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Wednesday - February 10, 2016
Twitter on Wednesday gave users the option of using a new algorithmically organized feed that would deliver more relevant messages -- not necessarily the newest -- first. The new approach to disseminating tweets was spearheaded by Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey, who is under pressure because of the company's lack of growth. Compared to other social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter is lagging behind in new user growth and stock performance. Naturally, that has put significant pressure on Dorsey. [More...]

Thursday - February 11, 2016
U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, last week introduced legislation to prevent states from passing laws banning the sale of smartphones with encryption capabilities. The ENCRYPT Act of 2016 provides that a state may not mandate or request that a manufacturer, developer, seller or provider of covered products design or modify security functions to allow the surveillance of their users or allow their physical search "by any agency or instrumentality of a state, a political subdivision of a state or the United States." [More...]

LINUX PICKS AND PANS
Rosa Is a Real Powerhouse
Tuesday - February 9, 2016
The Rosa Desktop Fresh R series optimizes desktop usage and targets advanced users and enthusiasts looking for rich functionality. Add to that mix the default KDE flavoring and you have a compelling Linux distro that challenges your first-choice OS. The typical Rosa user already is familiar with basic Linux offerings and wants a product with a wide set of customization and personalization possibilities. That is what Rosa Desktop delivers. Rosa is a Russian company with a variety of Linux-based solutions. [More...]

Wednesday - February 10, 2016
It has been fun watching the rapid improvement of the marketing function over the last decade. The advance was in no small part due to the advances in marketing automation, and the marketing revolution is not over by a long shot. However, I think we're bumping up against a ceiling, and the improvements we can expect that make marketing faster will plateau. Our next steps should involve refining marketing quality, and many businesses have already embarked on this effort. [More...]

 

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