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FEATURED ARTICLE — August 29th, 2016

Engage Your Brand’s Fans Via Instagram Stories

If you’ve been on Instagram lately, you’ve probably noticed a new feature: Instagram Stories.

While this may not seem like anything big, this insidious little feature is poised to take on one of the resident giants of social media: Snapchat. Touted by Joe Pulizzi as “Snapchat for older people,” Instagram Stories is a simple feature that gathers all of an Instagram user’s favorite moment into one, simple place.

The latest in social media platforms making a push for content concentration and accessibility, Instagram Stories is the biggest thing to hit social media in a few weeks.

So, are Instagram Stories going to usurp Snapchat and overtake the throne? Read on to learn more.

What is Instagram Stories?

From your Instagram dashboard, the new Instagram
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BREAKING NEWS

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Iran Launches First Phase of its Own Internet Service

Iran is planning to operate its own national Internet as the government looks to crack down on uncensored Web surfing. The country on Sunday announced the first phase of its “national information network” was complete via the pro-government Tasnim… Read More
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Opera Sync Server Hacked, Company Resets Passwords

A hacker has breached an Opera sync server, putting at risk users’ passwords. The Internet browsing company, in a blog post, said that the attack was “quickly blocked,” but passwords and account information, such as login names, may… Read More
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Facebook’s Trending Topics Gets Major Update to Address Accusations of Bias

Facebook’s Trending feature has received a major overhaul to make the product more automated in response to accusations of bias made earlier this year. The update removes the necessity for Facebook editors to write descriptions for trending topics. The… Read More

Technology News

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Google Hires Airbnb’s Shaun Stewart to ‘Commercialize’ Its Self-Driving Vehicles

Google’s self-driving car department has a new boss. The tech titan has hired Airbnb executive Shaun Stewart to take over from the project’s chief technical officer Chris Urmson, who left the position earlier this month. Stewart will answer directly… Read More
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Why Network Monitoring is Important for Your Business

If someone asks “is network monitoring important?” the obvious answer is “yes.” But the answer to “why” is never really discussed. There is a general opinion that network monitoring is important for business health, or to protect your work… Read More
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Amazon Debuts Hub to Help Users Buy Right Vehicle

Amazon has debuted a community platform to aid car shoppers in the research and comparison of vehicles. Dubbed Amazon Vehicles, the new hub is described as a “car research destination and automotive community” that offers up information on vehicles,… Read More

SEO News

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How Cloud Computing Can Boost SEO

Cloud computing is still in its infancy stage, despite the service having been around for quite some time. Not much is known about the platform and there are no clear set rules on how to optimize your business with this service. Even so, it is important… Read More
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How to Rank Higher in Local Search Results

For any small business, appearing in a local search is crucial to bringing new business through your doors. While word-of-mouth is enough to stir up some new business, it isn’t nearly the same as what a Google recommendation could do for you. But many… Read More
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Breathe New Life Into Old Content for SEO Boost

“Content marketing is a commitment, not a campaign.” — Jon Buscall, CEO of Moondog Marketing & Media Content is a foundational cornerstone to SEO. No matter how many SEO tools, tricks and best practices you leverage, you won’t attain significant… Read More

Social Media News

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Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal: Will this Finally Boost the Dynamics CRM Market Share?

Now that the brouhaha over Microsoft’s $26.2-billion purchase of LinkedIn has died down, it’s time to look at the strategic implications of this deal. Will this be Nadella’s masterstroke for boosting Dynamics CRM or will this prove to be another… Read More
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WhatsApp to Share User Info With Facebook

WhatsApp will soon be sharing user data with its parent company, Facebook. The change comes as the social network revamps its privacy policy to enable businesses to communicate directly with users of the platform. “People use our app every day to keep… Read More
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Apple Creating iOS App to Push Social Agenda

Apple is reportedly building a video sharing and editing application as the company looks for a foothold in the world of social media. According to Bloomberg, Apple is in the process of testing an app that enables iPhone and iPad users to record video… Read More

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Business & Marketing News

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Video is King, But for How Long?

Video content is booming. Facebook certainly seems to be mesmerized by the opportunities such content holds, and it has focused its efforts on exploring video’s benefits. Consequently, the social media platform was recently invaded by live videos and… Read More
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What Yogi-isms Can Teach You About Marketing

It never ceases to amaze me how often business people use oxymoronic statements as part of their marketing philosophy. We often accept this kind of language as normal speech. Take for example “least effort most gained.” Courtesy of en.wikipedia.org Actually,… Read More
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Become a Thought Leader for Online Success

In a sea of millions of popular and interesting blogs, how can you possibly make a name for yourself if you’re an online marketer trying to promote your blog. Enter thought leadership. I absolutely love this concept. Neil Patel explained it well on… Read More

Other News

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Google Adds a Little Fun to Search

Have some spare time? Google Search can help you out. Simply type solitaire or tic-tac-toe in and a playable game will pop up. Both games are available on desktop and in the Google app. “It’s been said solitaire’s roots are in fortune telling. If… Read More
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Businesses Slow to Adopt Windows 10: Study

Windows 10 may be growing in popularity with the average user, but North American businesses are not feeling the love for Microsoft’s most recent operating system. A study from IT services firm Softchoice has revealed that only 0.75 percent of the… Read More
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Prisma Now Available Without Internet Connection

Prisma has enjoyed wild success since the free art app launched in June — and a recent update is sure to increase its popularity. The iOS and Android app that turns ordinary photographs into art is now available in offline mode, meaning you no longer… Read More

PRESS RELEASES

Advertisement is courtesy of Smashbox Cosmetics, a brand Modiface is partnering with on another upcoming project.  Smashbox is the only beauty brand born out of a legendary photo studio—Smashbox Studios in L.A.— where major photographers, celebrities and makeup artists converge to create iconic images every day.

New Live-Scan Technology Converts Photos Into Augmented Reality Looks

  Toronto, Canada – August 9, 2016 – ModiFace, the leading provider of augmented reality technology for the beauty industry, is today announcing the availability of a new patented Live-Scan technology which can take a 3D live recording of any… Read More
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Why Is SEO Marketing Important for a Startup?

  Dot Com Infoway, one of the leading digital marketing companies in the world, is organizing a webinar, “Why is SEO marketing important for a startup” on Aug. 24. In this millennium of startups, a great idea alone is not enough to sustain any… Read More
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Saas Labs Launches AdLatch With Mission to Help Online Publishers Reduce Revenue Loss Caused by Visitors Using Adblockers

Saas Labs announces the release of AdLatch, software as a service designed to help publishers reclaim revenue lost to Adblockers and analyze the performance of visitors using these devices. Publishers leverage these insights to identify revenue forfeited… Read More

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