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Mozilla Is Working On A Firefox Browser Just For Developers

Mozilla has a new Firefox browser in the works that isn’t just for anyone. According to the company’s announcement Monday, this upcoming project will be “the first browser dedicated to developers.”

The new browser will integrate some of Mozilla’s most popular developer tools, WebIDE and the Firefox Tools Adapter. These tools are currently available for download to anyone on up-to-date versions of the Firefox browser, but the average user never touches them. This developer-specific browser will put them front and center.

“When building for the Web, developers tend to use a myriad of different tools which often don’t work well together,” the announcement on Mozilla’s blog reads. “This means you end up switching between different tools, platforms and browsers which can slow you down and make you less productive. So we decided to unleash our developer tools team on the entire browser to see how we could make your lives easier.”

Apart from a video that rehashes the words of the announcement, there isn’t a lot of information available yet on the new browser. However Mozilla promises that all will be revealed on its launch date, November 10.

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Facebook Is Reportedly Working On A Secret Clone

Facebook may be sticking to its guns on its controversial “real names” policy that says people need to use their real identities when using the service, but it’s apparently not ruling out anonymity altogether. The company is creating a new app that will let people communicate anonymously with one another, according to a report from the New York Times

The social network prides itself on being central to identity on the Internet—outside applications even rely on it to confirm that users are who they say they are. Of course, not everyone abides by those rules; people regularly use fake or pseudonymous names on the service, and unless they’ve been reported, Facebook won’t necessarily know about them.

Facebook, however, is apparently experimenting with a new application that would mimic others like Secret and Whisper, which let people post anonymous words and photos to mobile apps for other people to see.

According to the Times:

[The point of the app] is to allow Facebook users to use multiple pseudonyms to openly discuss the different things they talk about on the Internet; topics of discussion which they may not be comfortable connecting to their real names.

Facebook recently announced Anonymous Login, a way for people to connect to apps without sharing their Facebook information with them. However, even though these apps can’t access a user’s Facebook data, Facebook will knows which apps people are using anonymously. It’s not yet clear how Facebook will connect with an anonymous app of its own, and whether it will collect data on users.

See also: Can Anyone Remember Facebook’s Last Original Idea?

With Facebook’s track record of controversial privacy policies, the real question is whether people trust their secrets and anonymous posts to Facebook, especially since the company has prided itself on being a place for people to share and communicate by using their true identities. 

There are some things people don’t want even their friends to know.

(Failed) Attack Of The Clones

Considering Facebook’s streak of failure when trying to emulate other applications, a Whisper clone might not be a huge success. But it does suggest the social network realizes people don’t always want to be tied to their real names online.

Facebook is quick to jump on trends that it doesn’t have its hands in yet. It’s copied numerous features from Twitter, tried multiple times to clone Snapchat, and duplicated newsreaders like Flipboard when it launched Paper earlier this year. None of these clones appear to have taken off.

While Facebook might want people to share their dirty little secrets on an application that supposedly isn’t tied to their identity, people probably don’t want to ditch the apps they’re already using in favor of Facebook’s, which arrived at the party a little too late.

Facebook’s Secret or Whisper copycat would effectively be the anti-Facebook—no names, no identity, and no way of knowing who posts what. That could make it a Facebook users might like, though maybe not trust, a little bit more.

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Google: We’re Working On Multiple Language Translation Detection

Jon Wiley, Principal Designer for Google Search, participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion, where in one question, he was asked to share something cool he is working on. He shared that Google is working on a feature to listen to multiple languages at the same time and be able to…



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Instagram May Be Working On A Snapchat Competitor, Called Bolt by @mattsouthern

A select number of Instagram users have received notifications prompting them to download a new ‘one tap photo messaging’ app called Bolt. According to user reports, when tapping on the ‘Free’ button to download the app the link becomes a dead end. These notifications have since been removed, possibly indicating that Instagram accidentally leaked something they didn’t intend to. Facebook has been known to test unreleased features inside its Android and iOS app only to officially release them later. This is how Facebook typically introduces new features, but the company has also inadvertently leaked information before it was officially made […]

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Working With a New PPC Client: 7 Ways to Drive AdWords Strategies & Objectives

It’s all about the client. Whether you’ve just landed a new client or you’ve recently started working for a new company or agency, here are seven ways to ensure your client’s accounts are optimized and performing at their highest level.

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Here’s Why Your Editorial Calendar Isn’t Working…

They said that content was king and that editorial calendars would be our pathway to the kingdom. Maybe all of that is true. But if your editorial calendar isn’t producing the results you had hoped for, here’s why and what you can do about it.

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Top 3 Reasons Your Blogging SEO Strategy Isn’t Working – Business 2 Community

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What It’s Like Working At A Red-Hot Big Data Startup

Worldwide IT spending is expected to increase this year, but it’s nothing compared to how much money will flow into Big Data. And for employees at those companies, more money is certainly a good thing.

As a new IDC report reveals, spending in the Big Data market will reach $32.4 billion by 2017, or nearly six times the growth rate of the overall IT market.

With billions at stake, much of that money is flowing into Big Data startups, including $900 million to Cloudera just this week. Flush with cash, these startups are hiring like crazy. The perks are good, but they’re not much different from what companies in other hot areas offer, according to Dice.com:

What these Big Data startups offer instead is the chance to completely change the future of how organizations operate. Sounds appetizing, right? But before you submit your résumé, consider what it’s like to work at the 10 most heavily-funded Big Data startups, according to the people that work there. Their views come via the employee reviews on Glassdoor. (Full disclosure: I work at MongoDB, but I included them on the list based on the objective criterion of how much funding these companies have received.)

Here are the top 10 Big Data companies, ranked by employee satisfaction:

DataStax

DataStax is one of the leaders in the emerging database market and the company behind Cassandra, a so-called NoSQL database that was originally developed at Facebook. It’s gets both dings and praise for its “demanding work environment,” though some complain that the company’s distributed employee base means “you have to make an effort to get to know your co-workers.” Given that being “remote is the norm,” you’ll take comfort in knowing that the company includes “the smartest and best group of engineers you will ever work with.”

MongoDB

MongoDB offers a document-oriented “NoSQL” database. Mind you, I am an employee of MongoDB, but others have described the workplace as one filled with “generous, good people that work hard, expect much but are also kind,” as well as “passionate, curious, and very smart” people who go[] above and beyond their call of duty to help you. MongoDB gets high marks for being a “leader in a market that is transforming how data is managed.” However, one engineer notes that “All senior leadership positions are filled with outsiders.” This may be getting better as another reviewer indicates that there is more “hiring from within.” 


 

Domo

Domo sells a business intelligence platform that incorporates data feeds from throughout an organization and makes them easily consumable in one place. The company, founded by Omniture founder Josh James, perhaps not surprisingly involves “lots of hero worship,” given James’ outsized personality, and also gets dinged for having a sales-driven culture. Others disagree with these sentiments, declaring Domo to employ the “best talent [they’ve] ever worked with” and an “awesome culture.”


 

Cloudera 

Cloudera offers a Hadoop-based Big Data platform. Employees love the “incredible culture” working alongside the “smartest people in the industry” on a “product that’s changing the world” in a company that maintains “a strong emphasis on remaining an independent company.” Still, some complain about Cloudera, saying it has a “cowboy” culture that forces you to “view co-workers as competition rather than teammates.” But most say the high growth and the problems it engenders are consistent with companies undergoing similar growing pains.

Talend  

Talend sells open-source data integration software. The company’s management is lauded for its “open door policy,” which means employees are “able to converse with C-levels and VP’s without intimidation.” Several reviewers cite the company’s focus on growing employees professionally, but the company, which has a significant presence in France, is broadly distributed, causing some reviewers to laud the cultural diversity while others to complain that the “geographical and cultural diversity … can make collaboration and communication a slight challenge sometimes.” 


 

Palantir

Palantir, for the sake of developing analytics applications, puts employees into small teams so people can have “high individual impact” and work on “big, important problems” together.  Still, this “smug ‘Our impact on the world is all that matters’ mentality” gets derided for contributing to a “cult-like culture” and leads to the company paying “below-market compensation.” 

 

Hortonworks                                        

Hortonworks, like Cloudera, is building a Big Data platform around Hadoop. Reviewers credit the company’s winning strategy around its open-source development and partnerships, though some suggest “the pace and the personal sacrifice required to be successful in an early stage company [including Hortonworks] is not for everybody.” Still, with “great access to senior leadership,” the “internal politics” that several reviewers criticized are manageable.

 

Gauvus

Gauvus builds a Big Data analytics platform. People say the company has the “best idea in terms of big data analytics,” and others gush about the “exciting technology,” but “execution is another thing.” On the execution front, reviewers complain about “fragmented communication” and “rapidly changing priorities.” 


 

Mu Sigma

Mu Sigma provides a Data-Science-as-a-Service (DSaaS?) product. While the company is one of the lowest-ranked Big Data vendors on the list, some reviewers proclaim it a good place for data geeks, with “opportunity to learn a lot and work on different statistical tools like SAS, R [and] SQL.” However, as far as work-life balance goes, some noted a “lack of diversity” and that “even earned time taken off is sometimes frowned upon and it is really hard to plan personal time.” Furthermore, Mu Sigma was consistently dinged by reviewers for its “low pay.”

 

Opera Solutions 

Opera Solutions, another Data-Science-as-a-Service (DSaaS) company, ranks lowest among the other Big Data companies on this list. While employees love “the variety and level of clients [Opera Solutions] work with” and a “laid back” management team that’s “not afraid to be experimental,” many others argue that same laid-back management should “resign” because of “policies [that] change all the time” and an inability to “get past fancy marketing and smoke/mirror tactics and simply explain the real value that [the company] provide[s].”


 

No Bad Choices

While each company has its warts, there are good reasons to want to join any of these companies. Compared to established incumbents, virtually all of these startups rank much higher than their legacy counterparts. Given that pay seems to be good across the spectrum, finding the right company for you may be a matter of finding the right cultural fit.

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Shergroup SEO Team Working with Tycoon Softech for an Effective SEO … – PR Web (press release)

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The Real Reason AdWords Isn’t Working For Many Small Businesses

By now, you’ve probably read the New York Times piece that’s been making the rounds lately. If not, here’s the upshot: it concludes that Google AdWords isn’t practical for small businesses. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time the Gray Lady has gone after AdWords, nor is it the first time…



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