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Malware and Viruses: How Infected Are We?

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The other day, I had a very confusing day, thanks to my laptop going nuts on me. I thought for sure that I got infected by a virus or some malware. No matter what search I did on Google, I always got redirected to search results for “biometrics”.

It didn’t stop there. When creating a new post, the title field and time stamp kept reverting to specific data. It.drove.me.nuts.

And I panicked. I immediately downloaded Avast for Mac and did a full system scan, but everything was clean. Read More

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Another Matt Cutts Talk About Upcoming Google Algorithm Changes

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While it’s been said so many times that Google does not equate to the whole of the Internet, we all know just how much we rely on Google; and when it comes to Google Algorithm changes, online content creators, publishers, and bloggers all can’t help but think about how the changes will affect their sites.

Truth be told, we’ve been hit by Google penalties ourselves, and it is not always easy to bounce back from those hits. Good intentions when it comes to content and all, we have to pay attention to other factors that are taken into consideration when making Google algorithm changes. Read More

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Over 160,000 WordPress Sites Used as Zombies in DDoS Attacks

Are you running WordPress like us? Do you make it a point to update to the latest version as soon as it’s out? If not, then maybe you should.

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In a recent massive attack, more than 160,000 WordPress sites have been taken advantage of and used to launch “a large HTTP-based (layer 7) distributed flood attack against a target”. And, these were legit WordPress sites that were abused for the attack. So you could actually have been one of them! Read More

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Snowden at SXSW: Encryption is “defense against the dark arts in the digital realm”

Snowden at SXSW: Encryption is ‘defense against the dark arts in the digital realm’ (via PBS News Hour)

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden spoke at the 2014 South by Southwest Interactive Festival Monday about what the tech community can do to address digital privacy and security concerns. Snowden addressed festival attendees via videoconference from…


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Google Compute Engine Release Makes Waves

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The highly anticipated Google Compute Engine has finally been made available to the public after a lengthy beta testing period. Google’s announcement is likely to spark increased competition from established cloud platform competitors like Amazon Web Services and IBM. Looking to establish a foothold in the market is no easy feat, but Google has proven that they can disrupt a lot of markets with their track record of innovation in search, mobile, application domain hosting, and other services. Analysts are keeping a close eye on this new development in the already highly competitive cloud services market. Read More

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Apple, Microsoft, Google and others ask for less NSA snooping

Apple, Microsoft, Google and others ask for less NSA snooping (via The Inquirer)

MANY OF THE WORLD’S largest information technology firms have written an open letter to the US government asking for surveillance reform. Firms that have put their names to the letter are Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL, Apple, and…


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Henry Blodget opens up about his “colossal mistake” as a writer

Henry Blodget opens up about his “colossal mistake” as a writer (via Pando Daily)

By David Holmes On November 14, 2013Business Insider founder Henry Blodget was our guest at tonight’s PandoMonthly, and it wasn’t long before the topic of his “Why Do People Hate Jews?” post came up. Blodget asked the question in earnest, but…


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Donation Appeal For Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

Over the weekend the Philippines was hit by a type 5 typhoon, the largest ever to make landfall there. The UN says that more than 11 million people have been displaced with around 600,000 now homeless, the death toll as of yesterday stands at around 1,700 to 2,500.

The BBC’s George Alagiah yesterday flew over the area to witness the destruction:

We are currently running a donations drive to get money via the Red Cross to assist the relief workers, if you wish to make a donation (Paypal payments accepted) then please do so via the link below. All donations are welcome no matter how small as every bit counts.

Please make all donations via the Philippines Red Cross HERE

 

 

 

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Social Media Bill

Social Media Bill (via Repost Video News)

The state legislature is looking to make it illegal for an employer to ask for your social media password


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This is Your Digital Life

This is Your Digital Life (via slashdot)

By 2015, Americans’ ability to access digital media at home and on mobile devices will raise the average volume of media consumed to the equivalent of nine DVDs worth of data per person, per day – not including whatever media they consume at work…


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