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How to Speed Up Your High Traffic WordPress Sites?

This year was a great year for me and traffic have been pouring to some of my sites. However, this also leads me to a lot of issues encountered on the website. From regular server downtimes, slow responding websites to frequent server restarts. I am really concerned about it and made some changes on my site and to my server to adapt to the new challenges of traffic craze.

Here are some of the things I’ve done to cope with these changes. Continue reading

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Instagram fury sets off first civil lawsuit

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After news came out this month about Instagram, the photo sharing service of Facebook, here’s another one that really surprised most of the users of Instagram. Facebook’s photo sharing service has been hit with what appears to be the first civil lawsuit after it changed some of its service terms that prompted howls of protest last week. We have heard about the news that Instagram made or opted some changes on their privacy settings and because of this, the users of the service got confused and unable to see or access some of their photos.

On Friday, in the proposed class action lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court, an Instagra, user from California levelled breach of contract and other claim against the company and this is what it’s all about: “We believed this complaint is without merit and we will fight it vigorously.” This statement in an email came from Andrew Noyes, the spokesman of Facebook.

Instagra, was acquired by facebook earlier this year for only $715 million. Instagram is a kind of online social networking service which allows the users to add filters and effects on their photos and share them easily on the Internet. In announcing revised terms of service last week, Instagram spurred suspicions that it would sell user photos without compensation. It also announced a mandatory arbitration clause, forcing users to waive their rights to participate in a class action lawsuit except under very limited circumstances. It was also found out that the current terms of service contain no such liability shield so this has become a huge problem.

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Getting Free Last-Minute “Shipping” This Holiday Season

cardboxesI bet most of you are getting their last minute shopping in buying Christmas presents for your loved ones, family and friends since work demands most of your time and you haven’t bought gifts before because maybe your Christmas bonus was given late. So, this article will help you or will give you some suggestions on how you will get free last-minute shipping this holiday season.

You probably got frustrated when you received the news that the cut off for free shipping on most online sites was last Tuesday, December 18, 2012. But the good news is, we have find out a way to search for some finagle free rush shipping and here is a list of the sites still offering free shipping guaranteed to arrive before December 25.

Free Rush Shipping

Some of the biggest online retailers are still offering free last minute shipping:

•             Barnes & Noble – free shipping on Nook HD through Dec. 22

•             MacMall – free 2-day shipping on orders over $299 and under 25lbs – through 6 p.m. PST Dec. 22.

•             Macy’s – free shipping on orders over $99. Place order 11:59 p.m. EST Dec. 20.

•             The Northface – free 2-day shipping on everything through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 19.

•             Walmart.com has extended free shipping through December 19th on some items (check product page for eligibility)

•             Overstock.com – free shipping on select gifts. Place order by Dec. 22 to receive by Christmas.

•             Newegg   Free 2-Day shipping on over 200 items

•             Target – free shipping on Daily Deals

•             Victoria’s Secret – free shipping on orders over $100 using code “SHIP12.” Order by 5 p.m. EST on Dec. 20.

•             Zappos – free shipping for all items with guaranteed Christmas delivery if ordered by 11:59 p.m. PST Dec. 22.

And the biggest of the big online retailers, Amazon, has a limited set of items available for free expedited shipping. These include jewelry, watches, clothing, video games, laptops, headphones, and kitchen items.

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Great Christmas Gifts for as Low as $25

Top-10-Best-Christmas-Gifts-under-25Are you having a hard time budgeting your money in buying Christmas presents for your loved ones? Are you having problems on choosing the best Christmas gifts on a very low price? Don’t worry because this article will help you look for great gifts for prices ranging from $25 and below. That’s way cheaper, don’t you think? But this is definitely true. You can now go shopping and buy as many presents as you want for a very low and affordable price.

One example are the flameless candles which cost 3 for only $19. And how about impress your boss with a camera lens travel mug? This only costs $10-$25 and there are a number of these on the market, with exteriors that emulate a variety of high-end Canon and Nikon lenses, plus the interiors are made of stainless steel that could hold your hot beverage.

Canvas Prints are also good choices and the 10×13 size only costs $25. Those who loves painting can transform your digital photography, instagram photos and even phone pics into canvas masterpieces and suddenly, you will realize that your snapshots have turned into a piece of art.

Hinged Picture frames costing $25 can also become one of your choices for Christmas presents. A hinged frame allows you to change out the little masterpieces without taking the frame off the wall and these gifts are perfect for your parents and grandparents who are usually sentimental.

You can have a lot of choices but what is important is the thought that counts.

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Twitter and Nielsen Pairing Up for Publishing Social TV Ratings

Social TV Ratings is essential for every television network, especially for those who have the same airing dates, the same genre of a television show, and the same broadcast schedule. The Social TV ratings determine which show gets most of the views and which shows don’t. With this, two of the world’s online and television social networking companies have decided to merge and put up a great idea of publishing the newest Social TV ratings not just nationwide, but most especially worldwide.

Nielsen Holdings NV, the television viewership measurement company, have announced last Monday that it is going to partner with Twitter in publishing a new set of ratings that will measure chatter on twitter about TV programming. This one is going to be beneficial both for the companies and the television viewers as well.

The new measurement, the one they dubbed as the “Nielsen Twitter TV rating,” seeks to tap into the stream of viewer commentary and armchair musings generated on “second screens”. The new ratings, the ones that are to be launched next fall, will arrive at a moment when media and advertising industry executives say they are observing a shift in TV viewing habits that include the rise of the use of “second screens”. However, there are still questions buzzing around and questions given by the advertisers which remain unanswered. The most common question that comes it is over how to best interpret the data and whether a Twitter ratings system is meaningful at all. We’ll just see about that!

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Facebook Tackles Concerns on Privacy: Employers Should Not Ask for Applicants’ Passwords

News came out recently about some employers asking for the username and password in Facebook of their applicants. It really surprised the job applicant so Facebook addressed this issue, and moved to take steps concerning privacy on social networking sites.

Facebook is giving out a warning to the employers not to demand the passwords of the job applicants, adding the fact that it is a form of an invasion of privacy that opens companies to legal liabilities. The employers say that what they are doing is a form of verification of the applicant’s personal profile and check their background, but Facebook it cannot be done through getting of the Facebook password of the applicants.

Because of this, Facebook is threatening legal action against those who violate its long-standing policy against sharing passwords.

In a post on Friday, Facebook’s chief privacy of policy officer cautioned that if an employer discovers that a job applicant is a member of a protected group, then he might not hire that person because of eventually opening into discrimination, which is not actually a good reason to reject the applicant, especially when he or she has all the skills and abilities to perform the job well.

“As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job,” Erin Egan wrote. “And as their friend of a user, you shouldn’t have to worry that your private information or communications will be revealed to someone you don’t know and didn’t intend to share with just because that user is looking for a job.”

So for those applicants whose employer ask for something beyond your privacy, do not allow them because this is your right as a person to keep some things about yourself private, even if you badly needed that job.

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