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17 Mar/12

Use Stumbleupon For Inspiration

Use Stumbleupon For Inspiration

I have ignored Stumbleupon for years, and just stumbled upon the service again while checking broken links here on the site. The site was big back in the days when Digg dominated the tech news landscape and MySpace was the place to be on.The company behind Stumbleupon has rolled out a new interface last Monday which should now be live for all users of the service. After playing around with my old account and the new Stumbleupon toolbar for a while, I ended up with new inspiration for future...

15 Mar/12

US ISPs To Start Monitoring Users By July 12

US ISPs To Start Monitoring Users By July 12

Say you are an Internet Provider and have a customer base that has selected you for one reason or the other. What would convince you to start policing your users on behalf of another company or organization? According to CNET, U.S. American ISPs like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon or Cablevision have agreed to “policies designed to discourage customers from illegally downloading music, movies and software”.I cannot think of many reasons. Some ISPs might be part of a larger...

5 Mar/12

Use HTTPS Everywhere To Unblock Pandora Radio

Use HTTPS Everywhere To Unblock Pandora Radio

Pandora Radio at the very beginning was accessible to users from all over the world. This changed drastically soon thereafter though as the service started to lock out users left and right. Only visitors from the United States can access Pandora Radio right now directly. Everyone else interested in the service has to resort to virtual private networks, web proxies or Firefox extensions to bypass the restrictions.Pandora Radio is a free service that is supported by advertisement. Users can...


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4 Mar/12

If You Sell Online, Protect Your Virtual Goods Properly

If You Sell Online, Protect Your Virtual Goods Properly

Back in 2007 I discovered by accident that virtual goods sold on the large digital marketplace Clickbank were not protected properly from unauthorized access (see Clickbank we have a problem). Five years later, I’m going to find out if Clickbank has resolved the issues, and if other marketplaces or products are also improperly protected from third party access.Before I start, I’d like to point out that downloading those products without having purchased them first is not legal....

2 Mar/12

Foursquare Ditches Google Maps, Goes Open With OpenStreetMap

Foursquare Ditches Google Maps, Goes Open With OpenStreetMap

You may remember that Google some time ago announced that they would start to charge for Google Map api calls above a certain level (see Google Introduces Google Maps Api Limits). Usage limit was capped to either 25,000 or 2,500 per day depending on the data used, and companies that went beyond that were asked to pay between $4 and $10 for every 1,000 map loads.Foursquare, the location-based social networking site, announced two days ago that they have switched from using Google Maps to...

29 Feb/12

Ebay.de To Switch To New Payment Processing System

Ebay.de To Switch To New Payment Processing System

A press release by eBay Germany indicates that the company plans to switch the site’s current payment processing system to a new one this summer. Ebay customers who purchase goods on the site will then make their payments directly to eBay, and not the seller of the product anymore. The system works similar to Amazon’s marketplace system where Amazon customers transfer the money for the purchased items to Amazon instead of the merchant directly. The only difference between both...

25 Feb/12

Two WordPress Tracking Plugins That Measure Popularity

Two WordPress Tracking Plugins That Measure Popularity

As a WordPress webmaster, or webmaster in general, you are likely interested in how well your articles are doing. This can provide you with excellent insight into what the website’s readership favors, and what they do not like at all. While you could install third party tracking software for that, or use your web servers or web hosting companies first party tracking apps, you’d need some experiencing in analyzing the statistics correctly to make sense out of them. Plus, you...

24 Feb/12

Chill, the Video Pinterest?

Chill, the Video Pinterest?

With the success of an idea on the web come clones, and services that refine the idea, or find a niche that is not yet dominated by the first mover. The success of Pinterest, which certainly was surprising to some, has sparked the creation of Pinterest-like sites for all kinds of things. We have seen music and video sites adopt the system the system in masses for instance in past months.Chill is one of the latest sites. It is a video pinboard community where logged in users can post videos...

24 Feb/12

Wikipedia Visual Editor Coming Soon

Wikipedia Visual Editor Coming Soon

One of the biggest hurdles for new Wikipedia contributors is the editor that is currently offered on site. The editor is basically a plain text editor and authors have to learn the markup language to add, edit or delete information on Wikipedia pages. While it is often possible to use copy and paste for that, for instance to add a new link to a Wikipedia article, the syntax is often not that easy to cope with, especially if you plan on adding a new article to the site.Howie Fung, Senior...

24 Feb/12

How To Download Photos From 500px

How To Download Photos From 500px

500px is an online photo community that puts the site’s focus both on social aspects like commenting or rating photos, but also on revenue streams for photographers who can sell their photos on the site. Visitors can explore the various site sections, like upcoming or editor’s choice photos which are displayed as smaller thumbnail images on those pages.For each photo, information about the camera used to make it are listed, next to user comments, related photos and the photographer’s...