Month: June 2018

LFP Archives: A hanging. A historian. A family reunited

LFP Archives: A hanging. A historian. A family reunited

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This story was first published on the front page of the July 5, 2004 edition of The London Free Press. Reporter Patrick Maloney wrote it, but treasured local historian Chris Doty was the key to the entire tale. Doty would die two years later, at age 39:Fifty years have passed since a stray bullet killed a Londoner and sealed the fate of the city’s last hanged man, ripping two young sisters apart in the process.Now a local historian, his website and two curious teenagers have somehow pulled them back together.Such is the story of Walter George Rowe, a story that has found an improbably happy ending 53 years after his hanging in London.“I didn’t intend to rob that gas station or shoot anybody,” Rowe, 29, said after being condemned to hang in 1951 — the last such punishment meted out i
Developers Note Sudden Drop in Downloads on Google Play Sto…

Developers Note Sudden Drop in Downloads on Google Play Sto…

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Update: A sudden drop in install rates for some apps and games on the Google Play Store noticed by worried developers this week is the result of recent changes made by Google in the store’s recommendation systems, the company tells Variety. “Over the last year, we’ve been enhancing our search and discovery algorithms’ consideration of app quality and user engagement,” according to the company. “This means that apps and games that have high retention rates, low crash rates, low uninstalls, and many other factors, are recommended more often. Recently, we increased the importance of engagement and app quality in our recommendation systems and users reacted favorably to the changes. With more high quality titles being surfaced in the Play Store’s recommendations, people are playing the g
Fake news tools helped us unravel a viral infidelity video

Fake news tools helped us unravel a viral infidelity video

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Viral videos are a funny thing. Thousands are uploaded every day, yet one good one has the ability to unravel your entire day’s work and take over your life. That’s what happened to me this week when my colleague sent me along the following video: NIGGA SAID HUBERT LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/TDWLu2hmd4 — Gluv. (@DefNotGluv) June 25, 2018 In the clip, a woman gets busted on her birthday for cheating on her boyfriend. He packs her belongings like presents. It’s pretty sad, until he delivers the punchline: Hubert. You’ve been cheating on me with Hubert… You’ve been cheating on me with a dude named Hubert. I don’t know what hooked us most. It could be the drama… or the name “
The great firewall of China: Xi Jinping’s internet shutdo…

The great firewall of China: Xi Jinping’s internet shutdo…

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In December 2015, thousands of tech entrepreneurs and analysts, along with a few international heads of state, gathered in Wuzhen, in southern China, for the country’s second World Internet Conference. At the opening ceremony the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, set out his vision for the future of China’s internet. “We should respect the right of individual countries to independently choose their own path of cyber-development,” said Xi, warning against foreign interference “in other countries’ internal affairs”. No one was surprised by what they heard. Xi had already established that the Chinese internet would be a world unto itself, with its content closely monitored and managed by the Communist party. In recent years, the Chinese leadership has devoted more and more reso
Find Out When Google Last Crawled a Specific URL

Find Out When Google Last Crawled a Specific URL

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'); $('#scheader .sc-logo').append(' '); $('#scheader').append(''); $('#scheader .scdetails').append(''+cat_head_params.sponsor+''); $('#scheader .scdetails').append(cat_head_params.sponsor_text); $('#scheader').append('ADVERTISEMENT'); if("undefined"!=typeof __gaTracker) $('#scheader a').click(function() __gaTracker( "send","event", "Sponsored Category Click Var 1", "digital-marketing-tools", ( $(this).attr('href') ) ); ); } }); }); An update to Google Search Console will allow users to check when a specific URL was last crawled.The new “URL inspection” tool will pro
Google is testing a Pinterest-like image search feature on …

Google is testing a Pinterest-like image search feature on …

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Posted By Ola Ric on Jun 29, 2018 | Image Credit: https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/26/google-is-testing-a-new-image-search-on-desktop-that-looks-more-like-pinterest/ Pinterest has a reputation for bringing innovation into visual search. It is about the most trusted place to visit when looking for inspirational ideas for decoration and the likes. So, it does not come as a surprise that Google is looking to the world’s catalogue of ideas for inspiration. Google, according to TechCrunch, has confirmed that it is testing an image search feature on desktop—just the way Pinterest works. The feature will align pictures vertically instead of the usual horizontal mode, which will make the results look more like the way it is done in Pinterest. Images, according to the report, will now have sho
5 Tactics to Drive Website Traffic That Aren’t SEO

5 Tactics to Drive Website Traffic That Aren’t SEO

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Although all businesses with an online presence should invest in search engine optimization, it isn't the end-all, be-all when it comes to driving traffic to a professional website. June 29, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It's no surprise that driving traffic to your website is the key to higher conversions and increased revenue. After all, if people aren't visiting your business online, they certainly won't be completing ecommerce purchases.Related: 4 Unexpected Ways Your Website Could Be Making More MoneyHowever, it seems as though every business in 2018 has gone all-in on search engine optimization (SEO) to increase traffic to websit
Google’s Plan to Tackle Games Industry in the Works – Varie…

Google’s Plan to Tackle Games Industry in the Works – Varie…

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Google is making plans to break into the games industry by offering a games streaming service and possibly hardware, according to a report from Kotaku. Now that Google has infiltrated so much of society (it even has its own verb!) by way of search engines, internet browsers, email, and mobile devices, the conglomerate is looking ahead to new avenues for growth. The games industry seems like a natural choice for the tech company to attempt to conquer. Right now, any games industry domination is simply in the planning stages, according to “five people who have either been briefed on Google’s plans or heard about them secondhand,” Kotaku reports. So what’s the plan? Apparently a games streaming service is top of the agenda. There have been whispers about the project, codenamed Yeti, sin