Firewalls and Internet Security

Twitter’s Year in Review

There are still 25 days left in 2015. Yet some are already looking back on the past eleven months and six days. For example, Twitter has a year-end review. Some results might surprise you. According to 2015 Twitter, the most influential news stories were the terrorist attacks in Paris, terrorist group ISIS and US Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage for all 50 US states. Other heavily tweeted stories include the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. In technology, the [...]


Google Reinvents The Alphabet

Google is not a traditional corporation. They don't intend to be. So let the crazy train begin as Google reinvents the alphabet. Well, not exactly, but their new company is called Alphabet. According to Google founder Larry Page, Alphabet is going to be a collection of companies. The way I read it, Alphabet sounds more like a movement than a company. With the intention of raising up strong leadership, Alphabet will appoint a CEO for each company, with Larry Page [...]


Tim Cook Fights For Diversity

This is a busy time for Apple. They already have the World Wide Developers Conference and the preparation of their upcoming streaming service. But CEO Tim Cook is using this platform to expose a problem in the tech community. That problem is the lack of diversity in tech based employment. Recently, mega tech companies gave themselves diversity report cards. Even the companies were alarmed at how few African-Americans, Latinos, and women were employed with them. Cook took at long look [...]


Facebook Instant Articles

How do you get your news? If you're like me, probably through alternative media and social media sites like Facebook. Facebook is catching on and wants to help alternative media givers and receivers alike. This is where Facebook instant articles comes in. Now any publisher, whether you're the New York Times or a struggling author in your mother's basement, can publish articles on their new app. Effective today, the only publishers involved right now are the big boys: National Geographic, [...]


Rise of Facebook Video

There was a time when Facebook and video streaming wouldn't even be in the same sentence. Now, Facebook takes in around four billion videos a day. Four billion. Let that sink in. The vast majority of those videos come through mobile devices. This has Facebook investors and advertisers' ears. While there's been no public talk of launching Facebook video advertising, there has already been public meetings. Questions are being asked about making big money off Facebook videos. But CEO Mark [...]


Isis Threatens Twitter

ISIS: It's a name that strikes terror in the hearts of freedom loving people around the world. They murder, torture, rape, and pillage innocent human beings wherever they go. Now they target social media. Terrorist group Isis and their sympathizers are threatening Twitter, their employees and even co-founder Jack Dorsey. The social media giant has received hate email and death threats because they block accounts with ties to Isis. They released a post on website telling Twitter, "...your virtual [...]


Is Online Censorship Near?

In China, a major censorship crackdown is underway. Here in America, Google found itself in hot water and reversed a controversial decision. Is online censorship near? Earlier this week, it was announced Google would ban sexually explicit content from their Blogger site. Days later, they reversed that decision, claiming it would have negative effects on those who express themselves with nudity and adult content. This ban would affect those with Blogger accounts for 10 years. Instead, Google's Blogger will crack [...]


State of the Union Went Social

Did you watch President Barak Obama's State of the Union address last night? Did you watch it on television, or on You Tube, or on Yahoo, or on...? You had so many choices because last night's State of the Union went social. Social media outlets from Facebook to Twitter has been used to promote and/or report on the annual speech to target teens, Millennials, and anyone else who consider themselves Internet savvy. And that's not all. Traditionally, a news embargo [...]


Zoosk Goes Down

Since the dawn of the Internet, many have used it's dating services to look for love. That's not going too well...I mean for online dating services like Zoosk. Zoosk goes down in employment and leadership. Last month, it's founders announced they opted to become board members instead of CEOs. Now, one of their spokespersons announce they've laid off 15% of their work force this past week. A statement said they will cut in other areas in order to sustain cost. [...]


Why am I infected with this virus?

Whether it's Conflickr or a new fake anti-spyware program, it seems like spyware and viruses are inescapable for any computer connected to the Internet. It's estimated that the amount spent annually on security software in the United States has risen to over $800 million in recent years, but computers are still getting infected daily. Why aren't we virus free yet? The answer lies in the nature of malicious programming. Computer viruses don't spring up out of nowhere, they're designed by [...]

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