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Heart Bleed Bug - A Massive Security Flaw That's Taken Over The Internet

Heart Bleed Bug - A Massive Security Flaw That's Taken Over The Internet | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
You should change your passwords.
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What is the Heartbleed bug?

>"Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL, the open-source encryption standard used by the majority of websites that need to transmit the data that users want to keep secure. It basically gives you a secure line when you're sending an email or chatting on IM.

Encryption works by making it so that data being sent looks like nonsense to anyone but the intended recipient.

Occasionally, one computer might want to check that there's still a computer at the end of its secure connection, and it will send out what's known as a heartbeat, a small packet of data that asks for a response. 

Because of a programming error in the implementation of OpenSSL, the researchers found that it was possible to send a well-disguised packet of data that looked like one of these heartbeats to trick the computer at the other end into sending data stored in its memory.

The flaw was first reported to the team behind OpenSSL by Google security researcher Neel Mehta, and independently found by security firm Codenomicon. According to the researchers who discovered the flaw, the code has been in OpenSSL for about two years, and using it doesn't leave a trace."<




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How To See All The Companies That Are Tracking You On Facebook — And Block Them

How To See All The Companies That Are Tracking You On Facebook — And Block Them | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
If you're using Facebook, you're giving the company a ton of information about yourself which it is selling to advertisers in one form or another.
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Twitter Tip: Create Multiple Twitter Accounts With the Same Email Address - GroupTweet Blog

Twitter Tip: Create Multiple Twitter Accounts With the Same Email Address - GroupTweet Blog | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it

Have you ever tried to signup for a second Twitter account using an email address that has already been used?  ....  Don’t worry the solution is easy.  The only thing you need is a Gmail address.

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Top 10 Big Data Stories Of 2013

Top 10 Big Data Stories Of 2013 | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
Big data equals big opportunity -- and a surplus of hype. Catch up on the big data articles that interested readers most in 2013.
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Shaw partners with City of Calgary to offer free public WiFi

Shaw partners with City of Calgary to offer free public WiFi | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
The City of Calgary has reached an agreement with Shaw Communications to provide free Wi-Fi at city-owned locations.
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>After reviewing applications, the city decided Shaw had the best proposal and technical expertise, and awarded Shaw the contract.

Shaw will partner with the city to install free WiFi zones in a variety of public locations including recreation facilties, parks and LRT stations.

“The City manages a variety of public spaces and we were looking to partner with an organization that would be able to provide reliable WiFi services, at no cost to citizens, as well as meet industry regulations and provide technical support,” says Heather Reed-Fenske, the city’s manager of  Information Technology.

During the initial launch of the program, public WiFi will be available in a select number of public spaces. [...]

 

Mayor Naheed Nenshi says free public WiFi will give Calgarians better access to city services.

Once the initial zones are up and running, the city will collect feedback from Calgarians to evaluate the success of the program.

An announcement is expected soon on when the service will be available.<

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NSF awards grant to Mechanical Engineer prof for underwater kite marine power research

NSF awards grant to Mechanical Engineer prof for underwater kite marine power research | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
A three-year, US$300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow Worcester Polytechnic Institute associate professor of mechanical engineering David Olinger to conduct research on developing a new form of ocean energy.
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"The research builds on Olinger's prior research, funded by the NSF and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in which he developed a low-cost kite system that used wind to generate power. Olinger and a team of graduate students developed computational models that predict trajectories and power output for kites of different sizes and tethers of different lengths, which can be used to design kites capable of flying in stable, high-speed figure-eight patterns under changing weather conditions.

The same algorithms can be applied to the design of underwater kites, Olinger said, but "instead of moving air, you have moving water and the kites have rigid wings."

Olinger will now evaluate possible designs for undersea kites and explore methods for tethering them to floating platforms similar to those used for oil and gas rigs.

WPI said the team will also examine the advantages and disadvantages of mounting turbine generators directly to the kites or placing the generators on the platforms. [...]

Olinger's kite system is similar to one already being developed by Swedish company Minesto, though a WPI representative said the two projects are not related."<

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Business Management: Habits Of Successful People – Infographic

Business Management: Habits Of Successful People – Infographic | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
  Many C-level executives have distinctive formulas to reach business success, and some of the techniques are surprisingly peculiar. Does your pursuit of corporate victory by way of traditional practices need adjusting?

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Juxtapoz Magazine - SUPERSONIC INTERVIEWS: Victo Ngai

Juxtapoz Magazine - SUPERSONIC INTERVIEWS: Victo Ngai | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
Victo (short for Victoria) Ngai is a Hong Kong born, currently living in New York City illustrator. Her work is filled to the brim with brilliant colo...
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Fairware - Code of Conduct

Fairware - Code of Conduct | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
From our inception, Fairware has had a code of conduct that has guided our selection of suppliers.

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10 Ways Twitter Will Change American Business - TIME

10 Ways Twitter Will Change American Business - TIME | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
Microblogging platform Twitter has 32 million users, an increase from about 2 million a year ago, according to research mentioned in the Wall Street Journal. Some Internet measurement services show...

 


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Twitter Acquires Data Analysis Startup Lucky Sort

Twitter Acquires Data Analysis Startup Lucky Sort | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
Twitter has acquired Lucky Sort, a startup that specializes in data visualization, the two companies announced Monday.
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>The startup will move to San Francisco where it will join Twitter's revenue engineering department.

 

Twitter has acquired multiple startups in the data space in recent months, including the scalable computing company Ubalo and the social TV analytics company Bluefin Labs.<

 

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New flash mob law to get tough on social media users

New flash mob law to get tough on social media users | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
According to a Huffington Post report and other media sources, on Friday, Illinois got a step closer to getting tough on persons who place posts on the Internet
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>The lawmakers passed the measure to hopefully stop violent occurrences in which persons have gathered, run the streets and stopped traffic, robbed, and terrorized people. The flash mobs of note in Chicago have occurred along Michigan Avenue – the Magnificent Mile which is known for its high-end shops and stores. Other areas frequented by tourists have been targeted by the flash mob activists as well.<

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How To Triple Your Success Using #SocialMedia #Advertising Platforms | #Forbes

The following guest post is by Neal Rodriguez, an online marketer who has helped iconic brands such as The Nielsen Company, Adweek, AOL, and dozens more meet their business objectives using social media and the search engines.
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Last month, I delivered a presentation before some public relations professionals representing some of the biggest universities in the country. And when I suggested that they should consider using social ads to convince people to subscribe to their digital assets by Liking their pages on Facebook, or buying views on YouTube using their ad platform, many rejected the idea like I was passing them a plate of AIDS. Interestingly enough, Mr. Weintraub outlined some ways that public relations specialists or marketers assigned to acquire publicity can use social advertisements to target journalists, writers or reporters based on how they classify themselves and post their professional titles as an interest. He simply instructs his readers to target Facebook ads by listing keywords, such as blogger, editor-n-chief, correspondent, news editor, writer, columnist, and dozens more in the interest field.

 

On social media or other advertising platforms, I always aim to advertise for life-time value; meaning, I like to advertise to acquire contact information and/or have people subscribe to my digital assets like a Facebook business page, or email list. This way I can keep subscribers abreast of everything I’m communicating or marketing. With an engaged following, you create an endless line of opportunities to recoup your investment in the advertising every time you publish new content. Moreover, now that everybody’s a “journalist,” with the immediate ability to tweet, post on Facebook, or launch an online publication with WordPress or other type of open source content management system, when something is worth citing, you’ll have an active user base of publishers that are likely to link to your content. I have also managed email lists to which writers of mainstream media outlets are subscribed; thus having them on board also increases the chance of securing publicity on iconic publications. Mr. Weintraub’s approach, however, allows you target journalists that are not subscribed to stay abreast of your content. He argues that since social advertisements look like organic posts, media stakeholders are more likely to simply click and cite the piece of content to which they’re exposed.

 

Mr. Weintraub will delve further into how brands can leverage Facebook and other forms of social advertising during his upcoming talk at Search Exchange, in Charlotte, North Carolina in July.

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Apparent Theft at Mt. Gox Shakes Bitcoin World

Apparent Theft at Mt. Gox Shakes Bitcoin World | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
The prominent Bitcoin exchange was said to be on the verge of total collapse following a major theft, even as another company announced plans for a high-profile virtual currency market.
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>"On Monday night, a number of leading Bitcoin companies jointly announced that Mt. Gox, the largest exchange for most of Bitcoin’s existence, was planning to file for bankruptcy after months of technological problems and what appeared to have been a major theft. A document circulating widely in the Bitcoin world said the company had lost 744,000 Bitcoins in a theft that had gone unnoticed for years. That would be about 6 percent of the 12.4 million Bitcoins in circulation.

While Mt. Gox did not respond to numerous requests for comments, and the companies issuing the statement scrambled to determine the exact situation at Mt. Gox, which is based in Japan, the news helped push the price of a single Bitcoin below $500 for the first time since November, when it began a spike that took it above $1,200.

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RELATED COVERAGE DealBook: Defending Bitcoin, Andreessen Says Mt. Gox Is ‘Like MF Global’FEB. 25, 2014

But at the same time that the news about Mt. Gox was emerging, a New York firm announced plans to create an exchange that could draw the world’s largest banks into the virtual currency market for the first time."<

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Oxfam warns of dangers of growing inequality

Oxfam warns of dangers of growing inequality | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
The richest 85 individuals in the world hold wealth equal to that owned by the poorest half of the planet's population, according an Oxfam report.
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>Oxfam’s report, titled Working for the Few, was published ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and urges the group to take measures to reduce growing inequality.

 

“Widening inequality is creating a vicious circle where wealth and power are increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few, leaving the rest of us to fight over crumbs from the top table,” Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam’s executive director, said in a press release.  [...]

Inequality seen as a threat

 

“This massive concentration of economic resources in the hands of fewer people presents a significant threat to inclusive political and economic systems,” the charity said. “People are increasingly separated by economic and political power, inevitably heightening social tensions and increasing the risk of societal breakdown.”

 

It points to inequality in India, where the number of billionaires increased tenfold in the past decade because of a regressive tax structure, and Africa, where global corporations are exploiting natural resources, while local populations are left poorer.

 

The World Economic Forum, which begins Wednesday, pulls together influential figures in international trade, business, finance and politics has already expressed alarm about growing inequality.<

 

 

 

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Scoop.It for SEO – A New World of Curation [Infographic]

Scoop.It for SEO – A New World of Curation [Infographic] | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
It's the backbone, the nerve centre, as well as the driving force when it comes to the online world.
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Content Curation:  
>For almost everyone who is a part of the online world coming up with fresh content consistently is a big challenge. Practically every guideline that you refer to advices that content should be engaging, informative and relevant every single time and sometimes it can be hard to churn so much all the time.

Consequently, content curation has taken off in a big way. Simply put, content curation is the process of curating relevant and interesting content from various sources on the web and putting them together and publishing them on a personal site or blog. At this juncture, we’d also like to mention how important it is to cite your sources.

As a result of the popularity of the content curation process, a number of content marketing tools have been introduced. These tools are meant to help in the process of content marketing and SEO and facilitate the process of curation.<

 

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8 Tech Companies That May Go Public in 2014

8 Tech Companies That May Go Public in 2014 | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
We may not see the likes of another Twitter or Facebook go public in the coming year, but several prominent tech companies are expected to IPO in 2013.
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>This has been a busy year for IPOs. In total, 222 companies went public in the U.S. in 2013, raising nearly $55 billion, which represents the most IPO activity since 2000, according to data from Renaissance Capital.

Twitter was perhaps the most hyped IPO of the year and one of the best performing to date. The social network raised $1.8 billion from its IPO in November and its stock has nearly tripled in less than two months. Other tech companies like Zulily, FireEye and Rocket Fuel are trading well above their IPO prices as well, though these were comparatively smaller IPOs.<

 

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Data Scientists: Explore Game Theory to Boost Customer Engagement | The Big Data Hub

Data Scientists: Explore Game Theory to Boost Customer Engagement | The Big Data Hub | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
Data scientists may consider themselves fish out of water when it comes to applying game-theoretic approaches to customer engagement. Nevertheless, it provides a valuable set of approaches for behavioral analytics.
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>Customer engagement is a bit of a game, because, deep down, it’s a form of haggling and bargaining. Let’s be blunt: everybody has an ulterior purpose and is manipulating the other party in that direction. The customer is trying to get the best deal from you, and you’re trying to hold onto them and sell them more stuff at a healthy profit.


Customer engagement is not solitaire, and, unlike many online games, it always has very real stakes. By its very nature, customer engagement is an interactive decision process involving individuals and organizations, entailing varying degrees of cooperation and conflict in the course (hopefully) of a stable and mutually beneficial outcome.

 

Game theory is a modeling discipline that focuses on strategic decision-making scenarios. It leverages a substantial body of applied mathematics and has been used successfully in many disciplines, including economics, politics, management and biology. There has even been some recent discussion of its possible application in modeling customer-engagement scenarios to improve loyalty, upsell and the like.

 

Customer engagement modeling is a largely unexplored frontier for game theory. The literature on this is relatively sparse right now, compared to other domains where game theory’s principles have been applied. [...]<

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46 Experts Share Their Top Social Media Management Tools

46 Experts Share Their Top Social Media Management Tools | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
In the following post you will find some incredible insights that will help you take results from your social media campaigns to a new level. Contributors to th(...)

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Looking for new tools to improve your social media campaigns? 

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Greening the Internet: Sustainable Web Design

Greening the Internet:  Sustainable Web Design | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
Do you know your website’s carbon footprint? Or how to lower it?
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>A growing number of industries are trying to reduce or at least curtail carbon footprints and energy use. Emissions standards have been set for the automotive, construction, and even telecommunications industries. Yet the internet’s carbon footprint is growing out of control: a whopping 830 million tons of CO2 annually, which is bigger than that of theentire aviation industry. That amount is set to double by 2020.

 

It is time for web designers to join the cause.

Right now, at least 332 million tons of CO2—40 percent of the internet’s total footprint—falls at least partially under the responsibility of people who make the web. It needn’t be that large, but with our rotating carousels, high-res images, and more, we have been designing increasingly energy-demanding websites for years, [...]<

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The science of time perception: stop it slipping away by doing new things - - The Buffer Blog

The science of time perception: stop it slipping away by doing new things - - The Buffer Blog | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
Time perception is related to how our brains process new information. More familiar information takes less time, making time seem to pass faster.

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Predictive Analytics And The Power of Prediction - Small Business Trends

Predictive Analytics And The Power of Prediction - Small Business Trends | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
Predictive Analytics And The Power of Prediction
Small Business Trends
Another interesting correlation experiment is the “Anxiety Index,” a correlation of blog mentions against S&P 500 performance. Fun correlated ...

Via Manlio Mannozzi
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>“PA [predictive analytics]  in and of itself does not invade privacy – its core process is the opposite of privacy invasion. Although it’s sometimes called data mining, PA doesn’t “drill down” to peer at any individual’s data. Instead, PA actually “rolls up” learning patterns that hold true in general by way of rote number crunching across the masses of customer records.”<

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Our vision is to create economic opportunities for 3.3 billion people worldwide: Mike Gamson, LinkedIn

Our vision is to create economic opportunities for 3.3 billion people worldwide: Mike Gamson, LinkedIn | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it

LinkedIn would like to move beyond being just the place you connect with former colleagues or plot your next big career move. It's been trying to bring in an entirely different audience: marketers who would like to target its 200 million plus user base.


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Vin Diesel: Facebook Owes Me Billions For Social Media Tips

Vin Diesel: Facebook Owes Me Billions For Social Media Tips | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it
Vin Diesel has a simple message for Facebook: You guys owe me big.
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>Vin Diesel told Entertainment Weekly: “(They asked me) to come up to their office to explain what the f— I was doing, and why I had so many fans … Facebook really owes me billions of dollars … But whatever.”<

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11 Tips to Cultivate a Strong Twitter Following

11 Tips to Cultivate a Strong Twitter Following | Social Media, Bitcoin & Finance | Scoop.it

"Are you new to Twitter or just want to build a substantial following on this popular social network? Here are 11 tips that I’ve found helpful."


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