Author Archive for: ‘Chris Crum’

Instagram Just Made Some Big Content Discovery Improvements

Instagram Just Made Some Big Content Discovery Improvements

Instagram just announced two major improvements in an area where it’s been severely lacking for its entire existence – discovery. There’s a new Explore page with trending tags and places and a more powerful search experience making it easier for users to find people, places, and tags. Instagram says it sees over 70 million photos and videos posted every day. …

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These 2 Infographics Should Greatly Help You With Your Social Media Strategy

These 2 Infographics Should Greatly Help You With Your Social Media Strategy

Businesses have long struggled with how to get social media “right,” and it’s only getting more complicated as more and more services and tools become available. For example, we recently looked at some strategies for taking advantage of Twitter’s new Periscope app. It never ends, does it? Either way, there are a couple of interesting infographics making the rounds, which …

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Amazon Makes Echo Smart Device Available To The Masses

Amazon Makes Echo Smart Device Available To The Masses

Last year, Amazon unveiled Echo, its smart device that serves as a speaker and a virtual assistant. Until now, it’s been available on an invitation basis, but on Tuesday, Amazon announced that it’s now available to all customers. You can now pre-order the device for $179.99, and it will begin shipping on July 14. It also has some new features. …

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Verizon Now Officially Owns AOL

Verizon Now Officially Owns AOL

Verizon announced on Tuesday that it has already completed its acquisition of AOL. That didn’t take long, did it? The $4.4 billion deal was only announced last month. Now, Verizon says it has successfully completed its tender offer to purchase all of AOL’s outstanding shares for %50 per share in cash. Verizon says in its announcement: Verizon subsequently completed the …

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New eBay Seller Requirement Goes Into Effect Soon

New eBay Seller Requirement Goes Into Effect Soon

When eBay announced its Spring Seller Update, it said sellers who list branded items in new or refurbished condition would soon be required to include the item’s brand, manufacturer part number (MPN), and a global trade item number (GTIN) in a number of categories. The deadline to have this information included in listings is June 29, which is approaching. Categories …

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This Is How Your Business Should Be Using Twitter’s Periscope

This Is How Your Business Should Be Using Twitter’s Periscope

Twitter is giving businesses tips and “inspiring examples” of how they can use its recently launched Periscope livestreaming app after watching how some brands have used it in its early days. Have you found a reason to use Periscope (or livestreaming in general) for your business so far? Do you intend to experiment with it in the future? Let us …

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Google Says It’s Increasing AdSense Payment Transparency

Google Says It’s Increasing AdSense Payment Transparency

Google announced on Monday that it is increasing the transparency of AdSense payments in that it will start letting you see invalid activity deductions that cause differences in estimated and finalized earnings. The company says this is in response to feedback from publishers who want to know more about this (some of which presumably haven’t been very happy with said …

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Google Container Engine Released in Beta, Container Registry Generally Available

Google Container Engine Released in Beta, Container Registry Generally Available

Google announced the beta release of Google Container Engine and the general availability of Google Container Registry. Container Engine enables you to run Docker containers on Google Cloud Platform, powered by Kubernetes. Container Engine schedules containers based on the needs you’ve declared on a cluster of virtual machines. “While containers make packaging apps easier, DevOps and IT administrators need better …

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Here’s A Preview Of What’s Coming To (And Going Away From ) Netflix In July

Here’s A Preview Of What’s Coming To (And Going Away From ) Netflix In July

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. This time, we’ve got a preview of some titles that will be hitting the streaming service in the month of June. It’s …

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Google Cloud Platform Gains Logentries Integration

Google Cloud Platform Gains Logentries Integration

Google announced the real-time integration of third party log analytics service Logentries with Google Cloud Platform for “near real-time” log streaming and analysis. Cloud Platform customers, as a result, gain a new choice for log management and analytics including anomaly detection. Logentries can now be used with Google App Engine and Cloud Dataflow or similar services. “Thanks to Google Cloud …

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Looks Like This Signal Is Pretty Important To Google Again

Looks Like This Signal Is Pretty Important To Google Again

Back in 2011, Google launched an algorithm update aimed at showing more high quality pages that were only minutes old for queries related to recent events or hot topics. The update was all about freshness of content, and after that, Google’s search results began showing newer content at the top of the page more frequently than before, even if sometimes …

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Amazon Is Changing How It Shows Reviews And How Ratings Work

Amazon Is Changing How It Shows Reviews And How Ratings Work

Amazon is reportedly changing how it displays customer reviews on product pages in the U.S. It’s using machine learning to figure out which reviews are most helpful to users, and giving those more weight in the algorithm. It’s also putting more weight on newer reviews. This is according to a report from CNET, which interviewed Amazon spokesperson Julie Law about …

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