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Google is now a more trusted source of news than the websites it aggregates


Google. My go to for everything. Frightening.

Originally posted on Quartz:

Here is some sobering news for anyone in the journalism industry:

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Online search engines have overtaken traditional media as the most trusted source for general news and information, according to a global survey of 27,000 people by Edelman, a public relations firm. The data will be presented to delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

The trust gap between traditional media and search engines is even more pronounced among millennials.

The biggest search engine is, of course, Google. And the striking thing is that Google does not actually report on anything, but instead serves up links to stories on a mix of other sites that users, apparently, trust less than the aggregator itself. The search engine also serves, for better or worse, as the simplest and quickest way to find most things online, including news. (Yahoo, its smaller rival, has been getting into direct content creation, including news.)

Getting an at-a-glance look at…

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IRS Free File Program Open To Qualifying Taxpayers Starting Today

Originally posted on Consumerist:

(JimmyBionic) (JimmyBionic) While the Internal Revenue Service won’t be accepting electronically filed tax returns until Jan. 20, the agency’s Free File program is open starting today for those taxpayers who make an adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less. The Free File site features free access to federal tax preparation and e-filing software from 14 different tax-prep companies, and offers helpful links to help guide taxpayers through the process. [IRS.gov Free File]

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Keystroke Sniffer Hides as a Wall Wart, is Scary



Originally posted on Hackaday:

For those of us who worry about the security of our wireless devices, every now and then something comes along that scares even the already-paranoid. The latest is a device from [Samy] that is able to log the keystrokes from Microsoft keyboards by sniffing and decrypting the RF signals used in the keyboard’s wireless protocol. Oh, and the entire device is camouflaged as a USB wall wart-style power adapter.

The device is made possible by an Arduino or Teensy hooked up to an NRF24L01+ 2.4GHz RF chip that does the sniffing. Once the firmware for the Arduino is loaded, the two chips plus a USB charging circuit (for charging USB devices and maintaining the camouflage) are stuffed with a lithium battery into a plastic shell from a larger USB charger. The options for retrieving the sniffed data are either an SPI Serial Flash chip or a GSM module for sending the…

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Why our startup has no bosses, no office, and a four-day work week

Originally posted on Quartz:

In 2008, my study partner Hernán Amiune and I had finished studying computer engineering at Catholic University of Córdoba Argentina.

During our last years at university, we had done some internships in companies such as HP, IBM, and Intel. It was the moment we realized there was a mistake in their work methods.

We couldn’t understand why people without technical knowledge had to tell programmers “what” to do and, furthermore, they had to supervise “how” programmers did it.

So, when we created Project eMT, a comparison search engine for Latin America, we decided to work in a different way: without project managers. Six years later, we operate in Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia together with 34 engineers that are part of our team, and we still work without traditional management structures and work weeks, and have managed to grow our annual revenue by 204%.

Here’s how we do it.

No bosses

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dreaddymck_json_object_rotator – json javascript object rotator / basic HTML link/image/content rotator


…is the application name thus far.
I WANTED something to rotate affiliate links, images and misc content on a WordPress, Blogger or any Platform I end up with.
I WANTED to host files in a single shared location.
I DID NOT want to manage separate plugins or update separate files.
This is the beginning of something.
Scripts are hosted in a publicly shared dropbox folder then included into the relevant pages on the relevant platform.
A bit clumsy at the moment. No tracking implemented.
Manual edits and a bit of HTML know how required. but hope to improve and simplify as I go along.
Hope you find useful.
MIT license.
Fork if you like.

Frontaccounting connect bug fixes release

Fixed pass by reference error.

Latest version

svn: http://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/frontaccounting-connect/
git: https://github.com/wp-plugins/frontaccounting-connect
zip: frontaccounting_connect.zip


Frontaccounting connect now located at github

Frontaccounting connect has been uploaded to the Gibhub repository.

You can from there if you prefer.