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Panda 4.0 And Payday Loans 2.0: What Happened And How You May Be Impacted

If you’ve seen a significant change in your search engine rankings over the past couple weeks, there’s a good chance you’ve been impacted by one of Google’s recent algorithm updates. The most significant update, and the one that would be most likely to impact the average website owner, is called …

Yahoo's search results now include local business data from Yelp

Yahoo's local search results now include business listings, user reviews, and star ratings from Yelp. The new local data is displayed across desktop, smartphones, and tablets. "We’re always looking to build great partnerships to provide a richer experience for our users," said Yahoo's Anand …

Israeli Software Maker Varonis Systems Files For IPO

Varonis Systems, which helps companies manage unstructured data, filed for an IPO Tuesday seeking to raise up to $100 million.<p>An Israeli company with headquarters in New York City, Varonis is the latest Israeli-founded company to prepare for a public offering this year. Enzymotec, which offers …

The One Reason Every Blogger Should Use Google+

Once again this week I was asked by a colleague why they should care about Google+. This is a person who regularly publishes content, already has a full plate and wanted to be convinced why she should take up another social network. A scenario that’s all too familiar with many people I come in …

Vine gets better with age: How screens, speed and networks are changing the future of online video

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Earlier this morning when sitting in the San Diego Airport while waiting for my flight, I did what most people do these days …

School district hires company to follow kids' Facebook, Twitter

The Glendale Unified School District in Southern California outsources keeping tabs on troublemakers as well as identifying kids in trouble. At least these are its justifications.<p>Safety has rather become the mantra of authorities over the last few years.<p>Government exists, so we're told, to keep the …

Social Media

Google: don't expect privacy when sending to Gmail

Critics call revelation 'a stunning admission' as Google makes claim in court filing in attempt to head off class action lawsuit<p>People sending email to any of Google's 425 million Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their communications are confidential, the internet giant has said in …

Detroit mired in fresh controversy over sale of 60,000-piece art collection

City suburbs attempting to halt rumoured sale of prestigious art collection, which may be up for grabs in bid to pay city's debts<p>The beleaguered city of Detroit, the largest in the US to file for bankruptcy, is embroiled in a fresh controversy over fears that it may be preparing to sell some of its …

Prism scandal: European commission to seek privacy guarantees from US

The European commission has raised concerns directly with the US administration about the threat posed to the privacy of EU citizens from the sort of …

Blanket Surveillance. Total Secrecy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Imagine that one day you came home to find a shiny little bubble of one-way glass in an upper corner of every single room, and a notice left on your kitchen table: “<i>As required by the Safe Society Act, we have installed remotely controlled cameras throughout your home. (Also your office.) But don’t</i> …

What If China Hacks the NSA's Massive Data Trove?

The danger of creating data sets that would permit a foreign government or non-state actor to wreak havoc on Americans.<p>Reuters<p>Bradley Manning proved that massive amounts of the government's most secret data was vulnerable to being dumped on the open Internet. A single individual achieved that …

How Google and Facebook May Help with the NSA and PRISM

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>An update and slight correction, 7:59 p.m.</i>: A spokesperson forwarded us this message from Google's …

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Will Run For Senate

At a news conference Saturday, Booker extolled his own achievements in dealing with Newark's problems of crime, social blight and joblessness and promised a run based firmly from the centre ground of American politics.<p>He said that his seven years as mayor had shown him that it was vital to work …

New Jersey

After PRISM, 'Boundless Informant' tool comes to light

Meet the U.S. National Security Agency's global intelligence tracking tool, Boundless Informant, the latest intelligence secret exposed by leaked information.<p>The stream of leaks revealing the U.S. National Security Agency's secrets carries on with the public outing of a powerful intelligence …

Surveillance

Congress received 13 briefings in past four years on digital surveillance

Moving to minimize damage from the NSA PRISM leaks, a senior administration official has revealed to <i>The New York Times</i> that select members of Congress were privy to 13 briefings since 2009 on the government's ability to widely collect digital information. While the disclosure is meant to assuage …

Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data

The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analysing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its …

Benjamin Netanyahu hints at Israeli action in Golan Heights

Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned that Israel would fill the vacuum left by a disintegrating UN peacekeeping unit in the Golan Heights amid reports that Israeli and Syrian recently came close to their biggest direct clash in 40 years.<p>Addressing a weekly cabinet meeting, the Israeli prime minister …

Prism: claims of GCHQ circumventing law are 'fanciful nonsense', says Hague

William Hague is to make a statement to parliament on Monday to respond to allegations that GCHQ has gathered information on British citizens from …

Why everything geeks think they know about Kickstarter is wrong

Kickstarter has been described as the Home Shopping Network for geeks—picture an online version of the Sharper Image catalog and an investment platform for tech startups having a baby. But this is the wrong way to think about Kickstarter, because the site’s founders have actually shied away from …

Startups

Through a PRISM darkly: Tracking the ongoing NSA surveillance story

Advertisement<p>25 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Lightspring<p>It was a relatively quiet week for internet news until <i>Guardian</i> blogger Glenn Greenwald …

BrandYourself Upgrades Its Online Reputation Tools With A Full-Service Concierge Feature

BrandYourself is expanding its efforts to take on the big names in the online reputation market (particularly Reputation.com) with the launch of a new version of its service.<p>The company started out as a fairly simple self-service tool for trying to improve your presence online, for example by …