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EU expected to open antitrust investigation into Facebook Marketplace

Enlarge The European Commission is on the verge of opening a formal probe of Facebook and its free Marketplace service, according to reports from Reuters and the Financial Times. While the scope of the investigation is still being determined, the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, has queried Facebook and its competitors on at least…

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Product Review for the Ultenic U10 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

This is my product review of the Ultenic U10 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. I have reviewed many vacuum cleaners in my day. I’m pleased to say the Ultenic U10 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is a dandy little vac. The Ultenic U10 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner I want a vac that looks slightly techie — but one that will…

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Data fairness: A new social contract for the 21st century economy

Over the past two decades, the data economy has permeated every aspect of our social and economic lives. Now, a growing community of voices is seeking a new social contract between the tech industry and citizens. Early optimism about the transformative power of the internet has given way, more recently, to a sense that the…

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Top 10 SaaS Product Marketing Trends for 2021

The ongoing business issues following the Covid-19 pandemic has forced organizations to adjust to unexpected changes in the way they operated their businesses. Individuals are still meeting virtually, and it has become a bit difficult to cope with other changes. Here, in this article, we will explain the best SaaS product Marketing trends for your…

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New USB-C Type 2.1 standard offers up to 240 W power delivery

Enlarge / This Macbook Pro charge cable is only rated for 100 W power delivery—but forthcoming USB-C PD 2.1 cables will be able to handle more than double that. (credit: Tony Webster / Flickr) Yesterday, Benson Leung—Google engineer and intrepid USB-C cable tester—dropped the news on Twitter that a new USB-C cable specification has been…

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Startup Phantom Space wants to head into orbit against the grain

Jim Cantrell calls himself “one of the intellectual fathers of the small-launch business.” It’s hard to disagree. When Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002, Cantrell became its first vice president of business development. His expertise was critical to the development of the company’s first rocket, the Falcon 1. Cantrell later founded Strategic Space Development (StratSpace),…

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Amazon sued over policies that forbid lower prices on other websites

Enlarge / Amazon boxes. (credit: Getty Images | Julie Clopper) The District of Columbia sued Amazon today, alleging that the online retail giant violated antitrust law with policies that prevent sellers from offering products at lower prices on other websites. “Amazon fixed online retail prices through contract provisions and policies” that “prevent third-party sellers that…

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Vulnerability in VMware product has severity rating of 9.8 out of 10

Enlarge (credit: Michael Theis / Flickr) Data centers around the world have a new concern to contend with—a remote code vulnerability in a widely used VMware product. The security flaw, which VMware disclosed and patched on Tuesday, resides in the vCenter Server, a tool used for managing virtualization in large data centers. vCenter Server is…

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Today’s best tech deals: Nintendo Switch games, Logitech mice, and more

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Today’s Dealmaster includes a handful of good prices on high-profile Nintendo Switch games, with the highly regarded The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze both marked down to $40 as part of a wider Memorial Day sale at GameStop. Neither of those discounts represents the absolute…

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Exclusive: Valve is making a Switch-like portable gaming PC

Enlarge / Some Nintendo Switch clip art, plus a Steam logo, equals the Valve “SteamPal”? The math equation isn’t as simple as this listing image might lead you to believe. (credit: Sam Machkovech) Video game and hardware studio Valve has been secretly building a Switch-like portable PC, designed to run a large number of games…

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Google launches its third major operating system, Fuchsia

Enlarge / The Nest Hub. (credit: Google) Google is officially rolling out a new operating system, called Fuchsia, to consumers. The release is a bit hard to believe at this point, but Google confirmed to 9to5Google that the OS is rolling out now, and several members of the Fuchsia team have confirmed the news on…

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The 4Moms Breeze Plus Playard Helper

The country is finally opening up from COVID so that we can head out from being cooped up in our homes. For those that will be traveling with a little one — the 4Moms Breeze Plus Playard is a fantastic place to start. 4moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard with Removable Bassinet I was a little…

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Hyundai reveals US specs for Ioniq 5 electric crossover

This crisply styled thing is the Hyundai Ioniq 5, a new battery electric vehicle due later this year. [credit: Hyundai ] It’s a good time for new battery electric vehicles. Ford’s F-150 Lightning electric pickup has been hogging the headlines lately—no surprise, given America’s enduring love affair with the half-ton truck. But I’m more excited…

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Will Self-Driven Cars Replace Humans in the Future?

The driverless revolution in cars is just starting despite there being some twists and turns in its adoption. The invention of self-driven cars is poised to impact the transportation industry greatly. Since the first car got invented decades ago, their basic control has been a human being behind the steering wheel. There had been no…

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6 Video Content Marketing Examples to Inspire Your Campaign

Video content marketing has been around for a little while. You probably use some video or plan to, since 85% of businesses already used it in 2020, according to data from Wyzowl. But, just because a lot of teams report using video, that doesn’t mean they all have success with it. Measuring the effectiveness of…

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It’s ransomware, or maybe a disk wiper, and it’s striking targets in Israel

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Researchers say they’ve uncovered never-before-seen disk-wiping malware that’s disguising itself as ransomware as it unleashes destructive attacks on Israeli targets. Apostle, as researchers at security firm SentinelOne are calling the malware, was initially deployed in an attempt to wipe data but failed to do so, likely because of a logic flaw…

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Collective data rights can stop big tech from obliterating privacy

Every person engaged with the networked world constantly creates rivers of data. We do this in ways we are aware of, and ways that we aren’t. Corporations are eager to take advantage. Take, for instance, NumberEight, a startup, that, according to Wired, “helps apps infer user activity based on data from a smartphone’s sensors: whether…

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Is the Public Ready to Accept Deaths From Self-Driving Car Accidents?

Self-driving cars are set to dramatically reduce accident rates as well as injuries and deaths from those accidents. But as they roll out and become more commonplace, they’re probably going to get some people killed. In fact, there are already early reports of fatalities caused by self-driving cars; tests of Uber’s fully autonomous vehicles have…

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What’s Next for Tech Censorship?

If you’ve been paying attention to the tech world for the past several years, you know there’s been a bubbling issue considered by politicians, journalists, and tech consumers alike: a troubling rise in tech censorship and uncertainty over how to respond to it.  To be clear, tech censorship is a complex issue that requires a…

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Bernie Sanders wants to stop NASA funding for Blue Origin

Enlarge / Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VA) speaks outside the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday, March 26, 2021. (credit: Andi Rice / Bloomberg / Getty Images) Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders inserted himself into the debate about NASA’s Artemis Program on Monday. The independent and two-time presidential candidate did so…

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Freenode IRC has been taken over by the crown prince of Korea

Freenode currently ranges between roughly 75,000 and 90,000 users—that’s a far cry from the 240,000 users fellow IRC network QuakeNet had back in 2005, but it’s still quite a lot of people. (credit: netsplit.de) Freenode has been the world’s largest IRC network since 2013, with roughly three times as many users as its closest competitor, IRCnet….

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For research citations, no replication is no problem

Enlarge / inside page. (credit: Shou-Hui Wang / Flickr) Over the past decade, it became apparent that a number of fields of research had some issues with replication. Published results didn’t always survive attempts at repeating experiments. The extent of the problem was a matter of debate, so a number of reproducibility projects formed to…

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8 Professional Email Signature Templates to Drive Sales

Do you hear that? Ping-Pong. Ping-Pong. That’s emails getting dropped into inboxes every millisecond. According to Statista, there were 319 billion emails sent yesterday. There will be 319 billion emails sent today, tomorrow, and every single day this year. Next year that number will go up to 333 billion daily emails worldwide and by 2023 that…

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Biden cuts broadband plan from $100 billion to $65 billion to match GOP offer

Enlarge / President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Thursday, May 13, 2021. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) President Biden has cut his broadband-deployment spending proposal from $100 billion to $65 billion, matching the lower amount proposed by Republicans. But Republicans still object to Biden’s overall infrastructure spending plan…

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5 Self-Care Beauty Treatments to Try in 2021

We are near to the summer months — we seemingly have some peace of mind about COVID. From the global pandemic to countless other issues, we finally have a fresh start in the new business quarter. We can take our “mental reset” to make this time better than last year’s. Our mental reset is called…

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From trash to jet fuel in 60 minutes—and 220º C

Enlarge (credit: Tobias Titz / Getty Images) The world has a lot of plastic—8.3 billion tonnes of the stuff has been produced since 1950. It has so much plastic that humans have started trying to figure out ways to use the vast quantities of plastic waste we’re accumulating. For some, that means recycling; for others,…

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China advances its war on bitcoin, cracks down on mining

Enlarge / Technicians inspect bitcoin mining machines at a mining facility operated by Bitmain Technologies Ltd. in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (credit: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Bitcoin took investors on another rollercoaster ride over the weekend after a top regulator in China announced a crackdown on mining, a new…

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How to Create an App Like UberEats

If you are thirsty enough to set up your food delivery business, this blog will quench your thirst with essential insights. Firstly, you must understand the need to enter the food delivery industry. Though many business ideas are on par with the food delivery business, the scope and profit involved in food delivery services are…

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How to Handle Competition With Your New Website

It’s natural to be intrinsically focused when designing, developing, and ultimately launching your own website. You’re thinking about your brand, the content you want to develop, and of course, the products and services you want to sell. You want to look good in front of your prospects and customers – and generate revenue to keep…

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Ford reveals pricing for the F-150 Lightning Pro work truck

This is the F-150 Lightning Pro, the version of Ford’s new electric pickup aimed at the work market. [credit: Ford ] Last week, Ford revealed the F-150 Lightning, its long-awaited electric pickup truck. At the start of the new work week, the automaker offered up some information about the entry-level versions of the F-150 Lighting,…

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YouTube feels heat as Russia ramps up “digital sovereignty” drive

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson) The Russian-language online news channel was best known for its priestly presenters and conspiratorial musings about the global financial system plotting against Moscow—suspicions it viewed as confirmed last July when the Google-owned streaming service took the channel down over what it claimed was a US sanctions breach. Now Tsargrad is poised…

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo has flown to the edge of space

On May 22, Virgin Galactic took two people to the very edge of suborbital space for the first time in more than two years, and its third time overall. It’s the first of four planned crewed missions slated for this year. What happened: Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo took off from Spaceport America in New Mexico at…

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Review: zombie heist thriller Army of the Dead is Zack Snyder at his best

Patient Zero: Zeus, the Alpha zombie king (Richard Cetrone), surveys his future kingdom: Las Vegas. [credit: Netflix ] A team of mercenaries ventures into zombie-infested Las Vegas in hopes of recovering millions in cash from a casino vault in Zack Snyder’s zombie heist horror thriller, Army of the Dead. It’s a stylish mix of Zombieland (especially the…

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Google’s “I/O Adventure” was almost as good as being there

Virtual Google I/O! It’s just like the real thing. Most of those little characters are real people. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] Google I/O was this past week, and while there were still the usual announcements and information dump, the pandemic made the show online-only. Normally, people from across the world descend upon the Shoreline Amphitheater…

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When is a Porsche 911 not a Porsche 911? When it’s a Ruf

This looks like a collection of Porsche 911s but if you checked each car’s VIN you’d find they were officially recognized as being made by Ruf. [credit: Ian Wood ] The Porsche 911 is one of the most instantly recognizable cars in the world. For decades and across multiple generations, Porsche has kept the same…

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All those electric vehicles pose a problem for building roads

Enlarge / “I think this might be the best-looking EV yet,” Cars Technica’s Jonathan Gitlin in 2018 about the Jaguar I-Pace. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin) Last week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee—the guy who, while running for president two years ago, proposed a nationwide ban on sales of gas-powered cars by 2030—vetoed a statewide ban on gas-powered…

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IMF says $50 billion is needed to end Covid pandemic in 2022

Enlarge / A vial with the Pfizer Biontech vaccine. (credit: Thomas Lohnes | Getty Images) The world could “end the pandemic” in mid-2022 by vaccinating 60 percent of the population at a cost of $50 billion, the IMF has said, as rich countries and vaccine manufacturers pledged to address the inequality undermining the global response…

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The Atlantic hurricane season’s first storm forms early—again

Enlarge / Subtropical Ana forms in the Atlantic on Saturday morning. (credit: NOAA) The National Hurricane Center said that a low-pressure system to the northwest of Bermuda had become sufficiently organized on Saturday morning to become a subtropical storm. It will be named Ana. Although Ana has some tropical characteristics, it is considered “subtropical” because…

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This AI makes Robert De Niro perform lines in flawless German

Enlarge (credit: Paul Bednyakov | Getty Images) You talkin’ to me… in German? New deepfake technology allows Robert De Niro to deliver his famous line from Taxi Driverin flawless German—with realistic lip movements and facial expressions. The AI software manipulates an actor’s lips and facial expressions to make them convincingly match the speech of someone…

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A zombie-fire outbreak may be growing in the north

Enlarge / White smoke rising from the tundra in front of the Baird Mountains. (credit: Western Arctic National Parklands (CC BY 2.0)) Each winter, as snow blankets Alaska and northern Canada, the wildfires of the summer extinguish, and calm prevails—at least on the surface. Beneath all that white serenity, some of those fires actually continue…

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Archaeologists have now identified two 17th century Swedish shipwrecks

Enlarge / Two shipwrecks discovered in 2019 have been identified as 17th century Swedish war ships Apollo and Maria. (credit: Vrak Museum of Wrecks) Back in 2019, Swedish maritime archaeologists discovered the wrecks of two 17th century ships at the bottom of a busy Swedish shipping canal near Vaxholm. Initially they suspected these might be…

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Is Synthetic Empathy Holding Your AI Back?

Human conversation is nuanced. AI is efficient. Getting the right balance of human and AI in support conversations is tricky  — but critical.  “Are you a bot?” I asked. I had a question about a car I was researching. The bot answered my question but threw in something extra, saying, “It’s a sweet ride.” I…

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COVID-19 vaccinations are sparking 14% more matches on OkCupid

Enlarge / OkCupid will soon offer vaccination badges. (credit: OkCupid) Money can’t buy happiness, as the cliché goes. But a vaccination could get you money and happiness. While governors in various states are offering a chance at cash prizes to those who have gotten their COVID-19 shots, dating apps are heating things up with alluring…

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Apple CEO faces tough questioning as Epic Games trial wraps up

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the WWDC 2020 keynote. (credit: Apple) Apple CEO Tim Cook faced pointed questioning from Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers during his long-awaited testimony in the Epic Games v. Apple trial Friday. Following hours of questioning and cross-examination from Apple’s and Epic’s lawyers, Rogers wrapped up nearly three weeks of…

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Seagate’s new Mach.2 is the world’s fastest conventional hard drive

The key to Mach.2’s increased performance is a second set of actuator arms, which can be positioned independently from the first set. Essentially, this makes a Mach.2 “two drives in one chassis.” (credit: Seagate) Seagate has been working on dual-actuator hard drives—drives with two arms and read/write heads per platter—for several years. Its first production…

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A Critical Look at Equity Crowdfunding

Traditionally, the world of startup investing was not for “the main street.” Investing was the private preserve of venture capitalists, venture debt lenders, private equity and angel investors (accredited investors), high network individuals, family offices and business angels. The process of meeting your investor was largely dependent on in-person meetings, over a hundred cups of…

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Researchers add sense of touch to robotic arm via brain implant

Enlarge / Robotic arm in action. (credit: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) One of the most astonishing examples of the promise of brain implants is shown in a video in which a paralyzed person controls a robotic arm with nothing but her thoughts. The technology alone is impressive, but the joy on the participant’s face as…

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Crypto payments above $10,000 would be reported to IRS under Treasury plan

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | R.Tsubin) The Biden administration wants businesses to report cryptocurrency transactions with values of at least $10,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. “Cryptocurrency already poses a significant detection problem by facilitating illegal activity broadly including tax evasion,” the US Treasury Department said in its proposal for implementing the tax compliance initiatives…

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to take stand in Epic/Apple trial today

Enlarge / Tim Cook speaks during an event at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (credit: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Tim Cook will on Friday be confronted with allegations that Apple is operating an illegal monopoly, in a high-stakes case brought by Epic Games, the maker of…

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Archaeologists train a neural network to sort pottery fragments for them

(credit: Pawlowicz and Downum 2021) Real archaeological fieldwork is seldom as exciting as it looks in the movies. You tend to get fewer reanimated mummies, deadly booby traps, and dramatic shootouts with Nazis. Instead, you’ll see pieces of broken pottery—a lot of them. Potsherds are ubiquitous at archaeological sites, and that’s true for pretty much…

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The Ferrari Portofino M, reviewed

Enlarge / You might associate the Florida Keys with Crimson Jihad, but this red is actually called Rosso Portofino. (credit: Elle Cayabyab Gitlin) A couple of years ago, Ars got to spend a rather enjoyable morning with a Ferrari Portofino on a very deserted, very twisty Californian road. It was revelatory, demonstrating that this entry…

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Could the ransomware crisis force action against Russia?

What touches the American psyche more deeply than a gas shortage? If the Colonial Pipeline attack is any measure, nothing. Ransomware has been a growing problem for years, with hundreds of brazen criminal hacks against schools, hospitals, and city governments—but it took an attack that affected people’s cars for the US to really take notice. …

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Snap debuts true AR glasses that show the potential (and limitations) of AR

Spectacles worn by Snap content-creation partner Leighton McDonald. [credit: Snap ] Snap Inc., the company best known for the popular Snapchat social camera app, has announced its first pair of augmented reality glasses that most people would agree actually qualify as real AR glasses. Like previous glasses the company has produced, they are called Spectacles….

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Google announces its first-ever physical retail store

Enlarge / Google’s mockup of its retail store. (credit: Google) In a new blog post, Google announced its “first-ever physical retail store” will launch this summer in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The company says the “Google Store” will feature the predictable assortment of Google hardware like Pixel phones, Nest devices, Fitbits, and everything…

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Need for annual COVID shots hinges on how many people get vaccinated now

Enlarge / Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, receives the Moderna Inc. COVID-19 vaccine during an event at the NIH Clinical Center Masur Auditorium in Bethesda, Maryland, on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) As COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue across the United States, many are wondering how…

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Microsoft is (finally) killing off Internet Explorer entirely

Enlarge / You don’t need Internet Explorer to view any of these websites—which, unfortunately, doesn’t stop your users from trying it anyway. (credit: TimZillion / Getty Images) If you’re one of the 10 people on the planet who absolutely loves Microsoft’s venerable Internet Explorer browser, you’d better spend quality time with it while you can—Microsoft is…

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Amazon PPC Management with Limited Budget

Over the years of working with different Amazon Seller clients as an Agency, we came across the budget limited request on a few occasions. Here is how to do Amazon PPC management when there is a limited budget spend. Not just with starting sellers The request is not just the starting Sellers (who still have…

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