Saturday, November 30, 2013

PRISM Break: Cloud storage firms increase security to attract enterprise customers

With the prospect of government taking a peek into online data and communications, cloud service providers are kicking up security a notch to ensure privacy for clients. Will this be enough to prevent Big Brother from watching?

Businesses that have at least some reliance on cloud computing in order to share and store some of their most important documents may have a few reasons to feel unnerved about who can and cannot access them. The main cause of anxiety for many enterprises, particularly those in the US, is the potentially frightening prospect of government-sponsored snooping.

PRISM, a controversial surveillance program launched back in 2007 by the National Security Agency (NSA), has mined data from a variety of businesses and organizations. Initially set up with the aim of “fighting terrorism”, many internet service providers and cloud-based companies had found that some data which they looked after was seen by the NSA.

An “immediate and lasting impact”

According to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation,*PRISM will cost cloud service providers*in the US some $21.5 to $35 billion in losses. These include costs required to ramp up security measures in their products, as well as lost revenue from customers looking elsewhere to host their data. Worldwide, the losses could be as much as $180 billion.

Earlier this year, awareness of PRISM became widespread following a series of leaks, notably those done by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Internet companies voiced their concerns straight away. For instance, Google and Facebook are known advocates against government data requests — or at least they release information on government requests to inform the public of possible intrusions.*

Increasing vigilance

Cloud providers, meanwhile, have started to revamp their range of products to include protection from PRISM. For instance, California-based cloud services provider*Egnyte*told VR Zone that*worries about intrusions from government have prompted the company to revamp its cloud storage packages to better put customers’ minds at ease. Users have reportedly expressed concern about*files being accessed by spies, government-sponsored or otherwise. *PRISM protection is a major component of their latest product, Storage Connect, which is squarely aimed at SMEs and the enterprise market.

Storage Connect enforces color-coding in its cloud storage system to identify access levels. “Green” files are ones which can be accessed using any device at any time, “yellow” files only sporadically and red files should only be accessed from a physical server in the office. Meanwhile “red” files are kept in a purely physical server — not the cloud — thereby adding a layer of protection from potential spies.

Additionally, files stored via the cloud or on a physical server can be set for access only with direct permission from the company’s IT administrator. This is another step that can help to entirely block out anyone trying to access data by bypassing any security measures.

Corporate responsibility

Rajesh Ram, co-founder and vice president of Egnyte, said that file-sharing using unsanctioned cloud services or even peer-to-peer networking poses a big risk for businesses. In a recent survey done by Harris Interactive, it has been found that about 52 percent of users “go rogue” with corporate content, by sharing these on outside networks, which can pose a big risk, especially if the data involved is sensitive in nature.

Ram therefore advises businesses to encrypt their data and ensure these are stored, shared or transmitted through secure means. This reduces the risk of malicious access, especially files that could be used for financial gain.

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Unknown LG-D830 and Samsung SM-N7505 handsets spotted online

Two announced handsets with model numbers not seen anywhere else have been spotted online.


The LG-D830 could be a high-end device, as it follows the D8xx model number convention. The LG G2, for instance, had a model number D802. The Nexus 5 came with model numbers D821 and D820. From the user agent profile listing, we do not get much information other than the fact that the device features a full-HD resolution screen and comes with LTE.

What’s the LG D830? (D820 / D821 is the Nexus 5.)

— @evleaks (@evleaks) November 29, 2013

The Samsung SM-N7505 is a single-SIM device that features a screen-size of 5.49 inches. There seems to be another variant of the same device with a screen size at 5.7 inches. From the listing on Zauba, we can see that the device was sent from Korea to New Delhi, India, where Samsung has a division that works on software services and wireless integration for its mobile devices. There were a total of eleven handsets that were sent to New Delhi, and it has been mentioned on the docket that the devices were for testing and evaluation.

The price for the device has been declared as $540 (INR 33,245), which is the best indication yet as to what this device might actually be. The Galaxy S4 in India was launched in India for $600, and the Galaxy Note 3 price was initially around $720. So it is unlikely that the SM-N7505 device would be a flagship offering.
What’s the Samsung SM-N7505? (SM-N900x is the Galaxy Note 3.)

— @evleaks (@evleaks) November 30, 2013

However, the model number SM-N7505 is consistent with what Samsung uses for its Note series, with the Note 3’s model number being SM-N900x. So, this device could likely turn out to be a Lite version of the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung had just announced that it intends to launch the Galaxy Grand Lite at MWC 2014, so it could launch the Galaxy Note 3 Lite at the same time.

Source: Twitter (1), Twitter (2), Zauba

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The world's first 3-D fighting game 'Virtua Fighter' turns 20

Virtua Fighter, the world’s very first 3-D fighting game, has celebrated its twentieth anniversary.

When SEGA released Virtua Fighter across arcades in 1993, gamers flocked to the coin-op machines to dump quarters in and enjoy the best graphics for the era. If you remember the trademark floaty graphics and the over-excited animations that combatants yelled during victory, then you were around when the fighting genre took shape.

Over the last twenty years, the genre has kept pace with the technological advances put forth by modern consoles, but the basics have always been the same: two fighters, a health bar, a time limit and a win limit–and we can thank Virtua Fighter for that.

Yesterday the series celebrated its twentieth birthday–do you feel old yet?–and if you’ve got a Sega Saturn with a copy lying around, you ought to pop it in for some nostalgic beat-em-up action.

Nowadays the game can be painful to play due to its graphics–remember when we used to gawk at those polygons with wide-eyes?–but the game will always have a special place in many gamers’ childhoods.

To date the series has stayed alive, with Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown releasing on Xbox 360 and PS3 last year. A special 10th anniversary edition was launched on the PS2 to commemorate ten years of Virtua Fighter, and maybe we’ll see something like that later this year for current-gen consoles–or maybe a mega collection that bundles concurrent releases together.

SEGA has even started a special website in celebration of the game’s anniversary, and features official tournaments and events where players re-live those old nostalgic arcade moments in modern day times.

It’s good to recognize the classics and embrace our gaming roots, and more than a few gamers can regale their past moments playing the old-school arcade machines, in the throes of bitter combat and sweating as the intensity of those virtual melees got closer and closer. Those were the days!

Via Kotaku

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PS4's are already starting to sell out in the UK

Although the PS4 launched just yesterday in the UK, suppliers have revealed that they are running out of consoles due to high demand.

Sony’s next-gen contender the PlayStation 4 was released yesterday across all of Europe, and countless gamers waited overnight in long, winding lines to receive their bounty. Sony attended some of the launch parties, putting together crafty events for players to enjoy while they waited.

After the supply of consoles was chipped away by pre-order recipients and the mad-dash for PS4′s by midnight-launch attendees,some retailers have already reported that their stock has been completely depleted.

A Sony spokesperson had the following to say about the situation in the UK:
“We are starting to sell out – very rapidly but [we] will continue to work with all parts of the supply chain including our partners at retail to get more, as and when we can.”

In light of the “unprecedented demand”, Sony is setting up a stock-tracker website to help customers who have yet to pick up a console and want to do so before the holidays.

Those who opted not to wait in line or reserve their consoles before the cut-off date in August may have to wait quite a bit until new stock to come in. Additionally Amazon UK has revealed that customers who pre-ordered their PS4 after Nov. 13 won’t receive their consoles before Christmas–a bit of unsettling news that may ruin more than a few Christmases.

No word yet as to how long gamers may have to wait until stock is replenished, but it may take a few months. If you’re one of the many consumers looking to pick up a PS4, be sure to scout the internet and do daily checks at your local gaming retailers.

Many times retailers have extra stock from unsold pre-orders, and sometimes you can pick one up that way…but it’s always an unsure gamble.

Also it wouldn’t hurt to hit up the PS4 Reddit and ask users there for info, or even NeoGAF . Fellow gamers, especially across forums and social media, often help one another out, and you may be pleasantly surprised that their info is right on the mark.

Upon its launch in the US, Sony’s PS4 has garnered more than a million unit sales. It will be interesting to see the global sales once the data is correlated, especially in light of the high demand.

Via BBC News

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PS4+PS Vita ultimate edition bundles now available in the UK

Sony has confirmed that retailers in the UK will be offering multiple bundles that include the next-gen console and the company’s handheld at a not-so-attractive price.

A bit ago we covered some news that the overseas retailer GAME planned to offer a bundle that paired Sony’s PlayStation 4 with the PS Vita handheld. Now Sony has come forth to encourage other UK retailers to do the same.

Sony UK boss Fergal Gara told Eurogamer that the company is working with stores to release what’s called a “soft” bundle that combines the PS4 with a PS Vita, but there are some limitations. Not every outlet will be able to offer the package due to limited stock, but it’s expected that most retailers will be taking part.

Gara also reveals that the bundle will vary from store-to-store. Some will be offering what’s called the “ultimate edition” that comes boxed with both the console and the handheld, but other stores will be handling things a little differently:
“It’ll come to market in a few different shapes and guises. You may walk in and get a great deal on ‘buy a Vita when bought with’ type deal. So if you buy a PS4 you can get a Vita for X. And others will say, well here’s the Ultimate Bundle and you get all those bits in it.

“Retailers will package things around it or add certain things in. But as a base price we think that’s quite compelling.”

Sadly gamers won’t be saving much on this deal.

The ultimate edition is priced at “a little under £500″, which offers about £10 in discounts. At this point Sony is more focused on convenience and giving gamers the full spectrum of the new PlayStation experience rather than softening the blow to one’s wallet.

It was the PS4′s Remote Play functionality that convinced Sony’s UK chapter to implement this campaign in the first place:
“Our stimulus to do that is mainly the fact that once we got our hands on Remote Play we thought, wow, it really is real and good, and that deserves a shout.

“And of course it’s a PlayStation point of difference.”

In any case, the bundles should become readily available from now until Christmas, and there will likely be more incentives across different retailers when the holidays roll around. Hopefully there will be enough supply come Christmas time, as the consoles are already getting nabbed up quite fast.

Via Engadget , Eurogamer

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Bungie, not Bethesda, hires talented 'Skyrim' modder

Alexander Velicky, the exceptional Skyrim modder who had high hopes landing a job at Bethesda, has instead found his home with the creative minds at Bungie Studios.

A few months ago, Alexander Velicky crafted a huge Skyrim mod known as Falskaar to show his dedication and skill to Bethesda in hopes of getting hired. The nineteen-year-old modder spent over 2,000 hours building Falskaar, and with a host of additions like 25 hours of gameplay, new NPC’s each with their own voices, and customized towns, Velicky’s dedication was readily apparent.

But Bethesda wasn’t the only studio on Velicky’s list; he sent his creation off to many studios and companies, knowing it was a long shot but never fearing to try.

To his surprise, it wasn’t Bethesda who caught wind of his talent. It was Bungie Studios, one of the most renown and recognized names in the industry. And now Alexander Velicky is an Associate Designer for Bungie, and most likely working on Destiny.

Velicky recounted his experience in a note to the modding community, passing on a little nugget of wisdom that he’s learned from the whole ordeal: never be afraid to try–you might be surprised who will take a chance on you.
“I applied to many companies, and Bungie was in my, ‘Huge company that will completely ignore me’ category. Well, they didn’t and look what it got me.

“Bungie is an awesome company with an amazing team, and I’m very lucky that they’ve decided to give me a chance! Never be afraid to try.”

The modder-turned-Bungie-employee continued on to thank the modding community, saying that he wouldn’t be where he was now without their help and support. Additionally he says that he might abstain from modding in favor of his professional work, but with the possibility of Fallout 4 on the horizon, he might have to give in.

It will be interesting to see how his position at Bungie affects their games, and if his destiny will affect the studio’s Destiny .

One has to wonder what Bethsoft thought of Falskaar, and now that Velicky’s on his way to a potential promising career, he might hop on over to work on The Elder Scrolls. He’s already proved that bridging the gap from fantasy to reality isn’t impossible, and his hard work paid off dividends.

The story in itself is a great testament to the old adage about taking chances, and is an inspiration to modders everywhere–and the gamers who play them. In case you’ve missed it, we’ve included a trailer that showcases Velicky’s Skyrim mod below.

Via Joystiq

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Sony temporarily suspends code redemption on PlayStation Network

Sony has revealed that they’ve suspended some PSN features to investigate disruptions in the service.

With Sony’s Black Friday sale, a lot of gamers got their hands on PSN vouchers…but many weren’t able to redeem their digital content and instead were met with an error message.

The good news is that Sony is aware of the situation. As of Nov. 29, Sony has purposefully suspended code redemption in order to determine what went wrong with the global network. Once they’ve figured out the problem, we’ll likely see a fix implemented quite soon.

Unfortunately the suspension is for all codes, not just PS Store or PlayStation Plus redemptions–PS3 to PS4 game upgrade vouchers and any sort of other download codes are affected as well. Thankfully other parts of the service like online multiplayer aren’t affected, so your Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 matches are safe.

The news comes straight from the PlayStation Blog with the following statement:
“We are aware that users are experiencing some disruption to the PSN service. To minimize the inconvenience we have suspended the “redeem voucher” functionality while we investigate further. Unfortunately this means that money cards, product vouchers, PlayStation Plus vouchers, PS3-PS4 upgrade vouchers and any other vouchers for digital content are not redeemable at this time.

“Other PSN features such as log in, online multiplayer gaming, PlayStation Plus trials, PlayStation Store (excluding voucher redemption), Trophies, messages, friends, etc are all available.”We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide an update soon.”

For gamers who picked up a few vouchers during Black Friday this is a bummer, but Sony should have everything up and running soon. Be sure not to enter your codes on PC or console (or even your phone via the PS App) until an all-clear is presented by the Japanese gaming giant to avoid the potential usage of your voucher.

We’ll keep you updated when more information comes to light, and for now stay tuned to the PS Blog.

Via PlayStation Blog

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Nvidia Shield price drops to $250 for limited time, games and accessories included

Nvidia couldn’t have sit the Black Friday deal frenzy out, especially since the Shield handheld console isn’t exactly selling like hotcakes, and so the gaming gear has been discounted for purchases via an array of retailers.

The most lucrative promo is definitely the one on Nvidia’s own online store, where the Shield costs $249. That’s $50 off the list price, plus you get some extra incentives free of charge. There’s a silver armor, otherwise known as a carrying case (normally $39.99), as well as full copies of Expendable: Rearmed and Sonic 4 Episode II THD, valued at $7 give or take.

Bottom line, a bundle worth roughly 350 bucks can be scored for $100 less. Pretty solid deal in my book. Besides, even if you’re still on the fence about getting the Shield, there’s plenty of time for a wise, well-thought decision. The special offer ends December 2 at 11:59 pm, so just as Cyber Monday wraps up.

Meanwhile, if you’d rather nab the mobile game console from a third-party seller, be sure to swing by Newegg, Best Buy, Amazon or GameStop. Their conditions and included freebies differ a little, but the dough to be shelled out is the same: $250.

Of the pack, Newegg quite clearly stands out, bundling the Shield with the same $40 case as Nvidia, but adding a 2-month subscription to Hulu Plus in the mix, usually going for $15.98. They also vow to ship the gadget in two days with no extra charge, so let’s give credit where credit is due and admit this may well be an even better offer than Nvidia’s. If you’re into Hulu, that is.

Remember, the Shield is a very unusually-looking device, sporting a flip-up 5-inch touchscreen with 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution. It runs Android 4.2 out the box (upgradeable to 4.3), packs plenty of heat (all things considered), courtesy of a quad-core Tegra 4 SoC, and can stream games from a desktop PC equipped with an Nvidia GTX 650 or higher video card. At the end of the day, it’s not spectacular, but at $250, it’s worth a shot.

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Want a Black Friday bargain? Here's Xolo's new $120 Q500 quad-core smartphone

Xolo may not have any fancy ongoing Black Friday promotions for its crowd-pleasing smartphones, but the OEM that’s close to snatch Samsung’s Indian mobile crown has bargain hunters more than covered with a brand new dirt-cheap handheld.

Dubbed Q500, the latest Xolo-made gizmo has gone official without much fanfare, carrying a suggested retail price of $128 (Rs. 7,999), but being up for grabs already lower than that, at $117 via India Times Shopping.

And boy, does the 4-incher have a lot going for it. You know, given its price range, not when pitted against Samsung’s Galaxy S4 or anything. The number one selling point is quite clearly the processor running the hardware show, which rocks four cores and, get this, is a Qualcomm-made concoction, not your usual low-cost MediaTek solution.

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 clocked at 1.2 GHz, to be exact, which is no cream of the crop, but again, for $120 it’s essentially mind-blowing. Think about it, there was a time, not long ago, when that dough bought like a crammed tiny 3.5-incher with a single-core 1 GHz SoC. And now you get a 4-inch quad-core beast.

Maybe beast is overstating it, so let’s call it… not a pushover. More so as the rest of the features are, well, mostly mediocre:

  • 800 x 480 pixels resolution screen

  • Dual SIM support

  • Pre-loaded Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

  • 5 MP rear snapper with LED Flash, VGA front cam

  • 1 GB RAM

  • 4 GB built-in storage, microSD support

  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS

  • 1,450 mAh battery

  • 116 grams weight

  • 118.5 x 63 x 10.7 mm dimensions

Source: Fone Arena

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Retina iPad mini display is a 'distant third' behind Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX

A new report indicates that the display on Apple’s much awaited Retina iPad mini is actually quite far behind its main rivals.

Only recently it was reported that the Retina iPad mini display has less color gamut than the iPad Air, which basically means that it shows less color.*While that might seem like an unfair comparison given the fact that the iPad Air has a larger battery and can compensate for a powerful display without compromising on battery life, its fair game to compare Retina iPad mini with the likes of Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX. According to experts at DisplayMate, Apple’s latest tablet is a “distant third” behind these tablets in terms of display performance.

They compared all three tablets and found that Retina iPad mini provides 63 percent color gamut while both the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX provide 100 percent color gamut. The display on the new iPad mini is also said to consume more power, lack brightness as compared to the two rivals and is also said to be more reflective. The tablet is said to rank a distant third because of Apple’s “inexcusable” decision to use old technology, despite the fact that it once used to be the leader in mobile displays.

Amazon and Google have opted for Low Temperature Poly Silicon LTPS displays for Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and the Nexus 7, these displays are outperforming the IGZO and a-Si displays in the current iPads.*So even though the Retina iPad mini has significantly higher pixel density than its predecessor, its color gamut is more or less similar to the iPad 2 which is nearly three years old. The display is sharper than the one on the original iPad mini, but it doesn’t really give its rivals a run for their money.

Source: DisplayMate

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Samsung discounts tablets, laptops, digital cameras and TVs for Black Friday 2013

Samsung’s US online store is holding a special Black Friday 2013 sale, offering a wide range of TVs, as well as a number of tablets, laptops, digital cameras and other consumer electronic products with hundreds of dollars in savings.

The twist is, instead of pulling the plug on all promos at the end of the day, as is customary, Samsung will be keeping them live by Monday December 2. While supplies last, that is, so even if there’s time, you may want to hurry.

Sadly, Samsung’s most popular goods, Galaxy smartphones, aren’t included in the deal, which is strange given so many third-party retailers rely greatly on the S4, S4 Active, Note 3, S4 mini and so on and so forth to lead their pack of discounts.

To make matters worse, Sammy has but two tablets on sale from now until Cyber Monday, namely the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition ($499.99 with 16 GB storage, $549.99 in a 32 GB variant) and the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Kids, up for grabs at $189.99 bundled with an orange bumper case, or $209.99 with a blue carrying case.

Moving on to bigger and more productive computing machines, you can score the Ativ Book 9 Lite 13.3-inch ultrabook at $729.99 ($100 off), or the Series 5 17.3-incher for $799.99 ($200 savings).

The digital cam selection is maybe the most generous of all, as the Android-powered Galaxy Camera goes for $399.99 and the WB250 14.2 MP smart point-and-shoot costs $129.99. Actually, no, scratch that, the television selection is most impressive, with slashed prices ranging from $149.99 for a 22-incher to a whopping $5,999 ($3,000 off) on a 75-inch F8000 Series Smart TV.

Be sure to check all items on sale at the source link below, don’t forget to spend sensibly and only buy things you need.

Source: Samsung

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Official MEGA app for iOS has been released

The revamped and reengineered MEGA service went live earlier this year, and now an official app has been released for iOS devices.

After having been involved in lawsuits and what not, Kim Dotcom launched the MEGA service earlier this year. Only recently the service came out of beta stage with an improved user interface.*Today, the official iOS app has been released on the app store. Through the app, users can manage their MEGA cloud storage account as well as a few handy features that are there to enhance the user experience.

Through the MEGA iOS app, users can enjoy faster file transfers while also have the ability to preview and stream documents and files that are supported by the service.*Users will also be able to export and share file and folder links, they will also be able to import files from links into their MEGA cloud storage accounts. Several*features that are likely to make their way into the app in the future include support for a native iPad application and photo synchronization.

The official MEGA app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is available as a free download from the App Store.

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iPhone location tracking lawsuit from 2011 finally dismissed

A class action lawsuit filed against Apple in 2011 for alleged tracking of an iOS devices’ location has finally been dismissed.

It was discovered back in 2011 that iOS devices were collecting and storing location data. Basically the devices were storing cell tower location and Wi-Fi network data which would allow the device to track itself more precisely than the GPS. This lead to concerns about users’ privacy being at risk, given the fact that the data was also being sent to the computer if a user connected their device to it. Back then, Apple said that this behavior was due to a bug in iOS and that it was not intentionally collecting information about the location of its iOS devices.

After the bug came to light, Apple rolled out iOS 4.3.3 to fix it. However a class action lawsuit was filed again in the company in which plaintiffs argued that even when Location Services was turned off, the device would still collection location data. This, according to the plaintiffs, harmed the device’s performance by taking up additional storage space and straining battery life. Plaintiffs also alleged that iOS had been designed to transmit location data to third-party app developers, however Apple denied these claims.

Judge Lucy Koh ruled that*the plaintiffs had failed to show the existence of a genuine issue of material fact based on which the lawsuit could proceed, there exists no standing to pursue the claims against Cupertino.

Source: Reuters

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Millions are enjoying getting distracted by viral videos and Facebook is to blame

Media startups like Upworthy are attracting tens of millions of monthly readers, mostly from Facebook referrals and the trend has spawned a handful of similar websites, which are banking on creative headlines and viral videos and photos.

Regular users of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter would likely be familiar with websites like Upworthy, Buzzfeed and ViralNova. This would mostly be from the creative headlines, click-worthy photos and curious topics that are shared and re-shared on social networks until the message gets viral.

Business Insider*outlines how a startup called Upworthy has garnered 50 million monthly unique reads only a year and a half after its launch on March 2012. Most of the content on these media startups is not even text-heavy. Additionally, content is mostly sourced from third parties, like Flickr or YouTube.

The most prominent content would either include viral videos, photos or memes. Interestingly, common among these websites is the use of catchy headlines, with titles that entice the reader’s curiosity. Take for instance the headline on the photos above: The Only Thing More Unbelievable Than These Photos Is How They Were Taken. Wow. In SEO circles, headlines like these would often be considered bordering on click-bait, but Facebook users seem to be genuinely attracted to the content, especially if it involves either bizarre incidents or inspiring videos (as with Upworthy)

Sites like ViralNova and Distractify are not too worried about branding nor return users, or bounce rate, which is why their business models are crafted on getting as many referrals from social networks like Facebook or Twitter. The media startups bank on either the virality or click-worthiness of the headlines. There is a concern, however, whether the trend is lasting, given how Facebook would sometimes change policies or algorithms, which might negatively impact traffic.

Some examples cited include Zynga, whose stock has plummeted after falling out of Facebook’s grace. The case is the same for Fab, Path, Viddy and BranchOut, which had to change their business models after Facebook stopped promoting their products and links. Another notable example is referral traffic from LinkedIn, which dropped drastically when the professional network started with its own in-house editorial team.

For now, viral videos, memes and catchy headlines will continue attracting traffic from Facebook. But with dozens of copycat websites coming up, one might wonder if the trend will soon end in a bubble, and which ones will actually have staying power.

Source: Business Insider

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Garuda Indonesia to extend in-flight internet to Airbus fleets soon

Currently, limited to Boeing, Indonesia’s national carrier – Garuda Indonesia – will extend inflight internet services to its Airbus fleet too soon Garuda Indonesia,(GIA), which launched in-flight internet services in its Boeing B-777-300ER aircrafts, will extend the service to*Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 aircrafts too, very soon. The service will be available, both on domestic and Read the full article...

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