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Facebook’s "Like" Buttons Are Under Threat (FB)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebooks-like-buttons-are-under-threat-2012-10

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Web sites are not allowed to collect infomration on users under 13 without their parents permission.

it’s part of a child-privacy law called COPPA.

This is trouble for Facebook because of “like” buttons, which are on about 9 million Websites. 

You can image how hard it would be for Facebook to make sure that everyone who clicks a like button is over 13.

Really hard. Even a little added friction, such as a “are you 13 and over?” dialogue box would tremendously slow down volume.

So that’s why Facebook sent a 20-page letter to the FTC (.PDF), last week, arguing (begging?) for a change in this  rule. Facebook argued that Like buttons are free speech.

The rule should change.

How is the fact that a kid clicked “like” any kind of threat to their saftey or privacy?

But sometimes the government does stupid things, so maybe the law won’t change.

That’d be pretty bad news for Facebook, which is dependent on all those “likes” for a lot of traffic and engagement.

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 news No Comments

Apple’s A6 CPU actually clocked at around 1.3GHz, per new Geekbench report

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/26/apple-a6-cpu-13ghz-geekbench-confirmed-overclocking/

Apple's A6 CPU actually clocked at around 13GHz, per new Geekbench report

As the initial wave of iPhone 5 reviews hit, it looked as if Apple’s dual-core A6 processor was sporting a clock speed of around 1GHz. We saw reports (and confirmed with our own handset) ranging between 1.00 and 1.02GHz, but a new Geekbench build (v2.3.6) has today revealed a horse of a different color. According to Primate Labs’ own John Poole, the latest version of the app — which landed on the App Store today — “features a dramatically improved processor frequency detection algorithm, which consistently reports the A6’s frequency as 1.3GHz.” In speaking with us, he affirmed that “earlier versions of Geekbench had trouble determining the A6’s frequency, which lead to people claiming the A6’s frequency as 1.0GHz as it was the most common value Geekbench reported.”

When we asked if he felt that the A6 was capable of dynamically overclocking itself for more demanding tasks, he added: “I don’t believe the A6 has any form of processor boost. In our testing, we found the 1.3GHz was constant regardless of whether one core or both cores were busy.” Our own in-house iPhone 5 is regularly displaying 1.29GHz, while a tipster’s screenshot (hosted after the break) clearly display 1.30GHz. Oh, and if anyone wants to dip their iPhone 5 in a vat of liquid nitrogen while trying to push things well over the 2GHz level, we certainly wouldn’t try to dissuade your efforts.

[Thanks, Bruno]

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 news No Comments

The Real Reason Everyone Quits Is Their Paycheck

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-top-reason-why-workers-quit-their-jobs-is-because-of-low-salary-2012-9

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In recent years, companies have had trouble retaining employees — especially the Gen Y workers who are more apt to move from one opportunity to the next. 

Now we know why.

Last year, the top reason workers quit their jobs was to seek higher pay somewhere elseaccording to a survey conducted by PayScale

And this trend has been steadily rising for the past three years. 

The survey says that larger companies are more likely to lose their employees than smaller ones, yet they are also the ones more willing to award their employees through bonuses. 

The graph below shows that the information, media and telecommunications industry offers the most types of bonuses — and individual incentive programs are also the most common. 

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Payscale’s survey defines a small company as one with less than 100 employees, a medium-sized one as a firm with 100-to-1,000 employees and a large-sized one as anything larger than that. 

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Monday, September 10th, 2012 news No Comments

Now We Know Why Rite Aid Will Probably Never Beat CVS And Walgreens

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/rite-aids-stocking-woes-cvs-walgreens-2012-4

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Rite Aid Pharmacy can blame itself for perpetually lagging behind drugstore rivals like CVS and Walgreens. A new report claims the chain has trouble keeping products listed in sales ads nearly 80 percent of the time. 

In Not as Advertised: Out-of-Stock Sale Items and Rite Aid’s Bid for Customer Loyalty, a conglomerate of drugstore unions blasts the pharmacy’s archaic manual stocking system.

Rite Aid offers customers a loyalty card for discounts on sale items, usually marked by a bright yellow sticker. When products go out of stock, workers manually slap blue stickers on in their place along with the date a new order is placed – some of which were found to be more than six months old.

The group paid 1,110 visits to about 220 of the chain’s locations across the country (five visits per store) and found 40 percent of stores had at least one sale item missing every time.

Seventy percent lacked sale items in four out of every five visits. New York City establishments were particularly found to be lacking, with 20 percent of items absent from shelves. 

Retail loyalty systems are one of the most effective ways to save, but if customers are confronted by empty shelves chances are they’ll either walk out with a pricier item or search for lower prices elsewhere.

In the chain’s defense, spokeswoman Susan Henderson told Time Money Land they weren’t contacted before the study was conducted: “While we are disappointed to hear of any out of stock situations, it is difficult for us to accurately assess and comment on these findings,” she said. 

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Monday, April 16th, 2012 news No Comments

Visa Failed Again As Its Network Went Down For 40 Minutes On Sunday

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/visa-network-outage-2012-4


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WASHINGTON (AP) — A technical problem affecting the Visa network barred some people around the United States from using their credit and debit cards for about 45 minutes on Sunday, the company said.

The outage was caused by a recent update Visa has made to its system, said Visa Inc. spokeswoman Sandra Chu. She said Visa had trouble processing some transactions as a result, but the system is operating normally now.

Chu said the problem Sunday was unrelated to the security breach potentially affecting Visa and MasterCard customers that was reported Friday by credit card processor Global Payments Inc.

The outage occurred from around 2:40 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. EDT, a person from a major bank said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because bank employees were not authorized to speak publicly. Visa had notified the banks that are members of its network of the problem.

Consumers and merchants reported having Visa cards rejected on Sunday.

At the Shoot Smart gun range in Fort Worth, Texas, manager Jared Sloane said credit and debit transactions stopped working early in the afternoon.

Sloane said a few customers walked out when told they could only pay with cash or check, but otherwise the problem wasn’t yet much of a disruption.

Shoot Smart said problems with transactions were persisting at about 6:40 EDT.

Chu said Visa’s system was fully up and operational.

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Associated Press writer Paul Weber in San Antonio contributed to this report.

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Monday, April 2nd, 2012 news No Comments

Watch This Earthquake-Proof Desk Easily Shrug Off a 2,000 Pound Block [Video]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5877608/watch-this-earthquake+proof-desk-easily-shrug-off-a-2000-pound-block

I don’t live in a high risk area for deadly tremors, but after watching this earthquake-proof table easily survive having a 2,200 pound block dropped on it, I think I still want one for my office—just in case.

The table was designed by Ido Bruno and Arthur Brutter primarily for use in schools. Students are typically taught to hide under their desks in the event of an earthquake, but most desks aren’t designed to support the weight of all the debris were the building to collapse. Which is clearly demonstrated in this video when they drop just a 1,000 pound weight on a traditional desk and it’s immediately pancaked.

Watch This Earthquake-Proof Desk Easily Shrug Off a 2,000 Pound BlockIn addition to providing a safe haven for students, the desk’s supporting structure is designed in such a way that it also provides several escape routes depending on how debris has fallen. It’s also light enough to be lifted by just two students, and is built with durable but inexpensive materials so it’s actually affordable for a school to purchase en masse. Now it’s not available just yet, but based on these tests being conducted at the Structural Engineering department at Padua University in Italy, it shouldn’t have much trouble getting approved for sale. [designboom]


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Friday, January 20th, 2012 news No Comments

A Really Scary Chart For Yahoo (YHOO)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-2011-11

This chart shows why Yahoo quickly needs to figure out a new path for itself.

For all of its success, at its core, Yahoo is still an email business. People use Yahoo email and then from there land on its other properties.

The rise of smartphones and iPads is a problem for Yahoo. On those devices, email is a native application that doesn’t encourage people to checkout Yahoo’s pages.

As you can see in this chart, web-based email usage is cratering for people aged 12-34. Unless Yahoo figures out a way to wean itself from email dependence, it’s going to be in trouble.

What is the future of Yahoo? Our own Nicholas Carlson has a bold idea

chart of the day, web-based email use by age year over year, nov. 18, 2011

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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 news No Comments

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    Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 digital No Comments

    Map of IP addresses around the world used to commit Click-Fraud

    Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/QE1Gthuy4_k/3-million-in-click-fraud-over-two-weeks-just-the-beginning

    A recently disbanded click fraud ring in China racked up $3 million worth of clicks in two weeks. $3 million that we’re aware of. Just how detectable is this whole business of racking up fraudulent ad revenue clicks?

    That intricate mess of lines above represents a portion of DormRing1, the click fraud bunch that was caught in China. The lines show the relationship of some of the IP addresses involved in the fraud and how they are connected to some fraudulent ad clicks. The whole network actually “involved 200,000 different IP addresses and racked up more than $3 million worth of fraudulent clicks across 2,000 advertisers in a two-week period.” Impressive and scary at the same time.

    The trouble is that no one really knows how much ad revenue DormRing1 collected before they were caught. Click-fraud monitoring services such as Anchor Intelligence, the ones behind this catch, are evolving to keep up with the scale on which these rings are operating. It’s still difficult to judge just how well they’re doing as they’re having to infiltrate forums and gain the trust of the perpetrators in a manner reminiscent of drug busts. But as the criminals are getting more elaborate, the investigations are too.

    That good news aside, do me a favor: after you read this post, comment, and all that jazz, refresh the page a few times and—Ah…I mean, heh…just kidding. [Tech Crunch]


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