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The Internet changes constantly. One day Google is the search engine for AOL; another day it’s Bing. Here we offer a curated collection of Internet News for webmasters and business owners.

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Mozilla Will Start Blocking Flash Content in Firefox in August 2016

Mozilla has decided to join in on the stabbing death of Flash across the Internet as they announce that starting in August Mozilla will block non-essential Flash content within Firefox. Which content specifically will be blocked can be seen in the following blocklist published on Github. Mozilla will expand this list over time, before finally making all Flash content click-to-activate in 2017. ...

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Does the Nielsen F-Pattern Apply to Search Results?

The Nielsen F-Pattern has been, for a long time, the standard belief of how the average person browses a website – and since it’s release in 2006 websites, search engines, and more have been built with the Nielsen F-Pattern in mind. However many things have changed since 2006 and the Internet has grown tremendously. Does the Nielsen F-Pattern still apply? ...

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429 Million Identities Have Been Exposed in 2015

Online security is an ever increasing concern, with new data-breaches occurring almost monthly – and more and more scams and hacks being thrust upon the public. Symantec has published the latest Website Security Threat Report and there are some rather alarming statistics within the report. Here are just some key statistics: 318 data breaches reported in 2015 429 million identities ...

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Apple Pay Is Coming To The Web

For any of you who are Apple users, you’ve probably made use of Apple Pay before – whether it was via an in-app purchases or while shopping at various brick and mortar businesses. Chances are if you have used Apple Pay – you loved how quick and easy it made the checkout process. Apple knows that – and in the ...

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Infographic: People Are Using Horrible Passwords on LinkedIN

Every now and then an infographic pops up that is a bold reminder how important a secure password is – and today we have such an infographic. Coming from Statista, the infographic lists 10 of the most popular LinkedIn passwords from a 2012 LinkedIn hack. I don’t even know where to start here. If by mid-2016 you are still using 123456 ...

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WordPress Buys the New gTLD .BLOG for $19M

Automattic, the very same company behind the WordPress blogging software, and WordPress.com – the remotely hosted blogging service – has recently acquired the new gTLD .blog for $19 million! Granted that’s quite a staggering number, and Automattic did beat out Google in the auction, the more interesting news is what Automattic will do with it in the coming years. Will WordPress.org ...

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Google, Mozilla & Microsoft Roll Out Support for WebAssembly File Format

WebAssembly, announced last year in June, is a phenomenal effort put together by the W3C, and backed by Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Apple Safari browsers, to develop a binary format for web-based applications. According to the WebAssembly design guidelines, the new file format would allow developers to compile their “code” to a binary, which will then be executed inside ...

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Student Applications Are Officially Open for Google Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code is an amazing program that lets university students learn and perfect their coding knowledge by spending 3 months working on an open-source project – entirely online! That means it’s a global program – and you can participate from anywhere in the world! For twelve years running, GSoC gives participants a chance to work on an open source ...

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Most Popular Google Web Fonts

Typography is crucial in the world of website design where the right font can make or break an entire website. Google Fonts (previously Google Web Fonts) has made it extremely easy for seasoned designers and novice developers to make use of hundreds of fonts throughout their web projects. Recently a new analytics section has been added, showcasing the popularity of the many ...

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MIT Develops Algorithm That Increases Website Load Times by 34%

When it comes to speed – history has shown us that there is never enough speed. Race car drivers always want to go faster, gamer’s always want faster graphics and a higher FPS, and webmaster’s always want their websites to load faster. A team over at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL for short) decided to tackle ...

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The United States of Spam

Unfortunately – spam is part of most of our daily lives, so much so that we have laws and regulations surrounding how spam can actually be used. A new study from Comodo Threat Research Labs took a look at all of the email that Comodo has filtered throughout the second half of 2015, and put together the following map showcasing ...

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Bing Predicts Carolina Will Win Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50 is right around the corner, and if Bing’s predictions are right – the Carolina Panthers are going to be this years winners. Check out the prediction for yourself here. “In Sunday’s title game, the Bing Predicts models project 17-1 Carolina to win the Big Game with 64 percent probability. During the regular season, Carolina was the league’s ...

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Nearly Half Of The World Is On The Internet

Every year We Are Social publishes a global report showcasing many of the key statistics surrounding digital, social, and mobile media. Usually these give you a great idea of what to expect for the remainder of the year – letting you tweak your marketing and advertising campaign to better suite the trends. 2016 brings with it some great statistics based ...

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Introducing TrumpScript – Donald Trump Style Programming

Sam Shadwell, a Rice University of Texas student, has written a brand new programming language which does everything Donald Trump style. The new language is a modified version of Python, and it will only do and output things that The Donald would do or say himself. Here are TrumpScript’s features: TrumpScript won’t run via root users. Trump is all you ...

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Pingdom Takes A Look At Internet Performance in 2015

Pingdom has published their year in review for 2015, which is probably my favorite yearly review. It touches base on the growth of web performance and features some amazing statistics – which if you have the time I highly recommend you browse through. However, in my usual fashion, here is a summary featuring some of my favorite statistics regarding the ...

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Bing Changes Their Logo – Chooses A Gameboy Teal Color

Bing, without much fuss, has rolled out a new logo – switching from a bright yellow to a teal color reminiscent of an old Gameboy Color. Check out the new Bing logo below: According to the original AdAge report, Microsoft states that the change from yellow is due to green being “easier to see over yellow.” The newly capitalized B however ...

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New York City Finally Begins Converting Payphones to WiFi Hubs

New York City has finally started the process of converting 7500 pay phone locations into WiFi hotspots WITH free calling functionality. The new hubs will offer free gigabit WiFi for anyone within a 150-foot radius. Furthermore the hubs will include USB device charging ports, touchscreen web browsing, and two 55-inch advertising displays. The first hub is going up right now ...

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