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April 7th, 2014

Enterprise Mode Comes To Internet Explorer 11

Microsoft announced that it has launched an update to Internet Explorer 11 with an Enterprise Mode feature aimed at helping businesses keep up to date with software, service, and device releases. It’s available on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Microsoft says it provides better compatibility for older versions of IE and tools to manage which Web apps use it.

“Businesses can benefit from the modern Web standards, better performance, and increased security of our latest browser, while extending existing investments in legacy Web apps. And by decreasing dependencies on older versions, Internet Explorer is helping customers stay up-to-date with Windows 8.1, services like Office 365, and devices like the Surface Pro 2,” say IE program manager lead Kevin Miller and product marketing manager Fred Pullen in a joint blog post.

“Many businesses are experiencing tension between today’s Web apps and services—which may require modern standards like HTML5 and CSS3—and older Web apps and services, designed for older versions of Internet Explorer,” the add. “Legacy apps often represent a significant investment and have long, multi-year lifecycles, effectively making these customers dependent on an older version of Internet Explorer until they can upgrade these Web apps to modern Web standards.”

Enterprise Mode

They note that many businesses are still using Internet Explorer 8, and that IE 11 with Enterprise Mode can provide better backward compatibility. They get into more technical details about how it does this in the post.

You’ll also learn more about the feature from this session from Microsoft’s Build conference called “Better APp Compat with Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11″ when it becomes available.

A Windows 8.1 update for iE 11 is available for download, with automatic updates starting April 8th for Windows 7 and 8.1. A Windows Phone 8.1 version was also announced. More on the browser itself here.

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March 10th, 2014

Is The Internet Good For Society?

Pew Research has just unveiled the results of a massive survey about the internet to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web. It’s dense, and there’s a lot to comb through, but I think the question from Pew that is best suited for such a retrospective is this:
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February 17th, 2014

LocalU Event Is Coming To Silicon Valley!

What is LocalU?

Local U is an informative four-hour crash course in the basics of internet marketing — and especially Local Search. It’s largely a beginners’ event that is intended specifically for business owners and is aimed at helping them to thrive online.

I’m excited to be an organizer for this event, along with Kathy from Kat & Mouse Internet Marketing and Mike Blumenthal.

The speakers at this event are experts in their field, and generously share their knowledge with the attendees. If you are local business owner in Silicon Valley, don’t miss this event – you will take away lots of valuable, actionable tips to help your business online.

What You Will Learn

  • The ABCs of Local Search
  • How to get your website to rank in the local listings
  • How to make your website more effective (I will be presenting this section)
  • How to be proactive about your online reviews
  • How to leverage blogging and social media for your business
  • and LOTS more…

You can also attend one of the breakout sessions and get all of your questions answered.

Here’s a short video that gives you a nice overview, from business owners who have attended the event in other cities.

How To Register

Local University will take place on May 1, 2014 from 8:30 am – 1 p.m at the Orchard City Banquet Hall in Campbell, CA.

Registration is very affordable at $129. You can save $50 if you sign up with my invite code here.

I hope to see you there! If you come to the event, make sure to say hello – I’d love to meet up with you.

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January 27th, 2014

The Future Of Global Internet Governance Announced

A new Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) was announced today at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt has been named as chair for the GCIG.
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December 30th, 2013

Can we really trust Google 2014?

Like many of you, I’m prepping plans for 2014 with many of my clients and for my own business. And, while looking through some year-end reports, I had a chilling thought: What if Google really sticks it to us next year? What if they turn off key services, eliminate more data or, most worrying, restrict access to customers?
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December 2nd, 2013

Creative Ways To Use Instagram To Sell Products

Bolthouse Farms is utilizing Instagram for a pretty interesting campaign, encouraging users to snap pictures of its products, tag it with pre-determined hashtags, and get money-saving coupons to use toward the products.
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November 4th, 2013

Instagram Ads Make Their Official Debut with Michael Kors!

After the announcement of Instragram ads, the first ad was debuted on Friday by the well-known fashion brand Michael Kors. And if we look at the comments in the screenshot, users of Facebook-owned photo-sharing network aren't quite happy with the announcement.

Instagram Ads Make Their Official Debut with Michael Kors!

The Instagram ad by Michael Kors has an image of the watch from the Timeless collection of the brand. The US users will see the ad, even if they are not following Michael Kors on Instagram.

If you want to hide the ads, tap the button with three period and a feedback pop-up will appear, as to why the ad did not appear interesting to them.

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October 7th, 2013

LinkedIn Accused of Hacking Email Addresses

LinkedIn has long been thought of as the professionals’ social media platform.
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