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The Definitive Guide to Ecommerce Search Engine Optimization

At some level, every online business is built on an ecommerce business model. They all have customers to serve, orders to take, a great customer …

eCommerce

The 5 Top SEO And Online Marketing Trends For 2014

I first met Bart Gibby, VP of SEO for fast growing Utah firm Boostability, in October when I spoke on Crisis PR at a local meeting of Salt Lake’s search marketing professional association, SLC/SEM. Boostability is an expert resource for SEO and local search services. We spoke about crisis PR, of …

Hubble captures Horsehead nebula in stunning infrared

This new image puts the famous hydrogen-dust cloud in an ethereal light, revealing the horse rearing its head above cosmic whitecaps.<p>I just rewatched Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," and I think the soundtrack's opening horn melody would go perfectly with this NASA pic.<p>The Hubble Space Telescope has …

Astronomy

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

PS4 And Xbox One Pose Major Problems For Internet Providers

As the Sony's Playstation 4 launched midnight today in the UK, there are some potential pitfalls that mean consumers might not get the most out of their systems unless they carefully consider their home network.<p>Consoles used to be the easy option. They were plug and play devices that worked …

Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a …

Gates Foundation announces grants to start building a better condom

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund research into next-generation condoms that people can use more effectively to reduce unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. The foundation said it will award a pair $100,000 grants to researchers working on improving condoms, two of …

The Future Of Advertising: Native, Engaging, At Scale

Just as reading habits on the Web have shifted, so too has advertising. No longer are banner ads and overly audacious interruptions appealing to readers of Internet stories.<p>As Justin Choi, founder of Los Angeles startup Nativo, puts it, “Audiences have become more sophisticated.”<p>“The era of …

TIME for Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / November 20, 2013<p>When the innovative publisher Henry Luce launched TIME Magazine 90 years ago, his big idea was that TIME would …

Forget devices; the future of technology is seeded in biology

A lot of you, dear readers, may remember a time when mobile phones didn't exist, let alone smartphones with touchscreens, apps and pro-grade cameras. Some may even recall a childhood completely devoid of TV, when the phrase "playing in a sandbox" meant literally that. Not content with books that …

The Milibandites

LABOUR'S reshuffle was more dramatic than that of Mr Cameron. After three years in which Ed Miliband has led by remaining equidistant from the three …

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

How an insecure, acid-dropping hippie kid reinvented himself as a technological visionary - and changed the world<p>When I first met Steve Jobs, I …

Silicon Valley

For the first time, the combined GDP of poor nations is greater than the rich ones

For the first time ever, the combined gross domestic product of emerging and developing markets, adjusted for purchasing price parity, has eclipsed the combined measure of advanced economies. Purchasing price parity—or PPP for short—adjusts for the relative cost of comparable goods in different …

Emerging Markets

Google engineers insist 20% time is not dead—it’s just turned into 120% time

A lively debate among current and former Google engineers is raging on Hacker News about Quartz’s piece on the death of 20% time at Google—that formerly hallowed portion of an engineer’s week set aside for his or her own projects, which brought us innovations such as Gmail and Adsense.<p><b>Update:</b> …

Google Glass

Google’s “20% time,” which brought you Gmail and AdSense, is now as good as dead

Google’s “20% time,” which allows employees to take one day a week to work on side projects, effectively no longer exists. That’s according to former Google employees, one who spoke to Quartz on the condition of anonymity and others who have said it publicly.<p>What happened to the company’s most …

Google Glass

Welcome to the Golden Age of Activist Investors

The tweet heard around the world sent by Carl Icahn about Apple was just the latest in a series of moves by prominent activist investors that have …

Apple, Google, and Amazon are so profitable because they know what to lose money on

To understand which firms are going to end up dominating the market for tablets and mobile phones, it helps to notice that we now live in an era in which every successful company selling hardware and content is giving something away for free. And the companies that can’t afford to give something …

Mobile

China’s economy: glass half-full, glass half-empty, or time to get your glasses checked?

China’s unexpectedly strong July trade data this week sparked a round of contradictory explanations and conflicting stock market moves, reflecting a deep divide about what’s next for the world’s second-biggest economy. New data released on Friday—which showed inflation was steady, industrial …

Stock Markets

How Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and other business chiefs hold ruthlessly effective meetings

Why does Jeff Bezos keep a chair empty in the boardroom? Where does Richard Branson hold his meetings? And who’s always late for appointments?<p>Here are some of Quartz’s favorite tips for holding meetings from the some of the world’s top business leaders:<p>Throw out the least necessary person in the …

Time Management

China’s crazy love affair with steel is a scary example of how its finances could implode

So maybe China’s <i>not</i> collapsing—in fact, it might be stabilizing. At least, that’s what China’s unexpectedly strong July trade data hints. Exports rose 5.1% year-on-year in July, more than analysts expected. Imports, though, were the real shocker, surging 10.9%, to hit $168 billion.<p>But wait—what …

Economy

Why the US is turning into a subscription-based economy

Rapid changes are taking place in the way people buy things, and companies are reacting accordingly. Increasingly, the US is moving toward a subscription-based economy in which firms will focus less on selling things, and more on gaining recurring customers—a trend seen in companies like Netflix, …

Wall Street

How did Karachi get a world-beating stock exchange?

AS RICH countries’ economies slump, brave investors looking for fast returns may be tempted to look further afield. Which of the world’s more exotic …

Amid Apple developer site outage, users report unauthorized password resets

Apple's developer site has been down for two days. Some have received password reset e-mails that appear to be sent by Apple but were not authorized -- suggesting foul play.<p>Reports on social-networking and microblogging sites may signal security trouble for Apple.<p>Apple's Dev Center, the member's …

Security

Everything Gmail knows about you and your friends

When Google hands over e-mail records to the government, it includes basic envelope information, or metadata, that reveals the names and e-mail addresses of senders and recipients in your account. The feds can then mine that information for patterns that might be useful in a law-enforcement …

Muslim Brotherhood

CyanogenMod tweak lets Google Voice SMS work through other apps

Many Android-based Google Voice users don't like having to use the official Google Voice app for text messaging, especially when its performance can be flaky. They now have some choice courtesy of experimental code from ClockworkMod's Koushik Dutta. His test release lets those running CyanogenMod …

Jack Nicklaus Has Some Sage Advice for Rory McIlroy

Jack Nicklaus is in jolly old England for the Wimbledon Championships, where Will Gray of GolfTalkCentral.com reported that Nicklaus joined the <i>Live at Wimbledon</i> crew for a quick television interview with his friend, and ex-professional tennis champion, Mats Wilander.<p>The conversation finally got …

Golf

Deceit, fraud, and first world problems: How BRICS graduated to the sports big leagues—and now regret it

Somewhere between the first protest over transit fare hikes in Sao Paulo and president Dilma Rousseff’s public address three weeks later, football and the Olympic Games found themselves swept into the heart of Brazilian anger.<p>The outcry had centered around failed social services, corruption, and …

Brazil

Bitcoin: Are we looking at a revolution?

Bitcoin’s roller coaster ride over the past few months has been well documented. We watched Bitcoin’s meteoric rise in value from $33 at the end of February (then an all-time high) to a peak of nearly $266 on April 10, followed by the crash of as much as 70 percent.<p>But Bitcoin prices are not the …

WSJ: Google Is Building An Android Game Console And Smartwatch

Google may be working on an Android-based game console, smartwatch, and an updated version of the Nexus Q, if reports are to be believed. According to the Wall Street Journal (paywall), the Mountain View-based company is looking to develop these products as a means to combat anything Apple has been …