GitHub launches Marketplace to help developers find the tools they need


Source code management platform GitHub is making it easier for developers to find the right tools to improve and fine-tune their existing workflows. In a blog post, the company announced it is launching a new Marketplace to help its members effortlessly discover and purchase apps to use across the overall development process – “from continuous integration to project management and code review.” The freshly introduced platform essentially makes it possible for developers to get started with new tools without the need to create multiple accounts or set up separate payment methods. The Marketplace is currently divided into five different categories, including…

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Why privacy policies are just sophisticated traps


In all great magic tricks, it is misdirection that convinces the audience that something magical took place. You can say the same for the privacy policies of various tech companies as it’s like a mirage where you think that your privacy is safe and secure but it’s far from it. Piracy policy is an important piece of document that most of us gloss over or decide not to read at all. According to Mikko Hypponen, the Chief Research Officer (CRO) at F-Secure, “It doesn’t matter what it says in the policy. Nobody reads them.” Every educated internet user should know…

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Why every public speaker needs a tablet computer


Sales of tablet computers are in a death spiral. It seems the novelty of the devices has long expired, and people have realized that if you want to do something other than watch Netflix, they aren’t especially useful. But then again, maybe not. I just got back from TNW Conference, in the gorgeous splendor of Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. The two day event featured an impressive lineup of international speakers, including Kevin Rose, Ryan Hoover, David Karp, and other tech luminaries. One of my tasks while at the conference was to interview Alexander Klöping, CEO and founder of Dutch media startup Blendle.…

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Leaked Facebook guidelines say posts about ‘beating up fat kids’ are OK


Facebook has long struggled to adequately moderate its platform for potentially violent and abusive content. And a series of recently leaked guidelines and policies of its internal monitoring practices reveals all the chaos that goes behind the company’s efforts to curb harassment. The Guardian has published a massive trove of internal documents used to train Facebook moderators how to appropriately deal with potentially offensive messages and imagery on its platform. The large collection of manuals – pegged the Facebook Files – outlines the diverse and often conflicting set of rules the social media giant relies on when handling potentially abusive posts. These principles ultimately guide moderators…

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The real impact of Google’s RankBrain on search traffic


The rise and advances of new automation and artificial intelligence software algorithms, including those that learn predictive models from historical data, are making increasingly consequential predictive decisions. Such decisions are having an impact on the lives of people in domains as diverse as digital media, advertising, finance, credit, employment, education and criminal sentencing. Marketers and companies need to understand that we are entering into a new generation of optimizing websites for search engines. While many principles and tactics stay the same in search engine optimization, we cannot deny the current path of technological breakthroughs, such as the introduction of complex…

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Expect the unexpected


When you organize an event with 12,500 daily visitors and 100+ speakers, you can rest assured that something will go wrong. You work hard to organize things well, but you need to accept a certain amount of chaos. Speakers will miss flights, attendees will lose badges, you’ll have promised and then forgotten at least one thing that will upset a startup. That’s all just part of the process, and something that we’ve gotten used to over the years. At a certain point you need to stop reaching for perfection; instead aiming for the best you can do – always while…

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Europe isn’t the new Silicon Valley. It’s better


The World Economic Forum just published a fascinating article charting the growth of the European startup scene, contrasting it to the larger tech ecosystems of Silicon Valley and Asia. If you’re a European founder, you’ve got cause to be optimistic — funding is easier to get, there’s so much innovation happening here, and tech talent is everywhere. I’m not going to regurgitate the piece, but here are the key-points. People have more appetite for risk, with 85 percent of people saying it’s socially acceptable to start your own company. Huge swathes of Europe — namely the Benelux region, the Nordics,…

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