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Gmail addresses, website passwords leaked online
CBC News
A list of almost five million Gmail addresses and passwords culled from various websites was posted on a Russian online forum. Mashable and other technology news websites reported that the leaked passwords are not necessarily those used to access Gmail accounts but seem to have been compiled from other websites, including some where Gmail addresses were used to register.
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3 social media trends in the consumer marketplace
CGT
Mintel releases the latest social media trends update from analysts Gabi Lieberman and Lizz Martinez. The company identifies and highlights three new trends in online consumer marketplace behavior this quarter that are helping shape the social media landscape.
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Why Google, Apple, Samsung are pushing the adoption of smart devices
Android Headlines
We are surrounded by devices that purport to be "smart," and by smart I mean devices that can to one extent or another operate interactively and autonomously. You may well be reading this on a smart Android device — a tablet or smartphone running Jelly Bean with Google Now has something of an advantage here. Maybe you have an Android Wear device on your wrist and perhaps your home has a Nest smart thermostat.
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Facebook CEO ready to spend billions to spread web access
The Hamilton Spectator
Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said he's willing to spend whatever it takes to spread Internet access around the world. "We feel a big responsibility to bring the Internet to more people," Zuckerberg said at an event organized by Carlos Slim, chair emeritus of America Movil SAB, in Mexico City. "Even if Facebook has to spend billions of dollars" to make it happen, he said. Facebook already connects almost half of the world's Internet-connected population on its social network, with 1.3 billion users.

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Google Ventures' 6-step design process: How we revamped our entire product in less than a week
The Next Web
Time is often the scarcest resource for a startup. When you’re building a complex technology, how do you prioritize between laying the foundation (the back end) and packaging it delightfully (the front end)? How do you quickly define what you are building next and make sure that everyone is on the same page? We faced this dilemma recently and reached out to the design team at Google Ventures (our backers) for help. The team at Google Ventures (GV) taught us a process that allowed us to design a better user experience, faster.

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Robot journalism lurking on the web
Design & Trend
Real-time news driven by CNN, the Internet, bloggers and social media has altered consumers' consumption patterns. This has led struggling media companies to transform their business models, due to the loss of print advertising and subscriptions. Automated or robot journalism provides a solution that allows publishers to cover topics that are cost-prohibitive. Not only are automated journalists and editors less expensive than human journalists, but they can perform fact checking, proofread, check for plagiarism and meet timelines.

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Internet of Things to see security services soar
ChannelWeb
The boom in the Internet of Things (IoT) trend will see more than 20 per cent of businesses procure security services specifically targeted at protecting connected devices by 2020, according to Gartner. The analyst — which predicts there will be around 26 billion connected "things" in the world by 2020 — said the rise in IoT tech in the workplace will force enterprises to secure them properly.
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A Facebook update aims to make ads more effective
Internet Retailer
Seeking to make Facebook Inc. advertising more interesting to consumers, the social network says it has rolled out two updates to the news feed to help show more relevant ads, while also testing a feature that would let brands set a time for their status updates — including exclusive offers — to disappear. "When someone sees an ad that is relevant to them, it's a good experience for them as well as the marketer trying to reach them," writes Max Eulenstein, Facebook's product manager, in a blog post
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Why 'mobile first' should be the mantra for web design
Media Post
During the early days of the Internet, it was assumed that older people would be slow in adopting to new technology and media, and were not likely to engage with your brand online. However, that prediction hasn’t panned out as today's Boomers have turned that myth upside down. More than 50 per cent of Boomers have a smartphone and the vast majority are online everyday doing a variety of everyday tasks — social media, online retail, banking, consuming news and entertainment to name a few.
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