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Verizon reported as potential buyer of Yahoo

Via recode: “Verizon is closing in on a deal to buy Yahoo’s core business for about $5 billion, according to sources familiar with the talks. The telco giant has long been considered the favorite to buy Yahoo’s internet assets, which it wants to combine with AOL, which it bought last year for $4.4 billion. Part of Verizon’s pitch to Yahoo’s board is that it is the logical choice, since it is already operating a similar business. The concept of such a deal is to combine its advertising tech assets and become the third alternative to leaders Facebook and Google. Both companies also have extensive media assets…”

Study – Are Links Still a Powerful Ranking Factor?

Stone Temple Consulting Group – Are Links Still a Powerful Ranking Factor? (New Study), 20 July 2016 by Eric Enge: “This report will demonstrate the continuing importance that links play in rankings. [The author] share[s] data that shows that all that talk of a decline in the importance of links as a ranking factor is grossly… Continue Reading

The Economist – The data of the dark web

The data of the dark web  Jul 14th 2016 by THE DATA TEAM “SINCE the launch of the Silk Road five years ago, dark-web markets have represented a shadowy and much-maligned corner of the internet. And the secretive nature of such sites makes them difficult to study. But last year a researcher using the pseudonym… Continue Reading

2016 How Google Fights Piracy Report

Via Google Public Policy Blog: “The internet continues to be a boon for creators, their communities, and the content industry. At Google, we are committed to helping these industries flourish online. Today, Google’s services provide content for people all around the world and generate significant revenue for rightsholders. YouTube alone has now generated over $2… Continue Reading

Liz Spayd’s first Sunday column as NYT public editor

Want to Attract More Readers? Try Listening to Them – The Public Editor, By Liz Spyd, July 9, 2016 – “Most journalists I’ve worked with have a reflexive aversion to interacting with readers. They subscribe to the view that editors and reporters have the most cultivated sense of which stories are most important, and which… Continue Reading

Fakespot identifies fake reviews on Amazon

“Fakespot, launched in 2015, analyzes reviews intelligently and calculates a grade based on the authenticity of reviews involving the selected product. Fakespot identifies fake reviews, currently supporting Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com.au.” Continue Reading

Leakedsource collects hacked data from across the globe

Follow up to previous posting on this database – Leakedsource – “There are currently 1,933,304,758 accounts in our database” – users may search by term or type. Via ET Tech – “If you have an account online regardless of the country you reside in, chances are you have been hacked or will be hacked at… Continue Reading

New Google tool tracks user behavior across applications

The Guardian: “Google has rolled out new tools to let users see what its ad-tracking service has learned about them, and to let users opt in or out of a new personalised ads service. The addition to Google’s account settings, called My Activity, allows users to review everything that Google has tracked about their behaviour… Continue Reading

FTC Guidance – Online Tracking

FTC – Online Tracking: “Have you ever wondered why some online ads you see are targeted to your tastes and interests? Or how websites remember your preferences from visit-to-visit or device-to-device? The answer may be in the “cookies” – or in other online tracking methods like device fingerprinting and cross-device tracking. Here are answers to… Continue Reading

Internet trends report 2016 – Mary Meeker

“The 2016 edition of Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report covers today’s Internet growth and an in-depth look at the following: • Global Internet users have surpassed 3B; India has supplanted the US as the world’s second-largest Internet market. • Internet user growth remains consistent (led by acceleration in India), while smartphone user and shipment… Continue Reading

Americans and the new digital economy: 8 key findings

“Digital technology has ushered in a slew of new shared, collaborative and on-demand online services ranging from virtual marketplaces to home sharing. These services have potentially far-reaching implications for consumers and regulators and for the future of work in this country. To examine the scope and impact of these new services, Pew Research Center conducted… Continue Reading

Facebook litigating $15B user internet track case

Facebook Accused Of Tracking Users’ Internet Activity By Consuella Pachico – Jun 18, 2016 – “Facebook is facing multidistrict litigation over allegations that the social media site tracked users’ internet activity after they logged off. Facebook is insisting that users cannot sue because they were not harmed by the site’s tracking activities. In response to users’… Continue Reading