Qihoo offer to go private raises speculation more Chinese internet firms may delist in US

Qihoo's chairman has made a US$9.6 billion offer to take the internet security company private. Photo: SCMP pictures

A massive US$9.6 billion offer to take private Qihoo 360 Technology, the biggest internet security service provider in China, has fanned a surge in speculation over the potential delisting of other Chinese companies in the United States.

Thursday, 18 June, 2015, 11:28am

Gambia to jail internet users making fun of government

 Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has been criticised for muzzling free speech and accused of human rights abuses. Photo: AP

Lawmakers in the Gambia have introduced long jail terms for anyone convicted of going online to poke fun at the government or public officials.

Under the new law, Internet users face up to 15 years’ imprisonment and US$90,000 fines for a raft of offences including spreading “false news” against or even “caricaturing” government functionaries and politicians.

5 Jul 2013 - 12:20pm 1 comment

New Yorkers' new domain: 'nyc' gets initial OK

New York could be the first city in the US to win its own internet suffix. Photo: AP

New York City likes to think of itself as a domain like no other, and now it’s close to being able to boast as much on the web.

The city has gotten a key approval for a “.nyc” suffix online, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced Tuesday. That would mean web addresses could end in “.nyc” instead of such common suffixes as “.com” or “.org.”

3 Jul 2013 - 12:27pm

Internet is Hongkongers' most used form of media: survey

Hongkongers spend an average of 145 minutes a day on the internet. Photo: AP

Hongkongers spend longer on the internet each day than they do using any other type of media, a study has found.

The average time was 145 minutes. That compares with 138 minutes spent watching television, and 129 minutes on mobile phones, including conversations and using other applications.

20 Jun 2013 - 9:30pm

Google's 'loony' way of granting remote web access gets off ground

Project Loon workers prepare to float as many as 30 balloons above Christchurch in New Zealand, in this photo from Google. Photo: EPA

Google revealed top-secret plans yesterday to send balloons to the edge of space with the lofty aim of bringing the internet to the two-thirds of the global population now without web access.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:33am 1 comment

How much can happen in a Chinese internet minute?

About 3.47 million searches are performed on Baidu every minute. Photo: Reuters

Sixty seconds – a recent report by Resonance China has found – is all it would take for 950,000 microblog posts to be published onto Sina Weibo

12 Jul 2013 - 9:07pm

Botnet's takedown puts Hong Kong's cyberguardians in the thick of things

Microsoft staff and forensics experts examine evidence related to the Citadel malware. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong's defence against malicious activity online is the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team (HKCERT ), set up in 2001 and managed by the Hong Kong Productivity Council. Its main role is to collect information on cyberattacks and work with the police and internet service providers.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:26am

Former USSR internet domain a haven for cyber-criminals

Illustration: Henry Wong

Security experts say the .su internet suffix assigned to the USSR in 1990 has become a haven for hackers who have flocked to the defunct superpower's domain space to send spam and steal money.

2 Jun 2013 - 2:44am

'Homework uncle' Lin Dongping uses Weibo to help pupils dig up answers

Lin Dongping

Lin Dongping, a 25-year-old IT programmer in Fujian's provincial capital, Fuzhou, uses his Weibo microblog to help high school pupils with their homework. Lin, who calls himself "homework uncle", seeks help from others or digs up answers after pupils take a photo of the question and send it to him.

26 May 2013 - 2:54pm 2 comments

Iranian authorities deny controlling internet access ahead of presidential polls

A webpage of political and religious slogans greets internet users in Iran trying to visit Facebook, which is blocked by officials. Photo: AFP

Iran is tightening control of the internet ahead of next month's presidential election, mindful of violent street protests that social networkers inspired last time around over claims of fraud, users and experts say.

20 May 2013 - 5:51am

Yahoo Japan fears 22m user IDs may have been stolen during cyberattack

Up to 22 million user IDs may have been stolen. Photo: Reuters

Yahoo Japan suspects up to 22 million user IDs may have been stolen during an unauthorised attempt to access the administrative system of its portal.

19 May 2013 - 8:06am

Ban on 3-D printed Liberator handgun in US backfires

Parts of 'The Liberator' which is being touted as the world's first 3-D printable handgun. Photo: EPA

Virtual blueprints for the world's first 3-D printable handgun found a safe harbour at file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, dodging a US government attempt to pull them off the internet.

12 May 2013 - 7:28am

Is invisible web surfing an illusion?

Is invisible web surfing an illusion?

Could there soon be a data black hole threatening the internet economy?

10 May 2013 - 7:32am

Obama considers Twitter lawyer as internet adviser

Nicole Wong. Photo: AP

The White House is creating a new senior adviser position to focus on internet and privacy policy, and Nicole Wong, a lawyer known for her work at Google.

and Twitter, is a leading contender for the job, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

Wong, currently legal director at Twitter, could not immediately be reached for comment.

8 May 2013 - 11:49am

Confession sites all the rage on Hong Kong university campuses

HKU Secrets has had more than 19,000 likes and hundreds of 'confessions' in just under two weeks.

Secrets are surfacing across campuses as Hong Kong students lay bare their lives on new university confession sites. Part love confessional, part gossip blog and complaints forum, the contents of the Facebook community pages have gone viral.

1 May 2013 - 10:37am 8 comments