to read, to make art, music… eurghhh, nevermind.”

Meanwhile, some gamers trying to access the PlayStation network on Thursday were also met with error messages.

“We’re aware that some users are experiencing issues logging into PSN. Thank you for your patience as we investigate,” the official Ask PlayStation Twitter account said.

According to DownDetector.com, the outages were concentrated in northern Europe and Britain, as well as in several parts of the United States and Brazil.

 

 

 

 

 

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