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Facebook is often criticized over privacy concerns, but the social network just made a historic move in the name of security and anonymity. The social network just created a dedicated Tor link that ensures people who visit the site from the anonymous web browser won’t be mistaken for botnets. This is a big deal, mostly because it’s Facebook.

Before I say anything else, this is the Tor address, and if you’re a Tor user who also uses Facebook, you should start using it immediately: https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/

Now about that big deal claim. Today’s news means that Facebook is the first website with a Certificate Authority to launch a dedicated Tor URL and certified connection through the browser. While you may think of Facebook as the pioneer of invading your digital privacy, the company has done a much better job pioneering better security methods on the internet. This is not surprising, since so many people use Facebook and a compromised Facebook accounts can do real damage. It is good news to know that this behemoth is using some of its mountains of cash to make the internet a safer place.

As for the new Tor URL itself, the need was clearly there. Over the years, Facebook has received tons of complaints from users who said that the site doesn’t work right in the Tor browser. For instance, fonts were all over the place, and ads were weird. Facebook, meanwhile, realizes that Tor’s method of routing connections through several computers in order to preserve the users’ anonymity compromises some of the many important security measures the site has already implemented (e.g. HTTPS, Perfect Forward Security, HSTS, etc.). Namely, Facebook’s security measures often think that users logging into the site through Tor are not actual humans but rather botnets trying to cause trouble.

This is true! I just tested it out. I logged into my dusty old Facebook profile from Chrome and everything was normal. Then, with that Facebook tab still open, I fired up Tor and navigated to, where I was greeted by the normal log in screen. That’s when things got weird. Facebook immediately thought I’d been hacked:

Simultaneously, the Facebook tab I had open in Chrome went dark. Facebook automatically signed me out. I didn’t even refresh the page, I was just kicked out. This is normal for a potential Facebook hack, but a little bit startling nevertheless.

So, in order to get into my account, I went through the motions which were sort of fun:

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Myths in SEO run almost as deep as they do in Lock Ness and Area 51. Lets have some fun and look at 10 of them today. By no means a definitely list, these still pop up.

Yes, its nice to rank on top, but you know that actual rankings fluctuate on a daily basis. Does the #1 spot actually get you more clicks and conversions and the # 2 or #3 spot. Depends on the phrase sometimes. And for those trying to get off page 2 of the SERP and onto page 1, be careful. Often the click through rate (CTR) of the top spots on page 2 are far better than the CTRs on the lower positions on page one. If you rank well on page 2, be careful when planning your assault on page one. Unless you can get above the fold, it might be better to stay put and own the top of the second page. All of this will, naturally, vary a great deal form site to site, page to page and even across individual phrases. Sometimes people research on one phrase and buy on another version, for example.

Its important, but even the most well-crafted title tag cant elevate a site skipping everything else. This is a somewhat common refrain from bloggers as some of the most popular platforms dont include things like meta descriptions in their base code. Plugins exist to easily add them, and allow access to a bunch of other common areas SEOs like to fiddle with. You should spend time getting the title right, but this alone wont save a sinking ship.

Social takes time, I cant be bothered with SEO, so Ill just do social. There was a time when ranking a website was like making consomm. You wanted one thing clear broth. At that time, you could focus on a single tactic and it would boost rankings. Today its more like trying to make the worlds best seafood chowder. Success depends on a complex mix of ingredients, freshness and timing. One ingredient alone wont bring success, and yet without that one ingredient, you dont have a chowder.

People like to consume content in videos. Videos are easy to produce and easy to consume. Its pretty easy to make high quality videos today, and even if you dont the expectations of people online have aligned with more modest efforts. But lets face it, embedding videos can negatively affect page load times, frustrating visitors. And a video alone wont help rankings. Youve got to give the engines something to understand, as theyre not going to watch that 4 minute rant you posted. Transcripts are a great way around this little issue. Videos are a great part of growing your content, but arent a silver bullet, despite what some ads on Facebook would have you believe.

Nope. No amount of ad buying will get you organically ranked higher. If you still believe this today, click here. The instant and engine starts determining ranking based on ads bought is the instant it loses credibility. Game over, Player One.

Maybe you do, but its not your call to make. Great content is content thats deemed great by searchers and visitors to your site. All the standards in the world wont help you if no one likes your writing style, voice or message. Grammar affects how people (readers) perceive you, so that can have a direct impact on engagement and rankings. But never delude yourself into thinking what you produced is excellent just because you put time into it. Watch what visitors engage with and seek to follow that same pattern.

While important as a vote of confidence for the content they point to, there is simply so much link spam these days that its tough to know where to turn. Obviously buying links is a dead end, and it doesnt matter how you split this hair: sharing, encouraging, incentivizing, buying its all the same. You want links to surprise you. You should never know in advance a link is coming, or where its coming from. If you do, thats the wrong path. Links are part of the bigger picture. You want them, but you want them to be natural. If an engine sees you growing tem naturally, youre rewarded with rankings. If they see you growing them unnaturally, youre rewarded with penalties.

No. It will help the engine gain a better understanding of your content, and allow us to use that content in unique ways in the SERPs (should we choose to), but installing the code doesnt boost rankings.

While technically a different discipline, its time more folks starting seeing them as similar. Both focus on improving a website for users. Investing in SEO and not investing in usability is like tying one sneaker and going for a run. Yeah, youll be OK, but wouldnt it be a better experience with both shoes tied?

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Tom Ryan wanted to build something that could identify criminal behavior inside massive mobile networks, stock trading services, ecommerce sites, and other online operations. So he turned to a pair of familiar names for help: Facebook and the NSA.

He didnt exactly knock on Facebooks front doorlet alone the NSAs. But he did adopt a pair of sweeping software systems built by these giants of the online age, systems that help them juggle the massive amounts of digital information streaming into their computer data centers.

Ryan grabbed an NSA tool called Accumulo, which likely plays a key role in the agencys notoriously widespread efforts to monitor internet traffic in the name of national security, and he paired it with a Facebook tool called Presto, used to quickly analyze the way people, ads, and all sorts of other things behave on the worlds largest social network. Both Facebook and the NSA, you see, have open sourced their software, meaning these tools are freely available to the world at large.

Ryan is the CEO of a small Silicon Valley startup called Argyle Data. Over the past sixteen months, he and his engineering team used Accumulo and Presto to fashion software that can root out fraud inside todays massive online operations, and theyve already deployed the thing with at least a few companies, including Vodafone, the British telecommunications giant that runs mobile phone networks across Europe.

Argyle is a nicely rounded metaphor for the recent evolution of the data-juggling technologies that drive our modern businesses. Over the past several years, massive web companies such as Google and Facebookas well as similarly ambitious operations like the NSAhave built a new breed of software that can store and analyze data across tens, hundreds, and even thousands of machines, and now, these software tools are trickling down to the rest of the business world. As a startup, Ryan says, you want to build on whats new, not whats old.

The poster child for this movement is a software system called Hadoop, which was inspired by work originally done at Google. But Hadoopat least as it was originally conceivedis now giving way to tools that operate at much faster speeds. Hadoop is a batch system, meaning you assign it a task and then wait a good while for the answer to come back. Newer systems are much better at operating at speed.

Argyles software is a prime example. Using machine learning and whats called deep packet inspection, it analyzes the individual packets of data that stream across a network, and if a piece of data meets certain criteriai.e. sets off certain flagsit gets shuttled into Accumulo, a massive database that can extend across myriad machines. It helps us scan tens of millions to hundreds of millions of transactions a second, Ryan says. Companies can then use a version of Presto to further analyze this data, executing specific queries in near real-time.

Christopher Nguyen, the CEO of a data analysis startup called Adatao who once worked with similar big data software inside Google, says that Arygles method isnt necessarily the best way to analyze such massive amounts of information at speed. But he agrees that this is part of a much much larger movement towards real-time big data tools, tools that also include something called Spark, developed at the University of California at Berkeley, and various other software contraptions.

At the same time, Argyles story underlines another aspect of this movement. At the NSA, you see, Accumulo is likely part of a surveillance effort that underpins our online privacy, and as the tools like this make it easier to collect and analyze such enormous amounts data, they may help push us towards a world where privacy is eroded even further. Vodafone, after all, is using Argyles software to closely analyze data streaming across European wireless networks used by the general public.

According to Seth Schoen, a staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, laws typically allow companies to use tools along the lines of Argyleincluding deep packet inspectionto do things like fight fraud. But in the end, their affect on privacy boils down to the policy of each individual company. The good news with Argyle, as Ryan points out, is that the NSA built Accumulo so that organizations can closely control who, within their operation, has access to each individual piece of data. Its a trade off, Ryan says. Privacy is so important. But with more data-enrichment, you can improve the results of your analytics.

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In a result consistent with previous polling, a new poll has respondents claiming they’re more concerned about Google seeing all their private data than the government.

People claim to trust Google less than they trust the NSA. Are they telling the truth? TED 2014/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

People don’t always say what they think. Especially in business and love.

Please, therefore, consider this question: whom would you trust more with your private data: the NSA, a company like Google, or your mom?

I ask because I’m looking at the results of a survey, conducted between October 9 and12, that asked just that. It asked simple questions, to which its sponsors hoped to get simple answers.

The results went like this. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being “I am shivering uncontrollably with fear”) the idea of Google or a similar concern having access to all your private data got a concerned score of 7.39.

The idea of the NSA having its eyes and hands all over you? 7.06. What about your boss snooping? That merited a mere 6.85. While the notion of your parents knowing it all got a 5.93.

Of the options open to the respondents, they were most relaxed about their spouse or significant other seeing their everyday warts. This idea scored a mere 4.55.

The survey was created by Survata, a company whose purpose is to interrupt content by asking people to complete a survey before they get the whole content. Survata claims in its methodological explanation that it carefully vets those it thinks might offer insincerity.

I wonder, however. If these results are to be believed, then humanity is rife with those who speak out of several sides of their mouth. On the one hand, we claim to fear Google most, yet we allow it, Facebook and the like to crawl over our daily routines and information like summer flies enjoying a rancid grapefruit.

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Released in 2011, Badlandscatapulted Alex Zhang Hungtai’s moody home recordings as Dirty Beaches onto world tours and festival stages. The record wasan organizational and stylistic leap; loops of earth-rending guitar noise t-boning pop samples with the vinyl scratches left on, and asui generisatmosphere that always seemed to defer to something truerather than the character Hungtai had created.

This reality, elicited by the charged music, could have beenboth acomplex set of feelings or a set of images (hence all those cinematic comparisons). Everyone loves a sequel, and 2013′s double albumDrifters/Love Is The Devildidn’t shortchange anyone who appreciated Zhang Hungtaifor his Tarantino levels (had to do it one time) of accoutrement, or the smouldering passionfrom which everything flowed.

Today, Alex Zhang Hungtaiannouncedthathis new album, Stateless, will be his last as Dirty Beaches. But if you’relamenting the loss of a project that still seemed to have so much potential, Dirty Beaches didn’t just arrive fully formed at Badlands.Before all that, hedevelopedhis lo-fi experiments in Montreal at a prolific rate. His back catalogue contains both sketches of hissound to come and tangents that stand alone as great compositions in their own regard.

Hisdiscography is well worth probing further, so we’ve collected some great lesser-known Dirty Beaches Bandcamp gems below.

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Christopher Nolan will visit India in December to address the big annual cultural festival organized by the students of the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai.

The announcement was made via a post on the Facebook page of IIT’s Mood Indigo event, which is billed as one of Asia’s largest cultural festivals. Details, such as any specific topics Nolan may discuss, weren’t immediately disclosed.

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The 44th edition of the festival will run Dec. 26-29. Nolan has been confirmed as a speaker for the festival’s literary event section, known as “Illuminati.” The event invites an “elite lineup of people who have an experience to give, a story to tell and something for all of you,” according to the Mood Indigo web site.

Last year’s lineup of the literary section included Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan.

The trip will not be Nolan’s first visit to India as the director earlier visited the country to shoot some scenes in Rajasthan for The Dark Knight Rises.

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Nolan’s trip will come soon after Warner Bros. India will release the filmmaker’s latest movie, Interstellar, in India. The film will roll out starting on Nov. 7.

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Hopes are rising that multinational companies operating in New Zealand may soon be paying a fairer share of tax.

The French official leading the global clampdown on multinational tax rorts says the scrapping of the notorious “double Irish” tax loophole shows aggressive tax planning is on the way out.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) tax director Pascal Saint-Amans said tax planning had become the core strategy of some companies, which were competing on how much tax they could avoid rather than on the quality of their products.

Speaking to Fairfax Media from Paris, Saint-Amans said the environment was changing. But he said new moves by some countries, including Ireland, to offer companies tax breaks on profits that were derived from patents had the potential to undermine progress, if rules concerning the concessions were not made clear.

Saint-Amans is in charge of the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit-Shifting (Beps) programme. It was established with the support of the G20 last year to prevent multinationals exploiting gaps in international law to dodge tax.

The Beps project appeared to chalk up an early victory recently when Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan announced the country would call time on the double-Irish rort by 2020.

Companies including Google, Apple, Facebook, Starbucks and Pfizer are reported to have routed billions of dollars of profits to Caribbean tax havens using the loophole, which exploits the fact that companies can be registered in Ireland but not deemed resident in the country for tax purposes.

Ireland’s decision showed the Beps project was being taken seriously and a game-changer, Saint-Amans said.

“It is a recognition that the environment has changed and that tax planning will not be as it used to be in the future. Companies should of course optimise and should plan, but to reduce marginally the tax burden, not to massively reduce it as the core element of their strategy,” he said.

Angst over multinational tax rorts has been bubbling in New Zealand for several years, aided by a Dominion Post report in 2010 that Google New Zealand expected to pay just $7726 tax in respect of its previous financial year, less than the average teacher or construction worker. Bloomberg put the international spotlight on Google’s tax affairs in 2010 when it reported that the internet search giant paid just 2.4 per cent tax on the billions it earned outside the United States.

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Newswise WASHINGTON, DC (October 23, 2014)One billion Facebook users generate 2.7 billion likes per day (or 1,875,000 every minute). Increasingly, social media has become a form of social and political engagement, and 47 percent of Facebook users have liked political cause-related comments. Protected free speech is a luxury the Western world has long enjoyed. Does clicking the universally understood thumbs-up like constitute actual speech? It conveys a message understood by most, but should it command constitutional protection? A recent article in the National Communication Associations First Amendment Studies journal explores legal precedents surrounding this form of communication and surveys Facebook users attitudes.

In the case of Bland v. Roberts, an employee was fired for liking a campaign lobbying against his boss. The employee claimed the right to free speech, but the judge ruled that in the absence of sufficient speech, the case could not proceed to trial. The employee was not reinstated. An ensuing debate revealed that large numbers of individuals felt this judgment would lead to fear and inhibition, and deter free expression of ideas and opinions onlinethe chilling effect. Ironically, the First Amendment protects symbolic language, even rude gestures such as the finger. If it can stretch this far, then surely it is not unreasonable to expect coverage for the Facebook thumbs up. In the context of todays morphing methods of communication, is the law failing to keep up?

The authors developed a study of Facebook users and devised a First Amendment Scale to examine the value of computer source code communication and its relation to free speech. Four hundred forty-four participants took part. More than half had liked political content in the past. Four hypotheses were tested and all proved true:

1. Like users most certain of who would see their like expected recipients to understand their meaning. 2. Those who felt they had sent a message with a like were sure that recipients understood. 3. Participants believed when using like on political content that their posts were constitutionally protected. 4. Those using like to convey a message believed that this should be protected by the First Amendment.

The most common interpretations for like amongst participants were agree, support, and generally endorse a person, place, or idea. Overall, participants believed that a like was akin to speech as described in the First Amendment.

The twist in the tale is that on appeal, the Bland v. Roberts judgment was reversed, finding that the thumbs up indeed qualified for protection. In both offline and online domains, each community of social practice negotiates its own language conventions and creates its own democracy of meaning. The parsing of the First Amendment will continue to be influenced by these communities, note the studys authors, Susan H. Sarapin of Troy University and Pamela Morris of the University of WisconsinLa Crosse. They finish by urging further research on the chilling effect and its potential negative impact on freedom of speech online.



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