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Jeff Jarvis: Technoeuropanic, or how Germany leads the technosceptic movement in Europe

If I want to read a good piece of journalistic endeavour, then I read BuzzMachine.com. Jeff Jarvis, the writer of What Would Google Do?, an awesome book I have read in 2013 about the corporate policy and changes inside Google, explains why Germany is leading a technosceptic or, dare i say, a technophobic movement in Europe by targeting Google and Uber.

In this article Jeff reminds us that Germany blocked Uber from functioning in that country, before that it forced Google to not photograph its streets for the Street View project, then played into the “Right to be forgotten” craziness and now spearheads the attack on Google via publishers who ask it money to show their pages in the search results.

Well, here comes the fun: Google may very well stop showing all those sites in the SERP, search result pages. What will happen? Well, they will cry that Google only shows its own news services and theirs not. Now, if Google gives in and then shows their pages in the SERP they will ask for money.

That pretty much sounds like racketeering, my dear German neighbours. Really, Germans are targeting US services like crazy. Google has done a lot of good things for customers, even if it wronged many a webmaster, of AdWords partners and so on.

Germany seems to not like the internet as it is now: Google is showing your results in the pages and then Google is giving you some traffic. You don’t like that, then ask Google to not index your site. Is that simple.

Also, as Jeff points out, I find it amusing that the Germans ask Google to favor in some way third party services when it is showing the results page. Guys, Google is a private company and anyone is free to not use its search capabilities. Being a private company, even if a monopoly, you need to play by their rules because you’re in its house. Don’t like what Google has done, then do something better yourself instead of acting like crazy technosceptics or technophobics.

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learn tech

The internet and Google in HUGE freaking numbers


The internet is BIG, way too big for anyone to really comprehend it, but we can, at, least, see a summary of what it is in a couple of minutes.

About the internet:
– 2.9 billion people use it today
– 96% of it is the dark web or underweb
– S citizens spend at least 2.5 h/ day on the web
– we create 527 million metric tons of CO2 yearly to keep the internet working

Now, about Google:

Google has about 88.2% market share in the world of search and earns 58.7 billion US dollars yearly. A Google engineer receives $129k/year before benefits and when Google shut down for 4 minutes in 2013, internet traffic was 40% lower in those minutes.

That is HUGE. Not many people are able to build empires like Google and many of us would like to be part of such an event. In any case, we live a great era and there’s only going upwards.

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blogging&wordpress on the web

Tech news that you need to read: software patents, German link war, YouTube as a mobster and a confession from a tech journalist

Ok. The title might be longer than the actual blog content, but who cares? I have a huge stack of blog posts ready so I need to cut to the chase and let you know that you need to read these articles to get a better view of what the web is going through right now.

So, here are these news in a couple of phrases:
1. “Abstract ideas” cannot be used for software patenting anymore – while this ruling is fairly narrow it gets us closer to shutting down software patents sometime in the future. Basically, the US supreme Court has decided that abstract ideas that are created into a computer environment cannot be patented. That means that something like an escrow, a means of enforcing the settlement of debts in a multi-party financial transaction, cannot be a software patent. Finally!

2. There is a German war against the link in Google’s SERPs – Jeff Jarvis reports that the German publishers want to ask Google for some money because Google is showing the links to their websites in its SERPs. Do you know what? Why doesn’t Google simply deleted those guys from the index? Fair and square.

3. Youtube is behaving like a mobster – independent music creators are asked to sign some contracts with YouTube and pay YouTube some money if they want to see their videos online. Bad, YouTube, bad. Why? Because YouTube already has a ton of gains from the visitors that come to the site, search for the independent singer and then make views which, in turn, can be monetized via the ads YouTube runs. I say that the independent producers should NOT give in.

4. An ex-Venture Beat journalist confesses: it was hard, but I learned many things – she wrote almost 1700 blog posts for Venture Beat in more than 2 years. That is a lot considering she had to do a lot of meeting and phone calls each day and she had to write about five blog posts a day. That is a lot. She gave some pieces of advice: when you want to contact a journalist or a blogger for that matter, make sure you have something really interesting to tell.

5. Bonus: All About Yahoo’s DMARC Reject Policy – DMRC rehjection policy means that if someone sends you an email using an @yahoo.com email address and the server that sends that email is NOT an Yahoo server, then all major email providers will simply reject it. This will reduce a big chunk of the spam that is out there and that uses @yahoo.com addresses. A good thing, but with some downfalls. Read the full article to know more.

That’s it for now, folks.

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blogging&wordpress learn opinion

Google AdSense leak: transparency issue?


Mundane Matt explains in the video from above that while it is hard to know exactly how the clicks and the revenue are calculated in Google AdSense, meaning that a lack of transparency is still ongoing in this programme, there does not seem to be any clear evidence that the Adsense team would outright steal publisher’s money.

I use AdSense too and it seems pretty decent for the small number of views I get and I do not have any suspicions about it. Some claim that the leaks are actually a way to force publishers into doing a class action lawsuit and that the leaker is actually some disgruntled publisher who may have been banned form AdSense.

Currently we do not have any evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of AdSense and a law suit, as Matt puts it, would force Google to open up a bit more and let us all know how do they calculate revenue for the publishers. I am still small so I cannot say if Google has ripped me off of some money. What do you think of this AdSense supposed leak?

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learn on the web

11 facts you didn’t knew about big brands


Shockingly, Buzzfeed used a shocking title like 11 Shocking Facts About The World’s Biggest Brands to tell us things that aren’t so shocking after all.

Enough with the satire. Here are some of those 11 facts you didn’t knew about big brands:
– Google was originally called Backrub
– Dasani is purified tap water
– the Coca Cola logo can be recognized by 94% of Worlds population
– McDonald’s first menu was a hot-dog
– everything you say to Siri goes through Apple’s servers and it is stored there (forget NSA, those are little chumps compared to big companies)
– iPAD’s retina display is made by Samsung
– Starbucks created round tables so that you won’t feel lonely when you’re sitting alone at the table
– Wallmart has $1.8 million profit per hour
– Facebook is blue because Zuckerberg is red/green colorblind
– 1 in 10 Europeans was conceived in an Ikea bed.

Say what you want, but i bet that you’d want to build such a big brand yourself and be known in the entire World. I know i want this 😀

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geek learn on the web

Google and Ray-Ban to Offer More Wearable Tech


Nowadays, wearable tech is all the hype for people trying to keep up with the tech scene. One of the pioneers of this trend is Google Glass by Google the tech giant. Recent news revealed that Google is partnering with the designer team behind Ray-Ban to come up with more wearable Google glasses. The partnership will provide more avant-garde designs that make Google Glass more publically accessible and not just exclusively for tech-savvy people. Google put their hopes in this partnership to become a leader in the smart eyewear market.

Google Glass is more than just a pair of geeky glasses – it includes a thumbnail-sized screen located at the wearer’s right eye, which is used to view content from the internet. It is also equipped with a camera that enables the user to take hands-free photos and videos. Wearing the Glass enables the user to call, chat, email and even find his way around, thanks to Google Places.

Partnering with the eyewear’s designer Luxottica could give birth to a new breed of designer glasses, as the new model will combine high-end technology and avant-garde designs. This partnership enables Google to use the 5,000 stores of Luxottica to help sell the Glass.

 Despite the initial development stages of Google Glass, some people are still skeptical about it, especially with the product’s staggering price. Certain people believe that more people would bite into it if the company lowered the price of it. At the moment, the product is priced at $1,500 and only about 10,000 people have bought them.

 Google Glass is not the first wearable tech product produced by Google. In January, it announced the release of the Titanium collection, which is a prescription glass and sunglasses version of the original model. But no matter how fancy or useful the collections are, Google really needs to make the prices more wallet-friendly in order to appeal to the general public.

 

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entertainment geek

Awesome :)) If Google was a guy!


That is just awesome. You wouldn’t ask the questions you do if you were in front of a guy called Google. Being in front of your monitor seems just cool, but wait until you see how you sound when you ask Google, the guy, directly.

This is hilarious 😀

Via College Humor.

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on the web tech

Project Loon – how the internet will become ubiquitous


Rocketboom did a short video packed with details about Google’s attempt to give internet to everyone in the World. Project Loon, called this way because the internet will be broadcasted via baloons in the stratosphere, wants to help remote areas get a change to a better education, through online lessons, better healthcare, through online connections between doctors and people in need, and they even want to help generate new online businesses.

Rocketboom asks a few questions regarding how this system would work and if there will be political or military interference. More probably than not enough countries will refuse to cooperate in this initiative and something like Project Loon might become a pain point in diplomatic affairs all over the World.

I am eager to find out how this will unfold, but one thing is sure: internet can and will help more people than we would imagine. Think about all the stuff you can learn about on the web.

See what Google says about Project Loon:

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infographics

The rise and fall of online empires – infographic

BitRebels created this interesting infographic about the rise and fall of online empires, but it left me a bit wondering. Wondering why they think that an online empire can last only for 11 years and why Google is not mentioned there.

Of course, we could say that Google comandeered the creation of this infographic, but that would mean that we are a bit off. What strikes me is the fact that Yahoo and AOL still exist and they are almost well, thank you. AOL is more than 20 years old and Yahoo 16 years old. They might have faded, but that didn’t stopped AOL from buying TechCrunch with a “meager” $40mln.

The history of Digg should be a lesson for all: if something works, don’t tinker with it. After Digg did a massive redesign without taking to much into account what the users wanted, it had died off. The diggers had gone to other social networks. I would like to see how would Reddit fare in about 5 or 10 years from now.

A good read for each one of us should be The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, by Tim Wu. An excellent book that explains how such an empire is built, how it evolves promising idealistic goals and then how it dies off because it won’t want to adapt to the new times they’re in.

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ebooks

Understand Google+ with this free ebook

I like how Google+ managed to take good parts from Twitter and Facebook and use them in this social network. An important thing to know: Google+ is not meant to be an alternative to Facebook or Twitter. It is meant as a centralized way to manage your Google account.

I guess they made a good job with that and they are improving each month. In this free ebook about Google+ written by Maggie Marystone for MakeUseOf you can learn about circles, stream, hangouts, and various tips&tricks.

One of the things I like is that I can insert my frenemies in a circle and then forget about them, since I have only one circle I visit most. From that one I get most of my news and can comment on the posts of tech stars from all around the world.

Click on the image below, fill in few details and then you’re ready to get this ebook and many other white papers and ebooks from TradePub (with which I am a partner, see author page). Enjoy!
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