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http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2015/02/07/384567322/meet-mafiaboy-the-bratty-kid-who-took-down-the-internetAudio for this story from All Things Considered will be available at approximately … It was his first time on the internet, and within a few days the 9-year-old hacked the system so he could stay online past the 30-day trial period…. Meet Mafiaboy, The ‘Bratty Kid’ Who Took Down The Internet

http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/08/schools-ban-watches-from-exams/If you think your school is overly cautious when it makes you ditch your phone before a big test, you haven’t seen anything yet. BuzzFeed News has learned that multiple universities have issued blanket bans on all watches during exams in case student…… Schools ban watches from exams to keep cheats off your wrist

http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/07/best-buy-gear-vr-retail-demo/One of the biggest obstacles to buying Samsung’s Gear VR is… well, trying the darn thing. How do you know whether or not you’ll like this phone-powered virtual reality headset without strapping it on your head first? That won’t be too much of a pro…… Best Buy will let you try Samsung’s Gear VR in stores on February 8th

Today In Creepy Privacy Policies, Samsungs Eavesdropping TV

 

http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/08/telescreen/As the number of connected devices — aka the Internet of Things, aka the sensornet — proliferates so too does the number of devices leaning on voice recognition technology as an interface to allow for hands free control.

Last fall, for instance, Amazon revealed a connected speaker with a Siri-style assistant that can perform tasks like adding items to your ecommerce shopping basket on command. Internet connected ‘smart TVs’ which let couch-potatoes channel-hop by talking at their screen, rather than mashing the buttons of a physical remote control are even more common — despite dubious utility to the user. The clear consumer electronics trajectory is for more devices with embedded ears that can hear what their owners are saying. And, behind those ears, the server-side brains to data-mine our conversations for advertising intelligence. Via techcrunch.com

4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Google Earth Pro

 

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-things-didnt-know-google-earth-pro/For 11 years, Google Earth has allowed anyone with a fast Internet connection to explore the world from their desk. Without having to step foot on a plane, you can see the dizzying skyscrapers of Manhattan, marvel at the reddish splendor of Uluru, or even take a trip to space, all for free.

  • Go On A Tour (And Show Your Friends)
  • Find Out More About The World
  • Find Out How Bad The Traffic IsIn Your Neighborhood
  • Solve Property Disputes

4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Google Earth Pro

Turning Social Media Follows into Content Marketing Leads

Digital marketing, particularly social media, has led to an obsession with meaningless numbers.

Followers, “likes”, and connections may give some indication of the size of your potential audience. But those numbers say nothing about whether your audience is really following your lead, liking what you have to say, or connecting with your message.

If followers are all you care about, hundreds of services and tricks can help you drive up those numbers with very little effort at all. You can buy hundreds of “likes” for your Facebook page for just a few cents each. Or you can use a Twitter follower service that automatically or manually follows hundreds of people every day from your account in the hope that a percentage will follow you (and then, after a few days, automatically “unfollow” those who don’t).

Overcoming Hurdles in Your Content Curation Process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a completely true assessment of curation. Curation is a good strategy but like any form of content marketing it takes time. More than time it’s about consistency and focus. Most people give up or stop just as they are about to realize their greatest traffic and monetization gains, that’s why it is important to overcome hurdles in curation…

Many bloggers these days are turning to content curation as a tactic to add to their repertoire of blogging tools.  As they do so they are finding that content curation can be hard work.  Maybe not as hard as content creation, but it does have its own hurdles and can be very time consuming to do well.

The biggest hurdle to content curation is also why it is valuable to your blog’s community – there is so much information to read through and digest out on the internet.  To do well at curation, you need to process 20, 50 maybe 100 articles and posts per day to find great information to curate.  Just skimming a bunch of titles from your RSS feed and posting them without comment just doesn’t cut it these days.

Ecosystem 101: The Six Necessary Categories To Build The Next Silicon Valley

As I was answering by drawing from my 12 years across Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia), I had a sort of epiphany and started to write down the criteria I thought composed an ecosystem. I then proceeded to score several markets using those, which brought interesting comparisons. The initial draft expanded into this column. It is far from perfect and comments to improve it are welcome!

Content Curation Secrets Via Jack Humphrey [video]

Jack Humphrey tells us why clan marketing is like AOL. Why Content Curation makes you more powerful than your competition, even though you maybe even sharing their content and saving time not reinventing the wheel and more… True Chuck, but this is a recorded version on my G Plus For Business Show broadcast via Google Plus Hangouts ON Air. I have to name the video before the show starts, no control over what happens next. Thanks Much and a big hat tip goes out to Jack Humphrey for taking the time to help us understand how and why people really trust, respect and buy from us on the web.

Why Content Curation is a Marketing Must

If content is currency, what does that make content curation? We’ve all heard the buzzword thrown around, but let’s take a quick look at what it is and why we need to practice it. The “why” is simple. There’s just too much unfiltered real-time data floating around. In his article for Fast Company, “Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web,” Steve Rosenbaum, CEO of Magnify.net and author of Curation Nation, praises those who take it upon themselves to become content curators and gives us some numbers to ponder: Yesterday, 250 million photos were uploaded to Facebook, 864,000 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube, and 294 BILLION emails were sent. And that’s not counting all the check-ins, friend requests, Yelp reviews and Amazon posts, and pins on Pinterest. […]And while algorithms have gotten better at detecting spam, they aren’t keeping up with the massive tide of real-time data.In 2010 we frolicked, Googled, waded, and drowned in 1.2 zettabytes of digital bits and bytes. A year later volume was on an exponential growth curve toward 1.8 zettabytes. (A zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes; that’s a 1 with 21 zeros trailing behind it.)

This is a really good post on the overview of content curation, why it’s important and how to get it done. Well worth the read…