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Facebook Live Screen Sharing, Facebook VR Updates, and New Facebook Ad Options

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Social Media Marketing Talk Show, a news show for marketers who want to stay on the leading edge of social media. On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show with Michael Stelzner, we explore Facebook Live screen sharing and Facebook VR updates with Joel Comm, New Facebook ad [...] This post Facebook Live Screen Sharing, Facebook VR Updates, and New Facebook Ad Options first appeared on . - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

Cities across North America are shamelessly thirsty for Amazon HQ2

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Mr. Jeff Besos has caused a straight-up frenzy on the internet by allowing cities in North America bid to be the next location for Amazon’s second headquarters. The bidding ended yesterday and let me tell you that most of these cities went above and beyond to get Besos’ attention. While each city surely put a […] The post Cities across North America are shamelessly thirsty for Amazon HQ2 appeared first on Name.com Blog.

Practical Tips for Finding The Way In: Anna’s Job Search Story

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Shortly after starting law school, Anna realized it wasn’t for her. “I just wasn’t very fulfilled,” said Anna. “And I didn’t know what I could do next.” We’ve all been there. Sometimes we feel stuck. But it’s what Anna did to get unstuck that makes her story so inspiring, actionable and insightful for anyone considering a career shift. Specifically, Anna did three things to kickstart her new career as a software engineer: #1 Talk to the people you know. Anna leaned on her personal relationships... .

Next Stop: WordCamp US in Nashville, TN

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Bluehost is a proud supporter and sponsor of WordCamp’s across the globe. This year, Bluehost is sending a lucky winner to attend WordCamp US in Nashville, Tennesse on December 1-3, 2017. What you can win: A roundtrip flight to Nashville, TN (up to $600) 4- night stay in a hotel WordCamp backpack full of essentials for WordCamp ($150 value) One entry ticket to WordCamp US One $250 gift card for expenses during WordCamp US Sound good? In 4-8 sentences, post on your blog or website telling us why you want to attend WordCamp US. Then, post the link to our pinned Facebook post, and subscribe to our blog. It’s that simple! We’ll choose a winner on November 3, 2017! Have you ever heard of WordCamp? WordCamp is a community organized conference that takes place in cities around the world where WordPress enthusiasts meet to share knowledge about WordPress and the online platform it offers. At camp, plan to attend a range of sessions from plugins and theme developments to more complicated techniques and security. Since its inception in 2006, there have been more than 715 camps worldwide, spanning 6 continents.  Can’t make it to WordCamp US? Find a WordCamp near you! See Giveaway Terms and Conditions below: Bluehost WordCamp US Giveaway Official Rules NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Sponsor Bluehost Inc., 2500 Ridgepoint Drive Ste C, Austin, TX 78754 (“Sponsor”) Eligibility Bluehost WordCamp Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (and the District of Columbia) who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Giveaway is void where prohibited. Proof of residency and age may be required. Employees of Bluehost and each of its respective parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates and each of their immediate family members (e.g., spouse, parent, child, sibling, and their respective spouses and the “steps” of each, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win.  “Immediate family members” shall mean parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses, regardless of where they live. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year, whether related or not. Members of the Bluehost Affiliate program are not eligible to enter or win.To enter the Giveaway or receive a prize, you must fully comply with the Official Rules and, by entering, you represent and warrant that you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be binding and final in all respects relating to this Giveaway. Timing Giveaway begins on October 20, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. CST and ends on October 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST (“Giveaway Entry Period”). Sponsor is the official timekeeper for this Giveaway. The Giveaway is governed by these Official Rules and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. How to Enter You can enter the Giveaway during the Giveaway Entry Period.  You will receive one (1) entry in the Giveaway by completing all requirements as follows: Write a short description (four to eight sentences) about why you would like to attend WordCamp US 2017, and at the end of the description include the following: “I received an entry into the Bluehost WordCamp US Giveaway, for writing this post,” (the “Description”) and then publish the Description on your personal blog, website or web page (the “Website”); Comment on the Bluehost WordCamp US 2017 Giveaway Facebook post with a link to your Website. The Sponsor’s Facebook page is located at https://www.facebook.com/Bluehost/; and Subscribe to the Bluehost blog at www.bluehost.com/blog. Limit one (1) entry per person. Any attempt by you to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will be void and you and your entries will be disqualified. Use of any automated system to enter is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected entries all of which will be ineligible to win a prize. In the event of a dispute as to any entrant, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winner of prize may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder to be awarded the prize. All entries become the sole and exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be returned or cancelled. Grant of Rights By entering the Giveaway you grant to Sponsor the worldwide, irrevocable and unrestricted right and license to adapt, publish, use, edit, and/or modify your Description in any way and to post your Description on the internet. Representations and Warranties Each person who enters this Giveaway represents and warrants as follows: (i) entrant has obtained any and all necessary permissions required to submit the Description and for Sponsor’s right to use the Description for any purpose as set forth in Paragraph 5 above, and entrant can and will make written copies of any such permissions available to Sponsor upon request; (ii) the Website is owned by entrant; (iii) the Description is wholly original to entrant; (iv) the Description and the Website does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity; and (v) the Description and the Website does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and is not and will not be considered defamatory or libelous. Winner Determination On or about November 3, 2017, the Sponsor will select one (1) entry, for the grand prize described below, in a random drawing of all valid entries received. The potential Giveaway winner will be contacted privately via Facebook,  and may be awarded the prize subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. The potential Giveaway winner will be notified on or about the day of the drawing. Failure by a potential Giveaway winner to respond to the initial verification within five (5) days of notification or the time period stated in the notification will result in disqualification and Sponsor will select an alternate potential Giveaway winner in the same manner. Odds of winning a Giveaway prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. POTENTIAL GIVEAWAY WINNER IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSOR. SPONSOR’S DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE ADMINISTRATION, OPERATION, SELECTION OF THE POTENTIAL GIVEAWAY WINNER AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE GIVEAWAY. Verification of Potential Giveaway Winner Potential Giveaway winners may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability and Publicity Release (where permitted by law) (collectively, the “Affidavit”) by the date specified by Sponsor, or an alternate potential Giveaway winner may be selected. In the event: (a) potential Giveaway winner cannot be reached for whatever reason after a reasonable effort has been exerted or the potential Giveaway winner notification or Affidavit is returned as undeliverable; (b) potential Giveaway winner declines or cannot accept, receive or use the prize for any reason; (c) of noncompliance with timing requirements to respond to the initial verification in the required time period, (d) potential Giveaway winner is found to be ineligible to enter the Giveaway or receive the prize, (e) potential Giveaway winner cannot or does not comply with the Official Rules, or (f) potential Giveaway winner fails to fulfill the Affidavit-related obligations, the potential Giveaway winner shall be disqualified from the Giveaway and an alternate potential Giveaway winner may be selected, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, from among the other eligible entries received. Sponsor reserves the right to modify the notification and Affidavit procedures in connection with the selection of alternate potential Giveaway winner, if any. Winners of any prize valued at more than $600 will be required to return a completed W9 tax form. Prizes One (1) potential winner will be awarded one (1) grand prize bundle (the “Prize,”) consisting of the items below. The approximate retail value (the “ARV”) of the Prize is $1,790, as itemized below.   One (1) ticket to the WordCamp US 2017 in Nashville, TN December 1-3, 2017 (“WordCamp 2017”). Sponsor will reimburse the winner $40 after receiving a proof of winner’s purchase of such ticket. Airfare for the winner to travel to Nashville, TN for WordCamp 2017. Sponsor will provide up to a reimbursement up to $600 to the winner after receiving a proof of winner’s purchase of such airfare.. Any additional fees, taxes, or penalties that exceed $600 USD are solely the winner’s responsibility. A four-night stay in a Nashville, TN hotel to attend WordCamp 2017, booked and paid for by Sponsor. Any additional fees, incidentals, or penalties are the winners responsibilities (ARV$800) A WordCamp Goodie Bag, provided by Sponsor (ARV $150) One (1) $250 gift card for expenses during WordCamp 2017 No cash equivalent will be provided for any prize. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Winner agree to accept the prize “as is”, and entrants hereby acknowledge that Sponsor has neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prize, including express warranties (if any) provided exclusively by a prize supplier that are sent along with the prize. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the listed prize for one of equal or greater value for any reason. Winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. All federal, state, and local tax liabilities, as well as any other costs and expenses not specified herein as being awarded are the sole responsibility of the winners. Winner may be required to complete and return an IRS W-9 form (i.e. Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification). The Prize will be awarded only if the potential prize winner fully complies with these Official Rules. Entry Conditions and Release By submitting an entry or otherwise participating in this Giveaway you understand and hereby agree to: (i) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Giveaway; (ii) defend, indemnify, release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and its respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, celebrities, and any other person and organization responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Giveaway, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and/or property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to: (a) the Giveaway or any information provided by you in connection with the Giveaway, including but not limited to any Giveaway-related activity or element thereof, the receipt of marketing messages, participation or inability to participate in the Giveaway or in any parts thereof, (b) the violation of any third party privacy, personal, publicity or proprietary rights, (c) any change in the prizes (or any components thereof) due to unavailability, or due to reasons beyond the Sponsor’s control (d) any interruptions in or postponement, cancellation, or modification of the Giveaway, (e) human error, (f) incorrect or inaccurate transcription, receipt or transmission of any part of the entry (including, without limitation, the entry information or any parts thereof), and/or (g) any wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any of the Released Parties, or any of their agents or employees. Winner acknowledges that all prizes are awarded as-is without warranty of any kind. Publicity Except where prohibited or restricted by law, Winner’s acceptance of a prize constitutes the Winner’s agreement and consent for Sponsor and any of its designees to use and/or publish Winner’s full name, city and state of residence, photographs or other likenesses, pictures, portraits, video, voice, testimonials, biographical information (in whole or in part), and/or statements made by Winner regarding the Giveaway or Sponsor, worldwide and in perpetuity for any and all purposes, including, but not limited to, advertising, trade and/or promotion on behalf of Sponsor, in any and all forms of media, now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, print, TV, radio, electronic, cable, or the World Wide Web, without further limitation, restriction, compensation, notice, review, or approval. General Conditions Sponsor and its subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors shall not have any obligation or responsibility, including any responsibility to award any prize to entrants, with regard to: (a) entries that contain inaccurate information or do not comply with or violate the Official Rules; (b) entries, prize claims or notifications that are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient, in whole or in part, due to computer, human or technical error of any kind; (c) entrants who have committed fraud or deception in entering or participating in the Giveaway or claiming the prize; (d) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (e) any inability of the Winner to accept the prize for any reason; (f) if a prize cannot be awarded due to delays or interruptions due to Acts of God, natural disasters, terrorism, weather or any other similar event beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control; or (g) any damages, injuries or losses of any kind caused by any prize or resulting from awarding, acceptance, possession, use, misuse, loss or misdirection of any prize or resulting from participating in this Giveaway or any promotion or prize related activities. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be (a) tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway, or with any website promoting the Giveaway; (b) acting in violation of the Official Rules; or (c) entering or attempting to enter the Giveaway multiple times through the use of multiple email addresses or the use of any robotic or automated devices to submit entries. No groups, clubs or organizations may participate in this Giveaway or reproduce or distribute any portion of these Official Rules or marketing to its members. If Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion, that technical difficulties or unforeseen events compromise the integrity or viability of the Giveaway, Sponsor reserves the right to void the entries at issue, and/or terminate the relevant portion of the Giveaway, including the entire Giveaway, and/or modify the Giveaway and/or award the prize from all eligible entries received as of the termination date. Limitations of Liability The Released Parties are not responsible for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Giveaway; (b) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (c) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Giveaway; (d) technical or human error in the administration of the Giveaway or the processing of registrations; or (e) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Giveaway or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s registration is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Giveaway. No more than the stated number of each prize will be awarded. Disputes As a condition of participation in this Giveaway, participant agrees that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Giveaway, or any prizes awarded, or the determination of the winners shall be resolved individually, exclusively by arbitration pursuant to the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association, then in effect. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorney’s fees or other such related costs of pursuing a claim. The Giveaway is governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Entrant’s Personal Information Information collected from entrants is subject to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which is available at https://www.bluehost.com/privacy-policy. Giveaway ResultsFor Giveaway results, send a written request addressed to WordCamp Giveaway c/o Bluehost Inc., 250 Ridgepoint Drive, Austin, TX 78754. Requests for the Winners List must be received within 60 days after the end of the Giveaway Entry Period. This Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or WordPress. Any and all questions, comments or complaints regarding the Giveaway must be directed only to Sponsor and not Facebook, WordPress or organizers of WordCamp US 2017. The post Next Stop: WordCamp US in Nashville, TN appeared first on Official Bluehost Blog.

A Stronger Xi Means No Letup in China’s Internet Restrictions

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(Bloomberg) — Xi Jinping's ascension to power in China five years ago raised hopes that the son of a reformist revolutionary would open the country wider to the West. Half a decade later and the opposite has happened: China is in the throes of the biggest crackdown on freedom of expression and media in the internet era. Foreign companies complain of restrictions that hamstring operations and favor homegrown players. Police are shutting businesses and arresting civilians on message groups as Beijing plugs more holes in its "Great Firewall" blockade of blacklisted sites. Xi, who's expected to cement his leadership of the Communist Party at the congress that started Wednesday, has galvanized a nationwide machine in which corporations, cybercops and automated systems police content to preserve the party's seven-decade rule. As global giants from Alphabet Inc.'s Google to Facebook Inc. explore entry, they have to weigh the benefits of tapping the world's biggest internet market against the fallout from appearing to back a repressive regime. If China's supreme leader succeeds in shoring up his already extensive influence with another five-year term, web access won't get any easier for internet players both local and foreign, not to mention the world's largest populace. Local Giants "China has become far bolder and more strategic in its approach to a very old and familiar objective, which is to shore up political control through controls on

WordPress.org, The WordPress Foundation, and Automattic: What’s The Difference?

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Most users of WordPress aren’t interested in how the sausage is made, and rightly so. But those who are interested in the history and management of WordPress often find the many organizations and sites involved confusing. The confusion is understandable: these organizations are usually mentioned with little explanation of who is involved and what they… Continue reading →

MongoDB’s IPO Beats the Market Out of the Gate

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Brought to you by ITPro The folks at MongoDB raised a whole lot of money today in their debut on NASDAQ. Yesterday the open source company announced it was going to be asking $24 a share for the 8 million Class A shares it was letting loose in its IPO, which had some Wall Street investors scratching their heads and wondering if the brains at Mongo were suffering from some kind of undiagnosed damage. Analysts had been estimating an opening price of between $20-22 per share, and on October 6 the company had estimated an opening price in the range of $18-20. This for a company that only buys red ink. Last year's net loss was $86.7 million, a 17 percent rise over the previous year. Evidently the brains at MongoDB are working just fine, thank you. The market opened at $33, about a third higher than Mongo's asking price. In total, the company raised somewhere around $192 million and is now valued at $1.17 billion. Those numbers could go up before it's all said and done, however. Underwriters have an option to purchase an additional 1.2 million of the Class A stocks that were on sale today, which would seem to be a given considering investors' bullish attitude toward the NoSQL database company. This makes today a good day to be a Manhattan champagne merchant. There are sure to be plenty of corks being popped at MongoDB's 43rd Street headquarters at the close of the business day. Obviously the good folks on Wall Street weren't bidding the price up

Netwise Hosting’s London Data Centre Makes the Switch to 100% Renewable Energy

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LONDON, UK – Netwise Hosting officially made the switch to true 100% renewable energy at its fast-filling London Central data centre. This places the organisation right at the head of the field in terms of its commitment to a sustainable future, as one of the first data centre operators to push entirely renewable energy in the UK. Netwise will join ranks with the likes of Google, who are themselves committed to making the switch across their entire global estate by the end of the year. This comes as welcome news to everyone in the industry, as current estimates predict global data centre power usage to top 500 terawatts by 2020. That’s over 3% of the world’s energy consumption, an unignorable figure that places data centres at the epicentre of responsibility for spearheading and supporting genuine renewable energy schemes. Netwise Hosting, now two years on from launching its London Central facility, turned to specialist provider Ecotricity for the delivery of this ground-breaking change, as leaders in the supply of truly green energy. Crucially, rather than relying on ambiguous carbon credits and misleading offset schemes, Ecotricity generate this energy themselves using the wind, the sun, and soon the sea. This is directly in keeping with Netwise Hosting’s own ethos of owning and controlling as much of the service chain as possible. Matthew Butt, Managing Director at Netwise Hosting, gave comment on the recent change. “This is a big step for us in setting the standard for the future of data centre operations, particularly in a major capital city like London. We are incredibly proud to be delivering our customers with what may well be the greenest data centre service set in London, if not the UK.” This bold new move works together with the industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness rating already achieved at Netwise Hosting’s London Central data centre, which is one of the lowest in Europe. It is through the intelligent deployment of evaporative and free cooling technologies that allows the facility to reach its impressive PUE of just 1.12 [lower is better, with the average at 1.60]. Netwise Hosting work with a wide range of clients who now consider ‘going green’ to be a major priority for their service delivery. None of these are more prevalent than Krystal, who are one of the UK’s largest cloud hosting companies, and who actively push responsible service provision. Earnestly evolving energy procurement in line with these pressures has become a primary driving force behind Netwise making the jump to a renewable supply at its private facilities, both now and in the future. Matt Seaton, Senior Manager at Netwise Hosting, also gave comment. “We now work with several large service providers who are feeling added weight every day in reducing their carbon impact, as computational demands continue to increase. We’ve listened to this demand, and helped our early adopters in delivering this to their end clients.” Netwise plan to run a range of events and engagement activities to increase awareness around the importance of delivering services to end clients using energy sourced responsibly. The first of these occurred this month, with a soft launch of the company’s new ‘green wall’, now in place at its London Central facility. About Netwise Hosting Netwise Hosting provide enterprise-grade hosted environments to a wide and varied customer-base, working closely with clients all around the world. By designing and building its own private data centres, and offering unparalleled flexibility in its colocation services as a result, Netwise Hosting brings to life a wholly unified approach to hosting. A young, energetic team sit at the helm, allowing Netwise to grow progressively and organically into the inimitable company it is today. The bespoke, almost boutique nature of the Netwise Hosting facilities, coupled with the unique dynamism of company operations, allows for the supply of truly individualised solutions which meet the exacting requirements of any business. http://www.netwisehosting.co.uk

CloudLinux Releases Resource Allocation Controls for Web Hosting Resellers

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PALO ALTO, CA – CloudLinux, the maker of the leading operating system for hosting providers, announced today the beta release of the CloudLinux OS Reseller Limits feature, which allows resellers to manage end-user resource usage. Now hosting providers can set limits for the amount of resources each reseller can operate. It gives tools to the resellers to control the resources each end-user has. These resources include CPU, IO, memory, number of processes, and concurrent connections per each end-user. The CloudLinux OS proprietary Lightweight Virtual Environment (LVE) technology prevents users from bringing down the server by allowing hosts to set up individual resource limits. This ensures that users can never use more resources than was allocated to them, and now the ability to set limits has been extended to the resellers for their end-users. “CloudLinux pioneered end-user limits seven years ago, yet, the ability to limit resellers was still out of reach for hosters,” said Igor Seletskiy, CloudLinux chief executive officer and founder. “Over the past eighteen months, our team has been working actively on this highly anticipated feature and we are very excited to announce its beta.” The Reseller Limits feature within the LVE Manager will ensure the stability and security of servers and will allow hosting providers to offer more valuable services to their resellers. It will also empower resellers to expand their offering to their end-users, adjust their pricing models, and optimize space usage. To learn more, customers can watch the CloudLinux Academy webinar on LVE Manager Reseller Limits: https://youtu.be/0fogW3rOPfQ More information can be found here: https://www.cloudlinux.com/en/lve-manager About CloudLinux CloudLinux is on a mission to make Linux secure, stable, and profitable. With more than 4,000 customers and partners, including LiquidWeb and Dell, and more than 100,000 product installations, CloudLinux combines in-depth technical knowledge of hosting, kernel development, and open source with unique client care expertise.

DataBank Partners with DE-CIX to Deliver Enhanced Peering Access in Dallas

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DALLAS, TX – DataBank, Ltd., a Digital Bridge portfolio company and leading provider of business solutions for data center, cloud, interconnectivity, and managed services, has announced today a partnership with DE-CIX to deliver peering and Layer-2 connectivity throughout the Dallas market. The collaboration responds to an increasing demand for peering and content exchange in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. DE-CIX provides premium network interconnection services and operates several carrier and data center-neutral Internet Exchanges (IX, or Internet Exchange Point, IXP) in Europe, the Middle East and North America. The partnership will deliver peering and Layer-2 connectivity in all three of the company’s Dallas-area data center facilities (DFW-1 in Dallas, DFW-2 in Richardson, and DFW-3 in Plano). Each location is interconnected through DataBank’s metro Ethernet ring, allowing customers to leverage the DE-CIX platform for public and/or private peering, enhanced network capabilities, and Layer-2 connectivity. The partnership drives additional advantages for customers: A single connection in any of the DataBank Dallas facilities delivers access to the 30+ networks connected to DE-CIX Dallas for the price of a single cross-connect DataBank’s sole control of the downtown Dallas (DFW-1) building’s meet-me room expedites and simplifies access to peering, enhanced network capabilities, and Layer-2 connectivity “In addition to boosting interconnections across networks within our facilities, our partnership with DE-CIX allows us to serve the market more effectively providing access to peering and Layer-2 connectivity solutions that are already disrupting and driving the market,” said Nicholas Schmidt, Director of Network Engineering at DataBank. “DE-CIX boosts our growth strategy to drive connectivity across all businesses within the technology-concentrated business areas within the DFW Metroplex and beyond.” Coupled with recent announcements that DE-CIX Dallas doubled its accessible reach through new connectivity options in both the Dallas and Houston markets, the new partnership solidifies DataBank and DE-CIX’s market position and traction in the region. “DataBank and DE-CIX are cooperating in every way possible to deliver access to our competitive neutral exchange to better serve the business needs in the market,” adds Ed d’Agostino, GM and Vice President Sales, DE-CIX North America. “We open new possibilities to connect both thriving Dallas-based businesses, but also growing players across underserved markets.” DataBank operates in Dallas, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and Baltimore. To find out additional details on DataBank data centers and services, please visit the company website at http://www.databank.com. About DataBank DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and interconnection services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications and infrastructure. Databank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our customized technology solutions are designed to help customers effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building, in downtown Dallas, TX and has facilities located in strategic markets throughout the United States. For additional information on DataBank locations and services, please visit http://www.databank.com or call 1(800) 840-7533. About DE-CIX DE-CIX is a worldwide leading Internet Exchange operator. Since starting operations in 1995, the DE-CIX in Frankfurt is the Internet Exchange (IX) with the world’s highest throughput data at peak times, reaching over 5.8 Terabits per second (Tbps). Its technical infrastructure has a total capacity of 48 Terabits. From its locations in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Dusseldorf, New York, Dallas, Dubai, Marseille, Palermo, Madrid, and Istanbul, DE-CIX provides peering and interconnection services to over 1000 network operators, Internet service providers (ISPs) and content providers from over 60 countries. DE-CIX Frankfurt is operated by DE-CIX Management GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Europe’s largest Internet association, eco Association of the Internet Industry, with headquarters in Cologne (http://www.eco.de). About Digital Bridge Holdings Founded in 2013 by Marc C. Ganzi and Ben Jenkins, Digital Bridge is focused on the ownership, investment and active management of companies in the mobile and internet infrastructure sector. Since inception, Digital Bridge has raised over $6.5 billion of debt and equity capital used to acquire and invest in the development of communications infrastructure businesses, including DataBank, Vantage Data Centers, ExteNet, Vertical Bridge, Andean Tower Partners, and Mexico Tower Partners.

RoseHosting to Sponsor the First Ever 2017 WordCamp in Riverside, California

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ST. LOUIS – Managed cloud hosting provider RoseHosting is proud to be sponsoring the first ever WordCamp in Riverside, California. The 2017 WordCamp in Riverside, California, is an opportunity for WordPress developers to get to know each other and share ideas. RoseHosting provides expert Linux server deployment, including website migration, server monitoring, and full backup services. Offering ultra-fast Linux virtual private servers, RoseHosting provides cloud hosting for businesses that need an online presence. RoseHosting is a perfect sponsor for the 2017 WordCamp in Riverside, CA as WordPress users who require hosting for their web services can turn to RoseHosting to meet their needs. For example, RoseHosting provides managed WordPress hosting for companies that want to publish content online without all of the hassle of managing and running a server. WordCamp Riverside 2017 is expected to be an exciting event for designers, developers, bloggers, and business owners from all across Southern California. Sessions are available for everyone from beginners to advanced developers. The camp features multiple speakers who will share valuable information with attendees and answer any questions from the audience. Everyone is welcome to attend WordCamp Riverside 2017 and share ideas and experiences with other entrepreneurs. This is the first time WordCamp has come to Riverside. The camp will take place at SolarMax Technologies, where RoseHosting and the other sponsors will be present to provide insight on the products and services they offer. This inaugural WordCamp is an important step in the creation of a strong, supportive WordPress community in the local area. The organizers hope that local designers, developers, and bloggers will get to know each other and forge strong relationships that can help everyone succeed. RoseHosting is a privately owned St. Louis-based company, in business since 2001. Back then, they were the first and only company in the world to offer commercial Linux virtual servers. Now, they offer several hosting solutions to thousands of customers around the world. Their data center is located in St. Louis, Missouri, less than 100 miles from the population center of the USA.

COLOTRAQ Unveils Data Center Equipment Maintenance Capabilities

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PARSIPPANY, NJ – COLOTRAQ, the foremost global sourcing advisory firm and master agency for data center infrastructure services, announces it can now provide its system integrators (SIs), VARs, MSPs, Agents and independent consultants world class options to OEM maintenance contracts for data center and hardware infrastructure maintenance cost optimization. Our teams span the globe – keeping your IT systems up-to-date, agile and running at the highest level. With it’s newly formed partnerships COLOTRAQ can now fulfill enterprise client demand for cost optimization by using a hybrid maintenance strategy that combines secondary hardware, OEM-maintenance, OEM-independent TPM, and managed spares in global regions across server, storage and network technologies “We are pleased to be a part of COLOTRAQ’s premier sourcing ecosystem for data center infrastructure services. With COLOTRAQ’s team providing outstanding global support of clients with Evernex’s services available in 160 countries we have a great opportunity to be a part of driving even higher levels of customer support and satisfaction in even the most challenging environments. Evernex is an IT infrastructure partner – offering world-class, cost-effective solutions anywhere, anytime for the entire life of your IT infrastructure,” stated Tom Gorey, General Manager, Global channels Evernex The key components to this offer : Third Party Maintenance (TPM) for network, server and storage devices, available on 6 continents, in more than 160 countries at an average savings of 60% off OEM list prices. All this with a single point of contact and common SLA. The focus of this program is on the TPM market for data center and network support, which is maintenance provided independently from the OEMs. Most large, physically diversified enterprises use OEM’s and TPM’s to ensure business continuity. 85% of the time there is only one TPM competing against the OEM… at half the OEM street price. There are only two providers with effective global reach. Evernex is the premier choice, with the largest spare parts inventory in the world, having over 750,000 items in stock. And Evernex is channel friendly, offering deal registration and recurring commissions. With its 96% customer retention rate, that matters. “Through these partnerships COLOTRAQ can now offer competitive alternatives to the ever increasing equipment costs in the marketplace as well as extending the life of the many excellent products customers are comfortable with that are no longer OEM supported,” stated Dany Bouchedid, CEO COLOTRAQ. About Evernex The French company, Evernex, which is majority owned by an investment fund, THE CARLYLE GROUP (NASDAQ: CG), is specialized in the maintenance of IT infrastructure around the world, using a comprehensive range of services from maintenance, to Spare as a Service – SPaaS™, but also additional services such as recycling, secure data disposal, data centre removal and relocation, library repair, IT hardware rental and financial solutions.Evernex offers services 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, to all customer sites worldwide to ensure business continuity and operational user quality, whilst remaining committed to protecting the environment and sustainable development. Evernex provides three quarters of its business services internationally and covers over one hundred and sixty countries across the globe. The group achieved Revenues of $190 million in 2016 About the Carlyle Group Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with over $158 billion under management, spread out between 281 investment vehicles (as of 31 December 2016). Carlyle, headquartered in Washington, DC, USA, aims to invest in a far-sighted manner to create value for its investors, many of whom are pension funds. Carlyle’s investment activities are divided into 4 segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Market Strategies and Investment Solutions – deployed globally: in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle’s fields of expertise cover the aerospace industry, defence and government services, consumer goods, energy, financial services, health, industry, real estate, telecommunications, the media and transport. The Carlyle Group has a network of 35 offices employing more than 1,600 staff across six continents. About COLOTRAQ COLOTRAQ is the foremost global sourcing advisory firm and master agency for colocation, managed hosting, cloud and related network services. Since 1999, COLOTRAQ has been helping find data center infrastructure solutions for businesses and institutions worldwide through its unrivaled network of over 400 service providers in over 1,300 cities across 140 countries and territories. COLOTRAQ can instantly match customer requirements from a single rack to thousands of square feet of data center space along with managed hosting, cloud-based infrastructure and network services.

Music Behind the Tech: Marlene Rodriguez

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Music and tech make a perfect pair — coding, troubleshooting and focusing on projects are often accompanied by a soundtrack for many in the IT industry. Whether it’s getting into that “flow state” or simply dialing in on a complex problem, listening to music seems to be the method of choice for IT employees looking […] The post Music Behind the Tech: Marlene Rodriguez appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

Rallying the Troops: The Journey, Episode 2

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The Journey, a Social Media Examiner production, is an episodic video documentary that shows you what really happens inside a growing business. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjIMZHCvPQw Watch The Journey: Episode 2 This episode reveals pressures faced by Michael Stelzner (founder of Social Media Examiner) as he mobilizes his team to achieve a difficult objective. Mike pushes through barriers, [...] This post Rallying the Troops: The Journey, Episode 2 first appeared on . - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

The Case For Improving the UX of Your Terms and Conditions Page (and 6 Easy Ways To Do It)

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When it comes to designing or improving the UX of a website, how often do you consider your terms and conditions page? My guess: hardly ever. I know what you’re thinking, “why spend time improving a page that 99% of people don’t read when I should be working on my homepage, pricing page, checkout page, etc?” To be clear, you should definitely pay more attention to the design of these pages, but there is a case to be made for giving some tender love and care to your terms page. This article outlines three reasons why you should, and offers 6 no-hassle ways to enhance your terms of service page. Wait…What Exactly Is a Terms & Conditions Agreement? First things first, before we cover the reasons you should improve the UX of your terms page, let’s quickly review what a terms and conditions agreement is. A terms and conditions agreement (also known as a terms of service or terms of use) is essentially a legal contract that outlines the rules that visitors must abide by when using a website or app. The purpose of this agreement is to protect both owners and visitors, and ensure the website or app offers the intended experience. While there is no overarching law requiring every website to have a terms of service page, without one, a website is legally naked in terms of protecting its ownership rights over its content (designs, articles, etc). 3 Reasons To Improve Your Terms & Conditions Page If you haven’t paid much attention to your terms page or don’t think there is any value to doing so, here are three arguments that should convince you to fix that page as soon as you’ve finished reading this article:   Build trust in your brand When a visitor is able to understand a terms and conditions, they feel reassured that they can explore a site without fear of getting taken advantage of or scammed. It’s a breath of fresh air to be able read through and understand a website’s terms in the first go. It shows that the company actually cares about its users. On the flip side, if visitors have a hard time just getting through the first paragraph, they begin to question whether the company even thought about their users’ understanding of the terms. Moreover, if they can’t understand the rules that guide the operation of the business, they are more likely to demonstrate caution about using the site. It’s also important to understand that while a terms and conditions gives you credibility with your users, it also builds trust with Google. Along with a website privacy policy and about us page, a terms and conditions page helps send trust signals to Google. This is important because the more Google trusts your website, the less susceptible you are to negative SEO attacks and penalization by the algorithm. Avoid consumer backlash As surprising as it may sound, people DO pay attention to these “boring” legal agreements, and when they see something that is unclear or confusing, they will speak up. For instance, in 2012, Instagram faced an uproar from its users when they noticed that there was an attempt to change the terms and conditions to allow the company to sell uploaded pictures to advertisers. The company received a barrage of angry tweets and emails with hashtags like #Instascam, Instafraud, and #leavinginstagram. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom chalked it up to a misunderstanding and apologized for the “confusing” language in the company’s terms, which he promised would be replaced with precise wording. Although Instagram survived the backlash, a small- to mid-sized business would not fare nearly as well under all the negative pressure. Protect yourself from a lawsuit In extreme cases, major inconsistencies in a terms and conditions can result in legal penalties. For example, in 2015, the popular grocery store chain Safeway was ordered to pay $30 million to all of its Class Members. Customers were angry when they noticed that prices on the online store were higher than the prices in Safeway’s physical locations. The lawsuit stemmed from confusion about whether the word “store” in the their terms and conditions referred to Safeway’s physical or online store. Safeway is just one example of the wave of cases that are beginning to arise as consumers continue to get savvier and more conscious of internet laws. 6 Ways To Enhance Your Terms & Conditions Agreement This article wouldn’t be much use if it didn’t offer actionable tips on how to actually improve your terms and conditions page. Below are six easy ways inspired from examples around the web: Add a table of contents Including a table of contents may sound simple, but it makes a huge difference when it comes to improving the readability of your terms of service agreement. A table of contents (ToC) makes it much easier for visitors to navigate your terms and find exactly what they are looking for. Spotify’s Terms and Conditions offers a straightforward table of contents: While there might not be any flair to their table of contents, users don’t have to scroll through page after page to learn about the guidelines on payments and cancellations. It’s puzzling why sites wouldn’t just spend a few minutes on their terms to help their visitors save hours. Include TL;DRs with each section The number one reason people have trouble reading through terms and conditions agreements is they are often written with legalese that only an attorney would understand. Companies are beginning to address this problem by including a “Too Long; Didn’t Read” (TL;DR), or “short”’ version, that cuts through the legal jargon and gives visitors a layman’s version. TLDRLegal’s terms of service does it best by organizing their page with the legalese version on the right and the layman’s version on the left. Which one would you rather read? Github’s terms of service does something similar by including a ‘short version’ at the start of every section that gives a brief overview of what is covered and allows users to skim through the page faster. Use question mark popups Another way to help people maneuver through the complicated legal jargon is to include FAQ-style popups like you see below: With these popups, people can hover over the terms or phrases they don’t quite understand and get a quick explainer which clarifies the definition. Sprinkle in icons & images A plain wall of text page after page puts a strain on the eyes and can get boring real fast. Icons and images can be used not only to make your terms and conditions agreement more visually appealing, but to also help navigate the document. Mailchimp uses icons to make it easier to discern the six different legal policies on their site: Since Imperial College London is an educational institution, its terms and conditions are far more robust than that of the average website. Instead of having one long webpage, Imperial College breaks their terms into separate category pages using a menu of easily identifiable images: While most websites’ terms and conditions appear daunting and incredibly boring, the images on Imperial’s page make the terms feel more friendly and welcoming. Prospective students can find the specific policies they need without hassle and can get back to focusing on school. Don’t overlook fonts & spacing The very least you can do to improve the readability of your terms is use a clear font style and size. The screenshot below of Kinja’s Terms of Use and Huffington Post’s terms and conditions demonstrate just how big a difference the font can make. Which one is easier to read? Kinja’s terms agreement is the obvious winner. They use a large font and enough space between lines to avoid making paragraphs look like an overcrowded block of text. On the other hand, Huffingpost’s font is way too small, and they don’t use a space between paragraphs, which makes their terms a nightmare to read (I had to use my finger to make sure I didn’t lose my place). If you’re looking for the ideal font, most recommend sans serifs fonts for online reading. FAQ format When most people visit a terms and conditions page, they come with questions. So instead of having them sift through paragraphs in search of an answer, why not have your terms address their questions upfront? The BBC’s terms of use breaks each section into questions:   So instead of simply labeling a subsection “Content Ownership,” the BBC rephrases it as a question, “Who owns the content I post or upload?”, which is a common question users have. Formatting your terms this way makes the page more user friendly. Final Words No one in their right mind would recommend that you spend more time on your terms of use page than on your pillar pages. However, designers and webmasters should set aside some time to give their terms and conditions pages the attention that it needs. Most of the changes listed above can be done in less than a day, but can make a world of difference when it comes to how visitors perceiver your website. Have any other cool ideas on how to improve the UX of a terms and conditions page? Comment below!

Chatbots: Marketing Automation via Messenger

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Wondering how chatbots can improve open and click-through rates on Facebook? Want to build funnels into your chatbot messaging? To explore how to develop marketing messaging that works in Facebook Messenger chatbots, I interview Andrew Warner. More About This Show The Social Media Marketing podcast is an on-demand talk radio show from Social Media Examiner. [...] This post Chatbots: Marketing Automation via Messenger first appeared on . - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

Introducing Cost Allocation Tags for Amazon SQS

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You have long had the ability to tag your AWS resources and to see cost breakouts on a per-tag basis. Cost allocation was launched in 2012 (see AWS Cost Allocation for Customer Bills) and we have steadily added support for additional services, most recently DynamoDB (Introducing Cost Allocation Tags for Amazon DynamoDB), Lambda (AWS Lambda Supports Tagging and Cost Allocations), and EBS (New – Cost Allocation for AWS Snapshots). Today, we are launching tag-based cost allocation for Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS). You can now assign tags to your queues and use them to manage your costs at any desired level: application, application stage (for a loosely coupled application that communicates via queues), project, department, or developer. After you have tagged your queues, you can use the AWS Tag Editor to search queues that have tags of interest. Here’s how I would add three tags (app, stage, and department) to one of my queues: This feature is available now in all AWS Regions and you can start using in today! To learn more about tagging, read Tagging Your Amazon SQS Queues. To learn more about cost allocation via tags, read Using Cost Allocation Tags. To learn more about how to use message queues to build loosely coupled microservices for modern applications, read our blog post (Building Loosely Coupled, Scalable, C# Applications with Amazon SQS and Amazon SNS) and watch the recording of our recent webinar, Decouple and Scale Applications Using Amazon SQS and Amazon SNS. If you are coming to AWS re:Invent, plan to attend session ARC 330: How the BBC Built a Massive Media Pipeline Using Microservices. In the talk you will find out how they used SNS and SQS to improve the elasticity and reliability of the BBC iPlayer architecture. — Jeff;

File restoration in cPanel & WHM Version 68

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Version 68 was released this week, and I want to talk to you about one of the most exciting new features: As both an end-user and as a server administrator you can now restore individual files from an account backup! Let’s take a look at how it works as of version 68. Step 1: Have available backups Before you can restore from an account backup, you must first have backups already made. To enable backups, go …

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