CptnHarlock writes: "Today the registered users of Answers.com received an email from them informing them that the site has ended support for Yahoo, Twitter, Google, or LinkedIn as a way to sign into their site. Facebook is the sole external way to log in left. A local login and password were generated and sent by email and the old (non-facebook) logins deactivated. Score another one for Facebook.com in the login consolidation wars."
CptnHarlock writes: The at times luddite French government is in the early stages of preparing a tax on ad revenues for big online firms according to the BBC. The incomes will be used to "fund legal alternatives for buying books, films and music on the internet". Disregarding that the wording implies that big online firms are involved in ilegal activities Google replies that this will "slow down innovation" and that it's better "to find new business models that help consumers find great content and rewards artists and publishers for their work"
CptnHarlock writes: As notet on BBC and by many geeks and non-geeks worldwide Gmail and Google Docs have been having problems for about an hour now. The mail is accessible through IMAP clients and the chat is accessible through external applications. Twitter is ablaze and here's the BBC coverage.