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After the sale Yahoo will be left with cash, investments in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, and some patents. Ailing Yahoo is selling off its operating business for about US$4.8 billion to Verizon Communications, in a cash deal that will reduce the storied tech firm mainly to a holding company for its cash, stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, and non-core patents.
Verizon Buys ailing Internet business of Yahoo For $4.8B

For Verizon, the acquisition will help it gain Yahoo’s 1 billion monthly active users, its internet properties and key applications like search and email, and its advertising systems. It will also be Verizon's second acquisition and integration of a web company, having acquired similar assets when it purchased AOL for $4.4 billion in 2015. 

The transaction is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year, subject to regulatory approvals, ending a long-drawn out bidding process for the company. After the transaction is closed, Yahoo will be integrated with AOL under Marni Walden, Verizon's executive vice president and president of the Product Innovation and New Businesses organization, the communications company said Monday.

The price Verizon is paying for Yahoo’s internet assets is a small percentage of the web company's market capitalization of over $125 billion during the peak of the dot-com boom, reflecting how badly the company has fallen out of favor.

Founded in 1994 by Jerry Yang and David Filo, Yahoo soon emerged as the entry point to the web for legions of users, who flocked to its portal, search engine, and email services. and more. But it was later overtaken in markets like search by newer competitors like Google. The company also failed to rise up to new market opportunities such as social networking and mobile.
Yahoo sells its ailing Internet business to Verizon for $4.8B

In 2012, the company appointed Marissa Mayer, a former senior Google executive, as its CEO, amid high expectations that she would turn around the company.  

"It’s poetic to be joining forces with AOL and Verizon as we enter our next chapter focused on achieving scale on mobile," Mayer said in a statement.

Yahoo posted a loss of $440 million on revenue of a little over $1.3 billion in the second quarter of this year. The large loss was mainly because of a $395 million write-off on account of the microblogging social network Tumblr, which Yahoo acquired in 2013 for over $1 billion.

Tumblr was to be Yahoo’s fresh foothold in the social media advertising market. Like most of the company’s diversification and acquisitions, however, including its bid to get into the mobile internet, it fell short of expectations. Mobile revenue at $378 million lagged behind the company’s desktop revenue of $875 million in the second quarter.

Yahoo had at one point last year considered spinning off its 15.4-percent stake in Alibaba Holding Group, through a company called Aabaco Holdings, but hesitated on the move because of uncertainties about potential tax implications.

A powerful investor group, Starboard Value, said the proposed spinoff of Aabaco was not Yahoo’s best option. It prevailed upon Yahoo to explore instead the sale of its core business of search and display advertising, while leaving its ownership stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan in the existing corporate entity.


Verizon’s rivals in the auction were mainly private-equity firms such as Bain Capital, Vista Equity Partners, TPG and Advent International, besides a group led by Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert, according to reports. AT&T is also said to have participated in the bidding.
The new features appear to be from a server-side switch that could help you cut back on data and frustration from the daily commute.

Google Maps is always under construction. This means new features are always coming, though like many construction projects they don’t always show up when expected.
Google Maps is getting a Wi-Fi only mode and mass transit delay notifications

A staggered rollout is underway that brings an option to make Maps download data primarily over Wi-Fi. If you have the feature (I was unable to see it even with the latest APK) you’ll find a prominent Wi-Fi only toggle in the settings menu.

There’s also a small popup box that will tell you a small amount of data will still be used with this enabled, but far less than if you were downloading everything over a cellular connection.

Some are also seeing a Subway Status setting that would let you get “real-time disruption alerts” when there’s a delay on your local mass transit. Since this is an issue with pretty much every single system out there, it should be welcomed with open arms.

If you want to give these new features a try, make sure you have version 9.32.1 of Google Maps from the Play Store or APK Mirror. You may need to be patient, as these features aren't showing up for everyone yet; it may be a staged rollout, or just limited testing.

The impact on you: Google Maps can be a data hog, so the Wi-Fi setting may save you from running over your plan’s limits. On the other hand the mass transit notifications can be a lifesaver in a city, giving you an excuse to grab a cup of coffee on the way home instead of getting frustrated by trains that aren’t going to show up.
Pokémon Go remains incredibly popular in the US, but is already beginning to decline. Pokémon has absolutely taken over the mobile gaming scene since its release on July 6. But if new data from SurveyMonkey is any indication, the game’s popularity may already be waning.

First, the good news for Nintendo and game developer Niantic: Pokémon Go is still a massive hit, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 21 or 22 million daily active users in the United States on July 20, according to SurveyMonkey’s data. The bad news is that daily usage is down from the peak daily usage of over 25 million users, which Pokémon Go hit on July 14.
Pokémon Go remains incredibly popular in the US
To put that into context, the United States has a population of around 324 million as of this writing, according to United States Census Bureau. If SurveyMonkey’s figures are accurate, that means that at its peak, over seven percent of the US population played Pokémon Go on a given day. As of the latest figures, Pokémon Go daily usage sits in the six percent range in relation to the overall US population.

As for downloads, those seem to be tapering off as well. According to SurveyMonkey, Pokémon Go’s launch day was its biggest in terms of downloads in the US, with a second spike around July 10 and July 12. Since then, daily downloads have been in steady decline.

The story behind the story: Pokémon Go became an instant sensation from the moment it was released early this month, with scores of players getting swept up into the game and businesses trying to cash in on the craze. According to SurveyMonkey’s earlier research, it became the most popular mobile game ever in the US on July 12, when it had nearly 21 million active daily users in the US. That edged out Candy Crush Saga at its peak, the report noted, making Pokémon Go the most popular mobile game ever in the United States.

While the initial surge of interest in Pokémon Go seems to be subsiding, it’s still too early to tell whether the game is now in inexorable decline, or whether it’ll maintain some degree of popularity going forward. There are some signs, though, that Pokémon Go may be with us a while, even as the initial craze here in the US subsides.

”As we’ve seen from other games there’s still every chance that the game attracts millions of users (and makes millions of dollars) for months, and even years to come,” SurveyMonkey stated in a blog post reporting the data. “Plus, the game is not yet available in all countries of the world, with some major countries yet to enter into the hype cycle.”

Case in point, Pokémon Go just launched in Japan on Friday with McDonalds as a sponsor, as IDG News Service's John Ribeiro reports.

Also, if this past week’s massive Pokémon Go meetup in San Francisco is any indication, there’s still plenty of interest in the game here in the US. That said, it’s entirely up to Niantic and Nintendo to give players incentive to stick with the game over the longer term.
WordPress is the most popular blogging and CMS system on the Internet which makes it a favorite target for hackers. Having a WordPress site means that you have to take some extra efforts in order to protect your and your visitors data. Here is a summary of the best way for securing a WordPress website from Hacker, that will help you do that. It is important to mention that these measures don't guarantee a 100% protection against hacking attempts, mostly because a 100% secure website doesn't exist, but they will protect you against the majority of attacks.
8 Example Ways To Protect Wordpress Website From Hacker

1.Delete anything NOT USING 
The most important when start a wordpress website to Protect Website From Hacker You should delete plugins and themes you’re not using.This processing isn’t just about security, either. It will help to improve site speed and performance, too. Loading your site up with too many plugins can slow it down dramatically. So if your site can function without a particular plugin, skip it. Or, look for plugins that check off several items on your must-have features list. The fewer plugins you have, the fewer chances you give hackers to access your info.
2.Do Not Use Premium Plugins and Themes For Free
The first time when I research about Wordpress website I also usually download Premium Plugins and Themes For Free, I think almost people also do that. Which is NOT SECURE for your website because most of them add a malicious code to themes and plugins which is not too easy for you to find out.
3.Keep your WordPress site and plugins up-to-date
In fact, if you’re running an older version of WordPress than what is current, all of the security flaws in the version you’re running is common knowledge to the public. That means hackers have that info, and can easily use it to attack your site. So It is really important to keep your core WordPress files and all of your plugins updated to their latest versions. Most of the new WordPress and plugin versions contain security patches. Even if those vulnerabilities cannot be easily exploited most of the times, it is important to have them fixed.
Automatic updates for plugins and themes are another thing you can configure by inserting a bit of code into wp-config.php.

add_filter( 'auto_update_plugin', '__return_true' );
add_filter( 'auto_update_theme', '__return_true' );
4.Restrict The Access To WordPress Admin Area
It is important to restrict the access to your WordPress admin area only to people that actually need access to it. If your site does not support registration or front-end content creation, your visitors should not be able to access your /wp-admin/ folder.

So how you can protect your WordPress Admin Area?
If you’re into WordPress security at all, you’ve heard of the .htaccess file before and have likely accessed it. Still, the changes you make in this one file can have such a huge impact on your entire site’s security.

You can insert many different code snippets into the .htaccess file anywhere outside the #BEGIN WordPress and #END WordPress tags to modify what files are visible within your site’s directory.

You know, wp-config.php is one of the core WordPress files. It contains information about the database, including the name, host (typically localhost), username, and password. This information allows WordPress to communicate with the database to store and retrieve data (e.g. Posts, Users, Settings, etc). The file is also used to define advanced options for WordPress.

Of course, you will want to hide wp-config.php by adding this bit of code to .htaccess:
   
< files wp-config.php="">
order allow,deny  
deny from all 
</files> 
That mean, you and visitors will not access anywhere into /wp-admin/ folder, I will allow admin access in and restrict visitors access by creating a new .htaccess file and uploading it to the wp-admin directory
order deny,allow
allow from 172.16.1.100(for example admin ip address)
deny from all
You can allow access to wp-admin from multiple IP addresses by listing them out as allow from IP Address, each on a new line. Have a problem after you have done that, the hacker can access to wp-login.php and try to login by Brute force attack. So Now we will restrict access to wp-login.php by add the following code into .htaccess:
< files wp-login.php="">
order deny,allow
Deny from all
allow from 172.16.1.100
5.Don't Use The "admin" Username and Hide Author Most of the attackers will assume that your admin username is "admin". You can easily block a lot of brute-force and other attacks simply by naming your admin username differently. If you're installing a new WordPress site, you will be asked for username during the WordPress installation process. If you already have a WordPress site, you can follow the instructions in our tutorial on how to change your WordPress username

If WordPress defaults are left intact, it’s really easy to find out each author’s username for your site. And since more often than not the main author of a site is also the administrator, it’s also easy to find out the admin’s username. Which isn’t good. Anytime you’re giving away info to hackers, you run the risk of seeing your site compromised.good idea to hide the author’s username to ensure you aren’t making the hacker’s job easier. To do this, all you need to do is add some code to your site.Once inserted, this code will make it so when someone inputs ?author=1 after your main URL, they won’t be presented with the administrator’s information and will instead be sent back to your homepage.

Just copy and paste the following into your functions.php file:
add_action(‘template_redirect’, ‘bwp_template_redirect’);
 function bwp_template_redirect()
 {
 if (is_author())
 {
 wp_redirect( home_url() ); exit;
 }
 }

6.Use strong passwords
You will be surprised to know that there are thousands of people that use phrases like "password" or "123456" or "admin123" or "no password" ... for their admin login details. Needles to say, such passwords can be easily guessed and they are on the top of the list of any dictionary attack. A good tip is to use an entire sentence that makes sense to you and you can remember easily. Such passwords are much, much better than single phrase ones. So how you can choose a Strong Password?
Use strong passwords to Protect Wordpress Website From Hacker

The combination of several will produce a strong password.
  • Use a mix of alphabetical and numeric characters.
  • Use a mixture of upper- and lowercase; passwords are case sensitive.
  • Use symbols if the system allows (spaces shouldn’t be used as some applications may trim them away)
  • Use a combination of letters and numbers, or a phrase like “many colors” using only the consonants, e.g., mnYc0l0rz or a misspelled phrase, e.g., 2HotPeetzas or ItzAGurl .
  • Pick something obscure:
  • an odd character in an otherwise familiar term, such as phnybon instead of funnybone;
  • a combination of two unrelated words like cementhat
  • An acronym for an easy to remember quote or phrase (see below)
  • a deliberately misspelled term, e.g., Wdn-G8 (Wooden Gate) or [email protected] (Here’s looking at you).
  • Replace a letter with another letter, symbol or combination, but don’t be too obvious about it. Replacing o with 0 or a with 2 or i with 1 is something that hackers just expect. It is definitely better than nothing, but replacing 0 with () would be stronger as it makes your password longer and is not as obvious
  • An easily phonetically pronounceable nonsense word, e.g., RooB-Red or good-eits .
  • Two words separated by a non-alphabetic, non-numeric, or punctuation character, e.g., PC%Kat or dog,~1#
Enabling two-factor authentication for your WordPress website will significantly improve the security of your website. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use Clef to authenticate using your mobile phone. For all SiteGround users, Clef authors have created an ad-free version of their plugin. Check out our Clef tutorial for more information on that matter.s
7.Make sure you're site is on a secured WordPress hosting 
Your WordPress site is as secured as your hosting account. If someone can exploit a vulnerability in an old PHP version for example or other service on your hosting platform it won't matter that you have the latest WordPress version. This is why it is important to be hosted with a company that has security as a priority. Some of the features that you should look for are:
Make sure you're site is on a secured WordPress hosting

  • Support for the latest PHP and MySQL versions
  • Account isolation
  • Web Application Firewall
  • Intrusion detecting system
8.Ensure your computer is free of viruses and malware 
If your computer is infected with virus or a malware software, a potential attacker can gain access yo your login details and make a valid login to your site bypassing all the measures you've taken before. This is why it is very important do have an up-to-date antivirus program and keep the overall security of all computers you use to access your WordPress site on a high level.
Ensure your computer is free of viruses and malware
Enabling a two-factor authentication for your WordPress website greatly improves the security of your website. In this tutorial we will show you how to install and use Clef - probably the easiest way to implement two-factor authentication in WordPress.

Step 1. How to Install Clef
In your WordPress Dashboard select Plugins then Add New from the sidebar menu. Search for Clef, and Choose Install Now. Activate the plugin.
Complete the automatic setup wizard
Video Explaining Clef Two-Factor Authentication Configurations:

Step 2.How to Enable Clef
To enable Clef and start using it, first you need to login to your WordPress backend and click on the Clef link from the left menu.
Use Two-Factor Authentication For Your WordPress Website With CLEF

This will take you to the initial Clef configuration screen. Press the big Get Started button to proceed.
How to Enable Clef

Clef will provide you with links to install the required application on your mobile phone. To do this, press the get the clef app button. If you already have the application installed on your smartphone, click on the I already have the app link on the top of the page.

In order to use the Clef application for login, you need to provide your email and a choose your 4 digit pin code. This way, you make sure that no one except you can use your phone to access your sites.

Once you have the app installed on your phone, you will be asked to synchronize your app with your WordPress site. To do this, start the Clef app and hold your mobile phone so it can record the moving "waves" on the screen. In few seconds (while the camera focuses), your app will be synchronized with this website.

That's it, all you need to do now is press the complete setup button. Video Guide Setting up Clef Two-Factor Authentication for your WordPress website:
3.How to Login and Logout with Clef
When Clef is installed and synchronised with your mobile app, your WordPress login screen should look like this:

Simply start the Clef mobile app and hold your phone in front of the moving lines. Once the camera focuses, you will be logged into your WordPress site. It's that simple!
If you want to login to WordPress on your mobile phone, the login form will directly load your Clef application. All you need to do then is to simply type in your Clef PIN code and you'll be logged into your WordPress admin panel.

To logout from WordPress you need to click the big logout now button of the Clef application on your mobile phone. Unless you do that, you will remain logged in the browser until the Clef app timer runs out.

By default, Clef will keep you logged in for one hour or until you logout manually. However, you can modify that period through your mobile application.

4.How to Disable Regular Passwords
By default, after activation, Clef doesn't disable the standard WordPress authentication method. This means that if someone knows your password, they will still be able to access your account. If you want to be sure that this won't happen, you need to force the usage of Clef for the site users. There are few options to do that, all listed below.

The first option on your Clef settings page allows you to force Clef login for all users that have installed and synchronised their Clef mobile apps with your site. To do this, simply place a check on the Disable passwords for Clef users checkbox.

Clef provides you with another option to force Clef logins. Using the Disable passwords for all users with privileges greater than or equal to option, you can leave regular subscribers with the ability to login with normal username and password but force editors and users with more privileges for example to use Clef for extra security.

If you want to completely disable the regular login for your WordPress website and hide that option from the login screen, you can do this by placing a check on the Disable passwords for all users and hide the password login form option.

5.How to Disable Clef
If you want, you can always disable Clef and go back to the standard logging mechanism provided by WordPress. To do this, click on the Disconnect Clef account link in the left menu of your WordPress admin area. Next, press the Disconnect your Clef account button.

That's it, you can now login to WordPress the standard way.

6.Lost your Phone
If you lose your phone, or it gets stolen, Clef provides you with an easy way to get back the access to your site and disable it for your missing phone. To do this, simply follow the instructions in the official Lost your Phone? page on the Clef website.

Video Using the Clef Two-factor Authentication WordPress Login with no service on Smartphone:
A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. In the WordPress community, there is a saying that goes around: "there’s a plugin for that". They makes it easy for users to add features to their website without knowing a single line of code. There are thousands available for free to download at the official WordPress plugin directory.

Plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean and lightweight, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins then offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.
Top 7 Indispensable Plugins For Wordpress Website

So here’s a collection of free 7 Indispensable Plugins For Wordpress Website, the plugins that can help take your site from good to great. 
  • Contact Form 7
    Contact Form 7 is indispensable wordpress plugin
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form provides Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on. Download
  • Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin
Everyone who is blogging has heard a thing or two about SEO. You know that it is important for your site to have good SEO. WordPress is extremely well-coded which is why many call it SEO friendly. But the real SEO benefit comes from WordPress plugins WordPress SEO by Yoast. This plugin is by far the most complete SEO solution that is available for WordPress. It has received over a million downloads. We use WordPress SEO plugin to improve our on-page SEO.
Yoast is indispensable wordpress plugin

Unlike most other plugins this plugin is way more than simple meta tag additions. I use it to add custom post title, meta description, and meta keyword for our posts, pages, and taxonomies (tag, category, etc). When writing the meta information, WordPress SEO plugin shows you a Google search result snippet preview, so you can see exactly how your content will look when someone search for it in Google. It even has the ability to get you verified google authorship for your site.
It helps us create XML sitemaps that support images. It also gives us the ability to have advanced configuration such as removing a specific post, page, post type, or a taxonomy from the sitemap. It notifies search engines automatically once your content is published.
It allows us to add custom RSS footer for our WordPress posts.
It has social integration that lets you show you the correct title, description, and image for Facebook using the OpenGraph meta data. It also allows us to add twitter cards in WordPress.
It has tons of other cool features that you can read about in our WordPress SEO by Yoast article.
Download
  • Jetpack Plugin
Jetpack offers a suite of powerful features for your WordPress site. Enhanced security, improved site performance, plenty of content tools, and visitor engagement features are all part of this plugin.
Additional features include spam-free Comments, Social Sharing, Related Posts, Post by Email, and much more.
Jetpack is indispensable wordpress plugin

Jetpack even offers a mobile theme option that is lightweight and responsive, designed for phones and tablets. Download
  • W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is designed to increase the page load speed for WordPress sites, which will improve your visitors overall experience.
W3 Total Cache is indispensable wordpress plugin
 The plugin helps to increase server performance by reducing download times. By reducing page load times, overall site performance improves which helps your site’s rank in search engines.
W3 Total Cache can also help to improve web server performance during high traffic periods, which is crucial for larger websites.
Download
  • Nextgen Gallery
The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 15 million downloads. NextGEN Gallery has been the industry's standard WordPress gallery plugin since 2007 and continues to receive over 1.5 million new downloads per year. It's great for general use, but powerful enough for the most demanding photographers, visual artists, and imaging professionals.
Nextgen Gallery is indispensable wordpress plugin

On the back end, NextGEN offers a complete WordPress gallery management system with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more.

On the front end, the free version of NextGEN provides two main display styles (slideshows and thumbnail galleries) and two album styles (compact and extended), all of which come with a wide array of options for controlling size, style, timing, transitions, controls, lightbox effects, and more.
Download
  • Wordpress Popular Posts
WordPress Popular Posts is a highly customizable widget that displays the most popular posts on your blog.
Main Features:
  • Multi-widget capable. That is, you can have several widgets of WordPress Popular Posts on your blog - each with its own settings!
  • Time Range - list those posts of your blog that have been the most popular ones within a specific time range (eg. last 24 hours, last 7 days, last 30 days, etc.)!
  • Custom Post-type support. Wanna show other stuff than just posts and pages?
  • Display a thumbnail of your posts! (see the FAQ section for technical requirements).
  • Use your own layout! WPP is flexible enough to let you customize the look and feel of your popular posts! (see customizing WPP's HTML markup and styling the list for more).
  • WPML support!
  • WordPress Multisite support!
Other Features:
  • Check the statistics on your most popular posts from the dashboard.
  • Order your popular list by comments, views (default) or average views per day!
  • Shortcode support - use the [wpp] shortcode to showcase your most popular posts on pages, too! For usage and instructions, please refer to the installation section.
  • Template tags - Don't feel like using widgets? No problem! You can still embed your most popular entries on your theme using the wpp_get_mostpopular() template tag. Additionally, the wpp_get_views() template tag allows you to retrieve the views count for a particular post. For usage and instructions, please refer to the installation section.
  • Localizable to your own language (See the FAQ section for more info).
  • WP-PostRatings support. Show your visitors how your readers are rating your posts!

Download
  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
The Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) can display a list of posts or pages that relate to the current post. This feature provides a great opportunity for your readers to see other relevant content from your site.
Yet Another Related Posts is indispensable wordpress plugin

Users have the option of displaying only content found on their site or can make extra money by displaying sponsored content.
Download
Twitter has notified 10,000 users that their email addresses and phone numbers may have been exposed due to a bug in the website's password recovery feature.

The incident happened over the course of 24 hours on an unspecified day last week, but the company alerted affected users on Wednesday. Twitter said in a blog post:
Any user that we find to have exploited the bug to access another account’s information will be permanently suspended, and we will also be engaging law enforcement as appropriate so they may conduct a thorough investigation and bring charges as warranted
It's not uncommon for website features to be abused to expose users' identifying information, such as email addresses and phone numbers. In 2012, Facebook imposed a limit on phone number searches through its mobile website, because a security hole could have allowed attackers to search through phone numbers sequentially and match them to existing users.
10,000 Twitter Account Have Been Exposed Due To A Bug In The Website's Password Recovery Feature

Other leaks of personal information can be hard for users to detect. For example, recent data breaches at online dating websites Adult Friend Finder and Ashley Madison understandably enraged a lot of users whose spouses, partners or friends did not know that they had accounts there.

However, many of those users didn't know that ,even before hackers broke into those websites, anyone could have checked if their email addresses were registered through the sites' password recovery systems.

Users should not count on websites to shield their affiliations with those services, because leaks of registration information are common. From a security perspective, users valuing their privacy should take advantage of tools available to protect their accounts from possible hijacking, for example by enabling two-factor authentication when offered.

Twitter offers a feature called "login verification" that requires users to supply one-time-use codes sent to their phones in addition to their passwords when they authenticate. In addition, Twitter offers the option to require additional information, such as the user's email address or phone number, when initiating password resets. This option can be found on the account's security and privacy settings page. Without it, initiating a password reset requires only the account's username.

Twitter users should also consider using a strong password or passphrase of 10 or more characters, periodically reviewing their accounts' login histories, and checking their account application tabs and revoking access to any applications that are no longer used.
How and why you should verify your Twitter account?You can finally request that coveted blue verified Twitter badge that has eluded you for seven years. The equally vaunted and ridiculed blue checkmarks on Twitter are no longer exclusive to elites or those with connections who have an “in” at Twitter. The company this week opened the verified account designation up to all users and put some rules in place for consideration. Many of Twitter’s 310 million monthly active users don’t qualify for verification, but the company is opening the secretive and invite-only process up to anyone.
Why You Should verify your Twitter account

Accounts of public interest, particularly those maintained by individuals and organizations in “music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas” are all up for consideration, according to Twitter. “We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience,” Tina Bhatnager, Twitter’s vice president of user services, said in a prepared statement.

Why you should get verified on Twitter

Twitter originally introduced account verification in 2009 and has verified almost 187,000 accounts to date, according to the company. The designation is largely symbolic, but also a defensive move against the untold number of impersonators, satirists, trolls and hatemongers who roam freely on Twitter. Oftentimes the dynamic between fans and celebrities or public figures on Twitter is only rewarding if the authenticity of the user being followed is endorsed.

Trust matters on Twitter and that’s exactly why anyone who wants to be verified should take steps to do so. If you carry any impact in your community, field of work or areas of heightened awareness and visibility, a verified account will let your followers know you’re the real deal.

So How You get verified on Twitter

Follow these steps to give yourself the best chance of getting verified.
  • Open your Twitter account settings and make sure you have a verified phone number, confirmed email address, a bio, profile photo, header photo, a website and a birthday (required for personal accounts only). Your tweets must also be set to public in your privacy settings.
  • Improve your chances of approval by having a username that reflects the real name of the person or company. The account’s profile or header photo should also reflect the person or company’s branding, according to Twitter.
  • Fill out and submit the form to request account verification. Explain why Twitter should verify your account and provide examples to help the company understand your impact. Provide at least two URLs to showcase your newsworthiness or relevancy in your field. Finally, Twitter may also request a scan or photo of a government-issued ID to confirm your identity.
Twitter says it will respond to all requests via email, and users who get denied can submit another request 30 days later.

Pokémon Go has launched in Japan with a new revenue stream -- corporate sponsorship from McDonald’s. The free-to-download augmented reality smartphone game already earns money from in-game purchases.

“Trainers in Japan, thank you for being patient. Pokémon GO is now available to download in Japan!,” the Pokémon Go Twitter account wrote on Friday.

Pokémon Go launches in Japan 07/22/2016 Today
The game developed by Niantic, in which Google, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company are investors, has been a runaway success in many countries including the U.S., but its launch in its home-turf Japan was delayed reportedly amid worries that huge local demand could find the game servers wanting. Server problems have been frequently reported as the game was offered in more countries and more users got on to the game.

The game was first released in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand on July 6 on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Ahead of eager users trying out the game, Japan’s National Center for Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity has issued warnings to users of the game, relating to privacy and the need to keep away from danger zones, according to reports. Other organization and agencies have also issued warning in the wake of reports in various countries of driving accidents and muggings while playing the game.

About 2,900 McDonald’s eateries will become spots known as Gyms and PokeStops, where game players can train their monsters, pit them in battle against those of other players, and also obtain benefits to progress in the game, according to The Japan Times.

In the U.S., Senator Al Franken, a strong privacy advocate, has raised questions about the privacy of the extensive data, including location information and device identifiers, the game collects from its users, including children. These issues could get heightened as the game gets more corporate sponsors like McDonald's, who could be looking for information for advertising. 
 

How To Write Great Content That Ranks? In this tutorial will show 6 ways to write a good content that ranks. Ranking a website/Blog in 2016 will depend heavily upon content and loads of it. A lot of people really don't know how to write decent articles that engage their readers. The first thing I will say is if you are going down the road of buying content then you will pay a lot of cash out before seeing results from your website. Native English writers charge $5 per 400 words or more for well researched articles. So if you are like me, when I first started out, you don't have a good 10K laying around collecting dust to build an authority site with. That's why I am going to show you how to empower yourself to write great content!
How To Write Great Content That Ranks in 2016?

What I will show from this guide:
  • The process of choosing a topic.
  • Article flow and structuring.
  • The art of LSI Content
  • Why a lot of people aren't reading your articles.
  • How to quickly research topics.
  • The best method for no hands writing.

The process of choosing a topic
Being a great writer and contributing quality content to your websites really starts with topics you choose. Forget about your keywords for a while when it comes to choosing decent topics. After all the topics and keywords should already fit together from your basic keyword research and niche finding process, which we explained in our last Tutorial. A couple of things to keep in mind?
Don't use the click bait method when writing out your topics. That was fine for the Meta description or even for ads but once they're at your site show them what they're going to gain from reading your mega articles.
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For the sake of on-site SEO I would recommend canceling out stop words (a, it, the) as much as possible. Also you need to include your focus keyword once in your title so that after you come up with the topic/title you can integrate the keyword where it looks natural.
Article flow and structure
This is a critical part of writing high quality content that keeps your readers engaged. You know you create the title so they're here, but will they leave before your monetizing methods baited them? If your visitors are like me they scan read a bit plus, they have better things to do that lounge around your authority site.
I tend to type out my articles where it constantly pushes new and valuable subjects to the reader. Usually I place 1000 word articles on every page of my authority sites. Normally this is a long read for people so break it up with sub sections, a video, and a couple of pictures between the content. This will keep them baited in and lower your bounce rate.

The Art of LSI Friendly Content
Remember when keywords and stuffing them in your articles were king Wow times have changed! If you're skipping out and not taking Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) serious then you are missing out on potential favor by search engines. Nowadays when Googles spiders crawl your pages they use the LSI system by taking English articles (it, the, but, and so on) out of your article so they can analyze the real data and come to a conclusion as to what your content is about. Semantics by definition relates to the meaning of words. As the dial is turned up on Googles algorithm you will see normal keywords becoming less significant and LSI suited content will take the lead role. Just take a look at some LSI Vocabulary included in the snippet I made for you.
The Art of LSI Friendly Content To get high Rank website

You can tell by the snippet that this article was about a beauty product. For example instead of just targeting keywords like "Make Money Online" I researched the hell out of the product and included vocabulary that went into the science of the product. These vocabulary words tell Google's Latent Semantic Indexing system that it's relevant to this niche and that excellent information can be found here, and you know Google's algorithm pets love that!
Why aren't people reading your content?
I personally had an issue with this. I would write up a detailed article that was nothing less than perfect, however the bounce rate was still there. After banging my head against my desk at 6 AM in the morning a little light bulb went off. Maybe, just maybe my readers could not read the article because of the vocabulary I was using.
As you can see the formula states that the lower the number you score the harder it is for your readers to understand the content. That doesn't mean the article is bad, but depending upon what niche you chose or considered, the fact that a decent portion of the internet's traffic comes from countries that do not speak English as a first language, it only makes sense to write your articles for everyone.
In order to check your articles readability score I would recommend utilizing this tool{https://readability-score.com/}. It's free and works just fine for checking out how well your article would suit people on different English reading levels. If you're buying content then request your desired readability level. Your content company should know what this is and try their best to format the article. Again you won't get this type of service for a buck per 400 words.
How to quickly research topics
This has to be one of the most hated parts of writing high quality content. Trust me I have found myself doing more research than writing at times. If your niche is in the health or beauty category then a good bottle of liquor usually helps! If you're not a drinker and still want to get through this process then I would strongly recommend that you have two monitors at least. Yeah I know this recommendation is more of a luxury, but when you can have your research on one monitor as you type on the other you will find that your articles can be produced almost 30% faster. Simply put forget the paper and pen.
The best tool for no hands writing
Tired of typing until your fingers are bleedings I know the feeling! No seriously, before I had the bank roll to hire in employees I would type everything. That was until I discovered this nifty speech recognition tool called Dragon by Nuance. It works pretty well and out of an 800 or so word article I might have to go back and fix 2-3 small mistakes. I know this tool is hard for my friends who don't speak English as a first language, but you can train Dragon to understand your voice and overcome the accent.