Sunday, May 22
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Black Friday: It’s D-day for retailers with savvy shoppers on the prowl

After weeks of familiar hype and build up, Black Friday is finally here. The biggest shopping day of the year where the pressure is on retailers to deliver in more ways than one. As well as having to focus onmore than ever and deal with the increasedretailers will also have to be prepared for a growing prevalence ofthrough smartphones and mobile devices. , while UK companies, such as Argos and Tesco, have also offered deals ahead of the day, in order to capture as many consumers as possible. Retailers know the heightened expectations that consumers have for Black Friday, which is why we’ve seen such growth in discounts before the event itself.” “Secondly, people are now monitoring the prices of products they want to buy, months in advance of Black Friday, and researching infor...
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Winning in the online dating space

Jeronimo Folgueira, CEO of premium online dating platform , discusses the current state of the dating industry and gives his views on going mobile and premium pricing in the digital economy. The Current State of Online Dating Online dating in the UK has steadily developed into a multi-million pound industry. And it’s showing no signs of slowing down. By our own approximations, the sector is estimated to be worth around £185 million and is expected to grow by around 6% this year. The challenge is that the online dating industry is getting crowded. In the UK alone, there are more than one thousand different online dating services. As the industry continues its impressive growth, we need to see consolidation in the market. Online dating has been around for more than 20 years -...
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P is for persona, not phone: Social media compliance for financial services

Social media offers organisations tremendous business advantage in terms of reaching potential new customers and staying in touch with the ones currently on their roster. In fact, the number of organisations now actively using social media as one of their standard outbound forms of communications is on the rise. However, some social media channels are more popular than others and staying compliant is the key driver. For example, according to data from the Smarsh annual compliance survey for 2016, the use of Twitter and LinkedIn by compliance professionals, as well as those employed at financial services firms, over the span of the last four years has grown considerably whereas the use of Facebook has not. Chief Evangelist  
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How to monetise apps without alienating audiences with display advertising

Like all content creators, app owners need to monetise their content to reinvest for their users - and to stay in business. Often that means turning precious screen real-estate over to advertisers, who pay to promote their products to app users. That revenue pays for new levels, new features and even new apps. Advertising comes with two specifications: an audience to promote to, and somewhere to house the message. But advertising is often an inelegant solution to a sophisticated problem. It can undermine the work and effort that app owners invest in creating rich and engaging experiences. It frustrates and it annoys app users. But it is seen as a necessary evil for those who wish to provide and consume quality content - for free - online or on mobile.
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Gmail outage affects millions of corporate Google for Work users

An outage to Google's Gmail email service yesterday left many corporate users frustrated that they were unable to access their mail.Users of the company's Google for Work were unable to access their email with those in the UK and US being hit the hardest by the disruption. Google has investigated why the outage occurred and it is currently working on bringing the service back online.On its App status page, the company posted an update regarding the outage, saying: “We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail.  We will provide more information shortly. Based on reports, it affects only Google for Work Gmail users.  The users are redirected to a page with 'Service not available, contact your administrator'.”The issue, which was apparently caused by a technical glitch, is con...
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Q&A: GoDaddy exec Jeff King and the value of a WordPress solution

GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, recently announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire WordPress site management tool ManageWP. ManageWP enables web designers and developers to manage multiple WordPress sites from a single dashboard, no matter where they are hosted. I spoke with Jeff King, SVP of Hosting at GoDaddy, to find out more about what this acquisition means for GoDaddy and ManageWP customers, what drives GoDaddy’s continued investment in WordPress, and to get his thoughts on how the online industry is shaping the SME segment. 1. Why has GoDaddy acquired ManageWP? With customer demand and experience at the very heart of everything that we do, GoDaddy has acquired ManageWP to offer a game-changing product fo...
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3 IoT integrations needed for the future of smart cities

While the reach of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand daily and globally, few organisations realise the groundbreaking impact this approach can have for enterprise security and public safety. Conversely, while IoT is still considered an emerging market, 68 per cent of businesses are already using IoT applications. The significant percentage of present adoption proves that organisations realise the value of IoT, even as some struggle with its strategic implementation.  
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Why is the UK such an attractive target for DDoS attackers?

DDoS attacks have become many things over the last decade; weapons of cyberwarfare, security breach diversions and service impacting strategies. The motivations for these attack campaigns are endless – financial, political, nation-state, extortion and everything in between. The reported increase in attacks against the UK over the last six months coincides with a warning issued by the City of London Police in May of this year, where the public was warned of a new wave of ransom driven DDoS attacks orchestrated by Lizard Squad, in which UK businesses were told that they would be targeted by a DDoS attack if they refused to pay the bitcoin ransom.  

IoT – Before talking profit, we need to talk security

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IoT – Before talking profit, we need to talk security

When a Mirai botnet made up of thousands of Internet of Things (IoT) devices took down major websites such as Twitter and Spotify in October, it merely confirmed the fears of many that such devices in general – and the smart home in particular – can’t be trusted. If half the internet can be shut down by a few thousand poorly secured devices, how can we believe they will keep us safe, warm and entertained? If consumers are truly going to buy in to the IoT, they need to feel safe and secure before they're prepared to invest. In other words, security is paramount to the long-term success of IoT.  
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German court clears Adblock Plus again in lawsuit appeal

Countless numbers of web users are completely in love with adblocking, but there are those who have tried to have it deemed illegal. Adblock Plus has been in court over this before, and today a German court has ruled, once again, that its operations are entirely legal. Publishing house Axel Springer sued Adblock Plus, saying that no company should be able to interfere with the display of ads. Axel Springer lost its case last year, but decided to appeal. Using a recent law to attack Adblock Plus' Acceptable Ads program, Axel Springer tried to get the adblocker banned. This failed, but Adblock Plus has been forced to offer free whitelisting to the publisher. : 'We have to change how we offer whitelisting to Axel Springer in Germany. Normally, because Axel Springer would probably qu...