All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Quora’

Netflix Employee Talks DVD Germs

You may not hear as much about Netflix’s DVD business as you used to since streaming has taken over in recent years, but plenty of enveloped discs still circulate around the country on a day-to-day basis. Last month, the company said it still has 6.9 million DVD members. There’s a good reason for that. The selection is far greater than …

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Quora Utilizes iOS 7 For Brand New App, Puts Focus On Mobile

Quora announced the launch of an updated iOS app to coincide with the release of iOS 7. The app (version 3.0) has been redesigned from the ground up. We spoke with, Marc Bodnick, who leads Quroa’s business and community teams, about the new app, and the company’s strategy. “We were so excited by he new platform, we moved quickly to …

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Facebook Ad Engineer John Hegeman Departs for Quora

Quora, the self-proclaimed “best source for knowledge” on the internet, has just snagged Facebook engineer John Hegeman, according to reports. TechCrunch says that Hegeman confirmed the move on his Facebook Timeline (in a private post). In the post, Hegeman says that he’ll be joining the engineering team at Quora in “a few weeks.” Here’s the post in full: Today is …

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Jimmy Wales Engages In Chuck Norris Humor On Quora

On Quora, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales reveals a lot of interesting insight into what makes Jimmy Wales tick. One time, we learned that psychos keep him from voting in elections. Another time, we found out what he thinks about people who think he has the power to shut down Wikipedia. Recently, we learned that he will probably buy Google Glass. …

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Former Product Manager Says Google Reader Is Being Retired Because Of Google+

Google Reader is being retired on July 1. The Internet (and Hitler) have collectively lost it. What everybody wants to know, though, is why Google feels it needs to shut down Reader? The official company line is that usage has declined. Google is also a busy company with a lot of projects going on at once. Shutting down Reader lets …

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Jimmy Wales Can’t Shut Wikipedia Down At His Will, And He Thinks You’re Stupid For Asking

In case you’ve ever wondered just how much power Jimmy Wales has over Wikipedia, you can rest easy knowing that he can’t just pull the plug on his own. Someone on Quora was apparently wondering about this, and decided to ask him about it, as he is quite active on the Q&A site. His response is both humorous and reassuring. …

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Quora Optimizes Android App For Tablets

Quora announced today that it has optimized its Android app for the tablet experience. “More and more, people read and write on Quora while on-the-go. Many people also love using tablets, making a unique Quora experience for tablets one of our most popular requests,” the company says in a blog post. The design makes use of a split panel to …

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Quora Launches Blogs, Rich Text Editor

Last month, Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo announced the company’s new mission, which involves sharing and growing the world’s knowledge. He indicated that Quora would be expanding beyond the simple Q&A the site is known for. It appears that expansion has begun. Today, Quora made a pair of announcements, including the launch of new blogs, and that of a rich text …

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LinkedIn Kills LinkedIn Answers Service [Report]

LinkedIn has had a service called LinkedIn Answers for going on six years. Never heard of it? You’re probably not alone, because there reportedly aren’t that may people using it – at least not enough for LinkedIn to keep it alive. Though as a LinkedIn user, I have yet to receive an email on this, Mashable is reporting that LinkedIn …

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Quora Has A New Mission, Plans To Expand Beyond Q&A

Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo has announced a new mission for the company, which sounds like it could have been taken from a page of a certain Mountain View company. Quora’s mission is “to share and grow the world’s knowledge.” In a blog post, D’Angelo says, “The vast majority of human knowledge is still not on the internet. Most of it …

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Quora Adds LinkedIn Connectivity

Quora announced a new LinkedIn sharing feature today, enabling users to directly share their Quora contributions on their LinkedIn profiles. “Quora is a place where people share a wide range of knowledge and experience with others, and many users have already shared stories about professional opportunities they’ve received due to their contributions on the site,” a spokesperson for Quora tells …

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Quora Gets A Refresh On iPhone

Quora announced today that it has launched a new version of its iPhone app, which is now available in the App Store. “The new app is better and faster with a new UI that takes advantage of the iPhone 5, more accessible and faster search, and easier sharing,” a spokesperson for Quora tells WebProNews. “The user interface is simpler and …

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Quora Launches “Online Now” Feature, Improves Suggestions Algorithm

Quora has launched a new feature called Online Now, which will be seen in its existing Ask to Answer product. It allows users to see when experts “who might be able to help” with their questions are actually available at that time to answer. This can be particularly helpful if the question is time sensitive. The feature comes with privacy …

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Bing Talks More About Its New Authors Feature

As previously reported, Bing has launched a new feature that surfaces authors of news articles articles in its social sidebar. Bing did not talk about how to be included in this in its announcement. With Google, you have a specific process to follow to be included in its authorship program, which gets your picture in the search results and helps …

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Bing Has A Special Place For Quora In Search Results

Bing announced today that it is adding Quora content to the social sidebar, which it introduced earlier this year. Users will see top Quora contributors related to query topics in the “People Who Know” section. Users can hover over the contributor’s name to find out more info, or to click and go directly to the answers that contributor has shared. …

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Now, You Can Embed Quotes From Quora On Your Site

You can now embed quotes from Quora on your site, with a new feature from the Q&A destination appropriately called Embeddable Quotes. “Sites all around the web already quote content from Quora which extends the distribution and impact writers on Quora have,” says Hongping Lim. “However, quoting and republishing Quora content requires work and many publishers have asked us for …

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Quora Raises $50 Million in Series B Funding

Quora, a sort Q&A site organized by its community of users, has just raised $50 million in Series B funding, with a valuation of $400 million. Co-founder Adam D’Angelo, former CTO at Facebook, put up $20 million of his own money, and Peter Thiel, Benchmark Capital (they had led Series A and Benchmark’s Matt Cohler is on the board), Northbridge …

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Facebook Engineers Discuss Time Travel

There’s a very interesting thread on Quora, in which people of varying backgrounds are discussing time travel. Specifically, they’re addressing a pretty good question: Why are people from the future not time traveling to our period? There is a lot of good discussion about it – 32 answers, to be exact, but I found it particularly interesting that a couple …

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Quora Currency System Now Includes Promotion

Quara has announced that users can now spend their credit to promote their content. Spending credits will allow users to broadcast to a larger audience. If it ia a promoted item it will appear with a special icon on the reader’s screens. So if you have something important to share, or a burning question, you can spend some credits and …

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Quora Launches Boards Feature

Quora, known primarily as a Q&A site, has launched a new feature to expand on this concept, and become more than strictly question-and-answer format. It’s called Boards. Essentially, Boards just lets you post whatever content you want on your profile. Of course, others can already follow you. As far as I can tell, it pretty much just makes Quora more …

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All Facebook Employees Required To Have Facebook Accounts

This may seem obvious, but all Facebook employees are required to have Facebook accounts. Facebook Director of Engineering Andrew “Boz” Bosworth confirmed as much on Quora. In response to the question: “Are there people at Facebook that do not have a Facebook account?” Bosworth responded: “No, our tools require that all employees have an account.” Bosworth has been fairly active …

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New York Times Crossword Puzzle Pays Tribute to Steve Jobs

Today’s New York Times crossword puzzle is a special one. Sure, it was created by the man who holds the record for fewest black squares in a NYT puzzle, Quora engineer Kevin Der. With that in mind, that’s not what makes todays puzzle special, it’s the fact that the entire thing is a tribute to the late Steve Jobs. Der …

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Search Quality Should Trend Upward With Expert Content

We talk about search quality a lot these days, particularly since the rise of content farms, and Google’s efforts to improve in light of them. While the quality of a search result isn’t always life or death, results for certain kinds of queries can indeed provide life-altering experiences for the user, depending on how they absorb the information that they’re …

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Quora Hires Facebook Recruiter

The growth rate of Quora (and we mean the actual company, not just the Q&A site) may soon increase at a rapid pace.  Quora has hired Andy Barton, a recruiter with an interesting resume, and presumably wants him to do more than turn away random applicants. A quick note on the current state of Barton’s professional network: as of this …

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Quora Changes Should Benefit Search for Medical, Legal Queries

It looks as if Quora is bringing a new level of authority to its legal and medical-related content. This could end up being great for search, depending on how Google ranks the content. Quora announced the addition of new legal and medical disclaimers, new policies for legal and medical questions/answers, and a new addition to its terms of service aimed …

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Quora vs. eHow: Where’s the Better Quality?

Ok, the title is a trick question. There’s no concrete answer to this. You’ll find a mix of quality across both Quora and eHow. Furthermore, these sites are two different animals, but there is some overlap. Both sites have more than just how-to content, but both sites also have a great deal of how-to content. Have you had a better …

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Quora Visits Tripled Last Month

According to the latest post on the Hitwise blog, the volume of visits to Quora nearly tripled in January due to considerable coverage from technology news websites. Below are highlights from the post:

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Answers.com Sells For $127 Million

Over the next few days, onlookers shouldn’t be surprised if the mix of questions on Answers.com begins to favor inquiries of the "what kind of ____ should I buy?" variety.  Fans may have some extra money coming to them, as Answers.com announced this morning that it’s being acquired for $127 million.

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Data Credits Quora With 150 Percent Growth In January

Quora, the Q&A site that bloggers and Silicon Valley early adopters can’t get enough of, is growing quickly, according to a new report.  Andrew Chen published some stats today showing that even a conservative estimate pegs the January growth rate at 150 percent.

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