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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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Google Launches Helpouts to Connect You With Experts

Google Launches Helpouts to Connect You With Experts (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook Google launched Helpouts Monday to bring you closer to the experts in a given field. Pay to view lessons on cooking, exercise and more.


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Facebook Wants to Track You Better

Facebook Wants to Track You Better (via slashdot)

Facebook wants to peer a little deeper into how you spend your time on a PC or mobile device. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, the company could begin siphoning up data related to how long a user keeps the Facebook newsfeed visible…


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Buffer hack sees users posting Facebook and Twitter spam

Buffer hack sees users posting Facebook and Twitter spam (via The Inquirer)

ANOTHER DAY, another social media hacking, this time at Buffer, the cross-platform social media aggregator that disperses status updates and shares at regular intervals. On Saturday users started to find that spam was being posted in their Facebook…


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Twitter Looks to Kill Its #Music Application

Twitter Looks to Kill Its #Music Application (via BestTechie)

After releasing some pretty decent updates to its iOS application adding much needed social sharing functionality and releasing an all new version of the application for Spotify’s growing app ecosystem, AllThingsD has now learned that Twitter will…


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Your Face May Appear In A Google Ads Soon?

Your Face May Appear In A Google Ads Soon? (via AnyStatements)

Image : pcworld If you’ve ever been appalled to see yourself or your friends used in a Facebook ad, then you’re not going to like Google’s new terms of service. The company updated its TOS on Friday to allow an adult user’s profile name and photo…


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What Does the New Over-Optimization Crack-Down Mean For Your Blog?

The latest news in the world of Google is yet another new algorithm for bloggers to freak out about—the over-optimization penalty. For those who are unfamiliar, Google’s SEO engineer Matt Cutts made an announcement last week that companies and bloggers will now be penalized for over-optimizing their website. Naturally, this has left many heads spinning. Many companies have put a great deal of time, effort, and money into optimizing pages in order to rank highly on a SERP, and suddenly this new announcement seems to devalue all of this work. The worst thing about this algorithm change is that bloggers and webmasters have not been given a clear answer as to what “over-optimization” actually entails.

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Petitions Seek To End ACTA, Bring Up Constitutional Questions

ACTASeveral months ago President Obama signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) into law by decree of an executive order. While SOPA and PIPA turned the spotlight away from what the President calls a “matter of national security” various new petitions have circulated in which questions have been rightfully raised over the legality of the bills passing.

To circumvent a congress unlikely to pass the measure without public scrutiny President Obama signed an “executive agreement” which basically gives the President the ability to sign the treaty (by not calling it a treaty) while limiting the ability of the agreement to bind congress.

Currently circulating petitions in the meantime point out that executives agreements are only covered by things that fall solely under the President’s mandate, therefore an executive agreement that impacts the ability of Congress controlled items would be unconstitutional. Because intellectual property is protected under Article 1, Section 8 of the constitution along with Congresses responsibility to control such issue it would be an issue for Congress to discuss and pass or reject and not the President.

In the meantime the petition filed on the WhiteHouse.gov petition website has grown to more than 1000 people at this time while various other petitions have also circulated around the internet with thousands of signatures while asking that ACTA be stopped in the United States and in other countries where it has already or will soon be enacted.  Read More

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