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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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Did The Google Homepage Look A Bit Different To You Today?

  Did the Google homepage look strange to you this morning – but you couldn’t place what was different? Sure there was a new animation for the logo – but we’ve all come to expect the Google Doodles. And yet something just felt different? That’s because Google has, quietly, made their search box larger. Take a look at the below screenshots. ...

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Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter & Yahoo Join Together To Fight Child Pornography

Earlier this week Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter & Yahoo officially joined forces with the Internet Watch Foundation to help fight child pornography online. Utilizing a hash-based platform the companies hope to prevent the ability to upload and share any child pornography online. Microsoft already utilizes this technology within PhotoDNA – a standalone tool which has long been utilized by law ...

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Bing Doesn’t Want You Buying Fake Drugs Online

As our way of life changes, and we start to rely more and more on the Internet there will always be people out there trying to anonymously scam you out of your hard earned money by selling you fake products/services behind a shady website name. Over the years we’ve all seen those emails advertising cheap prescription medication that used to fill ...

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.ORG Domain Name Prices Increased At Most Registrars

Are you shopping for a new .ORG domain name and noticing that the prices seem to be changing everywhere? That’s because the Public Interest Registry, the registry responsible for the .ORG domain name has raised it’s annual costs for new .ORG domain name registrations, renewals, and transfers – and most registrars will be passing that cost increase to you. Most ...

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YouTube Videos Will No Longer Get Stuck At 301 Views

YouTube has always had an issue when it came down to video view counts – how did they determine whether or not the views that a video was getting actually came from real people? In the past YouTube would essentially freeze view counts once they hit 301 and then verify the incoming traffic. Once they determined what the actual view ...

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YouTube Transparent Player Officially Launched

A few months ago YouTube began testing out a new transparent video player and personally I was always such a huge fan of it that I’ve been using it on a daily basis since April 2015 while it was in it’s beta stages. Today I am happy to say that YouTube has officially launched the new transparent video player –  making it ...

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jQuery Powers Almost 30% Of All Websites

Recently I have been working on a custom dashboard for a local car rental company, writing it in PHP & MySQL with a jQuery-powered interface – and I started to wonder just how many websites out there were using jQuery these days. See I remember the Internet when jQuery wasn’t even around, and since 2006 I have been watching it ...

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What Are The Most Popular eCommerce Platforms of 2015?

eCommerce has always been a huge industry, and the larger it has become over the years the more tools and resources have been released to try to simplify the entire eCommerce process. eCommerce platforms have come a LONG way, and to date there is dozens of different platforms out there which you can choose from to build your eCommerce website. ...

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Symantec Offers Website Security Advice

Symantec has recently published their 2015 Website Security Threat Report. This comprehensive annual report compiles Internet threat data based on the findings of the Symantec™ Global Intelligence Network, and is made up of more than 41.5 million attack sensors and records thousands of events per second. Rob Hoblit, Symantec’s Vice President of Trust Services Product Management, shared his thoughts on the report ...

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Microsoft Joins In On The Fight Against Revenge Porn

Microsoft seems to be on the attack this week against all sorts of illegal online media. First with their release of PhotoDNA to all webmasters yesterday; and now with their announcement to join the fight against revenge porn. Microsoft will honor requests to remove revenge porn photos and videos taken out of Bing search results, OneDrive and Xbox Live. You can ...

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Legitimate Emails Finally Surpass Spam Emails

For the first time in a very, VERY, VERY long time there have been more legitimate emails sent out then there have been spam emails sent out. For anyone who remembers spending hours sorting their various inboxes from spam email in the past years – this should be extremely exciting news. The information is based on Symantec’s latest Intelligence Report which shows ...

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Google+ Photos Will Be Shut Down on August 1st, 2015

In an announcement early this week Google has announced the death of Google+ Photos – pronounced on August 1st. As of that date Google+ Photos will be shut down however all the photos you have uploaded to Google+ Photos will still be accessible on Google Photos (http://photos.google.com). So technically there shouldn’t be any actual downtime for you.

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WordPress Market Share Is Almost 50%

When it comes to CMS platforms WordPress is by far the most popular – not only across my own client base but overall. A recent statistic by BuiltWith shows us just how popular. WordPress currently holds a 48% market share among all other CMS platforms. When it came to what version of WordPress webmasters used, the recent 4.2 and 4.1 ...

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Google Offers Free Google Fiber for Affordable Housing Properties

Back in November of 2014 Google decided to take part in the Unlocking the Connection project intended to provide free internet to Austin’s public housing residents. Google stepped this up by offering to provide free Google Fiber connections for everyone, for 10 years. Today Google has announced that they are expanding that offer to all Google Fiber cities – giving ...

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jQuery 3.0 Alpha Has Launched

jQuery is still actively in-use across plenty of websites on the Internet – currently in use on 64% of the top million websites. The development team announced yesterday the launch of jQuery 3.0 Alpha. The new version is supported by all modern browsers – including the Yandex Browser from now on. The new HTML5 dataset specification is now also properly ...

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WiredWest Wants To Bring Modern Broadband to Western MA

Recent FCC discussions have made one thing abundantly clear – towns should have the freedom to develop their own internet services. Well a month after the FCC makes that statement – we have WiredWest – a group of 22 Massachusetts towns who have come together to bring a modern broadband infrastructure to Western Massachusetts. The aim is to offer Internet ...

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The Hunger Games Pioneers .MOVIE Domain Name

As the new TLD’s that ICANN has released are slowly gaining in popularity – the entertainment sector is doing their part to help push the popularity of these new domain name extensions. The Hunger Games movie series has became the first to utilize the .movie domain name when they launched their brand new website located at TheHungerGames.movie. Jeff Davidoff, chief marketing ...

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Namecheap Visualizes The Most Popular New TLDs

There are a TON of new domain name extensions out there these days – and considering how saturated the market became for .com domain names it was a good thing that ICANN introduced all these new TLDs. Right now there are hundreds of domain name extensions available out there so Namecheap decided to find out what the top 25 TLDs ...

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Java Updates Now Ask You To Make Yahoo Your Default Search Engine

Yahoo held their annual shareholder meeting last week which mentioned some pretty interesting things. Apart from the fact that Yahoo’s stock has jumped 25% last year, Chief Executive Marissa Mayer also announced a new partnership with Oracle which will now prompt anyone installing or updating their Java install to make Yahoo their browser’s default search engine & home page. Considering that some ...

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Google Incorporates Pinterest, Vines, and Food Network into News Carousel

Earlier on this year Google incorporated carousel search results for mobile users browsing for specific news events and topics. Originally the carousel worked solely off of rich snippets from a websites articles – showcasing various articles related to your search term. Well yesterday Google announced, with no real fan-fare, that the carousel will now also feature Pinterest pins, Vines, Houzz ...

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