Morning Tech Wrap: Google, WordPress, Anonymous


Google is will publish research on Google+ today that shows its new social network is growing “like crazy” with more than four and a half million users, the company said on its Google+ blog. Preliminary research is based on U.S. Census Bureau data, and while Google acknowledges the method has shortfalls, it claims it will provide a good estimate when applied on a large scale. An example of this research has already been published, showing that since last Monday Google+ has grown from 1.7 million users to 4.7 million.

Meanwhile Google+ has already suffered its first major bug, The Next Web reports: multiple email notifications. Many users recently posted on Twitter that they were receiving dozens of notifications from Google+. Worse affected were those that had opted out of email notifications, with some receiving over 50 messages. Vic Gundotra said via the Google+ blog that, “For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over, and over again. Yikes.”


The number of people using the WordPress blogging platform passed the 50 million mark over the weekend, The Next Web reports. WordPress has a counter on its site that keeps track of installations on its own servers and self-hosted blogs. In just one day, the blogging platform saw 350,225 bloggers publish 302,882 posts with more than 270,000 comments. WordPress reportedly powers 14% of the world’s websites, drawing 2.5 billion page views on blogs in the process.


Supporters of Anonymous and the revived Anti Security movement have hit an FBI contractor, The New York Times reports. Hackers attacked the network of IRC Federal, an engineering contractor that works for federal agencies including the FBI, stealing documents and emails from its database. The firm has taken its website down after the attackers also defaced it. A spokesman for the IRC Federal said “We reported it to the authorities, and otherwise we have no comment.”

The collection of Anonymous supporters said they found emails relating to the “National Nuclear Security Administration Nuclear Weapons Complex,” as well as a proposal to protect the records of “trusted individuals” as part of a “Special Identities Modernization (SIM) Project.” The FBI declined to comment to the New York Times.


Seoul, South Korea is the most criminally-rife city on the Internet according to new research. Slashdot reports that new research from a Dutch study attempts to close in on which major cities are responsible for the most Internet crime. The research claims that while the U.S. ranks 3rd in the list of most criminal online countries, no individual U.S. cities rank in the top 20.

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