Saturday 20th October 2018

Will automated pay-per-second browser transactions upend the business models of Google and Facebook?

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Interview with DigiCert’s Chief Product Officer on Chrome 68, HTTPS and Symantec

Tech

In an exclusive interview with Indivigital, Jeremy Rowley, Chief Product Officer at Digicert, discusses the Chrome 68 update, the acquisition of Symantec's PKI business and why SSL is important for informational websites.

Tech

In an exclusive interview with Indivigital, Jeremy Rowley, Chief Product Officer at Digicert, discusses the Chrome 68 update, the acquisition of Symantec's PKI business and why SSL is important for informational websites.

Will automated pay-per-second browser transactions upend the business models of Google and Facebook?

Tech

A startup has devised an API (“web monetization”) that facilitates automated payments from users to publishers. It charges users a flat rate of $5 per month (46 hours of consumption per month), which is deposited to publishers at a rate of $0.00003 per second while the user is consuming content.

Tech

A startup has devised an API (“web monetization”) that facilitates automated payments from users to publishers. It charges users a flat rate of $5 per month (46 hours of consumption per month), which is deposited to publishers at a rate of $0.00003 per second while the user is consuming content.

New email scam targets WordPress users’ database credentials

Security

A new email phishing scam is being sent to WordPress users encouraging them share their database credentials with attackers. The scam emails are allegedly being sent using a mailing script on a compromised website.

Security

A new email phishing scam is being sent to WordPress users encouraging them share their database credentials with attackers. The scam emails are allegedly being sent using a mailing script on a compromised website.

Is Google search biased in favor of liberals and against conservatives?

Tech

We analyzed the performance and output of 50 of the right- and left-wing news organizations featured in the study mentioned by President Trump. We discovered the left-wing news organizations publish more content and attract more links than the right-wing news organizations.

Tech

We analyzed the performance and output of 50 of the right- and left-wing news organizations featured in the study mentioned by President Trump. We discovered the left-wing news organizations publish more content and attract more links than the right-wing news organizations.

Parent company of Bluehost and HostGator reportedly considering sale

Tech

Endurance International Group is reportedly considering the possibility of a sale following the acquisition of Web.com by Siris Capital Group earlier this year. The Group posted a net loss of $2 million on revenue of $279 million for Q2 2018. It was also recently handed an $8 million penalty by the SEC.

Tech

Endurance International Group is reportedly considering the possibility of a sale following the acquisition of Web.com by Siris Capital Group earlier this year. The Group posted a net loss of $2 million on revenue of $279 million for Q2 2018. It was also recently handed an $8 million penalty by the SEC.

Thousands of WordPress websites infected by new malware that maliciously redirects unsuspecting visitors

Security

According to security firm Sucuri, the alleged "main contributors" to the spread of the infection are the tagDiv Newspaper theme and the Ultimate Member Plugin. Conservative estimates suggest the malware has infected at least 2,200 websites.

Security

According to security firm Sucuri, the alleged "main contributors" to the spread of the infection are the tagDiv Newspaper theme and the Ultimate Member Plugin. Conservative estimates suggest the malware has infected at least 2,200 websites.

EU proposes fining tech platforms for failing to remove extremist content

Tech

The supranational organization is likely to publish a new draft regulation next month stipulating tech platforms must remove extremist content from their platforms within one hour of receiving notification. It comes months after the EU criticized Facebook and Twitter for not doing enough about the proliferation of illegal content on their respective platforms.

Tech

The supranational organization is likely to publish a new draft regulation next month stipulating tech platforms must remove extremist content from their platforms within one hour of receiving notification. It comes months after the EU criticized Facebook and Twitter for not doing enough about the proliferation of illegal content on their respective platforms.

Google vs. HostGator: why is one of the world’s biggest web hosts discouraging its customers from encrypting users’ data?

Tech

In its acceptable use policy, Hostgator is discouraging its customers from implementing HTTPs unless it's "necessary". In July, Google Chrome released an update that pushes a "not secure" notification into the address bar of its browser on websites that haven't implemented HTTPs.

Tech

In its acceptable use policy, Hostgator is discouraging its customers from implementing HTTPs unless it's "necessary". In July, Google Chrome released an update that pushes a "not secure" notification into the address bar of its browser on websites that haven't implemented HTTPs.

YouTube set to become 2nd most visited website in the US as Facebook’s traffic decreases by 3.8 billion

Marketing

US traffic to Facebook has decreased from 8.5 billion visits per month in 2016 to 4.7 billion per month in 2018. The social network recently announced stagnant user growth in North America for the fourth successive quarter.

Marketing

US traffic to Facebook has decreased from 8.5 billion visits per month in 2016 to 4.7 billion per month in 2018. The social network recently announced stagnant user growth in North America for the fourth successive quarter.

‘You destroyed my business’: Webmasters and SEOs react to Google’s latest algorithmic update

Marketing

Google's latest update was announced on 1st August and was rolled out by 8th August. It appears to disproportionately affect websites in "health" industries and some webmasters have claimed it's prioritizing low-quality websites.

Marketing

Google's latest update was announced on 1st August and was rolled out by 8th August. It appears to disproportionately affect websites in "health" industries and some webmasters have claimed it's prioritizing low-quality websites.

Is Facebook marketing in its death throes? New report finds total interactions decreased more than 50 percent in 18 months

Marketing

Total interactions received by the top 20,000 brands on Facebook decreased from 29.1 billion in 2017 to 12.8 billion in 2018. The total number of posts published increased 25 percent over the same time frame.

Marketing

Total interactions received by the top 20,000 brands on Facebook decreased from 29.1 billion in 2017 to 12.8 billion in 2018. The total number of posts published increased 25 percent over the same time frame.

More than 1,000 US news organizations are still blocking EU users – but that doesn’t mean they are contravening or circumventing the GDPR

Privacy

According to a database of records compiled by archivist Joseph O'Connor, at least 1,071 US news organizations are blocking EU visitors; however, whether an organization is compliant with the GDPR may depend on whether they intend to target EU visitors or are merely accessible to them.

Privacy

According to a database of records compiled by archivist Joseph O'Connor, at least 1,071 US news organizations are blocking EU visitors; however, whether an organization is compliant with the GDPR may depend on whether they intend to target EU visitors or are merely accessible to them.

10,000 WordPress websites hacked and leveraged to ‘manipulate the entire online advertising supply chain’

Security

The infection chain comprises a complex network of online publishers, ad resellers, ad networks and malware distributors. The initial hack exploits an alleged vulnerability in Wordpress version 4.7.1.

Security

The infection chain comprises a complex network of online publishers, ad resellers, ad networks and malware distributors. The initial hack exploits an alleged vulnerability in Wordpress version 4.7.1.

UK retailer revises number of users affected by data breach from 1.2 million to 10 million

Privacy

The revised estimate refers to a previously reported figure estimating the number of "personal records" affected. The group's initial announcement on 13th June also revealed 5.9 million payment cards have been affected by the breach.

Privacy

The revised estimate refers to a previously reported figure estimating the number of "personal records" affected. The group's initial announcement on 13th June also revealed 5.9 million payment cards have been affected by the breach.

When lawmakers, governments and regulators are terrible at complying with the GDPR, why should anyone else bother?

Privacy

They want to infer consent, they want to craft new rules for their own data collection activities and they want to fine themselves less than they demand private organizations be fined. When regulators and lawmakers are this bad at implementing data protection practices, what hope does anyone else have?

Privacy

They want to infer consent, they want to craft new rules for their own data collection activities and they want to fine themselves less than they demand private organizations be fined. When regulators and lawmakers are this bad at implementing data protection practices, what hope does anyone else have?

The steady demise of the gTLD: Sony follows lead of McDonalds, gives up .xperia

Tech

Sony has followed a number of organizations in abandoning its rights to administer a newly registered suffix (.xperia). It was also recently announced that the gTLD .mcdonalds was removed from the internet's domain name space.

Tech

Sony has followed a number of organizations in abandoning its rights to administer a newly registered suffix (.xperia). It was also recently announced that the gTLD .mcdonalds was removed from the internet's domain name space.

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Latest resources

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ePrivacy: user-friendly text

User-friendly version of the ePrivacy text. This version is pulled from the draft text published by the European Commission on 4th May, 2018.

Facebook News Rankings 2018

Research reviewing the engagement rate and performance of the world's top 64 news brands on Facebook.

218 internet facts and statistics for 2018

The best compendium of statistics on e-commerce, social media, marketing and technology available anywhere online.

Copyright Directive: user-friendly text

User-friendly version of the EU's proposed Copyright Directive. This version is pulled from the draft text published by the European Commission on 25th May, 2018.