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Coders Have Russia To Thank For A Thankless Programmers' Day

Well, Friday the 13th came and passed uneventfully this year. Internationally, there were no earth-shaking calamities. In fact, quite the contrary. Russia, America's on-again-off-again ally was instrumental in sealing the day for chemical disarmament in Syria. And unbeknownst to a lot of us folks, Russia is the only country in the world to officially recognize "Programmers Day."

The Little Film That Could: "Finish Line" Coming Into The Final Stretch on KickStarter

"Finish Line: The Rise and Demise of Off-Track Betting" is an indie documentary currently in production. It's a 'Damon Runyon-esque" real-life American saga real-life American saga that unfortunately doesn't come with a Hollywood happy ending. The shuttering of Off-Track-Betting (OTB) in New York City plays out like a Greek Tragedy where over a 1000 employees had their livelihoods, pensions and health benefits taken from them, while Governor Cuomo of New York looked the other way.

Always Online May Be The Future, But That Future Hasn't Arrived Yet

It's a familiar routine for gamers: a developer announces a title or peripheral that requires an Internet connection to function. Gamers react with ire. They backpedal without understanding what they've done wrong - online is the future, isn't it?

Yes. It is. But that future hasn't arrived yet. 

Opera Creates New iPad Browser Called Coast

Opera Coast is the latest browser to be released for the iPad. Is it going to be a player in the mobile browser war? Several new features may place it ahead of the curve if it can attract the users that the company desperately needs.

Google+'s Long History Of Suspensions In Search Of Remedies

For those who have recently been chastised with the swift judgemental hand of a Google+ suspension, you are not alone. Google+ has had a long history of not only suspending accounts, but also deleting them. Dating all the way back to July, 2011 (only one month after its inception), Google + was deleting what they thought were a large number of fake accounts, only to restore them when users proved their legitimacy.

Follow Internet Investor Yuri Milner's Lead To Invest In Small Social Media Businesses

Hindsight is 20/20. Had we known to follow Yuri Milner's lead back in 2009 when he and his company Digital Sky Technologies (DST) invested $200 million in what was a small busines at the time called, Facebook, for a 1.95% stake -- we may all have been a lot wealthier today. That early bet made this previously-unknown Russian investor, a billionaire.

Drug Detox Center For Internet Addicts Gives Rise To Small Business Start-up?

Remember that ole Amy Winehouse refrain: "they tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no!"? While there's drug detox centers for those addicted to drugs, do centers for Internet addiction exist? The answer is yes, and they've been around for a while. In my 2009 post, "Internet Rehab For NetAddicts" post, I researched one such center located in SE Fall City, Washington that followed the same principles as drug rehab centers.

Aghast, When The GAP's GIF On Facebook Proved To Be A Gaffe

Now, say that ten times fast. Why? Because when a venerable social media site the likes of Mashable gets it wrong, based on an assertion made by the venerable American clothier, the GAP - it's fun to call them out on a bonefide gaffe that went public.

Online Car Insurance's Mascots Flo & The Gecko Are Social Media SuperStars

There's a lively debate as to whether an intangible service as mundane as online car insurance could possibly benefit from the value of social media. However, when these marketers realized that the marketing and selling of auto insurance is no different than the marketing and selling of another intangible product such as hotel accommodations, they quickly seized the opportunity with vigor - and with mascots to boot!

What Lucky Frame's Gentlemen! Can Teach Us About Piracy And Game Development

Today, I'm going to explore something a lot of pirates don't seem aware of - the marked impact piracy can actually have on developers, particularly if they're independent. Sit back, ladies and gents, and let me tell you the long, sad tale of Gentlemen!

There'll also be some stuff in there for all you developers, as well. Sit tight. 

Tawki's DIY Videos To Feature ‘One-Click, Animate’ Functionality

Adding video production to your social media tool box is essential today for both business and pleasure. According to the web tracking-and-measurement firm ComScore, 89 million people in the United States are going to watch 1.2 billion online videos today alone. And, 76 percent of marketers plan to add video to their websites, making it a higher priority than Facebook, Twitter and even blog integration.

Vote For Your Favorites Via Made In America – Hot Product Contest

This contest is all about American innovation and throwing your support behind really cool stuff so that it might be sold in stores, so be a patriot and vote for the best products!

Curt Schilling On The Failure Of 38 Studios

Anyone who's been following industry news remembers the disastrous tale of Curt Schilling and his game development firm, 38 Studios, and how it went catastrophically bankrupt shortly after releasing its only game. According to Schilling, it's the most devastating thing he's ever been through...yet he's still here, and he's got some advice for other entrepreneurs...and inventors. 

The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth, So Sayeth YouTube

Chances are if you're meek, a dweeb or scored low on your most recent IQ Test, you are oblivious to YouTube Geek Week. However, with over 9 million subscribers, obviously being geek isn't for the weak of heart any more (for those who remember when Charles Atlas use to get sand kicked in his face).

Several TOR Services Shut Down

A single arrest and site shut down brought half of the TOR hidden services down. While TOR is a good way to anonymize yourself while on the Internet, be wary of hidden services right now.

Google Introduces Chromecast For Your TV

Chromecast promises to provide a very low cost option to bring your online media to your TV, regardless of the device you use, from a PC, Mac, tablet or phone. Available for $35, it makes a strong competitor to current offerings.

Quality Crowdfunding Your Idea Via Seedinvest

Crowdfunding big ideas and small businesses online is a concept that quickly became a mainstream idea, but if your high-quality startup needs a big-name investment, check out Seedinvest.

Supercharge Your Creativity At Google+’s Maker Camp!

No inventor can complain that “there’s nothing to do” when Google+ has partnered with Make Magazine and Radio Shack to host six weeks of creative DIY projects via Maker Camp!

Google Releases Correlate Tool

Google Correlate allows you to match data sets with search terms. You can draw a curve over time and find search terms that match, or enter your data and find the same matches. This can give you insights on what people look for over a particular time frame or season.

Restore The Fourth

This year, the Fourth of July celebrations take a special importance for those who care about privacy and want to protest the NSA surveillance exposed in recent leaks.