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Google Acquired SlickLogin- Specializes in Passwords That use Sound.

Google has acquired another tech startup, this time Israel-based SlickLogin who specializes in passwords that use sound.

SlickLogin’s product had a website create an almost inaudible tone when you tried to log in, you’d then hold up your phone to your computer’s speaker and it would verify that it had heard your tone and then send your credentials in. In theory, it would make remembering a password unnecessary, but it could also work well for two-factor authentications — instead of entering in a unique code from your phone, it could just communicate your identity directly.

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Google already has a widely-used two-factor authentication app that’s used both for its own products and others, and it’s not crazy to think that something like SlickLogin could become a part of that.

SlickLogin believes “logging in should be easy instead of frustrating and authentication should be effective without getting in the way”.

Its founders are Or Zelig, a former data security expert with the Israeli Defense Forces, and two security researchers, Eran Galili and Ori Kabeli. A detail of how much Google has paid for this service has not yet been disclosed.

Facebook Announced Change to Pages which are set to go into effect on February 20th

Facebook posted a message at the top of pages on the social network to notify administrators that their names will soon start to show up next to their posts and comments and the changes are set to go into effect on February 20th.

The Help Centre Page Titled “If multiple people help manage my page, how can I see who posted something?

The answer is “On a Page post, the name of the person who posted will be listed below the name of your Page next to Posted by. On a Page comment, the name of the person who commented will be listed below the comment next to Commented on by. Keep in mind that only people who help manage your Page can see this information.”

Yahoo Is Aiming To Bring Back Search Technology

Yahoo reportedly wants out of a deal that tie its search services to Microsoft.  According to Re/code post, Yahoo CEO Mayer is pushing two new initiatives called “Fast Break” and “Curveball” that could position Yahoo once again as a player in Web search and the lucrative search-advertising market that accompanies it.

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Matt Cutts: Don’t Upload Articles To Article Directories

Webmasters like to have good quality backlinks to their sites, the best backlinks are ones that come naturally from other bloggers and through social media. Head of the search spam, Matt Cutts posted a latest webmaster help video encouraging webmasters not to use article directory websites with the goal of building links.

The concept behind article directories is simple. Writers sign up to the website and provide quality content and the article directory makes money from people continually submitting content to the site and having ads displayed on their site. The end goal is that if someone finds the article useful enough to publish on their site, you might get a few inbound links out of it.

Matt Cutt says that the content included in these directories tend to be of low quality, they’re usually full of spammy content that gets sprayed all over the web. “I wouldn’t necessarily count on that being effectiveMatt says.

Cutts personal recommendation is to not use article directories to build inbound links. Please check the video below for more information

 

Facebook Began Rolling Out Its New Trending Feature.

Facebook began rolling out its new trending feature, designed to surface relevant conversations and it’s not using Twitter-style hashtags to organize them.

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The list, called Trending, will appear near the top of the right-hand column of the news feed for desktop users. Desktop users in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, and Australia will begin seeing the new Trending box on the top right side of the homepage. Denoted by squiggly blue arrows, the topics range from people (Bruce Springsteen, Rex Ryan) to events (Academy Awards, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show) to places (J.C. Penney).

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Gmail Now Lets You Email Your Google+ Connections

Google announced new integration between Gmail and Google+, Gmail users will have a broader pool of names to select from, as Google+ connections will start to appear below saved contacts when typing out a recipient.

According to a blog post by Google product manager David Nachum, the sender will be able to send an email using only the person’s name.  Your email address won’t be displayed to people who send you a message through Google+, but will become visible if you reply. The system will be turned on by default, but Google said it would let users opt out.

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Emails from people you follow on Google+ will appear in your primary inbox; emails using the new system from people you don’t follow will appear in Gmail’s “social” inbox tab.

Back in December 2011, Google started keeping Gmail contacts automatically updated via Google+. Now Gmail goes a step further by suggesting your Google+ connections as recipients when you are composing a new email. These are potentially useful additions for Gmail users who actually use Google+, although there is clearly room for annoying emails. You can also adjust the “Email via Google+” setting in Gmail once it’s available to avoid receiving message from people you really don’t want to spam your inbox.

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DuckDuckGo- A Private Search Engine Answered 1Billion Queries in 2013

According to a blogpost, DuckDuckGO, the search engine that doesn’t collect or share any of your personal information, processed a record of 1 billion searches in 2013.

DuckDuckGo reported that on January7, they had fielded more than 4.5 million search requests within 24 hours. However, this doesn’t exactly mean that DuckDuckGo will be a contender to companies like Google anytime soon. Google reportedly fielded something like 2 trillion search queries in 2013 alone.

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Pinterest-Bought A Visual Search Startup

Pinterest recently acquired VisualGraph, a company that develops object recognition technology. This recent purchase of VisualGraph makes apparent that Pinterest want to leverage its 70 million users and associated pins to better serve the users who are searching Pinterest for topic-specific images.

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Twitter Launches Jelly-A New Question and Answer Based Search Engine

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone announced the first details of his new venture Jelly, a question and answer based search engine for iOS and Android.

In a description of Jelly featured on the startup’s website, the company says using Jelly is a more fun way to search for topics or images. It’s an app that lets you ask questions, push them out to your network, and get rapid responses. “If you have a question, there’s someone out there that knows the answer,” Stone says in a video accompanying the official blog post.

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Google Buys Timely makers Bitspin

Google has recently acquired Bitspin, a company best known for their beautifully designed alarm clock app, Timely.

If you’re unfamiliar with Bitspin-This free alarm clock has received somewhere between 1 million and 5 million downloads and currently sits at 4.4 stars out of 5. The company also developed the tasks collaboration and to-do app, though its published under a different developer name on the Play store.

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Being acquired by Google doesn’t mean that they’ll take away Timely, Bitspin says that Timely is going to work as it always has. The app is available as a free download from the Google play store, previous in-app purchases for new themes are now being offered for free.

We can’t say that why Google went after Bitspin, it’s a safe bet that their excellent visual design played a big role in the decision. Congratulations to the Bitspin team.