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Jan 4

Wk 1 Shorts: Digital Darwin, Google hide and seek, IE6 and YaCy

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Jan 4

Black Friday and Cyber Monday saw an explosion in mobile and tablet activity. The infographic to the right nicely illustrates this. Click to see a larger version.

Brian Solis on Digital Darwinism and Customer-Centricity. A talk about Digital Darwinism, customer-centricity (and how many businesses unfortunately siloed social media), the social business and a new breed of consumers that requires you to be extremely adaptive.
Or, as Brian says: #AdaptorDie. [more]

Google hiding search terms. A few weeks ago Google started to encrypt search data for logged in users. This essentially means that website owners will see no keyword data for visitors referred from Google. We didn’t think too much of it at the time, given that just 0.68% of our visits were affected in the period immediately after this initiative came into play. However, it seems that things have significantly worsened in November, at least for Econsultancy as now over one third of the search terms are now hidden. [more]

GDrive: For more than five years now, people have speculated about a not-so-secret Google product called Google Drive, or GDrive for short. If you look closely, plenty of evidence reinforces that Google Drive is real and its release could, in fact, be imminent. With every leaked GDrive screenshot, test page or UI element, we creep closer to the product’s official launch, expected any time now. [more]

Microsoft plans ‘silent’ updates to Internet Explorer. Once IE is updated, future changes will be applied without a user’s knowledge. Microsoft said it was starting the project to update millions of machines to improve security online. Future updates to the browser would be applied without a user’s knowledge to help beat scammers catching people out with fake updates. Those who did not want their browser updated could opt out or uninstall the software, said Microsoft. “The Web overall is better – and safer – when more people run the most up-to-date browser,” wrote Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s IE boss, in a blogpost explaining the plan. [more]

YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet. When contributing to the world-wide peer network, the scale of YaCy is limited only by the number of users in the world and can index billions of web pages. It is fully decentralized, all users of the search engine network are equal, the network does not store user search requests and it is not possible for anyone to censor the content of the shared index. We want to achieve freedom of information through a free, distributed web search which is powered by the world’s users. [More]

Week Shorts is a short compendium of interesting news articles compiled at Connected and published for those interested in the new media world. All the articles are taken from third party sources and links are provided back to see the full article after minor editing and formatting changes. Connected acknowledges the owners of the work and respective copyrights. The article is provided, as-is with no warranty as to it’s accuracy. Connected cannot control and therefore will not be held liable for the content of third-party web-sites.

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