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Web News Round Up – 12th May

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In this week's SelfAssemblySites web news round up: the test to gauge how addicted you are to Facebook, ten ways to motivate anyone, the new and beautiful Google+ iPhone app, the Oatmeal describes how to fix any computer and a Ted video shows us how to make choosing easier and more profitable.

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Psychologists Develop Tools to Measure Facebook Addiction

Psychologists in Bergen, Norway have created a method of gauging Facebook users' addiction to the social network. The studies show younger people, women and those less socially confident have increased likelihood of over use. Read the article.

10 Ways to Motivate Anyone

Geil Browning argues that greater autonomy and control is important for employees but disagrees with many thought leader such as Daniel Pink that all extrinsic motivators such as raises and bonuses are bad. When you understand an employee's thinking and behavioral preferences, you'll be able to maximize his or her enthusiasm, what moves one will leave another cold. This will help you get your workforce aligned and moving in the same direction, and you'll see incredible returns. Read the article.

New Google+ for iPhone Begs to Be Touched


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Web News Round Up – 21st April

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In this week's SelfAssemblySites Web News Round Up: Apple to have greenest data centre in the world, how to get Google to buy your startup, 5 Tips on Mobile Advertising for Small Business, the Khan Academy teaches kids genetics for National DNA Day and Dilbert's entrepreneurial dream.

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Apple Vows to Build The Greenest Data Centre in the World, "100% Renewable Energy"

Apple has broken ground on a brand-new data centre in Prineville, Oregon, one that the company is billing as even more environmentally friendly than the Maiden, North Carolina, facility that powers its iCloud. When the Maiden complex is completed, it will have biogas fuel-cell plant and a massive solar array that will collectively generate 12 megawatts of energy, or 60% of the data center’s requirements. But the plans for Prineville are even more ambitious. Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said that Maiden will soon be “the greenest data center ever built, and it will be joined next year by our new facility in Oregon running on 100% renewable energy.” Read the article

Want to Get Bought by Google? Google VP Explains How

David Lawee is Google’s vice president of corporate development, the latest in his string of high-profile positions at the search giant. As the company’s M&A leader over the past several years, he has been responsible for some of the company’s biggest acquisitions. He also started and sold four companies himself as an entrepreneur so when it comes to being acquired or making an acquisition decision on the other side of the table, few are more qualified to advise startups on how to get bought by a tech giant like Google. Read the article.

Mobile Advertising: 5 DIY Tips for Small Businesses


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Web News Round Up – 13th April

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In this week's SelfAssemblySites Web News Round Up: the Oatmeal's tips on getting more Facebook Likes, Google+ gets a makeover, how to scale a $1billion startup from Instagram, your Facebook account archive has been expanded and humorous positive psychology with 'The Happy Secret to Better Work'.

Google+ Gets More Visual UI Upgrade

New Google+ Layout

After little tweaks here and there, Google+ gets a significant makeover for the profile page, Hangouts, photos, and more. For example, there are some subtle yet significant changes to the navigation, differentiating it more from Gmail, you can also fruther customize the side ribbon or remove it among many other alterations. But is the design a little too reminiscent of Facebook?  Read the article.

How To Scale A $1 Billion Startup: A Guide From Instagram Co-Founder

Instagram was bought by Facebook earlier this week for $1 billion, so usually when that happens it's worth listening to the story of how the founder got there in his own words. Recently Mike Krieger gave a presentation at an Airbnb event for employees and members of the network, part of a regular series called the Tech Talk. The subject was “Scaling Instagram.” Read the article and view included Scribd Presentation.

Your Facebook Account Archive Now Includes Friend Requests, IP Addresses

Lately Facebook has updated its "Download your information" feature, and has included several new categories. The feature, which can be found in Facebook Account Settings, was first introduced in October 2010, enabling users to download an archive of their entire account history. Read the article and view the bonus, 'The Evolution of the Facebook Profile' Slideshow.

The Happy Secret to Better Work

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard.

He is also the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology, researching positive outliers, people who are well above average, to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. He clearly and humorously describes to organizations how to increase happiness and meaning, raise success rates and profitability, and create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures. He is also the author of The Happiness Advantage.

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Hyphen in a Domain Name: Good or Bad Idea?

There's been a little debate since our recent blog post Choosing a Domain Name: Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes. Most of it regarding the fifth point in the post, whether having a hyphen is a good or bad idea? In the post we reported the hyphen was generally not such a great idea and would advise that people avoid it where possible.

First we should acknowledge that using a hyphen or not is rarely going to be a massive deciding factor in a website's performance. It's a second or third order effect if at all. If your content is good enough you should rank for that. Google is trying to create a level playing field for their users.


When we state something in our blog post we usually have good factual evidence or the opinions of respected authorities to back it up.  It would often prove lengthy or disrupt the flow if we mentioned each and every source in every post.

We  don't pull notions out of thin air. In the case of the hyphen, I was referring to some pretty hefty heavy weight authorities in the Seo world, such as Rand Fishkin of SeoMoz  and Aaron Wall of SeoBook. Both advise against the use of hyphens when choosing a domain.

Aaron Wall stated,

Hyphenated is not only not better, but in this day and age is clearly worse.


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Web News Round Up – 6th April

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This week's SelfAssemblySites Web News RoundUp we've got Xkcd, 88% of tablet owners browse while watching tv, a Megaupload user fighting back, a camera that let's you take pictures with your hands and Google's Project Glass glimpse into the future. (more…)

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Web News Round Up – March 16th

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In this week's web news round up we see Path partnering with Nike to make running more social, all the flexibilities and functions of PayPal's new Digital Wallet, Amazon creeping into Google territory and revenue and Facebook's 6 Point Plan for building your social brand.

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Path and Nike Team Up to Make Running More Social

Path, or Facebook for only your real close friends, has launched its latest version of the app today, including a new integration which features the company’s first partnership ever. The collaboration with Nike will allow users to log their running paths on a map and share your route with friends. Read the article.

PayPal’s New Digital Wallet Will Offer Deals, Flexible Payments & More

The new version of PayPal will allow you to create personal lists of items you want among many other features. Via PayPal, you can search for items, compare prices, pay by multiple methods and create lists of things you want to buy for a variety of situations. PayPal will then find deals and coupons for these items on your list whether you are in the store or online. View the video and Read the article.

Amazon Is Already Doing More Than $1 Billion In Ad Revenue - Should Google Worry?


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Web News Round Up – March 9

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In this week's Week News Round Up we look at how the US can seize any .com domain, why Google gives cash to hackers, the benefits of levitating Japanese homes and Pinterest surprises many by referring more than Twitter.

If It Ends In .Com the US Can Seize It

The betting website Bodog.com was recently shut down by US authorities. What surprised most was the fact that it was Canadian and so many had believed that it was outside US jurisdiction. It seems this is not the case. VeriSign manages the registration of .com and other top level domains globally and since it's based in United States it obeys the law and complies with US Court Orders. The popular .net and .org managing bodies are also in the US and can be similarly effected. Read the article.

Google Throws Cash at Hackers to Publicly Crack its Chrome Browser

Google has offered cash prizes to anyone who is able to hack their browser in an effort to ensure Chrome is as safe as possible. The prize money has been on the table for the last four years but it's only this week that they've had to pay out. The talented individual was a Russian university student. Read the article.

Levitating Homes A Possible Solution to Japan's Natural Disasters


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Why You Still Need a Website Not Just a Facebook Page

One thing that we hear occasionally is "why do I need a website these days, can I not just use a Facebook page?". The simple answer is you can do what you like, but if you want to do well, you'd be best investing in a good website, and also having a Facebook page in your arsenal. Why do either when you can do both?

It should be clarified that this is not a Facebook bashing article, I actually quite like FB for social catch ups as well as for business growth and feedback, not to mention chuckling at witty comments and reminding me of birthdays. However context is everything.

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The Dirty Secrets of Submitting Your Site to Search Engines

Search Engine Submission ServicesIf you do a web search for "Search Engine Submission" you'll see a lot of ads for services to help you out:

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If you use one of these paid services to have your site submitted to search engines, you might as well burn your money.

There's two very simple reasons why these services are not worth it.

It's All About Market Share

The first reason is market share - there are only two search engines that you need care about, which will drive 97-99% of the traffic for most websites. (more…)

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SOPA: Killing Freedom of Speech for Hollywood Profit?


There's been a lot of buzz and backlash these last few months around the tech blogs, websites and forums regarding this controversial new bill which was due to go before the US Congress. SOPA or Stop Online Piracy Act and the parallel PIPA or Protect IP Act, both aim to protect the Intellectual Property market and industry, protect jobs and revenue and is said to be necessary to strengthen enforcement of copyright laws, especially against foreign websites.

In many ways that sounds quite reasonable. Intellectual Property and copyright owners must have some rights to protect their creations, don't they? They do and they should. That aspect is not the problem with the bill, what is the problem is the knock on effects and the potential for severely excessive use of the bill against freedom of speech as well as destabilising and making less secure the foundations and very structure of the internet.

The eminent Yoast of Yoast SEO fame, one of the foremost and respected WordPress SEO experts unusually ventured into political territory with a recent blog post strongly against SOPA entitled Stop SOPA Help the Internet. In it he directed attention to a video concisely explaining the the very real dangers the bill poses to the safety of the Internet as well as freedom of speech and entrepreneurial innovation. Watch this video as it's a concise summing up of the argument against SOPA:

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

So who supports SOPA and who's against it? Hollywood and the entertainment industries such as the big studios and tv networks, book publishers and music industry players support it which isn't a huge surprise. View the complete list of SOPA supporters here. More enlightening maybe, are the lists of those in strong opposition or express concern with SOPA. All the big tech and internet companies are there; Facebook, Google etc but also the usually non-political WordPress and somewhat subversive but pro-democracy organisations such as 4chan. The anti-SOPA list really is a who's who of the internet, tech and pro-free speech, first amendment world.

Maybe more interestingly again however, GoDaddy, Electronic Arts, Sony and Nintendo were on the pro-SOPA side and defected over, many believe due to the extraordinary public outcry against the bill and the bad PR for those who supported it.

There was a crucial turning point for the anti-SOPA camp when the White House stated that they will not support the bill.

"While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet,"

Nicely put by the White House. Artists need to get paid otherwise they will struggle to make more art. But we're not really talking that much about 'artists' here, we're talking about cases being brought by large Hollywood studios, tv companies, and giant corporations, many that churn out repetitive low grade schlock. These are the companies that could afford to take advantage of the SOPA bill, even banning personal youtube videos and accounts that have their song in the background.

Still, they have a right to protect that schlock or indeed quality work, as any author does. Almost everyone, supporters and detractors of the SOPA bill, agree that it is well meaning in what it's trying to do in protecting Intellectual Property rights and the jobs of those who create works, it's just how it plans to do that and on the devastating tertiary impact it will have that people massively disagree.

A few hours following the White House opposition to the bill, Congress shelved SOPA putting off action on the it indefinitely. It's quite refreshing when democracy and the voice of the people is listened to, but it's equally terrifying how close we came to this madness becoming reality. Obama may have been the final nail in SOPA's coffin, in this guise. But how long before it's back with a different name but a similar danger to freedom of speech?

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