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Will the internet of things finally kill privacy?
The Verge
In the internet of things, the Federal Trade Commission sees the possibility of flourishing new markets. But it also sees a prologue to Black Mirror: in a new report that probes the privacy implications of connected devices, the commission surveys a landscape of possible dystopian futures. Get ready for invasive marketing, unending consumer surveillance, invisible nudging, and new potential for government spying and novel forms of hacking.
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Understanding the full impact of web design on SEO, branding, and more
Forbes
Are you under the impression that web design should be an isolated part of your marketing efforts? This is a myth that many companies believe, and it could be setting your business back in more ways than one. Web design, while certainly important from an aesthetic point of view, encompasses much more. From SEO and traffic to branding and conversion rates, your site's web design affects your entire internet presence.
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Internet founding father warns of "information black hole"
The Irish Times
Future historians will see the early 21st century as "an information black hole" unless "digital vellum" is introduced to preserve the content of the internet for millennia to come, internet pioneer Vint Cerf has warned. Mr Cerf, who is recognized as one of "the fathers of the internet," told the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting that the issue was not that the digital bits will disappear — they can in principle be replicated and preserved indefinitely in new storage media — but that their meaning will be lost.
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Halifax Internet Exchange just months away from launching
CBC News
A local group is working to make internet in Halifax faster — and hopefully cheaper. Halifax Internet Exchange is just a few months away from launching. Group president John Sherwood says it will improve local internet service. The not-for profit group is working on setting up an internet exchange point (IXP). There are IXPs in more than 600 cities in 115 countries in the world, according to Packet Clearing House, a non-profit internet research institute.

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Geist: CRTC says no to Internet fast and slow lanes
Toronto Star
With the United States embroiled in a heated battle over net neutrality — millions have written to the U.S. regulator to support rules to prohibit Internet providers from creating fast lanes and slow lanes that would treat similar content in different ways — observers might want to take a closer look at how Canada has emerged as a leader in the area.

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Snapchat just added their first 'in-app web series,' are they copying Netflix?
Tech 2
Snapchat seems to be continuously on the move to make rapid changes and improvements to their app. After partnering with media companies to bring news and entertainment videos to their app, Snapchat will now introduce their first in-app episodic video series. Trouble for Netflix? According to Hollywood Reporter, the web series called 'Literally Can't Even' comes from writers Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, the daughters of Steven Spielberg and John Goldwyn.

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New Facebook policy allows social media immortality
USA Today
Death may take your body, but it doesn't have to extinguish your online persona. Facebook announced recently that it will allow you to designate a friend or family member to be your Facebook estate executor and manage your account when you're dead. Facebook users in the United States can now choose a "legacy contact" to make one last post on your behalf when you die.
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Why community management is different from social media marketing
Forbes
It's only been a few years since the majority of people were questioning whether leveraging social media channels as a platform for consumer-brand interactions was a viable strategy, and now most businesses in the country have some discernable social media presence. Not all of these businesses are actively engaging in an ongoing marketing strategy through these platforms, but they still acknowledge the potential there.
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Internet groups in tricky position over US net neutrality
Financial Times
Be careful what you wish for. That is the message for companies such as Google and Facebook as US regulators move ahead with a plan to enshrine the idea of an open internet in regulation. On the face of it, the big internet companies will have scored a significant victory if the Federal Communication Commission votes, as expected, for its new "net neutrality" rules this month.
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Facebook brings free internet access to India
CTV News
The internet.org initiative is officially live in one of the world's most populous countries giving users access to a host of mobile internet services via a smartphone app. Facebook first announced its hugely ambitious internet.org initiative in August 2013, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the barriers that much of the world's population currently face when attempting to access the internet.
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