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How to launch a startup without knowing a line of code

How to launch a startup without knowing a line of code | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

There is an unspoken rule: to launch a startup, you need to build a product, and to do that you need someone that can write code.

Whether that means chasing down a technical co-founder, learning to code, or even building that “Lean MVP” – the conventional wisdom is that without tech abilities you’re nothing more than a dude (or dudette) with a Powerpoint.

A growing number of startups, however, are quietly disproving this assumption.

They’re getting their first customers with minimal technology, and often no code at all. Instead of building fancy technology from the outset, they’re hacking together inexpensive online tools such as online forms, drag-and-drop site builders, advanced WordPress plugins, and eCommerce providers.

They’re jumping right in to serve customers in any way possible – heading right for their first paying customers.

Most importantly, unlike the majority of their peers, by the time they start building a product, they already have a humming business.

How are they doing it?

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It's become fashionable to create Startups and use Developers. But anyone can start a business online, there are too many good tools around, and not only WordPress as the article suggests.

I built my site with SBI/Sitesell, and am very happy to see hundreds of visitors every day checking on funding information. SBI has many, many tools, all integrated in one package at $29.90/month or $299.00/year, less than a dollar a day. Take a look:http://www.sitesell.com/welcome23.html


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Dennis Staples's curator insight, January 15, 2014 2:37 PM

Knowing how to get your project coded is as important as knowing how to code!

 

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Will 5G Bring New Dimensions to Our Wireless World? - iQ by Intel

Will 5G Bring New Dimensions to Our Wireless World? - iQ by Intel | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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The hottest topic at Mobile World Congress 2015 will connect billions of people and things to the Internet and one another without wires.

While much of the world is connecting their personal devices to fast data sharing 4G mobile networks, industry pioneers are shaping next generation networks to feed the world’s increasing appetite for the Internet.

5G networks aren’t expected to roll out broadly until 2020, but according to analyst firm CCS Insight, 5G will be one of the hottest topics at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That’s because talk is significantly shifting beyond smart pipe dreams into a do-anything-anywhere-from-any-device reality.

In a nutshell, 5G networks will provide more data bandwidth and less latency due to built-in computing intelligence aimed at handling more data more efficiently than today’s 4G networks. By combining communications and computing technologies, 5G networks will leverage more benefits of Moore’s Law, according to Asha Keddy, vice president in Intel’s Communication and Devices Group and general manager of the company’s Standards and Advanced Technology team.

“3G networks were designed for voice while 4G was designed for more complex human interaction with voice and data,” she told iQ just ahead of attending Mobile World Congress for the fifth consecutive year.

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Layout Cheat Sheet for Infographics : Visual arrangement tips

Layout Cheat Sheet for Infographics : Visual arrangement tips | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Infographic layouts refer to the arrangement of your visual elements and your content. When you begin working on a piece of infographic, you should have a story to tell hence, you will need to select a layout that best suits your story. Using the right layout will ensure good readability and convey your message well.


We have put together a cheat sheet for your quick reference to the right arrangement to use, here are six common ones you can quickly work with....



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Great tool to figure out how to do infographics. They're getting more popular all the time.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, February 26, 10:51 AM

Good reference tool.

Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, February 26, 6:22 PM

Great document for building a good info graphic with a layout that is going to get the results you want.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, March 2, 3:29 PM

This article helps you determine the best layout for the type of infographic you may be creating.

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Developer curses at man on subway, meets him again in job interview - CNET

Developer curses at man on subway, meets him again in job interview - CNET | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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The London subway isn't the most elegant of places.

It reeks of malodor. It's dripping with secondary moisture. And then there's the difficulty of shoving far too many people into a confined space and hoping that, in some very British way, they'll all get on.

One man got on the subway train last Monday morning and wasn't in the mood for politeness or pleasantries. As another man stood in his way, he shoved him and, so that there was no doubt as to his intent, told him to "Go f*** yourself."

This is morning talk for "Oh, do please get out of the way."

Perhaps the curser thought nothing more of it. He went about his day. He even had a job interview later in the afternoon.

He walked in and, within seconds, began to curse himself. For his interviewer turned out to be the very man he'd cursed at on the subway. Being a Python developer, and therefore a man of some rational bent, he might have attempted to work out the chances of such a serendipitous event. Read the whole story: http://snip.ly/lvCQ



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Karma is alive and well. Circumstances like this are of course very unlikely, however, the internet allows easy access to all of your data, whether you believe in privacy or not. Recruiters do check your social media for example. That's got nothing to do with this story though. Be careful what you post online.

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"Stop Me Before I Kill the Planet": Another Major Oil Producer calls for Carbon Pricing | CaseWorthy

"Stop Me Before I Kill the Planet": Another Major Oil Producer calls for Carbon Pricing | CaseWorthy | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

On the heels of Shell, now BP has warned that carbon dioxide emission levels from burning fossil fuels are unsustainable unless the international community unilaterally introduces tougher binding regulations on atmospheric pollution.

 In another astonishing announcement, a second major Oil producer has called for a global carbon  pricing mechanism.
BP follows last week’s speech from Ben Van Beurden, CEO of Shell, which called for policies to curb climate change, including a price on carbon.

Read more: click on the image or title.



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A wake up call! When the oil giants are clearly sending out a warning it is definitely time for governments and corporation to start dealing with the challenge. Apple is setting a great example. Read the article for details.

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AleksBlumentals's curator insight, February 20, 5:47 AM

The stark warning from the UK’s second-largest oil company came with the publication on Tuesday of its closely-watched long-term outlook for global energy markets, which predicts that CO2 emissions will increase by 1pc per year, or 25pc in total, through to 2035.

 

We are at a moment of historical change – I don’t think it’s too much to compare this to the fall of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall in 1989.  A gigantic, monolithic industry that has for decades presented a united front against action on climate is now realizing the stakes are so high, the science so overwhelming,  the politics so clearly lining up against them, and possibly most important, the growing impact of the Divestment movement asinvestors wake up to their exposure to a “carbon bubble” – that they are lining up and calling for action.

 

 

  
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VCs Advise U.S. Tech Startups To Go East Or Else - A Big Reverse - Forbes.com

VCs Advise U.S. Tech Startups To Go East Or Else - A Big Reverse - Forbes.com | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

What’s a U.S. tech startup without an Asian growth strategy? That’s what Silicon Valley venture capitalists want to know.

A panel discussion of leading Sand Hill Road investors at Silicon Dragon agreed they wouldn’t invest in a U.S. tech startup that has no plan to expand or operate in Asia’s emerging markets. That’s understandable given the growth curve of many of the region’s still-fast growth markets, their large-sized Internet and mobile sectors, and the entrepreneurial energy found in China, Korea and increasingly, India. The pace in Beijing, Bangalore and Seoul, in particular, can make Palo Alto seem a little sleepy. Plus, innovations are coming far more often from Asia’s leading tech hubs than even just a few years ago.

No savvy founder of a tech startup wants to be left behind — ask Guru Gowrappan of Quixey. See earlier post, Guru.

Several of the venture investors at the recent Silicon Dragon forum in the Valley have portfolio companies that are benefiting from a go-Asia strategy. They include some big name investors – Softbank and GGV Capital among them – both of them early investors in Alibaba.  See Silicon Dragon Video of VC panel discussion: Go East or Else.

The panel included Hany Nada of GGV, Chris Evdemon of Innovation Works, Eric Hsia of Translink Capital, Eric Kim of Goodwater Capital, Teddy Himler of Softbank and David Yuan of Redpoint Ventures.

The Go East trend has gained momentum as Alibaba showed the way by becoming mainstream. Now, mobile search app provider Quixey, TV remote app maker Peel, messaging app Tango and wearable device maker Misfit (to name a few) are scaling up with an Asian strategic plan.

Most of them are being led by their venture investor who have significant networks in the regions and can get, say Alibaba, Renren, Tencent to back their emerging companies.

By Rebecca Fannin on Forbes.




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#Infographic The ultimate guide to creating a successful online business

#Infographic The ultimate guide to creating a successful online business | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Creating a successful online business can be a challenge even for an experienced entrepreneur. The number of potential pitfalls multiply as technology becomes increasingly diverse.

So this handy infographic, designed by ecommerce platforms, offers some welcome advice for anyone pushing out a startup in the coming year.

Should you be using images, or focus everything on text? Do you really need an “About Us” page? Will implementing live chat on your site result in more sales? Should you focus your marketing efforts on an email campaign, or pour everything into social media? You’ll find the answers to these, and many more questions, below.




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How to Increase Content Creation Without Hiring More People

How to Increase Content Creation Without Hiring More People | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
One of the biggest concerns facing companies when it comes to their content marketing is how to create enough content to be effective, especially when faced with limitations in personnel equipped to handle such tasks.


Here are a few ideas to help you increase your production of quality content that connects with your target audience, while avoiding breaking the bank to expand your team. Click title or image to read more.




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Content drives traffic. Here are the basics on how to create more of it while spending little or no extra money.

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Mark Zuckerberg Had The Perfect Response To An Analyst Who Asked Why Connecting The Whole World Mattered - Business Inside

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By Jillian D'Onfro


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had the perfect response to an analyst who questioned the company's focus on spreading internet access across the world. It happened Wednesday night during Facebook's fourth-quarter earnings call

Analyst Carlos Kirjner from Bernstein asked Zuckerberg why Facebook focused so much on its nonprofit partnership Internet.org when emerging markets are harder to monetize. 

"Mark, during your remarks in every earnings call, you talk to investors for a considerable amount of time about Facebook's efforts to connect the world — specifically about Internet.org," Kirjner said. "Can you clarify why you think this matters to investors?"

Without missing a beat, Zuckerberg delivered a zinger:

"Well, it matters to the kind of investors that we want to have," he said. 

Facebook, Zuckerberg says, is a mission-focused company whose goals extend beyond making money. The goal of Internet.org is to bring affordable internet access to parts of the world that don't have it. Read the whole article here:  http://snip.ly/ohVY


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How to Write the Perfect Blog Post: A Complete Guide to Copy.

How to Write the Perfect Blog Post: A Complete Guide to Copy. | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Want to learn how to write the perfect blog post?

Seems like an unachievable goal, right?

Maybe.

What I’m going to do today is show you a very deliberate formula and list of inclusions that I follow with my posts in order to ensure that I get results.

I’m not saying that it works every time, but I can guarantee that if you start to add these elements to your own blog posts you’ll start to get wins a lot more often.

Sound good?

What makes this the perfect blog post?

Okay, so let me do a bit of explaining.

I’m not saying that I know how to write the perfect blog post and that everything I do on my blog is perfect.

It’s not.

In fact, I really don’t like my writing that much at all. (Do all bloggers feel like that?)

But I have been blogging for quite a while now and in that time I’ve been able to hone my posts by looking at what has worked and what hasn’t over the years.

It’s basically a lot of trial and error.

Today all I am doing is sharing the elements, strategies and ideas that I have seen make a big difference to the stuff I write. I’m hoping that you might read something new, apply it to your own blog and see a big difference in your own results.

So it’s more like a quest for finding your own perfect blog post based on what has worked for me. Read more, click on image or title.


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Ramsay Taplin, aka The Blog Tyrant, shares his KISS guide to blogging success. If you're new to blogging or need a refresher, this is a good starting point.

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5,000 marketing technologists say 2015 is the year of social, local, mobile (again) | VentureBeat | Marketing | by John Koetsier

5,000 marketing technologists say 2015 is the year of social, local, mobile (again) | VentureBeat | Marketing | by John Koetsier | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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It's not like we've never heard of solomo (social, local, mobile) before. In fact, it's been the next thing for ...well, years. But when 5,000 marketing technologists speak, you tend to listen. Sal...

It’s not like we’ve never heard of solomo (social, local, mobile) before. In fact, it’s been the next thing for …well, years.

But when 5,000 marketing technologists speak, you tend to listen.

Salesforce is releasing its 2015 State of Marketing Technology report today, and three of the top five areas marketers plan to spend more money on in 2015 are social, including social media advertising, social media marketing, and social media engagement. The fourth is local — location-based marketing — and the fifth is mobile.

But three of the top five in social?

“That’s a good thing,” Salesforce VP of marketing insights Jeff Rohrs told me. “It indicates that there is an understand that to do social advertising right, you have to do social engagement too.”

And, he says, it’s a big flip from the old “faith-based” social media marketing strategy. Now, 64 percent of marketers are saying social is a “critical enabler” of business growth, and the ROI is much easier to prove. More here: snip.ly/89OZ


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Onecoin's curator insight, January 15, 12:34 AM

Welcome to my first newsletter of 2015, and what a way to start the New Year with 35000 members and counting!!

We are adding somewhere between 1000 and 2000 members a day right now which means we could be looking at between 400 000 and 500 000 members this time next year.

In my estimation, if we continue at this growth rate, once we start the mining on January 20th, we would be well on track to become number two in cryptocurrency market capitalizations, just behind the leader Bitcoin which is currently standing at a market cap of $ 3,691,867,140 and well ahead of number two, Ripple at only $577 million. Source: http://coinmarketcap.com/

And if we can achieve this in our first year…what do you think will happen in year two? Correct, OneCoin can become the Number One cryptocurrency in the world, ahead of current dominant player, Bitcoin which has been around since 2008.
Onecoin is still in an early stage and therefore interesting for investors, while Bitcoin is already very mature . less profit there
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Know Your File Types: When to Use JPEG, GIF, and PNG #infographic

Know Your File Types: When to Use JPEG, GIF, and PNG #infographic | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
If you’d like to know exactly which is the perfect image filetype to use for which images, and save a lot of space and bandwidth in the process while maintaining a quality image, check out the handy reference below for the facts.
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North Korean Defector Jang Se Yul Trained With Hackers - Business Insider

North Korean Defector Jang Se Yul Trained With Hackers - Business Insider | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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"The US shouldn’t take them lightly.”

Whether North Korea was responsible for the Sony hack or not, the consensus is that North Korea has some of the best hackers in the world.

There have been some reports recently about North Korea’s special cyber warfare unit, known as Bureau 121. The North Korean government has made grooming its “cyber warriors” a top priority for decades, and has given first class treatment to its hackers.

Jang Se-yul, a North Korean defector who now leads an organization called North Korea People’s Liberation Front in Seoul, could have been one of them. 



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Specially trained 'hacker' units from a rogue country!

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Sony exec fires back at President Obama

Sony exec fires back at President Obama | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Speaking with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton fired back at President Obama's criticism.

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MIchael Lynton's interview with Fareed Zakaria is revealing how this cyber attack happened, what they did to respond and that they still want to show 'The Interview' to the public.

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Why the Net Neutrality Ruling Means the Internet Is Now Officially a Utility

Why the Net Neutrality Ruling Means the Internet Is Now Officially a Utility | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Here's what it means for small business.

Now that the FCC has ruled in favor of net neutrality, startups trying to break into the thriving Web app marketplace, develop a mobile app, or do pretty much anything related to the internet can rest easy. Or can they? The ruling has hints of additional regulation, and there's a clear indication that the FCC now views the open, free-form internet (controlled, as we all know from the book Tubes, by no one entity in particular) as something more like the power or gas company.

As with any major pronouncement, this could have an impact on small business. Regulation often leads to more taxes, more government control, and more fees. To find out if turning the internet into a utility could have a big impact, I asked Robert Neivert, the COO of Private.me (a search engine that uses encryption to protect your identity) and an expert on internet issues for business, to explain some of the ramifications.

What does it mean for small business that the internet is now a utility? Read more, click title or image...




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What are potential effects of net neutrality on small businesses? Here's a good expert exploration of scenarios.
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12 Actionable Content Marketing Tips To Yield Sales

12 Actionable Content Marketing Tips To Yield Sales | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Booksellers have been selling content since day one. Discover five priceless content marketing lessons and helpful takeaways to improve your results from someone who has sold a truckload of books for a global content titan.

Content marketing is transforming the information we consume as companies step into the role once reserved for professional media and publishers. Here are five priceless content marketing lessons that will improve your results based on my experience working for global content titan Bertelsmann where I sold truckloads of books.




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Selling content is a challenge. Here are some great ideas from someone who's been there and done it with a lot of success. Not sure why the tips went from 12 to 5, but I like what's there.

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How I Helped Polar Get to 40M+ Pageviews

How I Helped Polar Get to 40M+ Pageviews | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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Polar recently got acquired by Google just two years after launch. Here's how I pitched it to the press and got it from 0 to 40 million pageviews monthly.

So you finally put the finishing touches on your website and pushed it live. Damn, it looks so good! Your business is now ready to be shown to the world. Yet nobody is coming.

Or, you push it live and get a few hundred signups in the first hour. This is because you got your stuff together with the press and received a few articles written about your business at launch. So you pitch to more media and got to 1M pageviews in the first month.

Is it hard? Sure. But you can do this. You do not need to hire PR firms to help. I did not.

I’ve done PR for six years on my own and have gotten 1,298 stories written about things I’ve pitched. Quite recently, I got a startup acquired by Google in two years after founding by just pitching to the press.

Before I tell you the story of how I did this I want you to remember one thing (if it’s the only thing you remember from this article): Whenever you pitch anything to media make sure to provide valuable content related to journalist’s beat. Notice the bold and underline.

Valuable content – that’s where it’s at, it will either make or break your pitch and that is what the press will respond to the most.

Read more: http://snip.ly/bl2W

By Dmitry Dragilev the founder of growth hacking consultancy Criminally Prolific. He also runs JustReachOut, a service that helps startups get featured by the press.





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"I love your newsletters! The issues are not only right on time with good insightful information, the trivia questions and Dave's personal input gives the communication a personal touch that I enjoy. Keep up the great work and congrats!"
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The Grid Introduces Websites that Design Themselves

The Grid Introduces Websites that Design Themselves | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

If you spend hours clumsily manipulating the design of your company or personal website, the advent of a product like The Grid could prove a giant time-saver. Based on its descriptions and introduction, The Grid is not just another drag-and-drop, easy-to-use website builder.

In fact, The Grid doesn’t want you to drag or drop anything more than your content. Rather than you focus on your site’s layout and design, The Grid has it handled.

The Grid uses artificial intelligence to constantly evolve the design and layout of your site. If you want to post new photos to your site, just post the photos and The Grid will adapt your site to the latest content.

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The article references to the crowdfunding campaign to sign up at the $8.00 per month rate, however, it's still possible now to be a 'founding member'. Check out the video. A lot of high profile investors have joined and put $4.6 million of funding money in this project. This is ready to disrupt the website building sector. The click of a mouse will now build you a site with everything on it as you wish.

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How To Use Hashtags To Grow Your Business

How To Use Hashtags To Grow Your Business | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

They are being seen almost everywhere including TV — those little Tic-Tac-Toe looking grid patterns, known as Hashtags.

These hashtags that are included in a word or phrase, then usually found at the end of a Twitter update, Google+, Facebook or Pinterest post, are blanketing the social media networks.


In social media, the #hashtag is one of the most powerful tools to include in your social media marketing arsenal.

What is a #Hashtag?

By definition, a hashtag is a specific word or keyword phrase with a “#” placed in beginning of the wording.

This short phrase will tag your post with a keyword phrase like #SocialMedia or #NetworkMarketing which will put your update in a category with other similar posts. Click on the infographic.




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This infographic explains hashtags in a simple and easy way. Powerful tool.

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The Perfect Pinterest Formula for Growing Your Following

The Perfect Pinterest Formula for Growing Your Following | Internet Presence | Scoop.it


In this article you will learn...

  • A tested and repeatable formula for creating pinnable pins
  • What visual cues make your pins stand out
  • Why you need to do more than "pin it and forget it"

When Pinterest emerged as a popular and effective network for reaching new customers, businesses jumped on the new platform as fast as they could, filling up boards with pin after pin of content.

Naturally, with so many new pins demanding attention every day, people with something new or original to say were getting buried under the sheer weight of the constantly growing content.

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In a major policy shift, FCC will regulate Internet as a public utility (report) | VentureBeat | Business | by Mark Sullivan

In a major policy shift, FCC will regulate Internet as a public utility (report) | VentureBeat | Business | by Mark Sullivan | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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The Federal Communications Commission will later this week propose a plan to regulate the Internet in the way it might regulate a public utility.

Today the Internet is regulated as an “information service” under Title I in the Communications Law.

The New York Times quotes industry analysts, lobbyists, and former FCC staffers saying that the commission will reclassify broadband service as a Title II telecommunications service.

Reclassifying broadband as under Title II — a section of the Communications Act of 1934 that provides rules for “common carriers” — would give the FCC far broader powers to make sure Internet Service Providers (ISPs) don’t sell faster Internet service to well-monied bidders at the expense of smaller Internet companies.

Such a reclassification would be a major policy shift and would surely ignite a new round of political and legal battles on the issue.

“If true, this is excellent news and a vital step in the right direction,” Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick in a blog post today. “… This is the only way to adopt meaningful network neutrality rules that will be upheld in court.” Read more: http://snip.ly/BpQk



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Everything Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event, including that crazy HoloLens | VentureBeat | Business | by Harrison Weber

Everything Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event, including that crazy HoloLens | VentureBeat | Business | by Harrison Weber | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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Today Microsoft unveiled the future of Windows, from the cross-platform Windows 10 to a new VR headset. Even if you're an Apple fan, you're going to want to see this stuff.

Today Microsoft unveiled the future of Windows, from the cross-platform Windows 10 to a brand new virtual reality headset. We’ve summed up the biggest stories from the event below.

Many of Microsoft’s announcements simply expanded on what we already knew, but the presentation packed a few surprises, including Microsoft’s HoloLens. Even if you’re an Apple fan, you’re going to want to see that. Read more: http://snip.ly/WDHb



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The HoloLens looks exciting. Good to see a new web brower.

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7 Steps To a Better Product Launch - Startup Growth

7 Steps To a Better Product Launch - Startup Growth | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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Launching something is one of the most annoying, yet totally essential things a marketer should be able to do. Yet every time someone launches something, things go wrong. You or your team forgets things, expectations don’t get met, mistakes happen. It’s all natural, but the number of times I’ve seen someone try to launch a SaaS app without a plan is crazy. Then they wonder why it fails or wonder why a week after the launch traffic falls flat.

Without a plan your effort goes to waste and chance of making a big impact is near 0.


To help those of you who need help in crafting a plan or just want to compare notes, I’ve come up with a list of things that you should do if you are launching a SaaS app, mobile app, hardware product, startup or company.

Many of the tips below are compatible with any type of launch, some aren’t but if you follow the general ideas you should be in solid shape to kick things off!

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8 Tips for Writing More Powerful Conclusions

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Learn how to write powerful conclusions to give your blog posts an extra punch.

What’s the toughest part of writing a blog post?

For a lot of people, it’s the conclusion. You spend a long time -- maybe hours -- writing the perfect article. You do all the outlining, research, formatting, and then you get to the end. Now what do you say?

A lot of writers whip out a half-baked conclusion, or shirk it altogether. But if your conclusion is lame, then the whole piece falls flat. The most successful articles have strong finishes, where the conclusion is one of the most powerful components of the article.

How do you write powerful conclusions for your blog posts? Luckily, it's not too complicated -- you can even follow a sort of formula. Here are my favorite tips for creating a really powerful conclusion for any blog post. Read more by clicking on title or image.



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When a reader sees “conclusion,” she knows exactly what the section is going to be about. It helps the blog post to end neatly.

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North Korea Loses Its Link to the Internet - NYTimes.com

North Korea Loses Its Link to the Internet - NYTimes.com | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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While perhaps a coincidence, the failure, which lasted about 10 hours, began after President Obama said the U.S. would respond to an act of “cybervandalism” against Sony Pictures.

A strange thing happened to North Korea’s already tenuous link to the Internet on Monday: It failed.
While perhaps a coincidence, the failure of the country’s computer connections began only hours after President Obama declared Friday that the United States would launch a “proportional response” to what he termed an act of “cybervandalism” against Sony Pictures.
Over the weekend, as North Korean officials demanded a “joint investigation” into the Sony attacks and denied culpability — an assertion the United States rejected — Internet service began to get wobbly. By early Monday, the Internet went as dark as one of those satellite photographs showing the impoverished country by night.


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Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | WIRED

Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | WIRED | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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You have a secret that can ruin your life. It’s not a well-kept secret, either. Just a simple string of characters—maybe six of them if you’re careless, 16 if you’re cautious—that can reveal everything about you.

Your email. Your bank account. Your address and credit card number. Photos of your kids or, worse, of yourself, naked. The precise location where you’re sitting right now as you read these words. Since the dawn of the information age, we’ve bought into the idea that a password, so long as it’s elaborate enough, is an adequate means of protecting all this precious data. But in 2012 that’s a fallacy, a fantasy, an outdated sales pitch. And anyone who still mouths it is a sucker—or someone who takes you for one.

No matter how complex, no matter how unique, your passwords can no longer protect you.



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Read this article and find out how hackers get all of your information! Must-read!

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