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Taking Advantage of Local Events with Twitter
FourSquare, the world’s most popular location sharing app and regarded as the “location layer of the internet”, recently united with Twitter to enable users to include their location in their tweets.

Earlier this year in February, Twitter also renewed a partnership with Google allowing the search engine giant access to it’s API, or ‘firehose’ of real-time activity on Twitter. Your tweets are now indexed by Google immediately after they are posted on Twitter and show up in Google search results.

This recent union of location and search with Twitter is terrific news for businesses that are using Twitter!

#onthemap   #localevents   #twitter   #foursquare   #googlemybusiness  
Get your business on the map by taking advantage of local events with Twitter. Participate in local events on social media as a neighbourhood authority.
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For the past five months I've been collaborating as part of a team of Google Plus consultants located all over the world who came together to put the small town of Eagle, Colorado on the map.

This case study documents the process.

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Let’s Put Eagle, CO on the Google Map : A Case Study …

Increasingly, we look for things when we are on the go, i.e., we search locally using our smartphones, to find products or services of interest right where we are !
➢➢➢ Businesses must be on Google Maps otherwise customers are not going to find them !

Google’s Get Your Business Online (GYBO) program was set up in 2011 to help businesses get on the map. However, There is a gap between Google’s programs (GYBO) and small businesses ... certain expertise and experience is required to effectively use GYBO and “get on the map.”.

This gap is bridged by projects like Put Eagle, CO on the Google Map!

Our project was conceived as an informal experiment to learn more about “Google Local” – in the context of Eagle, CO, i.e., by putting businesses in Eagle, CO on the Google Map. This experiment emerged as part of the team’s participation in the Plus Your Business Academy, Pathfinders-Level 3.

Our conclusions :
➢ we confirmed that while there are existing self help procedures, businesses can, and do, face challenges when implementing the program
➢ after getting on the map, socialization can help businesses increase their reach - receive more traffic, and ultimately more customers.

For full details please visit our case study page : http://goo.gl/COhLp9

”The authors want to acknowledge and express their gratitude to +Stan Bush , +Mick Sharpe +martin shervington, and +Plus Your Business! for their support and also to the other team members who made valuable contributions over the course of the project: +Louisa Chan, +Sheila Hensley, +troy mc laughlin, +Lucie Nolette, +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales, +Marilyn Ritter, and +Mary Stovall. In addition, we are grateful to the larger Google Plus community for their support and encouragement throughout the project.”

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This post authored by : +Vin Brown, +Debi Davis, +Rey Ley+Peter Lunn, +Cherie Manifest, +Sanjiv Manifest, +Tim Sweeney and +Nina Trankova.   


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Image Credit: EagleCO Logo by Sanjiv Manifest  and PIN image by LABC WEBMASTER, at www.clker.com, Public Domain ... and the entire image created by Sanjiv Manifest using +Canva 


#EagleCO #OnTheMap #GoogleLocal #GoogleMyBusiness #GYBO   #Vail2015           
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Pac-Man in Adelaide
You can now play Pac-Man in the streets of Adelaide.....or any place for that matter.   I lost my last man in Flinders street.  :-(  

Just look for the Pac-Man icon in the bottom left of the screen while in Google maps:
https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Adelaide

#googlemaps   #adelaide   #pacman  
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It is an interesting application of the 'local' theme.  It certainly is a different feel when you play on streets that you're familiar with.  
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STOP Data Retention - Sign the petition! #StopDataRetention  
Right now the government is considering radical changes to Australia's surveillance and intelligence laws. Of course authorities should be given the powers they need to protect us, but what's being considered goes much further than is necessary. 

Police and intelligence agencies already have broad powers to request that information about the communications of specified individuals be retained to support their investigations.*

What they're seeking now is for that information to be retained for two years for ALL Australians, even if you're not being investigated.

Though the government's initial attempts to articulate what their data retention regime will include have been disastrous, we do know that they want the following information retained:

Phone calls: detailed records of phone calls you make and receive, including the two numbers. If a mobile phone is involved, that will include the location of that phone, resulting in a detailed record of your location and movements being collected. See this example to understand just how revealing this information can be.

Email: detailed records of who you're sending emails to and receiving them from.

Citizens Not Suspects - Sign the petition: http://bit.ly/1x9m4fw


#stopdataretention   #dataretention   #surveillance   #metadata  
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It sure is frightening!  Those who don't understand even the basic fundamentals of how the Internet works are creating laws that treat all citizens as a criminal suspects.  It is outrageous!  
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TPG Is Buying iiNet For $1.4 Billion
Massive news this morning: TPG Telecom is buying iiNet for a whopping $1.4 billion.
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The deal would make the pair one of the largest combined ISPs in the country, with TPG CEO David Teoh saying this morning that the total customer base would be around 1.7 million subscribers.

“The combined businesses will provide broadband services to over 1.7 million subscribers and will be well positioned to deliver scale benefits in an NBN environment,” he added in a statement to the ASX.

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Massive news this morning: TPG Telecom is buying iiNet for a whopping $1.4 billion. TPG Telecom will acquire 100 per cent of iiNet, the pair advised t...
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Interactive Ads Heading to Instagram
Have you ever seen an ad on Instagram and wanted to find out more? If so, your dream is about to come true.

Instagram plans to roll out interactive, clickable ads. Soon, you'll be able to swipe left on sponsored posts to view additional images and get a link to the company's website.
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Enter "carousel ads" — a new way for brands to share more content with people interested in their posts. If you like what you see, you'll soon be able to swipe left to view additional photos from the advertiser. If you don't care, simply scroll past the ad in your feed and ignore it, just like you normally would.

Full story: http://au.pcmag.com/apps/28891/news/interactive-ads-heading-to-instagram

#instagram   #carousel   #ads   #advertising  
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Google Replaces A Site’s URL From The Search Results & Uses Their Site Name & Breadcrumb Path
Google said that starting today they have updated their “algorithms that display URLs in the search results to better reflect the names of websites, using the real-world name of the site instead of the domain name, and the URL structure of the sites in a breadcrumbs-like format.” Google has actually been testing this for a few years now, it was not uncommon for searchers to see these tests over the past few years.

With that, they are giving webmasters a way to better communicate the site name and breadcrumb data through structured data schema.

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After years of testing, Google has replaced the URL with the site name and breadcrumb trail in the mobile search snippets.
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EFF Busts Podcasting Patent, Invalidating Key Claims at Patent Office
Ruling from USPTO Invalidates All Claims Used to Threaten Podcasters
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“We’re grateful for all the support of our challenge to this patent. Today is a big victory for the podcasting community” said EFF Staff Attorney Daniel Nazer, who also holds the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. “We’re glad the Patent Office recognized what we all knew: ‘podcasting’ had been around for many years and this company does not own it.”

The “podcasting patent” became big news in 2013, when a company called Personal Audio, LLC, began demanding licensing fees from podcasters including comedian Adam Carolla and three major television networks. Personal Audio doesn’t do podcasting itself, but instead used its patent to claim infringement and collect payouts from actual creators.

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San Francisco - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invalided key claims in the so-called “podcasting patent” today after a petition for review from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)—a decision that significantly curtails the ability of a patent troll to threaten podcasters big and small.
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Running iOS 8.2 on an iPad 2
Wondering if your old iPad 2 will run the latest operating system?
I stopped upgrading my iPad 2 at 7.1 fearing that the iPad's hardware was not up to running the more modern versions of iOS.  I'd read that iOS 8.2 was running smoothly on some iPad 2s so I tried it out.  

Read more:
http://www.vintuitive.com/running-ios-8-2-on-an-ipad-2/

#ipad   #ipad2   #ios82  
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How the CIA, FBI, and NSA Are Attacking Your iPhone
Researchers working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have worked for years to break the hardware encryption of Apple’s iOS devices, according to The Intercept, citing documents obtained from National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden. The researchers attempted, and to some degree likely succeeded, in breaking the security of iPhones and iPads, and presented their latest tactics and achievements at an annual gathering called the “Jamboree,” where security researchers discussed strategies for exploiting security flaws in both household and commercial electronics.

See the source for the full article and a timeline of key events of the past couple years, though which the extent of the CIA, FBI, and NSA’s efforts to undermine the security of your iPhone has begun to be revealed: bit.ly/1BFO4WH 

June 2013: PRISM targets 9 American tech companies
September 2013: NSA spends billions to circumvent encryption
September 2013: NSA builds a back door into encryption products
December 2013: NSA can spy on iPhone communications
December 2013: Apple denies working with NSA
June 2014: Court rules that phone searches require warrants
September 2014: Apple steps up encryption on iPhones, iPads
September 2014: FBI head criticizes Apple’s privacy features
October 2014: FBI head says encryption puts users beyond the law
January 2015: Snowden chooses not to use an iPhone
March 2015: Agencies have spent years targeting Apple’s encryption

See the Intercept, where the story first broke a few days ago for more details: bit.ly/18MXEN8 

#jamboree   #SMURF   #nsa   #xcode   #snowden   #iphone   #ios   #security   #privacy  
Researchers working with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads.
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+Glenn Hoeppner there is no link to that as he is making that up, Apple would never give their encryption keys away/why the fuck would they ever do that lol?
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Aussie public spams minister, pokes fun at push for new data retention bill
Lawmakers in Australia are set to vote on a new data-retention law, that would force telecommunication companies to keep people's data for two years.

The idea has sparked anger among activists, who say it would give the authorities even greater powers of surveillance.

Read more: http://www.beyondgreen.net.au/

#imessage   #brandis   #georgebrandis   #australia   #security   #dataretention   #metadata  
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Your subconscious is smarter than you might think
...Hassin’s key experiment involved presenting arithmetic questions unconsciously. The questions would be things like "9 - 3 - 4 = " and they would be followed by the presentation, fully visible, of a target number that the participants were asked to read aloud as quickly as possible. The target number could either be the right answer to the arithmetic question (so, in this case, "2") or a wrong answer (for instance, "1"). The amazing result is that participants were significantly quicker to read the target number if it was the right answer rather than a wrong one. This shows that the equation had been processed and solved by their minds – even though they had no conscious awareness of it – meaning they were primed to read the right answer quicker than the wrong one.

The result suggests that the unconscious mind has more sophisticated capacities than many have thought. Unlike other tests of non-conscious processing, this wasn’t an automatic response to a stimulus – it required a precise answer following the rules of arithmetic, which you might have assumed would only come with deliberation. The report calls the technique used "a game changer in the study of the unconscious", arguing that "unconscious processes can perform every fundamental, basic-level function that conscious processes can perform".

#brain   #thought   #subconscious  
We feel that we are in control when our brains figure out puzzles or read words, says Tom Stafford, but a new experiment shows just how much work is going on underneath the surface of our conscious minds.
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