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Counting Down the Top S'Cool Tools for 2013: #11-20

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In the early days of TRL on MTV, top ten music video countdown lists ruled supreme. Everybody likes a list, right? But here at EdSurge, we don’t geek out at music videos; we geek out at edtech tools

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 26, 2013 2:23 PM

EdSurge is releasing their top 20 "S'Cool Tools" for 2013 and this list provides us with the tools from 11 - 20. The range of tools is wide. A quick explanation on some are below with more information in the post as well as links to each of them.

* NewsELA is a website that provides students access to articles written at different lexiles, starting with Grade 3 or 4 and moving through Grade 12. It is free and you can create a classroom account and also assign articles to be read. Some (but not all) of the articles have quizzes attached that ask questions based on Common Core and you will be able to see the results. Questions are different for each reading lexile.

* EdWeb is a professional and social networking that provides a wealth of resources including free webinars. It is a great tool to help improve teaching and learning.

* Timelapse provides you a look at what is happening based on satellite photography taken over the last 30 years.

Click through to the post to explore these tools and seven others...and stay tuned for the release of the top ten!

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Twitter Share Price Soars as Popularity Grows

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Twitter's quarterly losses widen - but the number of active users has risen by 24% and sent share prices soaring.

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Twitter's chief executive, Dick Costolo, said: "Our strong financial and operating results for the second quarter show the continued momentum of our business.

"We remain focused on driving increased user growth and engagement, and by developing new product experiences, like the one we built around the World Cup, we believe we can extend Twitter's appeal to an even broader audience."

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3 Useful Google Docs Add-Ons

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"Google Docs Add-Ons are new tools created by 3rd party developers that add functionality to Google Docs. Users can access and search for Add-Ons through the menu bar in any Google Doc or Spreadsheet."


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Perhaps the beauty of Add-Ons lies in the fact there is an entire store full of 3rd party tools to choose from and users can self-select their own tools. Google has published documentation to help developers create their own Add-Ons, which indicates that new Add-Ons will frequently appear. To grab an Add-On, select the Get Add-Ons option from the Google Docs menu bar to jump to the Add-Ons store. After you select an Add-On it will appear in the Add-Ons menu of all your Google Docs., ready for use.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 30, 2014 9:17 PM

If you use Google Docs and you have not yet checked out the add-ons you might want to look into them. Here are three add-ons suggested by Susan Oxnevad.

* Clipboard by Diigo provides "a sidebar clipboard for managing content." You can copy and paste information onto the clipboard, and move the information into the document as necessary. If you have students using Clipboard by Diigo make sure they also keep track of all their sources.

* Mindmeister is a concept mapping program that will take a bullet point list and create a mindmap.

* Text Help provides highlighting tools.

Additional information on each of these tools is in the post.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 1, 2014 2:38 AM

Remember that these are all document by document.

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How Being Grateful Can Change Your Life

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"It's not just for Oprah devotees. Recent studies show that practicing gratitude can positively impact your life--and researchers believe it may help.us break our bad habits."

 

YOU’RE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE.

Gratitude is about focusing on other people, says Dr. Jo-Ann Tsang, a psychology professor at Baylor University, who led a study which will appear in the July 2014 issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

 

“Previous research that we and others have done finds that people are motivated to help people that help them--and to help others as well. We’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health,” Tsang said in a statement.


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Alhamdullah... many of my friends and students told me in the past few days, keep repeating their own gratitude mantra helps them a lot through out life ups and downs... mine is "Alhamdullah for opening my heart" or just simply  "Alhamdullah" = "Thank God"

Randy Bauer's curator insight, May 13, 2014 9:33 PM

Gratitude is about giving back, or giving thanks, to someone. It is an action that has a positive reaction; Happiness and Well-Being.

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

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Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in life.

 

Check out these things that mentally strong people don’t do so that you too can become more mentally strong.


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They Don’t Dwell on the Past

Mentally strong people don’t waste time dwelling on the past and wishing things could be different. They acknowledge their past and can say what they’ve learned from it. However, they don’t constantly relive bad experiences or fantasize about the glory days. Instead, they live for the present and plan for the future.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 23, 2014 9:10 AM

(From the article): Mentally strong people can tolerate being alone and they don’t fear silence. They aren’t afraid to be alone with their thoughts and they can use downtime to be productive. They enjoy their own company and aren’t dependent on others for companionship and entertainment all the time but instead can be happy alone.

Michael Binzer's curator insight, June 24, 2014 3:33 AM

I like this article. In gives inspiration and highlights the need to be in touch with yourself

Joe Boutte's curator insight, June 24, 2014 7:40 AM

Everyday leadership requires mental strength and stamina, or more simply, perseverance.  The 13 things that mentally strong people don't do is a great reminder of how to keep your wits about you and persevere through the daily struggles of life and leadership.

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Why Business Leaders Are Obsessed With Sun Tzu's Ancient Military Guide ... - Huffington Post

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Why Business Leaders Are Obsessed With Sun Tzu's Ancient Military Guide ...
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It’s black and white.

Sun Tzu doesn’t have any time for ambiguities, introspection or gray areas (probably because he was trying to win wars). He’s decisive, unwavering, and blunt -- exactly the leadership qualities we prize.

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National Bitcoin Alternative Auroracoin Launches To Save Iceland's Economy - Forbes

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International Business Times UK National Bitcoin Alternative Auroracoin Launches To Save Iceland's Economy Forbes Based off of Litecoin, itself an alternative to Bitcoin, Auroracoin is the brain child of the Iceland's own Satoshi Nakamoto, who uses...
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“The whole point of auroracoin is to provide Icelanders with an alternative to the króna, a currency they are forced by pain of imprisonment to use,” Odinsson told the Wall Street Journal recently. “Icelanders will be free to sell auroracoins anywhere they like and buy anything they like, be it dollars or other foreign currency on offshore currency exchanges. They won’t need permission from the Central Bank or politicians.”

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Promising exchange: Business forum results in new deals between Pak-China ... - The Express Tribune

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Promising exchange: Business forum results in new deals between Pak-China ...
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Chinese Deputy Ambassador Yao Wen stated this at the closing ceremony of the Pak-China Business Forum 2014 on Monday.
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The mega event comprised of an exhibition, seminars, workshops and an industrial and academic expo spread over four days. A senior member of Guangzhou Chamber of Commerce stated, “It is safe for Chinese investors to invest in the country. Pakistan is quite ideal in terms of labour and tax policy.” We will act Pakistan’s ambassadors after our return, he promised, amid applause from participants.

Solar Technology Company General Manager Sai Xue Zhao said he would encourage foreigners, especially Chinese, to invest in Pakistan. “As the demand for solar energy is increasing in Pakistan, I received hundreds of customers who want to use it as an alternative energy source.

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Spyware app turns the privacy tables on Google Glass wearers

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Critics of Google Glass usually remark on how the device allows its owner to take photos and videos of other people without their knowledge or consent, which has contributed to some backlash, including bans on Glass in some establishments and an alleged assault on a Glass user.

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But a spyware app developed by two researchers has shown that Google Glass can be used to secretly take photos of whatever a Glass wearer is looking at without their knowledge - making the Glass user the one whose privacy and security is potentially compromised.

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The lens display usually lights up whenever Glass is in use, which is the only way to tell when Glass is on - other than witnessing voice and gesture commands used by the wearer such as "Okay Glass, take a photo."

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However, according to media reports, the app takes a photo every 10 seconds when the display is off, meaning the wearer (or anyone in view of the camera) is unaware that it's recording.

 


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Critics of Google Glass usually remark on how the device allows its owner to take photos and videos of other people without their knowledge or consent, which has contributed to some backlash, including bans on Glass in some establishments and an alleged assault on a Glass user.

But a spyware app developed by two researchers has shown that Google Glass can be used to secretly take photos of whatever a Glass wearer is looking at without their knowledge - making the Glass user the one whose privacy and security is potentially compromised.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 25, 2014 5:01 PM


The lens display usually lights up whenever Glass is in use, which is the only way to tell when Glass is on - other than witnessing voice and gesture commands used by the wearer such as "Okay Glass, take a photo."

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However, according to media reports, the app takes a photo every 10 seconds when the display is off, meaning the wearer (or anyone in view of the camera) is unaware that it's recording.


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Biggest ever bitcoin transaction: Indonesian villa sold for $600,000 in bitcoins

Subscribe to ITN News: http://bit.ly/1bmWO8h A villa on the Indonesian island of Bali has been sold for roughly $600000 in bitcoins in what is thought to be...
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A villa on the Indonesian island of Bali has been sold for roughly $600,000 in bitcoins in what is thought to be the largest ever bitcoin transaction. The property features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, completed with a private pool, and was bought by an anonymous buyer based in Texas. Ronny Tome, the director of Del Mango Villa Estate,

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Still More Bitcoin Investing: Circle Internet Financial Raises $17 Million ... - Re/code

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Still More Bitcoin Investing: Circle Internet Financial Raises $17 Million ...
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The new funding comes from a range of new investors, including Oak Investment Partners.
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“There are not a lot of credible companies building what we are, and we saw the opportunity to bulk up to bring bitcoin to the mainstream,” said Jeremy Allaire, Circle founder, chairman and CEO, who compares his service to a stored value card. “We mean to get beyond the bunch of amateurs and enthusiasts that have dominated the early development of digital currency and make it easy for regular people to use.”

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InMail Marketing on LinkedIn Gaining Steam - Mobile Marketing Watch

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Mobile Marketing Watch InMail Marketing on LinkedIn Gaining Steam Mobile Marketing Watch The InMail marketing strategy focuses primarily on LinkedIn's mobile users, as recent studies have revealed that more than half of all consumers now open their...
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LinkedIn has identified email as a platform likely to enjoy the highest rate of engagement between marketers and consumers. This factor, combined with the ability to include native advertising, makes email the perfect channel for the kind of marketing LinkedIn is looking to offer. This content can be anything from personalized event invites and promotions from businesses, to relevant articles (sponsored) and news publications. And because they all come through email, they can be viewed on any device at any time.

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7 Social Media Security Tips to Protect your Business

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7 Social Media Security Tips To Protect Your Business
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Many small businesses recognize the benefits of having a social media presence for customer service and long-term marketing purposes.

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Lock down social settings. Require employees to learn about and incorporate maximum privacy settings. Most social networks have privacy settings that need to be administered to the highest level. Default settings generally leave the networks wide open for attack.

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Dogecoin's First 100 Days Were Better Than Bitcoin's First 1000 - Motherboard

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Dogecoin's First 100 Days Were Better Than Bitcoin's First 1000
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Chronicling the first 100 days of Dogecoin's success, the above video, like many other videos pertaining to doge, can hardly contain its caffeinated excitement.
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Chronicling the first 100 days of Dogecoin's success, the above video, like many other videos pertaining to doge, can hardly contain its caffeinated excitement. One might compare the Shiba Inu-embossed currency's first 100 days to Bitcoin's first 1,000. That’s coarsely, if you were to compare the growth of the currencies’ market capitalizations. By Bitcoin's 1,000th day, or September 30, 2011, the original cryptocurrency sat at a market cap of roughly $36.5 million, after having spiked as at $190 million in July that year (the first Bitcoin bubble). Today, Dogecoin's market cap is at about $47 million, after having risen to over $87 million in less than two months.

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Amazon investing $2 billion more in India as online retail booms - PCWorld

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Amazon investing $2 billion more in India as online retail booms
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Amazon.com is investing US$2 billion more in India, which is witnessing an online retail boom.
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India will be Amazon’s fastest country to reach one billion dollars in gross sales if current growth rates continue, Amazon said Wednesday.

The company did not say how or over what period it will make the investment.

“We don’t comment on any future plans,” a company spokeswoman said. “We are committed to aggressively investing in growing the business and relentlessly focus on raising the bar for online shopping experience in India.”

As a result of Indian government restrictions on foreign investment in online retail in India, Amazon set up a marketplace last year, Amazon.in, which offers sales and order fulfillment services to Indian retailers, but does not sell directly.

The company also operates the Junglee.com website, a search and comparison site for Indian shoppers who can browse for a variety of retailers, including offline sellers and vendors of second-hand goods.

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Home Businesses: Top Tips for Rural Workers

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Home businesses: top tips for rural workers
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"We had connections to a village and a business park, which we built ourselves," he says.

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Skype Opens Up Free Video-Conferencing For Up To 10 People on Win, Mac, Xbox


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Skypeで10人までのグループ通話(テレビ会話が可能に)
Google Plusでのハングアウトはアーカイブ・Youtube公開が出来る点は便利だけれど操作の難しさがつきまとうので悩ましいことも。
ともあれ、選択肢が広がるのはgood :)  

Profeserio's curator insight, September 28, 2014 11:59 AM

@Edumorfosis La muerte anunciada de Skipe por parte de Microsoft, no es una realidad por su esfuerzo disruptivo de ser la herramienta on line de encuentro entre pares.

Temía su desaparición luego de la compra del producto, pero veo que esta en pleno auge....

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, September 29, 2014 10:40 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

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Magnetic 'Micro-Robots' Could Lead to Tiny Automated Factories

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Remember those old electric football games that used a vibrating tabletop surface to send teams of tiny NFL players scrambling around the field?
Well, researchers at SRI Interna... (A prototype for factory-working micro-robots is now in development.

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New Derivative Guards Against Bitcoin's Price Swings - Wall Street Journal (blog)

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Wall Street Journal
New Derivative Guards Against Bitcoin's Price Swings
Wall Street Journal (blog)
If you thought trading bitcoin was a shot in the dark, how about bitcoin derivatives?
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Tera is separately applying to the Commodity Futures Exchange Commission to list bitcoin derivatives on its regulated exchange. The CFTC already has a laundry list of to-dos as it brings swaps under its purview in the wake of the financial crisis, and grapples with a range of budgeting constraints.

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Bitcoin barons face tax dilemma as April 15 deadline looms - GigaOM

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Bitcoin barons face tax dilemma as April 15 deadline looms
GigaOM
As with many things related to bitcoin, the tax implications are mind-boggling.
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As with many things related to bitcoin, the tax implications are mind-boggling. For instance, the IRS hasn’t even said if it considers the virtual currency to be a currency in the first place, or if bitcoins should instead by classified as a capital asset. Should bitcoins, in other words, be treated like Apple stocks or like euros and other foreign currencies?

The classification matters because foreign currency and capital asset profits are taxed at different rates. (I’m no authority, but the distinction goes something like this: forex earnings are taxed on a 60/40 formula that blends long- and short-term capital gains, while capital assets must be held for a year to be eligible for the long-term rate.)

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Bitcoin nabob: Yes, there's life after Mt. Gox (Q&A) - CNET

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Bitcoin nabob: Yes, there's life after Mt. Gox (Q&A)
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In February the Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox declared bankruptcy after some $400 million in bitcoins got stolen.
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I feel we're at a point now where the vast majority of what I would term "Generation 1" Bitcoin companies have been rooted out in one way or another. Mt. Gox was really the last one of those to fall.

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Facebook Users Seeing 'Privacy Checkup' Popups - AllFacebook

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Facebook Users Seeing 'Privacy Checkup' Popups
AllFacebook
It looks like you haven't changed who can see your posts in a while, so we're just checking that your privacy is set the way you want.
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Clicking on “learn more” brought up the following message, under the headline, “Why am I seeing this?”:

Every time you post on Facebook you can decide who sees what you share. It looks like you haven’t changed who can see your posts in a while, so we’re just checking that your privacy is set the way you want. You’ll still able to change the audience any time you post something. If you’d like to learn more about setting privacy on your posts, visit the Help Center.

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Social media users migrating to smaller circles - CNN

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Social media users migrating to smaller circles
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(CNN) -- In an age when people are encouraged to collect hundreds of Facebook "friends" and thousands of Twitter followers, some social media users, particularly young ones, are going smaller.
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But over the past couple of years, it's been smaller social sharing and messaging tools, most of them mobile apps, that have gotten the most buzz and gained the most users. These services encourage users to target personalized messages to individuals or small groups instead of broadcasting posts to larger networks of people.

That doesn't mean folks are ditching Facebook for the silly photos of Snapchat or the 6-second videos of Vine. But these emerging social hangouts increasingly are where young users are communicating with each other.

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Microsoft wins battle over ads attacking Google privacy standards - The Guardian

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Microsoft wins battle over ads attacking Google privacy standards The Guardian Microsoft stood by its claim that Outlook.com offered greater privacy options than Gmail, arguing that it only undertook "protective" scanning of emails for viruses and...
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The UK advertising watchdog has cleared a campaign by Microsoft attacking the privacy standards used by Google's Gmail email service.

An ad campaign promoting Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft's rival email service, criticised Gmail for scanning the contents of users' emails for commercial purposes.

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Infographic: A Brief History Of The Internet Of Things - Mobile Marketing Watch

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Infographic: A Brief History Of The Internet Of Things
Mobile Marketing Watch
But to understand where the Internet of Things market is going, it's important to first understand where it's been.
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The Internet of Things (IoT), which excludes PCs, tablets and smartphones, will grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020. If that happens – and Gartner says it will – it will represent an almost 30-fold increase from 0.9 billion in 2009.

But to understand where the Internet of Things market is going, it’s important to first understand where it’s been.

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Find Out Why You Are Procrastinating: 6 Possible Reasons

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I liked a post at Jane Sheeba :
Procrastination is a plague, right? It is something that can demolish your dreams - I am talking from experience here!

I used to be a v[..]

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Overwhelming

When you got too much on your plate, you get overwhelmed. Everyone gets overwhelmed once in a while. But keeping too many things on your plate all the time is neither good for your personal and business life, nor good for your health!

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Problogging Success's curator insight, March 20, 2014 9:46 PM

Are you the one who dreams about achieving heights but wonder why you haven't yet reached there? Have you realized that this is due to your habit of procrastination?