theEweekly Wrap: Debates, domains and decisions

By Rachel Hand topicIcon Manchester
iPlus Following the launch of Google+ last week, the BBC has reported that the search giant is creating an iOS app version of the social network. According to one employee, the app has been submitted to the App Store for approval, which would enable Google+ to work on iPhone, iPod and iPad. However, app versions of Google Latitude and Google Voice were rejected under the App Store's strict guidelines.

Also this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that parts for the long-awaited iPhone 5 have gone into production, including an eight megapixel camera and Qualcomm wireless chip, while rumours also surfaced concerning a wireless method of charging the device. The WSJ believes the iPhone5 launch will coincide with that of iOS5, confirmed for autumn 2011.

Domain pain An estimated 11 million sites vanished from Google SERPs this week as their entire domain was blocked. The second-level domain is owned by a Korean company, who offer it as a freehost domain. Users can get a single sub-domain for free, or buy 15,000 of them for a thousand dollars. Google's Matt Cutts explained in a Google+ post that they reserve the right to remove a freehost from the search index if "a very large fraction of sites on a specific freehost [are] spammy or low-quality". The Anti-Phishing Working Group reported that 4,963 phishing attacks originated from the domain in the space of just six months.

In other news, the nascent Republic of South Sudan is having a domain name crisis. Thanks to .su, .sr and .sd being taken, one of the only remaining domains they can take as their national TLD is .ss, which obviously has negative connotations. However, TheNextWeb speculated the country could opt for an international domain name in Arabic, one of Sudan's official languages.

@thePresident US President Barack Obama held a Twitter 'town hall' meeting this week, allowing members of the public to tweet him questions using the hashtag #AskObama. The session was moderated by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, and streamed live from the White House. The administration's director of digital strategy, Macon Phillips, said the President wanted to "try to find new opportunities to connect with Americans around the country".

President Obama has over nine million followers on Twitter. External online director for Obama 2008 Scott Goodstein has previously commented on the importance of social media in the Presidential campaign; it seems it will also play a key part in the campaign to keep Obama in office in 2012.