Startup Weekend Beirut 2012 that took place July 6,7,8 2012 at Berytech Mar Roukoz was a great success! The event was attended by more than 200 people, 130 of which participated to be part of 25 teams in the 54 hour event. Out of 40 pitched ideas, 25 were shortlisted through attendees voting, and 17 out of which survived till the end.
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As the successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4, IPv6 is critical to the Internet’s continued growth as a platform for innovation and economic development. Organized by the Internet Society, and building on the successful one-day World IPv6 Day event held on 8 June 2011, World IPv6 Launch represents a major milestone in the global deployment of IPv6.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has decided to enhance competition and user choice via the introduction of new gTLDs (Generic Top-Level Domains). The application for these new gTLDs will be open between January and April 2012 only.
The latest events in Tunisia and then Egypt have sparked a raging debate on the net: are these protests being man-made or internet generated? Are we fighting with bats and stones or smartphones and apps? Are Twitter and Facebook replacing underground newspapers and illegal unions? Two camps have clearly emerged across the digital divide.
On the one part, Malcolm Gladwell, a Canadian author of British descent and staff writer at the New Yorker, forcibly defended the theory that revolutions have been taking place for ages, long before electricity, let alone the computer or the net had existed: “People protested and brought down governments before Facebook was invented. They did it before the Internet came along…” he stated in his now infamous editorial, while confrontations between the police and the people raged in Tahrir Square. Needless to say, he made many enemies among the global bloggers’ community and fervent tweeters, who tweeted back at him with no less rage.
This morning I had an interesting call from my banker. A procedure at the bank dictates that customers’ address, phone number and work information must be officially updated every five years for the records, thereby I was kindly summoned to visit the bank in order to provide such information.
As a busy working mom, juggling with impossible schedules, I naturally enquired if I could email or –God forbid- fax this information. I even volunteered to fill in any web-form, or even paper form they wanted, scan it, and send it in any way or manner they wished. “Just don’t make me come to the bank, I really have no time to drive one hour in traffic and waste another hour waiting for my turn ”, I begged and pleaded.