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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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Apple iPhone 5 Excitement Ramps With Hardware and Carrier Support Rumors

iPhone 5 PriceOn October 4, 2011 Apple, Inc. will unveil the Apple iPhone 5 the company’s newest generation of Smartphone and while some information such as the iPhone 5 cost is not known, more rumors are popping up everyday about the phones suspected capabilities and carrier reach.

One of the biggest rumors to surface is the fact that the device will likely see updated cameras, offering a better front facing camera for Face Time and a possible Sony created 8MP backside camera for crisp picture taking.

Apple is also expected to update their next generation of phone to feature a better antenna which will fix “death grip” problems that were experienced on the iPhone 4. Accessory maker Ideal Case actually posted a photo of the new antenna which they say will be used on the iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 based devices.

Digitimes has also revealed that the device will likely keep the same 3.5″ display size as it’s predecessors, however there is a chance that the phone may increase the display size to 3.7 inches. Read More

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Recipe Finder: A New Recipe Search Engine to Look Out For

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Recipe Finder is the newest search engine on the the block, and it holds a lot of promise for newbie and experienced cooks alike. This recipe search engine was built with the needs of the average person, while at the same time incorporating features that the more seasoned user will find useful. Built using a custom-made search engine, Recipe Finder looks like it is going to be a player to reckon with in its niche. For starters, it has the largest recipe collection one can find online today. With almost 1.7 million recipes (right now) and more than 700,000 recipe images, Recipe Finder does have something to say. Even better, the search engine indexes the most trusted recipe web sites on a continuous basis, ensuring that the collection will only grow as time passes by. Read More

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Why We Don’t Worry About Every Scraper

Dart Board PictureContent scraping is a major issue nowadays and most sites are the victim of scraping. Even here at Splashpress Media many of our sites are duplicated across the web and sites such as The Blog Herald and BloggingPro are duplicated several times every day, often entries are scraped more than 20-30 times. Nevertheless we do not care ‘too much’ about this and have found an own, editorial, approach/policy to deal with the issue of content scraping.

Our own Jonathan Bailey, author of BloggingPro’s Blogging Pitfalls column, founder of Plagiarism Today and CEO of Copybyte, explains how we generally deal with plagiarism and content theft at Splashpress Media in a new entry on Jack of All Blogs.

The surprise for many is probably that in most cases we do not react at all, instead we have found a new way to turn MFA and content scraping sites into free advertising. Check Jonathan’s entry out over at JOAB.

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