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by Dan Gainor

October 12, 2011

In the battle of Capitalism vs. Socialism, score one for making a profit.

The Occupy Wall Street (and Everything else) protest has loudly proclaimed its goal of taking down Wall Street. As they explained their anti-corporate creed in the "Declaration of Occupation": "We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments." But capitalism and free markets have a way of winning on their own. And Occupy Wall Street is no exception.

by Lauren McCauley

May 3, 2013

In court where civilians have no representative, government's "national security" claims win again and again

A secret federal court last year did not deny a single request to search or electronically spy on people within the United States "for foreign intelligence purposes," according to a Justice Department report this week. The report (pdf), which was released Tuesday to Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), states that during 2012, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (the "FISC") approved every single one of the 1,856 applications made by the government for authority to conduct electronic surveillance and/or physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes.

by Nicole Henderson

July 7, 2011

The Washington Post jobs website was hacked last week, affecting about 1.27 million user IDs and email addresses.

According to a report by CNET on Wednesday, two separate attacks happened on June 27 and June 28. The Washington Post called the attacks "brief" in a notice on its website. "We are taking this incident very seriously. We quickly identified the vulnerability and shut it down, and are pursuing the matter with law enforcement. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience," The Washington Post said in the notice.

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by Ross Kaminsky

April 2, 2012

The computer systems of a major credit card payment processing company called Global Payments have been hacked, reportedly compromising information on up to 1.5 million credit card account numbers.

Two of my credit cards (one MasterCard and one American Express) are among the numbers stolen, as proven by Amex and Citibank calling me to verify charges on my cards (2 through Yahoo, 1 to Google AdWords, and 1 to EasyJet) which I did not make. Those cards have been canceled. I'm impressed by and grateful for how seriously and effectively the card companies and banks work to prevent fraudulent charges.

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by Tom Ewer

March 9, 2012

Discover 10 shortcodes with awesome functionality that you can use on your WordPress blog right now!

Last week I featured three tips for effectively utilizing shortcodes. Now what's the point in having all of that knowledge if you can't use it? It's time to get down and dirty with some shortcodes that you can use on your WordPress blog right now. Your level (or lack) of expertise doesn't matter - shortcodes can be successfully implemented by anyone who knows how to copy and paste!

by Amy-Mae Elliott

May 15, 2012

Facebook is a platform like any other - with a little practice you can get really good at using it. To help you out, we have pulled together 10 tips that we think will be useful for "power users" of the social network.

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by Joe

November 30, 2011

In the blogosphere, Om Malik is a superstar. Although having been a senior writer for, Red Herring, and Business 2.0, he is probably best known for his wildly popular tech blog

Recently, almost by mistake, in fact, Malik suddenly realized that he had been at this blogging thing for ten years now. And so this week he decided to take stock and reflect on some of his biggest lessons learned in a post titled My 10 years of blogging: Reflections, Lessons & Some Stats Too. If you consider yourself a blogger at all, then it behooves you to perk up and pay attention when someone like Malik takes a look back like this. You know there's bound to be some wisdom in the words.

by By Joe Mont

November 16, 2011

The world of business is rarely the domain of do-gooders. To get ahead, executives have to be bold and brusque.

This can backfire. Poor decisions, born of bad taste, can turn off customers, irritate the public and fuel lawsuits. It's the kind of risk you can imagine being taken by the companies desperate to get ahead -- the ones advertising on late-night television or dealing in questionable goods that, uh, fell off the back of a truck. But those aren't the only companies making questionable moves. Sometimes they come from the brands we use every day and have trusted for generations.

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by Tom Ewer

April 26, 2012

I write on average 3-4 blog posts a day - perhaps 3,000 words. I spend a lot of time in WordPress. So finding the optimal solution for blog post writing is pretty important to me.

With that in mind, yesterday I gave you 3 Reasons Why I Use The Distraction Free Editor (And Why You Should Too). Although I consider the distraction free editor (or DFE) to be a far superior option to the visual editor, that does not make it perfect. Far from it in fact - the distraction free editor comes with its own unique set of bugs and flaws. Whilst there is nothing big enough to deter me from using it, I would certainly prefer a version of the distraction free editor without the following foibles.

by Tony Northrup

April 26, 2006

Extend the range and the strength of your wireless network

If Microsoft Windows XP ever notifies you about a weak signal, it probably means your connection isn't as fast or as reliable as it could be. Worse, you might lose your connection entirely in some parts of your home. If you're looking to improve the signal for your wireless network, try some of these tips for extending your wireless range and improving your wireless network performance.

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