Tech News Roundup – Google DNS, Facebook Beacon Settlement..and more

Google has launched it’s Public DNS service that, as Google claims will provide you faster speed and more stable browsing experience.

The Google Public DNS IP addresses are as follows:

  • 8.8.8.8
  • 8.8.4.4

How to setup Google DNS

Changing DNS server settings on Microsoft Windows Vista

  1. Go the Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center, then Manage network connections.
  3. Select the connection for which you want to configure Google Public DNS. For example:
    • To change the settings for an Ethernet connection, right-click Local Area Connection, and click Properties.
    • To change the settings for a wireless connection, right-click Wireless Network Connection, and click Properties.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. Select the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.
  5. Click Advanced and select the DNS tab. If there are any DNS server IP addresses listed there, write them down for future reference, and remove them from this window.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Select Use the following DNS server addresses. If there are any IP addresses listed in the Preferred DNS server or Alternate DNS server, write them down for future reference.
  8. Replace those addresses with the IP addresses of the Google DNS servers: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.
  9. Restart the connection you selected in step 3.
  10. Test that your setup is working correctly; see Testing your new settings below.
  11. Repeat the procedure for additional network connections you want to change. [more details]

David Ulevitch, Founder of OpenDNS shares his take on Google DNS

When you use Google DNS, you are getting the experience they prescribe. When you use OpenDNS, you get the Dashboard controls to manage your experience the way you want for you, your family or your organization. People use OpenDNS because we are pioneers and innovators in the DNS space, offering the most secure recursive DNS service around. We run the largest DNS caches, the fastest resolvers, and we offer the most flexibility in controlling your DNS experience. For example, IT folks want to block malware in the DNS, parents sometimes want to block certain content from kids. All of that and more is possible with our DNS. It is not with Google DNS. Of course, we don’t force those things, we offer them as controls that you manage the way you see fit. Providing people with choice is core to our offerings.

Twitter Mobile Client

Twitter has launched a better mobile client (http://mobile.twitter.com) and will replace it’s earlier mobile site, http://m.twitter.com in future.

The preview works best on webkit browsers [more]

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Also see: Monetize your Tweets with Twitter Ad Networks [List] and Top Twitter Plugins for WordPress Blogs [The Complete List]

Facebook and Beacon Settlement

Facebook shut down it’s Beacon program earlier and will pay a total of $9.5mn. None of this will go to users, but Facebook will constitute a settlement fund that will be used to setup a non-profit privacy foundation.

Under the Settlement, Facebook has terminated the Beacon program. In addition, Facebook will pay a total of nine million five hundred thousand dollars ($9,500,000) into an interest-bearing account. The original deposit of $9,500,000, plus accrued interest, will constitute the “Settlement Fund.” The Settlement Fund will be used: (i) to set up a non-profit Privacy Foundation, described below; (ii) to pay certain costs of administering the Settlement, as approved by the Court; and (iii) to pay attorneys’ fees and expenses to Class Counsel in the amount awarded by the Court as well as any compensation to the Representative Plaintiffs which the parties have proposed to be in an amount totaling $41,500 distributed among 19 individuals. – details