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AWS May Webinars - Focus on Security

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We have received a lot of great feedback on the partner webinars that we held in April. In conjunction with our partners, we will be holding two more webinars this month. The webinars are free, but space is limited and preregistration is advisable. In May we are turning our focus to the all-important topic of security, and what it means in the cloud. When I first started talking about cloud computing, audiences would listen intently, and then ask "But what about security?" This question told me two things. First, it told me that the questioner saw some real potential in the cloud and might be able to use it on some mission-critical applications. Second, that it was very important that we share as much as possible about the security principles and practices within and around AWS. We built and maintain AWS Security Center and have published multiple editions of the Overview of Security Processes. In our never-ending quest to keep you as fully informed as possible about this important topic, we have worked with two APN Technology Partners to bring you some new and exciting information. May 20 - Log Collection and Analysis (Splunk and CloudTrail) At 10:00 AM PT on May 20, AWS and Splunk will present the Stronger Security and Compliance on AWS with Log Collection and Analysis webinar. In the webinar you will learn how CloudTrail collects and stores your AWS log files so that software from Splunk can be used as a Big Data Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system. You will hear how AWS log files are made available for many security use cases, including incident investigations, security and compliance reporting, and threat detection/alerting. FNIRA (a joint Splunk/AWS customer) will explain how they leverage Splunk on AWS to support their cloud efforts. May 28 - Federated Single Sign-On (Ping Identity and IAM) At 10:00 AM PT on May 28, AWS and Ping Identity will present the Get Closer to the Cloud with Federated Single Sign-On webinar. In the webinar you will learn how the Ping Identity platform offers federated single sign-on (SSO) to quickly and securely manage authentication of partners and customers through seamless integration with the AWS Identity and Access Management service. You will also hear from Ping Identity partner and Amazon Web Services Customer, Geezeo. They will share best practices based on their experience. Again, these webinars are free but I strongly suggest that you register ahead of time for best results! -- Jeff;

Why We Craft OpenStack (Featuring Software Developer Anne Gentle)

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As OpenStack Summit Atlanta fast approaches, we wanted to dig deeper into the past, present and future of OpenStack. In this video series, we hear straight from some of OpenStack’s community members from Rackspace about how the fast-growing open source project has evolved, what it needs to continue thriving and what it means to them personally. In the video below, Anne Gentle, Rackspace Software Developer, Documentation Program Technical Lead and Technical Committee member speaks of the importance of documentation in user adoption, the growing presence of women in the OpenStack community and some fabulous future use cases for OpenStack. “We don’t have a planet cloud unless everyone can consume the documentation, stand up their own, poke at it, make sure it’s real,” says Anne, “and so that’s where documentation is our first goal of adoption in OpenStack, and everything just falls from there.” Be sure to check out previous installments in the “Why We Craft OpenStack” video series featuring Rackers Kurt Griffiths, Jarret Raim, Ed Leafe, Chuck Their and Glen Campbell. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta for OpenStack Summit, May 12 through May 16.

New This Year at HostingCon: Business Connections

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HostingCon listens! Building business connections is a consistent theme we hear from both attendees and exhibitors. So this year we are testing something new – Business Connections sessions. These new sessions are designed to facilitate connections/introductions between full conference attendees wanting to explore specific product and service solutions and exhibitors providing those solutions. The goal is to help attendees and exhibitors get more business done while at HostingCon. The format is a series of two-minute elevator pitches from up to 10 companies offering solutions in a number of different areas. Ask questions. Compare solutions. Meet the companies. Sessions are moderated and focus and times follow. Seeking Domain solutions? – Monday, June 16 at 9:00 a.m. in Room #C223 Seeking Backup, storage and DR solutions? – Monday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m. in Room #C223 Seeking Email value-added service solutions? – Monday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. in Room #C223 Seeking E-commerce/Payment Provider solutions? – Monday, June 16 at 1:15 p.m. in Room #C223 Seeking Platforms and apps: PaaS and SaaS solutions? – Monday, June 16 at 2:15 p.m. in Room #C223 Seeking Cloud enablement (IaaS) solutions? – Tuesday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. in Room #C223 Seeking Data Center solutions? – Tuesday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. in Room #C223 Don’t forget that there are only a couple more days left on the extended Early Bird pricing. Register now to turn up the heat at HostingCon 2014! For all the latest HostingCon news and information, visit HostingCon - Premier Industry Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers

Introducing language targeting

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Twitter is a platform where users from across the world come together to engage in live, public conversations. Advertisers can participate in these conversations by connecting with users that have diverse backgrounds and interests. Advertisers can now target Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts in languages that their audience understands, while users are eligible to see highly relevant ads in their language. Along with language-specific analytics, this targeting is available to all advertisers globally and through our Ads API. We’re excited to introduce language targeting, now available in 20 different languages. Language targeting can benefit marketers who want to reach a global audience with language-specific messaging, or who are in countries where large populations speak multiple languages. For example, an advertiser who wants to Promote Tweets to Italian-speaking soccer fans during the World Cup can use Italian language targeting to reach the right users around the world. Advertisers can also use language targeting in conjunction with our robust suite of targeting options based on interest, keyword, gender, geo or tailored audience segments. For instance, a travel brand that wants to reach Spanish-speaking travelers in the U.S. can combine U.S. geo-targeting, travel-category interest targeting and Spanish language targeting to effectively connect with their target audience. We use a number of different signals to determine a user’s language, including the language selected in a user’s profile settings and the languages that correspond to a user’s activity on Twitter. A user can be targetable by multiple languages if we infer that a user is multilingual. To get started with language targeting, login to your Twitter Ads account. For more information about language targeting, please visit our help center article.

Is THIS the New Best Way to Reach More People on Facebook?

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Do you want more of your fans to see your Facebook posts in the news feed? If so, you should learn as much as possible about Facebook’s news feed algorithm. No one knows exactly how the algorithm works — and what factors are considered when content is ranked. >> Click to Tweet << That said, Business Insider recently had a fascinating piece about the news feed algorithm. Here’s a passage from the article: The feed has become over run with all sorts of content and Facebook uses an algorithm to manage it. But, no algorithm is perfect. CEO Mark Zuckerberg found this out when the top story in his feed was a co-worker’s birthday. At the same time, his niece had been born. According to a new Steven Levy story in Wired, when Zuckerberg saw his co-worker’s birthday ranking ahead of his niece’s birth, he asked for a tweak to Facebook’s News Feed algorithm. The tweak was that if the word “congratulations” is in the comments, a post gets a boost. Is THIS the New Best Way to Reach More People on Facebook? The Business Insider article was about a tweak to the news feed algorithm regarding the word “congratulations” — and how that word in the comments might be the best way to reach more people on Facebook. If this is true, then sharing important moments & milestones on Facebook might now be the key to getting more engagement on your posts. >> Click to Tweet << Think about it — why else would Facebook create a video to showcase your important moments from the past few years?  Facebook has even asked businesses to add “Milestones” to their fan pages.  Takeaway: Post More Milestones Your content might now get ranked higher in the news feed if someone congratulates you on a post. Apparently, there are important moments in your life that Facebook wants to make sure your friends & fans don’t miss. I’ve seen it first-hand. I recently changed jobs & more than 200 people Liked the post when I told friends about the change on my Timeline. More than 90 people commented, and it was one of my most viral posts I ever published on Facebook.  This goes along with something I’ve often stressed:  the importance of adding a personal touch to your content. You basically can’t go wrong if you create Facebook posts about: Engagements Graduations New babies Weddings  Birthdays  Awards & recognition New products Holidays In my opinion, more pages should share about personal events & the important things that happen in the lives of their owners & employees. I recommend ditching that “professional image” in favor of a more personal, conversational tone. >> Click to Tweet << Looking at the most viral photos from Facebook’s top 50 brands, some of the most popular images were about new products that were launched — often a great moment for a company & its customers.  Before-and-after shots (always important milestones) were the most shared photos from some of the most popular fitness pages on Facebook.  Even the most viral photos from teams in the NFL recognized birthdays, new logos, etc. — special moments for football fans everywhere. Takeaway: Be More Personal! Remember, it’s not about gaming the news feed or fooling Facebook by trying to get people to congratulate you. Of course, marketers will try — but Facebook isn’t dumb. You can’t fake authenticity! People will congratulate you when they feel your post is genuine. >> Click to Tweet << Facebook wants users to be personal, approachable & to share their stories.  So be authentic! This is, after all — a social network. The post Is THIS the New Best Way to Reach More People on Facebook? appeared first on Post Planner.

Join the .CLUB! Three Popular New gTLDS Launched by 1&1

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With over 70 new top-level domains (TLDs) available already, today 1&1 Internet has launched three more popular domain extensions to its customers. For the first time, users can immediately register: .CLUB .COOL .WATCH The .CLUB TLD is one of the most popular new TLDs based on 1&1’s pre-registration process, as many customers are eager to establish their website under this exciting new domain. This is a great opportunity for those that operate a night club, manage a sports club or even organize book clubs, for example. For every new TLD, 1&1 offers pre-registration, which allows customers to order their desired website address before the domain is officially launched. This gives the customer priority registration with 1&1 when the new TLD is launched. By utilizing domain extensions that are specific to businesses and organizations, such as .CLUB, website owners can strategically target their online presence and bolster online branding opportunities. As one of the most affordable new TLDs, .CLUB can be immediately registered for just $9.99 for the first year. Additionally, .COOL and .WATCH can be immediately registered for $19.99 for the first year. For more information on how to secure your desired domain name and improve your online brand, visit Photo Credit: ©

Emails Between Google and NSA Suggest Ongoing Cooperation: Reports

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Google and other major tech companies have been meeting with the NSA about cybersecurity for years, emails obtained by Al Jazeera reveal. The emails between Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt and NSA Director General Keith Alexander were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and date from the summer of 2012.

What Is Net Neutrality And Why Does It Matter?

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The post What Is Net Neutrality And Why Does It Matter? appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Net neutrality is the basic premise that all online data should be treated equally, without discrimination, without additional charges, and without blocking or throttling internet usage by all ISPs (Internet Service Providers) or by the government. It is uncensored access, equal access, and unrestricted access. As Senator Franken (of Minnesota) has been quoted as saying “Net neutrality is the First Amendment issue of our time.” The internet was designed as an open medium of communication, one in which all users could access all content (within the legal requirements for content access in certain cases) without being restricted from doing so. There are many that argue that net neutrality no longer exists, in light of the fact that the FCC’s previous rulings on the matter were recently struck down, but in light of the publicity that we, the users of the internet, have brought to this issue, in light of the protests that we have made, the FCC is taking steps to create new net neutrality rules, working to try to keep the public’s desires at heart (a first for the FCC, one could argue!). The FCC’s actions are not entirely altruistic, being concerned with the creation of monopolies and the like, but, the fact of the matter is that net neutrality is not yet dead. If net neutrality ceases, we could be looking at a creation of an internet bogged down by fees, one in which the user must pay to access certain types of content. One in which Netflix does not have to pay a toll to have its content streamed, and one in which those tolls are not passed on in fees to the customers who wish to use it. It is not just streaming that would be affected, however, but all content. For example if you wanted access to the news websites, you could be charged a fee, and another fee could be charged if you wanted to look at internet memes. The sky would be the limit if net neutrality dies out completely. So yes, pay attention to anything involving net neutrality, and remember, as we said back in 2011 – “We here at HostGator support a free internet. An internet in which free information and unhindered distribution of said information is an unalienable human right.” We still stand by this statement and we believe that you need to know what’s going on in the world of the internet today! Image Source: Color Lines. (2014). Net Neutrality. [image online] Available at: [Accessed: 27 Mar 2014]. web hosting

Webinar: Get social to build your business

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  You’ve got your website all set up and you’re ready to start marketing your products and services online. Only, where is everyone? Come join us at 9 a.m. (PST) Thursday, May 15, for the next webinar in our ongoing series to find out how to reach customers on social channels like Facebook®, Pinterest®, and Twitter®. Social media marketing is practically essential for every business, and not utilizing social spaces could be costing you huge numbers each month. During Social Media 101: Raise Awareness and Engage Customers, GoDaddy Web expert Shawn Pfunder will explain the basics of marketing yourself on social media and how to launch your own campaign. You’ll learn how to: Find customers in the social sphere who could be immediate fans Develop your own social voice so fans immediately recognize your style Craft social media content that’s engaging and informative Use social media for customer engagement and to put out fires And much more! This one-hour workshop is designed for new and experienced social media users, so everyone should join us to learn and have fun. Even if you’ve never touched Facebook, there’s something to learn—so don’t miss it! Can’t make it? Register anyway and we’ll send you the webinar after it airs so you still get all the great info included. Also, make sure to check the GoDaddy Training Hub for more webinar listings coming later in the year! Space is limited, so make sure to register early to claim your spot. See you on the 15th! The post Webinar: Get social to build your business appeared first on GoDaddy Blog.

ResellerClub Hosting & Domain Promos – May 2014!

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Having received an incredible response on your favorite .COM promotion, we’ve decided to reduce the promo prices further! Starting 30th April, you can avail .COM Domains at a discounted price of just $7.99 until 30th of May, 2014. The good news doesn’t end there! You can continue to avail incredible discounts on our Hosting products all through the coming month. Read on and see the complete list of Hosting and Domain promotions coming your way! Hosting Promos VPS Hosting Reseller Hosting Shared Hosting Personal Hosting Starting at $15/mo. Starting at $7.99/mo. Starting at $3.99/mo. Starting at $1.49/mo. Make the most of these amazing discounts and effortlessly migrating your hosting portfolio to us using our Free Migration Promo. Domain Promos .COM @ $7.99$9.99 Ends: May 30th .NET @ $4.99$10.59 Ends: May 30th .ORG @ $4.99 $10.59 Ends: May 30th .BIZ @ $3.69$10.79 Ends: May 30th TLD Promo Price Valid Until .COM $7.99 30th May, 2014 .UNO $7.49 30th May, 2014 .NET $4.99 30th May, 2014 .BIZ $3.69 30th May, 2014 .ORG $4.49 30th May, 2014 .ASIA $2.49 30th May, 2014 .EU $2.99 30th May, 2014 .IN & Third Level .IN $2.99 30th May, 2014 .CO $9.99 30th May, 2014 .ME $8.29 30th May, 2014 .PW $3.49 30th May, 2014 .IN.NET $2.99 30th May, 2014 .WS $6.99 30th May, 2014 .SX $14.99 30th May, 2014   Should you require any further information, please feel free to get in touch with us or leave us a comment below!

The mystery behind cryptography explained

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If you run an e-commerce business, or are just someone who has a website that requires a login, you’ve probably heard that you need a secure certificate (commonly referred to as an SSL certificate). The line you’re usually given is that it “protects” or “encrypts” visitors’ data when they’re on your website. That sounds important — the last thing you want is someone “hacking” your visitors. That’s certainly not going to build trust and convince them to give you their hard-earned cash or already-at-a-deficit attention. So, you think, “OK. I’ll buy an SSL.” You set it up and it just kind of magically does what it says. Your customers/visitors/clients are protected. But, if you’re anything like me, you want to know how do SSL certificates work? Let me tell you — it’s ingenious. Though the technology behind it is actually a little complicated, anyone can understand its concepts. Looking around for the best explanations available, I found a wonderful video on YouTube® from Art of the Problem that very clearly illustrates (literally) how cryptography (i.e. the type of security SSL certificates use) works. Check it out here: The post The mystery behind cryptography explained appeared first on GoDaddy Blog.

Five Weaknesses That Kill App Performance

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Performance issues are at the heart of why many apps don’t meet user expectations and die a slow death. While the user might see a single application, on the backend there are many moving parts that must align in order to deliver a consistent experience. According to Forrester, nearly 60 percent of delivery challenges revolve around infrastructure-related performance issues. Here are five performance weaknesses that impact the end user experience of any app: 1. Spinning wheels What the user experiences: Long wait times to pull or process information, dragging down productivity. The Aberdeen Group reports that corporate revenues dip almost 10 percent due to slow performance while a three-second performance boost yields a nearly 25 percent revenue increase. The average website or web app relies on eight or more different components (analytics and tracking, payment systems, site search, aggregated content, social networks, etc.), so a lag in any one piece can degrade performance for the whole application. 2. Application crashes What the user experiences: After a crash users attempt to enter information on the website, it stops responding, doesn’t save entered data, and then requires users to invest more time re-entering data instead of moving on to the next task. This fiasco plagued the website and caused a flurry of negative media attention and loss of confidence in the system. Crashes usually result in lost data and user frustration. An application can crash for a number of reasons, from overloaded processors, to a natural disaster sweeping across the country, to the Oprah-effect causing an unexpected traffic spike. A plan for scale, redundancy, and recovery with the appropriate infrastructure resources to support it is a must to ensure that a single failure doesn’t freeze up an entire app. 3. Under-tested enhancements What the user experiences: A new feature is finally live in your app. It was tested for 400 concurrent users but today 800 users attempt to use it. They experience slow response times and sporadic crashes. Launch time isn’t the time to find out that new features or application updates don’t work or cause bottlenecks. Because of limited resources for testing environments, many IT teams can’t execute the rigorous testing needed to flesh out potential issues. Once launched, the lack of thorough testing becomes evident in features that perform inconsistently, leading to a lack of confidence in users. 4. Storage deficits What the user experiences: To add content to your CMS, a user needs to be registered. However, due to resource constraints, user data is only updated once daily, making the user wait up to 24 hours for access or to make account changes. When storage capacity is tapping out, resources take too long to commit saves and feed data to other apps to process transactions. To keep up with ballooning data stores and the need for real-time analysis of that data, the IT team is straining its resources. Over a third of surveyed IT professionals report that it takes eight-plus hours to add new data targets – hours that could be better spent on high-value infrastructure improvements. 5. Cutting costs on performance What the user experiences: Databases running on antiquated hard drive disk servers can’t update inventory changes quickly enough, causing inaccuracies in things like the online catalog. This creates a constant flurry of customer phone calls, complaints, and bad word of mouth. As noted in an IDG report, from year one to year seven, per server support costs more than quadruple while failures and outages triple. More importantly for the life of your application, maintenance and support costs go through the roof. Costly upgrades that increase ROI, like moving to solid state drive servers or boosting content delivery capabilities, are often delayed in lieu of the cost to maintain existing, support-hungry servers. How Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers Strengthen App Performance On-demand scale for storage, test/dev, and unexpected spikes High performing SSD-based server architecture keeps application components running at top speed Expertise to help you plan, deploy, and optimize specialized infrastructure built for complex application workloads Learn how other customers have increased performance and lowered costs with Performance Cloud Servers. View Performance Cloud Server technical details and feature list.

Evernote + LinkedIn: Powering Professional Relationships

LinkedIn Official Blog -

Business cards are one of the many ways people initiate professional relationships, so it is important to us that our members can quickly and easily bring these connections to LinkedIn. CardMunch, which LinkedIn acquired in January 2011, is one way to do this, but we know our members want more capability and functionality. So today LinkedIn is deepening our partnership with Evernote. LinkedIn members can scan a business card using Evernote’s mobile app and then directly connect with this contact on LinkedIn to maintain the new relationship. Evernote’s card scanning service is fast, reliable, and literally world-class, with support for seven languages. In Evernote, our members will be able to view profile photos, job titles and company information from LinkedIn right in the notes created when they scan business cards. LinkedIn members will now also be able to enter comments related to the scanned card and geo-tag the location where the card was scanned. We will discontinue the CardMunch app on July 11, 2014. All LinkedIn members who use CardMunch and choose to transfer their existing scanned cards into Evernote will receive two free years of Evernote’s premium business card scanning service. Members will be able to quickly and easily migrate their CardMunch data to Evernote. Details can be found here. CardMunch data is also available in LinkedIn Contacts on on the desktop, and in the LinkedIn Contacts app. We recognize that some members may not want to transfer their data to Evernote, so we are also giving all CardMunch users the option to download their CardMunch data (including their business card images). In addition, LinkedIn members who do not use CardMunch will receive free Evernote business card scanning for one year if they connect their LinkedIn account with Evernote. A couple of weeks ago when we announced LinkedIn surpassed 300 million members, we noted that strategic partnerships (with companies like Apple, Nokia, Samsung and now Evernote) are a core part of our plan to reach the next three billion LinkedIn members. We’re excited to expand our partnership with Evernote and to bring LinkedIn to their users around the world. LinkedIn is committed to doing fewer things better and by expanding our partnership with Evernote we can ensure that our members have the best card scanning experience possible while staying focused on what we do best.


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