Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! ×

Google URL Shortener Opened To the Public 244

Anonymusing writes "Just what the world needs, another URL shortener, right? Google seems to think so, and it's making its own widely available to anyone — complete with tracking and statistics — for free. As noted on its blog: 'There are many shorteners out there with great features, so some people may wonder whether the world really needs yet another. As we said late last year, we built with a focus on quality. With, every time you shorten a URL, you know it will work, it will work fast, and it will keep working. You also know that when you click a shortened URL, you're protected against malware, phishing and spam using the same industry-leading technology we use in search and other products.' Is shaking in its boots?"

Comment Re:Google (Score 5, Informative) 354

Erm, no. While I don't consider Google to be a particularly charitable organization, they do regularly open source their products (though mostly minor ones, as you rightly pointed out) when there is no legal obligation on them to do so.

The reason for that is perfectly clear, too: it strengthens the image of Google as both "geeky" and "open" tech company, which are both important parts of Google's public image.

It's not just public image. There's also the fact that Google is a company full of geeks, many of whom are open source fans in their own right.

I was primarily responsible for Google releasing Protocol Buffers. I did it not for the sake of improving my employer's public image, but because I thought it was a useful tool that should be shared, and those around me agreed. Because of the bottom-up nature of decision making at Google -- and given that I was willing to do the work -- I had no trouble pushing this through.

So yeah, it's pretty upsetting to me to see people say things like "Google does only care about OSS when it suits them and drops out instantly when it doesn't.". This kind of statement completely misunderstands how Google even works. This just isn't the kind of company where orders comes down from executives on high with the only motive being profit -- anyone who thinks otherwise obviously doesn't work here.

Honestly, I think the main reason we haven't released more stuff is because it's kind of a lot of work (as I have learned). Dumping code over a wall does not please the open source community -- you have to maintain it; document it; test it on a zillion platforms; answer e-mail from people who think they are not just entitled to your code, but are doing *you* a favor by using it; review patches from college kids who don't really know what they're doing; etc.

(Oblig. disclaimer: These are my own personal opinions; I am not authorized to speak for my employer.)


Submission + - Analysts predict a better 2008 for Microsoft (

RedZed writes: "By Peter Galli (eWeek): Analysts expect 2008 to be a better year for Microsoft than 2007 if the company can overcome the generally poor market reaction to the introduction of Windows Vista. The upcoming launch of Windows Server 2008 and the release of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 could help improve overall market perceptions of the operating system in 2008, the analysts said.,1895,2238710,00.asp"

Submission + - Know Your Enemy: Web Application Threats

An anonymous reader writes: From

The Honeynet Project & Research Alliance is pleased to announce the release of a new paper Know Your Enemy: Web Application Threats. This technical white paper provides behind the scenes information on various HTTP-based attacks against web applications, including remote file inclusion and exploitation of the PHPShell application. The paper is based on the research and data collected from the Chicago Honeynet Project, the New Zealand Honeynet Project and the German Honeynet Project during multiple honeypot compromises.

Along with the release of this paper, comes new functionality to the Google Hack Honeypot (GHH), used extensively in the paper. GHH now includes an automated malware collection function, as well as remote XML-RPC logging for SSL support.

Submission + - Amazing New Pictures of Spacecraft Above Mars

sighted writes: "The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, en route to a distant encounter with a comet, buzzed by Barsoom yesterday and took some striking and unusual pictures, including one that shows its own solar panel with Mars in the background. As it passed by the planet, Rosetta briefly took back up to six the number of active robotic missions exploring Mars, four in space and two on the ground."

Slashdot Top Deals

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."