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Test Out The New Transparent Youtube Player in TestTube

The transparent video player that YouTube is testing is pretty awesome; however forcing YouTube to let you try it out took some work. Luckily the new player is now available in TestTube – YouTube’s own experiment playground much like Google Labs used to be. Right now there are 2 “experiments” listed there, 1 for 4K videos and the second for the ...

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Verizon Buys AOL for $4.4 Billion

There’s been some speculation lately in the tech community that Verizon may acquire AOL – and this week that speculation was proven to be correct as Verizon announced it has purchased AOL for $4.4 billion, or $40 per share. Verizon’s vision is to provide customers with a premium digital experience based on a global multiscreen network platform. This acquisition supports ...

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Google Rejects Your Right To Be Forgotten About 60% Of The Time

Google’s Right to be Forgotten came into play over a year ago now thanks to a European court ruling forcing Google to comply with requests from individuals to remove their names from search results; and originally started off by by Spaniard Mario Costeja González who wanted Google to remove search results that pointed to online articles about his home being ...

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PayPal Buyer Protection Will Cover Digital Goods Soon

PayPal made a huge announcement yesterday, without really letting many people know. As probably the leading place to make and accept payments online – operating in 203 markets and with 152 million active accounts (as of 2014 anyway) – PayPal holds a part in alot of transactions for tangible and intangible goods on the interwebs that many of us webmasters ...

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Mozilla Wants You To Go HTTPS Or Else

Google kicked off the migration away from HTTP to HTTPS for most webmasters; and Mozilla aims to put the finishing fork into HTTP by announcing a new program which will essentially force webmasters onto HTTPS or else risk loosing various browser features. Removing features from the non-secure web will likely cause some sites to break. So we will have to monitor the ...

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YouTube Now Has A Filter To Search For 360 Degree Videos

Late month YouTube announced the launch of 360-degree videos for Android & desktop users – however finding 360-degree videos to watch on Youtube isn’t the easiest of tasks. Until now. YouTube has added a new search filter intended to help users find 360-degree videos to watch.   The new filter works both for the Android app and on desktop. On ...

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Linode Donates $1.2 Million Worth Of Servers to NJIT

According to an announcement late last week, Cloud hosting provider Linode has donated 420 servers valued at $1.2 million to the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in an effort to support research and career development for their students. Being that Rapid Purple is New York based – this is pretty exciting news since NJIT is a short drive away for ...

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YouTube Testing A New Transparent Video Player

As is the usual case with any Google brand – new things are always being tested and worked on. So while YouTube works to get their ad-free service up and running they’re also testing a new UI for their desktop video player. The new UI offers a transparent control bar which automatically hides when it’s not in use and then ...

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Amazon Files Lawsuit Against Fake Reviewers

Amazon has established themselves as the go-to source for not only online shopping but also for honest community based product reviews. As such a huge majority of Amazon’s traffic comes from people reading online reviews as they make their shopping decisions. However this popularity of Amazon reviews has a dark side – fake reviews. Fake reviews have became quiet a ...

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LinkedIn Acquires Lynda.com For $1.5 Billion

LinkedIn was always focuxed on helping professionals grow their careers – so last weeks announcement regarding the acquisition of online education company Lynda.com made total sense. First off some of my very first webdesign books were Lynda.com books from roughly 20 years ago – so it’s pleasant to see this company grow enough over the decades to be acquired by ...

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YouTube Soon To Offer Ad-Free Version

Half way through the day yesterday as I was sorting through my constantly full inbox I noticed a new email from Youtube titled Updated YouTube Partner Terms – and there was something in that email that immediately caught my attention. We’re excited to build on this momentum by taking another big step in favor of choice: offering fans an ads-free version ...

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Introducing The Perfect GIF – Hulu’s Own GIF Search Engine

GIFs are everywhere these days. Forum posts, Facebook comments, blog posts – people like animated GIFs. They’re entertaining, funny, and allow you to get your point across visually while not actually being in-front of the person you’re speaking to. Furthermore some of the most popular GIFs these days come from movies and television shows – and with that I introduce ...

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UK2 Group Adds Responsive Websites To Their Website Builder

Back in 2013 UK2 Group announced their latest website builder which back then allowed you to build web and mobile websites for your small business. Now that Google has announced their focus on mobile websites UK2 Group have upgraded their website builder to offer fully mobile responsive websites to all small and medium-sized businesses. The new builder is available across all customer ...

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April Fools Jokes From Our Favorite Tech Companies

If you’re anything like me you’ve probably missed the fact that today is April Fools Day and probably didn’t even realize it was April already. This is THE day for practical jokes – and today’s tech giants have quiet the sense of humor. Let’s take a look at today’s practical jokes from our favorite tech companies: Google: Smartbox by Inbox ...

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ServInt Joins Coalition to Reform Section 215 of USA PATRIOT Act

ServInt, a provider of managed cloud hosting for businesses worldwide, today announced it has joined a coalition of more than 40 organizations demanding that the U.S. Congress reform Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act has been used as the legal basis for the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata. That ...

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Amazon Cloud Drive Goes Unlimited

Online storage is an ever-expanding place as everyone tries to offer more and more space. Amazon has decided to bypass the storage space wars by announcing two unlimited storage plans for it’s cloud based storage service – Amazon Cloud Drive. The plans focus on two specific scenarios. For those who have loads of photos, there is the Unlimited Photos plan ...

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Welcome FREAK – Yet Another OpenSSL Vulnerability

It seems like every few months a new SSL vulnerability is pointed out – which I suppose makes sense with the recent popularity that SSL has gotten. Thanks Google. Alas let’s welcome FREAK – a new man-in-the-middle vulnerability discovered by a group of cryptographers at INRIA, Microsoft Research and IMDEA. FREAK stands for “Factoring RSA-EXPORT Keys” which currently affects OpenSSL, Apple’s ...

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DreamHost Releases Their First Transparency Report for 2014

DreamHost is damn serious about your privacy; however being a US-based company they are unfortunately required to comply with various information requests from legitimate domestic law enforcement agencies, along with DMCA takedown requests from rights-holders, and requests to remove content from courts processing defamation or invasion of privacy lawsuits. These are however just requests, and DreamHost has decided to publish their ...

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Find A New Domain Name Directly From DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo, the privacy focused search engine, and Namecheap have been working together behind the scenes to allow DuckDuckGo users to search for domain name availability straight from their searchbox. Yesterday both teams finally announced the integration, and there’s a couple ways you can make use of this. Post by Namecheap.com. If you wish to stay on DuckDuckGo you can utilize ...

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