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The 5 pillars of visual hierarchy in Web design
The Next Web
Visual hierarchy is the difference between a site that strategically influences user flow and decisions, and a site that just "looks nice." An interface's visual hierarchy relies on the same principles of aesthetics used by the Renaissance masters, but on top of that (or rather beneath it) there's the subtext of secondary goals — promoting specific content, encouraging user signups and call-to-actions, and generally improving the overall experience so users enjoy their visit beyond just accomplishing their goals.
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Google launches patent-buying site to foil patent trolls
CBC News
Google is making it easy for inventors to sell their ideas to the search engine giant. The company launched a new portal today that lets people or companies that hold U.S. patents — including some outside the U.S. — to offer their patents to Google during a two-week experiment in May.
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Comcast's earnings beat estimates as internet subscribers grow
Bloomberg
Comcast Corp., the cable provider that dropped its bid to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. 10 days ago, reported first-quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates after signing up more Internet customers. Earnings were 79 cents a share, excluding some items, Philadelphia-based Comcast said in a statement. Analysts projected 74 cents, the average of predictions compiled by Bloomberg.
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Anti-piracy measures putting internet users at risk
Torrent Freak
While entertainment companies and authorities believe they are necessary to stem the tide of online infringement, many current anti-piracy strategies are putting Internet users at risk. Domain suspensions, seizures, plus search engine down-rankings are all playing a part in creating a less-safe online environment. While it’s not entirely clear when the theory first appeared, the notion that cutting the head off one file-sharing site results in the creation of several others has been in circulation for many years.
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The Internet of Everything: Boring, but so important
Huffington Post
When we are just getting used to Twitter and Facebook, Email and SPAM, along comes "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) where everything — well almost everything — is connected to everything else. The 1990s' fixed Internet wave connected 1 billion users ... the 2000s' mobile wave connected another 2 billion. The IoE has the potential to connect 10X as many (28 billion) "things" to the Internet by 2020, ranging from bracelets to cars.
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15 practical design tweaks for your website in 2015
Forbes
Stop using that boring corporate copy that doesn't connect with your website visitors. "People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe." — Simon Sinek Sell benefits, sell the dream and you will see an increase in engagement that will lead to more sales.
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