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Weekly Top Ten #13

Hey All,

Happy Friday! Here are our Top 10 finds for this past week. I hope everyone is staying safe and not going crazy at home. This is the lucky issue #13. Hey, if 13 was lucky enough for Dan Marino then it’s lucky here too!

This batch is a good one.

  1. Sony patents a cute robot for keeping you company while gaming (TechRadar)
    Innovation is everywhere.
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 could have a much bigger battery than the Galaxy Note 10
    I have the Note 9 and love it. The battery is already fantastic. I expect the 10 was an improvement, but if Samsung can improve battery-life even more, that’s excellent. I’m drooling over this phone.
  3. Uber adds retail and personal package delivery services as COVID-19 reshapes its business
    This is a smart way to pivot and provide your drivers with a source of revenue.
  4. The Best COVID-19 Tracking Apps and Websites (How To Geek)
    These are vetted resources from a trustworthy site. We have to watch out for sites and resources with false or misleading information.
  5. What Is Credential Stuffing? (and How to Protect Yourself) (How To Geek)
    A very important FYI.
  6. Mark Zuckerberg explains plans for Facebook health surveys to research and combat coronavirus (ABC)
    It is good to see that there is actually some value to Facebook, especially during this crazy time.
  7. ‘It all starts to blur together’: Zoom fatigue is here (Digiday)
    I for one love how the Internet has brought us all closer. I also have been noticing that there is definitely fatigue with connecting with others , not just on Zoom, but other platforms as well. Many of us weren’t this social before the crisis. Ina Fried in her Axios Login newsletter made a good point: “Zoom is exhausting because, right now, everything is exhausting.”
  8. In major shift, Google Shopping opens up to free product listings (Search Engine Land)
    This is big news. Now smaller shops who couldn’t afford to pay to be in Google Shopping can benefit.
  9. SMX Overtime: Here’s why optimizing images in Google My Business is important (Search Engine Land)
    A very good article on how to optimize your images to get the most out of Google My Business.
  10. Adapting your content strategy to changing times (Yoast)
    The Yoast team always puts out helpful content. This is some of their best.
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Weekly Top Ten #12

Hey All,

Happy Friday! Here are our Top 10 finds for this past week. I hope everyone is staying safe and not going crazy at home.

This batch is a good one.

  1. Compromised Zoom Credentials Swapped in Underground Forums (Threatpost)
  2. Apple and Google are building coronavirus tracking tech into iOS and Android (cnet)
  3. Google starts highlighting virtual care options in Search and Maps (TechCrunch)
  4. 4 tips to quickly improve your website in the current situation (Yoast)
  5. Google Meet’s premium features are now free through Sept. 30th (Engadet)
  6. The SEO Elevator Pitch – Best of Whiteboard Friday (Moz)
  7. Five Personal Tips For Speakers Who Are Speaking At Virtual Conferences (MyCamp.rocks Newsletter)
  8. Google’s former CEO hopes the coronavirus makes people more “grateful” for Big Tech (Recode)
  9. When Your Employees Are Remote, You Have To Stop The Body-In-Seat Mentality (Forbes)
  10. YouTube launches Video Builder, a lightweight ad creation tool for businesses (Search Engine Land)
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Weekly Top Ten #11

Hey All,

Happy Friday! Here are our Top 10 finds for this past week. I hope everyone is staying safe and not going crazy at home.

This batch is a good one.

  1. NASA CIO Agencywide Memo: Alert: Cyber Threats Significantly Increasing During Coronavirus Pandemic (SpaceRef)
    Sad but true. Bad actors are going to capitalize on the pandemic to take advantage of people. Beware.
  2. Foursquare merges with Factual (TechCrunch)
    It will be interesting to see how Foursquare innovates.
  3. HubSpot unveils new content management system aimed at marketers (TechCrunch)
    Hubspot building out a CMS outside of its marketing suite is intriguing, but will it survive? WordPress, and yes I’m bias, already powers 35% + of the websites online.
  4. WhatsApp finally cracks down on message forwarding to stop misinformation (TechRadar)
    This is a step in the right direction for the messaging app with more than a billion users.
  5. GoDaddy Acquires Domain Registry of .US, .Biz, .In and .Co (Search Engine Journal)
    Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a big fan of GoDaddy. So this does have me worried, even with their assurances that they will be a fair and just owner.
  6. A Technical SEO Checklist for the Non-Technical Marketer (Search Engine Journal)
    This is an older article, but has tons of great information. During these strange times, I think it’s a good piece to read.
  7. Why the coronavirus lockdown is making the internet stronger than ever (MIT Technology Review)
    This is heartening how the internet is bringing us closer together in a way that we wouldn’t be able to 10 years ago.
  8. The changes covid-19 is forcing on to business (Economist)
    A lengthy piece but well worth the read.
  9. How To Support Loved Ones Facing Mental Illness (WPandUP)
    Great article explaining Mental Illness and how to support loved ones right now facing this onslaught. It’s a tough time and we have to be there for each other.
  10. Webcams have become impossible to find, and prices are skyrocketing (The Verge)
    With more people using online conferencing tools like Zoom. I’m not surprised there has been a run on webcams. Heck you can’t even get a laptop.
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Weekly Top Ten #10

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Well we’ve done it! Number 10 of the Top 10. Woot! This is going to be a good one.

Regardless they are good articles. Here are our Top 10 finds for this past week.

This batch is a good one.

  1. Saudi spies tracked phones using flaws the FCC failed to fix for years (TechCrunch)
    This just shows how nefarious the Saudi Regime is.
  2. Coronavirus pushes traditional business into digital age (Axios Login)
    With more and more people working at home, traditional businesses and business models need to adjust or perish.
  3. What can local technology communities do to ease this global health crisis? (Technically)
    We’re in this together.
  4. YouTube ‘Stay Home #WithMe’ PSA Campaign Taps Emma Chamberlain, Dolan Twins, J Balvin, Venus Williams and More (Variety)
    I love seeing what people and companies are doing to promote staying home and safe.
  5. Amid Coronavirus Fears, Startups Rethink the Virtual Conference (Wired)
    This past weekend I attended a virtual WordCamp in San Antonio. It was great. This is the future.
  6. 1 big thing: Coronavirus stirs Silicon Valley’s inner problem-solver (Axios)
    The Valley likes a good problem to solve and Covid-19 is a good problem to solve.
  7. Desktop search is rising amid the work-from-home surge (Search Engine Land)}
    This makes logical sense, we’re all at home on our computers instead of commuting to work and looking at our phones.
  8. Zoom Lets Attackers Steal Windows Credentials, Run Programs via UNC Links (Bleeping Computer)
    Zoom has been under fire a bit lately. The moral of this story, don’t click on any links in Zoom chats you don’t know what they are.
  9. Apple Lets Some Video Apps Sell Shows Without Taking 30% Cut (Bloomberg)
    Change is in the air. This is a big change. Good for Apple.
  10. Here’s an explainer on how the CARES Act can benefit startups (Technically)
    Technically has been doing great coverage on the different efforts combatting Covid-19 and how the effect the local tech communities they cover.
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Weekly Top Ten #9

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Wow, two weeks in a row since Covid-19 started happening in full force here in the states. Unfortunately, most of these articles involve Covid-19 in some way. It’s hard to escape the pandemic even in online journalism.

Regardless they are good articles. Here are our Top 10 finds for this past week.

This batch is a good one.

  1. Can Amazon handle the coronavirus pressure? (Protocol)
    Amazon sure is trying. The company in increasing its workforce and even limiting some of what it sells to just the essentials.
  2. Coming together to combat COVID-19 (Satya Nadella on LinkedIn)
    A great piece on LinkedIn from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella about how we can all come together to fight this pandemic.
  3. Amazon Prime delivery delays are now as long as a month (Recode)
    To be honest, it’s going to happen. There is more strain on the supply chain. Together we can get through this, even with the delays.
  4. Google’s Covid-19 Website
    Trump preemptively said such a site is being built by Google. It suprise Google, but they stepped up and here it is.
  5. Amazon, Apple and Microsoft CEOs detail their companies’ efforts to combat coronavirus pandemic (TechCrunch)
    Here’s to seeing the big guys team up.
  6. [Watch] Live With Search Engine Land: Top SEOs talk COVID-19 upheaval, traffic movements and more (Search Engine Land)
    This is a great livestream. It’s a bit inside baseball for those not in the SEO realm, But worth a watch.
  7. YouTube to Limit Video Quality Around the World for a Month (Bloomberg)
    This just shows how taxing our current internet infrastructure is and how we need to be mindful of that. Can you even imagine this pandemic without the internet?
  8. The Coronavirus Revives Facebook as a News Powerhouse (New York Times)
    I hate to admit it, but I’m using Facebook more.
  9. Facebook, Google Could Lose Over $44 Billion in Ad Revenue in 2020 Because of Coronavirus (Variety)
    We’re all losing money right now, but dang that’s quite a bit of coin.
  10. Facebook, Microsoft partner with WHO for coronavirus hackathon (CNBC)
    Hackathons are great, especially when they help fight something like Covid-19.

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Weekly Top Ten #8

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Sorry for skipping last week’s Top 10. With Covid-19 bearing down here, we had to get stuff organized for the impending social distancing/quarantine. Well we’re back! So it’s Friday.

To celebrate (and like we do every Friday), here are our Top 10 finds for this past week.

This batch is a good one.

  1. We’re a Fully Remote Nonprofit; Here’s Some Advice on Working From Home (Creative Commons)
  2. School’s Out… Or Is It? (Internet Archive Blogs)
  3. Coronavirus could force ISPs to abandon data caps forever (TechCrunch)
  4. Google says it is developing a nationwide coronavirus website (Reuters)
  5. Online ID verification is seeing a spike in demand driven by COVID-19 (TechCrunch)
  6. Bing’s COVID-19 tracker filters data, news and video by region (Search Engine Land)
  7. Slack’s redesign eyes its next source of growth: Regular people (Protocol)
  8. So We’re Working From Home. Can the Internet Handle It? (New York Times)
  9. 13 Ways Businesses Can Use SEO & Marketing to Combat Coronavirus Impact (Search Engine Journal)
  10. Authorities Eye Using Mobile Phone Tracking COVID-19’s Spread

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Weekly Top Ten #7

It’s Friday. To celebrate (and like we do every Friday), here are our Top 10 finds for this past week.

This batch is a good one.

  1. Recycling Plants Are Catching On Fire, And Lithium-Ion Batteries Are To Blame (The Verge)
    There are places to recycle these batteries, but obviously not enough people know about them. Maybe municipalities should get into the act and setup recycling bins in their towns.
  2. The Verge 2020 Tech Survey (The Verge)
    This is a very interesting survey that shows how the public view tech and especially the big players in tech, like Facebook, Google, et al.
  3. February 2020 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report (Facebook)
    Facebook appears to be trying to stop misinformation, per this report on their corporate site? Yet they still give mixed messages when it comes to the 2020 U.S. presidential elections.
  4. YouTube has nearly halved the number of conspiracy theory videos it recommends (MIT Technology Review)
    Google-owned, Youtube is doing its best to combat conspiracy theories on the video sharing site. But is it too hard of a game of wack-a-mole?
  5. Tech sector growth isn’t reaching beyond the usual tech hubs (Axios)
    Being based just outside of Philadelphia, I’ve seen first hand how slow tech growth is happening outside of the usual tech-sectors. Philly has a tech ecosystem, do many of the suburbs surrounding it. But is it enough? Probably not.
  6. The Coronavirus Is Forcing Techies To Work From Home. Some May Never Go Back To The Office. (Buzzfeed News)
    I’m not going to lie, Covid19 is pretty freaky. This virus might actually reshape how we as a society work. It will definitely be worth watching.
  7. This is the mindset change you need to make when networking (Fast Company)
    I’m a big fan of networking. This piece in Fast Company solidifies my approach. Networking IS NOT about the instant or quick sale. It’s about connections and helping each other. Build a relationship with those you meet. Give before you ask. Okay I’m off my soap box.
  8. Twitter Is Finally Doing Stories (Buzzfeed News)
    Twitter finally joined the stories revolution. They are indeed late to the game. But if you’re in Brazil and rocking an iOS device, you can have first dibs on trying Twitter Fleets. Will it catch on? Only time will tell.
  9. TCL’s new foldable and rollable concepts imagine a wild future of phones (The Verge)
    Foldable smartphones are the new rage. I for one prefer my brick to anything folding, but now TCL is introducing a tri-fold smartphone. I guess, why not.
  10. Facebook doubles down on removing coronavirus conspiracy theories (Recode)
    There is so much FUD out there about Covid19. And most of it is being disseminated via social media and networks like Facebook. This is a good start to quashing the misinformation and quelling panic.

Do you have something interesting we should know about? Email us editorial@insightsontech.com.

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Weekly Top Ten #6

It’s Friday. To celebrate (and like we do every Friday), here are our Top 10 finds for this past week.

This batch is a good one.

  1. Firefox enables DNS-over-HTTPS by default (with Cloudflare) for all U.S. users (Hacker News)
    This is an interesting turn. With more browsers (Chrome at the forefront) turning off tracking cookies, this new technology is going to make marketing
  2. Even 25 Years Later, the Iomega Zip Is Unforgettable (How To Geek)
    These Zip drives were revolutionary, especially when the other option was a 3 1/2 floppy disk that couldn’t hold anything more than 1 mb of data.
  3. Does Page Speed Actually Effect SEO (Backlino on YouTube)
    This is worth the ~8 minute watch time. We would love your thoughts on this.
  4. Equifax paints itself as a cybersecurity leader now (Protocol)
    The irony is not lost on us.
  5. A senator is demanding to know how Facebook will stop misinformation from spreading online (Recode)
    Facebook needs to do something about the misinformation on its platform. Currently it’s not doing enough.
  6. Major vulnerabilities found in top free VPN apps on Google Play store (VPN Pro)
    VPNs are great when they work. But nothing is worse than the illusion of privacy when none exists.
  7. Alphabet’s Loon, telecoms unite to boost high-altitude internet (Engadget)
    The idea of having high-altitude weather balloons delivering the internet to underserved areas across Earth is really neat.
  8. AI baby monitors attract anxious parents: ‘Fear is the quickest way to get people’s attention (Washington Post)
    AI and privacy concerns mixed with newborns… what could go wrong?
  9. There’s something strange about TikTok recommendations (Recode)
    Hmmm, we wonder what it possibly could be.
  10. In Technology We Trust[ed] (Edelman)
    Fake news, deep fakes, misinformation, hacking, the technology sector isn no longer one of the most trusted sector in 13 markets across the globe.

Do you have something interesting we should know about? Email us editorial@insightsontech.com.

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Weekly Top Ten #5

It’s Friday. To celebrate (and like we do every Friday), here are our Top 10 finds for this past week.

Editors Note: There are two links in here that go to PDFs. They are clearly marked. We just wanted to give advanced notice.

  1. Biologists rush to re-create the China coronavirus from its DNA code (MIT Technology Review)
  2. Israeli soldiers tricked into installing malware by Hamas agents posing as women (ZDNet)
  3. I stumbled across a huge Airbnb scam that’s taking over London (Wired UK)
  4. To Bolster Cybersecurity, the US Should Look to Estonia (Wired)
  5. Did the Early Internet Activists Blow It? (Slate)
  6. Hackers, Counterfeits, and Way Too Much Email: All the Tech Worries Keeping CEOs Awake at Night (Inc)
  7. What’s Wrong With Tech Folks Who Attack The Tech Media. And What’s Wrong With Tech Media Today. (Hunter Walk)
  8. Mobile phishing scam hits customers at big North American banks (CyberScoop)
  9. NASA’s moonshot whiplash (Axios)
  10. We’ve Just Seen the First Use of Deepfakes in an Indian Election Campaign (Vice)

Do you have something interesting we should know about? Email us editorial@insightsontech.com.

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Weekly Top Ten #4

It’s Friday. To celebrate (and like we do every Friday), here are our Top 10 finds for this past week. Oh and Happy Valentines Day to those who choose to celebrate.

Editors Note: There are two links in here that go to PDFs. They are clearly marked. We just wanted to give advanced notice.

  1. Facebook payout a rallying cry for privacy backers (Protocol)
  2. Our.News fights misinformation with a ‘nutrition label’ for news stories (TechCrunch)
  3. Why Dead Sonos Speakers Mean You’ll Never Own a Driverless Car (OneZero on Medium)
  4. Tech companies target your sanity (Axios)
  5. Google’s next news investment (Axios)
  6. Senator Josh Hawley wants to overhaul the Federal Trade Commission due to how they handle “big tech” (Sen. Hawley’s site PDF)
  7. Interesting data from Ofcom in the UK about childrens’ usage of technology (Ofcom’s site PDF)
  8. Docker Registries Expose Hundreds of Orgs to Malware, Data Theft (Threat Post)
  9. Google Chrome will be blocking non-secure downloads via the browser (Threat Post)
  10. Algae Caviar, Anyone? What We’ll Eat on the Journey to Mars (Wired)

Do you have something interesting we should know about? Email us editorial@insightsontech.com.