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Internet outages, slowness spike expected with '512K'
CBC News
Internet outages and slowdowns spiked recently, and more are likely on the way as the internet grows too big for some network hardware to handle. According to Vancouver-based internet monitoring firm BGPMon, outages were "well above the daily average" and the number of affected systems and addresses was "the highest we've seen in the last 12 months."
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Microsoft considered renaming Internet Explorer due to negative perceptions
Forbes
According to Net Applications, Internet Explorer has more than a 58 per cent web browser market share as of now. This is about triple the market share of the second-place browser, Google Chrome. However, Internet Explorer is known for having a bad reputation because previous versions of the software were vulnerable to security breaches, so Microsoft considered rebranding with a new name for the browser.
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BuzzFeed aims to stay ahead of trends on fast-moving Internet
Today Online
In an interview about a new investment in BuzzFeed, Mr. Jonah Peretti, its co-founder and chief executive, told The New York Times: "We're organizing ourselves to be a media company for the way people consume media today." But what about the way people consume media tomorrow? While many people now find their news on Facebook, it is easy to forget that very recently they found it on Google and will surely find it somewhere else in the not-too-distant future.
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Google revises Internet search formula
The Telegram
Google is wielding the power of its dominant Internet search engine to push more websites into protecting the people using their services. The move involves a change in Google's closely guarded formula for determining the rankings of its search results. Websites that automatically encrypt their services will now be boosted higher in Google Inc.'s recommendation system.

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20th anniversary of first online sale: How we shop on the web
The Telegraph
It was recently the 20th anniversary of what is widely regarded as the first "secure online purchase," of a "Ten Summoner's Tales" album by Sting, for $12.48 plus shipping. Two decades on, and technology has moved on from the rudimentary system behind that transaction, and demand for retail on the web has boomed. New research commissioned by Shop Direct, the owner of Littlewoods.com and Very.co.uk, shows that 95 per cent of us now shop on the internet.

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Social media: The Wild West of behavioural data collection
The Globe and Mail
When tech company Strava was founded in 2009 it had a simple mission — to help cyclists and runners keep track of their activities. It didn't take long, however, for an entirely different group of customers to take an interest. San Francisco-based Strava has received so many requests for its user data that it now runs a secondary business selling anonymized cycling data to municipalities and other groups looking to better understand how and why local cyclists choose the routes they do.

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Responsive website design for better and efficient SEO
Business 2 Community
A responsive website design comes highly recommended by Google in order to enhance your website optimization process. While a responsive design is considered to be a subject matter about website design and development, it is also an important aspect of any search engine optimization strategy. A responsive website design provides the concept of enhancing a website user interface as highly adaptive to all screen sizes for major devices like tablets, laptops and desktop viewing.
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Social media monitoring by employers predicted to rise
The Guardian
A third of young people would be happy for their employer to have access to their social media profiles in return for job security, according to a report that claims such personal data monitoring will become more commonplace. The report, written by consultants from PwC using a survey of 10,000 workers worldwide and 500 human resources (HR) professionals, suggests personal data from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites could be used by employers to understand what motivates their workforce, reasons why people might move jobs and to improve employee well-being.
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Building your own business website? 4 mistakes to avoid
Business News Daily
Do-it-yourself website-building platforms have made high-quality websites much more affordable for small businesses. But being able to create your own website without any formal Web design training means that you may overlook some key elements that a professional designer would catch. Web development experts shared the most common mistakes small business owners make on their DIY sites, and how these mistakes can be avoided.
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The crowdsourced map of internet traffic that keeps your favorite websites running
Quartz
It isn't easy keep the internet connected. A large country will bite off a chunk of a smaller one, and switch the network connection; or hackers will program a swarm of robots to overload a website, cutting it off from everyone else; or sharks will just eat undersea fiber optic cables. So what's a company that depends on its website to do in such an unpredictable world?
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    After Google, Yahoo joins the rally in email encryption for safer Internet (The Next Digit)
Social media: The Wild West of behavioural data collection (The Globe and Mail)
20th anniversary of first online sale: How we shop on the web (The Telegraph)

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