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Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts linked to Chinese government

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 20:02

Twitter and Facebook have suspended accounts for running a state-sponsored propaganda campaign targeting Hong Kong protesters.

Twitter says it suspended 936 accounts that were "deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong" as well as 200,000 more "spammy" accounts that were "proactively suspended before they were substantially active." 

The accounts in question targeted protesters in Hong Kong, who have been demonstrating for weeks.

Twitter described the ring of accounts as a "significant state-backed information operation," and noted that some accounts were created using VPN services.  Read more...

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What is a VPN? And why do I need one?

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 19:41
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Nine out of ten Americans feel like they have lost control of how their personal information is collected and used, according to the Pew Research Center. And while precautions exist to safeguard sensitive data, most users feel like they should be doing more

Usually we try to push our concerns to the side. But doing nothing is the online equivalent of handing out flyers on the street corner with your credit card numbers, medical history, and a photo of your driver’s license.

Like having insurance, it’s not an issue until it’s an issue. But the first time you’re hacked in a coffee shop, get your identity stolen, receive a cease and desist in the mail, or just sit down to think about the implications of all of your personal information being available to bad actors or those looking to profit off your data, the risks suddenly become very real Read more...

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Google Ads is Switching Search & Shopping Campaigns to Standard Delivery via @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 19:10

Google Ads is changing its ad delivery methods, switching search and shopping campaigns from accelerated delivery to standard delivery.

The post Google Ads is Switching Search & Shopping Campaigns to Standard Delivery via @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Look at these service dogs enjoying the theater

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 18:37

At long last, we can say for sure that dogs love the fine arts.

Earlier this month, a group of service dogs attended a theater performance of Billy Elliot at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. After the show, a photo of some of the dogs sitting up diligently in their seats made the rounds on Twitter. This makes sense: The photo is so cute that it does not even seem real.

ICYMI: We had some pawsitivly adorable audience members from K-9 Country Inn Service Dogs during last weeks Relaxed Performance of #sfBillyElliot. Our Next Relaxed Performance is #sfNeverending on October 2nd

— Stratford Festival (@stratfest) August 15, 2019

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The world's largest bike garage just got even bigger

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 18:32

Maybe you've heard the dinner party fact that the Netherlands is the only country in the world that has more bicycles than people. (If not, go ahead and steal that for your next dinner party!) And here's another one: It only makes sense that the world's largest bicycle parking facility can be found in the country as well.

It just got even bigger.

Located in the city of Utrecht near Central Station, the 24/7 ride-in facility now features enough storage for a casual 12,500 bikes, including regular commuter bikes, cargo bikes, electric bikes, and even tandems (yes, some people use 'em).

The first part of the garage opened in August 2017 with 6,000 spaces, with another 1,500 added by October. This second part, which opened on Monday, Aug. 19, added an extra 5,000 spaces, bringing the total to 12,500. Read more...

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You really should update your VLC Media Player now

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 18:16

Oh, hey, would you look at that — another article telling you to update something. However, in the case of the VLC Media Player installed on your computer, you really actually should. 

VideoLAN, the non-profit maker of the popular media player, issued a security bulletin announcing the update and clarified that this was not just about pushing out a fancy new digital skin or some feature-tweaking. Rather, the update addresses a host of security vulnerabilities that have the potential to cause some serious trouble. 

"If successful, a malicious third party could trigger either a crash of VLC or an arbitratry [sic] code execution with the privileges of the target user," the bulletin explains. "While these issues in themselves are most likely to just crash the player, we can't exclude that they could be combined to leak user informations or remotely execute code." Read more...

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Instagram will pay researchers to find apps abusing its data

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 18:00

Instagram is getting serious about rooting out third-party apps that break its rules.

The company announced a new bug bounty program specifically aimed at finding third-party apps that misuse Instagram data. Facebook put the program in place last spring, but it didn't apply to Instagram until now.

Instagram's new bug bounty program comes less than two weeks after Business Insider reported that HYP3R, once touted as one of the company's "preferred marketing partners," had scraped location data and other info from millions of Instagram users. It was later removed for violating Instagram’s terms of service.  Read more...

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Safari guide almost walks straight into a pride of lions

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:48

You know the feeling of instant regret when you get too far into a situation you don't know how to get out of? Imagine that, plus lions.

You don't have to travel across the world to go on a virtual safari with safariLIVE's YouTube livestreams and videos, which takes viewers on sunrise and sunset trips across the Greater Kruger National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve. But Safari guide Steve might've wanted his latest trip to be virtual.

During a tour, Steve gets out of his truck to follow some fresh lions tracks, but it turns out they were a little too fresh. He walks a few steps before a whole pride of lions raises their heads out of the tall grass.  Read more...

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Best back-to-school sales this week: MacBook, Tile, Herschel, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:35

We can already hear the school bells ringing, drawing this summer to a close. While you might not be able to enjoy pool days and ice cream shop visits anymore, there are still some fun treats in store during this season. We're talking about back-to-school sales.

Brands like PhoneSoap, Tile, and Cratejoy are offering some sweet discounts to kick off the new school year. While these kinds of deals are nice, we're aware that you need actual school supplies as well.

Sales can crop up for random items taking up real estate on your back-to-school list and it can be tough to know if you're getting the best deal. We've done that work for you and found some of the best sales on school supplies, electronics, and dorm essentials. Read more...

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Midge hits the road in delightful 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' teaser

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:28

Mrs. Maisel is going on tour! The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Season 3 teaser is here to haunt you for the next four months as Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) gears up to go on tour with Shy Baldwin (Leroy McClain). 

Tour life is at once everything and nothing Midge and manager Susie (Alex Borstein) ever expected – especially not with that glimpse of Sterling K. Brown in the mix (also, Joel is still around. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯).

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 premieres Dec. 6 on Amazon. Read more...

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Best laptop and tablet sales this week: Dell, MacBook, Lenovo, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:27

Summer is starting to wind down and fall is approaching faster than many of us realize, which means lower temperatures, less sun, and the beginning of hygge season. While you could sit around and let the end-of-summertime sadness get you down, you also could do something about it instead — like buy yourself a nice gift to distract you from the slowly fading sunshine.

SEE ALSO: 8 of the best laptops for kids in 2019

We’re here to help you get through the end of the best season of the year by bringing you the very best deals on laptops and tablets for the week, including big discounts on Apple laptops, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, Dell gaming laptops, and more.  Read more...

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Apple may have ditched the AirPower, but you can still get a charging pad for cheap

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:24

TL;DR: Get the powerful AirZeus 3-in-1 fast wireless charging pad for $39.99. It's usually priced at $99, so you'll be saving an impressive 59% off. 

It's been almost half a year since Apple announced that they've effectively killed the AirPower. With no immediate plans of kickstarting the project again, it's time to look elsewhere for your charging needs.

The AirZeus 3-in-1 fast wireless charging pad is one such option, and it's about a quarter of the price of big-name alternatives. Drawing its name from the Greek god of thunder, this wireless charger is capable of refueling your Qi-compatible smartphone, smartwatch, and wireless earbuds simultaneously at lightning-fast speeds. Read more...

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Google’s John Mueller: Links From Non-English Sites Aren’t Always Spam via @MattGSouthern

Search Engine Journal - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:15

Google’s John Mueller recently advised that links from non-English websites aren’t necessarily spam.

The post Google’s John Mueller: Links From Non-English Sites Aren’t Always Spam via @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Learn Google AdWords with this super cheap online course

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:03

TL;DR: Get access to a comprehensive online course on Google AdWords for $12.99. Since it's usually $199.99, you'll be saving 93% while growing your business. 

When it comes to online discovery, Google Search reigns king. At the core of Google Search is the ability for people to find where to go, what to do, and what to buy, making it one of the most important ad platforms out there.  

And if you’re in the business of attracting customers to your website, you could be missing out on thousands, if not millions, of prospective customers if you aren’t optimizing specifically for the search engine.  Read more...

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Five animals with better jobs than you

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:54

From a waterskiing squirrel to a cat in the UK cabinet, these animals have got what it takes to beat you in the "rat" race. Read more...

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These hearing aids are so small, they’re almost invisible – Future Blink

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:53

Eargo, a hearing aid manufacturer based in San Jose, designed these mini-hearing aids that are smaller and less visible than traditional in-ear devices. Read more...

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Supreme's 3G burner phone is pretty hot

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:18

There's a new item available for those who want to live on the bleeding edge of fashion and in the dark ages of tech.

The streetwear brand Supreme will release a branded 3G burner phone emblazoned with its logos on August 22. Spotted by The Verge among the brand's other offerings in its Fall/Winter 2019 preview, the phones will be available in its New York, LA, London, and Paris stores for those willing to wait in line with the Supreme devotees on drop day. 

Aside from the signature logo and bold black and red hues, the "Supreme/Blu Burner Phone" is not exactly tricked-out. The catalogue describes it as an "unlocked GSM 3G cellphone with built-in camera and dual SIM card capability." That means it can connect to the internet at low speeds, snap a pic, and take on the contact info and phone number associated with your SIM card.  Read more...

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The Frigidare retro mini fridge is $50 off at Walmart

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:46

TL;DR: Grab the adorable Frigidare 3.2 cubic foot retro mini fridge for $119 at Walmart. It's usually $169 so you'll save $50.

Decorating your college dorm room is honestly one of the best parts of moving into a college dorm room. You get to spend time aimlessly scrolling through Pinterest boards looking for inspiration and searching online for accessories that match your theme perfectly, with all this excitement about decorations, string lights, and backpacks, it can be easy to forget about the essentials. 

SEE ALSO: Cratejoy sale: Save 20% on subscription boxes with this code

This Fridgidaire 3.2 cubic foot retro mini fridge will not only be the cutest piece in your room, but it is also a necessity for every dorm. Available in a range of great colors, you're sure to find one that matches your comforter perfectly. And of course this fridge may be adorable but as always it's what's on the inside that matters most, and this Fridgidaire does not disappoint, with adjustable shelving, a reversible door, and freezer compartment, this is a purchase you can feel good about.  Read more...

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Best TV deals for the week of Aug. 19: Vizio, LG, Sony, and more

Mashable - Social Media Marketing tips - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:41

Unless your birthday is thrown in there, the latter half of August probably isn't anyone's favorite time of the year. Wasn't it May, like, last week?

It's hard to believe that it's been eight months since the beginning of the year — but it has also made time for so many good movies to come outUs, Avengers: Endgame, and Booksmart are all in Mashable's list of the best films of 2019 so far, and there are so many new ones coming in the next few months.

There's always something to look forward to when you have those to watch, and a ton of 4K TVs are on sale this week. You can get a 55-inch Insignia TV with Fire TV built in for less than $250 or save $500 on a really nice 65-inch Sony Triluminos TV. Read more...

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